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New Perspectives on Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Comprehensive (New Perspectives (Thomson Course Technology)) [Paperback]

June Jamrich Parsons , Dan Oja , Roy Ageloff , Patrick Carey
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August 24, 2007 1423905857 978-1423905851 1
Following the critical thinking, problem-solving approach of the New Perspectives Series students will gain a comprehensive understanding of Microsoft Excel 2007, including the new features of the software. The case-based tutorials challenge students to apply what they are learning to real-life tasks, preparing them to easily transfer skills to new situations. With the New Perspectives Series approach, students understand why they're learning what they're learning, and are better situated to retain skills.


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June Parsons and Dan Oja purchased their first computer, an Apple II+, in 1981 and quickly became fluent in BASIC, dBASE II, Lotus 123, WordStar, and a variety of accounting programs. The next year, they opened a successful small computer retail store that also offered software instruction to children and adults. June taught at the university level for more than 20 years, has a doctorate in Educational Technology, and was certified by the ICCP in 1995. June and Dan began writing and creating educational software for Course Technology in 1992. They contributed to the Windows for Business and Illustrated Series and developed the New Perspectives, e-Course, and Practical series. They work via the Internet with a team of highly skilled media specialists and desktop publishers located in various states and provinces.

Roy Ageloff has taught courses in computer programming, database design and development, accounting information systems, and office productivity software at the University of Rhode Island and has written textbooks in programming languages, database software, and spreadsheet applications. He is a business consultant and teacher at Paradise Valley Community College, Arizona.

Patrick Carey received his M.S. in Biostatistics from the University of Wisconsin, where he worked as a researcher designing and analyzing clinical studies. He co-authored his first textbook on using Excel as a statistical tool. Patrick has authored or co-authored over 20 academic and trade texts for the software industry.

Product Details

  • Series: New Perspectives (Thomson Course Technology)
  • Paperback: 904 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology; 1 edition (August 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423905857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423905851
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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June Parsons and Dan Oja purchased their first computer, an Apple II+, in 1981 and quickly became fluent in BASIC, dBASE II, Lotus 123, WordStar, and a variety of accounting programs. The next year, they opened a successful small computer retail store that also offered software instruction to children and adults. June taught at the university level for more than 20 years, has a doctorate in Educational Technology, and was certified by the ICCP in 1995. June and Dan began writing and creating educational software for Course Technology in 1992. They contributed to the Windows for Business and Illustrated Series and developed the New Perspectives, e-Course, and Practical series. They work via the Internet with a team of highly skilled media specialists and desktop publishers located in various states and provinces.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achieving "Application Specialist" Excel Know-How August 7, 2008
Format:Paperback
Three cheers for this book and the other Thomson/Course Technology "Comprehensive" books addressing various applications in Microsoft Office 2007 (and, earlier, in Office 2003, etc.). The books are designed for successful use (either on a self-study basis, or in formal courses) on the part of those who, starting with no prior knowledge, want to bring themselves up to a skill level corresponding to what Microsoft terms "Microsoft Certified Application Specialist." Here are some of the distinguishing features of this Excel 2007 book:

(1) The book makes effective use of color, including frequent and well annotated screen shots.

(2) The book presents material in a highly readable, step by step way. (This might be a disadvantage for fast-track users of the book who do not need or want that much "hand holding," but it does mean that just about any motivated person who works conscientiously with the book can achieve success.)

(3) Each of the 12 chapters is set in the context of a "case" providing meaningful settings within which the application potential of Excel is brought into focus, usually in a "business-related" way. (This contrasts with some books that describe "how to do this" and "how to do that," but might lack motivation for WHY it might be of interest to be able to do this or do that.) Peripheral benefit: the book provides an informal introduction to some aspects of business, in the sense of extracting information from data to provide insights and perhaps support fundamental decision making.

(4) Each chapter concludes with a set of five exercises or "cases," starting with an exercise in which the reader is asked to extend the material developed in the body of the chapter.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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At the end of each tutorial there are case problems and assignments that allow you to practice what you've learned. The required student data files are downloaded from the internet. However, you are NOT able to check your work. You will have no idea whether you are completing the assignments accurately or if you need to spend additional time learning a particular topic.

