Course Title: Use advanced features of computer applications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: COSC5810C

Course Title: Use advanced features of computer applications

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4168 - Certificate IV in Business (Public Relations)

Course Contact : Swati Dave

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5811

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Adrian Farrell - Teacher

Location: 108.14.53

Telephone: (03) 9925 5478


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


Course Description

This unit provides the participant with the knowledge and skills to assist them in setting standards for organisation documents, and manage document design and production.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAITU126A Use advanced features of computer applications


Access and use support resources

Performance Criteria:

1. Routine problems are solved with the use of support resources.
2. On line help is accessed and used to overcome difficulties with applications.
3. Manuals and training booklets are used to solve advanced problems.
4. Problems are analysed and eliminated according to results.
5. Technical support is accessed and trouble shooting results and alert messages are supplied to technical support.


Configure the computing environment

Performance Criteria:

1. Performance of PC is enhanced.
2. Environment is configured according to user/ organisational requirements.
3. PC environment is customised and optimised.


Manipulate data

Performance Criteria:

1. Advanced features of application are employed in the preparation and presentation of data.
2. Data is efficiently transferred between applications.
3. Objects, macros and templates are created and employed for routine activities.
4. Shortcuts and features are regularly employed for increased productivity.
5. Related data files are linked as required.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Access and use support resources.
  • Configure the computing environment.
  • Manipulate data

Details of Learning Activities

This learning unit consists of three competencies covering the knowledge and skills to assist students in setting standards for organisation documents, and manage document design and production.  These oitcomes will be obtained largely through learning by doing a range of assignments.

Teaching Schedule

Week beginningTopics CoveredPractical and Assessments
Week 1 – 9 Feb Course Overview
 O H & S, E-Mail & File Management
 Teacher handouts and in-class exercises on MS Word (Intro).
Week 2 – 16 Feb Word Unit F
 Illustrating Documents with Graphics
 In class exercises
Week 3 – 23 Feb Word Unit G
Creating a Web Page
 In class exercises
Week 4 – 2 Mar Word Unit I
 Working with Styles and Templates
 In class exercises
Week 5 – 9 Mar Word Unit J
 Developing Multipage Documents
 In class exercises
Week 6 – 16 Mar Review and Consolidation of MS Word Competency Status Review
Week 7 – 23 Mar PowerPoint A, B & C
 Getting Started
 Creating a Presentation
 Modifying a Presentation
 In class exercises
Week 8 – 30 Mar PowerPoint D, E & F
 Enhancing a Presentation
 Customizing a Presentation
 Enhancing Charts
 In-class exercises
 Work on PowerPoint Assignment
Week 9a – 6 April PowerPoint G & H
 Working with embedded and linked objects and hyperlinks
 Using Advanced Features
 In-class exercises
 Work on PowerPoint Assignment
 9th – 15th March MID SEMESTER BREAK (Easter) 
Week 9b – 13 Apr PowerPoint G & H
 Working with embedded and linked objects and hyperlinks
 Using Advanced Features
 In-class exercises
 Work on PowerPoint Assignment
Week 10 – 20 Apr Publisher Unit A, B & C
 Getting started
 Creating a Publication
 Working with Text
 Competency Status Review
Week 11 – 27 Apr Publisher Unit D, E & F
 Working with Graphic Objects
 Enhancing a Publication
 Improving a Design
 In-class exercises
Week 12 – 4 May Publisher Unit G & H
 Working with Multiple Pages
 Using Advanced Features
 In-class exercises
Week 13 – 11 May Review and Consolidation of MS Publisher

 In-class exercises

Week 14 – 18 May Publisher Unit A, B & C
 Getting started
 Creating a Publication
 Working with Text
 Competency Status Review
Week 15 – 25 May Integration of Software Applications Integration of Software Applications
Week 16 – 1 Jun  Graded Assessment on MS Word
Week 17 – 8 Jun  Graded Assessment on MS PowerPoint and MS Publisher
Week 18 – 15 Jun Feedback and review 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

MS Word (Intermediate), MS PowerPoint (Intro), MS Publisher (Intro)
ShrinkWrap ISBN 9781423993339
Components in ShrinkWrap:
Jennifer A. Duffy 2005
Microsoft Office Word 2003 (Intermediate), ISBN 0-61905770-X
ILLUSTRATED SERIES™, Course Technology, Boston.
Beskeen 2005
Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 (Introductory),
ISBN 9-7814-1884304-5
Reding 2005
Microsoft Office Publisher 2003 (Introductory), ISBN 0-6191-8833-2

The text books above can be purchased as a shrink wrapped package in the RMIT Business Bookshop on the ground floor of building 108. Students are to make sure that they purchase the correct version of shrink-wrapped version related to their course as once opened, these books cannot be returned to the RMIT bookshop.


