Course Title: Write complex documents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: OFFC5208C

Course Title: Write complex documents

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5219 - Diploma of International Business

Course Contact : Timothy Wallis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5423

Course Contact Email:timothy.wallis@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

David Plowman

david.plowman@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

None

Course Description

This course applies to individuals who work in a range of business environments and are skilled in the creation of reports, information and general promotion documents that are more complex than basic correspondence, memos or forms and that require review and analysis of a range of information sources.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWRT401A Write complex documents

Element:

1. Prepare to produce word processed documents.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Determine the purposes of documents
1.2. Choose appropriate formats for documents
1.3. Establish means of communication
1.4. Determine requirements of documents
1.5. Determine categories and logical sequences of data, information and knowledge to achieve document objectives
1.6. Develop overview of structure and content of documents
 

Element:

2. Design complex documents

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Review and organise available data, information and knowledge according to proposed structure and content
2.2. Ensure data, information and knowledge is aggregated, interpreted and summarised to prepare text that satisfies document purposes and objectives
2.3. Include graphics as appropriate
2.4. Identify gaps in required data and information, and collect additional material from relevant enterprise personnel
2.5. Draft text according to document requirements and genre
2.6. Use language appropriate to the audience
 

Element:

3. Add complex tables and other data.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Review draft text to ensure document objectives are achieved and requirements are met
3.2. Check grammar, spelling and style for accuracy and punctuation
3.3. Ensure draft text is approved by relevant enterprise personnel
3.4. Process text amendments as required
 

Element:

4. Produce documents.

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Choose basic design elements for documents appropriate to audience and purpose
4.2. Use word processing software to apply basic design elements to text
4.3. Check documents to ensure all requirements are met
 


Learning Outcomes


This course will deliver the skills and knowledge required to plan documents, draft text, prepare final text and produce documents of some complexity.


Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The self-paced activities will be delivered thought various technology platforms and include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions. The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.


Teaching Schedule

Week     Date         Topic    
18 JulyCourse Overview, Skills Gap Analysis, MS Word - Getting started, Document design, layout, Standard, Getting Help Class exercises.
215 JulyEditing documents Formatting text and paragraphs Class exercises and Topic Test
322 JulyFormatting documents, Using Styles & Templates and Tables Folio and class exercises
429 JulyGraphics, Merging documents Folio and class exercises
55 AugReview exercises Folio and class exercises
612 AugMS Excel - Getting started, building and editing worksheets Folio and class exercises
719 AugFormatting a worksheet, Working with formulas and functions Folio and class exercises
826 AugAdvanced Functions, Working with charts, Finalizing Worksheets Folio and class exercises
  Mid-Semester Break
99 SepCharts Folio and class exercises
1016 SepReview exercises Folio and class exercises
1123 SepMS Project – Introduction, Planning a project Folio and class exercises
1230 SepTasks, Group project
137 OctResources, Group project
1414 OctTime, Group project
1521 OctNotes and links, Group project
1628 OctPresentation and finalisation of project Group project


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Class handouts and exercise notes


References


Other Resources

Students should endavour to use the Microsoft version of Excel and MS Project 2010 as the Apple versions are not supported in our computer labs. Students can download a sample copy of MS Project for a 30 day trial period for use on their own computers.


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 over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including assignments, journals, presentation and written or test. 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

TASK 1 (Due Date: End of week 5) Complete Topic Test exercise and folio of six MS Word documents including document formating, inserting graphics, mail merge, reports format and tables of contents.

TASK 2 (Due Date: End of Week 10) Completion of a folio of ten Excel files, including charts, simple formulas, layout, printing and linking sheets

TASK 3 (Due Date: End of Week 16) Group presentation and submission of one MS Project file and associated supporting information including the notion of time, task management, project scope, resource constraints and costing. 

Submission Requirements

Assessment tasks must be submitted via Blackboard.

You should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. 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://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include 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, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.
 


Assessment Matrix

Marking Guide (competency):
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by 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 level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:

1. LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE, INITIATIVE, ENTERPRISE AND PERFORMANCE OF WORK TASK
We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach to the task

2. DEMONSTRATED BREADTH OF UNDERPINNING KNOWLEDGE AND A WILLINGNESS TO CONTINUE LEARNING
We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in the assessments system. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all requirements in all the assessment tasks.

3. TECHNIQUES & PROCESSES, TECHNOLOGY SKILLS AND PROBLEM SOLVING
We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended audience. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in managing pertinent issues and how these might be addressed.

4. WORK ORGANISATION, PLANNING AND SELF MANAGEMENT
If required by the teacher we would expect to see ongoing uploading of information into Pebble Pad that is relevant to the unit, full utilisation of Pebble Pad and Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.

5. COMMUNICATION, PEOPLE NETWORKING, LANGUAGE AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AND TEAMWORK
We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled Collaborate sessions. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach to management issues in the workplace.

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

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.
 

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