Building Typing Speed Syllabus
OST1108C Class 9828, Fall 2014

Instructor Information

Judith Brierley, M.S.

Professor:      Judy Brierley

Phone:            407-708-2312

E-Mail:    For online classes use Messages in Sakai.

Office:              J-106D

Office Hours:   Mon. 11-3, Tues. 11-3 and Wed. 11-1 or by appointment

Course Information

Building Typing Speed - OST1108C Class 9828
Date: August 25 to December 13, 2016

This course is a continuation of OST 1100C. This course is an individualized approach to increasing speed and accuracy using keyboarding skills for personal and professional use. Emphasis is placed upon developing correct keyboarding techniques. Exercises are interfaced with Microsoft Word to prepare the student for work in an office as well as for personal use. Business and personal letters, tables, resumes and reports are covered.

Pre-reqs: Prerequisite: OST 1100C.

Additional Class Information: Online class. Using 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soon as the term begins to access your course: Students who do not log into their course by the end of add/drop may be withdrawn from the class.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

Measurable Course Objectives

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

  • Develop the ability to type a minimum of 35 words per minute on a 3-minute timed writing with 3 or fewer errors.
  • Recognize, evaluate and correct errors in content and formal documents.
  • Create and correctly format business and academic reports, business letters and personal letters, memos and tables.
  • Create and format employment documents - resume, letters of application, follow-up letters and interview communication.
  • Apply language arts skills by proofreading and editing documents.

Orientation Information

There is no on campus orientation for this class. 

Textbook Information

No information about textbooks has been received.

You will receive a keyboarding textbook, Word 2013 textbook, and student access code to register in the keyboarding program. The same textbook is used in OST 1100C Microcomputer Keyboarding I. You can use the same access code you used in OST 1100C.

The Gregg College Keyboarding comes bundled with an Access Code if you buy it new. If you purchase a used book, you will have to purchase the registration code. The ISBN for the Registration Code is: ISBN 0077319443. If you click, it will take you to the keyboarding program login page. There is a link on the page where you can purchase the registration code. If you ask at the counter at the bookstore, they may have the registration code.

Text can be purchased through the College Bookstore or ordered online at Please be aware that it could take at least two weeks before you receive your textbooks and the textbook may not contain the registration code. It would be to your advantage to come to campus and purchase your textbook, so you do not fall behind in your work. You will have assignments due the first week of class.

The keyboarding kit will have the following items in it: Student Registration Access Code, Word Manual and Keyboarding Textbook.

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   Access Code               Keyboarding Book            Word 2013 Book

If you took OST 1100C, you used the above books and access code for the course. You do not need to purchase new books or an access code.



Hardware/Software Listing

Free Office 365 (Office 2013) for Students

Students, have free access to Microsoft's OneDrive and a free download of Office 365 with your email account. Instructions are on the Sakai homepage.

Computer and Software Requirements: 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. You will receive an access code in the kit you purchase. You will use this access code to log into the keyboarding program. If you took OST 1100C or OST 1141, you may already have an access code.

MS Works will not work with 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 online and the keyboarding program is online.
  • Hi-speed Internet access
  • Microsoft Word 2010 or 2013 (Office 365). (Note: MS Works and the Mac version of Office WILL NOT work.)
  • Adobe Reader - you can downloadload it for free at This enables you to read pdf files.

Internet Requirements: All students must have Internet access with a Web-browser. You should be familiar with Internet and e-mail procedures. You should become familiar with your Internet operations before the class begins.

Instructional Mode

DL Online

An online course is delivered entirely over the Internet and fosters remote interaction among students and instructors. To learn more about Seminole State's online courses, visit elearning

Additional Class Information: Online class. Using 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.

eLearning Information

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

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

Online 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.

