Course Title: Operate a personal computer

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: COSC6085C

Course Title: Operate a personal computer

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C1073 - Certificate I in Transition Education

Course Contact : Liz Cotter

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254870

Course Contact

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


Course Description

This course describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to start up a computer or business computer terminal; to correctly navigate the desktop environment; and to use a range of basic functions

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBITU101A Operate a personal computer


Start computer, system information and features

Navigate and manipulate desktop environment

Organise files using basic directory and folder structures

Print information

Shut-down computer

Performance Criteria:

Start computer, system information and features

1.1 Adjust workspace, furniture and equipment to suit user
ergonomic requirements
1.2 Ensure work organisation meets organisational and occupational
health and safety (OHS) requirements for computer operation
1.3 Start computer or log on according to user procedures
1.4 Identify basic functions and features using system information
1.5 Customise desktop configuration, if necessary, with assistance
from appropriate persons
1.6 Use help functions as required

Navigate and manipulate desktop environment

2.1 Open, close and access features by selecting correct desktop
2.2 Open, resize and close desktop windows by using correct window
functions and roles
2.3 Create shortcuts from the desktop, if necessary, with assistance
from appropriate persons

Organise files using basic directory and folder structures

3.1 Create folders/subfolders with suitable names
3.2 Save files with suitable names in appropriate folders
3.3 Rename and move folders/subfolders and files as required
3.4 Identify folder/subfolder and file attributes
3.5 Move folders/subfolders and files using cut and paste, and drag
and drop techniques
3.6 Save folders/subfolders and files to appropriate media where
3.7 Search for folders/subfolders and files using appropriate software
3.8 Restore deleted folder/subfolders and files as necessary

Print information

4.1 Print information from installed printer
4.2 View progress of print jobs and delete as required
4.3 Change default printer if installed and required

Shut-down computer

5.1 Close all open applications
5.2 Shutdown
computer according to user procedures

Learning Outcomes

Required skills

literacy skills to identify work requirements, to comprehend basic workplace documents, to interpret basic user manuals and to proofread simple documents

communication skills to identify lines of communication, to request advice, to effectively question, to request advice, to effectively question, to follow instructions and to receive feedback

problem-solving skills to solve routine problems in the workplace, while under direct supervision

technology skills to use equipment safely while under direction, basic keyboard and mouse skills and procedures relating to logging on and accessing a computer

basic typing techniques and strategies

Required knowledge

key provisions of relevant legislation from all levels of government that may effect aspects of business operations, such as:


basic ergonomics of computer use

main types and parts of computers, and basic features of different operating systems

suitable file naming conventions

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include

· navigation and manipulation of the desktop environment within
the range of assigned workplace tasks
· knowledge of organisational requirements for simple
documents and filing conventions
· application of simple keyboard functions to produce documents
with a degree of speed and accuracy relevant to the level of
responsibility required.

Teaching Schedule

You will be provided with a comprehensive workshop schedule at your first class in February that will highlight the different days of the week and the classes that are scheduled for this course.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be provided with the resources and tools for learning in this course. You will also have access to the resources in the library.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course is determined via a combination of assessment strategies which may likely include:

Simple oral and/or written questions

Student demonstration

Portfolio Evidence

Assessment Tasks


Assessment tasks will be the following

· direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of
evidence and third party workplace reports of onthejob
performance by the candidate
· demonstration of techniques of computer use
· oral and/or written questioning to assess knowledge of computer
operations and functions
· review of shortcuts created on your computer
· review of folders/subfolders created as part of the course.

Assessment Matrix

This program in delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

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

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n


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