Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CAS 216
Course Title:
Beginning Word
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Course Description

Introduces the basics of Microsoft Word to create, edit, and print documents such as letters, memos, and manuscripts; produce multi-page documents; use headers and footers; become familiar with the program's writing tools and basics of enhancing documents; and produce merged copy. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115; keyboarding 25 words per minute. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is presented in a hands-on lecture/lab format. Other methods such as instructional work sheets, videotapes, demonstrations, or one-on-one instruction may be used. Out-of-class preparation will be required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:
1. Use Microsoft Word to create personal and/or business documents following current professional and/or industry standards.
2. Use critical thinking skills to independently design and create word processed documents.
3. Communicate in a business setting using word processing vocabulary
4. Be prepared for intermediate level Word course.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A letter grade will be issued for this course. Assessment tasks may include

  1. Production tests on arranged and unarranged material
  2. Projects that include original work
  3. Composition of personal and business documents
  4. Objective tests
  5. Skill assessment software

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  1. Menus, toolbars, icons
  2. Letters
  3. Memos
  4. Reports
  5. Spelling/grammar/proofreading
  6. Find/replace
  7. Headers/footers
  8. Page numbering
  9. File Management
  10. Merge
  11. Tabs
  12. Indent
  13. Margins
  14. Move/Copy text

May also include:

  1. Templates/Wizards
  2. Tables
  3. Envelopes/Labels
  4. Footnotes/endnotes
  5. Macros/stored paragraphs
  6. Graphics

Competencies, Skills

  1. Key, save, retrieve, and print documents.
  2. Edit previously keyed documents.
  3. Format personal and business documents correctly.
  4. Produce multi-page documents.
  5. Use spelling and grammar check /thesaurus software features.
  6. Proofread manually to find word usage errors not found with software tools.
  7. Use mail merge features.
  8. Use communication skills of correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar in business documents.
  9. Use find and replace features.
  10. Demonstrate critical thinking by determining font styles and sizes to business publications.
  11. Apply safety techniques of relaxation and exercise to prevent computer-related disabilities such as carpal tunnel and eyestrain.
  12. Demonstrate proper file management techniques.
  13. Demonstrate safe handling of hardware and software.