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Formatting your dissertation/thesis

Using Word tools to produce professional documents to maximum effect

Formatting a large structured document like a dissertation or thesis is a demanding task, and many students find it more time consuming and stressful than they anticipated.

This handbook focuses on a number of Microsoft Office Word tools which can save you lots of time, allow you to work more effectively and reduce your anxiety levels.

  • This guide assumes a basic knowledge of Word
  • It is not a comprehensive guide to Word – it concentrates on key tools to aid your task

It includes topics, such as

  • Using styles to create headings which appear and behave consistently
  • Creating a table of contents from the heading styles
  • Applying numbering to headings
  • Effective way of navigating and working with large documents
  • Applying captions to figures, tables and equations¬
  • Creating content list for figures, tables and equations
  • Using section breaks to apply different page number formatting
  • Changing page orientation via section breaks
  • Printing specific page ranges in a document with section breaks

The handbook will be revised from time to time, so revisit this page to ensure you have the latest version

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 5 Apr 2017 12:00 PM
Finishes: 5 Apr 2017 2:00 PM
Venue: Newton Building, room B04b, Main Campus.
Remaining places: 8
This event is for taking exams in Microsoft Office Specialist. Essential requirements for taking a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

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Introduction to Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Workshop

Starts: 10 Apr 2017 12:00 PM
Finishes: 10 Apr 2017 1:00 PM
Venue: Newton Building, room B04b, Main Campus.
Remaining places: 13
Want to prove your IT skills? Achieve globally recognised IT qualifications in up to 7 Office 2013 applications? The 'MOS' programme provides the chance to study online, sit exams in applications that interest you and become certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist. 1hr + optional 30min practice.

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Excel: The Basics

Starts: 11 Apr 2017 2:00 PM
Finishes: 11 Apr 2017 5:00 PM
Venue: Allerton building, room C811, Frederick Road campus.
Remaining places: 16
FOR STUDENTS ONLY: This course is for those with little or no experience of Excel. It’s suitable as a refresher before attending our other Excel courses too.
- Bookings open on 28 April

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 12 Apr 2017 12:00 PM
Finishes: 12 Apr 2017 2:00 PM
Venue: Newton Building, room B04b, Main Campus.
Remaining places: 7
This event is for taking exams in Microsoft Office Specialist. Essential requirements for taking a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

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Excel: Formulas and Functions

Starts: 3 May 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 3 May 2017 1:00 PM
Venue: Allerton building, room C811, Peel Park campus.
Remaining places: 16
FOR STUDENTS ONLY: This is an intermediate level course for those with some basic knowledge of Excel. Learn about what you can do with Formulas and Functions in Excel. You must book a place to attend.
- Not suitable for complete beginners - please attend Excel Basics first
- Bookings open 18 April

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Introduction to Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Workshop

Starts: 8 May 2017 12:00 PM
Finishes: 8 May 2017 1:00 PM
Venue: Newton Building, room B04b, Main Campus.
Remaining places: 17
Want to prove your IT skills? Achieve globally recognised IT qualifications in up to 7 Office 2013 applications? The 'MOS' programme provides the chance to study online, sit exams in applications that interest you and become certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist. 1hr + optional 30min practice.

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 9 May 2017 2:00 PM
Finishes: 9 May 2017 4:00 PM
Venue: Newton Building, room B04b, Main Campus.
Remaining places: 10
This event is for taking exams in Microsoft Office Specialist. Essential requirements for taking a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

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Excel: Analysing Data

Starts: 10 May 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 10 May 2017 1:00 PM
Venue: Allerton building, Room C811, Frederick Road Campus
Remaining places: 15
FOR STUDENTS ONLY: This course is for students with some knowledge of Excel. It's for those who would like to be able to analyse data in existing spreadsheets.
Booking is essential for this course.
- NOT suitable for Excel beginners - please attend Excel Basics first
-- Bookings open 26 April

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Word: Formatting your dissertation or thesis

Starts: 16 May 2017 2:00 PM
Finishes: 16 May 2017 5:00 PM
Venue: Newton building, room B4b, Main campus. After entering the building, walk down the short flight of steps to the basement (a lift is also available). The training room is at the end of the corridor.
Remaining places: 10
FOR STUDENTS ONLY: Ready to type up your dissertation? Learn about heading styles & captions to create automatic Table of Contents, Table of Figures, etc. Apply different page number formats and change page orientation via Section breaks.
- Unsuitable for Word beginners
- Bookings open 2 May

