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CMSY 102 Beginning Word Processing - Online

After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to use beginning features of Microsoft® Word that include creating, formatting, enhancing, and merging documents. This course may be completed in fewer than 14 weeks. All of the work (except tests) may be done outside of class if student has compatible software. Prerequisite: Keyboarding skills.

Credits                                       1
Prerequisites                               None
Instructor                                   Cindy Salopek
Office Technology Classroom      DH 301
Phone                                        (443) 518-4876

Registered Students | Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation | Course Requirements | Materials | Exams


Registered Students
Immediately after enrolling, please go to, choose the semester, and complete the pre-semester notification form.
Overall Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
  • List the components of a computer and identify what each component does.
  • Create, edit, save, and print documents.
  • Format characters, paragraphs, and pages.
  • Enhance documents.
  • Maintain documents.
  • Merge documents.
Major Course Topics
  • Preparing documents
  • Formatting characters and paragraphs
  • Customizing paragraphs
  • Formatting pages
  • Enhancing documents with columns, tables, images, and WordArt
  • Maintaining folders and documents
  • Merging documents, envelopes, and labels
Course Format
  • This course is not self-paced. However, students may accelerate their pace so that they may finish the course in fewer than 14 weeks.
  • The syllabus lists course requirements.
  • The schedule is posted in the learning management system and is available for students all semester.
  • No on-campus meetings are required. However, this course does require on-campus attendance for tests. The tests may be taken during any open hours in the Office Technology classroom. Please note, however, that all CMSY-102 online students are welcome to come to the Office Technology classroom to do classwork and/or to get personal help from an instructor.
  • Modules contain course instructions.
  • Canvas learning management system is the method of communication.
  • Real-time chats are not required.
This course has  a mandatory face-to-face orientation; held on the Saturday prior to the semester start.  Please click on to view the orientation schedules.
Course Requirements

For complete technial requirements, specific course instructors, and information to help you assess options that best fit your lifestyle and learning style, visit

  • Although there are no prerequisites for CMSY-102, keyboarding (typing) skills are necessary for successful completion of the course.
  • Microsoft® Word 2010
  • Come to the Office Technology classroom to take tests which have deadlines for completion.
  • Complete three homework assignments which have deadlines for completion.
Text and Materials Required
Microsoft Word 2010 Level 1, Benchmark Series
Rutkosky and Rutkosky | Course Technology, Cengage Learning, 2011 | ISBN: 978-0-76384-300-7
Two flash drives

Additional textbook information:  Please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements for Online Courses:

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The course requires:
  • A Web browser


For purposes of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course has three theory exams and three production exams, which have deadlines for completion.  The exams must be taken at the college during any open hours in the Office Technology classroom.

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to Cindy Salopek,

 Last updated on 08-Jul-13

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