Keyboarding Skill Development

Commerce & Business Administration
Office Administration
Course Code
OADM 1303
Semester Length
15 weeks x 4 hours per week = 60 hours
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
This is a keyboarding course for students wishing to increase their typing speed to a minimum of 40 net words per minute on straight-copy timings. Keyboarding software programs will be used to evaluate and provide drills for correcting individual weaknesses. These programs have proven very successful in building speed and accuracy to levels commonly sought by employers.

It is expected that students will have learned to “touch-type” before registering for this course. Touch typing means your fingers rest on “home row” when they are not reaching for keys in the upper or bottom rows, and that you can key without looking at the keyboard or your fingers. If you are not touch-typing, OADM 1103 is a more appropriate course for you to take.
Course Content
  1. Correct technique
  2. Health and safety issues
  3. Speed drill exercises
  4. Accuracy drill exercises
Learning Activities

Students will use computer software to enhance keyboard skills.  The instructor will facilitate learning through demonstrations, motivation, and individual instruction.

Means of Assessment
Average speed on best three 5-minute timings    
on straight text copy
Average speed on best three 2-minute
alpha-numeric copy
Class assignments, drills, exercises   15%
Technique Demonstration   10%
Progressive Practice    5%
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. Demonstrate keyboarding techniques which adhere to occupational health and safety work habits.
  2. Keyboard 5-minute timings to a minimum of 40 net words per minute.
  3. Keyboard 2-minute alpha and numeric copy to a minimum of 40 net words per minute.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

Ober, Improving Speed & Accuracy in Keyboarding, Latest edition,  New York:  McGraw-Hill

Clayton, 121 Timed Writings with Skillbuilding Drills, Latest edition, Mason, Ohio: Thomson South-Western

Or other textbooks as approved by the department

USB drive as required by the instructor

Double-pocketed folders as required by the instructor






OADM 1103 or OADM 1106 or proof of 25 net words per minute on a five-minute timing.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for OADM 1303
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Fall 2023