Course Title: Access the Internet

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: COSC5243C

Course Title: Access the Internet

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mctafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Mr Arthur Clover
Telephone: 9925 4269
 

E-mail:  a.clover@rmit.edu.au

 

 

 

 
 

Nominal Hours: 10

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

The unit of competency Access the Internet (ICPMM63BA)  is delivered alongside the unit of competency Design and Develop Text Documents (BSBADM304A) .
Together, these units of competency form the course Computer Skills for Writers. In this course you are introduced to the Macintosh computer; the Microsoft Word word processing program, online editing techniques and basic desktop publishing techniques. This course will increase your ability to create, format, edit and distribute professional-looking print and online documents.

Access the Internet (ICPMM63BA) is taught alongside the competency Design and Develop Text Documents (BSBADM304A)


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICPMM63BA Access the Internet

Element:

Element 1     Identify and use local resources

Performance Criteria:

1. Identify installed Internet software applications
2. Demonstrate how Internet software can be used
3. Use of virus scanner on downloaded files
4. Define and correctly use relevant terms such as ISDN, PPP, TCP, and download WWW
5. Identify and explain the internet use
6. Be aware of potential security risks and avoid them
 

Element:

Element 2       Identify and use remote resources

Performance Criteria:

1. Search for files and documents using WWW and search engines
2. Browse the WWW to find related sites via links
3. Retrieve files from an FTP repository
4. Send, download, read and respond to email
5. Retrieve files attached to incoming email, and send attached files.
6. Access newsgroups relevant to the industry
7. Demonstrate at least one of – Telnet, Gopher, Audio Conferencing, chat
 


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to create, format, edit and distribute professional-looking print and online documents.


Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through -

1. In-class activities:
• lab-based lectures
• field trips
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching
• group discussion
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• workshopping of students’ own projects
• analysis/critique of work

2. Out-of-class activities:
• independent project based work
• online and other research
• independent study


Teaching Schedule

Week StartingClass content              Assessment DueCompetency and Elements
Week 1


Outline of course structure and assessment

Health and safety in the lab – demonstration and discussion of safe work practices

Establishing students’ level of knowledge and experience with Macintosh computers and Microsoft Word

Using RMIT resources, eg logging into computers, saving work on the PWE server, printing in lab 4.17

Accessing the internet


Macintosh computers and their functions.
Creating in Word
• Tables
• Changing text and background colour.
• Merging the information


Exercise 1
Creating and modifying a table of content within a table.
Borders and shading.

 

 
 
 BSBADM304A
- Establish parameters for text document design and structure
- Using safe work practices

ICPMM63BA
- Identify and use local resources
- Identify and use remote resources

 
Week 2

 

Managing in Word
• Tabs,
• Indents and bullets
• View options

Lynda.com tutorials.


Exercise 2
Reproduce the tab examples, using tabs, and tab leaders and paragraph indents.


 

 

ICPMM63BA
- Identify and use local resources
- Identify and use remote resources

 BSBADM304A
- Design text documents
- Produce text documents
 

Week 3

 

File management in Microsoft Word.
• Applying heading grades.
• Using the menu functions
• Creating a mail merge database.
• Macros


Exercise 3
Creating and sending a mail merged master document
Saving to a PDF format



 

 ASSIGNMENT 1
(IN CLASS)
Edit and reformat the provided article text. Insert appropriate graphics.
 
 BSBADM304A
- Produce text documents

ICPMM63BA
- Identify and use local resources

BSBADM304A
- Design text documents
 
Week 4

Editing in Word:
• Find and replace,
• Formatting
• Adding comments.
• Track changes


Exercise 4
Complete the on-screen editing assessment

 

Assessment 1 due

 BSBADM304A
- Produce text documents
- Using safe work practices
 

ICPMM63BA
- Identify and use local resources
- Identify and use remote resources

Week 5

Formatting in Word


• Creating Style sheets
• Applying heading styles
• Creating and editing styles.
• Table of contents
• Footnotes
• Headers and Footers

 

  BSBADM304A
- Produce text documents
- Using safe work practices
 
Week 6

Desk Top Publishing in Microsoft Word

• Changing text and background colours.
• Inserting text boxes.
• Use of the WordArt function.
• Text wrapping

Accessing images on the internet.

