Higher Education

Keyboarding & Word Processing, Complete Course, Lessons 1-120, 17th Edition

  • includes CD-ROM
  • Susie H. VanHuss University of South Carolina (Retired)
  • Connie M. Forde Mississippi State University
  • Donna L. Woo Cypress College, California
  • Linda Hefferin Elgin Community College
  • ISBN-10: 0538730277  |  ISBN-13: 9780538730273
  • 688 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2002, 2000
  • © 2009 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $143.75
  • Newer Edition Available
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This comprehensive text provides three semesters of keyboarding and word processing instruction. COLLEGE KEYBOARDING, 17th Edition: KEYBOARDING & WORD PROCESSING COMPLETE COURSE includes all 120 lessons in one convenient text, so students can advance from beginner to expert user without having to change texts.

Features and Benefits

  • Placement tests help pinpoint student skill level.
  • Correct keyboarding skills are emphasized with pictures and standard highlighted directions for easy comprehension.
  • The most up-to-date formats are explained and illustrated with callouts for proper placements.
  • Proofreading, formatting, composition, and word processing skills are reinforced as students work through projects independently to apply what they have learned.
  • Supplemental lessons called Skill Builders provide extra practice to strengthen skills using the Keyboarding Pro Deluxe software.
  • Communication Skill activities provide extra practice and reinforce language arts skills such as proofreading, capitalization, and composition.
  • The text design carefully distinguishes activities to eliminate confusion when learning various applications.
  • Technique Tips throughout each lesson give students hints to increase their keying proficiency.
  • The Style Guide provides easy access to model documents.
  • Modules covering newsletters and employability skills ensure that students have the skills they need to succeed in today's business world.

Table of Contents

Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS).
The Latest Word in Keyboarding.
Welcome to Windows and Vista.
File Management.
Welcome to Keyboarding Pro Deluxe.
Module 1. Alphabetic Keys.
Module 2. Figure and Symbol Keys.
Module 3. Word 2007 Basics.
Module 4. Memos, E-mail, and Letters.
Module 5. Reports.
Module 6. Create Tables.
Module 7. Review and Edit Documents.
Module 8. Graphics and Newsletters.
Module 9. TruAcc, Inc.
Module 10. Apply Basic Commands.
Module 11. Layout Memos, E-mail, and Letters.
Module 12. Organize Tables.
Module 13. Report Mastery.
Module 14. Visual Content.
Module 15. Merge Documents.
Module 16. Palm Beach Pet Center I.
Module 17. Organize Content.
Module 18. Collaborate and Review.
Module 19. Customize Templates and Styles.
Module 20. Share and Secure Content.
Module 21. Employability Skills.
Module 22. Palm Beach Pet Center II.
Style Guide.
Function Summary.
MCAS Competencies.

What's New

  • The text includes all new instructions to support Microsoft Word 2007 and provides tips for a smooth transition into the new software.
  • MCAS competencies are covered for Microsoft Word 2007 to prepare students for certification.
  • The text correlates to the new all-in-one Keyboarding Pro Deluxe software, which teaches and reviews keyboarding skills in the first 25 lessons and then checks the speed and accuracy of timed writings, drills, and formatting and accuracy for almost every document created in Microsoft Word for lessons 26-120.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Keyboarding & Word Processing, Complete Course, Lessons 1-120, 17th + Proofreading and Editing Precision (with CD-ROM), 5th

ISBN-10: 0324667809 | ISBN-13: 9780324667806

List Price = $270.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $200.75

This Bundle Includes:

  • Proofreading and Editing Precision
    List Price = $82.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25
  • Keyboarding & Word Processing, Complete Course, Lessons 1-120
    List Price = $193.95  | CengageBrain Price = $193.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $143.75

Efficacy and Outcomes


"I do like the way the books are organized. It is easy to find information by using the index and/or table of contents. I love the reference pages in the back of the book. I teach my students to always look things up. By having the info in one place, makes it easy for my students. I like the exercises that force a student to look up formatting. So many times the students just want to type right from the book without making decisions. In the beginning lessons, I like how the new keys and information are introduced. I love KeyPro."

— Debbie Franklin, Bryant & Stratton College

"This software is the foundation of all four of our keyboarding courses, especially the self-paced courses. We like it very much."

— Vicki R. Robertson, Southwest TN Community College

"We have always used South-Western keyboarding books. To us at Columbus State Community College, they are the ’signature’ keyboarding books. We have always liked the layout and color schemes presented."

— Jane E. McDowell, Columbus State Community College

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Susie H. VanHuss

Dr. Susie H. VanHuss received her B.S. degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and her MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University. Her teaching specialties include business communications, administrative systems, and personnel management. Her work, includes textbooks in communications, keyboarding and word processing, and office technology. She has written numerous journal articles and has served on the editorial review boards of several leading business education journals.

Connie M. Forde

Dr. Connie M. Forde is a full professor and head of the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development at Mississippi State University, where she leads undergraduate programs in information technology services, business technology teacher education, and industrial technology, as well as graduate programs in instructional technology. Dr. Forde also continues to advise doctoral students on their dissertation research. Prior to her tenure at Mississippi State University, she was a business teacher at both the community college and secondary levels. She earned her B.S. and M.Ed. degrees in business education from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Forde serves as coauthor of the COLLEGE KEYBOARDING series and a variety of word processing and integrated applications textbooks and simulations. She is a recognized contributor to the professional literature and a speaker at state, regional, and national conferences. Additionally, she has served as president of the National Business Education Association, Southern Business Education Association, and National Council of Pi Omega Pi, and chair of the Foundation for the Future of Business Education.

Donna L. Woo

Donna L. Woo is an instructor and department coordinator for Information Systems/Office Automation at Cypress College and associate director of education at Pacific College. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in business education from Michigan State University and earned her Ed.D. from Nova University. Her industry experience includes work for both IBM and General Motors. A respected author, Dr. Woo has written several word processing textbooks and has served as a coauthor on several editions of South-Western COLLEGE KEYBOARDING textbooks.

Linda Hefferin

Dr. Linda Hefferin is a Professor in Business Management at Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois.