About the Courseware

Pages: Levels 1 & 2: 568  |  Level 1: 304  |  Level 2: 280
Copyright: 2020

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

With the Benchmark Series, students learn Microsoft® Access, including how to use the data-rich management software to track, report, and share information. This courseware, offered in two levels of instruction, teaches students how to create and modify tables, perform queries, and plan and publish database information to achieve a mastery skill level of Access. A hierarchy of learning assessments tests students' problem-solving and analyzing skills.

Benchmark Series: Microsoft® Access 365, 2019 Edition: Levels 1 & 2 cover Microsoft® Office Specialist certification exam objectives.

Complete course content is delivered in the Cirrus learning
environment through a series of scheduled assignments
that report to a grade book to track student progress and

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Table of Contents

Getting Started

Microsoft® Access Level 1
Unit 1. Creating Tables and Queries
1. Managing and Creating Access Tables
2. Creating Relationships between Tables
3. Performing Queries
4. Creating and Modifying Tables in Design View
Unit 2. Creating Forms and Reports
5. Creating Forms
6. Creating Reports and Mailing Labels
7. Modifying, Filtering, and Viewing Data
8. Exporting and Importing Data

Microsoft® Access Level 2
Unit 1. Advanced Tables, Relationships, Queries, and Forms
1. Designing the Structure of Tables
2. Building Relationships and Lookup Fields
3. Advanced Query Techniques
4. Creating and Using Custom Forms
Unit 2. Advanced Reports, Access Tools, and Customizing Access
5. Creating and Using Custom Reports
6. Using Access Tools and Managing Objects
7. Automating, Customizing, and Securing Access
8. Integrating Access Data

About Cirrus

Cirrus is the next-generation learning solution for developing skills in Microsoft® Office. Cirrus seamlessly delivers complete course content in a cloud-based learning environment that puts students on the fast-track to success.

Students can access their content from any device anywhere, through a live internet connection. Cirrus is platform independent, ensuring that students get the same learning experience whether they are using PCs, Macs, or Chromebook computers.

Cirrus provides access to all the Benchmark Series content, delivered in a series of scheduled assignments that report to a grade book to track student progress and achievement.

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Cirrus features

Dynamic Training

Cirrus for the Benchmark Series delivers interactive assignments to guide student learning.

  • Watch and Learn Lessons include video and text content explaining how to perform the chapter activities,
    and a short quiz that allows students to check their understanding of the content.
  • Guide and Practice Tutorials provide interactive, guided training and measured practice.
  • Hands On Activities enable students to complete the chapter activities in provided data files, compare their solutions against a Completed Skill model answer image, and submit their work for instructor review.

Section Review and Assessment

Section review and assessment activities in the Cirrus learning environment reinforce and assess student learning.

  • Multiple-choice Features Review exercises assess student comprehension and recall of program features, terminology, and functions.
  • Skills Exams evaluate students' ability to complete
    specific tasks. Skills Exams are completed live in the Office application and are automatically scored by Cirrus.
  • Exercises and Projects provide opportunities for students to further develop and demonstrate skills covered in each chapter and unit. Exercises and Projects are completed live in the Office application and are automatically scored. Detailed feedback and how-to videos help students evaluate and improve their performance.
  • Multiple-choice Concepts Exams assess student understanding of the chapter content.

Instructor Support

Cirrus tracks students' step-by-step interactions, giving instructors visibility into students' progress and missteps.

With Exam Watch, instructors can remotely join a virtual, live, skills-based exam with students'a helpful option for struggling students who need one-to-one coaching, or for distance learners.

View additional Instructor eResources

Accessed through Cirrus and visible only to instructors, the Instructor eResources for the Benchmark Series include the following support:

  • Planning resources, such as lesson plans, teaching hints, and sample course syllabi.
  • Delivery resources, such as activity answer keys and online images and templates.
  • Assessment resources, including live and annotated PDF model answers for section work and review and assessment activities, rubrics for evaluating student work, and section-based exam banks in RTF format.