Info173 resources

Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions
Montclair State University

Instructor and students for info173 in pa213

Course materials, Spring 2014:

Your Office:  Microsoft Excel 2010 Comprehensive, Amy Kinser, ISBN:  0-13-261044-2
- available as a bundle with required MyITLab license, see below.  It is only $10 more to get the eBook bundled with required online software MyITLab; Print version available in the bookstore is $156 - that includes the print book, eBook, MyITLab license and a 180 day copy of Office/Excel 2010 that students can install on their personal computer.

MyITLab license - or the MSU bookstore

Required software: 

MyITLab (, which must be purchased), Windows operating system, Excel 2010 for Windows (all other configurations not supported).  All university computers has this configuration.   Pa213 has this configuration. 




Dr. William Colucci (instructor)
Phone #s: PA213/Lab: 973-655-7860;
Cell: 973-420-0491

Graduate assistants:

Denise Persaud
( & 
Kelechi Ibelegbu

Lab/office Hours (PA213):
Monday: 8:30am-3:45;
Wed.: 8:30am-2:15

Instructors available during office hours and by appointment: In PA213 lab hours in person, via the lab phone (see above) and via Canvas chat. Also, a meeting via the web that allows sharing documents is possible via Blackboard Collaborate.  Students need to contact instructors by phone to arrange an Blackboard Collaborate meeting.

Useful links

Creating how-to videos

Cheat sheets:

MS Office (overview), Word,
Powerpoint, Excel,
Access Windows 7 Windows 8,
Office in general

Info from the source...

Browse through their web site or use search terms on their web site (e.g., "conditional formatting")

Excel resources

General resources


Intro to Excel

Advanced Excel


Advanced features in Excel

Note:  Students have access to a free copy of Access 2010 via the MSDN program (the email you received at the beginning of the semester)


 Instructional video tools:

In short: 

Basically, you create the video with Jing and then upload it to your (free) account you create with Screencast.  Videos can be found via a particular URL to the Screencast video.  Just copy that and paste it into the comments area of your assignment.  If you have problems with the audio, try the Jing help/knowledgebase, check settings in Control Panel, Sounds and Audio Devices applet  or contact Dr. Colucci.

Notes on study strategies:

Multi-tasking and studying:  Two articles showing how the human mind is oriented towards one task at a time - multitasking does not allow you to do more in the same time, just to do more poorly!  A PBS documentary Digital Nation includes interviews with researchers that ran experiments on students at MIT.  The students thought they were good at multitasking, and performed better overall when multi-tasking.  The researchers found the opposite.  Basic psychology and neuroscience both hold that the human brain is designed to attend to one thing at a time - focus and avoiding distraction are the most efficient way to get work done, and done well.
US News and World Report article
New York Times article

Review of research on studying in general (NYTimes article)

Jobs - what employers are looking for::


For gurus:

Free alternatives to Office 2010 (not fully compatible - they can open and save in older Excel version formats


Microsoft Access

·        University pdf instructions - Intermediate Access
A good, step by step, document that covers a wide range of topics

·        Access Quick reference guide

·        Calculated field in a query

Access videos

Table relationships

Access FAQ - key issues and answers: