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Office Software Applications (Part-time)

Program Code:
Engineering & Information Technology

About the Program

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.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

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Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
COMP1073 Windows 7
Description: Using a computer these days is a requirement. In order to use a PC without it becoming cumbersome and frustrating, you need to know it's operating system and how to navigate, find, open, use and manage the system including its hardware, software and files. This course will review some of the old standby features and hone in on the numerous enhancements found in Windows 7. You'll learn the tools to increase reliability, efficiency and security that will optimize the user experience as never before. You'll also find out what jumping, shaking, snapping, streaming and BitLocking are.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
COMP1150 Computer Literacy For Windows (Word/Excel)
Description: Recommended: Keyboarding skills are an asset. This course provides an introduction to the basics of using a computer and Microsoft Office. Students will be introduced to Windows, a word processor (Word), and an electronic spreadsheet (Excel). This course will benefit those who need to understand the basics of a computer on the job or at home.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
COMP1901 Word
Description: This course takes you beyond the basics to cover intermediate word processing concepts and techniques using Word. Students will learn how to produce professional business documents. Emphasis will be placed on intermediate word processing techniques including paragraph and page formatting options; working with tabs and indents; using the find and replace features; using the spell check, grammar check, thesaurus and other built-in correction tools; multi-column text, tables, mail merges; numbered and bulleted paragraphs; headers, footers and page numbering.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
COMP1904 PowerPoint
Description: This course will cover creating presentations using PowerPoint. Areas of study will include: presentation guidelines, building your presentations, creating outlines, formatting slides, adding graphs, and organizational charts, clipart and special effects. Students will work with embedded objects and multiple presentations. Different methods of presenting output will be discussed.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
COMP1906 Access
Description: This course introduces students to Access, an application that manages data. Students will be exposed to database components, terminology, the creation and use of data-entry forms, queries, reports and switchboards.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
COMP1911 Excel
Description: This course takes you beyond the basics to cover intermediate spreadsheeting concepts and techniques using Excel. Students will learn how to produce professional workbooks. Emphasis will be placed on: planning and creating spreadsheets using formulas and functions; data analysis; generating graphs; and, linking summarizing and consolidating worksheets.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Annual Delivery Schedule
Course Code Course Title Spring Fall Winter
COMP1073 Windows 7 X X X
COMP1906 Access X X X
COMP1904 PowerPoint X X X
COMP1901 Word X X X
COMP1911 Excel X X X
COMP1150 Computer Literacy for Windows (Word/Excel) X X X
Online Equivalencies
Course Code Course Title Online Code Online Course Title
COMP1911 Excel OLRN1293 Excel
COMP1150 Computer Literacy for Windows (Word/Excel) OLRN1480 Intro to Computers

All efforts will be made to adhere to this schedule, however the college reserves the right to make adjustments when necessary.
* To learn more about online course offerings, visit Distance Learning - OntarioLearn.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

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 that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

Carol Schlievert,, 519-748-5220, ext. 2390

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