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Keyboarding and Document Processing Syllabus
OST 1100C Class 7813, Fall 2014

Instructor Information

Judith Brierley, M.S.

Phone: 407-602-8173

Office:  J106C Sanford/Lake Mary

Office Hours:  Mon & Wed 12:30 - 2:30 pm; Tues & Thurs 11:00 am - 2:00 pm or by appt.

Course Information

Keyboarding and Document Processing - OST 1100C Class 7813
Date: August 25 to December 13, 2014

Students in this course will master the keyboard by touch. Business letters, reports, envelopes, labels and memos are taught using Microsoft Word. This course is for students with little or no keyboarding experience.
Requisites: No corequisites or prerequisites.
Additional Class Information: Online class. Using MS Word 2010/2013. Computer & Internet access required. Log in to Sakai as soon as the term begins to access your course: Students who do not log into their course by the end of add/drop may be withdrawn from the class. Simply logging in to an online class does not count as attendance. Students must engage in an academically related activity.
Credits: 3.00

Measurable Course Objectives

Measurable Course Objectives are outcomes students are expected to achieve by the end of the course.

  • Operate a microcomputer using Windows operating system, interfaced with a keyboarding program and data storage devices.
  • Key letters, numbers, and symbols by touch at a minimum of 25 wpm with 3 errors or less on a three-minute timing using touch technique.
  • Create letters, envelopes, labels, memos, and reports.
  • Retrieve, edit, save, and print documents.
  • Apply language arts skills by proofreading and editing documents.
  • Identify computer hardware and describe its function.

Collegewide Student Learning Outcomes

The Collegewide Student Learning Outcomes assessed and reinforced in this course include the following:

  • Communication
  • Information Literacy

Instructional Mode

DL Online
An online course is delivered entirely over the Internet and fosters remote interaction among students and instructors. Seminole State's online courses use a course delivery tool called Sakai. To learn more about Seminole State's Web-based courses, visit the Online Course Overview page.

Additional Class Information: Online class. Using MS Word 2010/2013. Computer & Internet access required. Log in to Sakai as soon as the term begins to access your course: Students who do not log into their course by the end of add/drop may be withdrawn from the class. Simply logging in to an online class does not count as attendance. Students must engage in an academically related activity.

Distance Learning Information

To succeed in an online course, you need to be:

  • motivated
  • self-directed
  • willing to work on your own

Distance learning (DL) courses are not for everyone. They are neither easier nor more difficult than on-campus courses, but they do require more dedication and self-discipline from the student.  If you like to interact face-to-face with a professor and classmates, or if you have difficulty managing your time, this might not be the best course delivery mode for you.  However, if you can read and understand technical information, follow instructions as given, and solve computer problems on your own without asking for much help, online instruction should work well for you. Good time management skills, self-discipline, and motivation are required to successfully complete an online course.

Orientation Information

There is no on campus orientation for this course. All materials and information you need are available online in Sakai.

Textbook Information

You will receive the following three items when you purchase the keyboarding kit: Student Registration Access Code, Keyboarding textbook and Word 2013 manual. (Caution: The Student Registration Access Code comes printed on a separate card. Do NOT throw this card away when you open your bundle.) 

The access code is required so compare prices carefully. A used book would not come with a valid access code so it is often better to buy the bundle from the bookstore. If you already have a used book and need to purchase an access code, you can do so at the web site where you create your GDP account.

You will also need Word 2007 or later. As a student, you can download this software for free through your SSC Student Office 365 email account. (Note: The Mac version of Office will not work in GDP when you do correspondence in Lessons 26-34.)


COLL GDP/MS OFF WRD 2013 (CUSTOM) Seminole State Coll
Type: Book
Author: Ober
Edition: 11th
Copyright: 2013
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 9781259133350
Status: Required
New: $132.25
Used: $99.25

Hardware/Software Listing

You are required to have access to a computer with an Internet connection. You must be familiar with using the Internet as all your communications will be sent on-line in Sakai. You will receive a GDP access code in the textbook kit you purchase. You will use this access code to log into the keyboarding program.

