What will you learn in MABS 60?

In this course, you will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of Microsoft’s popular suite of business applications, Microsoft Office 2013. You will also learn to manage files and folders using the Windows 7 operating system (this is the version installed in our computer classrooms and labs). The textbook is written for Windows 8, with notations for Windows 7 users.

Within the Microsoft Office Suite, you will learn to use Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Microsoft Word is a word processing program with which you can create common business and personal documents. Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program that organizes and calculates accounting-type information. Microsoft Access is a database program that organizes large amounts of information in a useful manner. Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation application that allows you to add animation effects to bring presentations to life.

NOTE: This course covers Microsoft Office for Windows. Office for Mac does not come with Microsoft Access. In addition, minor differences in the Windows and Mac versions make it very difficult for Mac users to follow the textbook assignments. This course is not recommended for Microsoft Office for Mac.

Should you take MABS 60 Online or Face-to-Face?

If you have never taken an online class, click the navigation link on the left for "Is Online Learning Right for You?"  Online classes can be challenging.  Because you are not attending on-campus classes, you will need to schedule your own time to complete the assignments by their due dates.  You must read online instructions very carefully and manage your time in order to succeed in the course.

How do you get started?

If you have registered for an online course, you will receive an email from CCSF with your log in information for Insight (the online course management system used at City College).  This email will be sent to your CCSFmail account, which is automatically created for all registered students.  The email is generally sent the Friday before classes begin (approximately).  The Educational Technology Department will only use student CCSFmail accounts (Google email).  For help on setting up your CCSFmail account, or forwarding your messages to another email address, go to  There are also links for help on the Insight home page.

The address for Insight is (there is no www in the address).  Your username will be your student ID.  If your ID begins with @, use an X instead of the @ symbol.  Your password will be provided to you in the email sent to your CCSFmail account a day or so before the first day of class.  You will be prompted to change your password the first time you enter the one sent to you.  I recommend that you write your password down in case you forget it.  I cannot retrieve passwords.  You will have to click the "Lost Password" link on the Insight home page.

You will not have access to the course before the first day of the semester.

What if the online sections are full?

The online sections of MABS 60 are very popular and fill quickly.  If you are given an option to be on the waitlist when you try to register, you will be added based on your ranking on the waitlist.  I recommend that you try to register as early as possible if you want to get a spot in the online sections.

Need more information?

For more information about the course, including textbook information, please read the MABS 60 Syllabus from the attachment below.

Gina W. Hector,
Nov 18, 2013, 11:48 PM