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Computer Keyboarding 1 Online
(Specific information is intended as an example only.)


Recommendation Class and Grading Policies
Course Description Objectives and Assessment
Recommendation: If you do not type at all or do not type by touch, enroll in Computer Keyboarding 1. If you type 20 wpm and want only to improve speed and accuracy, you may enroll in Computer Keyboarding Improvement, which has no document processing. If you type accurately at 30 wpm, you may enroll in Computer Keyboarding 2.

Note: Students with a verified disability who may need reasonable accommodations for this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact the Office of Special Services.

Course Description:  Computer Keyboarding 1 Online is a full-semester, 3-unit course delivered via the Internet. You will learn the keyboard (letters, numbers, and symbols) by touch and will also learn the basic features of Word for Windows (2007 or 2010) to produce mailable documents such as letters, tables, reports, and memos. Your minimum speed at end of course should be of 37-40 wpm accurately by touch.
Kit 1, Gregg College Keyboarding & Document Processing, 11th Edition, Lessons 1-60; Ober, Johnson, Zimmerly; 2011; McGraw-Hill Higher Education; Everything you see below is bundled in a boxed kit including your Online Software Student Registration Card and an easel.

Kit 1 (Lessons 1-60) with Word 2016 Manual: ISBN 125992114X
Kit 1 (Lessons 1-60) with Word 2013 Manual: ISBN 0077824636
Kit 1 (Lessons 1-60) with Word 2010 Manual: ISBN 0077356608
Kit 1 (Lessons 1-60) with Word 2007 Manual: ISBN

If you wish to purchase all 120 lessons, then buy:
Kit 3 (Lessons 1-120) with Word 2016 Manual: ISBN
Kit 3 (Lessons 1-120) with Word 2013 Manual: ISBN 007782573X
Kit 3 (Lessons 1-120) with  Word 2010 Manual: ISBN 0077356627
Kit 3 (Lessons 1-120) with  Word 2007 Manual: ISBN


Book 1, Lessons 1-60


Word 2016, 2013, 2010 or 2007 Manual


Registration Card

Word 2016, 2013, 2010, or 2007 for Windows:
You must have one of these versions of Windows installed on your computer and high-speed Internet access. Click here for details.

Registration Codes:

4 Each student must purchase a registration code—codes may not be shared.
4 Registration codes are bundled with some textbooks or may be purchased
      separately via the GDP log-on screen.

4 Codes are technically supported by the Customer Experience Group Support Center for two
      years from the date of activation. If you order books online from third-party
      sources, such sites do not always guarantee codes. Let the buyer beware!

Class and Grading Policies
  1. Timed Writings. You will be given a series of 5' timed writings at the end of the course. The best two timed writings are averaged to determine your speed. If your timed writings are not within the 5-error limit, 2 wpm (words per minute) will be subtracted from the gwpm (gross words per minute) for each error over the maximum number of errors allowed. For example, if your speed was 40 and your errors were 6, your nwpm (net words per minute) would be 38. Timed writings will be scheduled on campus at the end of the course unless I have approved another arrangement. 

  2. Document Processing Tests. These tests are timed and the document is evaluated for format and accuracy. (See the Tests page for details.) Tests are scheduled on campus periodically through the course.
    Only one attempt is allowed on these tests.Late tests will include an automatic 10% deduction. 

  3. Practice Document Processing Tests. You will take these timed practice tests at home periodically through the semester. They are very similar to the actual document processing test you will take when you come on campus and are evaluated for format and accuracy. (See the Tests page for details.)
    Never take an actual document processing test on campus until you have successfully completed the practice document processing tests! Late practice tests will include an automatic 10% deduction.

  4. Document Processing Jobs. All document jobs must be submitted as "mailable" (free of formatting or typographical errors) to earn an A. All document processing jobs must be mailable (error free) to be assigned a grade of A. For document processing jobs that include errors (keystroking or formatting), the severity of the error will be considered when assigning a grade.
    A document assigned a D or F may be resubmitted one time by editing the document and uploading again. The lower grade will be dropped.

  5. Proofreading Checks. Five documents are designated on the Assignment Sheets as Proofreading Checks
    Each Proofreading Check document must be proofread with 100% accuracy; that means that in the Portfolio, Keystroking Errors must be “0” and the Attempt Origin must be "Started." To regain a lost Proofreading Check point, use Start Work to begin again from a blank Word screen, and retype the job. Your goal is to have zero Keystroking Errors when you click Submit Work to score the document. A successful Proofreading Check will be assigned 100% and an unsuccessful one will be assigned 0%.

  6. Skillbuilding. Check your weekly assignment sheets to see what skillbuilding exercises are due.
    A late penalty of 10% will be enforced on any skillbuilding submitted late.

  7. Technique Check. I will administer a Technique Check and observe your keyboarding technique to ensure that you can type by touch with correct fingering and technique. Technique checks will be scheduled on campus as soon as you complete Lesson 10.
    You must type with acceptable or better technique to pass this course.

  8. Extra Credit. Your final course grade may be raised up to a maximum of 10% if you proofread any documents (other than designated Proofreading Checks) with 0 errors on the first Started attempt. You may also earn extra credit by completing extra skillbuilding and document processing jobs.

  9. Due Dates. All work assigned for a particular week, including practice tests and regular tests, is due no later than Saturday evening at the end of the week in which the work is assigned.
    Up to 1% per week will be deducted from your final average for any late or missing skillbuilding or document processing jobs.

Objectives and Assessment

As a result of successfully completing Computer Keyboarding 1 Online, you will:

  1. Type a minimum of 37 wpm on a 5-minute timed writing with 5 or fewer errors.
  2. Demonstrate good work habits, acceptable typing technique, and skill in using the computer and printer.
  3. Recognize, evaluate, and correct errors in content and format of documents.
  4. Demonstrate skill in language arts, including word division, proofreading, punctuation, grammar, spelling, and keyboard composing.
  5. Produce mailable business documents including letters, tables, reports, and memos using Microsoft Word.

Note to instructors: These course weights are suggestions only. Instructors must consider the requirements of their department and campus and the aptitudes and goals for their students when determining an appropriate weight for each category and when setting wpm and accuracy goals.
50%  5-Minute Timed Writing, 5-Error Limit, by Touch:
  •  A = 45+ wpm
  •  B = 41-44
  •  C = 37-40
  •  D = 33-36
  •  F = 32 or below
 20% Document Processing Tests
5% Practice Document Processing Tests
10%  Document Processing Jobs
5% Proofreading Checks
10%  Skillbuilding
Up to +10%  Extra Credit: extra Proofreading Checks, documents, and skillbuilding
Up to -10% Attendance Deductions


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