Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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

Introduces the basics of Microsoft Word to create, edit, and print basic documents such as letters and memos and become familiar with the program's writing tools. 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 lecture/lab format.  Other methods such as instructional worksheets, videotapes, demonstrations, or one-on-one instructions 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. Communicate in a business setting using word processing vocabulary

Outcome Assessment Strategies

This is a Pass/No Pass course with a letter grade option. Students may change to the letter grade option through MyPCC. Students must choose before the completion of 80% of the class.
A grade will be issued based on:

  • Production tests on arranged and unarranged material.
  • Projects that include original work.
  • Composition of personal and business documents.
  • Objective test.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Menus, toolbars, icons, ribbons
  • Letters
  • Memos
  • Reports
  • File Management
  • Margins
  • Spelling/grammar/proofreading

Competencies, Skills

  • Key, save, retrieve, and print documents.
  • Edit previously keyed documents.
  • Format personal and business documents correctly.
  • Use File Management techniques.
  • Use communication skills of spelling, punctuation, and grammar in business documents.
  • Use spelling and grammar check/thesaurus software features.
  • Apply safety techniques of relaxation and exercise to prevent computer-related disabilities such as carpal tunnel and eyestrain.
  • Demonstrate safe handling of hardware and software.

May also include:

  • Envelope/labels
  • Graphics (Clip Art, WordArt, basic shapes)
  • Templates