Microsoft Access Course: Level 1 (Beginners)

Microsoft Access Course: Level 1 (Beginners)

Microsoft Access short courses in Sydney, open to everyone.

Create and share database apps without being a developer with our Microsoft Access courses in Sydney.

Microsoft Access is one of the world’s leading relational database software applications. In our Microsoft Access courses, learn how to build sophisticated database applications to track, report and share information, and sort, filter and group data in ways that provides valuable insights for your organisation. Learn Microsoft Access with our Microsoft Access courses in Sydney - short courses open to everyone.

This Microsoft Access course is a beginner’s Access course and aims to give you a thorough grounding in the basics of creating and working with databases using Microsoft Access before attempting more advanced features covered in Microsoft Access Course: Level 2 (Intermediate). The skills and knowledge acquired in this Microsoft Access course are sufficient to be able to create database systems, enter, edit and delete data in database files, produce information in forms and reports and generate queries on the data.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this Microsoft Access course you should be able to:

  1. Understand how Access is used and how to navigate around it.
  2. Design a database with lookup tables.
  3. Create a database structure using Access.
  4. Modify the structure of an existing table.
  5. Add records to a new table.
  6. Add transactional records to a lookup database.
  7. Work with the records in a database table.
  8. Sort and filter records in a table.
  9. Create simple and effective queries.
  10. Create meaningful reports from tables.
  11. Create and use forms.

Course Content

The following content will be covered in this Microsoft Access course:

Getting to Know Microsoft Access

  • Understanding Microsoft Access.
  • Starting Access From the Desktop.
  • Understanding the Start Screen.
  • Creating a New Blank Database.
  • Understanding the Backstage View.
  • Opening an Existing Database File.
  • Understanding the Access Screen.
  • Using the Ribbon.
  • Working With the Navigation Pane.
  • Adding Commands to the QAT.
  • Working With Touch Mode.
  • Working With a Table.
  • Working With Other Database Objects.
  • Closing a Database File.
  • Exiting From Access.

Designing a Lookup Database in Microsoft Access

  • Understanding How Access Stores Data.
  • Understanding Access Data Types.
  • Scoping Your New Database.
  • Identifying Table Problems.
  • Refining Table Structures.
  • Finalising the Design.

Creating a Lookup Database in Microsoft Access

  • Creating a New Database File.
  • Creating the Lookup Table.
  • Defining the Primary Key.
  • Saving and Closing a Table.
  • Creating the Transaction Table.
  • Understanding Lookup Table Relationships.
  • Connecting to a Lookup Table.
  • Viewing Table Relationships.

Modifying Microsoft Access Table Structures

  • Opening an Existing Table.
  • Adding Fields to an Existing Table.
  • Understanding Field Properties.
  • Changing Field Size.
  • Changing Field Names.
  • Changing Decimal Places.
  • Changing Date Formats.
  • Indexing Fields.
  • Deleting Fields From a Table.
  • Copying a Table Within a Database.
  • Deleting a Table From a Database File.

Adding Records to a Microsoft Access Table

  • Typing Records in a Table.
  • Adding Records Using a Form.
  • Saving a Form Layout for Reuse.
  • Adding Records Using an Existing Form.
  • Adding Additional Records.
  • Importing From Microsoft Excel.

Adding Transactional Records in Microsoft Access

  • Typing Transactional Records.
  • Adding Transactional Records Using a Form.
  • Adding Additional Transactional Records.
  • Adding Records Using a Subdatasheet.
  • Removing a Subdatasheet.
  • Inserting a Subdatasheet.

Working With Microsoft Access Records

  • Table Navigation.
  • Navigating to a Specific Record.
  • Editing a Record.
  • Deleting Record Data.
  • Undoing a Change.
  • Deleting a Record.
  • Deleting Several Records.
  • Searching in a Table.
  • Searching in a Field.
  • Finding and Replacing.
  • Printing Records From a Table.
  • Compacting a Database.

Sorting and Filtering in Microsoft Access

  • Simple Sorting.
  • Sorting on Several Fields.
  • Simple Filtering.
  • Working With Filters.
  • Filtering Between Dates.

Creating Queries in Microsoft Access

  • Understanding Queries.
  • Creating a Query Design.
  • Working With a Query.
  • Changing a Query Design.
  • Applying Record Criteria.
  • Clearing Selection Criteria.
  • Saving a Query.
  • Running Queries From the Navigation Pane.
  • Deleting a Query.
  • Creating Additional Queries.

Creating and Using Reports in Microsoft Access

  • Understanding Reporting in Access.
  • Creating a Basic Report.
  • Working With Existing Reports.
  • Previewing and Printing a Report.
  • Changing the Report Layout.
  • Using the Report Wizard.
  • Creating a Grouped Report.
  • Creating a Statistical Report.
  • Working With Grouped Reports.

Creating and Using Forms in Microsoft Access

  • Understanding Forms.
  • Creating a Basic Form.
  • Creating a Split Form.
  • Binding a Form to a Query.
  • Using the Form Wizard.
  • Working With Existing Forms.
  • Editing Records in a Form.
  • Deleting Records Through a Form.
  • Deleting an Unwanted Form.

Intended Audience

Providing comprehensive and thorough coverage of the basics of using Microsoft Access, this Access course is ideal for new or existing users seeking to learn Access tasks outlined in the course content.

Delivery Style

This Microsoft Access course is presented as instructor-led computer-based training in a Microsoft Windows environment. You’ll have dedicated access to a computer exclusively for your use so you can follow instructor training and work through examples.

Course Prerequisites

This Microsoft Access course assumes little or no knowledge of databases or Microsoft Access. You should be familiar with the basic functions of a computer operating system. This includes navigating the environment using a mouse and keyboard, starting applications, copying and pasting objects, formatting text, creating folders, opening and saving files, familiarity with the accessing the Internet and use of common web browsers. If you do not have these skills, we recommend attending the Basic Computer Skills Course before attempting this course.

Bring Your Own Device Option (Windows Only)

This course is also available to participants who are seeking a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) option for users of Windows devices only. Participants are able to bring and use their own laptop provided that they have a recent version of the software installed on their device. BYOD course participants are required to contact us on 02 8262 6400 (Option 4) between 9AM to 5PM Monday to Friday to enrol in this course. This option may also be available for any classes currently marked as full.

About your instructor

Paul Neale

Paul Neale

Paul Neale has had vast experience teaching all Microsoft Office applications from basic to advanced levels. His qualifications include Microsoft Certified Professional, Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment, and Cert IV Small Business Management. He is an experienced Project Management and Team Leader. He is also an IT trouble-shooter, experienced in hardware assembly, network design, back-office apps and helpdesk support.


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