Microsoft Word for Technical Writers: Advanced

You may think you're familiar with Microsoft Word, but you'll be surprised by how much of Word's most useful functionality is hidden in plain sight.

In this course, you'll do a deep dive into features including lists, tables, headers, footers, complex page layouts and styles, which will allow you to be efficient at creating revisable, professional documents. You will also learn how to use Word's automatic settings to your advantage. When you've completed the course assignments, you will have created your own handbook for mastering Word as a technical communicator and learned a useful technique for sharing your knowledge with others.

The final assignment for this course is due one week after the course ends.

Instructional hours: 12


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
Duration: 4 weeks
Tuition: $475
Can be applied to:
Technical Communication Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
Start DateTue, Sep 13, 2022
  • Tue, Sep 13 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Sep 20 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Sep 27 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Oct 4 (self-paced all week)
Instructor- TBD
Seats Available23

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Apply configuration changes in Microsoft Word to facilitate technical writing
  • Format document text using current word processing techniques
  • Create complex layouts to match requirements (headers, footers, double-sided printing, page number formatting and multiple sections)
  • Implement dynamic content (field codes, chapter numbering and table of contents)
  • Prepare documents for production

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend 15–20 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis
  • Plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and assignments

You will be evaluated on:

  • Assignments
  • Participation in online discussions

To graduate with the Technical Communication Certificate, complete all courses with minimum average grade of B- (70%).

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.

This course requires:

  • A PC computer running an operating system released in the last 10 years. Due to software requirements, this course is not directly accessible on a Mac
  • Version of Microsoft Word for Windows released in the last 10 years. Mac users may run Microsoft Word for Windows through a Windows emulator if you choose; however, we do not provide hardware or software support for configuring your Mac.

To get the most from this course, you should be comfortable with the following Microsoft Word functions:

English language requirements

To succeed in this course, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score minimum 6.5
  • No band below 6.0
  • Writing band score minimum 8.0

Please note we can’t refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.

If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.