BCA-143: Word Processing

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Business & Economics
Business Software Applications
Academic Level
Course Subject
Business Computer Applications
Course Number
Course Title
Word Processing
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
CIS-100 with a C grade or better AND Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC
Catalog Course Description

Presents the essential features of Microsoft Word and word processing in creating and editing documents. Examines how to enhance and customize documents by applying formatting; creating headers and footers; working with columns; inserting page and section breaks; applying styles and themes; inserting hyperlinks; adding graphical elements; and creating footnotes, endnotes, citations, and bibliographies. Examines how to create tables and charts, merge documents, work with shared documents, and prepare and protect documents.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Preparing a Word Document
    1. Create, open, save, and edit documents.
    2. Check spelling and grammar in documents.
  2. Formatting Characters and Paragraphs
    1. Apply font formatting.
    2. Apply styles from a Style set.
    3. Apply and modify a theme.
    4. Change paragraph alignment.
    5. Indent text in paragraphs.
    6. Change spacing before and after paragraphs.
    7. Format text using the Repeat Last Command and Format Painter options.
    8. Change line spacing.
    9. Reveal and compare formatting.
  3. Customizing Paragraphs
    1. Create numbered and bulleted lists.
    2. Apply borders and shading to paragraphs.
    3. Sort text in paragraphs.
    4. Set and modify tabs.
    5. Cut, copy, and paste text.
  4. Formatting Pages
    1. Change document views.
    2. Change page setup (margins, orientation, and paper size).
    3. Insert and remove a page break, blank page, and cover page.
    4. Insert and remove page numbers.
    5. Insert headers and footers.
    6. Format the page background (watermark, background color, and page border).
    7. Find and replace text and formatting.
  5. Applying Formatting and Inserting Objects
    1. Insert a section break.
    2. Format text into columns.
    3. Hyphenate words automatically and manually.
    4. Create a drop cap.
    5. Insert symbols, special characters, date, and time.
    6. Use the Click and Type feature.
    7. Align text vertically.
    8. Insert and format images, text boxes, shapes, WordArt, and screenshots.
  6. Maintaining Documents and Printing Envelopes and Labels
    1. Use the Print Screen feature.
    2. Create, rename, and delete folders.
    3. Copy, move, and rename documents.
    4. Save documents in different formats.
    5. Open, re-size, and split windows to view documents side by side.
    6. Create labels and envelopes.
    7. Create a document using a template.
  7. Creating Tables and SmartArt
    1. Create a table
    2. Change table design.
    3. Change table layout, and customize table cells.
    4. Convert text to a table and a table to text.
    5. Perform calculations in a table.
    6. Insert an Excel spreadsheet.
    7. Create and format SmartArt.
  8. Merging Documents
    1. Create a data source file and main document.
    2. Create merged documents, envelopes, and labels.
    3. Edit a data source.
    4. Input text during a merge.
  9. Customizing Paragraphs and Pages
    1. Customize bullets and numbers.
    2. Customize objects and images.
    3. Insert and customize headers and footers.
    4. Keep text together.
  10. Proofing Documents and Creating Charts
    1. Customize spelling checking.
    2. Display word count.
    3. Use the Thesaurus and Smart Lookup.
    4. Translate text to and from different languages.
    5. Create and format a chart.
  11. Automating and Customizing Formatting
    1. Customize Autocorrect.
    2. Insert, sort, edit, save, and delete building blocks.
    3. Insert, format, and update fields.
    4. Customize the Quick Access toolbar and the Ribbon.
  12. Customizing Themes, Creating Macros, and Navigating in a Document
    1. Create, edit, save, and delete custom themes.
    2. Format with styles.
    3. Create, run, and delete a macro.
    4. Use the Navigation Pane.
    5. Insert and edit a hyperlink.
    6. Create a cross-reference.
  13. Inserting Special Features and References
    1. Sort text in paragraphs, in columns, and in a table.
    2. Insert footnotes and endnotes.
    3. Cite, edit, and manage sources.
  14. Creating Specialized Tables and Indexes
    1. Create, customize, update, and remove a table of contents.
    2. Create, customize, update, and remove a table of figures.
    3. Create, customize, update, and remove an index.
  15. Working with Shared Documents
    1. Insert, edit, show, reply to, print, and delete comments.
    2. Track, display, and accept or reject changes in a document.
    3. Compare documents.
    4. Embed and link objects.
    5. Use the Paste Special feature.
  16. Protecting and Inspecting Documents
    1. Protect documents by restricting formatting and editing.
    2. Manage document properties.
    3. Encrypt a document, and add a digital signature.
    4. Inspect documents for accessibility and compatibility.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will assessed through tests, quizzes, homework, and/or class participation.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date