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North Idaho College • Internet • Business & Professional Programs • Computer Applications & Office Technology

Desktop Publishing/Publisher 1 CAOT-160-01

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 01
  • 1 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/13/2012
  • Modified 08/25/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Amy Bancroft













Meeting Times

CAOT 160 Sections 01 is an Internet courses--not a Flexible Learning Course.  All work and testing will be completed on the course website.

Companion course web site: Blackboard (  Access course information, lessons, quizzes, course e-mail, and discussions via the companion MyNIC Courses course site.

NOTE:  You may work ahead in this course but late assignments will not be accepted.


CAOT-160 provides an introduction to desktop publishing fundamentals using Microsoft Publisher. A hands-on class, it includes creating, storing, retrieving, editing, and printing business publications. This course is based on hardware and software that uses the Windows operating system. Recommended: Some keyboarding proficiency



Learning Microsoft Publisher 2010

  • Author: Cahterine Skintik and Suzanne Weixel
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • ISBN: 978-0-13-510899-4
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore

This book is also used in CAOT 161: Publisher 2

USB Storage Device

Required for saving assignments unless you are using the same computer to complete all of the coursework.


Students completing this course will be able to:

Develop and use desktop publishing documents

Insert graphics and text in publications

3. Enhance publications using desktop publishing



Grades will be derived by dividing all points earned by the total points possible and applying the percentage result value to the following percentage scale:

Grading Scale

95 - 100 = A

83 - 85 = B

73 - 76 = C

63 - 66 = D

90 - 94 = A-

80 - 82 = B-

70 - 72 = C-

60 - 62 = D-

87 - 89 = B+

77 - 79 = C+

67 - 69 = D+

Below 60 = F


Course Policies

This class is being offered as an Internet class. See the course schedule for due dates.

  • All assignments are necessary for properly understanding this material.
  • You are responsible for ALL sources of information.
  • The workload for this course can be demanding; you must make effective use of your time. You are responsible for your own learning.
  • All assignments and exams must be completed and submitted by the deadline(s) according to the course materials.



Course requirements are posted in Blackboard.  Any assignments including exams submitted after the deadlines will be assigned a grade of zero. All assignments are at noon on the due date.


Chapter 1 Assignments - Due September 23

Chapter 2 Assignments - Due October 14

Chapter 3 Assignments - Due November 18

End of Course Exam - Due December 13


Revised schedule if you are taking both CAOT 160 & 161 this semester.

Chapter 1 Assignments - Due September 9

Chapter 2 Assignments - Due September 23

Chapter 3 Assignments - Due October 7

CAOT 160 End of Course Exam - Due October 17

Chapter 4 Assignments - Due November 11

Chapter 5 Assignments - Due December 2

CAOT 161 End of Course Exam - Due December 13


Division Policies

Student Responsibility

As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject. For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please refer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Integrity 

Disruptive behavior in the class is not tolerated. To quote from the NIC "Student Code of Conduct," Article II, (found in the Student Handbook):

In order to carry out North Idaho College's Mission and to create a community of learners, the students, faculty, staff, and administrators must share common principles or values.  These values - which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility - make up academic integrity.

II.  Academic Dishonesty.

Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College.  These violations include the following:

Cheating:  using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.

Fabrication:  falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.

Plagiarism:  knowingly representing the words, ideas or work  of another as one's own in an academic exercise.

Violation of Intellectual Property:  stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources, materials, or official documents of the college.

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty:  knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy. 

Our department strongly endorses the above code, believing that no learning can take place if a strong commitment to academic integrity is compromised. Any unethical behavior, including any violation of academic integrity or instance of plagiarism, may result in a grade of zero for an assignment in question or failure of the course.

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.