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Competency Status Review – Consolidation Exercises
The consolidation exercises on packages will be conducted to test the competency status of a student and will focus on the student’s practical ability to solve problems and provide professionally reasoned and practical solutions to a scenario provided to them in class.

Final Graded Assessment
A voluntary exam will be conducted at the end of the course for grading purposes only.

In addition to the assessments, formative feedback is provided to the students throughout the duration of the course.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Methods
Assessment for competency in this course will require students to present a variety of in class exercises in MS Word (Intermediate), MS PowerPoint (Intro) and MS Publisher (Intro) throughout the course. The student must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks. For grading purposes an optional final test will be offered during the last weeks of classes.
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.

Assessment Tasks
Consolidation Exercises

The consolidation assessments in class will focus on the students’ practical ability to solve problems and provide practical solutions to a scenario given to them in class. The consolidation exercise is open book and conducted in the computer laboratories. Students are encouraged to the online and text resources to provide professionally reasoned solutions to the problems given.

Final Graded Assessment [Optional]
An optional graded assessment will be conducted at the end of the course for grading purposes only.

A pass in each assessment will result in competency for the student (a mark of 50). The student must achieve competency (a pass) in each assessment to be deemed competent. Competency MUST be achieved in all assessments of the course for eligibility to sit the final test for a graded result to be obtained.
In order to obtain a mark greater than 50, the student must pass all the packages covered in the final test.

     Grade           Mark                           Description
     HD                > = 80                           High Distinction (Competency Achieved)
     DI                  70 - 79                         Distinction (Competency Achieved)
     CR                60 - 69                         Credit (Competency Achieved)
     PA                 50 - 59                         Pass (Competency Achieved)
     NN                < 50                              Fail (Not Yet Competent)
     CA                Not Applicable              Competency Achieved
     NYC              Not Applicable              Not Yet Competent  

Assessment Matrix

For a student based at the RMIT BUSINESS campus in Melbourne, Australia in Semester 1, 2009 the assessment will be:

ElementPractical Consolidation exercise
MS Word
Practical Consolidation exercise
MS PowerPoint
Practical Consolidation exercise
MS Publisher
Graded Assessments
(Final Tests)
Manipulate dataYYYFor grading
Access and use support resourcesYYYFor grading
Configure the computing environmentYYYFor grading

Other Information

Students who require general assistance should, in the first instance, approach their class teacher. Secondly, students should contact the course coordinator and lastly, the program coordinator.

Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Is also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.

For further information including “Plagiarism (and how to avoid it): Resources for Students” please refer to the Plagiarism section of the RMIT Policies, B. Students available at

For information relating to the penalties for plagiarism and cheating, please refer to Regulation 6.1.1 Student Discipline available at
Penalties include official reprimand, recording of a failure result or expulsion from the University.

Submission of written work/assessment
All of your written work must conform with RMIT’s guidelines “Written Reports and Essays: Guidelines for Referencing and Presentation in RMIT Business” which can be found at:

All of your written assessment must be lodged by the due date in the format specified for the particular assessment task. Written assessment must have a footer containing: student number, student name, course code, title of assessment and teacher’s name.

Staple your assignment. Please do not place in plastic binders or plastic pockets.

Attach a signed Assignment Cover Sheet to each submission of written work or assessment. Cover Sheets are available near the lifts on Level 13 or from

You must keep a copy of your assignment/written work, which can be produced if the original is lost or damaged.

Supervised Assessment
Unless otherwise instructed by your class teacher, course coordinator or invigilator, the following conditions apply to your supervised assessments:
• All answers are written in blue or black pen only. Answers written in other colours or pencil will not be marked, excluding diagrams.
• The only materials which may be brought into the assessment room are blue or black pens, pencil, eraser and correction fluid. Items such as electronic dictionaries, mobile phones, electronic devices, written material and paper are not to be brought into the assessment room. It is a breach of assessment conditions to have any unauthorized materials or equipment in the assessment room.
• Assessment papers, questions and other material provided by the University are not to be removed from the assessment room.
• There is no communication of any kind with any person either inside or outside the assessment venue, apart from the assessment supervisor/invigilator or course teachers.

Special Consideration
You may apply for special consideration no later than 48 hours (2 working days) after the date of test/exam or due date for assessment. Forms are available from BTS Reception on Level 13 or from Grounds for Special Consideration may include illness, accident, bereavement etc. All supporting documentation must be included with your application. Completed forms must be addressed to the program coordinator and submitted to Reception on Level 13, Building 108.

The Business TAFE School does not have a Scheduled Deferred Exam Period. You will be notified of the date and time of deferred exams.

