COT 222 Advanced Word 2003

Desktop Publishing

Fall 2007- Online

Please read completely through this syllabus and print it for future reference.


Cindy Hyslop


Use my WebCampus email.


High Tech Center - Room 128 775-753-2307(voice mail)


August 27 - December 7



Signature Advanced Microsoft Word 2003: Desktop Publishing Arford, Burnside -  

EMC Paradigm Publishing ISBN: 0-7638-2182-9


Order online or available at the Great Basin College Bookstore.  

or by ordering online directly or, from the publisher, EMCParadigm.

Student Data Files



For this class you need to have access to Word 2003. This software is available for students to use in GBC campus computer labs; you can also purchase the software at an academic discount through the Follett bookstore on the Elko campus (775/753-2270), or you can purchase through other means such as a retail store or another online store.

Great Basin College catalog course   description:

A hands-on course combining word processing skills and graphics. Topics include imaging and creation of newsletters, fancy labels, certificates, books, brochures, flyers, and magazine layouts. 3 credits.

Student Responsibilities:

Be able to access the class website through WebCT. Contact the Technology Help Desk 753-3511 if you do not yet have your user name and password.

     Have and maintain Internet access throughout the semester.

     Have and maintain all software used in the class throughout the semester.

     Have and maintain a virus-free computer throughout the semester.

     Have knowledge of Windows and file handling.

An important note about online classes:

     Do not assume that online classes are easier than traditional "face-to-face" classes.

     Online classes can actually be more difficult than traditional classes. They require constant motivation and self-direction on the part of the student.

     You are responsible for reading, studying, asking questions, completing assignments, being organized, and staying on schedule.


Course Performance Objectives:

         Evaluate design elements in a desktop published document for the appropriate use of focus, balance, proportion, contrast, directional flow, consistency, color, and page layout.

         Produce internal business documents such as signs, fax cover sheets, agendas, memos, and press releases with a variety of typefaces, typestyles, type sizes, and special symbols.

         Produce business letterheads, envelopes, and business cards using a variety of templates, fonts, ruled lines, and automatic features.

         Create calendars, CD covers, personal address labels, and award certificates using a variety of graphic features.

         Produce promotional documents such as flyers and announcements using the Word 2003 Tables and Borders toolbar, Picture toolbar, Drawing toolbar, Microsoft Word Picture editor, and WordArt along with text boxes, pictures, watermarks, lines, AutoShapes, 3-D boxes, shadow boxes, and borders.

         Incorporate new Word 2003 features such as watermarks, varying letter and word spacing, styles, drawing canvas, AutoFormat, and Smart Tags, along with Microsoft Template Gallery and Word document templates.

         Create letter-fold and single-fold brochures using a variety of page layouts and design techniques such as drop caps and reverse text.

         Create specialty promotional documents, such as tickets, postcards, business greeting cards, nametags, and invitations using AutoText, WordArt, labels, and Mail Merge.

         Create Web home pages and fill-in forms on-line with hyperlinks using Word 2003 and applying basic desktop publishing concepts to the layout and design of the Web pages.

         Create onscreen presentations and slides using Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 and basic design concepts.

         Create newsletters using students' own designs that incorporate desktop publishing concepts and use Word 2003 features. Students define, create, and incorporate additional design elements into newsletters, such as headers/footers, tables of contents, mastheads, sidebars, pull quotes, kickers, end signs, jump lines, captions, vertical lines, and spot color.

         Become familiar with the basic features and capabilities of Microsoft Publisher 2003 to produce professional-looking flyers, brochures, and newsletters.

         Build a portfolio of documents and design examples for the student to use when interviewing with a prospective employer.

Upon Successful Completion

Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to:

Assessments that meet these course objectives:

Identify the design concepts of focus, balance, proportion, contrast, directional flow, consistency, and color.

Participation in Discussions/ Participation, Weekly Assignments, Performance Assessments and Portfolio

Evaluate documents for the use of basic design concepts.

Participation in Discussions/ Participation Weekly Assignments, Performance Assessments and Portfolio

Integrate basic layout and design concepts using the desktop-publishing features of Word.

Participation in  Discussions/ Participation, Weekly Assignments, Performance Assessments and Portfolio

Enhance the readability of documents such as letterheads, business cards, personal documents, flyers, brochures, promotional documents, presentational materials, and newsletters.

Participation in Discussions/ Participation, Weekly Assignments, Performance Assessments and Portfolio

Produce and enhance business and personal documents with variable page layouts using standardized type and graphic design techniques.

Participation in Discussions/ Participation, Weekly Assignments, Performance Assessments and Portfolio

Use Word to manage desktop publishing files and document templates within the Windows environment.

Participation in Discussions/ Participation, Weekly Assignments, Performance Assessments and Portfolio


Methods of Instruction:

         Watching online chapter overview presentations

         Reading the text

         Doing the in-chapter, step-by-step exercises in boxes with light green backgrounds ("Green Exercises" or GEs) as you go through the chapters

         Doing specified assignments at the end of each chapter that you will send in each week.

         Online bulletin board discussions

         Asking questions when things don't make sense.


