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Crystal Reports 2008 Introduction Course Outline

 (2 days)
Version 2008

Organizations use reporting tools to access data sources and generate customized reports. Crystal Reports® 2008 enhances report building and report processing techniques with a slew of features that add value to your presentation. In this course, you will create a basic report by connecting to a database and modifying its presentation.

Course Objective
You will connect to a database to extract data and present it as a report.

Target Student
This course is designed for persons who need output from a database. In some cases, database programs have limited reporting tools, and/or such tools may not be accessible. Students may or may not have programming and/or SQL experience.

Before taking this course, students should be familiar with the basic functions of Windows, such as creating and navigating folders, opening programs, manipulating windows, copying and pasting objects, formatting text, and saving files. In addition, students should have taken the Microsoft® Office Access Intro course or have equivalent experience with basic database concepts.

Delivery Method
Instructor led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.

Performance-Based Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
explore the Crystal Reports interface.
create a basic report and modify it.
use formulas for filtering data.
build a parameterized report.
group report data.
enhance a report.
create a report using data sourced from an Excel database.
distribute data.

Course Content

Lesson 1: Exploring the Crystal Reports 2008 Interface
Topic 1A: Explore the Crystal Reports Interface
Topic 1B: Use the Crystal Reports Help
Topic 1C: Customize the Report Settings

Lesson 2: Working with Reports
Topic 2A: Create a Report
Topic 2B: Modify a Report
Topic 2C: Display Specific Report Data
Topic 2D: Work with Report Sections

Lesson 3: Using Formulas in Reports
Topic 3A: Create a Formula
Topic 3B: Edit a Formula
Topic 3C: Filter Data Using a Formula
Topic 3D: Work with Advanced Formulas and Functions
Topic 3E: Handle Null Values

Lesson 4: Building Parameterized Reports
Topic 4A: Create a Parameter Field
Topic 4B: Use a Range Parameter in a Report
Topic 4C: Create a Prompt

Lesson 5: Grouping Report Data
Topic 5A: Group Report Data
Topic 5B: Modify a Group Report
Topic 5C: Group Using Parameters
Topic 5D: Create a Parameterized Top N Report

Lesson 6: Enhancing a Report
Topic 6A: Format a Report
Topic 6B: Insert Objects in a Report
Topic 6C: Suppress Report Sections
Topic 6D: Use Report Templates

Lesson 7: Creating a Report from Excel Data
Topic 7A: Create a Report Based on Excel Data
Topic 7B: Modify a Report Generated from Excel Data
Topic 7C: Update Data in a Report Based on Excel Data

Lesson 8: Distributing Data
Topic 8A: Export Data
Topic 8B: Creating Mailing Labels

Appendix A: Setting Up and Configuring Data Sources

Appendix B: Using Report Processing Techniques

Appendix C: Using Functions in Formulas
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