Adobe Acrobat PDF

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 132

       Course Name: Adobe Acrobat PDF

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces the Adobe Acrobat program. Content includes the fundamental concepts and features of Portable Document Format (PDF), designing and viewing PDF presentations, enhancing and editing PDF documents, adding digital signatures and security, working with forms, and PDF portfolios. Recommended: Hands-on computer experience and the use of the computers operating system.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate hands-on skills in the following:

  • The construction of PDF documents using the Adobe Acrobat software.
  • Recognizing specialized view modes and customizing the display of business documents.
  • Implementing the use and operation of Acrobat digital tools and task buttons.
  • The combining of files into PDF portfolios.
  • Distinguishing navigational controls, printing all or parts of PFD documents, filling in PDF forms, and examination of accessibility features.
  • The enhancement and editing of PDF documents
  • The preparing of digital signatures and security in documents.
  • Demonstrating the use of Adobe Acrobat in a collaborative review cycle

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

  1. Introduction to Adobe Acrobat Software
    1. What is PDF?
    2. PDF on the WEB
    3. Adobe Acrobat software work area
    4. Viewing PDF presentations in Full Screen mode
    5. Designing documents for online viewing
  2. Working with PDF files
    1. Opening a PFD file in the work area
    2. Working with Acrobat tools and toolbars
    3. Working with Acrobat task buttons
    4. Working with the navigation pane
    5. Using organizer
  3. Creating Adobe PDF files
    1. The Create command
    2. Dragging and Dropping files
    3. Converting and combining different types of files
    4. Using the Print command to create PDF files
    5. PDF Settings (presets)
    6. Reducing file size
    7. Scanning a paper document
    8. Converting e-mails and web pages to Adobe PDF
  4. Creating Adobe PDF from Microsoft Office files
  5. Combining files in PDF portfolios
    1. Creating a PDF portfolio
    2. Customizing a portfolio
    3. Sharing a portfolio
    4. Securing a portfolio
  6. Reading and Working with PDF files
    1. Reading, searching, and printing PDF files
    2. Filling out PDF forms
    3. Concepts of flexibility, accessibility, and structure
    4. Making files flexible and accessible
    5. adding tags and alternate text
    6. Using Accessibility features in Adobe Acrobat
  7. Enhancing and Editing PDF Documents
  8. Adding Signatures and Security
  9. Using Acrobat in a Collaborative Review Cycle
  10. Working with Forms in Adobe Acrobat

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture/demonstration, hands-on exercises/projects, individualized instructions, progress checks.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Attend seminars as scheduled.  Participate in class.  Complete required assignments and tests

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Adobe Acrobat Classroom in a Book
Digital storage media

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Assignments, hands-on exercises and tests

XI.   Other Course 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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at