BCA-143: Word Processing

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Business Software Applications
Academic Level
Course Subject
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
BCA-140 with a C grade or better OR CIS-100 with a C grade or better AND ENG-081 eligible
Catalog Course Description

Presents the essential features of Microsoft Word and word processing in preparing 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 themes; inserting hyperlinks; adding graphical elements; and creating footnotes, endnotes, citations, and bibliographies. Also focuses on how to create tables, merge documents, use styles, and prepare and protect shared documents.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Document Preparation
    1. Create, open, save, and edit documents.*
    2. Use spell check.
    3. Use the undo and redo features.
  2. Character and Paragraph Formatting
    1. Select and change fonts.
    2. Apply styles from a Quick Style set.
    3. Apply a theme.
    4. Use the format painter.
    5. Change line spacing.
  3. Paragraph Customization
    1. Apply bullets and numbering.
    2. Insert borders and shading.
    3. Sort text.
    4. Manipulate tabs.
    5. Cut, copy, and paste text.
  4. Page Formatting
    1. Change views.
    2. Change page setup.
    3. Insert predesigned page numbers, headers, and footers.
    4. Format the page background.
    5. Find and replace text.
  5. Object Insertion and Formatting
    1. Create columns.
    2. Insert symbols.
    3. Insert date and time.
    4. Insert and format images, shapes, and SmartArt..
    5. Insert and use a hyperlink.
  6. Document Maintenance
    1. Select, delete, move, and copy documents.
    2. Share documents.
    3. Open and arrange windows.
    4. Preview and print.
    5. Create labels and envelopes.
  7. Tables
    1. Create a table.
    2. Change table design and layout.
    3. Sort text.
    4. Perform a calculation.
  8. Document Merging
    1. Create a data source and main document.*
    2. Create merged documents and envelopes.
    3. Evaluate merged documents.*
  9. Paragraph and Page Customization
    1. Customize bullets and numbers.
    2. Customize images and text boxes.
    3. Customize headers and footers.
    4. Create a chart.
  10. Document Proofing
    1. Change spelling options.
    2. Change grammar checking options.
    3. Display word count.
    4. Use the thesaurus.
  11. Feature Customization
    1. Customize autocorrect.
    2. Insert, sort, and save building blocks.
    3. Insert fields.
    4. Customize the Quick Access toolbar.
    5. Create, edit, save, and apply custom themes.
  12. Special Features and References
    1. Create footnotes and endnotes.
    2. Create citations and bibliographies.
    3. Create a table of contents.
  13. Shared Documents
    1. Insert and manage comments.
    2. Track changes.
    3. Protect a document.
    4. Manage previous versions.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

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

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2015
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date