MS Word 2003: Instructor Richard Gordon. Graphic typing hands.

Syllabus for Micro Word Processing
MS Word 2003 (1 credit)

Seminole Campus

Instructor: Richard Gordon email:
last updated: March 10, 2009

Online tutorials and exercise

Instead of using a textbook for this course, you will use online tutorials and exercises. Mr. Gordon has given you links to online tutorials on the Links page of this syllabus. He has also given you practice exercises on the same site where you can view this syllabus.

Class Hours

  • Seminole Campus. Two consecutive Saturdays, February 11 and February 18, from 8 AM to 5 PM, with lunch from noon to 1 PM.


Mr. Gordon will base your class grade on these factors:

  • 20% on the final exam grade (20 short answer questions)
  • 10% on your Response Sheet -- answers to questions asked by Mr. Gordon during class
  • 10% on the Study Guide Questions that help prepare you for the final exam
  • 10% two quizzes, each worth 5 points
  • 10% class participation and effort (staying on task throughout the class hours)
  • 40% on exercises done in class

Letter grades and their percentage equivalents are in the table below.

A=90 to 100
B=80 to 89
C=70 to 79
D=60 to 69
F=below 60

The Final Exam will be taken at about 3 PM in last class meeting, and will take about an hour. The rest of the final class time will be devoted to required class work.

The final exam questions will be based on

  1. the objectives listed below
  2. your instructor's questions answered on your Response Sheet in class
  3. your study guide questions

Grade Choice

You have three grade choices: (1) Letter, (2) Pass/Fail, or (3) Audit. For the first two options, your grade makes you eligible for one credit. No credit will be granted for Audit. To earn a Pass grade, you must earn at least a 70% average. To be eligible for the Audit grade, you must have registered as an auditing student.


Students are expected to arrive in class in time and remain for the entire class session. Students missing more than two hours of class time will not be eligible to receive credit for the course even if they have a legitimate excuse for their absence. Missing more than two hours will automatically disqualify you from the possibility of receiving credit for the course.

General Goals

By the end of this course, students using Word 2003 will be able to create and format --

  1. memos
  2. business letters
  3. college reports
  4. tables
  5. documents having the same formatting as found in this syllabus

Specific Objectives

Mr. Gordon will expect you to be able to perform these tasks with Word 2003. In a fourteen hour course, working with students with varying abilities and computer experience, Mr. Gordon will probably not be able to cover all these objectives. He will reserve many of these objectives for only those advanced students who come into the class already knowing the fundamentals of Word. To distinguish these optional objectives from the essential objectives, Mr. Gordon has starred* and italicized the optional objectives.

If a task is an underline link, then you can get information on how to do this task by clicking on the link. All these links lead to sources on the Links page in this Website.

  1. Adding a Word icon as a shortcut on your Desktop
  2. Starting Word
  3. Using the Help System
  4. Recognizing the parts of the Word Program Window
  5. Making screen shots (pictures) of your Word window. More...
  6. Recognizing menus, shortcut menus, and toolbars
  7. Creating text
  8. Sizing a Word Window. the Coolnerds site, scroll down to figure 9.
  9. Finding and replacing text
  10. Positioning a Word window side by side with a browser's Internet window
  11. Changing the color of text
  12. Using heading styles
  13. Recognizing the meaning of the icons in a standard toolbar
  14. Starting a new document
  15. Using templates
  16. Scrolling a document
  17. Saving a document
  18. Closing a document
  19. Opening an old document
  20. Switching between Word documents
  21. Changing the font size and style
  22. Closing or exiting the Word program (Quitting)
  23. Using print preview
  24. Printing a document
  25. Using auto-complete or autotext
  26. Using the tab settings for making columns
  27. Moving the cursor around a Word document
  28. Displaying non-printing characters
  29. Using shortcut keys
  30. Changing the margins
  31. Changing page orientation
  32. Inserting page numbers
  33. Finding and replacing text
  34. Adding borders around paragraphs
  35. Adding a heading styles to create a Table of Contents More ...
  36. Formatting a paragraph: alignment, spacing, indentation
  37. Cut, copying and pasting sentences and paragraphs
  38. Using undo and redo
  39. Making numbered and bulleted lists
  40. Adding columns
  41. Numbering lines
  42. Adding footers and headers
  43. Inserting clipart
  44. Creating WordArt
  45. Creating tables more...
  46. Formatting tables
  47. *Outlining
  48. Inserting special characters
  49. *Mail merge. More...
  50. *Creating a web page using Word. More... Still more
  51. Closing a document and exiting Word. More ...
  52. Cutting and pasting text
  53. Finding and replacing text
  54. Checking spelling and grammar
  55. Right clicking to find synonyms
  56. Using the thesaurus
  57. Formatting with fonts
  58. Using Word to gather documentation, notes for research papers

Disability Accommodation

If you wish to receive special accommodations as a student with a documented disability, please make an appointment with the Learning Specialist on the campus. The office is in the Counseling area of the University Partnership building at the Seminole campus and the telephone number is 394-6289 or 394-6108. If you will need assistance during an emergency classroom evacuation, it is imperative that you speak with your campus Learning Specialist immediately about arrangements for your safety.

Contacting your instructor

I will be able to meet with you in our classroom one-half hour before class begins. You may contact me by e-mail at Or you can call the Business Technologies office at: 727-394-6109. Leave a message for me to call you back.

No food or drink in classroom

To maintain our excellent facilities, students are not allowed to bring food or drink into the classroom.

Addendum to Syllabus -- Specific procedures, announcements from the Seminole campus administration

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