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Estimated Completion Time

18 weeks


Powerpoint: Office Fundamentals Series

Learn to create clean and professional presentations while also building your skills as a speaker, leader, and marketer! Create and format presentations while inserting multimedia, images, transitions, and animations to make a dynamic final product! Content of this course will also be applicable to the Microsoft Office Suite certification exam.

During this course, you will learn career-related skills and earn a badge for this accomplishment. A badge is a digital certification of your career-related learning that you can share on social media or with higher education platforms, colleges, potential employers, peers, and colleagues. Select this link to learn more about badges.

Course Requirements

Required Materials:

  • Microsoft Office (or Office 365 subscription)
  • Audio recording device
  • Video recording device

Major Topics and Concepts

Unit 1: Plugging in to PowerPoint
Create a PowerPoint document.
Format the appearance and layout of PowerPoint slides.
Collaborate and share PowerPoint projects with others.
Utilize different views available in PowerPoint.

Unit 2: Make a Powerful Point
Draw on design principles when creating a PowerPoint presentation.
Format text and WordArt in a slideshow.
Create and format shapes and images in a slideshow.
Order and group objects on a slide.
Import a Word Outline to create a slideshow.

Unit 3: Chart Your Future
Understand various types of business metrics.
Create, import, and style tables, charts, and graphs in PowerPoint.
Choose the best chart for a given scenario.
Manipulate data in a PowerPoint table, chart, and graph.

Unit 4: Growing Pains
Perform the leadership roles of a team leader.
Communicate effectively with others.
Create, insert, and format SmartArt Graphics.
Convert lists to SmartArt graphics.

Unit 5: The AV Club
Design a multimedia presentation.
Include sound effects in a presentation.
Insert and configure video in a presentation.
Identify new presentation technologies.

Unit 6: Animators, Ready!
Apply slide transitions including timing and effects.
Animate slide objects such as text and shapes.
Sequence, order, group and time multiple animations.
Utilize a motion path in an animated object.

Unit 7: The Final Product
Apply final formatting to a presentation.
Evaluate and plan a presentation’s approach and form.
Proof a presentation for publication.
Protect a presentation for sharing.

Unit 8: Making It
Build a marketing plan and materials.
Market and manage a personal online presence.
Effectively work in, manage, and lead a team.
Evaluate a presentation’s success.



The Experiences Pathway allows students to demonstrate mastery of competencies and earn credit through experiences, such as internships, travel, service learning, entrepreneurship, or independent study. Students may elect to meet all competencies in a particular competency group (i.e., English 1 or Economics) or they can master competencies in multiple discipline areas. Once a student enrolls, a VLACS instructor will work with the student to refine the Experience, identify the competencies that will be met, and determine products that will demonstrate mastery of each competency.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Use google drive.
  2. Meet weekly or every two weeks with their instructor.
  3. Secure an outside expert.
  4. Plan the experience prior to completing it. (Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.)

Here is how to enroll in an Experience.

  1. Identify the course(s) that matches most closely with your Experience.
  2. Click “Enroll Now” from or from our learning catalog.
  3. From the enrollment page, navigate to the course that matches your Experience.
  4. Select all competencies that you hope to meet through your Experience. Do not worry if you are unsure of the exact competencies, they can be adjusted.
  5. Select the Experience bubble.
  6. If there are additional competencies from other discipline areas you hope to meet, enroll in these in the same manner.
  7. Your parent/guardian will receive an email asking for approval of your enrollment. This must be completed before we can assign you an instructor.
  8. You will receive a welcome email from your instructor within five days, given that space is available.

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you mastered your learning objectives.


Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.


While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies. The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline-specific content so that learning can take place through problem solving and collaboration.


Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

Credits .5


  • PowerPoint Essentials
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of PowerPoint essential features by creating slides, explaining collaboration tools, and comparing presentation views.
  • The Art of Design
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the art of design by summarizing design principles, creating graphics, and evaluating typography.
  • Compelling Data Presentations
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of effective data presentations by creating tables, charts, and graphs.
  • Using PowerPoint as a Communication Tool
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of using PowerPoint as an internal communication tool by using SmartArt Graphics to create organizational charts, progress charts, and presentations to support addresses by leadership.
  • Multimedia Presentations
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of multimedia presentations by explaining the benefits of using multimedia and creating a presentation that includes interactive features.
  • Animation
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of animation by describing transitions, summarizing the animation process, and creating transitions as well as object and text animations.
  • Capstone Project
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the presentation creation process by creating a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Marketing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of marketing by describing product and self marketing principles and explaining the marketing machine.



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We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.