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CAWT 110 - Keyboarding and Documentation I - Regina (Gina) Roscigno

Course:Keyboarding and Documentation I
Professor:Regina (Gina) Roscigno
  • Online
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Gina Roscigno

I am Regina Roscigno; but everyone calls me Gina.  I will be your instructor for this learning experience called distance learning. I have been teaching at College of the Canyons for over fourteen years, both in the CAWT department and for Continuing Education. 

Online classes demand time and discipline. I suggest you set aside the same time each day to log in to Canvas and work on your assignments.

All the information you need to succeed in this course will be found on Canvas in Modules. Take the time to read all the posted materials.

Students will login to Canvas on the first day of classes and click on the Attendance Forum - Discussion Board to post that they are present. Failure to do so will result in being dropped from the course.

Please take the time to review all the course content in Canvas. All information is posted for your benefit and to help you succeed. 

This course is either 100% online or a Hybrid course.

100% Online courses will have no on-campus meetings.  All correspondence will be carried out using the InBox in Canvas, Discussion Boards, and email. There are no scheduled meetings for 100% online courses. Students are expected to log in to Canvas often and to read all posted Announcements and Pages as directed. 

Hybrid courses will meet in the classroom for a specified number of times. A Schedule Announcement will be sent out prior to the first day of the semester.  All correspondence will be carried out using the InBox in Canvas, Discussion Boards, and email. Students are expected to log in to Canvas often and to read all posted Announcements and Pages as directed. Should you realize that you cannot meet on-ground on the specified days, you must send me a Message via Canvas InBox. If necessary, a Zoom meeting will be made available. 

I look forward to meeting you online and to having a very successful learning experience with you.

Course Description

This course develops a mastery of the computer keyboard by touch and proficiency in producing business letters, reports, tables, memos, and other documents using Microsoft Word.

Links in Canvas will take you to the course assignments in SAM, the Online Learning System associated with your Cengage Unlimited Subscription. 

What to Expect in this Course

Level 1 – Developing Keyboarding Skill

Alphabetic Keys

At the completion of this module, students will be able to:

Key the alphabetic keys by touch.

Key using proper techniques.

Key at a rate of 14 gwam or more.

Figure and Symbol Keys

Key the numeric keys on the top row by touch

Key the commonly used symbols by touch

Use all symbols correctly

Build speed on straight-copy text

Revise text marked with proofreaders’ marks (rough draft) and the BACKSPACE key

Compose simple documents

Key straight copy at 25 gwam with reasonable accuracy

Level 2 – Formatting and Word Processing Essentials

Word Essentials

Learn and apply Word commands

Create, save, and print documents

Apply text, paragraph, and page formats

Navigate, review, and edit documents

Build keyboarding skill

Demonstrate improved speed and accuracy when operating the keyboard by touch

Type at least 36 words per minute on a 3-minute timed writing with no more than 4 errors

Demonstrate acceptable proofreading skills, including using proofreaders’ marks correctly

Demonstrate acceptable language arts skills in punctuation and grammar

Demonstrate acceptable composing and spelling skills

Use appropriate word processing commands necessary to complete document processing activities successfully

Correctly format email, correspondence, reports, and tables

Level 3 - Correspondence, Reports, and Employment Documents

Type at least 40 words per minute on a 5-minute timed writing with no more than 5 errors

Demonstrate acceptable proofreading skills, including using proofreaders’ marks

Demonstrate acceptable language arts skills in punctuation and grammar

Demonstrate acceptable language arts skills in composing and spelling

Use appropriate word processing commands to complete document processing activities successfully

Correctly format business and academic reports, business letters and personal business letters, memos, email, and resumes

Types of Assessments

Keying drills are performed using the SAM Program. Feedback and assessment is provided after every drill.
Word Project Document files are downloaded, completed, and uploaded to SAM for assessment.
Students must use Microsoft Office Word 2016, Word 2019, or Office 365 Download for these assessments.

Textbook Information

Cengage Unlimited – 1 term subscription:
Instant Access Code ISBN: 9780357700006 
Includes e-book: Keyboarding and Word Processing Essentials Lessons 1-55: Microsoft® Word
Susie H. Vanhuss | Connie M. Forde | Donna L. Woo | Vicki Robertson

Other Relevant Course Information

Technology Requirements:

  • Cengage Unlimited Account which includes access to the SAM Program and the E-Book.
  • Regular access to a reliable computer with stable, high-speed internet connection. This can be either a personal computer or a computer in the TLC.
  • You need the following software on the computer:
    • Internet browser (Chrome) – Check out the Canvas requirements:
    • Microsoft Office : As a student of College of the Canyons, you can download & install Microsoft Office suite for free on your personal computer. See How to Download Microsoft Office

      Watch this video for a quick demo:

    • Adobe Acrobat Reader. You need to be able to open, print, and save PDF files. To view PDF files, you should have a current version of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.

    • School email address.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 10/21/2022 Sub#: 1106