Your computer must have the following features:

  • You must be familiar with using the Internet as all your communications will be sent on-line.
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 or higher
  • IE7, IE8 or Firefox 3.5
  • 1 GHz+ processor
  • Adobe Flash Player v10+ (Flash Player v10.1 highly recommended)
  • Screen resolution of 1024px x 768px or higher
  • Hi-speed Internet access
  • Microsoft Word 2013 or 2010 or 2007  (Note: MS Works and the MAC version of Word will not work with the keyboarding program.)
  • Adobe Reader - this enables you to open pdf files. You can download it for free at

Student will have access to computer labs on all Seminole State campuses. If you experience technical difficulties with your personal computer, be prepared to come to a a campus lab to complete your assignments as no extensions will be granted due to computer problems. Go to for more information on campus lab locations and hours.


Grade Scale and Evaluation Methods

Your final grade will be based on:

Assignment Points
Syllabus & Course Info Quiz   10
Lesson Completion   90
Computer Keyboarding Test  100
Letter Test  100
Memo Test  100
Report Test  100
Timings  400
Principles Test  100

The following percentages will be used to calculate your final grade.

A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
F 59-0

INCOMPLETES will NOT be given in the course.

Class Assignments

Due Dates: Activities in each chapter should be completed by the weekly due dates listed on the Schedule. (The Schedule can be found on the Modules page in Sakai.) Completing your work weekly on a regular basis will help ensure your success in this course! It is suggested that you post a copy of the Schedule somewhere where you will see it so that you do not forget due dates. It is your responsibility to complete all assignments on time. You can also use the Calendar tool in Sakai to keep track of due dates.

Course Assignment Information: Specific instructions on all assignments are posted under the Modules area of Sakai. Be sure to review the module page each week. You will find many helpful tips for your assignments!

Syllabus & Course Info Quiz: This quiz is given in the beginning of the term and ensures that you have read and completed all the Getting Started activities.

GDP Lessons: The majority of your course will be done in the GDP Keyboarding program. Be sure to keep up with the lessons for each week. Working ahead is strongly encouraged!

Lesson Completion: Points will be given at the end of the term for completing Lessons 1-34. Points will be deducted for lessons not completed, lessons completed after the weekly due dates, and correspondence in lessons 26-34 not edited to 2 errors or less.

Tests: The Computer Keyboarding Test and the Principles Test are available under the Tests & Quizzes area of Sakai. The questions are Multiple Choice / True False questions. Be sure to review the Study sheets given on the Modules page first. These tests will only be available until the due date shown on the Schedule and may not be taken late. 

The Letter, Memo and Report tests will consist of typing text in Word using the proper formatting learned in your lessons. These tests will be available under the Assignments area of Sakai. Each error will be a 10 point deduction so accuracy is very important. Report, letter and memo tests my be submitted up to one week late with a 10 point late penalty. Late assignments will only be accepted for one week after the due date unless otherwise noted on the assignment schedule posted in Sakai.

Timings: Timings grade will be based on the your four best 3-minute timed writings from four different lessons in Lessons 22-34. Only timings with 3 errors or less can be counted. You do not have to do anything extra for this grade. Your instructor will check your GDP log to find your highest timings. You may repeat any of the timings before the end of the term. 

Grading scale for three-minute timed writings:

GradeWord Per Minute
A 35+
B 30-34
C 25-29
D 20-24
F <20

Sakai Learning Management System Information

Sakai is the official online learning management system used at Seminole State College.  If you are enrolled in an online, online/campus, hybrid, or web-enhanced campus class, you will need to log in to Sakai to access the site for your course.  

Sakai course sites will not be available until the first day of class.  If you register during the add/drop period, there may be a slight delay (approximately 24 hours) in the activation of your user ID and password. If you are unable to log into Sakai after the add/drop period, please complete the eLearning Online Course Problem Form, and the eLearning staff will check on your account.

