CIT 201-Word Certification Preparation - Online

Using Microsoft Word 2003 - 3 credits
 Spring 2007

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


Becky Berg


Use WebCampus email.


Phone:  (406)0794-2015


Jan 23rd  – May 16th



Microsoft Word 2003, by Rutkosky, 2003 edition. ISBN# 0-7638-2084-9

The textbook can be purchased with a credit card at the online bookstore, by calling the Elko campus bookstore at 775/753-2270, or by ordering online directly or, from the publisher, EMCParadigm. 



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 building on the foundation laid in COT 151 and continuing on to sophisticated manipulation of word processing software.  Topics include tables, graphic boxes, clip art, desktop publishing, fonts, macros, styles, and spreadsheets.  Prerequisite COT 151 or instructor's approval

Student Responsibilities:

·         Be able to access the class website through WebCampus. Contact the Technology Help Desk at 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 Goals/Objectives:

§  Apply word processing technology to complete school, work, or personal tasks. a/b/c

§  Prepare, edit, and print documents using the features of the software. a/b

§  Utilize the online help system to research features and functions in order to increase proficiency in using the application. a

§  Enhance documents with graphic elements such as clip art, drawing tools, WordArt, and charts. a/b

§  Automate document formatting with styles and macros. a/b

§  Apply word processing features to documents, including macros, styles, headers and footers, footnotes and endnotes. a/b

§  Create tables to organize, sort, and select information. a/b/c

§  Paste, link, and embed information from Excel to Word. a/b

§  Access the Internet and learn to use the features of Web browsers, including browsing, searching, and utilizing hyperlinks. a/b

§  Utilize special features such as merging, master documents, tracking changes, reference pages, fill-in forms, and outlines. a

§  Create and modify tables and perform calculations within tables. a/c

§  Complete merges from various data sources with letters, labels, and envelopes. a/c

§  Create and modify indexes, tables of content, master and subdocuments. a/c

§   Protect, compare changes, and merge documents in workgroups. a/c

§  Access Excel date easily within documents and charts. a/c

§  Customize menus and toolbars. a/c

§  Use hyperlinks with documents and web pages. a/c

§  Create and apply character and paragraph styles. a/c

These goals will be measured using a combination of:

a. Completed Word documents.
b. Hands on assessments and tests.

Chapter Structure:

Each chapter contains these features:

  • Performance objectives outlining student goals for the chapter
  • Introduction of the concepts, features, and functions
  • Step-by-step exercises that guide students as they practice the feature's) presented
  • Chapter Summary of the main concepts presented
  • Commands Review summarizing the commands presented
  • Reviewing Key Points, including matching, completion, and/or fill-in self-check questions
  • Applying Your Skills, assessing student performance without the step-by-step instructions

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.


Assignments and Unit Performance Assessments: 


Every week students are responsible for...

·         Reading/printing and completing each week's assignment: the Learning Modules link is accessed through the class homepage

·         Reading the assigned text

·         Doing the in-chapter, step-by-step exercises in boxes with shaded backgrounds

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

·         Students are responsible for keeping track of assignments turned in and grades earned.

No late work is accepted. 



The Assignments link is available on the left-hand side of the WebCampus window or through the Learning Module. 

· Assignment are available until their due dates and times. Once an assignment's due date and time has passed, the link will no longer be available.

·Your graded assignments could have a brief comment or attachment. You should open each graded assignment to see more detailed comments typed in it.

·When instructions in the book direct you to print your work, that is optional, and only for your benefit, because the textbook-based work I get from you will be the computer files you create and send through the Assignment Dropbox.



·        Each Chapter and Unit Assessment have a corresponding quiz.

·        All quizzes will be timed and taken through WebCampus.                                              

·        The quizzes will be composed of questions from your book.  I do not give makeup tests.

·        All quizzes are due on time (6:00 am Wednesday) -  no late quizzes will be allowed.

·        You have one hour to complete the quiz and all have approximately 25 to 30 questions (multiple choice or True/False).


  Discussion Topics:

Reading and posting a reply to the Discussions Topics.

You get to the Discussions on the left-hand-side under Course Tools.

When posting a reply to a Discussions Topic, be sure to use the Reply button, not the Reply Privately button, so everyone in the class can read all postings.

See the Rubric Grading Below


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



Web Discussion Rubric


Performance Indicators



Needs Improvement

More Effort/Completion

Number and Length of Postings

(15 points)
You completed 3 required postings: Your initial response with at least 2 additional postings and/or replies. Your initial response to the discussion is at least 125 words in length.

(9 points)
You completed 2 postings to the web discussion. Your initial response to the discussion topic was less than 125 words.

