Course Title: Develop and use complex spreadsheets

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: COSC5946C

Course Title: Develop and use complex spreadsheets

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4226 - Certificate IV in Frontline Management

Course Contact : Sylvia Baroutis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5469

Course Contact Email:sylvia.baroutis@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Janet McDonald
Phone: 99255123
Email: janet.mcdonald@rmit.edu.au

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

Not applicable

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use spreadsheet software to complete business tasks and to produce complex documents.


No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

This unit applies to individuals employed in a range of work environments who require skills in the creation of complex spreadsheets to store and retrieve data. They may work as individuals providing administrative support within an enterprise, or may be independently responsible for designing and working with spreadsheets relevant to their own work roles.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBITU402A Develop and use complex spreadsheets

Element:

1. Prepare to develop spreadsheet

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Organise personal work environment in accordance with ergonomic requirements
1.2.Analyse task and determine specifications for spreadsheets
1.3.Identify organisational and task requirements in relation to data entry, storage, output, reporting and presentation requirements
1.4.Apply work organisation strategies and energy and resource conservation techniques to plan work activities

Element:

2. Develop a linked spreadsheet solution

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Utilise spreadsheet design software functions and formulae to meet identified requirements
2.2.Link spreadsheets in accordance with software procedures
2.3.Format cells and use data attributes assigned with relative and/or absolute cell references, in accordance with the task specifications
2.4.Test formulae to confirm output meets task requirements

Element:

3. Automate and standardise spreadsheet operation

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Evaluate tasks to identify those where automation would increase efficiency
3.2.Create, use and edit macros to fulfil the requirements of the task and automate spreadsheet operation
3.3.Develop, edit and use templates to ensure consistency of design and layout for forms and reports, in accordance with organisational requirements

Element:

4. Use spreadsheets

Performance Criteria:

4.1.Enter, check and amend data in accordance with organisational and task requirements
4.2.Import and export data between compatible spreadsheets and adjust host documents, in accordance with software and system procedures
4.3.Use manuals, user documentation and online help to overcome problems with spreadsheet design and production
4.4.Preview, adjust and print spreadsheet in accordance with organisational and task requirements
4.5.Name and store spreadsheet in accordance with organisational requirements and exit the application without data loss or damage

Element:

5. Represent numerical data in graphic form

Performance Criteria:

5.1.Determine style of graph to meet specified requirements and manipulate spreadsheet data if necessary to suit graph requirements
5.2.Create graphs with labels and titles from numerical data contained in a spreadsheet file
5.3.Save, view and print graph within designated time lines


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Students will use MS Office Excel 2010 for this competency. Learning activities will include class-based discussions, demonstrations, practical exercises and observations in order to develop competency including the underpinning skills and knowledge. In addition to the assessments, formative feedback is provided to students throughout the duration of the course.

Some learning activities will include a self-directed learning approach. Self-directed learning refers to organised teacher-directed learning activities that you will undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students.

This unit contains employability skills.


Teaching Schedule

The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
Week beginningContent & Element of competencyRequirements
Week 1 - 6 Feb

Introduction to course; Requirements; Occupational Health & Safety; Prepare to develop spreadsheet

 
Week 2 - 13 Feb

Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Legislation

 Text
Week 3 - 20 Feb

Assessment

Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Develop a linked spreadsheet Topic 1 & 5

 Text & Printing credits

 

Week 4 - 27 Feb

Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Develop a linked spreadsheet Topic 2

Assessment

 Text & Printing credits
Week 5 - 5 MarPrepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Develop a linked spreadsheet Topic 3, 4, 6 & 10. Text & Printing credits
Week 6 - 12 Mar

Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Develop a linked spreadsheet Topic 7

Assessment

 Text & Printing credits
Week 7 - 19 Mar

 Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Develop a linked spreadsheet; Automate and standardise spreadsheet operation. Topic 8

Assessment

 Text & Printing credits
Week 8 - 26 Mar

 Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Topic 9

 Text & Printing credits
Week 9 - 2 April

 Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Represent numerical data in graphic form. Topic 11

Assessment

 Text & Printing credits
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Week 9 - 12 April

 Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Represent numerical data in graphic form. Topic 11

Assessment

 Text & Printing credits
Week 10 - 16 April Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Develop a linked spreadsheet Topic 13, 14, 15 & 16 Text & Printing credits
Week 11 - 23 AprilCatch-up class. Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Develop a linked spreadsheet Text & Printing credits
Week 12 - 30 April

 Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Topic 17

Assessment

 Text & Printing credits
Week 13 - 7 May

 Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Develop a linked spreadsheet;  Topic 18 & 19

 Text & Printing credits
Week 14 - 14 May Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Automate and standardise spreadsheet operation Topic 20 & 21 Text & Printing credits
Week 15 - 21 May

 Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Automate and standardise spreadsheet operation

Assessment

 Text & Printing credits
Week 16 - 28 MayCatch-up class Prepare to develop spreadsheet; Use spreadsheets; Develop a linked spreadsheet; Automate and standardise spreadsheet operation Text & Printing credits


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

The Tilde Group, Be Competent in Developing & Using Complex Spreadsheets Microsoft Excel 2010, Tilde Publishing

9780734607751


References


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 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

Critical aspects of assessment

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • developing complex spreadsheets
  • developing graphical representations of data contained in spreadsheets.

