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Beginning Keyboarding

Course Number: CAS 121
Transcript Title: Beginning Keyboarding
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 40
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
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Placement into RD 90 and WR 90 or above

Course Description

Introduces alphabetic portion of computer keyboard by touch. Uses the numeric portion of the keyboard. Develops and improves basic keyboarding techniques to increase speed and accuracy. Involves production of basic business and academic documents using a word processor. Recommended: Placement into RD 90 and WR 90 or above. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:

  1. Keyboard by touch the alphabetic portion of the computer keyboard and be introduced to the numeric portion following current professional and/or industry standards.
  2. Use Microsoft Word to create basic business and academic documents following current professional and/or industry standards.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A letter grade will be issued for this course based upon:

  • Visual technique checks (must key by touch in order to earn a grade higher than D):
    • Eyes on copy
    • Correct fingering
    • Correct posture
  • Timed production tests on business and academic documents.
  • Three-minute timed writings with speed and accuracy rates according to the following scale:
Speed (WPM) Grade Accuracy (Errors)
35+ A 0-2
28-34 B 3
20-27 C 4-5
15-19 D 6-7
  • May also include other assessment tasks.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Understand the importance of touch keyboarding
  • Learn correct keyboarding techniques
  • Correctly format business and academic documents
  • Learn to proofread documents and use proofreader’s symbols
  • Obtain an introduction to word processing

Competencies, Skills

  • Touch keyboarding of alphabetic keys at minimum speed and accuracy levels.
  • Touch keyboarding of parts of the auxiliary keyboard.
  • Apply correct keyboarding techniques and safety techniques of relaxation and exercise to prevent computer-related disabilities such as carpal tunnel and eyestrain.
  • Demonstrate safe use and handling of hardware and software.
  • Keyboarding of the number row and selected symbols with proper fingering.
  • Identify and understand proofreader’s marks to edit documents.
  • Basic word processing skills:
    • Creating and formatting basic business and academic documents
    • Saving documents
    • Editing documents
    • Printing documents