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The following are terms you should know before selecting a course of study.

Reports format a collection of data pulled from a DataBlock. Once a report is written, the Report Viewer can then print the report, export it to a CSV (comma-separated value) file and view it in excel, or email the report.

DataBlocks are queries of Banner, ODS and EDW data. DataBlock Designers should have knowledge of queries and database structure.

In Argos, there are two defined user groups, a DataBlock Designer or a Report Writer. Please view the diagram below to choose what courses will most suit your needs and skill level.

Course of Study Diagram


  • Open Lab

    January 2014 - December 2014
    Every Friday
    2:00PM - 4:00PM
    CHEK 100 (Training Room)

    Description: Held every Friday, this class will allow you to get one-on-one attention while you are working on Argos reports or DataBlocks. Bring your reports and DataBlocks and get assistance. There is no need to register for this session. Just show-up.

    Contact QDUG administration for more information.

  • Navigating Argos Reports

    Description:A brief overview will be provided concerning logging in to Argos, the types of reports available for use and definition of terms including Quickview, Banded and CSV Export. Click here to be redirected to the Office of Institutional Research.

    Contact Institutional Research for more information.



  • Navigating Argos Cubes

    Description:OLAP cubes are a powerful way to summarize data in a variety of ways including the ability to apply filters, cross tabulate, drill-down capabilities, and adding functions.

    Click here to be redirected to the Office of Institutional Research.

    Contact Institutional Research for more information.

  • Argos Beginning Report Writing

    Description: This class will introduce Argos Report Writing through a series of exercises. During this class you will learn the basics to formatting a report as well as brief you on the different types of reports that can be created using Report Writer.

    Prerequisites: Any Argos users who is familiar with running Argos reports and would like to create there own reports. This class is also a prerequisite for Datablock design.

    Contact QDUG administration to schedule your customized training or for more information.

  • Argos Advanced Report Writing
    Description:This class introduces advanced techniques in Argos Report Writing through a series of exercises. During this session you will be shown grouping and summarizing functions available in Argos Reporting, how to design a Banded report, and Basic SQL expressions.

    Prerequisites: Beginning Report Writing

    Contact QDUG administration to schedule your customized training or for more information.


  • Argos Beginning Datablock Design

    February 25, 2014
    1:00PM - 4:00PM
    CHEK 100 (Training Room)

    Description:This class will introduce Argos DataBlock Design through a series of exercises. In this course, DataBlock designers will go through login and security policies, the different databases, data available to query, and building a basic DataBlock. The intended audience for this course is those who would be considered "power users", and are familiar with query writing, and SQL language. The instructor reserves the right to screen enrollees.

    Prerequisites: Any Argos users who is familiar with running Argos reports and would like to create their own datablocks and reports.

    To Register:
    • Go to My Missouri State, log in, and click the Profile tab.
    • Find the Professional Development channel and click the My Learning Connection link; this will open My Learning Connection in a new window where you can search for and register for classes (PDF file).
    • In the upper right corner of the screen, next to the "Logout" button, search for "Argos". This will display all of the courses available.
    • You may click on "Add to Cart" for the course time of your choice or you may click on the course title for more details. If the time slot is full, you will not be able to "Add to Cart".
    Remember, you must access the course catalog through the My Missouri State portal.


    Contact QDUG Administration for more information.

  • Argos Advanced Datablock Design

    Description: This class introduces advanced techniques in Argos DataBlock Design through a series of exercises. During this session DataBlock Designers will learn multiple functions available in Argos DataBlocks.

    Prerequisites: Beginning Report Writing, Advanced Report Writing, and Beginning DataBlock Design.

    Contact QDUG administration to schedule your customized training or for more information.

  • SQL for Argos

    Description: This class will introduce SQL to the student through a series of exercises. Basic and advanced SQL concepts will be taught using Argos. The intended audience for this course is DataBlock designers new to SQL and queries, and those needing a refresher.

    Prerequisites: Beginning Report Writing, Beginning DataBlock Design, Advanced Report Writing, and Advanced DataBlock Design.

    Contact QDUG administration to schedule your customized training or for more information.

  • Argos Charts

    Description: This class introduces, the visual aid, charts in Argos DataBlocks. These charts can be incorporated into standard reports or dashboards.

    Prerequisites: Beginning Report Writing, Beginning DataBlock Design, Advanced Report Writing, Advanced DataBlock Design, and SQL for Argos.

    Contact QDUG administration to schedule your customized training or for more information.information.
  • Argos OLAP Cube

    Description: This class introduces the student to the concepts of OLAP (On-Line Analytic Processing) and how to use the concepts in Argos DataBlocks and reports. These OLAP cubes can be incorporated into standard reports or dashboards.

    Prerequisites: Beginning Report Writing, Beginning DataBlock Design, Advanced Report Writing, Advanced DataBlock Design, and SQL for Argos.

    Contact QDUG administration to schedule your customized training or for more information.

  • Argos Dashboard Design

    Description: This class introduces advanced techniques in Argos Dashboard Design through a series of exercises. During this session DataBlock Designers will learn how to construct a dashboard using concepts of the OLAP Cube and Argos Charts. Prerequisites: Beginning Report Writing, Beginning DataBlock Design, Advanced Report Writing, Advanced DataBlock Design, and SQL for Argos.

    Contact QDUG administration to schedule your customized training or for more information.

  • Argos Letter Generation

    Description: This class introduces the student to the concepts of letter generation using argos datablocks and reports. Students will learn how to utilize queries to automatically generate letter using the argos banded report feature. Prerequisites: Beginning Report Writing, Beginning DataBlock Design, Advanced Report Writing, and Advanced DataBlock Design, SQL for Argos, Argos Charts, and Argos OLAP Cubes

    Contact QDUG administration to schedule your customized training or for more information.

  • Argos Refresher Report Writer

    Description: This class will refresh student on Argos Report Writing both beginning and advanced. Prerequisites: Beginning Report Writing and Advanced Report Writing

    Contact QDUG administration to schedule your customized training or for more information.

  • Argos Refresher Datablock Design

    Description: This class will refresh student on Argos Datablock Design both beginning and advanced. Prerequisites: Beginning Datablock Design and Datablock Design

    Contact QDUG administration to schedule your customized training or for more information.