 ASSIGNMENT 2
(IN CLASS)
Complete the on-screen editing assessment.
 
 ICPMM63BA
- Identify and use local resources
- Identify and use remote resources
BSBADM304A
- Design text documents
 
Week 7

Photoshop:


Basic Photoshop.
• Creating the graphic
• Searching the Internet for appropriately sized graphics.
• Cropping images

 

 

BSBADM304A
- Design text documents

- Produce text documents

ICPMM63BA
- Identify and use local resources
- Identify and use remote resources
 

 Mid-semester break - April 1 to April 5  
Week 8Submission and review of assessments
 
Assessment 2 due ICPMM63BA
- Identify and use local resources
- Identify and use remote resources
 
Week 9

Introduction to Indesign

The Tool Box
Text and graphics
 


 

 

 ICPMM63BA
- Identify and use local resources
- Identify and use remote resources

BSBADM304A
- Design text documents

BSBADM304A
Produce text documents
 

Week 10

 Indesign (cont.)

• Typesetting techniques;
• (Tracking, kerning, leading etc).
• Importing from Word; Style Sheets
 

Importing images.
 

 

 ICPMM63BA
Identify and use local resources
Identify and use remote resources


BSBADM304A
Design text documents
 

Week 11

• Magazine text design. Graphics: Timelines: Design concepts:
• Previous students work
• (Power Point)


Commence Assessment task 3
Magazine publication

  ICPMM63BA
Identify and use local resources
Identify and use remote resources
BSBADM304A
Design text documents
 
Week 12Working with multiple page documents
 
 

 BSBADM304A
Produce text documents
Using safe work practices



 

Week 13Correct graphic selection.
Layout principles


 
 
 
 
Week 14Correct graphic selection
Layout principles (cont.)

 
  BSBADM304A
Produce text documents
Using safe work practices

ICPMM63BA
Identify and use local resources
Identify and use remote resources
 
Week 15

 Preflight


• The printing a booklet option in InDesign.
• Adobe Distiller
• Supplying and sending the correct files for the printer.



 

  BSBADM304A
Produce text documents
Using safe work practices

ICPMM63BA
Identify and use local resources
Identify and use remote resources
 
Week 16 Presentations
 
 Assessment 3 due
 BSBADM304A
Produce text documents
Using safe work practices

ICPMM63BA
Identify and use local resources
Identify and use remote resources
 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None


References

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

• Web-based material via electronic blackboard, weekly work sheets, and handouts are made available as required.
• Students will require a USB flash drive on which to backup their work. A capacity of at least 3GB is recommended.
• Students will be required to take their InDesign assessment item to a professional printing shop for colour printing at their own expense.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in series of in-class exercises, through the creation of a range of documents and through practical projects


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Word Assessment Folio (30%)
Editing in word: Edit and format supplied text using the functions of = tables, tabs, styles, style sheets, find replace, track changes and comments etc. Creating a table of content

Assessment task 2: Desktop Publishing in Word: (30%)
Choose and insert intenet sourced graphics to provided piece of text. Format a document using text wrap, columns, headers and footers and a table of contents and other related functions, within Word and Photoshop


Assessment task 3: Desk Top Publishing (InDesign - Acrobat) : (40%)
Create a four-page text design for a magazine in InDesign using the following elements: manipulated images, using Photoshop; paragraph and character styles; tabs; and page. Trim size of 297 x 210. All work to be exported as a PDF and presented as a coloured print out for hard copy presentation.


For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

Attendance
The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

Copyright
All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

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. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration/online

Work submitted late without an extension or special consideration will be penalised. See the program website for more details.

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees
 

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