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Microsoft Access Introduction

In this two-day course, you will learn the fundamental skills required to design and build databases in Microsoft Access. From the basics such as database terminology, the course will take you through the process of designing and building a database, constructing tables and table relationships, creating queries to search and interrogate your data, and also provide you with the skills to create forms to ease data entry, and reports to output your information.

Most job roles today involve some form of data management. In the case of data workers, it may be their primary job task. For some, like research scientists and accountants, data management may be a strong component of the job. For others, data management may consist of an incidental job responsibility, such as time reporting or recording a sale.

A relational database application such as Microsoft Access can help you and your organisation collect and manage large amounts of data. Access is a versatile tool. You can use it as a personal data management tool, or you can use it as a construction set to develop applications for an entire department or organisation.

This course is suitable for users of Access 2010, 2013 or 2016. If you're attending at a QA location, the course will be delivered on Access 2016.

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Learning Objectives

Delegates will learn how to:

  • Identify the common objects of an Access database
  • Design and build the structure of a database
  • Input and maintain data
  • Design user-friendly data entry forms
  • Search the database using queries
  • Generate reports from your data

Pre-Requisites

  • Use a mouse
  • Type and use a keyboard
  • Navigate through Windows files and folders
  • Work with Windows - minimise, maximise, open and close
  • Familiarity with the list-related tools in Microsoft Excel such as sorting and filtering would be beneficial, though not essential

Course Content

Introducing Microsoft Access

  • The Access environment

Database terminology

  • Access database objects
  • Fields and records
  • Properties

Designing a database

  • Planning and designing a table
  • Creating fields
  • Setting common field properties
  • Defining key fields

Working with table data

  • Entering and editing data
  • Sorting and filtering table records
  • Deleting records

Relationships

  • Why use table relationships?
  • Relationship types
  • Working with table subdatasheets

Querying a database

  • Creating simple Select Queries
  • Specifying query criteria
  • Sorting query results
  • Adding calculated fields

Designing Forms

  • Creating simple forms for data entry
  • Designing custom forms
  • Working with form sections

Designing Reports

  • Creating basic list reports
  • Working with grouping and sorting in a report
  • Adding totals to a report

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