Beginning Keyboarding

Course Number: CAS 121
Transcript Title: Beginning Keyboarding
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 26, 2019
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

Recommended

Placement into RD 90 and WR 90

Course Description

Introduces alphabetic and numeric portions of computer keyboard by touch. Develops and improves basic keyboarding techniques to increase speed and accuracy. Includes production of basic business documents using a word processor. Recommended: Placement into RD 90 and WR 90; CAS 103W. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Key by touch alphabetic, numeric and auxiliary keys at minimum speed and accuracy levels
  2. Apply correct keyboarding techniques in accordance with current ergonomic standards
  3. Use correct and proper typing techniques applicable to building foundational keyboarding skills
  4. Apply proofreading skills to determine correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and formatting of straight-copy and professional business documents
  5. Use basic text document functions to open, save, and edit documents
  6. Create and format basic business documents following current professional and/or industry standards.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include:  Projects with original work, reflection journals, group discussions, open ended assessment, timed writings with a minimum speed of 15 words per minute with a maximum of 5 errors, objective tests on basic document functions. 

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Content

  • Develop correct touch keyboarding techniques for alphabetic and numeric keys at minimum speed and accuracy levels.
  • Develop correct touch keyboarding technique of the auxiliary parts of the keyboard at minimum speed and accuracy levels.
  • Apply correct keyboarding techniques and safety techniques of relaxation and exercise to prevent computer-related disabilities such as carpal tunnel and eyestrain.
  • Use word processing to create, save, and edit various business documents.
  • Identify and understand how to edit documents.

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
  • Understand the importance of touch keyboarding
  • Understand the relationship & impact of keyboarding skills in various work environments

Department Notes

Instructors will do timed assessments first week of class.

Timed writings with a minimum speed of 15 words per minute with a maximum of 5 errors at end of class.