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Keyboarding Skill Development

Course Code: OADM 1303
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Office Administration
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks x 4 hours per week = 60 hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
course overview

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

Methods of Instruction

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%

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.

course prerequisites

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

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.