Introduction to Keyboarding

Commerce & Business Administration
Office Administration
Course Code
OADM 1103
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
This course is an excellent introduction for anyone taking computer courses. Its purpose is to develop touch-typing skills to a minimum of 30 accurate words per minute on straight-copy timings. A popular software program will demonstrate keystrokes and provide practice and assessment as students learn and practice touch-typing skills. Another popular software program will analyze individual weaknesses and prescribe appropriate drills for maximum speed and accuracy. Computer functions will be learned as required.
Course Content
  1. Use correct techniques to operate the alpha-numeric keyboard and the 10-key numeric keypad.
  2. Apply ergonomic principles to achieve optimum effectiveness.
  3. Use computer hardware and software components to key, format and print.
  4. Produce 5-minute timings to a minimum of 30 net words per minute on straight-text copy.
  5. Proofread effectively.
Learning Activities

Students will use computer software to develop keyboard skills.  The instructor will facilitate learning through demonstration, motivation, individual instruction, and guided group activities. 

Means of Assessment
Average speed on best three 5-minute timings on straight-text copy  65%
Average speed on best five 2-minute timings on alpha-numeric copy  05%
Average speed on straight numeric copy using 10-key keypad  05%
Technique Demonstration  10%
Class assignments, drills, exercises  15%
Total 100%

Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.

Learning Outcomes

The learner has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. keyboard timings and straight copy accurately by touch
  2. use efficient keyboarding techniques to produce alpha and numeric copy
  3. proofread
  4. use 10-key numeric pad for straight numeric copy
  5. demonstrate effective keyboarding technique
  6. format and print exercises.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

Van Huss, Duncan, et al.  College Keyboarding, Lessons 1 - 25, Canadian Latest Ed. ITP Nelson, South Western Educational Publishing, Cincinnati, Ohio

Clayton, Dean. 121 Timed Writings with Skillbuilding Drills, Latest Ed., Cengage Learning, South Western Educational Publishing, Mason, Ohio

Or other textbooks as approved by department



No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Institution Transfer Details for OADM 1103
Trinity Western University (TWU) No credit

Course Offerings

Fall 2023