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Learn new skills with our online training software. You can use keywords to search for features that you need help with.

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
Word 2016: Format your essay/assignment - Format and edit text
- Format paragraphs
- Set up pages correctly
- Insert tables
- Insert pictures
- Use styles and templates
Tables and Images - Working with Tables
- Working with Pictures
- Working with Shapes
- Working with Objects
Word 2016: format your dissertation/thesis - 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
Course title Course description Course login
Excel - A complete guide for Excel users at all levels
Basics - Getting Started with Worksheets
- Editing a Worksheet
- Creating a Chart
- Working with chart data
- Chart layouts & types
Analysing Data - Conditional formatting
- Sorting and Filtering
- Pivot tables
Formulas & Functions (includes V Look Ups) - Getting started with worksheets
- More functions and formulas
Macros - Recording a Macro
- Playing and deleting a Macro
- Adding a Macro to the Quick Access Toolbar
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
2013 Basics - The Fundamentals
- Managing Lists
Connecting and Collaborating - Working with Lists
- Working with Libraries
- Working with Blogs, Wikis, and Workspaces
- Using SharePoint with Office
Managing your site - Managing sites

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Email: studentdigitalskills@salford.ac.uk

PowerPoint - Creating Academic Posters

Starts: 21 Nov 2018 10:30 AM
Finishes: 21 Nov 2018 12:30 PM
Venue: Allerton building, room C811, Frederick Road campus. Walk up the main stairs to access the lifts. Go up to Level 7/8. Walk up to level 8, turn left to find room C811 first door on the right.
Remaining places: 0
FOR STUDENTS ONLY: Need to create a PowerPoint academic poster for an assignment, or perhaps you need it for presenting at a conference? Get some tips and make a start at this workshop.

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PowerPoint - Creating Academic Posters

Starts: 23 Nov 2018 1:30 PM
Finishes: 23 Nov 2018 3:30 PM
Venue: Allerton building, room C811, Frederick Road campus. Walk up the main stairs to access the lifts. Go up to Level 7/8. Walk up to level 8, turn left to find room C811 first door on the right.
Remaining places: 12
FOR STUDENTS ONLY: Need to create a PowerPoint academic poster for an assignment, or perhaps you need it for presenting at a conference? Get some tips and make a start at this workshop.

Book now...


Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 28 Nov 2018 12:00 PM
Finishes: 28 Nov 2018 2:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Building, Room c811. Once in the building walk up the stairs & take the lift up to level 7/8. After walking up the set of steps turn left at the doors & C811 is the first door on the right.
Remaining places: 3
This is an EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. At the time of booking you must be registered on the MOS programme & scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open 14 November.

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Excel: Formulas and Functions

Starts: 30 Nov 2018 10:00 AM
Finishes: 30 Nov 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Allerton building, room C811, Frederick Road campus.
Remaining places: 11
Learn about what you can do with Formulas and Functions in Excel. This is an intermediate level course for those with some basic knowledge of Excel. You must book a place to attend this course.
- Not suitable for Excel beginners - please attend Excel Basics first

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Word: Formatting your dissertation or thesis

Starts: 4 Dec 2018 10:00 AM
Finishes: 4 Dec 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Allerton building, room C811, Frederick Road campus. Walk up the main stairs to access the lifts. Go up to Level 7/8. Walk up to level 8, turn left to find room C811 first door on the right.
Remaining places: 14
FOR STUDENTS ONLY: Ready to type up your dissertation? Learn about heading styles & captions to create automatic Table of Contents, Table of Figures, etc. Apply different page number formats and change page orientation via Section breaks.
- Unsuitable for Word beginners
- Bookings open 20 November

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Excel: Analysing Data

Starts: 7 Dec 2018 10:00 AM
Finishes: 7 Dec 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Building, room C811, Frederick Road campus.
Remaining places: 16
This course explores Excel tools for analysing data. Suitable for students with some knowledge of Excel.
Booking is essential as it is often oversubscribed.
  • Not suitable for Excel beginners *Please arrive promptly. Late arrivals not admitted

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 11 Dec 2018 10:00 AM
Finishes: 11 Dec 2018 12:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Building, Room c811. Once in the building walk up the stairs & take the lift up to level 7/8. After walking up the set of steps turn left at the doors & C811 is the first door on the right.
Remaining places: 10
This is an EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. At the time of booking you must be registered on the MOS programme & scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open 27 November.

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Take up the challenge of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations and World Championship 2019.

Are you naturally competitive? With excellent skills in Word, Excel or PowerPoint? You could win the top prize of $7000 at the MOS World Championship in New York.

How does it work? When you pass exams in Word, Excel or PowerPoint, not only do you add an IT qualification to your CV, but you are automatically entered into the MOS Four Nations Championship. The three category winners will be invited to the MOS World Championship in New York!

* Candidates must be between the ages of 13 and 22 (on June 15, 2019).

Microsoft Office Specialist 2016 certification

Boost your CV whilst learning new skills that will benefit your studies and working life, with Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016. It’s a globally recognised IT qualification available to current students and staff at Salford University.

This is a self-taught study programme, so all the resources you need to pass your chosen MOS certification/s are available online. This allows you to practice in your own time, at your own pace.

Microsoft Office Specialist

Become certified as a specialist in one, any, or all of these applications.

