Course Title: Design and Develop Text Documents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: COSC5795C

Course Title: Design and Develop Text Documents

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6070 - Advanced Diploma of Business (Legal Practice)

Course Contact : Janet McDonald

Course Contact Phone: 9925 5134

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Nominal Hours: 120

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

The unit covers design and development of predominantly text-based documents using advanced features of document design software.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBADM304A Design and Develop Text Documents


Design text documents.

Performance Criteria:

Text document structure and layout are designed to suit the purpose, audience and information requirements of the task.

Text document is designed to enhance readability and appearance and meet organisational task requirements for style and layout.

Stylesheets and automatic functions are used to ensure consistency of design and layout.


Establish parameters for text document design and structure.

Performance Criteria:

Organisational requirements for text-based business documents are identifed to ensure consistency of style and image.

Task requirements for the design of text-based business documents are determined to meet organisation purposes.


Produce text documents.

Performance Criteria:

Advanced software functions are used to enable efficient production of text documents.

Text and other data are entered or imported, and edited to meet requirement specifications.

Text documents are previewed adjusted and printed in accordance with organisational and task requirements.


Use safe work practices.

Performance Criteria:

Workspace, furniture and equipment are adjusted to suit the ergonomic requirements of the user.

Work organisation meets organisational and statutory requirements for computer operation.

Energy and resource conservation techniques are used to minimise wastage in accordance with organisational and statutory requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include class-based discussions and practical exercises using MS Word 2003 in order to develop competency. Students will learn advanced MS Word functions for use in the business environment.

Teaching Schedule

Week beginningContentRequirements
Week 1 - 9 FebIntroduction & Log-in Procedures & Ergonomics 
Week 2 - 16 FebWorkplace Health & Safety & File ManagementText
Week 3 - 23 FebStandard formats; Layout concepts; Design of Text-based documents; Headers and FootersText
Week 4 - 2 MarStyle Guides and Letter formatLearning Hub
Week 5 - 9 MarSection One - Autocorrect & TablesText
Week 6 - 16 MarSection One - Bullets and Numbering & FormattingText
Week 7 - 23 Mar

Section One - Pagination & Paragraph Options

Week 8 - 30 MarSection One - Practice AssessmentText
Week 9 - 6 AprilWritten applications - Assessment approvalText
Mid Semester Break (Student Vacation) 9 to 15 April
Week 10 - 20 AprilWritten applications & ResumesText/RMIT Resume Express
Week 11 - 27 AprilResumesRMIT Resume Express
Week 12 - 4 MaySection Two - Borders and Shading & StylesText
Week 13 - 11 MaySection Two - Styles & Graphics Assessment dueText
Week 14 - 18 MaySection Two - Graphics & Practice AssessmentText
Week 15 - 25 MaySection Two - Practice AssessmentText
Week 16 - 1 JuneAssessment In-class testText
Week 17 - 8 JuneSpecial ConsiderationText
Week 18 - 15 JuneReviewText

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Cheryl Price and Julia Wix, Design and Develop Text Documents (Word 2003), Software Publications



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 achievements of each competency in a flexible manner. Students will complete a portfolio of evidence which includes business documents created throughout the program as well as completing documents in class under test conditions.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assement work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

In addition to the assessments, formative feedback is provided to the students throughout the duration of the course.

Assessment Tasks

First semester only:

Assessment 1 – due Week 13 (25%)

Students will write an application letter and submit their resume for an advertised position. The position must be relevant and suitable for their application after finishing the Advanced Diploma of Business (Legal Practice) and must be authorised by their teacher in Week 9. This assessment cannot be accepted if the position vacant is not authorised by their teacher. Students will be assessed on the formatting technique, layout and design, content and proofreading of both their letter and resume, part assessment of all elements of competency.

Assessment 2 – In-class test Week 16 (20%)

Students will complete a practical test, open book to be held in normal class time during Week 16, part assessment of all elements of competency.

Further details will be available to students first week of the semester under Assessments, Assessment Guide on the Learning Hub.

Assessment Matrix

Element of competencyAssessment 1Assessment 2Assessment 3Assessment 4
Design text documentsYesYesYesYes
Establish parameters for text document design and structureYesYesYesYes
Produce text documentsYesYesYesYes
Use safe work practices YesYesYes

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