Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy Development

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 106

       Course Name: Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy Development

       Credits: Credits 1 (1 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Typing skill of a minimum of 20 wpm (without looking at the keyboard).

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This is a course designed to increase your keyboarding speed as well as improve your keyboarding accuracy by diagnosing your weaknesses and prescribing individualized corrective practice.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  • develop techniques for maintaining accuracy while building speed.
  • demonstrate rhythmic key stroke for building speed and accuracy.
  • diagnose keyboarding weaknesses.
  • practice conscientiously and repetitively in order to develop high speed accuracy.

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. Understand a skill building cycle:
    1. Pretest
    2. Charting activities
    3. Corrective practice
    4. Post test
  2. Warm-up Drills
    1. Review drills
    2. Print prescriptions for corrective practice
  3. 5- Minute Timed Writings
  4. Diagnostic Tests
    1. 2-minute diagnostic tests
  5. Skill-Development Paragraphs
  6. Accuracy Studies
  7. Speed Studies
  8. Rhythm-Development Drills- Pacing Drills

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Skill building by using diagnostic tests, appropriate prescriptive drills, and individual and 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 assignments.
  4. Take timed writing tests.
  5. Print and hand in summary report at the end of each class.
  6. Schedule of topics may be adjusted based on needs of the class.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

  • Appropriate text:
    Textbook Adopted: Cortez Peter’s Championship Keyboarding Drills, 4th Edition, Cortez Peters; Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
  • USB drive if needed.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Speed and accuracy improvement.
  2. Attendance and instructor evaluation of effort.
  3. Proper keyboarding technique.
  4. 5-minute timed writings.
Evaluation will be based on an individualized grading scale established by diagnostic tests and performance.

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.