The login page for Sakai is:

Your Sakai login information is:

  • USERNAME = same as your MySeminoleState username
  • PASSWORD = first and last initial in UPPERCASE followed by your birthdate in YYMMDD format

Recommended browsers for Sakai include Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer (Note: IE9 users will need to enable compatibility mode).  Your browser must be set to accept cookies.

Sakai Test-Taking Tips - In order to avoid potential problems during an exam, we recommend that you:

  • Use a supported web browser such as Firefox 4+, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer 7+.
  • Make sure that you DO NOT have multiple windows or tabs open while testing.
  • Make sure you have a dependable internet connection; WIRED rather than wireless if at all possible.
  • DO NOT use your browser back and forward buttons. Always navigate within Sakai.
  • If your test is displayed all on one page, use the "Save" button often! The "Save" button is always at the bottom of the page, so you may have to scroll down to find it.
  • For timed tests, remember that once you begin the test, the timer will continue to count down.  This is true if you lose internet connection, your browser crashes, or you simply exit and close your browser window.
  • Make sure that you only click on the "Begin Assessment" button ONCE when starting a test.
  • Make sure that you only click on the "Submit for Grading" button ONCE when submitting a test.
  • Do not take tests between 4:00AM and 5:30AM.

Schedule: A weekly calendar is provided on the Modules page in Sakai to help you organize your time and create some structure in the course. It does not provide 'slack' time. You may choose to work ahead, but it is important that you adhere to the due dates. It is suggested that you post a copy of the schedule where you will see it, so that you do not forget due dates. Work not submitted by the required date will not be accepted unless prior arraingements have been made.

If you have special circumstances which will require you to be absent from the course for an extended period (such as health complications, surgery, family emergencies, etc.), you must contact the instructor to discuss when and how you will make up any missed work and obtain approval for your absence PRIOR TO your lapse in attendance. Documentation may be required by your instructor. Please be aware of this policy.

Please keep in mind that it is your responsibility to make sure that you have the ability to connect to the Internet and access the course and have the required software for the class. If you were taking a course on campus, you would be responsible for your transportation to and from the college to attend class and turn in your work. Similarly, you are responsible for working around any difficulties that you may encounter with your computer during the term and making sure that course work is completed and turned in on time. Computer difficulties are not an excuse for failing to log in to the course and/or turn in work or to meet due dates. Computer labs are available on all campuses where you may complete your assignments if you are unable to complete them off campus.

Forums: Forums is a way to communicate with other students in the class and  your instructor. If you have a general question or problem about class assignments, post it in Forums. Your instructor or another student will answer your questions or create a dialogue with you concerning the issue. It is possible to have a threaded discussion in Forums. (Be sure to read the Sakai tutorial so that you know how to do all of this). Many questions can be answered by students in the class in Forums and it also helps to cut down on the number of e-mails I must answer directly.

When posting in Forums, be sure to type a subject in the post title box that is relevant to your message. Use complete sentences and no texting code. All capital letters should not be used. Do not reply to a post that you receive that is not about the same subject. Create a new post and put the subject in the post title box.

Distance learning is about learning, not a classroom. The instructor is a facilitator. Learning is your responsibility, and will be accomplished by working within the virtual environment created with the students in the course. Not participating in Forums will hinder your learning process.

Messages: You may e-mail me or any student in the class using Sakai Messages. Simply select Compose Message and select who you want to send the message to. Always use Sakai e-mail to correspond with your instructor. I will check my Sakai e-mail Monday through Friday in Fall and Spring terms and Monday-Thursday in the Summer term.

When sending an e-mail be sure to type a subject in the subject box that is relevant to your message. Use complete sentences and no texting code. All capitals should not be used. Do not reply to an e-mail that you receive that is not about the same subject. Create a new e-mail and put the subject in the subject box. Proofread your message before sending it.

