Course Code: na0
In this first lesson, you'll review Access key concepts and terminology. You'll also learn how to import, or share, data between Access and other applications without retyping. The objects you import in this lesson will be the basis of a project that you'll work on for the rest of the course.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to set up key fields in tables and use action queries to quickly and easily manipulate multiple-table records with one command.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to add a subform to a main form without the wizard, and you'll use the Tab control to arrange form data. Then, learn about query joins and data functions, which will help you get timely, high-quality data out of your database, so you see all the data you want and none of the data you don't want.
Forms are the user-friendly gateway to Access table data. In this lesson, you'll learn how to create and modify forms and make them easy to use.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to create a subform without the wizard and how to use the Tab control to arrange form data.
You've already learned to put data into your database in an efficient way. In this lesson, you'll learn about query joins and data functions. These tools will help you get timely, high-quality data out of your database, so you see all the data you want and none of the data you don't want.
Suppose your boss tells you, "I want a list of the customers who placed the most orders and a separate list of the customers who spent the most overall." How can you find these answers quickly and accurately? Access comes to your rescue again! In this lesson, you'll explore Access functions, crunch numbers with the best of them, and even design a mathematical formula of your own. Don't worry if math makes you nervous, because this lesson will walk you through every step!
In this lesson, you'll build powerful, fast summary queries that total, count, or average the values in a set of records. You'll also discover the power of the crosstab query, which can not only summarize data but also rearrange it so that it becomes easier to understand. Finally, you'll add query parameters that allow you to change a query's criteria without altering its design.
In this lesson, you'll use the Report Wizard to build a basic report. Then, you'll fine-tune what you've built, and learn some tips and tricks that were developed while building thousands of Access reports. Finally, you'll learn about a fantastic tool—conditional formatting, which allows you to visually identify key report data. With a few clicks, your report will change from a mass of numbers to a map of trends and changes that affect your business.
Just about every time you run a report, you'll want to limit the data it displays. You might want to see only a certain customer or a particular month and year. In this lesson, you'll build a dialog box that allows the user to run reports based on custom-built criteria.
Visual Basic is a powerful programming language that allows database developers to automate simple and complex tasks. In this lesson, you'll learn a little bit about Visual Basic, using it to make the reports dialog box you built in Lesson 10 fully functional.
If you're creating a database for others, you must make it easy to use—and as you may remember, Access can look intimidating to a newbie! In this lesson, you'll build a navigation form that directs users to the forms and reports they need. You'll also set up a database for shared use and modify the start-up options.
Ken Cook has managed his own successful computer consulting business since 1990. He began as a trainer, instructing numerous users on a variety of software packages, specializing in Microsoft Office. Currently, his main focus is creating expert Microsoft Office solutions, Microsoft Access database solutions, and Microsoft SQL Server solutions for Fortune 500 and small business clients. He is also co-author of four "Access for Dummies" books.
A basic understanding of Microsoft Access objects and their use or completion of Introduction to Microsoft Access 2010 is required.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
I have recommended this course to colleagues and they will be taking it in the next few weeks. This was very helpful and I can't wait to put my knowledge to use."
This course enabled me to understand the databases that I deal with on a daily basis much better. I now can name the elements of the database our organization that I thought could be improved for easier, more efficient use! Wow, I've come a long way! Thanks!"
I really enjoyed this course! Thank you for offering it and sharing your knowledge with me! There were so many things in Access 2010 that I wasn't aware of. I love these courses because I always learn something new. I especially liked the last three chapters, and you can be sure that I'll start incorporating simple dialog boxes into my present databases now that I have a little understanding of VBA."
I enjoyed this course very much -- it definitely was challenging to do the assignments on my own to see if I could apply the lesson techniques explained in the chapter work. I would like to get more training on the actual expressions and criteria to filter reports/analysis - perhaps a future Access 2010 Advanced course would be available. The instructor was very responsive and was able to clarify any discussion questions. I appreciate the FAQs provided with each lesson as well as the supplemental resources. I have not taken an online course previously and had concerns over not having a hands-on instructor as with a classroom setting. Those concerns diminished as the course went on as the material was very descriptive and the diagrams/examples extremely helpful in completing the lessons. Thank you for the opportunity to expand my knowledge base with Access 2010."
I finished the whole course including the final exam. I liked the final exam because it summarized many of the important aspects of this whole course. This is an excellent course and you did a great job. I feel much more comfortable in working with Access and building my own database now."
Thank you Ken. This class was a great opportunity for me to understand more of what I can do at work and what other possibilities there are in adding to my databases. Your instructions were clear on a step by step process, I thank you for that. I learned way more than I expected. I will keep practicing all that I learned. I will also keep checking back to see if you offer an advanced course in Access."
My company had a couple of databases written by an IT person years ago. He no longer wanted to support us when we had problems with the database, so I felt the need to learn more about Access than just being able to input data into his programs. This course has been helpful, and now I'm building databases for others to use. The knowledge obtained has given me more confidence in finding and fixing problems within our old programs. I'm now looking at taking a Visual Basic course for more knowledge. Thank you, Ken Cook, you're terrific!"
Ken Cook is an excellent instructor. The lesson design, assignments and quizzes were exceptional. The information in the learning aids was challenging yet easy to understand. He was very helpful throughout the course and provided timely feedback to questions/issues. Thank you."
I thoroughly enjoyed learning Microsoft Access and learned a lot. I feel that I can build an efficient and practical database for anyone for any purpose because of what I learned taking this course. Good job, Ken. You know the subject very well, and you know how to teach it."
I really enjoyed this course, and I feel it will be very useful in my job. I've already used portions of what I've learned to develop a more sophisticated database for a work project, and now have the skills to share it with users unfamiliar with Access. I felt Mr. Cook was very knowledgeable, and I would be happy to take another course with him."