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 2016. 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 productivity apps like Microsoft Edge and Outlook.

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 2016 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.  There are no Microsoft Access “projects” assigned, but there is simulated training as well as exams for Microsoft Access. This allows Mac users to complete the required assignments for Microsoft Access.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

1.       Describe basic computer concepts, components, and computer terminology.

2.       Evaluate the purpose and function of an operating system.

3.       Use a web browser to access online resources and cloud-based applications.

4.       Compose professional documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations using Microsoft applications.

5.       Create and send e-mail messages; receive and read e-mail messages.

The Student Learning Outcomes listed above are those required actions that a student who successfully completes the course must be able to perform or exhibit. Each student will be assessed by the successful completion of homework assignments and activities in the online course environment.

Text and Materials

1.  The textbook bundle should be purchased via a special website for our course (  Please do not try to purchase a used copy of the book alone.  The special bundle package includes access to the online training and assessment program required to complete the coursework.

2.  Access to a computer with Microsoft Office 2016 installed. CCSF students can download Office 2016 for free (for Windows or Mac).  Visit for more information.

NOTE:  There are some differences between the Windows and Mac versions of Office which may prevent Mac users from using some skills presented in our textbook for the Windows version.  Office 2016 for Windows and Office 2016 for Mac are much more compatible than past versions.  For a list of the differences between the Windows and Mac versions, visit

3. Access to a computer with an internet connection in order to use Canvas ( to upload all assignments. 

It is absolutely necessary to have the textbook package with SAM access code in order to complete this course.  You must purchase the textbook package within the first week of class.

Software Discounts for Students

CCSF is providing Microsoft Office to every student free of charge. This means the latest version of Microsoft’s Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access.  In addition there’s 1 (One) TB of online storage with Microsoft’s OneDrive.  As long as you’re a student here you’ll be able to use this software for free. For more information, please go to