Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: POFT-1127- Section: 02
Introduction to Keyboarding
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Nancy Stretcher
Phone(409) 984-6424
Location:Lamar State College - Port Arthur - Room: 1500 Procter St
Hours:By Appointment
Business and Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381
Course Information
Description Skill development in keyboarding techniques. Emphasis on the development of acceptable speed and accuracy.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes 1. Obtains general knowledge of networking and computer terms through content reading material (PSLO ALPHA) measured by pretest/posttest.
2. Describe current technology including hardware, software, and digital media (PSLO 1) measured by embedded test questions.
3. Use current Microsoft Office programs to develop professional results from software use. (PSLO 2) measured with rubrics applied to hands-on projects.
4. Students demonstrate ethics and professionalism (PSLO 4), measured by embedded test questions.
Core Objectives Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
PSLO 1. Utilizes basic software development terminology and concepts.
PSLO 2. Applies a software-development process to develop and troubleshoot a software product.
PSLO 3. Creates computer graphics for inclusion into a software product.
PSLO 4. Demonstrates ethics and professionalism within the computer field.
Textbooks Keyboarding and Word Processing Essentials Lessons 1-55: Microsoft Word 2016, Spiral bound Version , 20th Edition
Susie H. Vanhuss; Connie M. Forde; Donna L. Woo; Vicki Robertson
ISBN-13: 978-1-337-10302-2
Lecture Topics
Week 1:    Syllabus; Pre-test; Blackboard Introduction
Week 2: Alphabetic Keys; Speed Drills
Week 3:    Alphabetic Keys; Speed Drills
Week 4:    Alphabetic Keys; Speed Drills
Week 5:    Figure & Symbol Keys; Speed Drills
Week 6:    Figure & Symbol Keys; Speed Drills
Week 7:    Review & Assessment
Week 8:    Word 2016 Essentials
Week 9:    Word 2016 Essentials; Review & Assessment
Week 10:    Memos & Letters
Week 11:    Review & EXAM
Week 12:    Tables
Week 13:    Reports
Week 14:    Reports
Week 15:    Review & Assessment
Week 16:    Final Exam
Major Assignments
Week 1:    Syllabus; Pre-test; Blackboard Introduction
Week 2:    Module 1 – Lessons 1 through 4; Alphabetic Keys; Speed Drills
Week 3:    Module 1 – Lessons 5 through 8
Week 4:    Module 1 – Lessons 9 through 13
Week 5:    Module 2 – Lessons 14 through 19
Figure & Symbol Keys; Speed Drills
Week 6:    Module 2 – Lessons 20 through 25
Week 7:    Review & Assessment
Week 8:    Module 3 – Lessons 26 through 29; Word 2016 Essentials
Week 9:    Module 3 – Lessons 30 through 31; Review & Assessment
Week 10:    Module 4 – Lessons 32 through 37; Memos & Letters
Week 11:    Review & EXAM
Week 12:    Module 5 – Lessons 38 through 42; Tables
Week 13:    Module 6 – Lessons 43 through 45; Reports
Week 14:    Module 6 – Lessons 46 through 48
Week 15:    Review & Assessment
Week 16:    Final Exam
Final Exam Date December 11, 2018 - 11:00 AM   Through  December 11, 2018 - 1:30 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Assignments/ Quizzes 60%
Exams 40%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies *Assignments are due at the beginning of each class; student assignments coming in late may be assessed a penalty, even if the student arrives to class late and turns in work.
*Students are responsible for completing all assigned homework, including reading assignments, by the required due dates and for being prepared for each class meeting. This applies even if you were absent from the previous class meeting.

Academic Policies
*Every student MUST have a copy of the required textbooks by the second week of class. No sharing textbooks during class. The student will still be responsible for any assignments given. Failure to have a text may result in being dropped from the class.
*Students are responsible for completing all assigned reading.
*A failure to follow oral and/or written instructions will result in penalties.
*Late work may be assessed a five-point penalty for each day late. Late work will be accepted for up to five days after the original due date. After the five-day period, no work will be accepted.

