Course Title: Design and produce text documents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2021

Course Code: OFFC5340C

Course Title: Design and produce text documents

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3403 - Certificate III in EAL (Further Study)

Course Contact: Melanie Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4059

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jane  Saunders 


Nominal Hours: 90

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

In this unit of competency, you will be introduced to skills and knowledge required to design and develop text-based documents using advanced features of word processing software. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBITU303 Design and produce text documents


1. Prepare to produce word processed documents

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use safe work practices to ensure ergonomic, work organisation, energy and resource conservation requirements are addressed 1.2 Identify document purpose, audience and presentation requirements, and clarify with relevant personnel as required 1.3 Identify organisational and task requirements for text-based business documents to ensure consistency of style and image


2. Design word processed documents

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Design document structure and layout to suit purpose, audience and information requirements of the task 2.2 Design document to enhance readability and appearance, and to meet organisational and task requirements for style and layout 2.3 Use style sheets and automatic functions to ensure consistency of design and layout



3. Add tables and other data

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Insert a standard table into a document, changing cells to meet information requirements 3.2 Insert and delete columns and rows as necessary 3.3 Insert images and other data to meet required specifications


4. Produce text documents

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use advanced software functions to enable efficient production of documents
4.2 Enter or import, and edit text and other data to meet required specifications
4.3 Preview, adjust and print documents in accordance with organisational and task requirements
4.4 Name and store text documents, in accordance with organisational requirements and exit the application without information loss/damage
4.5 Prepare text documents within designated time lines and organisational requirements for speed and accuracy
4.6 Use manuals, user documentation and online help to overcome problems with document design and production

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to Foundation Skills in Reading, Writing, Oral Communication and Employment ranging from ACSF Level 1-4.


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of the Certificate III in EAL (Further Study). This course/subject will have a minimum of 3 hours directed study per week (one hour of Directed Study Required and two hours of Directed Study Recommended). The Directed Study Required must be completed and will be followed up by the teacher in the next class. The Directed Study Recommended is there for you to further develop your skills and we recommend that this too is completed. Attendance is not required during directed study time. An outline of the weekly delivery plan and directed study is published each week on Canvas.

Teaching Schedule


Course Schedule:                                                        Semester 1: 2021



Key Activities


Week 1

Introduction to course

Orientation and Introduction to course/Canvas/Assessments Tasks/expectations. Complete IT skill survey to note and record individual abilities. 

  • Email writing - use of format in emails
  • RMIT policies and procedures (Canvas)
  • Evacuation video (watch to discuss) 
  • – how to use



Week 2 

Look at the Microsoft Office Programs and OH&S

Logging onto the RMIT system and using outlook. Introduce ergonomics do's and don'ts. Question/answer on ergonomics and the computer. Watch videos on ergonomic workstation setups.  Record the steps needed. Discuss why ergonomics is important to health.


Week 3 

OHS and ergonomics


Pair work to discuss and record ergonomics to present to the class. Sitting at the computer, chair and table clearance, monitor distance/keyboard height/rest rates and the environment. 


Week 4 

OHS and ergonomics

Practice quiz on ergonomics and the working environment.


Week 5 

Assessment Task 1 Part 1 due

Complete Part 1 of Task 1 in class - answering questions.


Week 6 

Assessment Task 1 Part 2 due

Teacher Observation for Part 2 of Assessment Task 1. 

Teacher to individually assess students and observe understanding of ergonomics. 


Week 7

Using MS Word Applications and planning documents – Skill development using 

Purpose of document to include audience requirements, age and knowledge. Presentation of media, electronic hard copy according to audience needs. Sketching - students to write up/draw up what Document Production - students to choose a format to produce a document which must include an image, a table, format and style suited to document style and audience.


Week 8

Using MS Word Applications and planning documents – Skill development using 

Task requirements to practice in planning to create a text document. Students will have week 8 until week 12 of class and home time. Will look at applications, audience, structure, layout and design.


Week 9

Using MS PowerPoint Application for planning documents – Skill development using 

Begin learning how to use MS PowerPoint. Learning to create a PowerPoint presentation so they can use this in Cluster 2 for group presentations.


Week 10

Using MS PowerPoint Application for planning documents – Skill development using 

Begin learning how to use MS PowerPoint. Learning to create a PowerPoint presentation so they can use this in Cluster 2 for group presentations.


Assessment Task 2 due

Week 11

Continue to focus on essential MS Word Skills

Headers/footers/margins/paper sizes/use of borders and shading of whole or part document. Upload to canvas, cover sheet to be handed in to teacher. 

