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Beginning Excel

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Description: This textbook was written for a community college introductory course in spreadsheets utilizing Microsoft Excel. While the figures shown utilize Excel 2016, the textbook was written to be applicable to other versions of Excel as well. The book introduces new users to the basics of spreadsheets and is appropriate for students in any major who have not used Excel before.

Author: Noreen Brown, Barbara Lave, Julie Romey, Mary Schatz, Diane Shingledecker, OpenOregon

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Beginning Excel by Noreen Brown, Barbara Lave, Julie Romey, Mary Schatz, Diane Shingledecker, OpenOregon is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

1. Reviewed by: Bernie Warren
  • Institution: Thompson Rivers University
  • Title/Position: Faculty
  • Overall Rating: 2.2 out of 5
  • Date:
  • License: Creative Commons License

Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary

Very confused as this book only has a single chapter on charting

Comprehensiveness Rating: 1 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

Very poorly done. It uses instructions as opposed to problem solving approach

Content Accuracy Rating: 1 out of 5

Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement

Since they use instructions instead of why - this book is obsolete right now with the new update and recommended charts

Relevance Rating: 1 out of 5

Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used

Writing diction is fine but content is bad

Clarity Rating: 1 out of 5

Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework

Confused as there is NO chapter 1 or 2 ??

Consistency Rating: 1 out of 5

Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

No - this chapter #4 - must be done as an entire unit. It 70 pages of an example!

Modularity Rating: 1 out of 5

Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion

The steps are instructions and as such totally inappropriate.

Organization Rating: 2 out of 5

Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader

Mechanically it is well done - screen shots clear but could have call out boxes on screen shots

Interface Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

None that I found

Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds

Not appropriate

Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?

Absolutely NOT