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 first learn important concepts about computers and their components, how to use the features of the Windows operating system, and how to effectively use the Internet Explorer web browser. The course wraps up with an introduction to Outlook for email and working in the cloud with OneDrive.

Within the Microsoft Office Suite, you will learn to use Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Microsoft Word is a word processing program with which you can create common business and personal documents. Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program that allows you to perform simple and complex calculations and create charts from data. 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. Microsoft Outlook is used for email, managing contacts, and calendar tools.

NOTE:  This course covers Microsoft Office for Windows. Office for Mac does not come with Microsoft Access.  Many assignments will be completed using an online training/assessment program that has a simulated Office 2013 environment (so Mac users can learn the Windows version via this online simulation).  Some assignments require students to complete a project in the “real” application and then upload it into the online environment.  Mac users will have to use a computer with Office 2013 for Windows in order to complete the Microsoft Access projects.

Important Textbook Information

Microsoft Office 2013: First Course – Illustrated Series (Beskeen)  ISBN # 978-1-285-73265-7
This Textbook Bundle Includes: Microsoft® Office 2013: Illustrated Introductory, First Course + SAM 2013 Assessment, Training and Projects with MindTap Reader for Microsoft Office 2013: Illustrated Intorductory, First Course Printed Access Card
This is a special bundle that includes the book plus SAM access code.  Students must have the SAM access code to complete assignments.  You can purchase the textbook online from the publisher’s special website set up for CCSF MABS 60 students at for $85. This is the BEST deal for this package. Once purchased, the publisher will send you an email with a link to the e-book and the access code for SAM.

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 is ALMOST like your student ID:
Change W to w. If your student ID begins with a letter such as "W" you will need to use a lowercase letter for your Insight Username. For example, W199992864 becomes w199992864.
Change @ to x: If your student ID begins with an @ symbol, change the @ to a lowercase x: @199992864 becomes x199992864.

Your password is changeme (all one word, no spaces, all lower case). You will be asked to change your password the first time you log into Insight.

You should see your Insight course in the left column.

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,
Aug 16, 2015, 12:46 PM