Introduction to Microsoft Access 2003


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This Microsoft Access training course is designed for students who wish to learn the basic operations of the Access 2003 database program to perform their day-to-day responsibilities, and to understand the advantages that using a relational database program can bring to their business processes. The introductory Access course is for the individual whose job responsibilities include working with tables to create and maintain records, locate records, and produce reports based on the information in the database.

The course also provides the fundamental knowledge and techniques needed to advance to more technical Access responsibilities, such as creating and maintaining new databases and using programming techniques that enhance Access applications. It is also for students whose job responsibilities include creating new databases, tables, and relationships, as well as working with and revising intermediate-level queries, forms, and reports. It also introduces the student to integrating Access data with other applications such as Microsoft Word or Excel. This course is also designed for students pursuing the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification for Access 2003, and it is a prerequisite to taking more advanced courses in Access 2003.

  1. An Overview of Microsoft Access
    1. Understand Relational Databases
    2. Examine the Access Environment
    3. Open the Database Environment
    4. Examine an Access Table
  2. Managing Data in Microsoft Access
    1. Examine an Access Form
    2. Add and Delete Records
    3. Sort Records
    4. Display Recordsets
    5. Update Records
    6. Run a Report
  3. Establishing Table Relationships in Microsoft Access
    1. Identify Table Relationships
    2. Identify Primary and Foreign Keys in the Relationships Window
    3. Work with Subdatasheets
  4. Querying the Database in Microsoft Access
    1. Create a Select Query
    2. Add Criteria to a Query
    3. Add a Calculated Field to a Query
    4. Perform a Calculation on a Record Grouping
  5. Designing Forms in Microsoft Access
    1. Examine Form Design Guidelines
    2. Create a Form Using AutoForm
    3. Create a Form Using the Form Wizard
    4. Modify the Design of a Form
  6. Producing Reports in Microsoft Access
    1. Create an AutoReport
    2. Create a Report by Using the Wizard
    3. Examine a Report in Design View
    4. Add a Calculated Field to a Report
    5. Modify the Format Properties of a Control
    6. AutoFormat a Report
    7. Adjust the Width of a Report
  7. Planning a Database in Microsoft Access
    1. Design a Relational Database
    2. Identify Database Purpose
    3. Review Existing Data
    4. Determine Fields
    5. Group Fields into Tables
    6. Normalize the Data
    7. Designate Primary and Foreign Keys
  8. Building the Structure of a Database in Microsoft Access
    1. Create a New Database
    2. Create a Table Using a Wizard
    3. Create Tables in Design View
    4. Create Relationships between Tables
  9. Controlling Data Entry in Microsoft Access
    1. Restrict Data Entry with Field Properties
    2. Create an Input Mask
    3. Create a Lookup Field
  10. Finding and Joining Data in Microsoft Access
    1. Find Data with Filters
    2. Create Query Joins
    3. Join Unrelated Tables
    4. Relate Data Within a Table
  11. Creating Flexible Queries in Microsoft Access
    1. Set Select Query Properties
    2. Create Parameter Queries
    3. Create Action Queries
    4. Improving Your Forms
    5. Enhance the Appearance of a Form
    6. Restrict Data Entry in Forms
    7. Add Command Buttons
    8. Create a Subform
  12. Customizing Your Reports in Microsoft Access
    1. Organize Report Information
    2. Set Report Control Properties
    3. Control Report Pagination
    4. Summarize Information
    5. Add a Subreport to an Existing Report
    6. Create Mailing Labels
  13. Expanding the Reach of Your Data in Microsoft Access
    1. Publish Access Data as a Word Document
    2. Analyze Access Data in Excel
    3. Export Data to a Text File
    4. Merge Access Data with a Word Document

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