Course Title: Use advanced features of computer applications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: OFFC5307C

Course Title: Use advanced features of computer applications

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5335 - Diploma of Business (Public Relations)

Course Contact: Sally Parrott

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5175

Course Contact Email: sally.parrott@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Federico Viola

Email:  Federico.viola@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 40

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

None

Course Description

This course covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use computer applications employing advanced features. It involves manipulating data and accessing support resources to solve routine problems.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAICT308A Use advanced features of computer applications

Element:

1. Manipulate data

Performance Criteria:

1.1. 1.1. Employ advanced features of applications in the preparation and presentation of data
1.2. Efficiently transfer data between applications, linking and embedding related data files as required
1.3. Create and employ templates for routine activities

Element:

2. Access and use support resources

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Solve routine problems using support resources
2.2. Use on-line help to overcome difficulties with applications
2.3 Access and apply technical support for system problems, utilising troubleshooting results and alert messages


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

 

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The self-paced activities will be delivered thought various technology platforms and include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.


Teaching Schedule

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with COSC7356C Use development software and IT tools to build a basic website.

Week Date Week Begins WithTopicAssessments
14/7Welcome and introduction to design skills 
211/7

Branding

  • Preparing a client brief
  • Business objectives and brand values
  • Functionality requirements
  • Overview of WordPress Themes
 
318/7

Planning and Competitor Analysis

  • Budget and project timeframes
  • Competitor analysis
 
425/7

Functionality

  • Types of site architecture overview
  • Pros and cons of different software tools and computer applications
  • Domain name registration
     

Assessment 1 due, on Sunday, 11pm

 

51/8Assessment 1 PresentationsAssessment 1 Presentations
68/8Getting Started With WordPress
(WordPress Workshop 1)
  • Introduction to Lynda.com
  • Sign up with WordPress.com
  • Students will be shown the themes they can work with.
Homework: Create an asset file
715/8

WordPress Workshop 2

 
822/8WordPress Workshop3-
BREAK29/8 - 2/9Mid-semester break 
95/9

WordPress Workshop 4 and UX Design

 
1012/9WordPress Themes and Customising Header
  • Photoshop Workshop
 
1119/9SEO Introduction and Tips 
1226/9Finalise Assessment 2Assessment 2 due on Sunday, 11pm
133/10Assessment 2 PresentationsAssessment 2 Presentations
1410/10Preparation for Test 
1517/10Assessment 3 - In-class Digital TestAssessment 3 - due in class


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Students will have access to Lynda.com and are required to follow video tutorials recommended in the weekly content.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework, assignments, group and/or individual projects, in class exercises, written and practical assessments, problem solving exercises, presentations, direct observation of actual and simulated work practice, presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files, review of products produced through work-based or course activities.

Students 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. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.


Assessment Tasks

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with COSC7356C Use development software and IT tools to build a basic website.

 

Students are required to complete 3 tasks. All tasks must successfully be completed to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment Task 1 Requirements Presentation (Due in week 4, Sunday, 11pm, Presentation in class week 5)
In pairs, students will find a real client who needs a basic website for a business or product. Students are then to produce a detailed requirements report to be delivered in class. This presentation will cover the business needs and appropriate recommendations for a new website. The report should detail a client brief, substantial research and analysis as to the market and competitor sites, functionality requirements, hosting and domain name recommendations, a site map, software tool recommendations and project timelines incorporating scope for user feedback and site testing.

Assessment Task 2 Website (Due in week 12, Sunday, 11pm, Presentation in class Week 13)
Working in the same pairs, the second assessment will focus on students’ ability to create a valid basic website based on the above requirements report. This project will involve a range of research and technical tasks to be completed using various software tools and computer applications.

Assessment Task 3 In-Class Digital Test (Due in class Week 15)
Individually students will participate in digital test. The test is based on the content covered in class. A large number of questions will be focused on the CMS used for Assessment 2. Questions will be based on multiple choice and true/false.


Assessment Matrix

 Critical aspects of assessment
Evidence of the following is essential:
● Assessment must confirm the ability to use at least three computer applications to their full capacity employing all advanced features and import/export capacities for efficiency and productivity purposes, using at least two industry-recognised application packages.

Required KnowledgeAssessment
● Basic knowledge of operating systems software and system toolsTasks 1, 2 and 3
● Vendor product directions in computer applicationsTasks 1, 2 and 3
● Vendor applications and their featuresTasks 1, 2 and 3
Required SkillsAssessment
● Communication skills to:
   • Communicate with supervisors and peers
   • Seek assistance and expert advice
   • Use online help
Tasks 1, 2 and 3
● Literacy skills to interpret technical documentation, equipment manuals and specificationsTasks 1, 2 and 3
● Planning and organisational skills to prioritise and monitor own workTasks 1 and 2
● Problem-solving skills to solve operational problems as they ariseTasks 1 and 2
● Research skills to source support resources to solve routine problemsTasks 1 and 2
● Safety awareness skills to work systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipmentTask 1, 2 and 3
● Technical skills to:
   • Apply technical support for system problems
   • Operate software applications
   • Use applications features
   • Use online help.
Task 1, 2 and 3
Element/performance criteriaAssessment

1. Manipulate data
1.1 Employ advanced features of applications in the preparation and presentation of data
1.2 Transfer data between applications, linking and embedding related data files as required
1.3 Create and employ objects, macros and templates for routine activities
1.4 Use shortcuts and features to increase personal productivity

Task 2
2. Access and use support resources
2.1 Solve routine problems using support resources
2.2 Use online help to overcome difficulties with applications
2.3 Solve problems with manuals and training booklets
2.4 Access and apply technical support for system problems, using troubleshooting results and alert messages

Tasks 1 and 2

Course Overview: Access Course Overview