Course Code:02.03
Course Subject:Module 3 Word Processing
Course Title:ECDL (5v0) Module 3 Word Processing
Aims:Student shall be able to demonstrate the ability to use a word processing application on a computer.
Introduction:On completion of the course, the student shall be able to accomplish everyday tasks associated with creating, formatting and finishing small sized word processing documents ready for distribution. They will also be able to duplicate and move text within and between documents, demonstrate competence in using some of the features associated with word processing applications such as creating standard tables, using pictures and images within a document, and using mail merge tools.


The learner will be able to:

Assessment Criteria

The learner has achieved this objective because he/she can:

1. Use the Application and work with documents

  1. Open, close a word processing application. Open, close documents.

  2. Create a new document based on default template, other available template like: memo, fax, agenda.

  3. Save a document to a location on a drive. Save a document under another name to a location on a drive.

  4. Save a document as another file type like: text file, Rich Text Format, template, software specific file extension, version number.

  5. Switch between open documents.

2. Use the Application and Enhance Productivity

  1. Set basic options/preferences in the application: user name, default folder to open, save documents.

  2. Use available Help functions.

  3. Use magnification/zoom tools.

  4. Display, hide built-in toolbars. Restore, minimize the ribbon.

3. Create Documents - Enter text

  1. Switch between page view modes.

  2. Enter text into a document.

  3. Insert symbols or special characters like: , , .

4. Create Documents - select and edit

  1. Display, hide non-printing formatting marks like: spaces, paragraph marks, manual line break marks, tab characters.

  2. Select character, word, line, sentence, paragraph, entire body text.

  3. Edit content by entering, removing characters, words within existing text, by over-typing to replace existing text.

  4. Use a simple search command for a specific word, phrase.

  5. Use a simple replace command for a specific word, phrase.

  6. Copy, move text within a document, between open documents.

  7. Delete text.

  8. Use the undo, redo command.

5. Format Text

  1. Change text formatting: font sizes, font types.

  2. Apply text formatting: bold, italic, underline.

  3. Apply text formatting: subscript, superscript.

  4. Apply different colours to text.

  5. Apply case changes to text.

  6. Apply automatic hyphenation.

6. Format Paragraphs

  1. Create, merge paragraph(s).

  2. Insert, remove soft carriage return (line break).

  3. Recognize good practice in aligning text: use align, indent, tab tools rather than inserting spaces.

  4. Align text left, centre, right, justified.

  5. Indent paragraphs: left, right, first line.

  6. Set, remove and use tabs: left, centre, right, decimal.

  7. Recognize good practice in paragraph spacing: apply spacing between paragraphs rather than use the Return key.

  8. Apply spacing above, below paragraphs. Apply single, 1.5 lines, double line spacing within paragraphs.

  9. Add, remove bullets, numbers in a single level list. Switch between different standard bullet, number styles in a single level list.

10. Add a box border and shading/background colour to a paragraph.

7. Format Styles

  1. Apply an existing character style to selected text.

  2. Apply an existing paragraph style to one or more paragraphs.

  3. Use copy format tool.

8. Create a Table

  1. Create a table ready for data insertion.

  2. Insert, edit data in a table.

  3. Select rows, columns, cells, entire table.

  4. Insert, delete, rows and columns.

9. Format a Table

  1. Modify column width, row height.

  2. Modify cell border line style, width, colour

  3. Add shading/background colour to cells.

10. Work with Graphical Objects

  1. Insert an object (picture, image, chart, drawn object) to a specified location in a document.

  2. Select an object.

  3. Copy, move an object within a document, between open documents.

  4. Resize, delete an object.

11. Prepare a Mail Merge

  1. Open, prepare a document, as a main document for a mail merge.

  2. Select a mailing list, other data file, for use in a mail merge.

  3. Insert data fields in a mail merge main document (letter, address labels).

12. Output a Mail Merge

  1. Merge a mailing list with a letter, label document as a new file or printed output.

  2. Print mail merge outputs: letters, labels.

13. Prepare Outputs (Setup)

  1. Change document orientation: portrait, landscape. Change paper size.

  2. Change margins of entire document, top, bottom, left, right.

  3. Recognize good practice in adding new pages: insert a page break rather than using the Return key.

  4. Insert, delete a page break in a document.

  5. Add, edit text in headers, footers.

  6. Add fields in headers, footers: date, page number information, file name.

  7. Apply automatic page numbering to a document.

14. Prepare Outputs (Check and Print)

  1. Spell check a document and make changes like: correcting spelling errors, deleting repeated words.

  2. Add words to a built-in custom dictionary using a spell checker.

  3. Preview a document.

  4. Print a document to an installed printer using output options like: entire document, specific pages, number of copies.