Welcome to CPT Farmer's Keyboarding Class!

Learning Objective
Provide an introduction to Computer Science and fundamental skills pertaining to word processing, computer and network operations. These skills will be useful for high school completion; college preparation and successful job attainment. Laboratory activities are an integeral part of this class. Activities include hands on experience with computer hardware, software and electronics.

The purpose of the class is to give students an opportunity to gain knowlege in the area of keyboarding and business skills. The content provides an overview of today’s business environments; the computer applications that drive them and daily classroom exercise on the vocation of keyboarding and desktop publishing.

Academic and experiential Learning utilizing the Microsoft Office Suite of Applications and a Prentice Hall Typing program called “Glencoe.”


1) Develop typing and keyboarding skills.

2) Establish ability to communicate via software programs such as email and the Microsoft Suite of Applications that include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Publisher as well as other email programs.

3) Develop vocational skills and knowledge of existing certifications pertaining to the Microsoft Office Suite of Applications.

4) Maintain letter perfect standards useful for business and collegial work. Understand the importance of a “paper trail” in business and college communications.

5) Provide an introduction to Computer Science. Understand the digital society and the unique role of computer hardware and software in everyday life.

6) Provide an introduction into computer ethics and internet neutrality.

Abstract: Daily Class Schedule

1) Lecture and current technology events.

2) Hands on work with Microsoft Suite of Applications. Hands on Practicum. The second portion of class includes hands on work on rubrics which involve hands-on projects utilizing computer applications. Develop familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite of Applications and open source equivalents via hands on projects. Students complete projects such as a Job Resume & Cover Letter, Business Card, Restaurant Menu, Poster, and PowerPoint Presentation and much more utilizing basic computer desktop publishing Software.

3) This is even more vocational and dedicated to increasing keyboarding ability through repetition and memorization with a program named Glencoe published by Prentice Hall and Sarasota Military has purchased a site license. This task can only be completed as classwork on SMA approved computers. The program runs on the computer network at SMA and is also available in the library and other classrooms to students who are currenty taking the class. The program is also availbale to students after they have take the class interested in independently improving typing skills.

Performance Standards

At the successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1) Describe the components of a typical computer system.

2) Describe major categories of input devices used with computers.

3) Describe major categories of output devices used with computers.

4) Describe major categories of secondary storage devices used with computers.

5) Identify major processing components of a computer.

6) Describe the hardware and software necessary to connect to the Internet.

7) Describe the four phases of activity in a computer-based information system: input, processing, output and storage.

8) Differentiate system and application software.

9) Describe the computer resources available on a typical local area network.

10) Explain how using a computer on a network differs from using a standalone computer.

11) List the advantages and disadvantages of using a local area network.

12) List the major causes for lost or inaccurate data.

13) Describe techniques for avoiding, detecting and eradicating a computer virus.

14) Describe how computer technology affects personal privacy.

15) Differentiate shareware and public domain software.

16) Explain how the copyright law applies to computer software.

17) Employ file handling methods to save, copy, delete and rename files and directories.

18) Create, edit, save and print a word processing document.

19) Format a word processing document.

20) Add headers and footers to a word processing document.

21) Spell-check a word processing document.

22) Create, edit, save and print a spreadsheet.

23) Insert formulas and functions into a spreadsheet.

24) Format a spreadsheet.

25) Create, edit, save and print charts created from spreadsheet data.

26) Describe relational database tables.

27) Create and use simple queries based on a database table.

28) Create and use simple forms and reports based on a database table.

29) View an electronic presentation.

30) Send, receive, retrieve and store email messages.

31) Perform research using the World Wide Web.

32) Perform routine desktop publishing artwork utilizing the Microsoft Suite of Applications.

33) Pursue HAM Radio Certification from the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).

34) Understand Cooperative Learning.

35) Explore opportunities with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the Business Professionals of America (FPA).