Office Software Applications
2017/18 Program Handbook
Program Code: 1087
Engineering, Information Technology, and Trades
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide
The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program-specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.
Executive Dean, Access, Online and Part-Time Studies
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3221
Chair, Workforce Development & Part-Time Studies
Sheila McGlashan MA (Ed)
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Doon Campus, ATS Engineering Complex, Room 100
(519) 748-5220 ext. 2399
Doon Campus, ATS Engineering Complex, Room 100
(519) 748-5220 ext. 2390
Contact information for this faculty will be provided on the first day of related courses.
This program is designed to develop proficiency with various computer applications that are commonly used in business offices. Students will develop skills with the Windows operating system, computer fundamentals, word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations.
- Log in to
- Click on 'My Courses' tab
- Select 'View Progress Report' button Courses are listed by level/semester.
Students can also view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the Conestoga College website for Office Software Applications #1087. To find these courses, scroll down the page to the 'Program Courses'.
Program Learning Outcomes
The following program learning outcomes identify what students will know and learn by the end of their program:
- Use and customize Windows to navigate the desktop, manage files and folders.
- Use Word to create, format, print and save professional documents.
- Use Excel to create, format, link, customize, print and save spreadsheets.
- Create a database using Access.
- Create and customize presentations using PowerPoint.
Program EnrolmentIn order to graduate from this program, you must first submit a program application for acceptance. When you complete a program application and are accepted into this program, you will receive:
- Course and program communication updates.
- Credit for courses which are part of your program, and they will be honoured despite program requirement changes.
Classroom InformationSuccessful students will:
- Attend classes on time.
- Wear appropriate attire when required.
- Report an absence before class begins through standard communication methods.
- Obtain from classmates and/or eConestoga any assignments or notes that were missed.
- Be prepared for class, ready to ask/answer questions and participate in classroom discussions.
- Submit assignments on time.
- Maintain academic integrity on all assigned work and tests/examinations.
- Behave in a polite, ethical, professional and respectful manner toward all faculty, students, employers and colleagues both on and off the campus.
- Communicate effectively in English: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- Ensure all emails sent to other students, faculty, or staff are written in professional business language. Abusive/inappropriate language will not be tolerated.
- Be a positive ambassador for the program and the college.
Course OutlinesCourse outlines state the learning outcomes that will be covered during the course. Details about the evaluation method, the weighting of assessments, and any other specific criteria required to successfully complete the course are also listed on the course outline. Students are responsible for reviewing the outline and the requirements to pass each individual course. Evaluation requirements vary from course to course. The passing grade and specific course stipulations are listed under the evaluation section of the course outline.
Course outlines are in the Student Portal under the 'My Courses' tab and posted on eConestoga. Students are required to review the course outline to acquire the correct resources/textbooks (i.e. edition, volume, etc.).
Required Supplies and TextbooksFor the most current listing of the required textbook for each course please visit the college bookstore. Any required materials for a course are listed on the course outline. Failure to obtain required materials may result in unsuccessful grades in the course. It is strongly recommended that students purchase their supplies, textbooks, etc., which are above and beyond the cost of their tuition, to increase their success within their program.
On occasion you may be required to attend a practical lab. Standard safety rules must be adhered to when visiting any lab. Your instructor will inform you of the safety rules well in advance so that you can be prepared. Where there are practical labs, students will be required to review and sign an Acknowledgement of Safety and Responsibilities form.
Practices within the ClassroomFaculty responsibilities:
- Return assessed items promptly and review with students – generally, students are not able to retain their tests/examinations/assignments and should review thoroughly at this time. It is the responsibility of the student to ask any questions regarding the assignment with the faculty member outside class time if required.
- Respond to student requests for consultations to discuss performance or questions in respect to their coursework and assessed items.
- Respond to student emails/voicemails within a 48-hour period during business hours.
- Ensure course outcomes are covered in the assessment method.
- Check Conestoga email on a regular basis.
- Attend and participate in lectures, presentations, group work, field trips or other activities related to the course/program.
- Adhere to all deadlines for assessed items, and write the final exam when scheduled.
- Submit coursework in the requested format, described by the faculty member in the rubrics or guidelines, by the specified deadline.
- Fully disclose and completely reference all sources used in submitted course assessments and not engage in plagiarism.
- Advise faculty of circumstances that would prevent the completion of assessments, prior to the deadline, and provide required documentation.
- Use Conestoga email to communicate with faculty, not personal email or eConestoga, unless directed otherwise by faculty.
- Check Conestoga email on a regular basis.
Use of Electronic Devices in Classrooms and Labs
Electronic devices may be used for learning or instructional purposes. Professors or technologists may request devices be put away when a safety issue or distraction occurs. Devices used for accommodations are always welcome. Unauthorized devices in a testing situation will result in an academic offence and a mark of zero.
Students are not permitted to record lectures or take pictures without the consent of faculty and/or students. Content from the course is not to be posted on any external websites unless posted by faculty.
Students who are registered with Accessibility Services and have accommodations approved for recording lectures are permitted to do so with the faculty's knowledge.
Electronic Translator UseThe use of an electronic translator is prohibited. Courses are taught in English and students must be able to communicate in English.
AssignmentsEach faculty member will inform students of their guidelines for submitting assignments. For example, a case study format may not be the same for all faculty. Each faculty member will inform students of their late submission policies. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the course requirements for each of their courses. If an extension of time is required, the student must make the request to the appropriate faculty member well in advance of the due date - 24 hours minimum. Approval of the request is at the discretion of the faculty member.
GradingFinal grades are submitted by faculty, approved by the Continuing Education Program Chair and posted on the Student Portal within 10 business days after the final examination.
The following grading system will be employed by faculty in reporting student achievement to the registrar's office. Specific programs/courses may require different minimum standards of achievement.
The following applies to the course grading:
- The minimum passing grade for certificate courses is 55%, unless otherwise indicated on the course outline.
- If a course is repeated, the most recent grade will be used to compute the program GPA. However, both grades will show on the student's academic transcript.
- If the first course taken is a failure and the same course is repeated and it is also a failure, only the most recent failure will be used in the calculation of their GPA.
- Students who are permitted to write a supplemental exam in a certificate course will receive a maximum grade of 55%, if the supplemental is passed. If the supplemental is not passed, the failing grade will be retained.
PlagiarismPlagiarism will not be tolerated. Please review Conestoga’s Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure on plagiarism. Academic Integrity is expected and required of all Conestoga students. Students are responsible for personally maintaining control of their own work at all times, so that breaches of this policy are less likely to occur. Failure to maintain academic honesty will not be tolerated, and students found guilty in any way will be disciplined in accordance with the policy. The penalty levied for an academic offence is listed under the academic integrity procedure link above. Examples of plagiarism may include but are not limited to:
- The work submitted or presented was done, in whole or in part, by an individual other than the one submitting or presenting the work.
- Parts of the work are taken from another source without reference to the original author (i.e. copying a paragraph, a page, a sentence, and/or someone's ideas).
- The whole work (i.e. case study, essay, business plan, etc.) is copied from another source or person.
- A student submits or presents work in one course, which has also been submitted in another course, (even though it is the students original work) without the knowledge of/or prior agreement of the faculty involved.
Cheating gives an unfair advantage to the student over classmates and misrepresents that student's ability. There is a societal expectation that a standard has been met upon graduation and that the graduate is capable of meeting the expectations of the employing organization.
Cheating harms the student's reputation and learning. Grades obtained in the completion of the student's program must reflect their achievement and demonstrate ethical behaviour. Any student who helps another student to cheat is just as guilty of cheating as the student they assisted. Unacceptable behaviours in these circumstances include, but are not limited to:
- Using materials or electronic devices not authorized by the person giving the test.
- Collaborating with another student during a test without permission.
- Falsifications of an exam record or report.
- Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing or soliciting contents of an exam or any assignment.
- Taking a test for another student or permitting another student to take a test for one's self.
- Attempting to bribe a faculty member to obtain a passing grade, or better grade on an exam or course.
Academic AssistanceStudents are advised to seek academic assistance directly from their faculty, Coordinator or program administrative contact if concerns arise. Students are also encouraged to access the various support services available that will enhance their learning experience at Conestoga College. For further academic and student assistance please review the links below:
- Aboriginal Services
- Accessibility Services
- Conestoga Students Inc.
- Career Hub
- Counselling Services
- Health Services
- Learning Commons
- Library Resource Center (LRC)
- Student Life
- Student Financial Services
Academic Concerns during a CourseIf a student has a concern regarding an assignment, lab, midterm, final exam, etc., the student must first meet with the faculty to discuss the situation. In cases where a satisfactory outcome is not achieved by the student, the student can contact the Program Administrator. If further action is recommended by the Program Administrator, a meeting will be arranged with the Chair.
Student Representation – Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI)Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) and Conestoga agree that a student has the right to invite a member of CSI to a student and/or faculty meeting provided that 24 hours advance notice is given to faculty. This advance notice will ensure that all parties will have an opportunity to adequately prepare for the meeting.
Bad Weather Conditions and Testing
Attendance in all classes is strongly recommended and is required for completion of any in-class assessments. Courses that are delivered in a classroom or lab setting, as opposed to online, will discuss theories and concepts that all students are responsible for, regardless of their attendance.
Absence for Other ReasonsCompassionate Leave
Request for leaves of absence to attend to family illness, death or family problems are usually granted. These requests will be submitted to faculty who will consult with the Continuing Education Program Administrator/Program Chair if necessary.
Any student who receives a summons for jury duty must bring the document to their respective faculty as soon as possible. The faculty will consult with Program Support to determine what arrangements can be made to have the student excused from submission of assignments, if such duty interferes with the progress in the program. Students may also be required to engage in activities in the evening or weekends using eConestoga.
