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Word Processing (BASIC Skills)

Word Processing (BASIC Skills)

On this page: {Intro} (a practical set of skills) {Your Resume} {Cover Letter} {Resume ala form/template} {Thank You note} {Proof Reading} {Crititque} {Instruction Sheet} {An HTML page} {Outline} {The OutLine itself} {OutLine as HTML jump page} {Meeting Agenda} {Presentation} {Three Part Document} {Executive Summary} {Detailed Document} {Results Doc/WorkSheet} {Consensus/Forum OutLine} {Study Guide} {Readings} (Reading Assignments) {Study Questions} (Guiding Questions) {Quiz} (Assessment) {Demonstration} (demo w/hand outs) {} {Refs} {Links} {

Word Processing: Intro

(a practical set of skills) Never judge a book by its cover. (But most of us do anyway.) This is a series of practical exercises in text and word processing. Text is the text itself (mosly the CONTENT) and word processing means FORMATING to create different appearances. Text - QUAD (quick and dirty), usually in-formal establishes the essentials Word Processing - usually formal, professional, Basic skills: * Text processing and proof reading * Presentation and critiquing skills * Variety of styles and methods

Your Resume

A resume: * HighLight specific skills, work history, education * ONE PAGE (more later, but hiring managers are busy) * Should be letter perfect - your first foot in the door Forms (templates) make for a professional appearance. Oig! Again with first appearances/impressions

Cover Letter

Cover letter: * Brief (at MOST one page, better just a few paragraphs) * Customised to the job request/descriptions * Neat and letter perfect * Refers to specifics in the job description and your resume

Resume ala form/template

Using/Conquering a pre-made resume

Thank You note

* Follow up to an INTERVIEW. * Rarely done, often acts as a "tickler/reminder" * Adds a "pat on the back" to someone

Proof Reading

* Standardized notation * HighLights areas of concern/improvement * Should be done often - multiple readings almost always find multiple errors


A critque is... * NOT a chance to rip something up * Examine whats working and whats not * Check for consistent focus, flow * Check for consistency and coherence

Instruction Sheet

Once an instruction sheet is made, it's a large time saver. But, it must be correct and up-to-date. The only thing worse than NO instructions are WRONG instructions (can be dangerous, etc).

An HTML page

Converting a document to a web page Introduction to HTML


An outline: * Can help organise work before/during writing * Can provide a "talking" document for review/critque

The Outline Itself

* Various formats

Outline as HTML jump page

* List format can be used (or simply clone outline and create links)

Meeting Agenda

* Plan your work, work your plan * Allows people to schedule their time (arrive for just one part of a speech)

  Food Conference:   Preparing Dinner 

  0. Introduction

    Joe:      Making a Salad
    Sally:    Vegie MainCourse
    Toby:    Side Dishes
    Alonzo: Coffee (caff, decaff, mocha), tea, and milk
    Esme':   Desert: Bannana Bread

  #. Summary, Review, Q&A.


A presentation is essentially a DEMONSTRATION (usually with visual aids, media presentations, etc). And involves (usually) a SPEECH. Practice, practice, practice A presentation is... * A "sales pitch" for ideas as well as products * Quick way to learn and introduce info * Follow up meetings, handouts, web pages for details T^3: Touch, Turn, and Talk DON'T read slides to your audience Keep each line short - no paragraphs One-pagers for key concepts Otherwise long slides can be hard to see (you end up having to use a smaller font to get all the info on one slide. Also, people tend to read the slide rather than to listen to what you have to say. Handouts allow people to take notes on them, thus organising their own "take" on your ideas, etc.

Three Part Document

Tell them what you're going to say, Say it; ie, Tell them. Tell them what you said.

Executive Summary

* Brief but essential details * Can have more content than a slide * Provides references, links, and DICTIONARY of terms

Detailed Document

This is THE thing that you are working on. In effect, it's the PRIMARY CONTENT and whole purpose of your work and how it fits into the CONTEXT of the product, ideas, technique, etc.

Results Doc/WorkSheet

The results and/or WorkSheet (W/S) is useful for procedures where a specific item is tested, inspected, or reported on. A grade report is the "ultimate" results sheet.

Consensus/Forum OutLine

A consensus or forum is where a group of people get together (even if *only* on-line) and perform a group task. It's sort of a high-level agenda; eg, an agenda of agendas.

Study Guide

A study guide allows the user to self-direct their work, and allows you to focus on specific problems. We are all experts in some areas and our ignorance is vast in other areas. Learning: The Text ---> learning ---> review/testing (source)


(Reading Assignments)

Study Questions

(Guiding Questions)



Demonstration} (demo w/hand outs)