Course Title: Create technical documentation

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: COSC6095C

Course Title: Create technical documentation

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4299 - Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking

Course Contact: Geoff Moss

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4852

Course Contact Email: geoff.moss@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 20

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

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to create technical documentation that is clear to the target audience and easy to navigate as prescribed in the ICA11 Information and Communications Training Package.
Technical documentation provides a record of the functionality and processing of a system, program, network or application. The technical documentation should document how the system, program, network or application is structured, how it works and changes that have been made to it.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAICT408A Create technical documentation

Element:

1. Identify and analyse documentation requirements and client needs.

Performance Criteria:

Consult with the client to identify documentation requirements
Interpret and evaluate documentation requirements and confirm details with the client
Investigate industry and documentation standards for requirements
Define and document the scope of work to be produced
Consult with the client to validate and confirm the scope of work

Element:

2. Design documentation

Performance Criteria:

Identify information requirements with reference to layout and document structure
Create document templates and style guides consistent with information requirements
Conduct a review of the system in order to understand its functionality
Extract content that meets information requirements in accordance with relevant copyright restrictions
Develop the structure of the technical documentation giving focus to the flow of information, style, tone and content format
Validate the technical documentation structure with the client

Element:

3. Develop documentation

Performance Criteria:

Write technical documentation based on the template and scope of work using the information gathered
Translate technical terminology into plain English where appropriate
Apply content format and style in accordance with relevant documentation standards and templates

Element:

4. Evaluate and edit documentation

Performance Criteria:

Submit technical documentation to appropriate person for review
Gather and analyse feedback
Incorporate alterations into the technical documentation
Edit the technical documentation for technical and grammatical accuracy

Element:

5. Prepare documentation for publication

Performance Criteria:

Check that the completed technical documentation meets client
requirements and scope of work
Submit the technical documentation to appropriate person for approval
Prepare the technical documentation for publication and distribution utilising appropriate channels


Learning Outcomes


Students will develop an understanding of how to create technical document and its relevance to their activities in the workplace and the IT industry and its importance within the IT industry and within the organisation.
They will produce simplified documentation for a simple identified problem within their workplace (this may be a theoretical exercise rather than a practical exercise, depending on the organisation and the status of its ethical practices).
 


Details of Learning Activities

Activities in this course are aimed at enhancing student understanding and knowledge of creating technical documentation and its application in the workplace and the IT profession.

This learning unit consists of five competencies covering the knowledge and skills to assist students in preparing technical documentation, up to the stage of preparation for publication. These outcomes will be obtained largely through learning by doing a range of activities, tasks and an assignment in class and in the workplace.  The focus of the course will be on the documentation that occurs within the workplace and the IT industry in general.

The Internet and YouTube videos will be used as a learning tool and a resource for students to seek and locate relevant information.
Learning activities may be modified during the semester to meet the needs of students in the current program and the needs of their workplace.
 


Teaching Schedule

Teaching for this course will involve both in class activities and activities in the workplace focused on the documentation needs of the organisation and the documentation that the organisation produces.

 

Weeks Topic Software / Reading Practical Exercises Assessment
1Introduction to Topic, Overview of course and relevance to traineeship and workplace; technical documentation in various applications and with products; purpose; types of documentationParticipants Guide Create Technical Documentation; PowerPointsClass Activities;
Tasks as per Participants Guide
 
Practical tasks;
class discussion; Assignment
2Types of documentation; Copyright; document standards - industry and organisation; document control and revision, storage and revision. Client requirements, scope.See reading list and online resources;
Internet;
Workplace documents;
Participants Guide;
PowerPoints
Class Activities;
work place observation;
Tasks as per Participants Guide
Practical tasks;
class discussion; Assignment
3Designing documentation; Design tools; systems requirements; flow charts; style documents and templates; format of documentationSee reading list and online resources;
Internet;
Workplace documents;
Participants Guide;
PowerPoints
Class Activities;
work place observation;
Tasks as per Participants Guide; working with identified problem in organisation
Practical tasks;
class discussion; Assignment
4Develop Documentation: Document Structure, Style documents; templates; design and mapping of documents; use of images and graphicsSee reading list and online resources;
Internet;
Workplace documents;
Participants Guide;
PowerPoints
Class Activities;
work place observation;
Tasks as per Participants Guide; working with identified problem in organisation
Practical tasks;
class discussion; Assignment
5Evaluate and Edit Document; Digital document design; Using plain English; Editing; proofreading; Contents and indexesSee reading list and online resources;
Internet;
Workplace documents;
Participants Guide;
PowerPoints
Class Activities;
work place observation;
Tasks as per Participants Guide; working with identified problem in organisation
Practical tasks;
class discussion; Assignment
6Evaluate whether meets client’s needs; Prepare document for publication;See reading list and online resources;
Internet;
Workplace documents;
Participants Guide;
AssignmentAssignment

 

 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Participants Guide for ICAICT408A Create Technical Documentation ;
Create technical documentation Activity Booklet
Internet references and reference sites


Overview of Assessment

Assessment must confirm the ability to create technical documentation that meets business requirements, caters for a diverse readership, is clear to the target audience and easy to navigate.

Assessment occurs throughout the program and includes learning and assessment activities conducted in the classroom, online and in the workplace giving you the opportunity to practice and be assessed on what you are learning in a work context.

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. It will incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements; documentation; workplace activities; class discussions, exercises and activities; quizzes; practical problem solving exercises and presentations.

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent.

Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

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 Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
 


Assessment Tasks

Class and Work-Based Assessment Activities
Class Assessment Tasks
Assignment

All assessments need to be successfully completed to pass the course.


Assessment Matrix

Element / CriteriaAssignmentPractical TasksClass / Work ObservationClass TestingIndividual and Group Discussion
1.1xxx x
1.2xx  x
1.3xxxxx
1.4xx xx
1.5xxx x
2.1xxx x
2.2xx   
2.3xx  x
2.4xxx x
2.5xxx x
2.6x x x
3.1xx   
3.2xxxxx
3.3xxx  
4.1xxx  
4.2xxx x
4.3xxx x
4.4xxx  
5.1xxx x
5.2x x  
5.3xxx x
      

Other Information

Access to an internet connected computer outside of class times – Internet connected computers are available in the School of Life & Physical Sciences labs on levels 4, 6 or 8 of building 51, 81 Victoria Street, Melbourne.
Further lab access can be found in the student lab on level 3 (ground floor) of Building 8, in Swanston Street, Melbourne; as well as RMIT Libraries.
 

Students who have a long term medical condition and/or disability may be able to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

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