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.

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.

Can't make it to a classroom session?

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

To access this online training you first need to request an account.

  1. Please ensure you enter your University email address
  2. You will receive an email to your University account giving you your password.
  3. Once you are logged in to your account, change your password from the Profile area via the tab at the top of the page.
  4. 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.
Course title Course description Course login
Word - A complete guide for Word users at all levels
Tables and Images - Working with Tables
- Working with Pictures
- Working with Shapes
- Working with Objects
Format your dissertation in Word - Styles
- Formatting the Page
- References tools
- Viewing your document
- Reviewing your document
- Some extra features
Course title Course description Course login
PowerPoint - A complete guide for PowerPoint users at all levels
Basics - Getting Started with Presentations
- Inserting and Editing Text
- Formatting Text
- Formatting a Presentation
- Inserting images
- Giving your presentation
Enhancing Your Presentations - Formatting a Presentation
- Working with Tables
- Applying Transition and Animations
- Working with Charts and SmartArt
- Working with Multimedia
- Finalizing a Presentation
Adding video and audio - Inserting and recording audio
- Inserting video
- Compressing media
Course title Course description Course login
Excel - A complete guide for Excel users at all levels
Basics - Getting Started with Worksheets
- Editing a Worksheet
Charts - Creating a Chart
- Working with chart data
- Chart layouts & types
Analysing Data - Conditional formatting
- Sorting and Filtering
- Pivot tables
Formulas & Functions - Getting started with worksheets
- More functions and formulas
Pivot Tables - Create a pivot table
- Update data; change layout
- Create a pivot chart
Macros Basic - Recording a Macro
- Playing and deleting a Macro
- Adding a Macro to the Quick Access Toolbar
Macros Advanced - Editing a Macro's visual code
- Inserting copied code
- Using the If…Then…Else statement
V Look Up - How to use this database function
Course title Course description Course login
Access - A complete guide for Access users at all levels
Course title Course description Course login
Project - A complete guide for Project users at all levels
Course title Course description Course login
Beginner - The Fundamentals
- Managing Lists
Intermediate - Working with Lists
- Working with Libraries
- Working with Blogs, Wikis, and Workspaces
- Using SharePoint with Office
Advanced - Managing sites

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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.