Skill Building and Document Formatting
I. Course Prefix/Number: CAB 104
Course Name: Building and Document Formatting
Credits: Credits 3 (3 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
- key 40 words per minute or higher using correct keying techniques to build speed and accuracy.
- create business documents effectively using various word processing commands to edit and format.
- design announcements, newsletters, memos, letters, and reports.
- enhance business documents to include basic graphics.
- develop basic communication skills in grammar and punctuation.
- apply proofreading skills, tools, and marks to revise and edit text effectively.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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
- Keyboarding Skills
- Key fluently and accurately through various skill building exercises and timed writings using correct keying techniques
- Build speed of 40 words per minute or higher with three or fewer errors on timed writings
- Document Design Skills
- Format business interoffice memos, business letters in block and modified block styles with envelopes, academic and multiple-page reports, and tables appropriately
- Apply basic design skills to newsletters and announcements
- Enhance business documents with graphics using SmartArt, clip art, and shapes
- Word Processing Skills
- Apply word processing commands to various business documents
- Create, edit, and format business documents emphasizing correct formatting styles
- Communication Skills
- Review rules and improve basic communication skills through various activities including pretest/posttest and exercises
- Proofread effectively, apply proofreaders' marks, and revise text
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Attend seminars as scheduled (Mandatory attendance).
- Attend lab as required.
- Complete required timed writings, assignments and tests.
- Schedule of topics and/or methods of evaluating may be adjusted based on needs of the class.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Timed Writing Scale for Three-Minute Timings: A = 40 +
B = 36 – 39 3 error
C = 32 – 35 limit
D = 29 – 31
XI. Other Course Information
The Computer Technologies and Information Systems (CTIS) department at Oakton Community College has formed a partnership with Microsoft through the Microsoft Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) that provides students registered for credit classes in CTIS (CIS, CAS, WWW, CAB, LAN) with selected Microsoft software products for use in coursework and personal projects. Currently, this software includes Visio, Windows XP, and Visual Studio.Net. Students may checkout the software from the reserve desk in the library on either campus, install the software on their home computer, and return the software within three days. Fines will be applied if the software is not returned by the due date. In the near future, more software will be available and students will be able to download the software.
The following CTIS Computer Clubs are open to all current students of Oakton Community College for student membership:
AITP -- Association of Information Technology Professionals
CCS –The Chicago Computer Society
ULTRA – UNIX LINUX Technical Resource Alternatives
If interested, please see your instructor for further information
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
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.