Student absence(s) must be supported by formal, original documentation.
Class Cancellations due to Faculty Absence
Faculty, who are absent, may or may not be informing students of class cancellations through college email and/or eConestoga in addition to the Student Portal. Students should check their college email and eConestoga for possible assigned work.
AwardsVisit the Financial Aid and Student Awards Office on Conestoga's website for more information.
College Email Communication Requirements
College email must be used to contact faculty, Chair, academic support, etc. The information within the email must be kept professional. Students are required and expected to check their college email regularly. All students are assigned a college email during their active time at Conestoga College.
Please note that eConestoga email is course specific only, and may not be available for all courses. Therefore, college email must be used to contact faculty or other students.
If there are any issues accessing college email, please contact the IT department at: email@example.com or by telephone at 519-748-5220, ext. 3444. For further assistance, access the help desk located outside of door 3, or the IT department in room 1E12 (Doon) or 2B21 (Waterloo). Faculty will not respond to emails from non-Conestoga email addresses.
Registering in Courses
Withdrawal from Program
Conestoga recognizes you may have formal post-secondary education that may allow you to enter a program at an advanced level or provide for individual course exemptions. To ensure your credits are eligible for transfer, please contact our Credit Transfer Office. The Credit Transfer Policy and Procedure are available on the college website. For more information, visit the Credit Transfer & PLAR page.
Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, education (informal/formal), non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measured to meet the required course outcomes and grading standards. This policy applies to candidates who wish to earn academic credit for a course in acknowledgement of significant life and work experience. PLAR is not to be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies and/or to improve grades. Students must be at least 19 years of age or have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) to be eligible to apply for PLAR. For more information, refer to the PLAR policy and procedure. Questions regarding PLAR may be sent to CreditTransfer@conestogac.on.ca.
There are a number of different opportunities available to students who want to continue studying at Conestoga. For more information regarding program-specific pathways contact your program coordinator or administrative contact.
A student may be discontinued from the program on either academic or behavioural grounds, as set out in the Discontinuance Policy and Procedure. Discontinuance decisions on academic grounds are made at the end of each academic year. This will occur when a student has five or more outstanding failed courses in the program in which they are currently registered.
Program Advisory Committee (PAC)
Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses resulting from changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within four years of being admitted to the program.
Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. Our opportunities for student feedback will include:
Student Appraisal of Teaching
The Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) allows direct feedback from students on teaching for a particular course. Completion of the SAT form gives teachers and academic managers valuable information to use for the improvement of teaching at Conestoga.
The SAT process occurs in the last one-third of the semester. Typically about one-quarter of the faculty is appraised per term, and each has two courses selected by their academic managers for appraisal. All teachers have a SAT review at least once every two years. The SAT process is managed by the Office of Institutional Research and Planning using an online survey system specifically designed for course/teacher evaluations. After all marks for the semester have been submitted, a summary of results goes to the academic manager to be shared with the faculty member. Continuing Education students may have an opportunity to complete a SAT form at the conclusion of each Continuing Education course.
Refer to the Student Guide for on Student Services.
Refer to the Student Guide for facility information, including hours of operation and closure practices.
Refer to the Student Guide for Conestoga’s Safety and Security Services and procedures.
- Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
- Academic Integrity Policy & Violation of Academic Integrity Procedure
- Academic Recognition Policy
- Academic Credential Procedure
- Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
- Co-operative Education Policy
- Discontinuance Policy & Procedure
- Eligibility to Participate in Co-op Work Terms Policy & Procedure
- Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
- Grading Procedure
- Graduation Requirements and Convocation Procedure
- Honours Policy & Procedure
- Program Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
- Student Code of Conduct Policy
- Student Concerns and Issues Policy & Procedure
- Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure
- Student Feedback Policy
Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfill and enforce these standards.
General Education / Breadth Electives
School of Liberal Studies
The purpose of General Education and Degree Breadth electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed both professionally and in their own personal lives. Working collaboratively with your program, General Education and Degree Breadth courses help develop the critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.
All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.
More information on these courses can be found at www.conestogac.on.ca/electives.
|Revision Date||Summary of changes|
|01/08/2014||Original handbook creation.|
|01/07/2015||Updated per CCQI.|
|05/19/2016||Updated per CCQI.|
|07/2017||Updated per CCQI|
Conestoga College is dedicated to promoting an equitable environment where students have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga College recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.
The Program Handbook is intended to provide general information with respect to program expectations. There may be individual accommodations and/or medical circumstances that require exceptions. For example, students may need to be accommodated for a missed assignment or evaluation. Students who are registered with Accessibility Services are not required to provide an additional doctor's note for a missed or late evaluation. For more information about Accessibility Services please drop in or visit our website.
We recognize that other extenuating circumstances may apply. Consult with your Professor. All exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Chair.