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 atcreating 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.


There are no academic prerequisites, but the following abilities are essential:

  • Good command of the English language
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word functions, including how to set margins and tab stops, add headers, footers and hyperlinks, and create tables of contents.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - - TBD $475.00 29 Register
Online - - TBD $475.00 30 -

Instructional hours: 12

Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will 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

Textbooks and learning materials

All course materials will be available online.

Hardware and software requirements

  • A PC computer running Windows XP or later operating system. Due to software requirements, this course is not directly accessible on a Mac
  • Microsoft Word 2010 for Windows. Mac users may run Microsoft Word 2010 for Windows through a Windows emulator if you choose; however, we do not provide hardware or software support for configuring your Mac.

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

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Note: Please submit all assignments as MS Word files (2010 or later).

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.

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