Word Processing using Word

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 125

       Course Name: Word Processing using Word

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course offers a comprehensive coverage of word processing using Microsoft Word. Hands-on applications reinforce features and skills learned in the course. It also prepares students to use Microsoft Word as a marketable skill in a work environment or for personal use. Recommend: CAB110 or general knowledge of Windows; and the ability to key 20 wpm or consent of the instructor.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Distinguish the word processing concepts of advanced from basic features in Microsoft Word.
  2. Create a variety of personal and business documents, such as memos, letters, and reports of varying complexity using the features in Word.
  3. Revise a variety of personal and business documents, such as memos, letters, and reports of varying complexity using the features in Word.
  4. Produce professional-looking documents using templates.
  5. Edit documents using the spelling and grammar feature.
  6. Add graphics and other visual elements to enhance the message of the document.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Preparing Documents
    1. Creating, Printing, and Editing Documents
    2. Formatting Characters
    3. Aligning and Indenting Paragraphs
    4. Customizing Paragraphs
    5. Proofing Documents
  2. Formatting and Managing Documents
    1. Formatting Pages
    2. Customizing Page Formatting
    3. Inserting Elements and Navigating in a Document
    4. Maintaining Documents
    5. Managing and Printing Documents
  3. Enhancing Documents
    1. Inserting Images
    2. Inserting Shapes and WordArt
    3. Creating Tables
    4. Enhancing Tables
    5. Creating Charts
  4. Managing Data
    1. Merging Documents
    2. Sorting and Selecting
    3. Managing Lists
    4. Managing Page Numbers, Headers, and Footers
    5. Managing Shared Documents
  5. Customizing Documents and Features
    1. Inserting and Customizing Quick Parts
    2. Customizing AutoCorrect and Word Options
    3. Customizing Themes
    4. Creating and Managing Styles
    5. Protecting and Preparing Documents
  6. Referencing Data

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Structured class including lectures and demonstrations.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attend class
  2. Participate in class
  3. Complete required assignments and tests

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Textbooks, online resources, and such other materials deemed appropriate for the topic and assigned by the program and instructor.
Software:  Current version of software required and assigned by the program and the instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation based on assignments, tests, and participation.

XI.   Other Course Information

Software Users!  Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies.  Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and if warranted, appropriate penalties applied. 

Specifically, you do not have the right to:

  1. make copies of software for yourself or others.
  2. receive and use unauthorized copies of software.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.