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Intermediate Word

Course Number: CAS 217
Transcript Title: Intermediate Word
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 19, 2015
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
Approved delivery mode:


CAS 216 or instructor permission


Placement into RD 115 and WR 115

Course Description

Introduces intermediate and advanced features of Microsoft Word text documents enhancement through special formatting features such as graphic lines and images; create and format advanced tables and formatting themes and styles; work with headers and footers in multi-page documents; use advanced merge; create documents with columns; and create and use fill-in forms. Includes integrated documents with Excel, PowerPoint, and web-based applications. Develops the management and editing of documents in an online collaborative work environment. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115. Prerequisite: CAS 216 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Use advanced features of Microsoft Word to produce documents following current professional and/or industry standards.
  2. Efficiently create, organize, edit, print and manage files and documents by using advanced Word tools to promote reader/audience understanding.
  3. Apply critical thinking skills to independently design and create a variety of documents utilizing advanced Word tools.

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 advanced program tools to produce an error free document
  • Create and edit memos, letters, and reports of varying complexity using advanced program tools
  • Proofread documents to validate content using spelling/grammar check, using autocorrect & customization of dictionary
  • Sharing,  maintaining, and organizing documents through utilization of a variety of file types, managing document versions, saving documents, and applying templates
  • Organize content of documents using tables, lists, and other structures to enhance readability
  • Link and embed files from other Microsoft applications and copy macros between documents
  • Manage the process of creating, editing, and reviewing documents in a collaborative work environment.
  • Utilize various advanced Word tools, such as graphics, images, borders, columns WordArt, headers/footers, footnotes/endnotes, and tables to enhance the visual appeal and readability of documents
  • Create templates and forms according to professional industry standards

May also include:

  • Sorting and formulas
  • Advanced use of and customization of Themes & Style
  • Supporting pages of reports (such as table of contents and index)
  • Charts and graphs

Competencies, Skills

  • Apply advanced features of word processing software.
  • Use file management techniques to properly save, rename, and/or delete files.
  • Create, format, & apply advanced formatting in tables.
  • Enhance documents using graphic lines and images.
  • Create headers and footers including different headers and footers within the same document.
  • Use advanced mail merge procedures such as adding/deleting files, query options, and fill-in fields.
  • Create and use templates and forms.
  • Create documents using columns.
  • Create new and use existing styles to format documents.
  • Use styles to create supporting pages for documents (table of contents, index).
  • Integrate other software into documents (Excel).
  • Apply safety techniques of relaxation and exercise to prevent computer-related disabilities such as carpal tunnel and eyestrain.
  • Demonstrate safe handling of software and hardware.