Certificate of Completion in Microsoft Office Specialist

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

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Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC/OAS111AA Computer Keyboarding I OR Permission of Program Director 0–1
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems Critical course Gateway course OR Permission of Program Director CS 0–3
CIS113DE Microsoft Word: Word Processing 3
CIS114DE Excel Spreadsheet 3
CIS117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management 3
BPC270 or
(CIS121AE and
CIS122AE)
or
MST150++
A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support or (Windows Operating System: Level I and Windows Operating System: Level II) or Any Microsoft Windows course Students may be able to accelerate their learning by taking 8-week courses. 2–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS118DB Desktop Presentation: PowerPoint 3
(CIS124AA and
CIS124BA)
or
CIS224
(Project Management Software: Level I and Project Management Software: Level II) or Project Management Microsoft Project for Windows Students may be able to accelerate their learning by taking 8-week courses. 2–3
CIS213DE Advanced Microsoft Word: Word Processing 3
CIS214DE Advanced Excel Spreadsheet: Level II 3
CIS217AM Advanced Microsoft Access: Database Management 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC/OAS111AA Computer Keyboarding I OR Permission of Program Director 0–1
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems Critical course Gateway course OR Permission of Program Director CS 0–3
CIS113DE Microsoft Word: Word Processing 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS114DE Excel Spreadsheet 3
CIS117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management 3
BPC270 or
(CIS121AE and
CIS122AE)
or
MST150++
A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support or (Windows Operating System: Level I and Windows Operating System: Level II) or Any Microsoft Windows course Students may be able to accelerate their learning by taking 8-week courses. 2–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(CIS124AA and
CIS124BA)
or
CIS224
(Project Management Software: Level I and Project Management Software: Level II) or Project Management Microsoft Project for Windows Students may be able to accelerate their learning by taking 8-week courses. 2–3
CIS213DE Advanced Microsoft Word: Word Processing 3
CIS214DE Advanced Excel Spreadsheet: Level II 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS118DB Desktop Presentation: PowerPoint 3
CIS217AM Advanced Microsoft Access: Database Management 3

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.