BUS 241: Word Processing II Syllabus

Note: This course code has changed from B 241 to BUS 241. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.

Course Description

You will gain advanced skills in word processing as you learn to merge documents, create and manage lists, sort text, manage page numbers and headers/footers, share documents, customize Quick Parts, customize AutoCorrect, customize themes, create and manage styles, protect a document, and create indexes, advanced tables, forms, and macros.

Course Outcomes

Note: This class is an advanced word processing class. Part of the learning process is best office practices. If you see a rubric requiring best office practices and you do not know what they are, ask.


BUS 240: Word Processing I.

Required Materials

  1. Software: Microsoft Word 2013 or 2016 (not 2019).
  2. Textbook: Microsoft Word 2013 with CD by Nita Rutkosky and Audrey Rutkosky Roggenkamp, Paradigm Publishing, Copyright 2011, ISBN 978-0-76385-199-6 (text and CD).
    • If you purchase a used book without the CD, you can obtain the data files to complete course assignments in the Student Resources module of the course.
    • Important Note for International Students: Since physical texts cannot be shipped outside of the United States, please select the digital version of the text from the University Store (see link below).
      • If you already purchased this digital text when you took BUS 240, be aware that you will need to purchase the digital text again for this course, because your first digital purchase will expire before you complete BUS 241.
    • Important Note for Domestic Students: You may use either the print or digital version of the text.
      • If you already purchased this digital text when you took BUS 240, be aware that you will need to purchase the digital text again for this course, because your first digital purchase will expire before you complete BUS 241.
    • Purchase the textbook or compare prices through the University Store Price Comparison site. They will show you all of the options from the University Store plus several online options to help you find the best price. (Select the "Search Manually" option and follow the instructions.)
  3. Webcam and microphone are needed for live tutoring sessions.

Recommended Hardware

We want you to be successful in this course. Since you need to download Microsoft Word 2013 or 2016, it is highly recommended that you use a PC to complete this course. Be aware that the course was written for students using a PC; it does not include instructions for using a Mac.

Weekly Expectations

Time Commitment

BUS 241 is a 3-credit course. BYU-Idaho recommends you spend about 3–4 per week per credit on your course work. Therefore, please reserve 9–12 hours in your schedule each week to study and complete your work for this course.

Due Dates

It is expected that you will break up your time into 1–2 hour chunks each day. This will help you best learn and remember the material. There are two formal due dates for this course: one in the middle of the week and one at the end of the week.

Look at the Calendar to see the due dates for your time zone. Notice the patterns of the course and establish your study schedule accordingly.

Late Work

As a sign of professionalism and respect, you are expected to complete your assignments on time. Late work will not be accepted. Please contact your instructor with any questions or concerns.

Course Navigation

The course is structured so that you have multiple opportunities to practice what you learn. Proceed through each week by completing the activity and assignment pages in the order presented. Most weeks follow the pattern outlined below.

  1. Begin each week by reading your instructor's announcement. 
  2. Early in the week, watch your instructor's video.
    • The videos are designed to answer your questions about upcoming chapters and to demonstrate specific skills.
    • Make note of that week's keyword and report it in the Accountability Quiz by the midweek deadline.
      • These are easy points to earn!
  3. Read the Introduction page. 
  4. Study a textbook chapter and complete the exercises. 
    • Take notes as you read each chapter to help you remember important concepts and tips.
    • Complete ALL exercises within the assigned chapter.
    • Complete a quiz to indicate whether or not you read the chapter and completed the exercises in the chapter to receive points for your work. 
      • These are simple quiz questions; either you completed the reading and all the exercises or you did not. 
      • Do not turn in completed exercises; save them in your study notes.
  5. Complete assignments by following specific instructions from the textbook.
    • Each chapter will have a required Assessment from the end of the chapter to turn in.
    • You will earn points based on how well you meet the required components for each assignment.
      • Your instructor has the right to reduce your score if you submit poor quality work.
      • You are encouraged to study the materials and ask questions as needed in order to do your best work.
    • You do not have to print your assignments as your text instructs.
    • Save the Assessment document and submit it in I-Learn for a grade.
  6. Complete a chapter quiz. 
    • The quiz is open book, and you may take the quiz up to three times to try and learn more and achieve a higher score.
  7. As you study the chapter and complete the corresponding activities mentioned above, visit the Support Forum to ask and answer questions. Take advantage of this opportunity to love, serve, and teach one another.
  8. Complete an Accountability Quiz to report the keyword from your instructor's video and your participation in the Support Forum.
  9. In most weeks, you will repeat steps 4–8 with a different chapter from the text.
    • In Weeks 04, 07, and 10 instead of completing another chapter, you will complete a unit assignment which incorporates skills from several chapters.

The weekly pattern described above changes near the end of the course in Weeks 11–13 where you will review what you learned to prepare for the final project. You will complete the final project in Week 14.


An important part of this class is what you can learn from other students. Keep in mind that you will be doing assignments and projects on your own.  However, the weekly Support Forum is meant to be a place for learning from and teaching one another. Ask questions and share your insights. As you share ideas, learning, and knowledge, you will grow your knowledge base in a way that simple practice never could. Be sure to take advantage of this in an honest way—learning while still doing your own work.


Your final grade in this course is based on the number of points you earn divided by the total points possible. You can expect about 100 points of assignments in a typical week of the course:

Refer to the Grades tab for specific information.

Grading Scale

This course uses a slightly different grading scale than is typical in a BYU-Idaho course. Be aware that this course uses the following grading scale:

A 94.5 – 100%
A- 89.5 – 94.49%
B+ 86.5 – 89.49%
B 82.5 – 86.49%
B- 79.5 – 82.49%
C+ 76.5 – 79.49%
C 72.5 – 76.49%
C- 69.5 – 72.49%
D+ 66.5 – 69.49%
D 62.5 – 66.49%
D- 59.5 – 62.49%
F Below 59.49%


If any technical difficulties arise throughout the course, contact the Support Center (see below) before contacting your instructor.

Support Center

The Support Center is designed to help any students taking online courses at BYU-Idaho. If you have questions about any online course or any feedback concerning online courses, instructors, or your online learning experience, please contact the Support Center.


The university and instructor reserve the right to change any part of this Syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs.