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Welcome to INF1030: Word Processing 1!
This is an introductory-level course that requires no prerequisite modules or experience in word processing. The course focuses on developing word-processing software skills by teaching you how to create, format, edit, and produce commonly used documents, such as letters, reports, and tables. As you work through the course, you will also learn how to establish proper routines and practices to promote workstation safety and security, and practise basic competencies (employability skills) to increase your potential in the workforce. You will also have the opportunity to examine your personal inventory of interests and values to make connections to possible career pathways.
This course is designed using Microsoft Office Word 2007 on a PC, but activities can be completed using previous versions of Microsoft Word or other available word-processing programs. You are encouraged to use Keyword searches in Help menus and online references to find software-specific demonstrations and tips to assist you in completing the learning activities. Microsoft Office Online is a rich source of help, training, demos, and quizzes to teach Microsoft programs. Remember that your teacher is also there to guide and assist you.
INF1030: Word Processing 1 begins to build your skills towards obtaining Microsoft Office Certification. Students continuing on the path towards Microsoft Certification should also complete INF2050: Word Processing 2 and INF3060: Word Processing 3. You should investigate Microsoft Certification possibilities as you take other INF modules that use Microsoft software.
As you work through the training rooms, you will learn how to
- create and customize documents
- lay out and format content to make documents more visually appealing
- work with pictures, clip art, and WordArt
- organize information into lists and tables
- review documents
- consistently apply appropriate workstation routines to promote health and safety
- demonstrate basic competencies and employability skills
- make personal connections to career pathways
By the end of the course, you will be ready to complete your final project, which will assess your document preparation skills. When you have successfully completed all of the requirements for the course, including the final project, you will earn one credit towards your high school diploma.
A professional portfolio of your work is a valuable tool that can be used in job interviews to demonstrate your word-processing skills. Discuss creating a portfolio with your teacher.
To be successful in the work world, you need to have hard and soft skills. Hard skills are technical skills related to your job, such as knowing how to create a proper letter, that make you productive and efficient. Soft skills are what make you a good employee: being a creative problem solver, a good team member, a skilled communicator, and having a positive attitude. Soft skills are the basic competencies you will practise throughout this module.¬† Whether you‚Äôre interested in a career in business, technology, health sciences, or trades, all industries are increasingly in need of employees who possess strong soft and hard skills, including computer skills.
Industry Skills ‚Äî Microsoft Certification
Microsoft Corporation is recognized worldwide as the industry leader in desktop productivity and IT software. Acquiring Microsoft credentials distinguishes your skills in the job market, giving you a considerable advantage over the competition. Microsoft Certification ensures that you have the technical skills and the practical work experience necessary to confidently and successfully handle the demands of a busy workplace. ¬†Your personal investment into the certification process will be recognized by your peers, your customers and clients, and your employers as a demonstration of your commitment to advancing your skills and to life-long learning.
An IDC study shows that 75% of all administrative employees are required to have either moderate or advanced Microsoft Office skills ‚Äî make sure that you are qualified for your next job role. (IDC, 2007)
While working through this course, it is important to save all of your work as evidence of your learning. Check with your teacher as to where to create a course folder in which you can save your assignments. Instructions for creating folders are included in Project 1: Workstation Routines.
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In order to become skilled in all of the outcomes for INF1030: Word Processing 1, you must complete four projects:
Project 1: Workstation Management
Learn about health, safety, and security when working on a computer, and apply appropriate positions and routines consistently.
Project 2: Basic Competencies
Demonstrate workplace employability skills
Project 3: Document Production
Develop skills as you work through training rooms, learning and practising word-processing software commands and functions to create and customize documents for personal use.
Project 4: Final Project
Demonstrate the skills you have acquired in order to produce documents for your final evaluation.
Project Skill Level
In order to obtain credit from Alberta Learning, you must demonstrate all learning outcomes and obtain a course grade of 50% or higher.
STOP before you print!
Can you think of ways to reduce computer waste?
- Paper reduction and recycling
- Toner cartridge recycling
- Computer equipment recycling
1.1 Big Picture
How much do you know about word processing? Your answer will probably depend on how much experience you have had with computers. Whether you are just beginning to use a computer or feeling pretty confident in your skill level, at the end of this course you will have learned and practised skills that will prove useful in all aspects of your life. Word-processing programs are the most widely used desktop applications, and mastering word-processing skills will help you work faster and achieve better results.
1.2 Learner Expectations
Careful work habits will greatly increase your chances for success in INF1030: Word Processing 1. Read all of the instructions carefully and work thoroughly through the material. Remember, it‚Äôs the work and practice you do that will prepare you for the projects. Set realistic goals for yourself each day and stick to them. Do your work regularly and don‚Äôt forget to check your work before attempting your assignments.
To ensure your success in this course, you will do the following:
- Complete all learning objectives in approximately 25 hours. Depending on your previous skills and experience, the course can take from 16 to 32 hours to complete.
- Complete training rooms to learn skills.
- Complete final project activities.
- Save a copy of all completed activities in appropriate folders. It’s important to save all assignments as evidence of learning for final course evaluation. Review File Management video to set up a folder on your computer.
- With your teacher, discuss creating a professional portfolio of your best work that you can use to showcase your skills to employers.
- Identify, demonstrate, and evaluate basic competencies and workstation routines to evaluate your employability skills.
- Complete a personal inventory, and make career connections to occupations in the field of business and information technology.
You are expected to complete your work in a professional manner and complete all training rooms, checkpoints, time to practice activities, and projects. You are also expected to communicate regularly with your teacher and seek help when you need it.
You will be required to communicate regularly with your teacher. Frequent communication with your teacher lets him or her know how you are progressing and allows you to discuss concerns or issues you may have. You can communicate over e-mail or over the phone—whatever suits you and your teacher best.
The timelines suggested throughout the course are based on a 25-hour course total. You may be able to complete this course in less time, or it may take you a little longer. It should not take more than 32 hours. Check with your teacher to discuss timelines.
Project 1‚ÄîWorkstation Routines and Management
Project 2‚ÄîBasic Competencies
Project 3‚ÄîDocuments for Personal Use
- Training Room 1: Introduction to Microsoft® Word® 2007
- Training Room 2: Letters and Memos
- Training Room 3: Graphics
- Training Room 4: Reports
- Training Room 5: Tables
Project 4‚ÄîFinal Project
- Part 1: Letter
- Part 2: Career Connections Report
- Part 3: Title Page
- Part 4: Table
The assessment for this course will be based on the completion of the following projects: Workstation Routines and Management, Basic Competencies, Documents for Personal Use, and the Final Project.
Basic competencies will be assessed throughout the course at the discretion of your teacher. Refer to the Basic Competencies Rubric for self-assessment.
Workstation skills will also be assessed throughout this course at the discretion of your teacher. Refer to the Workstation Routines Rubric for self-assessment.
Word Processing Skills will be assessed throughout the course. Refer to the INF1030 Word Processing Checklist for self-assessment.
Each part of the Final Project will be assessed individually.