Course Title: Design and Develop Text Documents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

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

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 to 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 identified 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.

Text documents are named and stored, in accordance with organisation requirements and the application exited without information loss/damage.

Text documents are prepared within designated timelines and organisational requirements for speed and accuracy.

Manuals, user documentation and on-line help are used to overcome problems with document design and production.


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 in order to develop competency. Students will learn advanced word functions for use in the business environment using MS Word 2003.

Teaching Schedule

Week beginningContent Requirements
Week 1 - 5 JulyIntroduction & Section Three: Toolbars; Sections; Using [File] Page SetupText
Week 2 - 12 JulySection Three: Vertical Alignment; Margins; Paper Sizes; Headers and FootersText
Week 3 - 19 JulySection Three: Headers and Footers; Automatic Hyphenation; Newspaper ColumnsText
Week 4 - 26 JulySection Three: Linked Text Boxes; Changing a Text Box Shape; Booklets, Newsletters and Brochures; Using the Highlight Pen Text
Week 5 - 2 AugAssessment 1Text & Printing Credits
Week 6 - 9 Aug

Section Four: Table AutoFormat; Table Features; Formatting Columns; Inserting and Deleting Columns; Changing the Width of Columns; Inserting Rows

Week 7 - 16 AugSection Four: Merging Cells; Applying Reverse Text and Shading; Horizontally Centre the Table; Tabs in Tables; Merging and Splitting Cells Text
Week 8 - 23 AugSection Four: Moving/Copying Rows and Columns; Column Width and Row Height; Using Decimal Tabs, Text
30 Aug - 5 SeptMid semester break 
Week 9 - 6 SeptSection Four: Sorting and AutoSum; Sorting and Adding; Additional Tables NotesText
Week 10 - 13 SeptSection Four: Captions; Footnotes and Endnotes; SortingText
Week 11 - 20 Sept

Assessment 2

Text & Printing Credits
Week 12 - 27 SeptSection Five: Auto Text; Saving Versions; Wizards; TemplatesText
Week 13 - 4 OctSection Five; Keyboard Merge; Sending an Email from Word; Mail MergeText
Week 14 - 11 OctSection Five: Mail MergeText
Week 15 - 18 OctSection Five: Mail MergeText
Week 16 - 25 OctAssessment 3Text & Printing Credits

The total number of scheduled hours of teaching, learning and assessment involved in this course will include all planned activities. This may incorporate face-to-face classes, lectures, workshops and seminars; wherever possible workplace visits, online learning and other forms of structured teaching and learning. The total scheduled hours includes the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including observation of work performance, discussions with supervisors and others providing third party evidence and one on one and group assessment sessions with students.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Cheryl Price & Julia Wix, Design and Develop Text Documents, 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

Weeks 5 & 11 (Worth 15 marks each) & Week 16 (Worth 25 marks)  All elements of competency.

Students will complete a number of documents which focus on the practical component of developing and using text documents. These assessment tasks are to be completed individually in class and are open book.

Assessment Matrix

Grading Information 

HD>=80High distinction (competency achieved)
DI70-79Distinction (competency achieved)
CR60-69Credit (competency achieved)
PA50-59Pass (competency achieved)
NN<50Fail (not yet competent)
CANot applicableCompetency Achieved
NYCNot availableNot yet competent

Other Information

Special Consideration

Special consideration allows the University to take account of unexpected circumstances that can affect your ability to complete an assessment. Examples of unexpected or extenuating circumstances for eligibility may include:
• Serious illness with a significant impact e.g. hospital admission, concussion, serious injury, asthma attack or depression. It does not include illnesses with minor impact such as a cold, headache, period pain or stomach ache.
• Loss or bereavement e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship or trauma e.g. victim of serious crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe unexpected disruption to domestic arrangements.

How to apply

You must apply for special consideration no later than two working days after the relevant examination or assessment deadline. You must complete the Special Consideration Application form available at and lodge the original and one photocopy at the Hub on your campus. You can also lodge the application and supporting documentation via fax to tel. 9925 8845 or send scanned copies via email to

Please note that in 2010 it is anticipated that applications for special consideration will move to an online process. More information about this new process will be available at

Your application must be supported by a medical impact statement and/or relevant supporting documentation. A medical certificate alone is not sufficient. If you cannot obtain the impact statement or supporting documents within two days, you should lodge an incomplete application form and provide the additional documents within five business day.

Late applications can only be accepted in extenuating circumstances and their submission requires the approval of the Academic Registrar.

Assessment of applications

All special consideration applications are considered by a panel of health and academic experts, convened by the Academic Registrar. All communication about your application will be through your RMIT student email account. It is your responsibility to check your RMIT student email account regularly, promptly respond to any requests for information or action and ensure your account can receive incoming emails.

Extensions of time for submission of assessment – seven days or fewer

If you are seeking an extension of seven calendar days or fewer from the original due date you must meet certain eligibility criteria (similar to special consideration) and complete an Application for Extension of Time for Submission of Assessable Work form and lodge it with the School. Forms are available at

Arrangements for lodging forms can vary according to individual school procedures. It is your responsibility, as the applicant, to check whether the form should be lodged with the school administrative officer, the course coordinator or program coordinator. Except in exceptional circumstances the application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date.

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