Adobe Acrobat PDF

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 132

       Course Name: Adobe Acrobat PDF

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: Hands-on computer experience and the use of the computers operating system.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces the Adobe Acrobat program to design and navigate Portable Document Format (PDF) documents. Content includes designing, editing and enhancing PDF documents, adding security, and working with forms.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  • Construct, modify and organize PDF documents and forms using Adobe Acrobat software
  • Demonstrate the use and operation of the work area, digital tools and view modes
  • Distinguish navigational controls, print options, and accessibility features to customize the use of business documents
  • Apply security with digital signatures, IDs, and passwords
  • Use 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. Adobe Acrobat software work area and tools
    3. Viewing and navigating PDF documents
  2. Creating Adobe PDF files
    1. Techniques for creating PDF documents
    2. Converting different types of files into PDF files
  3. Reading and working with PDF documents
    1. Reading, searching, and printing PDF files
    2. Using accessibility features and functions
  4. Enhancing and editing PDF documents
    1. Manipulating pages and bookmarks
    2. Editing text and using images
  5. PDF documents and Microsoft Office files
  6. Combining different types of files into a PDF file
    1. Selecting files to combine
    2. Arranging and merging the files
  7. Adding signatures and security
  8. Using Acrobat in a collaborative review cycle
  9. Creating and working with PDF forms

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.

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

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.