Beginning Word

Course Number: CAS 216
Transcript Title: Beginning Word
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 17, 2017
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 40
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


Placement into RD 115 and WR 115CAS 103W or CAS 104; keyboarding 25 words per minute or CAS 122.

Course Description

Introduces basic Microsoft Word program elements and tools to create, edit, and print documents such as letters, memos, and manuscripts; produce multi-page documents; use headers and footers; become familiar with the program's writing tools and basics of enhancing documents, sharing documents in a collaborative environment; and produce merged copy. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115; CAS 103W or CAS 104; keyboarding 25 words per minute or CAS 122. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:

  1. Use Microsoft Word program and tools to create personal and/or business documents following current professional and/or industry standards.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills to independently design and create a variety of documents utilizing basic Word tools.
  3. Communicate in a business setting using word processing vocabulary.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include:  Projects with original work, reflection journals, group discussions, and open ended assessment, objective and production tests on basic document functions. 

Course Activities and Design

Activities may include: readings and videos, class discussions, reflection writings, open ended assignments.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Utilize basic program tools to produce an error free document
  • Create and edit memos, letters, and reports of varying complexity using basic program tools
  • Plan, research, write, revise and publish documents to meet industry professional standards
  • Proofread documents to validate content using spelling/grammar check
  • Setup and perform mail merge operations
  • Sharing and maintaining documents through utilization of a variety of file types, managing document versions, saving documents, and applying templates
  • Save documents to different locations, including collaborative online locations

Competencies, Skills

Students will develop proficiency through reinforcement and assessment on the following skills:
  • Key, save, retrieve, and print documents.
  • Edit previously keyed documents.
  • Format personal and business documents correctly.
  • Produce a variety of documents in accordance with professional industry standards.
  • Use spelling and grammar check/thesaurus software features.
  • Proofread manually to find word usage errors not found with software tools.
  • Use mail merge features.
  • Use communication skills of correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar in business documents.
  • Use find and replace features.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking by determining font styles and sizes to business publications.
  • Apply safety techniques of relaxation and exercise to prevent computer-related disabilities such as carpal tunnel and eyestrain.
  • Demonstrate proper file management techniques.