Course code DatZ2019

Credit points 2

Informatics II

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes24

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation16.03.2021

Responsible UnitDepartment of Computer Systems

Course developers

author lect.

Kārlis Veiss

Mg. paed.

author prof.

Ilmārs Dukulis

Dr. sc. ing.

Replaced course

DatZ2045 [GDAT2039] Informatics II

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to learn in depth the creation of large-scale documents using a word processing program; record, edit, and programming macros using Visual Basic for Applications. The acquired knowledge and skills are necessary for the development and design of study papers, as well as for the performance of professional activities.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge of information technology opportunities and potential risks, electronic information security, of using word processing programs and extending the usability of application software packages using Visual Basic for Applications. Knowledge is assessed in Test 3.
Skills to analyze and evaluate the information relevant to the problem to be solved and to process data using appropriate software. Skills are assessed in practical works and tests 1 and 2.

Competences to independently acquire, select and analyze information and, using information technology, to make decisions and solve problems in the field of one's professional activity. Competences are assessed in tests 1 and 2.

Course Content(Calendar)

Full time intramural studies:
1. Formula and form creation, document design (Lecture - 1 h, practical work - 3 h).
2. Use, modification and definition of styles in designing large documents (Lecture - 1 h, practical work - 3 h).
3. Insert bookmarks. Automatic numbering of figures and tables, insertion of references in the document (Lecture - 1 h, practical work - 3 h).
4. Creating a table of contents and an alphabetical index of subjects; automatic creation of lists of figures and tables (Lecture - 1 h, practical work - 3 h).
5. Save, edit, and use macros in a spreadsheet application (Lecture - 1 h, practical work - 4 h).
6. Record, edit, and use macros in a word processing and presentation application (Lecture - 1 h, practical work – 4 h).
7. Creation and use of user functions in calculations. (Lecture - 1 h, practical work - 3 h).
8. Information technology opportunities and potential risks. Security of electronic information (Lecture - 1 h, practical work – 1 h).
Part time extramural studies:

All topics specified for full time studies are accomplished, but the number of contact hours is one half of the number specified in the calendar

Requirements for awarding credit points

Exam. The exam evaluation consists of:
• all practical works have been developed;
• Three tests have been successfully written - Test 1: Using a word processing application; Test 2: Creating macros and user functions. 3. Test: Test on the considered theoretical questions.

Each test is evaluated in a 10-point system.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparation for practical work and tests.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The evaluation of the study course exam depends on the cumulative evaluation of the tests. The exam mark is the arithmetic mean between the grades of the tests.

Compulsory reading

1. Augucēvičs J. Word: Microsoft Office 2010. Rīga: Biznesa augstskola "Turība", 2013. 63 lpp.
2. Ringa E. Microsoft Office 2007 Excel: strādāsim ātrāk, ērtāk un efektīvāk! Rīga: Biznesa augstskola “Turība”, 2009. 54 lpp.
3. Mansfield R. Mastering VBA for Microsoft Office 2007. – Sybex, 2008. (Pieejama pie kursa atbildīgā mācībspēka).
4. Lambert J. (2015) Microsoft Word 2016 Step By Step. Microsoft Press, 624 p.
5. Frye C. (2015) Microsoft Excel 2016 Step By Step. Microsoft Press, 544 p.

6. Lambert J. (2015) Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Step By Step. Microsoft Press, 512 p.

Further reading

1. Walkenbach J. Excel VBA Programming For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) . – For Dummies, 2010. (Pieejama pie kursa atbildīgā mācībspēka)

2. Shepherd R. Excel 2007 VBA Macro Programming. – McGraw-Hill Osborne Media, 2009. (Pieejama pie kursa atbildīgā mācībspēka)

Periodicals and other sources

1. Getting started with VBA in Office:


The study course is included in the compulsory part of the TF academic bachelor's study program "Agricultural Engineering" and the professional bachelor's study program "Applied Energy Engineering" in full-time and part-time studies.