Business Computer Applications - 915

Mohawk College Certificate
Mix of classroom and online
Students looking at stocks on a computer
  • 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.
Program Contact
Continuing Education Business
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • 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.


Click on the course title for a course description. For more information on which courses are available this term please visit the Course Catalogue.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: This course will familiarize students with both the hardware and software of their computer system. Graduates will be able to use the most common functions of the WINDOWS operating system includng the WINDOWS Explorer program for file management and will be able to identify security risks and protect their computers from malware. Graduates will be able to build properly formatted documents using Microsoft Word and spreadsheets including correctly functioning formulas using Microsoft Excel. Microsoft Works is NOT acceptable for use in this course.
Equivalents: INFO10156 or INFO10113 or INFO10095 or COMP10166 or COMP10191 or INFO10053
Course description: Learn to use MS Word 2016 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 2016.
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, and cut, copy and paste data.
Course description: This course is designed to teach advanced topics of MS Excel. Students will learn how to create and manipulate advanced spreadsheets and be able to manipulate data, work with templates and styles, connect to external data and links, review and protect workbooks, create custom formats and layouts and create advanced formulas. Foundational knowledge of Excel is recommended.
Course description: Learn to use advanced MS Word 2016 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. Foundational knowledge of Word is recommended.
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 2016 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.
Course description: Perform mail merge, create drawings and WordArt objects using MS Publisher by utilizing objects, frames and text. Create stationery, design master pages and use layout and page techniques. Create electronic presentations using MS PowerPoint. Students should use MS Publisher and MS Powerpoint 2016 exclusively.
Credits: 3
  • 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.

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.

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.

Industries of Employment

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.

Occupational Categories

Upon program completion graduates can explore a variety of office-based careers.

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.