Course Title: Operate a word processing application

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: COSC5345C

Course Title: Operate a word processing application

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4197 - Certificate IV in Creative Industries

Course Contact : Program Administration - Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4976

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Viv Weir
Phone: 9925-8012

Nominal Hours: 30

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

There are no pre-requisites or co-requisites for this unit

Course Description

This course allows students to correctly operate word processing applications and perform basic operations. Classes will cover the creation and formatting of documents, creating tables and mail merge.
This course is co-delivered with ICAU3126A and ICAB4060A.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAU1129A Operate a word processing application


1.  Create documents

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Open word processing application and create/open document and add data according to information requirements
1.2 Use document templates as required
1.3 Use simple formatting tools when creating the document
1.4 Save document to correct directory


2.  Customise basic settings to meet page layout conventions

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Adjust page layout to meet information requirements
2.2 Open and view different toolbars
2.3 Change font format to suit the purpose of the document
2.4 Change alignment and line spacing according to document information requirements
2.5 Modify margins to suit the purpose of the document
2.6 Open and switch between several documents


3.  Format document

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use formatting features and styles as required
3.2 Highlight and copy text from another area in the document or from another active document
3.3 Insert headers and footers to incorporate all necessary data
3.4 Save document in another file format
3.5 Save and close the document


4.  Create tables

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Insert a standard table into a document
4.2 Change cells to meet information requirements
4.3 Insert and delete columns and rows as necessary
4.4 Use formatting tools according to style requirements


5.  Add images

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Insert appropriate images in a document and customise as necessary
5.2 Position and resize images to meet the document formatting needs


6.  Use mail merge

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Create simple mailing list in layout suitable for merging
6.2 Create or select another document for merging
6.3 Mail merge list with other document


7.  Print documents

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Preview document in print preview mode
7.2 Select basic print settings
7.3 Print document or part of the document from printer

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to operate work-processing applications and perform basic operations including the creation and formatting of documents, creating tables, printing labels and mail merge.

Details of Learning Activities

• demonstrations
• practical exercises
• independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Class content Elements
Week 1 –
7th February
Email – logging onto RMIT system
Accessing Blackboard
Setting up passwords
Ergonomic principles and practices
General O.H. & S. principles and responsibilities
Establish assessment requirements
Word applications



Week 2
14th February
Formats, spacing
Purpose of business documents
Layout of business documents
Week 3
21st February
Business documents – mail merge
using templates Tabulation
Week 4 – 28th FebruaryWORD
Proofreading symbols
Using tabulation
Week 5
7th March
Creating tables, forms and
Portfolio Exercise 3 - Business documents/Merged documents (25%)ICAU1129A
Week 6
14th March
- page layout
- text enhancements
- using templates
 ICAU3126A 1
Week 7
21st March
Using Graphics – Word Art and Clip Art
Leaflets – Combining graphics and text

Developing a slide show
 ICAU3126A - 1
Week 8
28th March

Developing a slide show
Newsletter (10%) dueICAU3126A - 1
Week 9
4th April
Designing a spreadsheet
Basic formula
Slideshow Presentation (15%) due

ICAU3126A – 1.1-4


Week 10
11th April
Customising a formula
Creating graphs
 ICAU3126A – 1,2,3, 4
Week 11
18th April
Class exercises
 ICAU3126A - 1
 MID SEMESTER BREAK – 21st April – 27th April   
 Week 12
2nd May
Class exercises
 General Store Superannuation (15%) ICAU3126A - 3
ICAU1129A 7.1-3
 Week 13
9th May
Designing a database
Relative/absolute formula
Data filters
Creating queries
 Portfolio Ex. 9 – Tennis Club (5%) ICAB4060A – 1, 2
ICAU1129A – 1,1-4
 Week 14
16th May
Customising queries
Designing reports Designing and creating your own database
Class exercises
 Tennis Club /Your own database (15%) ICAB4060A – 1, 2
 Week 15
23rd May
Class exercises
  ICAB4060A – 1, 2
 Week 16
30th May

 Finalise Portfolio documents


 Integrated Assignment (20 %) ICAB4060A – 3, 4
 Week 17
6th June
 Outstanding Assessment  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Class handouts


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

Other Resources

USB storage - memory stick

Overview of Assessment

Students are to develop a portfolio of documents, which will include ten (10) examples of their work.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.


Assessment Task No 1
Portfolio Exercises 1 and 2 – Business Documentation 15%
Students are to incorporate student learning of business documentation and ergonomic principles and practices. Due Week 4

Assessment Task No 2
Portfolio Exercise 3 – Merged Documents 10%
Students are to incorporate student learning of mail merge and manipulating data. Due Week 5

Assessment Task No 3
Portfolio Exercise 4 and 5 – Newsletter 10%
Students are to incorporate student learning of text enhancements and page layout. Due Week 8

Assessment Task No 4
Portfolio Exercises 6 - PowerPoint
Slideshow Presentation 15%
Students are to incorporate student learning of PowerPoint and graphical presentation. Due Week 9

Assessment Task No 5
Portfolio Exercises 7 and 8 - Excel
General Store 5%
Superannuation 10%
Students are to incorporate student learning of Excel using basic and customised formula and graphical information. Due Week 11 & 12

Assessment Task No 6
Portfolio Exercises 9 and 10 – Access
Tennis Club Database 5%
Personal Database 10%
Students are to incorporate student learning of Access using basic to advanced data base skills. Due Week 13 & 14

Assessment Task No 6
Integrated Assignment 20%
Students are to incorporate all student learning by submitting a portfolio of the semester’s work and undertaking a final test.
Due week 16

For further information on the assessment and 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

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:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

Course Overview: Access Course Overview