 1, 2, 3, 4

Week 12

Design and Layout

Students to practice on format and tools, some advanced software functions - preview, adjust and print

  • Boarders/shading
  • Word Art
  • Wrapping Text     
  • Letter writing layout and CV layout - use of

1, 2, 3, 4

Week 13

Begin working on Assessment Task 2

Submit Part 1 of Assessment Task 2 Create a Plan

Students to begin working on Assessment Task 2. 

Create a plan using the template for the poster and begin to work on poster.

1, 2, 3, 4

Week 14

Submit Part 2 of Assessment Task 2 Draft Poster

Students to submit draft poster to receive feedback about content, formatting and layout.

1, 2, 3, 4

Week 15

Work on Poster

Continue to work on poster making changes as required by feedback given.

1, 2, 3, 4

Week 16

Submit Part 3 of Assessment Task 2 Final Poster

Submit Final Poster

1, 2, 3, 4

Week 17

Assessment Feedback

Finalise assessments and results; assessment re-sits; end of semester exit interviews

1, 2, 3, 4


Course Dates:  

Semester 1: Monday 8 February 2021 - 11 June 2021 

Mid semester break: (Easter) Thursday 1 April - Wednesday 7 April  2021

Public Holidays: Labour Day 8 March 2021, April 26 (Anzac Day)

These dates may be subject to change. Students will be advised via CANVAS and in class should changes occur.

The course will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the weekly delivery plans which are updated each week.

Your program is made up of:

  • Learning activities
  • Guest speakers (possible)
  • Exit review

All students will be inducted. The induction includes:

  • Induction Booklet and presentation
  • Explore RMIT website activity
  • Orientation to RMIT Libraries (online)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring:

  • English-English dictionary (we ask that you do not use a translation dictionary)
  • Thesaurus
  • Display folder with plastic sleeves
  • Highlighter pens
  • Notebook or loose leaf paper
  • Headphones with microphone (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library very cheaply)
  • USB (Memory stick)
  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) - Laptop (if you have one) 

The teacher will provide handouts and resources during class time. You can locate these resources on Canvas.

Overview of Assessment

This course is part of a full-time integrated program. You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by quizzes, demonstrations and observations and text documents. 

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester, in both oral and written form, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 


The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT university student as well as the responsibilities of the university. This can be found on the RMIT University website at:


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:

Assessment Tasks

Assessment will take place throughout the course. Your work is assessed on a Competent (C) / Not Yet Competent (NYC) basis – it is not graded. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. There will be individual and group projects completed both in and out of class.

Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your IT and reading and writing skills to produce text documents. Assistance will be given in redrafting and editing written assessment tasks because developing your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes is an important part of the learning process. It is important that you read the specific elements each assessment task addresses on the cover sheet for each task. At the time of setting assessments you will be given clear guidelines about which course, elements and performance criteria you will need to meet in order to successfully complete the task. Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.

This program consists of 2 tasks:

Assessment task 1 - Ergonomics and safe work practices assessment    This Assessment Task has two tasks. Part 1 is due in Week 5. Part 2 is due in Week 6   Assessment task 2 - Planning and creating a digital text document. 

 Assessment 2 has 3 parts to be submitted.  Part 1 is due Week 13. Part 2 is due Week 14 and Part 3 is due Week 16.


Assessment Appeals, Reasonable Adjustment and Extensions 

Students can appeal assessment decisions using these forms:   

Students may be able to access reasonable adjustment such as an extension of time or a smaller group if appropriate. Students should contact the assessor at least one week prior to the assessment if they wish to be considered for reasonable adjustment. 

Assessment Matrix

Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to the required skills and knowledge. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. To sucessfully complete this unit you will need to demonstrate that you are competent in each element of the unit/subject on at least two occasions.

You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student coordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT.

Other Information


This course will be delivered using a blended approach; face to face classes and online, synchronous classes. 
It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to successfully complete this course. 


Student Progress 

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. 

Student program policy 

You may be asked to attend mid-semester and end of semester interviews with relevant teachers and the Program Coordinator. These interviews are an important part of giving you feedback and supporting you through your program by monitoring your academic progress. 

Special consideration policy (Late submissions) 
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Extension 

Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which: 


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism 
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy 


Recognition of Prior Learning​/RCC/Credit Transfer

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) and/or Credit Transfer may be available depending on your previous work and life experiences, formal, informal or non formal learning, completed accredited qualification/s ​or completed units. Please discuss this with the Program Coordinator.

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