Course Title: Operate computing packages

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: COSC5672C

Course Title: Operate computing packages

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5137 - Diploma of Business Management

Course Contact : Seymour Jacobson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1563

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Judy Heard
Phone: 9925 1561

Nominal Hours: 60

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

Basic knowledge of MS Windows, email applications and the internet.

Course Description

This Unit of Competency covers using computers, associated devices and office technology to achieve outcomes required in the workplace. The office technology used will include Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) and RMIT’s internet and email applications

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAITU006B Operate Computing Packages


1. Use appropriate software

Performance Criteria:

Requirements of task are identified.

Appropriate software is selected to perform task.

Software is used to produce required outcome using a range of features and functions.

Documents are saved and stored in appropriate directories


2. Access, retrieve and manipulate data

Performance Criteria:

Software application is opened.

Required file is accessed and is amended according to requirements.

Documents are produced to meet organizational requirements in a manner that incorporates OH and S practices.

File is saved in appropriate directories.

Applications are exited without loss of data


3. Access and use help.

Performance Criteria:

Online help is accessed and used to overcome basic difficulties with applications.

Manuals and training booklets are used to solve minor problems.

Requests are logged with help desk if requiring further help.


4. Use keyboard and equipment.

Performance Criteria:

Occupational Health and Safety regulations are followed for correct posture, lighting and length of time in front of computer.

Keyboarding is carried out according to organization guidelines on speed and accuracy

Learning Outcomes

Refer to competency elements

Details of Learning Activities

Students will particate in a variety of instructor led and self paced activities in the practical application of computer packages to the work place and to the role of a manager. Group problem solving and peer teaching is encouraged in developing the technical knowledge and skills required for the independent use of MS Office components (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) as well as their integration, Internet applications and the RMIT IT Operational environment.

Teaching Schedule

Week BeginningTopicsResources
Week 1
11 Feb

Course Overview
Assessment Options
RMIT IT Systems
Occupational Heath & Safety Issues
IT Training Needs Analysis

 RMIT -Information Technology Services for Students 2008
Course Guide
Textbook: Be Competent in Computer Foundations
Week 2
18 Feb
  Assessment Interviews/
MS Word
 Topics 9,10,11,12,
Week 3
25 Feb
 MS Word Topics 15,16,19
Week 4
3 Mar
 MS Word Topics 22,23
Week 5
10 Mar
 MS Word
RPL Assessment Interviews
 Preparing Reports - styles, table of contents, footers, Sections
Week 6
17 Mar
 MS Word Review
Final Assessment Criteria Distributed - Online
RPL Assessment Interviews

MS Word Word Review & Challenge - given in class 

Mid Semester Break (Student Vacation)
From and including Thursday 20 to return Thursday 27 March

Week 7
31 Mar
 Powerpoint/ MS Word Integration Topic 37
Week 8
7 April
 Online Self Study - Powerpoint Online Learning Hub Materials

Week 9
14 April
 Powerpoint Topic 38, 39, 42, 43
Week 10
23 April
 Powerpoint Review Powerpoint Review & Challenge - given in class
Week 11
28 April
 MS Excel Topic 26,27,28,30
Week 12
5 May
 MS Excel Topic 29,31,32
Week 13
12 May
 MS Excel Topic 33, Graphing
Week 14
21 May
 MS Excel Review MS Excel Review & Challenge - given in class
Week 15
26 May
 Microsoft Office Integration Efficient use of MS Office data between applications
Week 16
2 June
 Assessment Interviews
MS Excel Assessment
 Grading Assessment for MS Word, Power Point & Excel
Week 17
9 Jun
 Assessment Interviews
MS Excel Assessment
 Grading Assessment for MS Word, Power Point & Excel
Week 18
16 June
 Course Review Results and course feedback

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

The Tilde Group, 2005 Be Competent in Computer Foundations  Windows XP & Office 2003, 2 E The Tilde Group, Manly, NSW


Jennifer A. Duffy 2005
Microsoft Office Word 2003 (Introductory), ISBN 9-7814-1884301-4
ILLUSTRATED SERIES™, Course Technology, Boston.

Reding & Wermers 2005
Microsoft Office Excel 2003 (Introductory), ISBN 9-7814-1884295-6
ILLUSTRATED SERIES™, Course Technology, Boston.

Beskeen 2005
Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 (Introductory),
ISBN 9-7814-1884304-5

Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner including Recognition of Prior Learning and Current Competency.  Competency must be achieved in all computer applications studied. Assessment  of competency will incorporate class exercises and problem solving challenges.  Students will have the choice of attempting  graded assessments to  receive more than a Pass for this course. 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

During the Review week for each application, students undertake  a series of assessment tasks that focus on the students’ practical ability to solve problems and provide practical solutions to realistic workplace tasks requiring the use of MS Office. During these tasks students are encourged to use online help and other resources to successfully complete the tasks as would be expected in the workplace.

Final Assessments - Optional
In Weeks 16 & 17 students have the an opportunity to have the documents and presentations that they have produced for BUSM6008C Manage personal work priorities and professional development assessed for a graded mark.  Assessment criteria for BUSM 6008C Assessments 2 & 3 that apply to this final assessment will be available in Week 6. If MS Excel is not used in either of these assessments, a separate assessment will be run in Week 16,17.

Assessment Matrix

ElementReview Exercise
MS Word
Review Exercise
MS Powerpoint
Review Exercise
MS Excel
Final Assessments
1. Use appropriate software




2. Access, retrieve and manipulate data




3. Access and use help




4. Use keyboard and equipment





Other Information

Competency Based Assessment

Students will be provided with more than one opportunity to demonstrate competence.  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.

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.

Teacher Contact
Out of class communication to all students will occur using the RMIT student email. It is essential that you check your email prior to attending each class. Consultation times will be made available to you in the first week of classes. Consultations may also be arranged via email.

Study Issues
Issues pertaining to this course, indivdidual progress and attendance should be discussed with the class teacher in the first instance. The Program Co-ordinator can also be contacted for administrative issues pertaining to RMIT processes. A Student Consultative Committee for the Diploma of Business Management meets twice a semester and your input to that process is also valued.

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