Course Title: Operate computing packages

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6069

Course Title: Operate computing packages

Portfolio: SET

Nominal Hours: 60.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Engineering (TAFE)

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term2 2010,
Term2 2011

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit defines the competency required to identify, select and correctly operate three desktop applications for a
range of purposes.

This unit encompasses the following three units:
• ICAU1129A Operate a word processing application
• ICAU1130A Operate a spreadsheet application
• ICAU1131A Operate a database application.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There may be benefit in concurrent learning with the following units:
• ICAU2005A Operate computer hardware
• ICAU2231A Use computer operating system. (or equivalent)

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ICAU2006A Operate computing packages


1. Use appropriate software

2. Access, retrieve and manipulate data

3. Access and use help functions within each application

4. Use keyboard and equipment

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge includes:
• OH&S principles and responsibilities
• basic understanding of system usage
• basic technical terminology in relation to reading help files and responding to system help prompts
• personal computer access and logon procedures.

Skills include:
• basic analysis of desktop layout, monitor and chair positioning, keyboard techniques and use of the mouse
• basic problem solving in application management and help function usage
• reading and writing at a level where basic workplace documents are understood
• clear and precise communication
• interpretation of user manuals

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Evidence of student’s competence can be gathered through a variety of ways including:
• observation of processes and procedures;
• oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills;
• testimony from supervisors, colleagues, clients and/or other appropriate
• inspection of the final product or outcome;
• a portfolio of documentary evidence.

Graded Assessment out of 100 Marks will be based on the results obtained for Assignments, Practical Reports & Unit Tests.
Students must gain a pass in ALL forms of assessment in order to gain this competency.