Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2013: Basic


Course Specifications

Course Length:

1 day

Course Description




It’s hard to imagine a day going by without people passing along large amounts of information. Messages are everywhere, and the number of messages we receive seems to be increasing each day. Whether via phone, email, mass media, or personal interaction, we are subjected to a constant stream of information. With so much communication to contend with, it can be difficult to grab people’s attention. But, we are often called upon to do just that. So, how do you grab and maintain an audience’s focus when you’re asked to present important information? By being clear, organized, and engaging. And, that is exactly what Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2013 can help you do.

Gone are the days of flip charts or drawing on a white board to illustrate your point. Today’s audiences are tech savvy, accustomed to high-impact multimedia content, and stretched for time. By learning how to use the vast array of features and functionality contained within PowerPoint 2013, you will gain the ability to organize your content, enhance it with high-impact visuals, and deliver it with a punch. In this course, you will use PowerPoint 2013 to begin creating engaging, dynamic multimedia presentations.

You can also use the course to prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification exam for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.

Course Objectives:


Upon completing this course, you will be able to create and deliver engaging multimedia presentations that convey the key points of your message through the use of text, graphics, and animations.

You will:

  • Identify the basic features and functions of PowerPoint 2013.
  • Develop a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Perform advanced text editing.
  • Add graphical elements to a presentation.
  • Modify objects in a presentation.
  • Add tables to a presentation.
  • Add charts to a presentation.
  • Prepare to deliver a presentation.

Target Student:


This course is designed for students who wish to gain the foundational understanding of Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 that is necessary to create and develop engaging multimedia presentations.



To ensure success, students should be familiar with using personal computers, and should have experience using a keyboard and mouse. Students should be comfortable in the Windows® 8 environment, and be able to use Windows 8 to manage information on their computers. Specific tasks the students should be able to perform include: launching and closing applications, navigating basic file structures, and managing files and folders. To meet this prerequisite, you can take either of the following Logical Operations courses:

  • Using Microsoft® Windows® 8
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8: Transition from Windows® 7

Course Content


Lesson 1: Getting Started with PowerPoint

 Topic A: Navigate the PowerPoint Environment

 Topic B: Create and Save a PowerPoint Presentation

 Topic C: Use Help


Lesson 2: Developing a PowerPoint Presentation

 Topic A: Select a Presentation Type

 Topic B: View and Navigate a Presentation

 Topic C: Edit Text

 Topic D: Build a Presentation


Lesson 3: Performing Advanced Text Editing

 Topic A: Format Characters

 Topic B: Format Paragraphs

 Topic C: Format Text Boxes


Lesson 4: Adding Graphical Elements to Your Presentation

 Topic A: Insert Clip Art and Images

 Topic B: Insert Shapes


Lesson 5: Modifying Objects in Your Presentation

 Topic A: Edit Objects

 Topic B: Format Objects

 Topic C: Group Objects

 Topic D: Arrange Objects

 Topic E: Animate Objects


Lesson 6: Adding Tables to Your Presentation

 Topic A: Create a Table

 Topic B: Format a Table

 Topic C: Insert a Table from Other Microsoft Office Applications


Lesson 7: Adding Charts to Your Presentation

 Topic A: Create a Chart

 Topic B: Format a Chart

 Topic C: Insert a Chart from Microsoft Excel


Lesson 8: Preparing to Deliver Your Presentation

 Topic A: Review Your Presentation

 Topic B: Apply Transitions

 Topic C: Print Your Presentation

 Topic D: Deliver Your Presentation