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Microsoft Office Specialist Course

Digital literacy is a key part of the global economy, and Microsoft Office is one of the most globally recognised and in-demand skills. This Microsoft Office Specialist course introduces you to the fundamental concepts that will develop your skills to enhance your employability....

  • Level Short Course
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City Centre
  • Award N/A
  • Start date May 2022, June 2022, July 2022, August 2022
  • School School of Computing and Digital Technology
  • Faculty Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment

Overview

Digital literacy is a key part of the global economy, and Microsoft Office is one of the most globally recognised and in-demand skills. This Microsoft Office Specialist course introduces you to the fundamental concepts that will develop your skills to enhance your employability.

This course provides an in-person learning approach with a requirement to attend classes for two days in total (or equivalent) over the duration of the course.

Introducing STEAMhouse

STEAMhouse is a centre for technology, innovation, creative thinking

Our brand new £70 million pound building, STEAMhouse, will become the new home for the School of Computing and Digital Technology from the start of the 2022 academic year.

Find out more

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

You will have access to the Microsoft Official Academic Courseware (MOAC) curricula, and will receive in-person training from our Microsoft Certified Trainers. There will be a blend of taught material, practical exercises and directed study. In addition, you will be able to undertake an official practice test through GMetrix software.

The course consists of two days covering the Microsoft Office Specialist objectives, culminating with an opportunity to sit the official MOS Exam in the relevant software and gain an industry recognised certification.

Dates:

Month 

Course Type 

Saturday 

Evening 1 

Evening 2 

May 

PowerPoint 

7th May 

Monday 9th 

Wednesday 11th 

June 

Word 

4th June 

Monday 6th 

Wednesday 8th 

July 

Excel 

2nd July 

Monday 4th 

Wednesday 6th 

August 

PowerPoint 

6th August 

Monday 8th 

Wednesday 10th 

Saturdays: 9AM-5PM (with 30 minute lunch break) 

Evenings: 5:30PM-9:30PM 

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Fees & How to Apply

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Course Details 

Mode: Short Course 

Duration: 2 Days 

Fees: £500 per 2 day course 

This fee includes access to Microsoft Official Courseware in the relevant product, 1 x Official GMetrix Practice Exam Voucher and 1 x Official Microsoft Office Specialist Exam Voucher. 

 

How to apply 

Applications are submitted through a two stage process.  

  1. Please complete the MS Forms to apply for your chosen course. You must complete the form with as much detail as possible to enable you to be registered as part of the course. The registration form can be found here.

  1. You must pay the course fee via our BCU Store. The course payment page can be found here.

Entry Requirements 

Basic PC proficiency 

Note, if you wish to revise or complete your practice test at home, the following will also be needed: 

A PC or laptop capable of running the following: 

GMetrix practice tests, requirements here.

A copy of Microsoft Office 2016 installed to complete lab tasks 

Course in Depth

On this course, you will develop your understanding in the areas of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to meet the requirements for Microsoft Office Specialist standardsAreas covered include: 

  • Word – Creating and managing documents; formatting text, paragraphs and sections, creating tables, lists and references, and managing graphic elements 

  • Excel – Create and manage worksheets and workbooks, manage data cells, ranges, tables, charts and objects, and using formulas and functions 

  • PowerPoint – Create and manage presentations, insert and format text, shapes, images, charts, tables, SmartArt and media, apply transitions and animations, and manage multiple presentations 

  • Get immediate feedback on your work through class walkthroughs and examples 

For more information, the full Microsoft Office Specialist objectives can be found here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mos-certification.aspx  

The course provides you with the skills required to develop your understanding in the above areas to meet Microsoft’s rigorous standards for certification. You will be able to take practice tests in your own time, with support from instructors. 

You will receive a certificate for your participation. In addition, as part of this course you will receive a free exam voucher to take the chosen exam - 77-725, 77-727 or 77-729. The exams can be taken as part of the course on the final day or taken in your own time.  

Facilities & Staff

Our Facilities

As a student in the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you will have access to our labs, software, professional sound studios, computer games labs and industry-standard facilities to develop your practical skills in audio, video and multimedia application development, content creation and more.

We are currently undertaking a £340 million investment programme in our facilities, including a major expansion of our City Centre Campus. This includes our brand new £70 million development, STEAMhouse, which will be the new home to Computing and Digital Technology students. This state-of-the-art centre will give you access to outstanding facilities and equipment, as well as opportunities to collaborate with businesses across multiple sectors and work on real industry-based projects.

Our facilities in Millennium Point have undergone a £6.5million investment with a new maker area, engineering labs/equipment and IT equipment.

Thanks to our partnerships with Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, Juniper, SAS and LPI you will have access to the latest technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice. Our students also have access to software such as the Adobe Suite including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

Computer Labs

System Labs

Our embedded systems laboratories are used to develop real-time systems, such as specialist hardware training and development resources, and industrial-standard software development and simulation tools. These include:

  • Schematic capture and printed circuit board (PCB) design software – ORCAD
  • Analogue and digital circuit design and simulation software – PSpice
  • Graphical microcontroller software – Matrix Multimedia Flowcode
  • Microcontroller development board – PIC Microchip
  • E-block microcontroller training kit
  • FPGA & CPLD development board
  • Robotics design and development
Software Development and Computer Programming

There are a number of open access, software development and computer programming laboratories that can be used to develop systems and programmes, including:

  • Software development environments for modern programming languages - Visual Studio
  • Computing programming languages – Python, C#, ASP.NET, PHP, Unity
  • Operating systems – Linux, Windows and macOS
  • Database management systems – MySQL
  • Neural network simulators
  • Computer architecture simulators – RISC
  • Application development software – iPhone, Android Studio
  • Integrated development environments – Netbeans / FPGA /CPLD
  • JAVA programming – BlueJ.
Network Labs

Our industry standard kit can be accessed by students who are at home or anywhere on the globe – remote access – 24/7 (NETACAD)

The laboratories are well-equipped for all our computer networking courses, as well as specialist areas for practical work such as: Voice-over internet protocol (VoIP), Security technologies, Forensic and ethical hacking technologies, wireless and mobile technologies, Internet of Things (IoT), Cybersecurity and software Defined Networking including NFV.

Forensics Room 

Our successful development of forensic computing has led to a specialist forensics laboratory that is fully equipped with essential hardware and software for this sensitive area of study.

Industry standard forensic hardware and software is available for analysis of PC’s and mobile phones.

Some of the features of the lab includes: fingerprint readers and recognition software development kits, facial recognition cameras and software development kits and more.

Games Lab

Our state-of-the-art computer games lab is home to a PS4 Development Kit and has Xbox One Console Development ability. We have a Nintendo Switch Development Kit in procurement and HTC Vive, Oculus CV1 and VR development facility.

The Games Lab is a key feature during our Games Jam and society events. All students can join our computer games societies and use our facilities if interested in gaming.

Digital Technology Facilities

We operate well-resourced high-spec computer labs which are fully equipped with up-to-date, industry standard software for the design and development of advanced multimedia applications.

Our facilities include: Sophisticated graphics software packages for image manipulation and editing; these provide a full range of drawing, editing and image composition tools. Web animation and Rich Internet Application development tools. 3D software for Rendering, Modelling, Games and Animation, and design and graphics software including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

An Apple Mac sound lab, electronics and fully equipped multimedia labs are all part of the technology and multimedia experience on offer.

Sound Studios in Millennium Point

The Orchard

The Orchard is a 40-seat mac lab designed to support teaching of audio and mac-specific software. The lab features a recording booth as well as high quality audio monitors and video projector.

Sound Studios

Our studio facilities feature mixing consoles by manufacturers such as SSL and Audix, monitoring by PMC and Genelec, and a host of software and outboard hardware effects commonly found in high-end commercial recording studios. As well as acoustically designed spaces to record and mix, we have a dedicated mastering suite featuring the acclaimed PMC IB1S monitors.

In the live rooms you will find a useful range of stock instruments including drums and cymbals, guitars, basses, a tuned piano and a range of instrument amplifiers.

Mix Rooms

Our mix rooms are smaller rooms, useful for one or two students to work on projects that do not require the space afforded by our larger studio facilities. These include a Foley studio for recording of footsteps and other sound effects that are added to media. We also have a room where live desks can be set up, allowing students to explore workflows outside of a gig setup.

Microphones

We pride ourselves on an extensive microphone collection that any commercial studio would be proud of. From the classic Neumann U87, Royer 121 or Coles 4038 to staples like the AKG C414 or C451, you will find a very usable range of sounds to explore.

Live Sound Equipment

Students have access to an extensive set of live sound equipment with mixing consoles by Midas, Digidesign and Yamaha and a range of PA systems including a D&B Audiotechnik line array. Backed up with an excellent set of microphones chosen for their success in the live environment, and other production equipment such as lighting, the gear is used in a variety of destinations around the university or offsite at gigs and festivals.

