Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CAS 217
Course Title:
Intermediate Word
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Course Description

Introduces intermediate and advanced features of Microsoft Word to enhance documents through special formatting features such as graphic lines and images, Word Art, and clipart; work with headers and footers in multi-page documents; create and format tables; use advanced merge; create documents with newspaper columns; and create and use fill-in forms. Prerequisites: CAS 216 or instructor permission. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115. 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

Students will be able to:
A. Use advanced features of the software to produce documents following current professional and/or industry standards.
B. Efficiently create, edit, print and manage files and documents.
C. Use critical thinking skills to independently plan and produce documents.

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. Graphics and other text enhancements such as borders, WordArt and text boxes
  2. Reports with footnotes/endnotes
  3. Headers and footers
  4. Tables
  5. Advanced merge
  6. User created templates including forms
  7. Newspaper columns

May also include:

  1. Integrate other software applications
  2. Sorting and formulas
  3. Styles
  4. Supporting pages of reports (such as table of contents and index)
  5. Wizards/Templates
  6. Charts and graphs
  7. Envelopes/Labels
  8. Master documents
  9. Shared documents
  10. Internet use and preparation
  11. Macros

Competencies, Skills

  1. Review basic features of word processing software
  2. Use file management techniques to properly save, rename, and/or delete files
  3. Create and format tables
  4. Enhance documents using graphic lines and images
  5. Create headers and footers including different headers and footers within the same document
  6. Use advanced mail merge procedures such as adding/deleting files, query options, and fill-in fields
  7. Create and use a form template
  8. Create documents using newspaper columns
  9. Create new and use existing styles to format documents
  10. Use styles to create supporting pages for documents (table of contents, index)
  11. Integrate other software into documents (Excel)
  12. Apply safety techniques of relaxation and exercise to prevent computer-related disabilities such as carpal tunnel and eyestrain.
  13. Demonstrate safe handling of software and hardware.