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About the Courseware

The Benchmark Series: Microsoft 365 Excel is designed for students who want to learn how to use Microsoft’s powerful spreadsheet program to manage and analyze data. This courseware is designed to equip learners with mastery-level skills and to prepare them for certification exams.

Level 1 develops students' skills in manipulating numerical data in a variety of workplace scenarios as well as designing and preparing worksheets and workbooks to meet specific needs. 

Level 2 develops students' proficiency in using advanced formatting techniques as well as advanced functions and formulas; working with tables and data features; using data analysis features; and managing and integrating data in a variety of ways.  

Copyright: 2023
Authors: Nita Rutkosky; Jan Davidson, Lambton College; Audrey Roggenkamp, Pierce College Puyallup; and Ian Rutkosky, Pierce College Puyallup

Excel Level 1

  1. Preparing an Excel Workbook
  2. Inserting Formulas in a Worksheet
  3. Formatting a Worksheet
  4.  Enhancing a Worksheet
  5. Moving Data within and between Workbooks
  6. Maintaining Workbooks
  7. Creating Charts and Inserting Formulas
  8. Adding Visual Interest to Workbooks

Excel Level 2

  1. Advanced Formatting Techniques
  2. Advanced Functions and Formulas
  3. Working with Tables and Data Features
  4. Summarizing and Consolidating Data
  5. Using Data Analysis Features
  6. Exporting, Importing, and Transforming Data
  7. Automating Repetitive Tasks and Customizing Excel
  8. Protecting and Distributing a Workbook
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Drive Student Success with Cirrus™ 2.0

The Benchmark Series, powered by Paradigm’s Cirrus platform, integrates seamlessly with Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, and Moodle. Students and educators can access all course material anytime, anywhere through a live internet connection. Cirrus delivers students the same learning experience whether they are using a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Course content is digitally delivered in a series of scheduled assignments that report to a grade book, thus tracking student progress and achievement through Cirrus’s complete solution.

Dynamic Training

Cirrus course content for the Benchmark Series includes the following interactive assignments to guide student learning.

  • Watch and Learn Lessons 
  • Check Your Understanding Quizzes
  • Guide and Practice Tutorials 

Practice and Assessment Activities

The following practice and assessment activities for each chapter reinforce and assess student learning.

  • Hands on Activities
  • Exercises and Projects
  • Skills Exams
  • Concepts Exams
  • Unit-Level Projects
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Instructor Resources for the Benchmark Series

Cirrus tracks students’ step-by-step interactions, giving instructors visibility into students’ progress and missteps. Instructor resources include:

  • Planning resources, such as syllabus suggestions, course performance objectives, chapter-based performance objectives, and student completion time estimates
  • Delivery resources, such as teaching tips, suggestions for using Cirrus demonstration elements in the classroom, and discussion questions
  • Assessment resources, including live and annotated PDF model answers for chapter work and review and assessment activities, rubrics for evaluating student work, Knowledge Check completion exercises, chapter-based concept exam item banks, and new Capstone Projects that allow students to demonstrate their creativity and skills mastery
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MOS Certification Objectives

See how our courseware correlates to Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), an industry-recognized certification program.

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The Marquee and Benchmark Series offers a comprehensive suite of applications that cater to a wide range of computer skills. Dennis Sigur Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dillard University

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"The Marquee and Benchmark Series offers a comprehensive suite of applications that cater to a wide range of computer skills. Students gain proficiency in essential areas like database management, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. The software's intuitive interface makes it easy for students to grasp complex concepts quickly, allowing them to focus on mastering the material rather than struggling with cumbersome software. We value the content, the service we’re provided by our account representatives, and technical support being there to support our students when required."

Dennis Sigur, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Dillard University