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s £57 million teaching and performance facility is the first of its kind in the digital age and is the perfect fusion of traditional and contemporary.

Featuring 9,000 sq m of purpose designed teaching, rehearsal and state of the art performance space, it offers unrivalled opportunities for our students. The audio and video digital infrastructure is designed to enhance and support live performance and to allow students to experiment with new technologies.

Read more about the Conservatoire of the Future

Curzon Street Studios

Curzon Street Studios has a number of world-class TV studios suitable for shooting commercials, films and video productions, both big and small.

Studio B boasts the largest fixed green screen in the UK, with a three wall infinity cove. The studio has been used for filming TV commercials, TV promos, music videos, web presentations and the live-streaming of online entertainment shows. Studio B offers pre-rigged lighting for green screen as well as access to the lighting rig with a hoist controller at ground floor level.

Black cyclorama and matting are also available to create a black studio. The green studio also houses our MILO motion control rig which is the most used motion control rig in the world, the Milo’s versatility, portability and high accuracy makes it the ideal choice for live action shooting and table top work.

Curzon Street Studios boasts six digital radio studios. All studios have been acoustically designed to provide ideal recording environments for both live and pre-recorded audio production and are fully soundproofed.

Our post production system has been designed to enable content to be produced, managed and distributed digitally. We offer a custom built central technical area that allows seamless interaction between all our studios and edit suites.

Learn more about what Curzon Street Studios has to offer

Makers Space

The Level 4 Makers Space is a bright communal space in Millennium Point in which students find support in building their electronic projects (i.e. Raspberry Pi or Arduino boards based).

The Makers Space is equipped with a laser cutter, 3D printers, and a variety of electronic components like motion, proximity, humidity sensors, and many more.

This space is widely used by students, including first year students who use the space to help build their gadget ready to be presented at Innovation Fest. Experienced technicians are on hand to provide support. The support extends to all other levels including Final Year, Ph.D., and KTP projects.

Student have access to high spec laptops with the latest media software for all their module needs, making the level 4 Makers Space the ideal area for the development of their project. Computer enthusiasts will enjoy our mini collection of vintage Apple computers.


Computing and Digital Technology facilities

Enquiries

For more information on this course, contact Liam Matthews-Dibbins

Email: Liam.Matthews-Dibbins@bcu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)121 202 8563

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Microsoft Office Specialist Course

Digital literacy is a key part of the global economy, and Microsoft Office is one of the most globally recognised and in-demand skills. This Microsoft Office Specialist course introduces you to the fundamental concepts that will develop your skills to enhance your employability....

  • Level Short Course
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City Centre
  • Award N/A
  • Start date May 2022, June 2022, July 2022, August 2022
  • School School of Computing and Digital Technology
  • Faculty Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment

Overview

Digital literacy is a key part of the global economy, and Microsoft Office is one of the most globally recognised and in-demand skills. This Microsoft Office Specialist course introduces you to the fundamental concepts that will develop your skills to enhance your employability.

This course provides an in-person learning approach with a requirement to attend classes for two days in total (or equivalent) over the duration of the course.

Introducing STEAMhouse

STEAMhouse is a centre for technology, innovation, creative thinking

Our brand new £70 million pound building, STEAMhouse, will become the new home for the School of Computing and Digital Technology from the start of the 2022 academic year.

Find out more

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

You will have access to the Microsoft Official Academic Courseware (MOAC) curricula, and will receive in-person training from our Microsoft Certified Trainers. There will be a blend of taught material, practical exercises and directed study. In addition, you will be able to undertake an official practice test through GMetrix software.

The course consists of two days covering the Microsoft Office Specialist objectives, culminating with an opportunity to sit the official MOS Exam in the relevant software and gain an industry recognised certification.

Dates:

Month 

Course Type 

Saturday 

Evening 1 

Evening 2 

May 

PowerPoint 

7th May 

Monday 9th 

Wednesday 11th 

June 

Word 

4th June 

Monday 6th 

Wednesday 8th 

July 

Excel 

2nd July 

Monday 4th 

Wednesday 6th 

August 

PowerPoint 

6th August 

Monday 8th 

Wednesday 10th 

Saturdays: 9AM-5PM (with 30 minute lunch break) 

Evenings: 5:30PM-9:30PM 

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Fees & How to Apply

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Course Details 

Mode: Short Course 

Duration: 2 Days 

Fees: £500 per 2 day course 

This fee includes access to Microsoft Official Courseware in the relevant product, 1 x Official GMetrix Practice Exam Voucher and 1 x Official Microsoft Office Specialist Exam Voucher. 

 

How to apply 

Applications are submitted through a two stage process.  

  1. Please complete the MS Forms to apply for your chosen course. You must complete the form with as much detail as possible to enable you to be registered as part of the course. The registration form can be found here.

  1. You must pay the course fee via our BCU Store. The course payment page can be found here.

Entry Requirements 

Basic PC proficiency 

Note, if you wish to revise or complete your practice test at home, the following will also be needed: 

A PC or laptop capable of running the following: 

GMetrix practice tests, requirements here.

A copy of Microsoft Office 2016 installed to complete lab tasks 

Course in Depth

On this course, you will develop your understanding in the areas of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to meet the requirements for Microsoft Office Specialist standardsAreas covered include: 

  • Word – Creating and managing documents; formatting text, paragraphs and sections, creating tables, lists and references, and managing graphic elements 

  • Excel – Create and manage worksheets and workbooks, manage data cells, ranges, tables, charts and objects, and using formulas and functions 

  • PowerPoint – Create and manage presentations, insert and format text, shapes, images, charts, tables, SmartArt and media, apply transitions and animations, and manage multiple presentations 

  • Get immediate feedback on your work through class walkthroughs and examples 

For more information, the full Microsoft Office Specialist objectives can be found here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mos-certification.aspx  

The course provides you with the skills required to develop your understanding in the above areas to meet Microsoft’s rigorous standards for certification. You will be able to take practice tests in your own time, with support from instructors. 

You will receive a certificate for your participation. In addition, as part of this course you will receive a free exam voucher to take the chosen exam - 77-725, 77-727 or 77-729. The exams can be taken as part of the course on the final day or taken in your own time.  

Facilities & Staff

Our Facilities

As a student in the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you will have access to our labs, software, professional sound studios, computer games labs and industry-standard facilities to develop your practical skills in audio, video and multimedia application development, content creation and more.

We are currently undertaking a £340 million investment programme in our facilities, including a major expansion of our City Centre Campus. This includes our brand new £70 million development, STEAMhouse, which will be the new home to Computing and Digital Technology students. This state-of-the-art centre will give you access to outstanding facilities and equipment, as well as opportunities to collaborate with businesses across multiple sectors and work on real industry-based projects.

Our facilities in Millennium Point have undergone a £6.5million investment with a new maker area, engineering labs/equipment and IT equipment.

Thanks to our partnerships with Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, Juniper, SAS and LPI you will have access to the latest technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice. Our students also have access to software such as the Adobe Suite including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

Computer Labs

System Labs

Our embedded systems laboratories are used to develop real-time systems, such as specialist hardware training and development resources, and industrial-standard software development and simulation tools. These include:

  • Schematic capture and printed circuit board (PCB) design software – ORCAD
  • Analogue and digital circuit design and simulation software – PSpice
  • Graphical microcontroller software – Matrix Multimedia Flowcode
  • Microcontroller development board – PIC Microchip
  • E-block microcontroller training kit
  • FPGA & CPLD development board
  • Robotics design and development
Software Development and Computer Programming

There are a number of open access, software development and computer programming laboratories that can be used to develop systems and programmes, including:

  • Software development environments for modern programming languages - Visual Studio
  • Computing programming languages – Python, C#, ASP.NET, PHP, Unity
  • Operating systems – Linux, Windows and macOS
  • Database management systems – MySQL
  • Neural network simulators
  • Computer architecture simulators – RISC
  • Application development software – iPhone, Android Studio
  • Integrated development environments – Netbeans / FPGA /CPLD
  • JAVA programming – BlueJ.
Network Labs

Our industry standard kit can be accessed by students who are at home or anywhere on the globe – remote access – 24/7 (NETACAD)

The laboratories are well-equipped for all our computer networking courses, as well as specialist areas for practical work such as: Voice-over internet protocol (VoIP), Security technologies, Forensic and ethical hacking technologies, wireless and mobile technologies, Internet of Things (IoT), Cybersecurity and software Defined Networking including NFV.

Forensics Room 

Our successful development of forensic computing has led to a specialist forensics laboratory that is fully equipped with essential hardware and software for this sensitive area of study.

Industry standard forensic hardware and software is available for analysis of PC’s and mobile phones.

Some of the features of the lab includes: fingerprint readers and recognition software development kits, facial recognition cameras and software development kits and more.

Games Lab

Our state-of-the-art computer games lab is home to a PS4 Development Kit and has Xbox One Console Development ability. We have a Nintendo Switch Development Kit in procurement and HTC Vive, Oculus CV1 and VR development facility.