Academic Integrity

As members of the Seminole State College of Florida community, students are expected to be honest in all of their academic coursework and activities. Academic dishonesty, such as cheating of any kind on examinations, course assignments or projects, plagiarism, misrepresentation and the unauthorized possession of examinations or other course-related materials, is prohibited.

Plagiarism is unacceptable to the college community. Academic work that is submitted by students is assumed to be the result of their own thought, research or self-expression. When students borrow ideas, wording or organization from another source, they are expected to acknowledge that fact in an appropriate manner. Plagiarism is the deliberate use and appropriation of another's work without identifying the source and trying to pass-off such work as the student's own. Any student who fails to give full credit for ideas or materials taken from another has plagiarized.

Students who share their work for the purpose of cheating on class assignments or tests are subject to the same penalties as the student who commits the act of cheating.

When cheating or plagiarism has occurred, instructors may take academic action that ranges from denial of credit for the assignment or a grade of "F" on a specific assignment, examination or project, to the assignment of a grade of "F" for the course. Students may also be subject to further sanctions imposed by the judicial officer, such as disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the College. Students may also be subject to further sanctions imposed by a judicial officer, such as disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the College.

Although students are encouraged to seek assistance from their instructor, fellow students, and lab assistants, each student MUST complete his/her own work. You may not use another student's work as your own. Do not allow another student to use your work. Do not obtain work from previous semesters' for your own use. Students who submit duplicate work will receive a zero for the first infraction, and an automatic"F" in the course for their second infraction (even if the second infraction is found on the same day as the first).  Both the student providing the assignment and the student receiving the assignment will receive the same disciplinary action.

Attendance Policy

The instructor will keep an accurate record of attendance at all class sessions and activities. In distance learning courses (online or online/campus), professors define expected interaction within the course and/or with other students and expected use of the class website and/or media. Inconsistent interaction and/or inconsistent use of the website or media, regardless of cause, reduces the opportunity for learning.

The professor may withdraw from the course any student who is not interactive or responsive in a timely manner, as specified by the professor. Professors who have mandatory orientations for distance learning courses may withdraw students who do not attend the required orientation.

Simply logging in to an online class does not count as attendance. Students must engage in an academically related activity.

In this course, attendance during the first week of class is signified by completing the Getting Started Activities. This includes taking the Syllabus and Course Info Quiz and posting an Introduction in the forums. If these items are not completed, then a student may receive a W4 and be withdrawn from the class.

If a student fails the course, then a last date of attendance must be reported. This date will be based on the last submission of a lesson in GDP or an assignment or test in Sakai.

Your participation is crucial to your success in this class. Online course require a time commitment equivalent to on campus classes. Be prepared to spend at least 4 - 6 hours per week to be successful in this course. It is expected that you check into Sakai to review the Discussion Forums and check your e-mail several times a week. You will also be reviewing lecture notes and assignment material. This is how you attend class. It does not matter what time of day or night you check in. Because there are no set meeting times, you are expected to complete your course work each week. Try to work ahead to avoid last minute emergencies. Late deadlines are provided with only a 10% penalty so be sure to print the Schedule once you login to Sakai. Work will not be accepted after the late deadlines unless you make arrangements with your instructor prior to the deadline and can provide written documentation upon request.

Withdrawal Policy

A student desiring to withdraw from a course after the add/drop period should initiate withdrawal procedures with an instructor or counselor. Withdrawals are not official until the withdrawal form is completed and given to the Office of Enrollment Services and Registrar. Withdrawal deadlines are published in the official College Catalog Academic Calendar.

If you encounter any difficulties at all or if you are considering withdrawing from the course for any reason, please contact your instructor without delay. The instructor may have suggestions that will allow you to successfully complete the course. Students may withdraw from any course and have a "W" recorded for that course provided certain conditions are met: the withdrawal must occur before the deadline noted in the Seminole State catalog. Students who do not submit their assignments on time and who do not officially withdraw from the course will receive a F as a final grade. No Incompletes will be given in this course. You must enroll as an Audit student at the time of registration to receive an audit grade.

