COT 151

Intro to Microsoft Word 2007 - 3 credits
Spring 2009

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


Becky Berg


Use WebCampus email.


Phone: (406) 794-2015


January 28th – May 20th, 2009



Microsoft Word 2007, by Rutkosky, 2008 edition. ISBN# 978-0-76383-026-7

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



For this class you need to have access to Word 2007. Microsoft 2003 is substantially different and cannot be substituted for this course. 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:

·               Use the new Ribbon Interface in Microsoft Word

·               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.

·               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:

·         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. 

·         Reading the assigned text

·         Doing the in-chapter, step-by-step exercises in boxes with shaded backgrounds.  DON’T SKIP THIS PART!

·         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.

Late work is not accepted UNLESS you have arranged to turn in late work ahead of time. 



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

· Assignments 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.



·        You will be taking an online quiz almost every week.

·        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 by Wednesday at 6:00 am -  no late quizzes will be allowed unless pre-arranged.

·        You have one hour to complete the quiz and most quizzes have 25 questions.

·        Grades for quizzes will automatically display in WebCampus after the due date. 


    Discussion Forums

·         Online discussions are a major component of learning in the online world. You access the Discussions on the left-hand-side of WebCampus under Course Tools or you will find the discussion link within the weekly learning module.

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

·         Each discussion is worth 30 pts.

·         Respond to ALL parts of the question to earn the maximum number of points.

·         Reponses should be thoughtful, concise, and in your own words.

·         Correct grammar, capitalization, spelling, and sentence structure are expected.

·         Responses should not be in the format of a Yahoo chat room or a casual email to a friend. CIT 201 is a college-level class taking place in an academic environment.

·         Abusive language and profanity is considered disruptive and unprofessional student conduct that will lead to a reduction of points and/or removal from class.

·         Responses maybe randomly selected and run through plagiarism detection software.

·         Contact the instructor immediately if you suspect that your discussion response has been copied or if you receive class communications that are not appropriate.

·         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.

·         Topics will be posted under the Discussions link on the left-hand-side menu in WebCampus.

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


     Discussion Rubric


This is the rubric utilized to grade the discussions.  Each discussion is worth 35 points and based on the following rubric.



Performance Indicators



Needs Improvement

More Effort/Completion

Initial Posting

(10 points)
Your initial response to the discussion is at least 125 words in length. Your post shows your connections to the text and hands-on exercises. You stay focused on the discussion topic and concepts.

(6 points)
Your initial response to the discussion topic was less than 125 words. AND/OR your response was done at a satisfactory level

(3 points)
Your initial response to the discussion topic was less than 50 words. It is not evident that you thoroughly engaged in the readings and exercises relating to this discussion topic.

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


(10 points)
You completed 2 QUALITY responses to the discussion board. You posted insightful, unique, & stimulating responses. Your responses encourage dialog and conversations to continue.

(6 points)
You completed 2 responses; however your response basically says “I agree” and shows very little connections to text and hands-on experiences.

(3 points)
You only completed 1 QUALITY response.

(0 points)
You did not post to the discussion board OR your 1 response basically said “I agree.”

Promptness and Frequency

(10 points)
You posted quality postings and responses at least 3 different days during this discussion.

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

(3 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 35  




    Your grade is calculated by taking points earned divided by the total possible points.



   Percentage     Letter Grade

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-
Below <60         F











        Class Email

Check the Class E-mail (on the left-hand side of the WebCampus window).  I will be sending messages during the semester that will include helpful and valuable information. Feel free to email me if you have questions or concerns at any time.



        Computer Time

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


        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.