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 17 May 2017 12:00 PM
Finishes: 17 May 2017 2:00 PM
Venue: Newton Building, room B04b, Main Campus.
Remaining places: 10
This event is for taking exams in Microsoft Office Specialist. Essential requirements for taking a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

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PowerPoint: Professional presentations

Starts: 24 May 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 24 May 2017 1:00 PM
Venue: Allerton building, room C811, Frederick Road campus. Walk up the main stairs to access the lifts. Go up to Level 7/8. Walk up to level 8, turn left to find room C811 first door on the right.
Remaining places: 16
FOR STUDENTS ONLY: Ideal for beginners, or those who would enjoy a refresher.
Beginning with the basics, but featuring transitions, animations and inserting videos too.
Bookings open on 10 May.

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Microsoft Office Specialist 2016 certification

Boost your CV whilst learning new skills that will benefit your studies and working life, with Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016. It’s a globally recognised IT qualification available to current students and staff at Salford University.

This is a self-taught study programme, so all the resources you need to pass your chosen MOS certification/s are available online. This allows you to practice in your own time, at your own pace.

Microsoft Office Specialist

Become certified as a specialist in one, any, or all of these applications.

Microsoft Office Expert

Become certified as an Expert in one or both of these applications

Microsoft Office Master

Become certified as a Master – the highest MOS certification. To become a MOS Master 2016, you must successfully complete four exams in total:

  • Required: Word Expert
  • Required: Excel Expert
  • Required: PowerPoint
  • Elective: Access or Outlook

MOS is more suited to people who have some existing knowledge of an application. The exams test you on a wide breadth of knowledge of each application, and require you to complete tasks that are a random mix of basic and intermediate levels.

Beginners can still join the MOS programme, but the learning curve will be a lot steeper. If you are new to an application, then we recommend you first use our University online training. It is not related to the MOS programme but it covers many of the topics and provides that essential linear path of learning – starting with the basics and moving towards more advanced features.

Online training

Free online training software – GMetrix - is available online for Windows devices. [Not available for Macs]

It offers practice tests in training and testing modes which simulate real MOS exams.

e-Workbooks

Microsoft approved workbooks, which map directly to exam objectives, are available on Blackboard.

The pass mark for MOS exams is 70%.

When you find that you are reaching 70-80% pass marks in the GMetrix practice tests you can consider yourself ready for the exam of your chosen application. When you are ready to take an exam, book a place on one of our exam sessions via Advantage.

Exam sessions are invigilated and take place on campus twice a month, with additional sessions scheduled nearer summer graduation. To find out when they are and to book your place, click on one of the dates below. The exam sessions are published on Advantage.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 5 Apr 2017 12:00 PM
Finishes: 5 Apr 2017 2:00 PM
Venue: Newton Building, room B04b, Main Campus.
Remaining places: 8
This event is for taking exams in Microsoft Office Specialist. Essential requirements for taking a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

Book now...


Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 12 Apr 2017 12:00 PM
Finishes: 12 Apr 2017 2:00 PM
Venue: Newton Building, room B04b, Main Campus.
Remaining places: 7
This event is for taking exams in Microsoft Office Specialist. Essential requirements for taking a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

Book now...


Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 9 May 2017 2:00 PM
Finishes: 9 May 2017 4:00 PM
Venue: Newton Building, room B04b, Main Campus.
Remaining places: 10
This event is for taking exams in Microsoft Office Specialist. Essential requirements for taking a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

Book now...


Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 17 May 2017 12:00 PM
Finishes: 17 May 2017 2:00 PM
Venue: Newton Building, room B04b, Main Campus.
Remaining places: 10
This event is for taking exams in Microsoft Office Specialist. Essential requirements for taking a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

Book now...


There is no charge for The Library’s Microsoft Office Specialist programme. It is only available to current students and staff at Salford University.

Want to know more?

Find our detailed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) via The Library’s Microsoft Office Specialist link on Blackboard, or contact studentdigitalskills@salford.ac.uk

If you’ve tried our elearning or a classroom session, but need more help, you can request a one-to-one appointment with a Digital Skills Trainer. To make an appointment, email:studentdigitalskills@salford.ac.uk