The Games Lab is a key feature during our Games Jam and society events. All students can join our computer games societies and use our facilities if interested in gaming.

Digital Technology Facilities

We operate well-resourced high-spec computer labs which are fully equipped with up-to-date, industry standard software for the design and development of advanced multimedia applications.

Our facilities include: Sophisticated graphics software packages for image manipulation and editing; these provide a full range of drawing, editing and image composition tools. Web animation and Rich Internet Application development tools. 3D software for Rendering, Modelling, Games and Animation, and design and graphics software including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

An Apple Mac sound lab, electronics and fully equipped multimedia labs are all part of the technology and multimedia experience on offer.

Sound Studios in Millennium Point

The Orchard

The Orchard is a 40-seat mac lab designed to support teaching of audio and mac-specific software. The lab features a recording booth as well as high quality audio monitors and video projector.

Sound Studios

Our studio facilities feature mixing consoles by manufacturers such as SSL and Audix, monitoring by PMC and Genelec, and a host of software and outboard hardware effects commonly found in high-end commercial recording studios. As well as acoustically designed spaces to record and mix, we have a dedicated mastering suite featuring the acclaimed PMC IB1S monitors.

In the live rooms you will find a useful range of stock instruments including drums and cymbals, guitars, basses, a tuned piano and a range of instrument amplifiers.

Mix Rooms

Our mix rooms are smaller rooms, useful for one or two students to work on projects that do not require the space afforded by our larger studio facilities. These include a Foley studio for recording of footsteps and other sound effects that are added to media. We also have a room where live desks can be set up, allowing students to explore workflows outside of a gig setup.

Microphones

We pride ourselves on an extensive microphone collection that any commercial studio would be proud of. From the classic Neumann U87, Royer 121 or Coles 4038 to staples like the AKG C414 or C451, you will find a very usable range of sounds to explore.

Live Sound Equipment

Students have access to an extensive set of live sound equipment with mixing consoles by Midas, Digidesign and Yamaha and a range of PA systems including a D&B Audiotechnik line array. Backed up with an excellent set of microphones chosen for their success in the live environment, and other production equipment such as lighting, the gear is used in a variety of destinations around the university or offsite at gigs and festivals.

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s £57 million teaching and performance facility is the first of its kind in the digital age and is the perfect fusion of traditional and contemporary.

Featuring 9,000 sq m of purpose designed teaching, rehearsal and state of the art performance space, it offers unrivalled opportunities for our students. The audio and video digital infrastructure is designed to enhance and support live performance and to allow students to experiment with new technologies.

Read more about the Conservatoire of the Future

Curzon Street Studios

Curzon Street Studios has a number of world-class TV studios suitable for shooting commercials, films and video productions, both big and small.

Studio B boasts the largest fixed green screen in the UK, with a three wall infinity cove. The studio has been used for filming TV commercials, TV promos, music videos, web presentations and the live-streaming of online entertainment shows. Studio B offers pre-rigged lighting for green screen as well as access to the lighting rig with a hoist controller at ground floor level.

Black cyclorama and matting are also available to create a black studio. The green studio also houses our MILO motion control rig which is the most used motion control rig in the world, the Milo’s versatility, portability and high accuracy makes it the ideal choice for live action shooting and table top work.

Curzon Street Studios boasts six digital radio studios. All studios have been acoustically designed to provide ideal recording environments for both live and pre-recorded audio production and are fully soundproofed.

Our post production system has been designed to enable content to be produced, managed and distributed digitally. We offer a custom built central technical area that allows seamless interaction between all our studios and edit suites.

Learn more about what Curzon Street Studios has to offer

Makers Space

The Level 4 Makers Space is a bright communal space in Millennium Point in which students find support in building their electronic projects (i.e. Raspberry Pi or Arduino boards based).

The Makers Space is equipped with a laser cutter, 3D printers, and a variety of electronic components like motion, proximity, humidity sensors, and many more.

This space is widely used by students, including first year students who use the space to help build their gadget ready to be presented at Innovation Fest. Experienced technicians are on hand to provide support. The support extends to all other levels including Final Year, Ph.D., and KTP projects.

Student have access to high spec laptops with the latest media software for all their module needs, making the level 4 Makers Space the ideal area for the development of their project. Computer enthusiasts will enjoy our mini collection of vintage Apple computers.


Computing and Digital Technology facilities

Enquiries

For more information on this course, contact Liam Matthews-Dibbins

Email: Liam.Matthews-Dibbins@bcu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)121 202 8563