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 Course Title:   MS Word Basics I

 Title Abbreviation:   MS WORD BASICS I

 Department:    OFTEC

 Course #:    160

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Use Microsoft Word to create and edit documents and apply a variety of font, paragraph, and page formats. (OFTEC 160 is equivalent to the first half of OFTEC 122.)


None. Call either (360) 416-7975 or (360) 416-7948 if you are receiving a “haven’t met prereq” message.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 22

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Supplementary Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Create documents with MS Word software (use word wrap, navigate a document, change views, use a template, name/save document, preview and print).
  2. Edit text (select text, insert/delete text, undo/redo changes, cut/copy/paste text, use the Clipboard, find/replace text).
  3. Apply font formats (change font style, size, and effects; change case; copy formats with Format Painter; and insert symbols).
  4. Apply paragraph formats (change alignments, add bullets/numbering, change line and paragraph spacing, apply borders and shading, set indentations, and set tabs).
  5. Use proofing and reviewing tools (spelling and grammar, thesaurus, and AutoCorrect).
  6. Apply document formats (set margins, change page orientation, insert page numbers, add headers/footers).
  7. Manage files (use save and save as, create folders, copy/move/delete files, and rename files).
  8. Use the Help feature in MS Word to locate assistance on using the features of MS Word.
  9. Make formatting and editing decisions to prepare documents that meet business standards for accuracy and appearance.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Basic document creation features.
  2. Navigation and text selection methods.
  3. Editing commands and methods.
  4. Character and paragraph formatting commands and techniques.
  5. Document formatting commands and techniques.
  6. Proofing and reviewing tools.
  7. Help sources.
  8. File management techniques.
  9. Document formatting guidelines.
  10. Technology and office administration-related terms and vocabulary.
  11. Symbols and abbreviations used in technology and instructions.
  12. Word screen features.
  13. Word processing terms and vocabulary.
  14. Word processing project completion procedures.