Course Title: Send and retrieve information using web browsers and email

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: COSC5380C

Course Title: Send and retrieve information using web browsers and email

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3209 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Geoff Moss

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4852

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 25

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course defines the competency required to complete basic web search tasks and send and receive emails with attachments.
Students will also undertake Internet searches related to their studies in this course and the others courses in their program of study.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAU1133A Send and retrieve information using web browsers and email


Access the internet

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Open browser and assign a Home Page/ Start Page through setting basic preferences
1.2 Adjust the display/view modes to suit personal requirements
1.3 Modify toolbar to meet user and browsing needs
1.4 Access a particular site and retrieve data
1.5 Load or not load images depending on modem speed, computer and browser capabilities
1.6 Open a URL to obtain data and browse links


Create an address book

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Add mail address to address book and delete unnecessary addresses
4.2. Update address book with incoming mail addresses
4.3. Create an address list and send out mail to list
4.4. Create different folders for different categories of addresses


Search internet

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Open search engines and define search requirements
2.2 Use a range of search parameters (key words, logical operators)
2.3 Save search results and present as a report according to the information required
2.4 Create bookmarks for required web page and save in associated bookmark folder
2.5 Modify page set up options and print web page or the required information
2.6 Shut down and exit browser


Send and organise messages

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Open mail inbox for specific user and create a new mail message
3.2 Complete each field (address to, subject etc) and add text to message according to organisational guidelines on email usage and email content
3.3 Add auto signature and attach files in the required format
3.4 Determine message priority, spell check, copy and delete text and send
3.5 Reply to received messages and forward as appropriate
3.6 Open and save attachment to relevant directory/folder, create new folder if necessary
3.7 Search for messages and mark or delete as necessary
3.8 Sort (save in folders/directories, archive, highlight etc) and delete unwanted messages

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn:

  • To make effective searches of the Internet using different search engines.
  • To search and collect information from the Internet.
  • Copying text and images from the Internet.
  • Copyright and plagarism issues and the Internet.
  • Referencing of Internet resources.
  • Communication and the Internet.
  • Effective use of email.
  • Emails, attachments and email security

Details of Learning Activities

Students will be provided with classroom &/or tutorial instruction in learning basic internet and email operations and to set up their accounts for their own use.

Additional research tasks will be used to develop and enhance skills.

A range of exercises and tasks will be provided for each component of the unit.

The Internet will be introduced as a learning tool and a resource for students to seek and locate relevant information.

Teaching Schedule

Refer to Teaching Schedule with complementary course: Operate a Personal Computer.  Weekly programme is subject to change, dependent on student requirements and the other courses within their program.


WeeksTopicSoftware / ReadingPracticalsAssessment
1Introduction. Basic operation of computer; file and folder management    
2Internet search; search engines. Copying and cropping images. Text wrap; layout of documents for reports. Browser; search engines; MS Paint; MS Word Task 1 - Crop an Image

Task 2 - Image placement, text wrap.
Assignment 1

Intro to Internet
3Introduction to PowerPoint layout and design MS PowerPoint; search engine Cell Biology assignment  
4Inserting YouTube videos into PowerPoint presentations PowerPoint animation; notes Google search engine; YouTube; MS PowerPoint Preparation of PowerPoint presentations; As per class handout Cell Biology PowerPoint presentation;

5PowerPoint presentation developmentYouTube; MS PowerPoint Practicals
6PowerPoint presentations MS PowerPoint   
7PowerPoint presentations MS PowerPoint  Assignment 2
8Internet Research; Copyright; Privacy; Security Browser; search engines   
9Communication on the Internet PowerPoint presentationBrowser; search engines   
10Communication on the Internet PowerPoint presentation Browser; search engines; MS PowerPoint   
11Excel basic functions MS ExcelAs per class handout; S:Drive Excel folder Assignment 3
12Excel: If and Lookup functions; Charts; dynmaic linksto MS Word MS Excel; MS Word As per class handout; S:Drive Excel folder Excel Practicals
13Excel: Problem-solving exercises MS Excel As per class handout; S:Drive Excel folder  
14Excel Assignment MS Excel Excel Assignment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Buckley & Clark, The Rough Guide to the Internet, 2008 Edn., Rough Guides

978 184353 55

The Internet for Dummies, (Austn. Edn.) IDG Books Australia Publishing Corp. P/L

1 74031 000 4

The Internet for Dummies, IDG Books Worldwide Ind.

1 56884 620 7

WPICA133A Send & Retrieve Information over the Internet, Watsonia Publishing

1 74007 473 4

Preston Gralla, How the Internet Works, 8ed., Pearson Education, Australia, 2006

9 78078973626

Access The Internet (ICPMM63BA), Pearson Education, Australia, 2005

9 7808645851

Beacon, Mavis, Mavis Beacon Presents All-in-One Microsoft Office, Broderbund (3 CD-ROM set) [Distributed by Mindscape]

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will involve a variety of assessment items, including:

  • Research tasks
  • Class practicals and exercises
  • Assignments

Assessment Tasks

Refer to Assessment Tasks with complementary course: Operate a Personal Computer.

Practical Tasks 30%
Assignments 40%
Research assignment (Biology) 30%

Assignment 1: Search Engine – Print Screen, Crop, Image placement
Assignment 2: Cell Biology PowerPoint presentation and talk.
Assignment 3: Communication on the Internet PowerPoint presentation
Excel practical tasks
Excel assignment  

Assessment Matrix

ElementAssignmentPractical TasksObservationClass TestingIndividual/Group Discussion
1.1 xx  
1.2 xx  
1.3 xx  
1.4xxx x
1.5 xx x
2.1xxx x
2.5  x  
4.3xx  x
4.13x x  

Other Information

For information on late submission of work or absence on the day of assessment, please go to the Program site on the Learning Hub for C3209 Certificate III in Science or contact the Program Co-ordinator, Judi Mc Cann.

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