Centre for Continuing Education

Microsoft PowerPoint Course: Level 2

Microsoft PowerPoint. Build the story, present with presence and inspire your audience.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.


This Microsoft PowerPoint training course aims to provide experienced PowerPoint users with the skills to work with PowerPoints more advanced features such as masters, creating templates and themes, and using media such as video and audio to expand your presentation as well as providing tips to assist efficiency.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • create and work effectively with themes
  • view and modify slide masters
  • create and use custom templates
  • create and work with tables
  • create and work with charts
  • insert and edit images
  • edit inserted images
  • insert and work with different types of media
  • create animations in a presentation
  • set up a presentation for the required presentation mode
  • save and share your presentations in other formats.



  • Understanding themes
  • Applying a theme
  • Changing the theme colours
  • Creating custom theme colours
  • Changing the theme fonts
  • Changing the slide background
  • Saving a customised theme
  • Using a customised theme
  • Deleting a customised theme

Slide masters

  • Understanding slide masters
  • Viewing the slide master
  • Changing the master font
  • Modifying bullets
  • Inserting an image
  • Applying slide transitions to the slide master
  • Inserting slide numbers
  • Creating custom slide layouts
  • Modifying slide layouts


  • Understanding templates
  • Setting a custom templates location
  • Using an existing template
  • Creating a template from a template
  • Saving a custom template
  • Creating a template from a theme
  • Modifying a template
  • Using a custom template


  • Inserting a table using the ribbon
  • Inserting rows and columns
  • Applying a table style
  • Merging and splitting cells
  • Adjusting column widths
  • Adjusting row heights
  • Resizing and positioning a table
  • Formatting table data
  • Aligning table data
  • Applying borders
  • Applying shading


  • Understanding charts
  • Inserting a chart using the ribbon
  • Changing the chart type
  • Chart elements
  • Using quick layouts
  • Understanding chart buttons
  • Changing the layout of chart elements
  • Applying a chart style
  • Understanding the chart format panes
  • Formatting chart elements
  • Editing a data series
  • Hiding data series
  • Working with pie charts


  • Understanding clip art and pictures
  • Inserting a picture from file
  • Inserting an online picture
  • Resizing an image
  • Positioning an image
  • Inserting clip art
  • Modifying graphics
  • Rotating and flipping clip art
  • Inserting a screenshot
  • Inserting a screen clip
  • Creating a photo album

Enhancing images

  • Understanding picture enhancements
  • The format picture pane
  • Removing an image background
  • Applying colour corrections
  • Recolouring an image
  • Applying a picture style
  • Applying picture effects
  • Applying artistic effects
  • Cropping an image

Media and action buttons

  • Understanding media in powerpoint
  • Inserting an online video
  • Inserting an online audio clip
  • Formatting media clips
  • Editing audio clips
  • Optimising and compressing media
  • Understanding action buttons
  • Inserting action buttons

Animations and transitions

  • Understanding animations and transitions
  • Animating text
  • Animating objects
  • Applying multiple effects
  • Applying motion paths
  • The animation pane
  • Setting the timing
  • Animating smartart graphics
  • Using slide transitions

Setting up the show

  • About self-running presentations
  • Recording a slide show
  • Setting up a self-running presentation
  • Rehearsing timings
  • Setting up a speaker-led show
  • Creating a custom show
  • Understanding presenter view
  • Using presenter view

Saving and sharing presentations

  • Packaging presentations for CD
  • Saving a presentation as a PDF document
  • Saving a presentation as a video
  • Sending a presentation via email
  • Presenting a slide show online
  • Saving to a storage device

Working collaboratively

  • Co-authoring documents
  • Saving to onedrive
  • Sharing presentations
  • Opening shared presentations

Intended audience

This course assumes a basic understanding of the software.


You should be familiar with the basic functions of a computer operating system such as navigating the environment using a mouse and keyboard, starting applications, copying and pasting objects, formatting text, creating folders, opening files, saving files, familiarity with the accessing the Internet and use of common web browsers. If you do not have these skills, we recommend attending Basic Computer Skills Course and Effective Internet Use before attempting this course.

Delivery style

Delivery options:

  • Presenter-taught computer-based training in a computer lab on University premises.
  • Online training via the platform Zoom.


You will be provided with a link to access and download your own personalised eBook prior to class.

Teaching instructions and materials for this course are specifically tailored to Windows PC users.

Additional information

Face-to-face classes

These classes run in a computer lab and you do not need to bring your own device.

Please bring a USB flash drive to class if you would like to make a copy of your work or any relevant class materials. Alternatively, you can save these to a cloud storage space or email them to your personal email address.

Online classes

If you are attending an online class, you will need your own device.

Recommended operating system: Windows
Recommended software for PC: MS Office 2016, 2019, 365


  • $50 repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Expert trainer
  • Small class size
  • CCE Statement of Completion

Apply for the IT repeat discount.

What others say.

  • This course has a really great teacher who makes sure everyone fully understands each subject before moving onto the next. I look forward to my next MS course in December.

  • The tutor was very knowledgeable and supportive, and maximised the value from our perspective by including additional useful info. Very student-oriented and checked with us in advance what we would prefer to place emphasis on the most. Provided many tips that the book didn’t cover, which was very thoughtful.

  • Very professionally run and has given me a sense of empowerment. Who knew this much was possible!? The tutor taught a fun class and provided lots of little tips on the side that aren’t included in the textbook. I highly recommend this course!

  • Course was very hands-on, almost completely so. This was very good. Plenty of tips were given in actual use and in how to use PowerPoint efficiently. Tutor was sensitive to student feedback. Very happy with all aspects of course, including the food.

  • This course is truly enriching and very worthwhile. I loved everything especially the insertion of animations, video clips and tables. Was once looking very difficult to do but now everything is so simple.

  • Tutor was fantastic in explaning the taks and exercises and took the time to ensure we all understood.

  • Easy to understand – trainer was great and very flexible in their approach. Always aware of each persond needs and requirements.

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