Workbook solutions are only available to instructors; an email and password are required to download solutions, practice exams and other great learning tools.

I wish I had known this before purchasing this very expensive book. If anyone can help me to access the solutions, I would be most grateful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Learning Tool December 14, 2008
Format:Paperback
This text book is very thorough: It provides excellent pictures, so there is no guess work as to whether you did something right or not; it walks you through everything step-by-step; gives you real life scenarios of projects; and also gives you necessary information as to what is and is not professional - when certain visuals should be used as opposed to other for given information, data, statistics. This is definitely a book that I will not be selling back to the school bookstore :0). I'm tabbing it up so I know where to jump to when I need help and keeping it until Excel 2012 comes out!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn Excel! July 31, 2009
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If you own Excel and have never used it, this is a wonderful way to learn. This book is very comprehensive and is used as a textbook for college courses on Excel. The book starts with the most basic skills, such as entering text in a cell, navigating the spreadsheet, copying and pasting, ect. In the subsequent chapters you learn pretty much every feature Excel has to offer. When you get this book, there is a web address in the back where you can go to download the Excel files for your lessons. Each chapter has its own set of lessons. For example, Chapter 2 is about formatting a spreadsheet. At the beginning of the chapter you open the file for the chapter 2 tutorial. This file is an Excel spreadsheet which you will format as you go along with the lesson. The book clearly explains every step and tells you what to type, which buttons to click on, ect. Each chapter also contains troubleshooting tips for common errors begining users make. At the end of each chapter there are are also several Excel problems which you can complete for additional practice.

I have been working on this book consistently and am almost done. All in all it looks like I will have taken about 7 weeks total by the time I finish. Keep in mind that I work on it roughly an hour a day and sometimes more. Also, there are 5 problems at the end of each chapter and I usually do about 1 or 2.

As far as the difficultly level, I would say that this is a pretty easy book, especially in the first several chapters. When you get to the advanced formulas it can make you scratch your head a little and may require a little extra effort, but if you have some basic computer and math skills, then you shouldn't have to worry about getting stuck. Of course, you can always take a course or have someone who already knows the program help you if you do run into problems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Comprehensive Excel Reference/Tutorial Available November 15, 2009
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I expected this book to be like most all other reference books on MS Office software: dumbed-down. I was unbelievably surprised! This book is so incredibly complete in its coverage that I was amazed. It was even beyond my expectations as to what it addressed - things I didn't even know Excel could do! (And I thought I knew Excel - wrong!)

Even if you "know" Excel, I would highly recommend this book. You will be amazed at its depth of content. It seems expensive, but this book is PACKED with information - LOTS OF IT. TRULY WORTH THE PRICE IN EVERY WAY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Used for a class
Amazing book, but required for a class. Never realized how useful it was until a few months after I got rid of it.
Published 2 months ago by amy
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit upon my specific needs!
I have always worked in Excel without having really taken a course to understand all the tips and tricks. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michelle Dufault
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Excellent book to assist in learning Excel - basic properties can be utilixzed and applied to Excel 2010 version at a fraction of the cost.
Published 16 months ago by Carmen Crane
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Published 19 months ago by Fadel A. Alnaser
1.0 out of 5 stars I purchase my book two weeks before classes and received my book after...
Thisperson took forever to send my book, class had already started for when i purchased my book 2 weeks before class even started. I had to share book, which i hate. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by missloyal
5.0 out of 5 stars school book
Ordered and got the school book well ahead of class time. I got my book a week ahead of classtime, as well getting the book cheaper even than school.
Published on November 25, 2011 by Susan Mccutchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Help?
I work in the accounting and tax fields and am working on making formulas to make things a little easier. Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by Tim Jurco
5.0 out of 5 stars excel 2007
Book was in good condition. Minor wear and a small tear on the cover but otherwise the book is all in tact and legible. Overall, I was happy with my purchase.
Published on September 6, 2011 by K
5.0 out of 5 stars No problems.
The guys were ace. Had worried because outside the USofA would take longer but got it around 3 week. Not much more to tell.
Published on August 31, 2011 by AjB
1.0 out of 5 stars Not pleased
Not only did they not ship my book till a week after i ordered it, but when it came in it had chunks missing out some pages. Read more
Published on January 18, 2011 by Kyra
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