(3 points)
You only completed 1 post to the web discussion. Your initial response to the discussion topic was less than 50 words.

(0 points)
You did not post to the discussion board.


(15 points)
Your postings & responses are based upon the assigned reading(s) & exercises. They reflect your knowledge of the text, readings & hands-on experiences. You stay focused on the topic & concepts for the week. You post insightful, unique, & stimulating postings.

(9 points)
The content of your postings are satisfactory in content.

(3 points)
Your postings have "lots of words", but it is redundant and they do not show connections to text and hands-on experiences.

(0 points)
You did not post to the discussion board.

Promptness and Frequency

(5 points)
You posted quality postings and responses at least 3 different days of the week.

(3 points)
You posted quality postings 2 different days of the week.

(1 points)
You posted all 3 on the same day. Get online more frequently throughout the week to engage in the discussions.

(0 points)
You did not post to the discussion board.

Conventions (Spelling and Grammar)

(5 points)
You carefully edited prior to posting!

(3 points)
One or two errors

(1 points)
Three to four errors.

(0 points)
More than 4 errors. Definite lack of editing.


out of 40  



Use appropriate net etiquette. Flaming is not appropriate and is defined as e-mail responses that are considered hostile and as a personal attack.

Flaming occurs when two or more individuals engage in responses that escalate, thus limiting and disrupting the discussion by the rest of the class.

If you have any questions concerning the discussion questions, please contact me through WebCampus email.




         Class Email

Checking the Class E-mail (on the left-hand side of the WebCampus 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 WebCampus email or Discussions Board




Bulletin Board Discussion 

Bulletin board postings are worth 40 points each.
(Postings should reflect thought & insight.)

Chapter Quizzes - Each chapter and unit will include a quiz worth 60 pts.

Weekly Chapter Assignments

Each end-of-chapter assignments are worth 20 pts for each assessment.

Points deducted for errors will vary depending on what work is required for each assignment.

Unit 4 Performance Assessments

Each set of Unit Performance Assessments (PAs) is worth 60 points.

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

Unit 5 Performance Assessments

Each set of Unit Performance Assessments (PAs) is worth 60 points.

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

Unit 6 Performance Assessments

Each set of Unit Performance Assessments (PAs) is worth 60 points.

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




Letter Grade


Grade Point Value







































   Computer Time

Approximately six hours per week of computer time outside of class is recommended for successful completion of course requirements.

             Useful Textbook Information 

 Make sure you have a Student CD in the back of your textbook--you will use files on this CD for your assignments throughout the book (or, you can download the Student Data Files from the textbook website).

Before beginning, be sure to read the "Introduction" at the front of the book on pages vii,viii, andix. This introduction gives you an overview of the book's layout and logic, which helps in working through all the information presented.

Information about becoming certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS certification) is provided on page x. GBC is an authorized MOS testing center if this is something you'd like to do upon completion of this class.

If you'd like a refresher about computer hardware and working in the Windows format with Word, the "Getting Started" section on pages xi-xxiii is informative.

            Academic Integrity Policy:

            All assignments are to be completed on an individual basis. That means you each do your own work. Academic dishonest is defined as an act of deception in which a student claims credit for the work or effort of another person or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated information in any academic work. Academic dishonesty is a violation of the GBC Student Code of Conduct and will not be tolerated in this class. Any evidence of academic dishonesty/plagiarism in this course will result in a failing grade on the assignment and/or a failing grade for the course. Appropriate institutional consequences will also be employed if necessary such as academic probation or suspension. This is a very critical offense. If you are ever uncertain about your use of another person’s work (ideas, language, data, etc.) you must come to see me about it.


            Acts of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to the following:


            CHEATING – unauthorized copying or collaborating on a test, assignment, discussion, or the use or attempted use of unauthorized materials.

            TAMPERING – altering or interfering with evaluation instruments and/or documents.

            PLAGIARISM – representing someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own, including copying another person’s work (including published and unpublished material, and material from the Internet) without appropriate referencing, presenting someone else’s opinions and theories as one’s own, or working jointly on a project, then submitting it as one’s own.


Course Withdraw:

If, for some reason, you feel that you cannot complete the course, you must officially withdraw from the class by the course drop deadline by contacting Admissions & Records at 753-2102, and completing the Course Withdraw Form. Officially withdrawing results in a "W" on your grade report. The "W" is not used in computing your cumulative GPA; it will appear on your transcript and be permanent. If you do not officially withdraw, your grade will be based on the work you have completed averaged with zeros for work you have not completed. 

Final Notes:

Do not let yourself get behind!  Once we begin, we will cover several concepts in each class.  If you are confused about any particular concept, please let me know immediately.