Adobe Acrobat PDF
I. Course Prefix/Number: CAB 132
Course Name: Adobe Acrobat PDF
Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 1 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
• 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 PDF 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
• 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. 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
B. 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
C. 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
D. Creating Adobe PDF from Microsoft Office files
E. Combining files in PDF portfolios
1. Creating a PDF portfolio.
2. Customizing a portfolio
3. Sharing a portfolio
4. Securing a portfolio
F. 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
G Enhancing and Editing PDF Documents
H. Adding Signatures and Security
I. Using Acrobat in a Collaborative Review Cycle
J. Working with Forms in Adobe Acrobat
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
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
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.