Keyboarding I – OST1000

AA01, AA02, AA51  

Mineral Area College

3 Credit Hours


Instructor Name:  Melynda Barks                                  

Office: AS103

Phone:  573.518.2245


Office Hours:  TBA


Department Chair:  Roger McMillian, 518-2226, Office # 22,


Textbook/MaterialsCollege Keyboarding and Document Processing for Windows, 11th Edition, Ober, Hanson, Johnson, and Rice.  Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2011.


Attendance/absence policy’s:  Students are expected to attend all classes unless there is a compelling reason for them to be absent.  Students are expected to participate in each class.  Generally, a student may be dropped for non-attendance following excessive absences, as determined by the instructor.  (Excessive absences:  TR or MW – four (4) absences is considered excessive)  Tardies will be tracked, two tardies will count as one absence.  If a student plans to withdraw from the course, it is his/her responsibility to officially withdraw from the class.  If an official withdrawal has not been processed through the Registrar’s office by the beginning of final exams, a score of 0 will be assigned to all uncompleted work and the final grade computed in accordance with Section VII above.


Grading policy/scale: Grades are to include homework, quizzes, tests, technique, and time writings. Grading scale: 100-90 A, 89-80 B, 79-70 C, 69-60 D, 59-below F. Grades are not rounded off to the nearest whole number. Reminder: Poor attendance is a factor in the final grade.

Time Writing Scale:  40+ wpm = A (0-2 errors)   35 - 39  wpm = B (3-5 errors)     30 - 34 wpm = C (6-8 errors)   25 - 29 wpm = D (9-10 errors)


Communication:  Regular communication is expected.  Your MAC email account is your method of communication for this class.  You should check your MAC email on a regular basis (daily or every other day).  If you have submitted a question to your instructor, do not wait for several days to check your MAC email for a response.  Equipment failure, software incompatibility or loss of your Internet access or connection is not an acceptable excuse for late or missed work.  Make backup plans or use the campus computer lab to complete your work.


Classroom Decorum:  Appropriate behavior is expected in the classroom. Sleeping, excessive talking, excessive absences and disrespect of the teacher and/or your fellow students are not acceptable behaviors.  No children allowed in the classroom.


Missed Assignments, quizzes, and Exams:  IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO GET missed lecture notes and assignments.  Late homework is not accepted.  MISSED Chapter Assignments and QUIZZES MAY NOT BE MADE UP.


Smoking and the use of tobacco is prohibited in the buildings and classrooms at Mineral Area College.


Electronic Devices:  The use of electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, PDAs, etc.) is prohibited in the classrooms at Mineral Area College.  Please turn your cell phones off or to silent mode during class times.  These devices may not be used as calculators in class.  Please refer to pages 16 and 17 of the 2012 – 2013 Student Handbook.


Academic Honesty: Students who engage in dishonest acts such as plagiarism or other forms of cheating in meeting the requirements of this course will be notified by the instructor that they are receiving a “0” for the assignment and/or an “F” for the course.  Students who wish to appeal the decision of the instructor on a matter of dishonesty may do so under the Procedural Policy for Disciplinary Action.  (Under that policy, the student is subject to suspension from college for acts of dishonesty.)


College’s Policies:


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Use of College Open Labs:  Student may use only college software; no personal software is allowed in the labs.  No college software will be illegally copied for personal, education, or business use.  No college software or hardware may be removed from the labs.  Personal, non-educational use of lab equipment and supplies is to be restricted.  NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM or COMPUTER LABS.


Honors Option:  The Honors Option is not offered at this time.


Description of Course:  This course provides instruction in developing the basic keyboarding skills to key alphabetic, numeric, special symbols, the ten key numeric keypad, and formatting exercises on letters, reports, and tables.


Course Objectives/Competencies:  Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

A.           Key straight copy (letters, reports, memos, & tables) at a speed of at least 40 words a minute on a three-minute timing with two or fewer errors using proper Keyboarding Technique

B.           Produce correctly formatted business correspondence using selected microcomputer special function keys.

C.           Demonstrate correct keyboarding, hand, and arm posture

D.           Apply touch keyboarding skills, apply proofreading/editing skills


Course Content:

              A.           Learning the Keyboard, top row numbers & Symbols                         Lessons 1 - 20

              B.           Word Processing, Correspondence, Tables, and Reports                   Lessons 21 - 40

              C.           Business Correspondence & Reports                                                  Lessons 41 - 50

              D.           Employment Documents                                                                      Lessons 51 – 55


This syllabus represents the planned objectives, content, learning experiences, evaluation process, and competencies.  The instructor reserves the right to alter the syllabus as needed.     Revised Aug 2012.