COT 151 - Introduction to MS Word

 Using Microsoft Word 2003 - 3 credits

Fall 2007


Becky Berg


(406) 794-2015


Use WebCampus email

Location of Class

Online Class


Jan. 23rd May 14th   (Each new week will be posted on Wednesday of each week.)



 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.

Student Responsibilities

         Be able to access the class website through WebCampus.

         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.

Great Basin College catalog course   description:

An introduction to Microsoft Word, a word processing software; including learning the following features: ruler; toolbars; dialog boxes; cut, copy, and paste; autocorrect; spell check; template documents; columns; outlines; merge; clip art; graphics; text art; and tables.

Course Performance Objectives


         Apply word processing technology to complete school, work, or personal tasks.

         Prepare, edit, and print documents using the features of the software.

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

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

         Automate document formatting

         Apply word processing features to documents, including styles, headers and footers, footnotes and endnotes.

         Create tables to organize, sort, and select information.

         Paste, link, and embed information from Excel to Word.

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

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


Expected Learner Outcomes & Measurement
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate the following:

Expected Learner Outcomes


Prepare and edit Word documents with specific formatting

  • Weekly quizzes
  • Assigned Word tasks that implement these skills
  • Performance assessments
  • Bulletin Board Discussions

Enhance documents with graphics such as clip art, Word Art, and Internet images

  • Weekly quizzes
  • Assigned Word tasks that implement these skills
  • Performance assessments
  • Bulletin Board Discussions

Create & format tables

  • Weekly quizzes
  • Assigned Word tasks that implement these skills
  • Performance assessments
  • Bulletin Board Discussions

Utilize special features within Word to make this tool more user-friendly

  • Weekly quizzes
  • Assigned Word tasks that implement these skills
  • Performance assessments
  • Bulletin Board Discussions

Create Word documents that are relevant to everyday tasks

Creating assigned Word documents that are relevant to student needs or profession.



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:


  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

  Creating relevant documents for your specific needs

  Participating in online bulletin board discussions

  Asking questions when things don't make sense



Every week students are responsible for...

     Reading the assigned text

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

      Doing specified assignments at the end of each chapter that will be submitted each week through the Assignment Dropbox (there's detailed information about the Assignment Dropbox a few paragraphs below)

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

o    All Weekly Assignment course work must be completed and turned in by Wednesday by 6:00 am.


Late work is NOT accepted without instructors approval prior to the due date. 



About The Assignment Dropbox


The Assignment link is available on the left-hand side of the WebCampus window.

Assignment links in the Assignment Dropbox area  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. If you've arranged to send in an assignment late (being sure to arrange this with the instructor before the assignment due date) you will send it in as an attachment to a WebCampus email message.

Your graded assignments in the Assignment area will have brief comment from me in the Comments area with each attached graded assignment. 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 area.


      Assignment and Grading Information

Weekly Chapter Assessments

Each end-of-chapter assessment is worth 20 points.

         Note: Other relevant Word tasks & assignments may vary in point value depending on the difficulty of the task.

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

Weekly Quiz

  Each week, you will complete a quiz relating to required activities & readings.

  Each quiz is worth 40 points

  You will be given  45 minutes to complete the quiz 

Bulletin Board Discussions

  Participation in online discussions.

  Postings should show connections to readings and hands-on experiences.

  40 pts each ( 9 discussions throughout semester)

Unit 1 Performance Assessments

  Each set of Performance Assessment (PAs) is worth 60 points. (3 X 20)

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

Unit 2 Performance Assessments

  Each set of Unit Performance Assessments (PAs) is worth 60 points. (3 X 20)

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

Final Assessments

  Two final assessments (hands on Word documents) will be given.

  Final Quiz will also be given.

  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, and ix. 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

All assignments are to be completed on an individual basis. That means you each do your own work. If two (or more) students turn in work that has been done by only one person, each student involved earns a zero (0) for the assignment(s). If it happens a second time, each student involved will be given a "F" for the class.  


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.


Pacing Guide for Word 151

Subject to Change





Chapter/Topic(s) Covered

Module 1

Jan. 23rd

Chapter 1: Creating, Printing, and Editing Documents


Module 2

Jan. 30th

Chapter 2: Formatting Characters and Using Help


Module 3

Feb. 6th

Chapter 3: Formatting Paragraphs


Module 4

Feb. 13th

Chapter 4: Formatting Documents and Sections

Module 5

Feb. 20th

Chapter 5: Using Writing Tools

Module 6

Feb. 27th

Unit 1 Performance Assessments


Module 7

Mar. 5th

Chapter 6: Maintaining and Printing Documents

Chapter 7: Manipulating Tabs


Module 8

Mar. 12th

Chapter 8: Manipulating Text within and between Documents

Chapter 9: Formatting Multiple-Page Documents

Module 9

Mar. 19th

Chapter 10:  Formatting with Styles & Outlines

Module 10

Mar. 26th S.B.

Unit 2 Performance Assessments

Chapter 11: Formatting with Special Features

Module 11

April 2nd

Chapter 12: Creating and Formatting Tables

Module 12

Apr. 9th

Chapter 13: Creating Charts and Diagrams in Word

Module 13

Apr. 16th

Chapter 14: Adding Visual Appeal to Documents

Module 14

Apr. 30th

Chapter 15:  Sharing Documents

Module 15

May 7th -14th

Finals WeekFinal Quiz & Final Performance Assessments



Final Notes

Dont 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.