Business Computer Applications - 915

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Whether you need documentation to show your competence with computers or you want to be able to use your home computer more effectively, this program offers courses to meet the needs of today's computer users.

  • A variety of courses are offered in class and online, providing the opportunity to combine traditional classroom learning with self-paced study.
  • Classes are offered in computer labs to provide a hands-on experience with the various software products.
  • Learning materials offer numerous exercises from beginner to advanced levels.
  • The Microsoft Office suite is available as a free download to Mohawk College students.

View courses available this term under Program of Studies.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission and Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

Interested in taking a single course? No problem. Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, these courses can be taken individually or as part of the full program.

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CE Technology and Skills Development

  • If you are unfamiliar with computers the following courses are recommended: Workshop for Windows (INFOBW001), Keyboarding - Beginners (KEYBSEZ30).

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

Financial Assistance Information

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Technology and Skills Development.

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course. 

Visit the Textbooks page for information on ordering your course materials.

A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: This course will familiarize students with the digital world by exploring the hardware and software of their computer system. Students will learn to use the most common functions of the Windows operating system including File Explorer for file management, utility programs, various web browsers for social media while observing and identifying security and privacy concerns and issues. Students will learn to build properly formatted documents using Microsoft Word and spreadsheets including correctly functioning formulas using Microsoft Excel and create commanding presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint while using the cloud to store and access their files.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: INFO10156 or INFO10113 or INFO10095 or COMP10166 or COMP10191 or INFO10053
Course description: Learn to use MS Word 2019 or 365 for Windows, a word processing package that has the convenience and efficiencies of pull-down menus. Learn to create, edit, format and print documents. Use paragraph, page, and character formatting commands. Create multiple page documents with table, and desktop publishing with MS Word.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: INFOBW110 and INFOBW210
Course description: Learn to use Microsoft Excel to create and format spreadsheets in order to analyze data and make more informed business decisions. You will discover how to; create, edit, format and print workbooks; use mathematical formulas and functions; create and format charts and shapes; insert images; cut, copy and paste data.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: INFOBW161 and INFOBW261
Course description: This course is designed to teach advanced topics of MS Excel by building upon the topics covered in the course COMP8166 (Excel Core). Students will learn how to create and analyze spreadsheets using PivotTables and PivotCharts, and Excel's What-If analysis tools. Students also learn many of Excel's advanced functions, including logical and conditional, financial, date and time, and database functions and also how to create their own custom functions.
Prerequisites: INFO10078
Course description: Learn to use advanced MS Word & 365 software features required to prepare complex and prepare professional documents. Learn to manage document options and settings, design advanced documents, create advanced references, and create custom word elements.
Prerequisites: INFO10077
Course description: Microsoft Access is a computerized database that allows you to manipulate, link, chart, query and report your data to customize the information you need. You will learn to use Microsoft Access to create databases, view, format, manage and modify data tables and fields. You will learn to create forms, queries, reports and explore data relationships using its pull-down menus, toolbars and dialog boxes.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: INFOBW105 and INFOBW205
Course description: Start, navigate and generally understand concepts essential to the use of Publisher. By working with objects, frames, and text in a publication, students will perform a mail merge, create drawings, and WordArt objects. They will be able to create stationery, design master pages, and use layout and page techniques to enhance Publisher publications. The ability to create electronic presentations as well as various types of print materials such as business cards, letterhead, brochures, flyers and newsletters is necessary in business today. Students should be using Microsoft Publisher and Powerpoint exclusively.
Credits: 3

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. 

Course Code Course Name Fall
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
COMP10136 Introduction to Computers 1




INFO10077 Word Core OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
INFO10078 Excel Core OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
INFO10079 Excel Expert OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
INFO10080 Word Expert OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
INFO10081 Access Core OntarioLearn   OntarioLearn
INFO10280 Presentations and Desktop Publishing




Getting Started

Visit CE Get Started, your go-to online resource for getting started. You’ll find information on online tools and the wide range of student services available to you to support your success as a Mohawk College student and to help you achieve your future goals!

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Online learning courses provide you with the opportunity to learn online, anywhere, at your convenience!  You can study at home or at work - wherever you like, whenever you like, within a predetermined time frame.

Courses are delivered over a set time period and are led by instructors. Most courses do not require that you be online at a certain time of day or night, but that you are active in the course during the schedule. There are scheduled start and end dates and you cannot start courses late nor finish early.

Visit the OntarioLearn Course page to discover how to get started on OntarioLearn. Please note your course will not appear in OntarioLearn until the scheduled start date.

Visit Exams for Online Courses for everything you need to know about booking and writing your online learning exam.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and correctly in the written spoken and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
  • Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
  • Respond to written, spoken or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  • Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems and contributions of others.
  • Take responsibilities for one's own actions, decisions and consequences.
  • Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Career Opportunities

Many careers require a strong working knowledge of a number of software programs. Enhance your understanding of computers and learn how to use business software applications.

Given that computers are found in all areas of industry, it would be a challenge to find any business environment that did not require some knowledge of computers. Upon program completion graduates can explore a variety of office-based careers.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank.

Software Versions

  • Adobe CC (Creative Cloud) - Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Photoshop
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 or 12
  • Microsoft Office 2013 - Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Visio, Word
  • Windows 7

Unless specified otherwise, software is your responsibility and is not included in course fees.

There are computers available at Mohawk College that you may use to complete your course work and assignments.

Instructors provide assistance with course content but cannot provide any internet technical support. Your internet service provider is responsible for such support.

Required Materials

Students will need to buy a textbook from the Mohawk College bookstore for each course. A USB drive is also required for saving classroom work.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition

Do you have computer skills, but lack a certificate? The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process can help you earn a certificate faster. Visit the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition page or email plar [at] to arrange a challenge exam. A minimum of two weeks notice is required and a non-refundable fee will be charged.