Your training and experience using Microsoft® Access® has given you basic database management skills, such as creating tables, designing forms and reports, and building queries. In this course, you will expand your knowledge of relational database design; promote quality input from users; improve database efficiency and promote data integrity; and implement advanced features in tables, queries, forms, and reports. Extending your knowledge of Access will result in a robust, functional database for your users.
This course is the second part of a three-course series that covers the skills needed to perform database design and development in Access.
- Microsoft® Access® for Office 365™: Part 1 : Focuses on the design and construction of an Access database —viewing, navigating, searching, and entering data in a database, as well as basic relational database design and creating simple tables, queries, forms, and reports.
- Microsoft® Access® for Office 365™: Part 2 (this course): Focuses on optimization of an Access database, including optimizing performance and normalizing data; data validation; usability; and advanced queries, forms, and reports.
- Microsoft® Access® for Office 365™: Part 3 : Focuses on managing the database and supporting complex database designs , including import and export of data; using action queries to manage data; creating complex forms and reports; macros and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA); and tools and strategies to manage, distribute, and secure a database.
In this course, you will optimize an Access database.
- Provide input validation features to promote the entry of quality data into a database.
- Organize a database for efficiency and performance, and to maintain data integrity.
- Improve the usability of Access tables.
- Create advanced queries to join and summarize data.
- Use advanced formatting and controls to improve form presentation.
- Use advanced formatting and calculated fields to improve reports.
Lesson 1: Promoting Quality Data Input
Topic A: Restrict Data Input Through Field Validation
Topic B: Restrict Data Input Through Forms and Record Validation
Lesson 2: Improving Efficiency and Data Integrity
Topic A: Data Normalization
Topic B: Associate Unrelated Tables
Topic C: Enforce Referential Integrity
Lesson 3: Improving Table Usability
Topic A: Create Lookups Within a Table
Topic B: Work with Subdatasheets
Lesson 4: Creating Advanced Queries
Topic A: Create Query Joins
Topic B: Create Subqueries
Topic C: Summarize Data
Lesson 5: Improving Form Presentation
Topic A: Apply Conditional Formatting
Topic B: Create Tab Pages with Subforms and Other Controls
Lesson 6: Creating Advanced Reports
Topic A: Apply Advanced Formatting to a Report
Topic B: Add a Calculated Field to a Report
Topic C: Control Pagination and Print Quality
Topic D: Add a Chart to a Report
Appendix A: Mapping Course Content to Microsoft Access Expert (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019): Exam MO-500
Appendix B: Microsoft® Access® Common Keyboard Shortcuts
To ensure your success in this course, it is recommended you have completed Microsoft® Access® for Office 365™: Part 1 or possess equivalent knowledge.
It is also suggested that you have end-user skills with any current version of Windows, including being able to start programs, switch between programs, locate saved files, close programs, and use a browser to access websites. You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking the following Logical Operations course, or any similar courses in general Microsoft Windows skills:
- Using Microsoft® Windows® 10 (Second Edition)
This course is designed for students wishing to gain intermediate-level skills or individuals whose job responsibilities include constructing relational databases and developing tables, queries, forms, and reports in Microsoft Access for Microsoft 365.