Computer Keyboarding for the Non-Native Speaker

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 103

       Course Name: Computer Keyboarding for the Non-Native Speaker

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course develops mastery of touch typing on an electronic keyboard and further develops computer-literacy concepts. Content includes building speed and accuracy, basic equipment functions (accessing the computer system, formatting, editing, printing, saving and retrieving) taught on computer terminal. Focus is on use of keyboard as a writing tool and development of composing, language arts, proofreading, and editing skills at the computer. Additional content includes formats for letters, reports, and academic writing assignments. Intended for ESL students.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Master the keyboard.  Learn basic networking concepts.  Be exposed to basic ethical issues involving software copyrights.  Learn basic information processing concepts.  Develop techniques for identifying and correcting errors.  Apply formatting concepts to letters, reports, and written assignments.  Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy.  Compose phrases, sentences, paragraphs, documents by transferring thoughts directly to the computer keyboard.  Develop problem-solving skills.  Attain a minimum keyboarding speed of 34 words per minute for three-minutes with four or fewer errors for a grade of A or 25 words per minute for three-minutes with four or fewer errors for a grade of C.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Introduction to the computer
        1.    Basic network concepts
        2.    Equipment components
B.    Development of Manipulative Skills
        1.    Alphabetic
        2.    Numeric
        3.    Symbolic
        4.    Skill building
C.    Ethical Issues
        1.    Basic copyright law
        2.    Software copies
D.    Information Processing Application Skills
        1.    Saving
        2.    Retrieving
        3.    Remote printing
E.    Keyboard Skill Building
        1.    Accuracy
        2.    Speed
F.    Application Skills
        1.    Finding Errors and Making Corrections
        2.    Language Arts Drills
            a.    Word division guidelines
            b.    Compound words
            c.    Numbers
            d.    Apostrophes
            e.    Quotation marks
            f.    Exclamation points
            g.    Punctuation marks
            h.    Word usage
G.    Problem Solving Skills
        1.    Composing at the Keyboard
            a.    Word response
            b.    Phrase response
            c.    Sentence response
            d.    Paragraph response
            e.    Document response
        2.    Formatting Concepts
            a.    Written assignment
            b.    Basic letter
            c.    Basic report

VII.  Methods of Instruction

A.    Group/individual instruction
B.    Seminars covering skill development and making corrections

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Attend seminars as scheduled.  Complete required assignments when due and take tests.
Spend a minimum of two (2) hours per week working in the lab.  Take administered timed writings.  Ask questions when you need help.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Textbooks, online resources, and such other materials deemed appropriate for the topic and assigned by the program and instructor.
USB drive required

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grade is based on assignments, tests, attendance (combined 2/3) and timed writings (1/3).

    Timed Writing scale
            One-minute timings
                A = 22 +            3 error limit
                B = 19 - 21            with 100% accuracy in
                C = 16 - 18            proofreading
                D = 13 - 15 

            Three-minute timings
                A = 34 +            4 error limit
                B = 30 - 33            with 100% accuracy in
                C = 25 - 29            proofreading
                D = 18 - 24 
(More than 2 absences and/or lateness to class will automatically reduce grade one level.)

XI.   Other Course Information

Progress checks not listed in the seminar schedule may be given from time to time to evaluate your progress.

Procedures for turning in homework:

Upon completion of a unit, turn it in with a cover page indicating the following information on the upper left-hand corner of the cover page:

        Your Name
Late work will not be accepted unless instructor approves prior to due date.

Average Points:
        Points        Letter Grade        Points        Letter Grade
        4.8-5.0        A                         3.2-3.4        C+
        4.4-4.7        A-                        2.8-3.1        C
        4.2-4.3        B+                       2.5-2.7        C-
        3.8-4.1        B                         2.2-2.4        D+
        3.5-3.7        B-                        1.8-2.1        D
        1.5-1.7        D-

Software Users!  Copying software is in violation of federal law and college policies.  Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and if warranted, appropriate penalties applied.

Specifically, you do not have the right to:
1.    make copies of software for yourself or others.
2.    receive and use unauthorized copies of software.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.