Grade Scale and Evaluation Methods

Your final grade in the course will be based on:

  • Tests - Report, Letter, Tables, Memo and Formatting Test 100 points each.  Report, letter, memo, and tables tests submitted after the scheduled dates will be assessed a 10-point deduction if submitted during the one-week late period.  Extra credit work is not given in this course. It is important that you proofread your work carefully before submitting it. Formatting Test must be taken during scheduled time or student will receive a zero. Tables, report and letter tests - must be submitted in the assignment dropbox. If they are sent as an e-mail you will receive a zero for the test.
  • Syllabus and General Course Information Quiz (40 points), and Lessons (60 points) (Lesson points will not be recorded until the end of the course.)
  • Four three-minute timed writings with a 3-error limit (Timing scores are taken from Lessons 36-54. Points will be posted after you complete Lesson 54.) 400 points
Grading scale for three-minute timed writings:
GradeWords Per Minute
A 45+
B 40-44
C 35-39
D 30-34
F <30

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.

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 on the Meet the Class forum. If these items are not completed, then a student may receive a W4 and be withdrawn from the class.

Class Assignments

Assignments: The directions for all assignments will be provided. You are responsible for all information in the textbook, although you may not be required to turn in all of the exercises and problems you complete. The points allocated to assignments are specified earlier in the syllabus. In addition to accomplishing the intent of the assignment, points will be deducted from your assignment grade, if you don’t follow the directions below for each of the requirements:

  • Due dates are indicated on the schedule provided. A due date indicates the date that you should have the assignment finished and turned in to the drop box. Assignments will not be accepted late.
  • You must type your name on all files. Files without names will not be graded. See assignment instructions for more detail.
  • Backup files: Crashed computers, corrupt or lost files will be no excuse to turn in work late so keep a backup of your files! Don't wait until the due date, if possible, to turn in assignments, in case of problems...
  • All assignments must be submitted to the correct assignment drop box in Sakai.

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 submit 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.

Sakai Learning Management System Information

Sakai is the one of the online learning management systems used at Seminole State College.  If you are enrolled in an online, online/campus, hybrid, or web-enhanced campus class, you may 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 (up to 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:

  • Don't use mobile devices such as phones or tablets.
  • Use a supported web browser such as the latest version of Firefox, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer.
  • Make sure that you DO NOT have multiple windows or tabs open while testing.
  • Make sure you have a dependable internet connection; 
  • DO NOT use your browser back and forward buttons. Always navigate within Sakai.
  • 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.

Calendar/Schedule: A calendar (click on Schedules and select the current term) is provided 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 arrangements 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 of absence 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.

Forums: I have created a discussion area for you to use to communicate with the students in the class. It is under Forums. You must check Forums and your e-mail (under Messages) at least twice a week for participation points. Forums will serve as your immediate support system to help alleviate the disconnected feeling distance learning students might experience. Forums is restricted to comments or questions regarding class material.

Forums is a way you communicate with the instructor and other students in the class. If you have a question or problem, post it in Forums. Hopefully, 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 e-mail. Your e-mail is under Messages. You can access this e-mail from any computer where you can access Sakai. Simply click Messages, select Compose Message, select who you want to send the message to. Use this e-mail to correspond with me. I will check my Sakai e-mail Monday through Friday (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. Only send e-mails for an online class in Sakai - do not use your personal e-mail account.


Attendance Policy

The College recognizes the correlation between attendance and both student retention and achievement. Per College Policy 3.060 Students are expected to attend all class meetings of all courses for which they are registered. The College Attendance Procedure is located in College Procedure 4.0900 and is available online at

For online classes, attendance is determined by consistently logging in and accessing the course content and completing courses in accordance with the syllabus. Simply logging in to an on-line 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 on the Meet the Class forum. 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 either an assignment or exam.

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. As an instructor, I can also deny you access to Sakai and withdraw you from the class if you have not turned in your assignments each week.

Collegewide Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

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.

Computer Lab Hours

Computer labs are available on all Seminole State Campuses.  Available campus lab hours for this semester 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.

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 you must 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

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 (

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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


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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.

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

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Syllabus Disclaimer


Changes in syllabus and/or schedule may be made at any time during the term by announcement of the instructor.  A revised syllabus may be issued at the discretion of the instructor.