Course Title: Operate spreadsheet applications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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

Melanie Kyle - Program Co-ordinator

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
  • Videos
  • Presentation
  • Demonstrations

Teaching Schedule

Session #Week beginning TopicActivities
 116 FebIntroduction to SpreadsheetClass demonstrations
 223 FebFormatting and presentationAssignment 1
 302 MarchFormulaAssignment 1
 09 MarchLabour Day - Public HolidayAssignment 1 due on 12 March
 416 MarchGraphsClass activities
 523 MarchFormatting chartsAssignment 2
 630 MarchObjects and imagesAssignment 2
 06 AprilEaster HolidayAssignment 2 due on 9 April
 713 AprilPrinting and page setupClass activities
 820 AprilErrors and data analysisClass activities
 927 AprilRevisionClass activities
 1004 May

Final assessment

Final assessment will be completed during class time


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

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 (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library very cheaply)
· USB (Memory stick)

Excel 2010 Training in

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of:

  1. Assignments
  2. Final assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Summary is outlined below

  1. Assignment 1 due on 12 March
  2. Assignment 2 due on 9 April
  3. Final assessment to be completed in class on 04 May
  4. Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

Assessments will take place throughout the course.
Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) basis.

The assignment will be completed both in and out of class.
Final assessment will be completed in class during class times.

Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills. You will be given class activities to assist you with your assignments.

Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

Assessment Matrix

To successfully complete this unit you will need to demonstrate that you are competent in each element of the unit/subject on at least two occasions.

Other Information

It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required leaning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain competency.

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 2, 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.
  • Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
    RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy

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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