Which Keyboarding Course(s) Should I Take?
Most first term Office Management students will take either BT121 or BT122: take BT121 if you have not typed before and BT122 if you have. You should plan to take at least one keyboarding class for each term you are registered at MHCC if you are a full-time student taking at least 12 to 15 credits. Do not take BT11F or BT11S (listed on the next page) because they are for Accounting, Radio Broadcasting, or Medical Office students.
Keyboarding Principles – 3 credits
This beginning course in keyboarding is appropriate for those students with no previous keyboarding experience. You will gain touch typing skills and learn to format your documents professionally using the most common letter, memo, report, and table styles encountered in the classroom, business, or personal settings.
Professional Keyboarding – 3 credits
Prerequisite: Previous keyboarding instruction, straight copy speed on a five-minute timing of at least 35 wpm, or consent of instructor.
In this advanced keyboarding course, you can prepare to be a job-entry keyboardist by developing (1) straight copy skill, (2) ability to copy and arrange memorandums, block and modified block letters, tables, and reports in MS Word, and (3) ability to apply the editorial skills and technical procedures that the production work requires, such as proofreading.
Keyboarding Skill Development – 3 credits
Prerequisite: Familiarity with keyboarding and the ability to type by touch at a minimum of 20 words per minute.
Whatever your speed or accuracy, you can improve them with this course! You will learn to use a computer software program to diagnose and evaluate your particular strengths and weaknesses at the keyboard. Through individualized drills and practice, you can improve both speed and accuracy.
Keyboarding Skill Refinement – 3 credits (description follows on next page)
Prerequisite: BT123A or consent of instructor.
Continue to improve your accuracy and speed for sustained employability! Using the same system that was used in BT123A, you have a further opportunity to diagnose weaknesses and improve through individualized practice.
Keyboarding Enrichment – 3 credits
Prerequisite: BT121 or consent of instructor.
Add another skill to your basket by improving your hard copy keyboarding skill. Employers will give you work in a variety of forms. Use the computer, typewriter, and 10-key pad to produce information from textbook, computer draft, handwritten draft, or email modes.
Basic Keyboarding – 2 credits
This beginning course in keyboarding is appropriate for those students with no previous keyboarding experience. You will learn basic techniques of the touch typing system for speed and accuracy using a computer keyboard. (Note: This course does not teach formatting skills—see description above for BT121 and also below for BT11S.)
Basic Keyboard One-Hand – 2 credits
This beginning course in keyboarding is appropriate for those students with no previous keyboarding experience and who need to learn the keyboard with one hand only. An introductory set of lessons will guide the student through learning the alphabetic portion of the keyboard using either the left or the right hand only. (Note: This course does not teach formatting skills—see description above for BT121 and also below for BT11S.)
Keyboard/Formatting – 2 credits
Prerequisite: Ability to keyboard by touch.
Gain skills in formatting your documents professionally by learning about the most commonly used letter, memo, report, and table styles encountered in the classroom, business, or personal settings using Microsoft Word.