Student IT skills

How do you like to learn new skills? As well as classroom courses, we provide self-study Online Training that you can access at home and work through at your own pace. You can also download the accompanying workbooks and exercise files to enhance your learning. If you need help with specific features of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint then call in to one of our Drop In sessions.

Microsoft Office Specialist

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The Library is now offering Salford University students a self-study IT training programme leading to globally recognized Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 certification (MOS).

As well as learning new skills, this industry recognised qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you have the business IT skills that are in demand in a competitive job market.

You can gain one MOS qualification, or all, of the following courses:

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

Recognition of core skills in Office applications

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Expert

Recognition of advanced skills in Word and Excel

Become a Microsoft Office Specialist Master

Recognition of mastery across Office applications

If you want to gain MOS Master status ("recognition of mastery across Office applications") you will need to complete:

  • Microsoft Office Word 2010 Expert
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2010 Expert
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010 Core

Plus one of the following 2010 versions of:

  • Microsoft Office OneNote or Microsoft Office Access or MS Outlook

Register with us and you will be assigned a unique code to access the self-study software.

You will be able take online practice tests in the course/s that interest you, evaluate your current knowledge and create customised learning which focus on any gaps in your knowledge.

Got Microsoft Office 2010 on your personal device? Then you can download the free training software to your device.

Not got Microsoft Office 2010 on your personal device? You can access the online training software in our PC suites in Clifford Whitworth library, rooms 208 and 209. Plus Newton building, room B04a.

The self-study online package is ideal for fitting in with your busy schedule as you can adjust it around your academic studies. You will have:

  • Detailed Microsoft approved e-workbooks are available for each exam, mapping directly to the exam objectives. Find them on Blackboard via The Library’s Microsoft Office Specialist link.
  • Access to online practice tests, with testing and training modes.
    • Training mode provides step-by-step help on each question so you can work at your own pace, save your progress and return to saved tests.
    • Testing mode mirrors a real exam, as it is timed. Find out how you respond to the pressure! Practice makes perfect, so take as many practice tests as you like.

The pass mark for MOS exams is 70%. Take lots of practice tests so that you can get accustomed to the screens, the question types and the way they are phrased, and to gauge how you respond to the added pressure of timed tests. When you find that you are reaching 70-80% pass marks in your practice tests you are ready for your exam. When you are ready to take an exam, book a place on one of our exam sessions via Advantage.

The Microsoft Office Specialist exams are invigilated exam sessions which take place once a month on campus in the Newton building, room B04a. To find dates and to book a place visit Advantage: Events > ICT Training > Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 exam. You can decide which exam to take when you arrive.

There is no charge for this MOS IT training and certification.

Want to know more?

Find our detailed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) via The Library’s Microsoft Office Specialist link on Blackboard, or contact

Select a category to find out more about course contents.

Our class-room based courses:

EndNote is a bibliographic management software package which allows you to create your own personal database of references, known as an EndNote 'Library'.

EndNote will:

  • Store all the references that you find during your research. They can be entered manually or downloaded from most databases.
  • Store PDF files, pictures, graphs, tables, etc.
  • Allow you to organise the information you find.
  • Work with MS Word to create citations and bibliographies automatically in any output style.
  • Work with PowerPoint to insert citations and references into your presentations.

The Academic Support Team run regular training sessions for EndNote. These are free, but places are limited so you must book.

Turnitin is used at Salford as a tool for e-submission and can assist you in checking for plagiarism. Lots of your questions will be answered at e-Submission, but if you need more help contact your Academic Support Librarian who can tell you when training sessions are scheduled or arrange a 1-2-1 session with you.

Can't make it to a classroom session?

Drop Ins are also available

We run a Drop In session every week during term time, alternating between Clifford Whitworth Library and Allerton Learning Space. No need to book, just turn up with your questions on Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

We run a Drop In session every week during term-time, alternating between Clifford Whitworth Library and Allerton Learning Space. No need to book, just turn up with your questions on Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

Online Training

You can use our free online software training on and off campus, to:

  • Improve your IT skills in general
  • Learn how to do something specific e.g. create a chart in Excel
  • Reinforce what you have learnt in an ICT training session

  • Go to the Online Training Website
  • Click on Forgot Password
  • Enter your University email address
  • You will receive an email to your University account giving you your password.
  • Once you are logged in to your account, change your password from the Profile area via the tab at the top of the page.

Your personal account will enable you to track your training and, if you complete an entire course, will allow you to print your own certificate of completion.

The range of software support available online is regularly reviewed and updated. Online training is available to support users moving from Office 2003 and 2007 to Office 2010.

The current list of software includes:

  • What's New in Office 2010
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel 2010
  • Office 2007 Quick Conversion Course
  • Project 2007 and 2003, Access 2007 and 2003, QuickBooks 2005
  • MS Office: Essentials for Beginners and Xtra: Charts and Smart Art
  • Mac OSX Tiger and Snow Leopard, Mac Word 2004
  • Windows 7
  • Computer Basics

Have a look at the Online Training User Guide for information on using the online training materials once you are logged in.

Alternatively, email:

Online Materials

Our workbooks combine learning material with accompanying task-based practical exercises, so that you can learn at your own pace and practice your new skills using the sample exercise files. Popular titles include Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access.

These workbooks are in pdf format so you will require the Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view or print them.

A selection of short guides giving an overview of shortcut keys and toolbar buttons for both PC and Mac users, covering Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and FrontPage and a selection of other popular applications, Dreamweaver, Visio, Photoshop, Fireworks and Flash.