CIS113DE MS Word: Word Processing, 3 Credits
Introduction to MS Word Level 1
Delivered Online through Canvas

Glendale Community College
Fall 2013, Sec.#14258
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Course Description
Using word processing software to create, name and manage files, edit text, format, apply themes and styles, create and modify tables, apply desktop publishing features, and print a variety of types of documents.

Required Text
  • Bundle: NEW PERSPECTIVES Microsoft Word 2013 Comprehensive
  • Zimmerman
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-285-09111-2
In order to complete all assignments for this class you will need to purchase the text book, however most of the graded work for this class can be completed online without the use of the text book.

This class uses SAM2013 which is an online Learning Management System where you will access tutorials, projects, and Exams. If you already have a SAM2013 account from taking another GCC course that uses SAM2013, then you do not need to purchase another one, otherwise you will need to purchase a SAM2013 Key Code. There is a Bundle that comes with both the Textbook and the SAM2013 Key Code, or you can purchase them separately, just be sure not to buy something that you do not need.

The Microsoft Office Suite is also used in this class which has the Word program that is the main focus of this course. There is a bundle that contains the text, the SAM2013 Key Code, and a 180 day version of MS Office for more money than it is worth. I would recommend instead that you simply buy a full student version of the Office Suite at: or some other educational reseller for about $100, then you can buy the SAM2013 Key Code by itself, or a bundle that only includes the text and the Key Code. has a bundle containing the Book and a SAM Key for $141.49, but no Microsoft Office.

Required Software

This course requires Microsoft Office, If you are working in the HTC1 at GCC then you can use the software provided for you on the campus computers. If you want to work from home then you need to purchase the software. If you decided to purchase the book bundle that includes the 180 trial version, then you can use that, but if you want a permanent copy, then you can purchase a educationally discounted version. There are many sources to choose from, here are a few, find the best deal:
Course Objectives: Students will be able to:
  1. Identify and use components of a computer.
  2. Manage files and folders.
  3. Enter and edit text to create basic business documents.
  4. Use software formatting features such as margins, tabs, justification, and print enhancements.
  5. Use software features such as search, headers and footers, bulleted lists, and merge.
  6. Use document themes and styles to enhance documents.
  7. Create, modify and format tables.
  8. Apply desktop publishing features to documents.

Starting the Course
Your first login to Canvas is considered your first attendance, officially starting the course and you are given credit for it. If in the event you are withdrawn from the course for lack of activity, your last access to Canvas or another course related system will be noted as your last date of attendance.

College regulations require all students to begin online courses within one week of the official start date. Enrolling in a course does not mean you are an active student. To become an active student in this course, you must complete at least the Week One requirements detailed in Canvas.

Student Email
As a Maricopa Community College student you have been given a student email address with your Maricopa Community College Enterprise ID as your username ( The school uses this email account as an official channel for correspondence and you are responsible for maintaining this email account. Canvas is connected to this account as well. That means that if your instructor responds to you through the Canvas email, the email will go to your student email address (that is if the system is working properly). You may configure this account to forward your email to an account that you might prefer to use instead but it is your responsibility to set it up and maintain this email account. When corresponding with me as your instructor, you should send your email to my instructor email account, Email sent to my student email account may not be seen in a timely manner.
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All email correspondence must include the following contact info:
  1. Full Name: (as it is listed in the official grading system)
  2. MEID Username: (the one you use to log into Canvas and your Student Email)
  3. Course Name: (ex. CIS120DF Photoshop, or CIS120DB Illustrator, etc...)
  4. Section #: (this number can be found in Canvas next to the name of the course)
  5. Term: (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II,)
This information can be found in Canvas or your You may want to have it handy somewhere so that you can quickly copy and paste it in your email correspondences.

Do NOT include passwords or your Social Security Number.

Grading Scale
Grades for this course will be based upon the satisfactory completion of the assignments.
90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B,
70 – 79% = C,
55 – 69% = D,

It is my practice to withdraw students who get below a (D). If you require a letter grade (F) instead of a withdrawal (W), then you need to let me know during final grading near the end of the class. However there is no reason that you should get lower than a (C) if you just complete all the work.

Your Feedback is Important!
I want this course to be the best that it can be, so if you have any feedback concerning it please, do not hesitate to let me know. As a student of this course you are the best person to offer constructive criticism that will not only benefit you but those students who come after you. In your comments please include why you liked the things you did and why and how you think other things should be changed. Thank you for your feedback,

Disability Statement
The College will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students should notify Student Services and their instructors of any special needs.

Student Rights & Responsibilities
It is the student's responsibility to read and be familiar with the course syllabus. Additionally it is the student's responsibility to be familiar with college policies covered in the Glendale Community College Catalog and Student Handbook.
Please make note of the following sections:
  • Copyright Act Compliance
  • Technology Resource Standards
  • Abuse-Free Environment
  • Disability Resources and Services - Eligibility for Accommodations and Required Disability Documentation
  • Academic Misconduct
  • Disciplinary Standards
  • Student Conduct Code

Please take some time to explore GCC's guidelines for online behavior.

Instructor reserves the right to make any necessary changes to this syllabus or assignments for the particular needs of this class.