Course Title: Develop and use complex spreadsheets

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: COSC5946C

Course Title: Develop and use complex spreadsheets

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4223 - Certificate IV in Business Administration

Course Contact : Sylvia Baroutis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925-5469

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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 covers  the use of spreadsheet software to complete business tasks and produce usable complex documents.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBITU402A Develop and use complex spreadsheets


Automate and standardise spreadsheet operation

Performance Criteria:

Evaluate tasks to identify those where automation would increase efficiency.

Create, use and edit macros to fulfil the requirements of the task and automate spreadsheet operation.

Develop, edit and use templates to ensure consistency of design and layout for forms and reports, in accordance with organisational requirements.


Develop a linked spreadsheet solution

Performance Criteria:

Utilise spreadsheet design software functions and formulae to meet identified requirements.

Link spreadsheets in accordance with software procedures.

Format cells and use data attributes assigned with relative and/or absolute cell references, in accordance with the task specifications.

Test formulae to confirm output meets task requirements.


Prepare to develop spreadsheet.

Performance Criteria:

Organise personal work environment in accordance with ergonomic requirements.

Analyse task and determine specifications for spreadsheets.

Identify organisational and task requirements in relation to data entry, storage, output, reporting and presentation requirements.

Apply work organisation strategies and enegy and resource conservation techniques to plan work activities.


Represent numerical data in graphic form

Performance Criteria:

Determine style of graph to meet specified requirements and manipulate spreadsheet data if necessary to suit graph requirements.

Create graphs with labels and titles from numerical data contained in a spreadsheet file.

Save, view and print graph within designated time lines.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include class based exercises, demonstrations and observations in order to develop competency including the underpinning skills and knowledge.

Teaching Schedule

Week beginningContent Requirements
Week 1 - 6 JulyIntroduction; Required files; Review Excel Basics; General Computer usage; Employability skills The Hub
Week 2 - 13 JulyPrinting techniques Text & Printing Credits
Week 3 - 20 JulyCharting; Charting Techniques & Consolidation Exercise 1 Text
Week 4 - 27 JulyLogical Functions & Maths Functions Text
Week 5 - 3 AugStatistical Functions & Consolidation Exercise 2  Text
Week 6 - 10 AugData & Time Functions; Lookup Functions & Consolidation Exercise 3 Text
Week 7 - 17 AugPivot Tables & Linking WorkbooksHub & Text
Week 8 - 24 AugTemplates; Importing & Exporting & Consolidation Exercise 4 Text
  Mid semester break 31 Aug - 6 Sept 
Week 9 - 7 SeptRecorded Macros & Recorder Workshop Text
Week 10 - 14 SeptConsolidation Exercise 5 Text
Week 11 - 21 SeptAssessment 1 Text & Printing credits
Week 12 - 28 SeptReview Text
Week 13 - 5 OctReview Text
Week 14 - 12 OctReview Text
Week 15 - 19 OctAssessment 2 - Final exam Text & Printing credits
Week 16 - 26 OctSpecial Consideration Text & Printing credits
Week 17 - 2 NovFeedback & Review Text
Week 18 - 9 NovFeedback 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

BSBADM404A Develop & Use Complex Speradsheets using Microsoft Excel 2003, Learning Guide & Study Guides, Watsonia Publishing



Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework, assignments, group and/or individual projects, in class exercises, written and practical assessments, problem solving exercises, presentations, direct observation of actual and simulated work practice, presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files, review of products produced through work-based or course activities.

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.  Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 Week 11 - 50%

Students will complete a number of documents which focus on both the practical and theory component of developing and using complex spreadsheets. The assessment is to be completed individually in class and is open book.

Assessment 2 Week 15 Final Exam - 50%

Students will complete a number of documents which focus on the practical component of developing and using complex spreadsheets. The assessment is open book and will be run under test conditions.

Assessment Matrix

CompetencyAssessment 1Assessment 2
Prepare to develop spreadsheetYesYes
Develop a linked spreadsheet solutionYesYes
Automate and standardise spreadsheet operationYesYes
Use spreadsheetsYesYes
Represent numerical data in graphic formYesYes

Other Information

This course/competency includes the employability skills listed below:


Problem solving

Initiative and enterprise

Planning and organising




From July 2008 students issued with Training Package qualifications have been informed by their Registered Training Organisation that Employability Skills Summaries for Training Pactage qualifications can be downloaded from . Registered Training Organisations are required to add the mandartory sentence providing the URL for the Employability Skills Summaries to Training Package and Qualification Testamurs from 1 January 2009. The Australian Qualification Framework Implementation Handbook has been amended to show this requirement.

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