Databases Syllabus for 2021-2022
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POFI-2350-001 Databases


Course Description

In-depth instruction of database theory and the practical applications of a database. This course is designed to be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency.

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(3 sem hrs; 2 lec, 4 lab)

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Syllabus Information


Your Office: Microsoft Access 2019 Comprehensive
by Amy Kinser, Brant Paige Moriarity, Eric Kinser, Jennifer Paige Nightingale
Publisher: Pearson
 ISBN-13: 978-0-13582-597-6

The book comes bundled with a MyITLab code (Required) at the AC bookstore.

The myitlab access code is valid for 1 year

 Please do not open the package that contains the myitlab code until you have enrolled in the course in myitlab.
You could already have a valid code if you are concurrently enrolled OR if you were in ITSC 2335 in Spring 1, 2022 OR Fall 2021


  1. Access to a PC/laptop running the Windows Operating System (Windows 10) -- Required

  2. A USB flash drive, 4GB or higher
  3. Microsoft Access 2019. This application is a part of Office 365. If you do not have a subscription of Office 365, you can get Office 365 Personal for $6.99 per month (no annual contract) on Microsoft's website.
    Here is the link : Office 365 Personal
  4. Software is available on computers in the computer Labs in the 2nd floor of the Byrd Business building and on computers in the Underground lab. If you are running the 2016 or the latest version (2021) of Microsoft Office, that version will work for this course for the most part. Realize, however, that the training, textbook, and projects are all geared toward Access 2019.
  5. Reliable access to the Internet. Internet access is available in the computer labs in Byrd Business building and on the Washington Street campus.

Student Performance

At the end of this course, students will learn

  1. Understand Database Fundamentals
  2. Understand Relational Databases - Tables, Keys & Relationships
  3. Table Design, Creation & Modification
  4. Entering data into the Database
  5. Determine the data types , field options, filtering data in a table
  6. Create Queries to pull relevant and useful information from the database.
  7. Create forms for easy data entry and advanced forms
  8. Create Reports for presenting information in a professional setting.

In addition to learning how to use Microsoft Access 2019, we will be looking at online databases such as Research databases, legal database, etc. and how to find and pull information from these databases.

The main focus of this course is to understand how a database works and to be comfortable enough to manage and extract information from the database.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to maintain a high standard of individual honor in their scholastic work. Students who are guilty of cheating, plagiarism, copying, or dishonesty may receive a 0 on an assignment; may be excluded from class with a grade of F; or, in flagrant cases, may be suspended from the College.

Students should be prepared to put in  time at home working on the Assignment. Students should expect to put in atleast 5-10 hours work per week at home/lab

Points will be deducted for late work - 5 points per day past the due date. Assignments cannot be turned in for grading 2 weeks past the due date

The Faculty of the Office Administration Program reserve the right to ask a student to verify any portion of a test or assignment by reproducing any specific section or the entire test/assignment in question. Any action that compromises the computer systems at Amarillo College, including but not limited to hacking or cracking, can result in a grade of "F" in this course and possible further disciplinary action.

Grading Criteria

Course grades will be assigned based upon the following criteria:

  • >89.5 = A
  • >79.5 = B
  • >69.5 = C
  • >59.5 = D
  • <59.5 = F

Student evaluation is based upon the following criteria and weights:

  • Attendance & in class participation – 15%
  • Chapter Quiz – 10%
  • Training Projects – 20%
  • Grader Projects – 30%
  • Mid-term Exam – 10%
  • Final Exam – 15%


  • Check your email daily.  The email address used by your instructor is the email issued to each AC student.
  • Complete assignments by the scheduled date/time. 
  • Attendance will be taken during each class period. Excessive absence or lack of participation may result in failure of the course.
  • Students should plan on spending a minimum of 8-10 hours per week on this course. Actual amounts will vary depending on weekly assignments and topic complexity. Please schedule your time, so that you are able to devote the appropriate energy and effort to achieve success in this course.
  • Your instructor, Rashmi Pillai, may be contacted by email through the course in Blackboard. If Blackboard is not available, please email  Subject line should include your course name (POFT 2350: write your subject)
  • In-person meetings or additional help is available if needed or desired. Please contact by email to set up a convenient day & time.
  • Emails are typically answered within 24-hours. If you do not receive a response within that time-frame, please resend the message as a reminder.
All Week 1 assignments must be completed by the end of Week 1 (Monday, March 28 @ 10pm), in order to be considered Present in the course. Failure to complete all assignments by this date may lead to an administrative drop from the course.
 Contact your instructor as soon as you run into any troublesome issues during Week 1, so that assistance can be offered to help you stay on track!!


POFT 2350-002: DATABASES (SPRING 2, 2020)

The schedule below represents a planned outline for the course. Please check your email daily for course updates from your instructor.

WEEK 1 (March 21 – March 27)
Topics Covered:
Introductions, Syllabus, Course Policies,
Microsoft Access 2019, Chapter 1 & 2

WEEK 2 (March 28 – April 3)
Topics Covered:
Access Ch 3 & 4

WEEK 3 (April 4 – April 10)
Topics Covered: Access Chapter 5

WEEK 4 (April 11 – April 17)
Topics Covered: Access Chapter 9

WEEK 5 (April 18 – April 24)
Topics Covered: Access Chapter 6

WEEK 6 (April 25 – May 1)
Topics Covered: Access Chapter 8

WEEK 7 (May 2 – May 8)
Topics Covered: Access Chapter 10

WEEK 8 (May 9 – May 12)
Topics Covered:  Final Exam Review
Assignments: Final Exam - in-class

Additional Information

March 21:           Spring 2 Classes Begin
March 28:           Census Day (Administrative Drop for Non-Attendance)
April 4:                Summer/Fall 2022 Registration Begins
April 15 - 17:       Easter Holiday (Campus Closed)
May 3:                 Last Day to Withdraw from Spring 2 Classes
May 12:               Spring 2 Classes End
May 13:               Commencement

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  • Advocacy & Resource Center: The Advocacy & Resource Center is located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons. A variety of resources are available in the areas of social services, a food pantry, a clothing closet, and adult student programs. Visit the Advocacy & Resource Center website at
  • Counseling Center: At the Counseling Center, student and counselor work together to develop more personal awareness and the skills needed to overcome barriers to success. All services are free and confidential. Visit the Counseling Center website at:
  • Legal Clinic: The Legal Clinic is a free, walk-in clinic assisting enrolled AC students on various legal issues including family law, immigration, probate, landlord-tenant issues, and general legal matters. Visit the Legal Clinic website at

Syllabus Created on:

03/18/22 10:27 PM

Last Edited on:

03/18/22 11:28 PM