Microsoft Office Expert

Become certified as an Expert in one or both of these applications

Microsoft Office Master

Become certified as a Master – the highest MOS certification. To become a MOS Master 2016, you must successfully complete four exams in total:

  • Required: Word Expert
  • Required: Excel Expert
  • Required: PowerPoint
  • Elective: Access or Outlook

MOS is more suited to people who have some existing knowledge of an application. The exams test you on a wide breadth of knowledge of each application, and require you to complete tasks that are a random mix of basic and intermediate levels.

Beginners can still join the MOS programme, but the learning curve will be a lot steeper. If you are new to an application, then we recommend you first use our University online training. It is not related to the MOS programme but it covers many of the topics and provides that essential linear path of learning – starting with the basics and moving towards more advanced features.

Online training

Free online training software – GMetrix - is available online for Windows devices. [Not available for Macs]

It offers practice tests in training and testing modes which simulate real MOS exams.

e-Workbooks

Microsoft approved workbooks, which map directly to exam objectives, are available on Blackboard.

The pass mark for MOS exams is 70%.

When you find that you are reaching 70-80% pass marks in the GMetrix practice tests you can consider yourself ready for the exam of your chosen application. When you are ready to take an exam, book a place on one of our exam sessions via Advantage.

Exam sessions are invigilated and take place on campus twice a month, with additional sessions scheduled nearer summer graduation. To find out when they are and to book your place, click on one of the dates below. The exam sessions are published on Advantage.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 28 Nov 2018 12:00 PM
Finishes: 28 Nov 2018 2:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Building, Room c811. Once in the building walk up the stairs & take the lift up to level 7/8. After walking up the set of steps turn left at the doors & C811 is the first door on the right.
Remaining places: 3
This is an EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. At the time of booking you must be registered on the MOS programme & scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open 14 November.

Book now...


Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 11 Dec 2018 10:00 AM
Finishes: 11 Dec 2018 12:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Building, Room c811. Once in the building walk up the stairs & take the lift up to level 7/8. After walking up the set of steps turn left at the doors & C811 is the first door on the right.
Remaining places: 10
This is an EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. At the time of booking you must be registered on the MOS programme & scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open 27 November.

Book now...


There is no charge for The Library’s Microsoft Office Specialist programme. It is only available to current students and staff at Salford University.

Want to know more?

Visit our Microsoft Office Specialist area on Blackboard, and find our detailed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), guides and workbooks, or contact studentdigitalskills@salford.ac.uk

Formatting a large structured document like a dissertation or thesis is a demanding task, and many people find it more time consuming and stressful than they anticipated.

Our handbook and accompanying videos focus on key MS Word features and tools, which can save you lots of time, enable you to work more effectively and reduce your anxiety levels.

Handbook

Formatting your Dissertation/Thesis

This handbook provides detailed guidance to help you as you word process/format your dissertation or thesis. For the best results, if possible, consult it just before you begin writing up, so that you are working smarter with Word’s time-saving tools from the very start.

Advanced Skill

Guide


Formatting your dissertation - video guides

Styles: Using the 'Normal' style

Styles are the foundation of a Word document. And it begins with the 'Normal' style. Change its attributes to suit the requirements of dissertation/thesis.

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 3.50 minutes

Transcript


Styles: Using 'Heading' styles

Apply 'Heading' styles to the headings and sub-headings in your document, and save yourself lots of effort. Use them to control the appearance of your headings (the font type, size and colour), to create an automatic Table of Contents, and introduce multilevel numbering to your headings.

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 9.55 minutes

Transcript


Using Multilevel numbering for headings

Want to introduce a numbered hierarchical structure to your document? Then add Multilevel numbering to the ‘Heading’ styles that you have applied to the headings in your document. For example, 1. 1.1, 1.2, 2., 2.1, 2.1.1

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 3.54 minutes

Transcript

Table of Contents

Let Word do the hard work for you. Once you have applied ‘Heading’ styles to your document, you can create an automatic Table of Contents with a few mouse clicks. Update the listing at any time as you continue to edit your work.

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 5.28 minutes

Transcript


Captions

Achieve consistent looking numebered labels for your figures and tables by using the Caption tool. You can save huge amounts of time and effort by then creating an automatic listing for them.

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 8.53 minutes

Transcript


Page Breaks

Why use them? Well, do you use the Enter key to make a heading appear at the top of a new page, only to find that as you continue to edit your document the heading moves up or down the page? Not with Page Breaks!

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 2.10 minutes

Transcript

Section Breaks: Changing page numbering

A dissertation/thesis typically has different types of page numbering in its footers. To feature a title page with no page numbering, then a series of pages with small Roman Numerals, followed by your main document displaying standard Arabic page numbering – you need Section Breaks.

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 9.59 minutes

Transcript


Section Breaks: Changing page orientation

You can change the page orientation within your document by using Section Breaks. You can then switch from portrait to landscape to accommodate e.g. a large image, and then switch back to portrait orientation for the remainder of the document.

Advanced Skill

Video

Duration: 5.14 minutes

Transcript


Quick Reference Guides

Print off these super useful Quick Reference sheets and keep them on your study desk. They provide an overview of the key features of each application, and include time-saving keyboard shortcuts.

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

Workbooks

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.