*Student IDs are required for the first exam. IDs must be visible on your desk before the exam is administered--no ID, no exam.
*If you miss an exam, your lowest test grade will count twice. If you miss more than one exam, those exams will be given a grade of zero.
*Students must leave the classroom after exam is finished.
*There will be a comprehensive final exam. All students must take the exam on the scheduled date and time, and failure to do so will result in a zero on the final exam.

*For each assignment, students must complete the entire lesson (file) on their own. Students are never allowed to use another student's USB or file, or work together. Students should never lend their file to another student nor should a student have any other student's work in their possession for any reason. If a student uses another student's files, both students are considered guilty of cheating. If caught cheating, the students will get a zero on the assignment. If a second incidence occurs, both students will be given a final grade of F for the course.

*Students should keep a record of their grades/average. Instructor(s) will not average grades for students. Instructors do not drop grades.
*Extra credit may be assigned at the discretion of the instructor.

Statement of Academic Integrity
*A student attending LSCPA assumes responsibility for conduct compatible with the mission of the college as an educational institution.
*Students have the responsibility to submit coursework that is the result of their own thought, research, or self-expression.
*There is no tolerance for plagiarism or academic dishonesty in any form, including unacknowledged borrowing of proprietary material, copying answers or papers, fabrication, collusion, falsifying documents, using crib sheets, unauthorized help during exams, or passing off another's work as your own.
*Students must follow all instructions given by faculty or designated college representatives when taking examinations, placement assessments, tests, quizzes, and evaluations.

Withdrawal Policy:
*It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his or her name is removed from the roll should he or she decides to withdraw from the class. The instructor does, however, reserve the right to drop a student should he or she feel it is necessary.
*If a student decides to withdraw, he or she should also verify that the withdrawal is submitted before the final withdrawal date.
*The student is also strongly encouraged to retain their copy of the withdrawal form for their records.
*The student is required to turn in any equipment or items that belong to the department. Failure to do so may compromise their standing with LSCPA.
*State law permits students to withdraw from no more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career at Texas public colleges or universities. With certain exceptions, all course withdrawals automatically count towards this limit. Details regarding this policy can be found in the LSCPA college catalog.

Software Requirements:
*If you are in a course that is using a specific software, you MUST have the software available to you--either on your home computer or you must use the open lab provided in the Gates Library.
*Reliable Internet access is required for all online courses and many traditional courses.
*Computer failure and lack of internet access are not acceptable excuses for missed assignments, projects, quizzes, or exams. DO NOT wait until the last minute to complete class work or exams.

Classroom Etiquette:
*The following behaviors will result in the student being asked during class time to cease the action and/or leave the classroom: using cell phones, talking, or keying while the instructor is giving instructions or during class discussions; leaving class early without informing the instructor; surfing the Internet during lecture; and displaying a rude or negative behavior toward the instructor or other students.
*No cell phones should be visible or heard during class. Again, you may be asked to leave the room for the remainder of the class. No blue tooth technology or recording of lectures in any format (unless approved by the instructor). No charging of cell phones in the classroom.

E-Mail/Voice Mail Etiquette:
*Students must use appropriate e-mail etiquette when corresponding with instructor; for example, complete sentences and a full subject line with your name/course name. Voice mail messages should be clearly spoken identifying the student's name, course, and any return phone number.
Attendance Policy *Poor attendance is a leading reason for termination from a job in all areas of employment. With this factor in mind, the instructor monitors student attendance daily. In addition, attendance on a regular basis is necessary for proper skill development.
*The instructor reserves the right to drop any student missing more than two weeks of class (six MWF classes, four TR classes, two weeks with no online class or lab participation).
*Quizzes may be given at the beginning of the class period. Students coming in to class late will not be allowed to take quizzes already turned in. A grade of zero will be recorded for the quiz.
*Tardiness is not acceptable. Frequent tardiness to class will result in a meeting between the student and instructor. Continued tardiness will result in a ten-point penalty on the student's final course grade.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other *Do not record/video instructor lectures without written permission of instructor.
*I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must arrange a meeting with me, in person.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.