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CMSY 104 Advanced Word Processing - Online

After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to use advanced features of Microsoft® Word that include customizing and automating Word's features, navigating in a document, creating source references, specialized tables and indexes, working with shared documents, and protecting 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.

PrerequisitesCMSY-102 Beginning Word Processing
InstructorCindy Salopek
Office Technology ClassroomDH-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, the student will be able to:

  • Customize paragraphs and pages.
  • Create charts.
  • Proof documents.
  • Customize the formatting of documents.
  • Navigate in a document.
  • Sort items in a document.
  • Create source references, tables of contents, and indexes.
  • Insert comments and track changes to a document.
  • Use various methods for protecting documents.

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Major Course Topics

  • Customizing bulleted and numbered lists and headers and footers
  • Creating and formatting charts
  • Proofing documents and using Word’s research tools
  • Using AutoCorrect and working with fields
  • Working with themes, styles, bookmarks, and hyperlinks
  • Sorting text and data source records
  • Creating and formatting footnotes and endnotes
  • Creating and formatting tables of contents, tables of figures, and indexes
  • Inserting comments in a document and tracking changes to a document
  • Protecting documents and using a digital signature

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Course Format

This course:

  • 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 inthe 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-104 online students are welcome to come to the Office Technology classroom to do classwork and/or to receive personal help from an instructor.
  • Modules contain course instructions.
  • Canvas learning management system is the method of communication.
  • Real-time chats are not required.

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This course has a mandatory face-to-face orientation.; held on the Saturday morning prior to the semester start.  Please click on to view the orientation schedule.

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Course Requirements

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

  • This course is for students who have completed CMSY-102 Beginning Word Processing.
  • If you feel that you already have the skills included in CMSY-102 Beginning Word Processing, you may take an exam to show that you have the skills to take Advanced Word Processing.  Call Cindy Garnsey at 443-518-4502 or 443-518-4876 for more information.
  • 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.

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Text and Materials Required

Microsoft Word 2010 Level 2, Benchmark Series
Rutkosky and Rutkosky | Course Technology, Cengage Learning, 2011 | ISBN: 978-0-76384-301-4

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

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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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