KIP010 - Basic Keyboarding

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Subject Title
Basic Keyboarding

Subject Description
In this subject, students learn touch-keyboarding skills, or improve upon previously acquired keyboarding techniques. A microcomputer system using a software package especially designed for keyboard mastery is used.

Credit Status
Speed proficiency is recorded on students' transcripts.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Touch type on a QWERTY keyboard (commonest keyboard layout).

2. Improve proficiency.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
The order of the topics is at the discretion of the professor. The content of one module does not have to be completed before another module is started, nor do the modules have to be taught in the order listed. Rather by  the end of the subject all the topics will have been covered.

1.  Keyboarding software program procedures - including startup and exit

2.  Keyboarding lessons

3.  Keystroke techniques

4.  Printing

5.  Proofreading techniques

6.  Calculating speed

Mode of Instruction
Instructor directed classes in networked computer lab. Instructor  observes students' keystroking techniques and corrects where necessary by demonstrating the proper fingering required. Timed drills of 1, 2, 3 and 5 minutes are administered for speed and accuracy development. Drill work is analyzed by the instructor and appropriate feedback provided.

Students are encouraged to practice outside of class hours. The keyboarding software is the medium for keyboarding instruction and in-class timings.  

Prescribed Texts
College Keyboarding, Lessons 1-25, (Textbook with keyboarding Pro Deluxe Cd) Van Huss et al., ITP Nelson, Latest Edition.

Reference Material
121 Timed Writings, Dean Clayton, South-Western Educational Publishing, Latest Edition.

Required Supplies
USB storage device (Flash drive)

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Students will receive a SAT/UNSAT based on the demonstration of their ability to keyboard using
  • QWERTY fingering and achieving a minimum typing speed of 20 nwpm
  • Students requiring timed writing results recorded for other programs will be given the best net speed of 3 5-minute timings (maximum 6 errors) recorded on their transcripts.  [GWPM can be recorded with % accuracy as required.]

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