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Introduction to Keyboarding

Course Code: OADM 1103
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Office Administration
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter
course overview

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.

Methods of Instruction

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%

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.

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.