Chapter Structure

Each chapter contains the following elements:


Lab Assignments:

Exercises will be assigned for practice and instruction as well as performance evaluation.  It is necessary for students to complete all practice exercises in order to be successful on exercises used for graded performance.



Notes, suggestions, and hints will be provided by the instructor.  These will be helpful for completion of exercises as well as answering test questions and includes a significant hands on component in which computers are used to complete assignments.  To complete assignments students may use any Great Basin College computer labs, their own computers, and appropriate software.  


Each unit contains:



The student will communicate with the instructor through WebCT e-mail.  Checking the Class E-mail (on the left-hand side of the WebCT window).  I will be sending messages during the semester reminding students about due dates. Asking questions when things don't make sense: ask me or other students through WebCT email or Discussions Board

                               I check class email daily through out the week (not Saturday or Sunday) and assignments on Thursday.


This class will be for a letter grade. This class is intensive and requires work to be completed each week. 

It is good practice to check your WebCT class at least twice a week.

Discussion/Participation                      15%

            Weekly Assignments                          40%

            Unit 1 Performance Assessments       10%

            Unit 2 Performance Assessments       10%

            Unit 3 Performance Assessments       10%

            Portfolio                                            15%


Percentage     Letter Grade

94-100              A
90-93                A-
87-89                B+
83-86                B
80-82                B-
77-79                C+
73-76                C
70-72                C-
67-69                D+
63-66                D
60-62                D-
<60                   F

or less or W=Official Withdrawal if done before the withdrawal deadline. There is no curve in this grading scale.


Discussion Topics (15% of grade):

Reading and posting a reply to the Discussions Board Topics. You get to the Discussions Board Topics on the left-hand-side Navigation menu. When posting a reply to a Discussions Board Topic, be sure to use the Reply button, not the Reply Privately button, so everyone in the class can read all postings.

     See Discussion Information on the WebCT home page for more information

     Once a Discussions Board topic's due date and time has passed, the topic link will no longer be available


Weekly Assignments (40% of grade):

All assignments are due no later than the date listed by midnight.

Each graded Weekly Assignment is worth 100 points.

Assignments may be turned in only once; there are no re-dos.

No late work is accepted, unless turning in work late has been approved by the instructor prior to its due date.

  1. All assignments need to be  attached to the Assignment Drop Box in WebCT.

  2. All assignments have to be completed in Microsoft Word.

  3. Make sure your initials are at the end of the file name given in the book. (10 points will be deducted if this does not appear) Example would be: clh C02SA01 Sign.doc
  4. The schedule of reading assignments, due dates are found on the WebCT homepage.
  5. The class will be taught by introducing a new ideas and concept.
  6. The assignments will consist of assignments from the book.
  7. Each assignment will be graded on a points system.
  8. Assignments will be completed on your own time, and will require substantial time spent reading and using the computer.


     Unit Performance Assessments (each worth 10% of grade):

  1. Each set of Unit Performance Assessments (three total)  is worth 100 points.

  2. Points deducted for errors will vary depending on what work is required for the set of Performance Assessments.

  Portfolio (worth 15% of grade):

  1. The Portfolio is a collection of exercises and assignments completed throughout the semester and displayed in a notebook.

  2. These documents should have any errors corrected since, in concept, they are to be used to show a prospective employer a wide range of your desktop publishing skills.

  3. Portfolio needs to be received in my office not later than May 9thth at 5:00 pm.


    • Three-ring binder with a plastic cover slot, and with at least 1 rings
    • Plastic page protector sheets
    • Sheet divider tabs

Working Ahead

  1. You have the option to "work ahead."

  2. You can complete the Weekly Assignments. upload them to the corresponding area in the Assignment Dropbox. 

  3. However, the assignments will not be graded until after their actual due dates.


Please let me know at least two weeks in advance (if at all possible) of any times you will not be participating in the class.  Anyone not in communication with me for any two-week period (without prior approval) will have an F grade recorded for the class.  I hope we can keep these occurrences to a minimum since your input is vital to the dynamic of this class and to your grade.  You may be able to continue participating in class while on vacation. 


To determine your final course grade, all assignment grades will be calculated on a percentage scale and then recorded as the corresponding grade point value and letter grade as shown below: The most significant assignments include: weekly assignments, discussions, assessments and portfolio.

Academic Integrity

Although students are encouraged to work together, assignments are to be completed on an individual basis. Great Basin College is dedicated to education.  Therefore, the college demands a high level of scholarly behavior and academic honesty.  No form of academic dishonesty is acceptable.  If two or more students turn in the same assignments, punitive measures as described in the Rules and Disciplinary Procedures for Members of the University Community will be enforced.


Grading will use + and - on assignments, tests and the final, recorded grade. Some times, and for very good reasons, a student is not able to finish a class, and needs to withdraw from the class. A grade of W (withdrawn) will be recorded for anyone who formally withdraws by meeting with the instructor and filling out a withdraw form. A grade of F will be recorded for anyone who simply does not participate any more. It is important to realize that for any one withdrawing from the class, the difference between earning an F and a W on the official class recording is the process of meeting with the instructor.

After week 12: 

Anyone not withdrawn from the class will receive a grade based on the entire semester's assignments, tests and projects. 

Before doing anything regarding this class, please consult with me. It is my job to assist you in making class decisions.