Microsoft Access VBA Programming  Short Courses

Course Information

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Thursday 18 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £480.00 CS1549 Apply Now

Course Content

The course teaches in-depth Microsoft Access VBA programming techniques that enable the developer to go beyond capabilities offered by basic Access usage and smooth out the rough edges that Access leaves behind. This fully hands-on course provides hundreds of example programs that you can modify and deploy in your own database work. The course covers the three available object models (Access objects, DAO and ADO), explains the differences between them and how to use them confidently. The course concludes with examples of how to extend Access to interact with the other Microsoft applications such as Excel, Word and Outlook.

Tutor Info

Sean Walsh has over 10 years’ experience of Excel and VBA.  He was a member of the Support, Training and Documentation team within City University University’s IT department and has an MSc in Computing Science from Birkbeck. He has taught other evening classes for City University such as Oracle and SQL, XML, Excel and MS Office. He has also managed an academic programme within City University’s Continuing Education department.


Working knowledge of MS Access; basic programming as taught in VBA in Excel

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

Introduction and overview; the Visual Basic Editor; standard modules and class modules; attaching buttons to forms and writing  VBA procedures and functions; code generated by Command Button wizards; error handling code; debugging your programs by stepping through code and using the Immediate window

VBA: basic programming with variables and data types, If statements, VBA's inbuilt functions

Use Access objects to write programs to control Forms and Reports; transfer data to and from Excel and other databases; import text files

Place advanced controls on Forms (subforms, combo boxes, toggle buttons, list boxes) and create programs for their events

An introduction to Access SQL: Select statements; Group By clauses; Update, Insert and Delete statements; Joins and Union queries

The three types of loop that are used to make programs repeat commands (Do loops, For loops, For Each loops)

Programming the DAO (Data Access Objects), the object model that is intrinsic to Access, with an emphasis on Recordsets (programs that enable you to work with your data); also connecting to other databases, and Container objects

Programming the ADO (Active X Data Objects), a component of Microsoft's universal data access strategy, including ADO recordsets

Connecting Access to other applications in both directions using OLE Automation and ADO, for example create an Excel chart from Access data

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching takes the form of theoretical explanation and pre-supplied programs to demonstrate the implementation of the theory. Short exercises take place in order to reinforce the student's grasp of a topic. The tutor is happy to answer questions and follow up students' particular needs and interests where possible. The course assumes prior knowledge of Access and VBA, but revision materials are provided for the student to follow up offline.

Leads To...

Database design with SQL Server

Oracle and SQL

Career Outcome

The course is ideal for anyone in an Access database developer's/administrator's role, or where Access is a component of a diverse data management solution.

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