Assessment Tasks - Full-time students

You are required to complete eight tasks during the scheduled class time. You must successfully complete all eight tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment 1 Week 3 Use Spreadsheets

This assessment consists of short answer questions relating to ergonomic requirements, work organisation strategies and energy and resource conservation techniques and relevant legislation.

Portfolio of evidence

Students will complete a portfolio of evidence which will focus on the practical component of developing and using complex spreadsheets. Each task must be completed in the scheduled class time, refer to schedule below, and are to be saved to the relevant Dropbox on MyRMIT Studies. You will also be required to submit documents in hard copy (further instructions will be given during the class time). You may also be required to demonstrate how you have completed tasks via questioning and observation.

Week 4 - Consolidation task 3 & 4

Week 6 - Consolidation task 5

Week 7 -  Consolidation task 6

Week 9 - Consolidation task 8

Week 12 - Consolidation task 9

Week 15  - Consolidation task 11

Submission requirements

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard and in hard copy as directed.

You should:

- Ensure that you submit assessments before the end of the scheduled class. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
- Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (Hard copy and soft copy).
- Each page of your assessment should include a footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, BUSM 6232C Design and produce business documents, Page 1 of 2.
- Printing credits will be required for assessments.

 

Assessment Tasks - Online students

You are required to complete eight tasks to be submitted to the relevant Dropbox on MyRMIT Studies by COB of the Week due. You must successfully complete all eight tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment 1 Week 3 Use Spreadsheets

This assessment consists of short answer questions relating to ergonomic requirements, work organisation strategies and energy and resource conservation techniques and relevant legislation.

Portfolio of evidence

Students will complete a portfolio of evidence which will focus on the practical component of developing and using complex spreadsheets. Each task  must be submitted to the relevant Dropbox on MyRMIT Studies by COB of the week due, refer to schedule below. You will also be required to submit documents in hard copy by COB Week 16,  instructions will be given closer to date. You may also be required to demonstrate how you have completed tasks via questioning.

Week 4 - Consolidation task 3 & 4

Week 6 - Consolidation task 5

Week 7 - Consolidation task 6

Week 9 - Consolidation task 8

Week 12 - Consolidation task 9

Week 15 - Consolidation task 11

Submission requirements

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard by COB of the week due and in hardcopy, in a portfolio in Week 16.

You should:

- Ensure that you submit assessments before the end of the scheduled class. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
- Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (Hard copy and soft copy).
- Each page of your assessment should include a footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, BUSM 6232C Design and produce business documents, Page 1 of 2.
- Printing credits will be required for assessments.

Marking Guide

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are based on practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading)

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the standard of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.


The gradingaded according to the following criteria:

1.Level of Independence, Initiative, Enterprise and Performance of Work Task
• Works to safely complete tasks in accordance with workplace requirements.
• Performance conforms to all industry standards and can adapt to new situations.
2. Demonstrated Breadth of Underpinning Knowledge and a Willingness to Continue Learning
• Demonstrates an understanding of key concepts and underpinning knowledge of the set task and is able to learn while working.
• Applies these understandings in task performance.
3. Techniques & Processes, Technology Skills and Problem Solving
• Performs all technical skills/procedures to the standard required by industry, including correct use of equipment and technology.
• Demonstrating an ability to solve simple problems while following processes.
4. Work Organisation, Planning and Self-Management
• Demonstrates a sound understanding of the benefits of effective work organisation, while clearly articulating the different stages in planning and managing own time.
• Applies sound planning and organisation skills in the performance of a task.
5. Communication, People Networking, Language and Interpersonal Skills and Teamwork
• Demonstrates an ability to use a range of communication and interpersonal skills appropriate to the workplace.
• The ability to proofread and edit work prior to submission.
• Able to follow complex instructions both written and oral.

Final Grades Table:

CHD - Competent with High Distinction

CDI - Competent with Distinction

CC - Competent with Credit

CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded

NYC - Not Yet Competent

DNS - Did Not Submit for assessment




Assessment Matrix

Part of element of competencyAss 1Portfolio of Evidence
Prepare to develop spreadsheetYesYes
Develop a linked spreadsheet solution Yes
Automate and standardise spreadsheet operation Yes
Use spreadsheets Yes
Represent numerical data in graphic form Yes

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