Word Application Specialist Certification Preparation

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 128

       Course Name: Word Application Specialist Certification Preparation

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Prerequisite: Recent completion of CAB 125, or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course offers an intensive review of the methods and techniques which should be on the Microsoft Application Specialist Certification Exam for Microsoft Word. This will include taking actual sample exam questions under both an untimed and timed environment.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student should be prepared to take the Microsoft Word Application Specialist Certification Exam.

To prepare for the exam, the following objectives need to be completed:

  1. Identify and master the rules of managing the creation, editing, saving, printing, and preparing a word document
  2. Learn the proper techniques for formatting characters, paragraphs and documents, including styles, tabs, headers and footers, and page layout
  3. Learn to manage templates, including finding existing templates, creating new templates, plus properly using templates
  4. Master the intricacies of managing content and structure of Word documents, including breaks, columns, paragraph structures; copy, move, and paste; Quick Parts, and navigation
  5. Learn how to create, manage, format, and populate tables and lists
  6. Illustrate and practice the techniques of inserting and formatting pictures and shapes
  7. Experiment with, and master, the finer points of making text look interesting, utilizing techniques such as Drop Caps, Pull Quotes, Word Art, and Text Boxes
  8. Recognize and practice the best techniques for managing a document and its sources, such as bookmarks, document maps, tables of content, indexes, captions, citations, sources, and bibliographies
  9. Practice executing multiple mail merges, in order to become proficient in the new, more streamlined, mail merge techniques
  10. Learn and practice the various ways of securing and sharing a document, including digital signatures, restricting access, tracking changes, and comparing and merging documents

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

A.    Work Essentials
   1.    Working in the Word Window
   2.    Working with an Existing Document
B.    Document Basics
   1.    Creating a Document
   2.    Saving a Document for the First Time
   3.    Changing a Document’s Appearance
   4.    Editing a Document’s Properties
   5.    Printing a Document
   6.    Creating Envelopes and Labels
C.    Character Formatting
   1.    Manually Formatting Characters
   2.    Copying and Removing Formatting
   3.    Removing Formatting
   4.    Formatting Text with Styles
D.    Paragraph Formatting
   1.    Manually Formatting Paragraphs
   2.    Setting Tabs
   3.    Clearing the Formats from a Paragraph
E.    Document Formatting
   1.    Formatting a Document’s Background
   2.    Inserting Headers and Footers
   3.    Page Layout
   4.    Choosing a Paper Size
F.    Working with Templates
   1.    Finding Templates
   2.    Using Templates to Create Documents
   3.    Managing Templates
G.    Managing Text Flow
   1.    Controlling Paragraph Behavior
   2.    Working with Breaks
   3.    Setting up Columns
   4.    Inserting a Blank Page into a Document
H.    Editing Basics
   1.    Using Quick Parts to Add Content to a Document
   2.    Copying and Moving Text
   3.    Finding and Replacing Text
   4.    Navigating a Long Document
I.    Creating Tables and Lists
   1.    Creating Tables
   2.    Formatting a Table
   3.    Managing Tables
   4.    Working with Lists
J.    Adding Pictures and Shapes to Documents
   1.    Inserting a Picture
   2.    Adding Shapes
   3.    Formatting Pictures
K.    Making Text Graphically Interesting
   1.    Creating a Drop Cap
   2.    Formatting Text as a “Pull Quote”
   3.    Creating Artistic Text with WordArt
   4.    Creating Text Boxes
L.    Adding Navigation Tools to Documents
   1.    Working with Bookmarks
   2.    Using Styles to Create a Document Map
M.    Creating a Table of Contents and Index
   1.    Creating a Table of Contents
   2.    Creating an Index
N.    Working with Captions
   1.    Adding Captions to Documents
   2.    Creating a Table of Figures
O.    Adding Citations, Sources and a Bibliography
   1.    Adding Citations and Sources to a Document
   2.    Creating a Bibliography
   3.    Deleting a Bibliography
P.    Performing Mail Merges
   1.    Creating a Mail Merge Document
   2.    Creating Envelopes and Labels for a Mail Merge
Q.    Securing and Sharing Documents
   1.    Restricting Access to a Document
   2.    Using Digital Signatures
   3.    Making Sure a Document is Safe to Share
   4.    Working with Comments
   5.    Comparing and Combining Documents
R.    Customizing Word
   1.    Customizing Word
   2.    Changing Research Options

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Demonstrations with concurrent hands-on, assignments, quizzes, and practice exam questions,  both timed and un-timed.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course will be fast-paced with a heavy emphasis on “repetition”, to reinforce the steps necessary to quickly get to the dialog boxes and other interfaces necessary to get each exam task done.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation will be based on completion of assignments and quizzes, as well as how well you do on the practice exam questions.

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.

Students are expected to attend all classes.
Work will not be accepted after the due date unless previous authorization is given by your instructor.

50% completion of assignments and quizzes
50% practice exam questions

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.