Advanced Word Processing and Publishing

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 225

       Course Name: Advanced Word Processing and Publishing

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

CAB 125 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course reinforces word processing and desktop publishing concepts through instruction and exercises in which students create business-quality documents. Exercises are designed to build proficiency in the desktop publishing features in Word and to develop skills in critical thinking, decision making, and creativity. Based on real-life situations, students plan, design, and evaluate business and personal documents for publication. This course is designed for majors in Computer Applications for Business (CAB) and for those who wish to expand their word processing and desktop publishing skills.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Produce a variety of personal and business documents, such as memos, letters, and reports of varying complexity using the features in Word.
  2. Use the features in Word to enhance a variety of personal and business documents, such as memos, letters, and reports of varying complexity.
  3. Apply design concepts of focus, balance, proportion, contrast, consistency, and color.
  4. Evaluate documents for the use of basic design concepts.
  5. Use desktop publishing features of Microsoft Word to integrate basic layout and design concepts in order to enhance the readability of the documents.
  6. Use Microsoft Publisher software to create professional-quality publications.
  7. Create web pages using word processing software and appropriate web page design concepts.

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. Creating business and personal documents
    1. Understanding the Desktop Publishing Process
    2. Preparing Internal Workplace Documents
    3. Creating letterheads, envelopes, business cards, and press releases
    4. Creating personal documents
  2. Preparing promotional documents and newsletters
    1. Creating Promotional Documents- Flyers and Announcements
    2. Creating Brochures and Booklets
    3. Creating Specialty Promotional Documents
    4. Creating Basic Elements of Newsletter
    5. Using Design Elements to Enhance Newsletters
  3. Producing web pages, Microsoft publisher documents, and Powerpoint presentations
    1. Creating Web Pages and Forms
    2. Introducing Microsoft Publisher

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Structured class including: lectures; demonstrations; and hands-on computer activities.

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.

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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.