Course Title: Use standard office computer software for technical applications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: CIVE5659

Course Title: Use standard office computer software for technical applications

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Chris Sanos
School of Engineering (TAFE)
Ph: 9925 8342

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


Course Description

This unit covers the competency to operate a stand-alone or networked personal computer in a range of standard applications including word processing, spreadsheet, database, text editor, scanning and use of the internet. It also covers a standard operating system.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDX150B Use standard office computer software for technical applications


1. Understand and operate a computer system, customize the operating system, and observe recognized safe and legal practices

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The common applications of computers within the engineering industry can be described.
1.2 The component parts are identified and their roles and functions understood.
1.3 The computer is powered up and down correctly.
1.4 Logging onto and off the systems is carried out correctly.
1.5 The operating system is customized to meet specific requirements.
1.6 Understanding is demonstrated of the directory structures and use, user interfaces, legalities, safe practices, access and restrictions.


2. Create and edit electronic images.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Hard copies of graphics are electronically scanned and saved in a given file format.
2.2 Electronic images are edited using a picture editor.
2.3 Electronic images are inserted into word processor documents, spreadsheets or database reports and edited within the document.


3. Use a word processor

Performance Criteria:

3.1 A word processor is used to format and prepare a technical document.
3.2 Data from spreadsheets and databases, including graphs and
charts, can be inserted in a word processing document.


4. Use spreadsheet software

Performance Criteria:

4.1 A simple spreadsheet is designed and formatted for a particular purpose.
4.2 Data is inserted into a spreadsheet and analysed using formulae and statistical functions.
4.3 A graph is produced in a spreadsheet from data.


5. Use database software

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Database software is used to set up a simple database for a specific purpose.
5.2 Simple queries, forms and reports are created within a database.
5.3 Information is extracted from a database to a spreadsheet and analysed.


6. Use the internet

Performance Criteria:

6.1 The structure of the internet is understood.
6.2 The internet is accessed navigated correctly.
6.3 An internet search engine is used to source and retrieve technical information.
6.4 Copyright legalities regarding the use of material retrieved from the internet is understood and correct protocols followed.
6.5 Emails can be sent, received, replied to and forwarded including attachments.
6.6 A forum can be used to communicate with other people.


7. Use presentation software

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Presentation software is used to set up and format a presentation file.
7.2 Presentations are developed which include use of dot points, numbered lists, graphics, imported data from other software and hyperlinks.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the Learning Package on the Learning Hub.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will use the Planning and Time Management chart in the learning material to assist them through the course. The chart lists all your topics and their learning outcomes, and the activities and assessments to complete. Following this chart is the best way to monitor your progress and ensure you meet all deadlines.

This course runs for an 8 week duration (approximately 4 hours per week) consisting of both; in-class time and out of hours study. Students are expected to complete the project assessment either during scheduled class time or in their own time.

Students will submit their assessment projects and activities as indicated in the Learning Guide and feedback on activities and assessments will be provided during and after submission.

All work must be presented as specified by your teacher and as per the instructions in the learning guide. Students are required to be professional in both presentation and attitude, including meeting of deadlines. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden. Students must ensure they have read the plagiarism statement in the Course Outlines online.

A schedule of assessments can be found below and in the learning guides.

Teaching Schedule

WEEK   LEARNING SCHEDULE                                                                        ASSESSMENT                                                                 
1• Introduction to subject and computers, Directories, Hardware and Software, Basic computer use • Assessment 1: Questionnaire
2• Word processing and its uses• Assessment 2: Workbook
3• Spreadsheets and their uses 
4• Databases and their uses, The internet and it uses incl. email and forums 
5• Creating and Modifying electronic images, Using presentation software 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


1. Wallenbach, J Office 2010 bible. 2010
2. Bott, E Microsoft Wondows XP Inside Out, 2009
3. Class Powerpoints and online Tutorials

Other Resources

  • Weblinks
  • In class Presentations

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills.  To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

• Assessment 1: Questionnaire (15%)
Students must complete an in class, open book questionnaire about computing hardware, software, operating systems and computer terminology

• Assessment 2: Workbook (85%)
Students must complete a workbook coveriing the following topics;
-Work processing
-Databases and Spreadsheets
-Using email and the Internet
-Creating and Modifying graphics
-Using presentation software

Assessment Matrix

• Assessment 1: Questionnaire1
• Assessment 2: Workbook2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Other Information

Study and Learning Support:

The Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills are:

* Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
* Maths and science developmental support and advice
* English language development

Please refer to find more information

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you have a disability or long-term medical condition you should contact the DLU to seek advice and support.

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Late submission:

If you require an extension for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you require an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted nor marked.

Special consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Other Information:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and it is recommended that you check it regularly.

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