Course Title: Operate spreadsheet applications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: OFFC5301C

Course Title: Operate spreadsheet applications

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4327 - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

Course Contact: Melanie Kyle

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jaishree Ravindran - Teacher
Phone +61 3 9925 4932


Nominal Hours: 30

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

Not applicable.

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to operate spreadsheet applications and perform basic operations, including creating and formatting spreadsheet data, incorporating charts and objects, and customising and printing spreadsheets.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAICT105A Operate spreadsheet applications


1. Create spreadsheets

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Open spreadsheet application, create spreadsheet files and enter numbers, text and symbols into cells according to information requirements
1.2 Enter simple formulas and functions using cell referencing where required
1.3 Correct formulas when error messages occur
1.4 Use a range of common tools during spreadsheet development
1.5 Edit columns and rows within the spreadsheet
1.6 Use the auto-fill function to increment data where required
1.7 Save spreadsheet to directory or folder


2. Customise basic settings

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Adjust page layout to meet user requirements or special needs
2.2 Open and view different toolbars
2.3 Change font settings so that they are appropriate for the purpose of the document
2.4 Change alignment options and line spacing according to spreadsheet formatting features
2.5 Format cell to display different styles as required
2.6 Modify margin sizes to suit the purpose of the spreadsheets
2.7 View multiple spreadsheets concurrently


3. Format spreadsheet

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use formatting features as required
3.2 Copy selected formatting features from another cell in the spreadsheet or from another active spreadsheet
3.3 Use formatting tools as required within the spreadsheet
3.4 Align information in a selected cell as required
3.5 Insert headers and footers using formatting features
3.6 Save spreadsheet in another format
3.7 Save and close spreadsheet to storage device


4. Incorporate object and chart in spreadsheet

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Import an object into an active spreadsheet
4.2 Manipulate imported object by using formatting features
4.3 Create a chart using selected data in the spreadsheet
4.4 Display selected data in a different chart
4.5 Modify chart using formatting features


5. Print spreadsheet

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Preview spreadsheet in print preview mode
5.2 Select basic printer options
5.3 Print spreadsheet or selected part of spreadsheet
5.4 Submit the spreadsheet to appropriate person for approval or feedback

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competence of the above elements. 

Details of Learning Activities

  • Class activities - discussions, worksheets
  • Videos
  • Presentation
  • Demonstrations

Teaching Schedule

Session #Week beginning TopicActivities
 1 7 July Introduction to Spreadsheet Class activities
 2 14 July Formatting Assignment 1
 3 21 July Formula Class activities
 4 28 July Graphs Assignment 1 due on 30 July
 5 4 August Formatting charts Class activities
 6 11 August Objects and images Assignment 2
 7 18 August Printing and page setup Assignment 2 due on 20 August
 8 25 August Errors and data analysis Class activities and Assignment 3
  01 September No Class 
 9 08 September Revision Assignment 3 due on 10 September
 1015 September Final Exam Final exam in class


The session topics are only a guideline and are subject to change.
All updates on assessments/assignments/resources will be updated and notified in class and/or on Blackboard.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Excel 2010 Training in

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of:

  1. Assignments
  2. Final assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Summary is outlined below

  • Assignment 1 = 25% due on 30 July
  • Assignment 2 = 25% due on 20 August
  • Assignment 3 = 25% due on 10 September
  • Final Exam = 25%

    Total 100%

For authentication purposes, the assignments and skills demonstration are rquired to be done during class times.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Important Assessment information

  • Extension of time for submission of assessable work- A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available on the web ) at least the day before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web). For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.
  • Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected
  • If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

This course will contribute to your grade average result in the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (Science) qualification. Please note that you must achieve a CREDIT average across the program to be granted a guaranteed pathway in the following programs.
Diploma of Nursing (subject to passing the VETASSESS)
Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)
Diploma of Technology (Pathology Testing)
Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
Diploma of Dental Technology.

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