Beginning Keyboarding

Course Number: CAS 121A
Transcript Title: Beginning Keyboarding
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: October 25, 2016
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 20
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F, P-NP (default), audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


Placement into RD 90 and WR 90

Course Description

Introduces alphabetic and basic punctuation portion of computer keyboard by touch. Develops and improves basic keyboarding techniques. Introduces professional business document functions. Recommended: placement into RD 90 and WR 90; CAS 103WAudit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Key by touch the alphabet portion of the keyboard
  2. Apply correct keyboarding techniques in accordance with current ergonomic standards
  3. Use basic text document functions to open, save, and edit documents

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

Activities may include: readings and videos, class discussions, reflection writings, open ended assignments, timed typing tests

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Develop correct touch keyboarding techniques for alphabetic keys at minimum speed and accuracy levels.
  • Develop correct touch keyboarding technique of some 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.
  • Understand basic text document functions.
  • Understand the importance of touch keyboarding

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 course.