SBE Undergraduate Computer Competency Policy

 School of Business and Economics / Seattle Pacific University

The School of Business and Economics undergraduate program has a competency requirement in the use of electronic spreadsheets. This is not a course requirement, but is rather a skill requirement. Your proficiency in the use of spreadsheets can be attested to by one of the methods described below. If the option you chose is one other than passing BUS 1700 Spreadsheets (or CSC 1123 before summer 2013), a record of your approved waiver must appear in your student record online.

The SBE spreadsheet competency requirement must be satisfied before courses such as ACCT 2362 Managerial Accounting, BUS 3250 Business Finance, or MAT 2700 Statistics for Business and Economics may be taken.

Options for satisfying the spreadsheet requirement:

  1. Satisfactory completion of a college-level course, at SPU or elsewhere, a major portion of which is the use of spreadsheets. At SPU, BUS 1700, BUS 2700 (the autumn 2013 section), and the earlier CSC 1123 satisfy this requirement. If you have taken a spreadsheets intensive course at another college or university, please submit a catalog course description along with an SBE petition form requesting a waiver for the SBE spreadsheet competency requirement. A minimum grade of C- (1.7) is considered passing.
    NOTE: A special section of BUS 2700 Statistics for Business and Economics is planned for autumn 2013 which will include the spreadsheet content and, with a grade of C- or above, will satisfy this spreadsheet competency requirement.
  2. Satisfactory completion of a non-college level training course in the use of spreadsheets which requires at least 8 hours of instruction and is evidenced by a certificate or other written documentation, copies of which must be provided to SBE.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the SBE competency examination on the use of Microsoft Excel. Sample exams are available for those who wish to pursue this option. This option is recommended for part-time students and others for whom registration for BUS 1700 would require an additional tuition charge. Sample exams and review materials are available here .
  4. Under very special circumstances where actual college credit is needed, a student may request to take the challenge exam CBE (credit-by-exam). Please review the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for instructions on the CBE option.  (Note: Grades earned by students who have chosen the CBE option have not averaged as high as those for students who have completed the regular BUS 1700 course.)

  5. You may submit a letter on company letterhead from your supervisor attesting to your proficiency with Microsoft Excel in the specific areas and topics covered in BUS 1700. These areas include, but are not limited to, formatting, formulas and functions, sorting, charting, and using the mail merge feature in Microsoft Word to report data located in Excel worksheets. This letter should be mailed or faxed (206.281.2733) to the SBE Undergraduate Services Supervisor.

  6. Evidence that you have passed a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in the area of Microsoft Excel may substitute for the SBE competency exam described in item (3).  The currently available exam as of 3/20/13 is for Excel 2010 (exam number 77-882.)

For additional help, resources, or questions please contact:

Dr. Richard Sleight
Manager of Information Systems/Instructor
School of Business and Economics
Office: 206 McKenna Hall
Phone: 206 281-2265