Return of Assessments
Assessments will be returned to you by one of the following methods (please ask your class teacher or course coordinator for further information):
1. Assignments/written work will be returned to you
• During class times
• By post if you attach a stamped, self-addressed A4-sized envelope to your assignment
2. In-class tests will be returned to you for individual consultation with your teacher; the teacher may then re-collect the tests which are to be retained by the Business TAFE School.
3. You may view your marked exam papers upon request. Exam papers will be retained by the Business TAFE School.

Variations to Assessment
A change will not be made to the form or forms of assessment as detailed in the Course Guide unless:
1. the students enrolled in that course have received notice in writing of the proposed change; and
2. the change is approved by the Head of School and not less than seventy percent of the students enrolled in that course.

Appealing Assessment
You are entitled to appeal assessment results. Any appeal should be submitted to the program coordinator not more than 20 days after receiving notice of the result for the assessment. Please refer to RMIT Policy – Appeal Against Assessment Result available at

Late Submission of Work or Assessment
Only in cases of exceptional and genuine hardship (not including inconvenience or poor study planning), will limited extensions be considered. Students must lodge a completed Application for Extension Form before the official submission date for the work or assessment. Completed applications are to be addressed to the course coordinator and submitted via Reception on Level 13, Building 108. Documentary evidence should be provided. Note: Extensions are not automatically granted.

Relevant previous study or work/life experience and credit in this course
RMIT University recognises nationally accredited or endorsed qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued to the student by other Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s).

Also, RMIT provides credit for work experience or other forms of life experience that match the learning outcomes/competencies of RMIT courses. You must provide evidence that is current, relevant valid, and verifiable that your experience matches the learning outcomes/competencies of the relevant course for which you are seeking credit. This evidence may include formal qualifications (certificates, etc); work samples; references; documents, etc.

To apply, you should obtain an RPL Information Sheet from BTS Reception on Level 13. Forms are also available at Reception or from the RMIT Website at . You should complete the appropriate form (RPL and/or Credit Transfer), attach the relevant supporting documentation and submit to the program coordinator via Level 13 Reception within one month of enrolling.

Attendance Requirements
RMIT encourages students to attend all scheduled classes to optimise academic success. In a number of regulatory and legislative circumstances, RMIT must monitor student attendance in order to comply with the requirements of external accrediting bodies.
Further information may be found at

International Students:
If you are an onshore international student, you have agreed under the provisions of your student visa to attend at least 80% of your scheduled classes. RMIT monitors attendance for all TAFE programs and courses, and must comply with the requirements of the ESOS Act 2000. If you are an international student who does not attend scheduled RMIT classes for 5 consecutive days, RMIT MUST contact you to establish the reason for your absence. If a valid reason cannot be provided, RMIT MUST advise the federal Immigration Department of your non-attendance. In this case, your student visa may be revoked and you may be asked to leave Australia. Note: All international students are required to enrol full-time. Full-time is defined as 100% of a nominal program load as documented in the program curriculum. Exceptions may be approved by the Head of School or nominee only in special and specific circumstances.

Austudy Students:
It is important that you refer to the Austudy agreement that you signed for information about attendance. Contact Centrelink for further information. Note: “Full-time study means: a workload that is considered full-time by an approved institution (at least 75 per cent of the normal full-time student workload each semester)”.

Student Forms
Student forms such as Change of Personal Information, Appeals, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Enrolment Variation are available at . Forms are also available from Reception on Level 13.

Assistance with Study
Students who require general assistance should, first approach their class teacher. Failing which, students should contact the course coordinator and finally, the program coordinator.

Study Skills: The Learning Skills Unit provides free individual or group assistance to help students achieve their educational goals. Assistance is available in English language, Study Skills, Maths and Science. The LSU may be contacted by phone 9925 5651 and is located in Building 108, Level 3, Rooms 37 or 39.

Managing a Disability: Students with a disability may contact the Disability Liaison Unit (DLU) on 9925 1089 (or TTY 9925 3673) for assistance. The unit is located in Building 11 (main City Campus), Level B.

Issues for International Students: The Centre for International Students and Scholars has an ISIS Unit which provides centrally coordinated information, support and an advisory service for international students. The main office is located in Building 9, Level 1, Room 7 (City Campus) - phone 99253454. Further information is available at


You will receive ongoing feedback on your progress in the course. Feedback on assessment will be given in a timely manner. You will be informed about how to improve your performance in the competency/course and what you need to do to be deemed competent or to gain a pass in the assessment.
Feedback on the course itself is welcome at any time to the class teacher, course coordinator or program coordinator. Periodic course evaluation surveys are also conducted.

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