Available Support Services

The following services are available to assist your learning at Seminole State:

  • Academic Success Center (ASC) offers all Seminole State students free tutoring in math, writing and the sciences, as well as an open computer lab.

  • Disability Support Services (DSS) at Seminole State offers College constituents equity and excellence in education. By working with students, faculty and staff on all Seminole State campuses, DSS ensures that appropriate academic adjustments are made to give all students equal opportunities inside the classroom and around campus.

  • Seminole State Library offers beneficial and rewarding services to all college students. The library is an excellent place to break from classes, meet fellow students, and reflect independently and collaboratively. It is also an environment for discovery that encourages students to seek information, engage in listening and viewing activities, and think creatively.

Accommodation Statement

Seminole State College abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which stipulates that no student shall be denied the benefits of an education 'solely by reason of a handicap.' Disabilities covered by law include, but are not limited to psychiatric impairments, learning disabilities and hearing, sight or mobility impairments. If you have a disability that may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations, contact the Disability Support Services Office (DSS) to facilitate the accommodation process.

Campus locations and phone numbers for DSS are:

  • Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room A-101, 407.708.2109
  • Altamonte Campus, Room ALT 107, 407.404.6005
  • Heathrow Campus, Room HEA 115, 407.708.4440
  • Oviedo Campus, Room OVF 102-D, 407.971.5114


PBL (Phi Beta Lambda)

Students enrolled in Seminole State College's computer courses are encouraged to participate in the local chapter of the national student organization Phi Beta Lambda. The College's chapter has a history of success in state and national competitions as well as service to our community. For further information, contact:

Dr. Anne Matthew in J-106B or call 407.708.2179


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Students have the right to have some control over the disclosure of information from the records.  It is Seminole State Colleges policy to comply with the requirements of FERPA and to prevent improper disclosure of personally identifiable information from the records. For more details on FERPA, please refer to the FERPA information on the Seminole State website

College Communication

Student Email Office 365

All official e-mail from the College is sent to your Seminole State Office 365 student e-mail address. When contacting the college students should use their student email accounts to ensure that communication is delivered to the appropriate party.   Be sure to check your account regularly for information important to your academic and financial records.

To access your student email account, visit for instructions.

Sakai Messages

Students currently enrolled in online or hybrid courses should use the Messages link within their Sakai course to communicate with the professor. It is important for students to check the Messages tool in Sakai courses regularly for important communication from the instructor.

Seminole State Text

Sign up for Seminole State Text and you will receive messages pertaining to registration dates, tuition deadlines, financial aid, emergency campus closings and changes to your student record or classes.

To sign up to receive text messages, visit

College Emergency Information

In case of emergency conditions (such as tropical storms, hurricanes, power outages, etc), verify the college is open and classes are being held by calling 407.708.2290 or 407.708.4722.  The Seminole State homepage will also feature updated announcements (

Student Code of Conduct

It is the responsibility of a student to observe campus rules and regulations and to help maintain appropriate conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. The Student Code of Conduct is a statement of Seminole State’s expectations regarding student standards of conduct, both academic and non-academic. It is the student’s responsibility to read the Code of Conduct and follow its expectations. The Student Code of Conduct can be found at

A Tobacco-Free College

To promote the health and wellness of the Seminole State College community, the use if tobacco of any kind and in any form is prohibited on all College-owned and/or operated facilities.  This includes tobacco use in personal vehicles while on College property.  The College Tobacco-Free Policy can be found at

College Technology Policy

Unacceptable use of College technology may result in the revocation of access to College information technology, and may subject the user to criminal and civil penalties. Unacceptable use includes students who attempt to abuse computers or software, introduce viruses, send misappropriate messages or interfere with normal network operations.

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