Take up the challenge of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship 2020.
Are you naturally competitive? With excellent skills in Word, Excel or PowerPoint? You could win the top prize of $7000 at the MOS World Championship.
When you pass exams in Word, Excel OR PowerPoint, not only do you add an IT qualification to your CV, but you can be entered into the MOS Four Nations Championship. The three category winners will be invited to the MOS World Championship in sunny California!
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.
MOS is more suited to people who have a good knowledge of an application. The Specialist 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 log into LinkedIn Learning which has MS Office courses for beginners, plus MOS exam preparation courses.
Download GMetrix - free online training software – to your Windows devices, or use on networked computers on campus. It offers practice tests in training and testing modes which simulate real MOS exams. [Not available for Macs]. Details available on registration.
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 achieving 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 below.
Exam sessions are invigilated and take place on campus twice a month, with additional sessions scheduled nearer summer graduation.
Formatting a large structured document like a dissertation or thesis is a demanding task, and many people find it more time consuming and stressful than they anticipated.
Our handbook and accompanying videos focus on key MS Word features and tools, which can save you lots of time, enable you to work more effectively and reduce your anxiety levels.
Formatting your Dissertation/Thesis
This handbook provides detailed guidance to help you as you word process/format your dissertation or thesis. For the best results, if possible, consult it just before you begin writing up, so that you are working smarter with Word’s time-saving tools from the very start.
Apply 'Heading' styles to the headings and sub-headings in your document, and save yourself lots of effort. Use them to control the appearance of your headings (the font type, size and colour), to create an automatic Table of Contents, and introduce multilevel numbering to your headings.
Want to introduce a numbered hierarchical structure to your document? Then add Multilevel numbering to the ‘Heading’ styles that you have applied to the headings in your document. For example, 1. 1.1, 1.2, 2., 2.1, 2.1.1
Let Word do the hard work for you. Once you have applied ‘Heading’ styles to your document, you can create an automatic Table of Contents with a few mouse clicks. Update the listing at any time as you continue to edit your work.
Why use them? Well, do you use the Enter key to make a heading appear at the top of a new page, only to find that as you continue to edit your document the heading moves up or down the page? Not with Page Breaks!
A dissertation/thesis typically has different types of page numbering in its footers. To feature a title page with no page numbering, then a series of pages with small Roman Numerals, followed by your main document displaying standard Arabic page numbering – you need Section Breaks.
You can change the page orientation within your document by using Section Breaks. You can then switch from portrait to landscape to accommodate e.g. a large image, and then switch back to portrait orientation for the remainder of the document.