Basic Keyboarding

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 102

       Course Name: Basic Keyboarding

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course allows the beginning student to master proper keyboarding techniques and develop minimum 18 words per minute speed and accuracy.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • master the technique of using alphabetic and numeric keys.
  • attain key fluency of at least 18 words per minute with three or fewer errors.
  • demonstrate proper keyboarding techniques.
  • learn basic networking concepts.
  • become exposed to basic ethical issues involving software copyrights.

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 the Computer
    1. Basic network concepts
    2. Equipment components
  2. Development of Manipulative Skills
    1. Alphabetic
    2. Numeric
    3. Skill building
  3. Proofreading skills
  4. Apply proofreaders’ marks and revise text

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, demonstrations, skill building, and use of keyboarding Pro Deluxe software.
  1. Individual instruction.
  2. Class instruction.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Mandatory attendance.
  2. Attend lab as required.
  3. Complete required exams, assignments, and Progress Checks as scheduled.
  4. Take timed writings.
  5. Schedule of topics may be adjusted based on needs of the class.

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

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

  • Appropriate text:
    Textbook Adopted: Keyboarding & Formatting, 2nd Edition, VanHuss, Forde, Woo
    (Lessons covered: 1-25)
  • USB drive required

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Timed writings.  Production of various assignments, completion of projects, exams, attendance, and evaluated on proper keyboarding techniques.

Grade based on homework production exercises, progress check(s), attendance in-class timed writings and proper keyboarding technique (with a minimum of 15 wpm).

Timed Writing Scale for One-Minute Timings: A = 25 +
B = 21 - 24 3 error
C = 18 - 20 limit
D = 15 - 17

XI.   Other Course Information

Software users! Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies. Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and if warranted, appropriates penalties will be applied.  Specifically, you do not have the right to; Make copies of software for yourself or others or receive and use unauthorized copies of software.


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 (CAB, CIS, WWW, LAN) with selected Microsoft software products for use in coursework and personal projects.  Currently, this software includes Visio, Windows, 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.

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.