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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

Excel: The Basics

Starts: 8 Jun 2017 1:00 PM
Finishes: 8 Jun 2017 4:00 PM
Venue: Allerton building, room C811, Frederick Road campus.
Remaining places: 15
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.

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Excel: Formulas and Functions

Starts: 15 Jun 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 15 Jun 2017 12:00 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 this course.
- Not suitable for Excel beginners
- Bookings open 1 June

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 19 Jun 2017 2:00 PM
Finishes: 19 Jun 2017 4:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Learning Space, Room 203, Allerton Building. As you enter Level 2, walk toward the top right corner of the floor into the extension area. Turn left. Room 203 is further down on the left.
Remaining places: 0
This is an exam session for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Essential requirements for attendance are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the GMetrix training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 28 Jun 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 28 Jun 2017 12:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Learning Space, Room 203, Allerton Building. As you enter Level 2, walk toward the top right corner of the floor into the extension area. Turn left. Room 203 is further down on the left.
Remaining places: 5
This is an exam session for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Essential requirements for attendance are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the GMetrix training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 10 Jul 2017 2:00 PM
Finishes: 10 Jul 2017 4:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Learning Space, Room 203, Allerton Building. As you enter Level 2, walk toward the top right corner of the floor into the extension area. Turn left. Room 203 is further down on the left.
Remaining places: 9
This is an exam session for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Essential requirements for attendance are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the GMetrix training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 12 Jul 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 12 Jul 2017 12:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Learning Space, Room 203, Allerton Building. As you enter Level 2, walk toward the top right corner of the floor into the extension area. Turn left. Room 203 is further down on the left.
Remaining places: 9
This is an exam session for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Essential requirements for attendance are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the GMetrix training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 19 Jul 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 19 Jul 2017 12:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Learning Space, Room 203, Allerton Building. As you enter Level 2, walk toward the top right corner of the floor into the extension area. Turn left. Room 203 is further down on the left.
Remaining places: 7
This is an exam session for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Essential requirements for attendance are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the GMetrix training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 14 Aug 2017 2:00 PM
Finishes: 14 Aug 2017 4:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Learning Space, Room 203, Allerton Building. As you enter Level 2, walk toward the top right corner of the floor into the extension area. Turn left. Room 203 is further down on the left.
Remaining places: 10
This is an exam session for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Essential requirements for attendance are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the GMetrix training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 16 Aug 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 16 Aug 2017 12:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Learning Space, Room 203, Allerton Building. As you enter Level 2, walk toward the top right corner of the floor into the extension area. Turn left. Room 203 is further down on the left.
Remaining places: 10
This is an exam session for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Essential requirements for attendance are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the GMetrix training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

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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: 19 Jun 2017 2:00 PM
Finishes: 19 Jun 2017 4:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Learning Space, Room 203, Allerton Building. As you enter Level 2, walk toward the top right corner of the floor into the extension area. Turn left. Room 203 is further down on the left.
Remaining places: 0
This is an exam session for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Essential requirements for attendance are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the GMetrix training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

Book now...


Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 28 Jun 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 28 Jun 2017 12:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Learning Space, Room 203, Allerton Building. As you enter Level 2, walk toward the top right corner of the floor into the extension area. Turn left. Room 203 is further down on the left.
Remaining places: 5
This is an exam session for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Essential requirements for attendance are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the GMetrix training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

Book now...


Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 10 Jul 2017 2:00 PM
Finishes: 10 Jul 2017 4:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Learning Space, Room 203, Allerton Building. As you enter Level 2, walk toward the top right corner of the floor into the extension area. Turn left. Room 203 is further down on the left.
Remaining places: 9
This is an exam session for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Essential requirements for attendance are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the GMetrix training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

Book now...


Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 12 Jul 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 12 Jul 2017 12:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Learning Space, Room 203, Allerton Building. As you enter Level 2, walk toward the top right corner of the floor into the extension area. Turn left. Room 203 is further down on the left.
Remaining places: 9
This is an exam session for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Essential requirements for attendance are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the GMetrix training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

Book now...


Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 19 Jul 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 19 Jul 2017 12:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Learning Space, Room 203, Allerton Building. As you enter Level 2, walk toward the top right corner of the floor into the extension area. Turn left. Room 203 is further down on the left.
Remaining places: 7
This is an exam session for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Essential requirements for attendance are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the GMetrix training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

Book now...


Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 14 Aug 2017 2:00 PM
Finishes: 14 Aug 2017 4:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Learning Space, Room 203, Allerton Building. As you enter Level 2, walk toward the top right corner of the floor into the extension area. Turn left. Room 203 is further down on the left.
Remaining places: 10
This is an exam session for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Essential requirements for attendance are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the GMetrix training software and achieved 70% or more in 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s.

Book now...


Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam

Starts: 16 Aug 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 16 Aug 2017 12:00 PM
Venue: Allerton Learning Space, Room 203, Allerton Building. As you enter Level 2, walk toward the top right corner of the floor into the extension area. Turn left. Room 203 is further down on the left.
Remaining places: 10
This is an exam session for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Essential requirements for attendance are that you have registered for the MOS programme, used the GMetrix 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