Course Title: Operate a personal computer

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: COSC6085C

Course Title: Operate a personal computer

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C1071 - Certificate I in Work Education

Course Contact : Mandy Morrison

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4065

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 20

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

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge
required to start up a personal computer or business computer terminal;
to correctly navigate the desktop environment; and to use a range of
basic functions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBITU101A Operate a personal computer


1 Start computer,
system information
and features

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Adjust workspace, furniture and equipment to suit user
ergonomic requirements
1.2 Ensure work organisation meets organisational and occupational
health and safety (OHS) requirements for computer operation
1.3 Start computer or log on according to user procedures
1.4 Identify basic functions and features using system information
1.5 Customise desktop configuration, if necessary, with assistance
from appropriate persons
1.6 Use help functions as required


2 Navigate and
manipulate desktop

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Open, close and access features by selecting correct desktop
2.2 Open, resize and close desktop windows by using correct window
functions and roles
2.3 Create shortcuts from the desktop, if necessary, with assistance
from appropriate persons


3 Organise files using
basic directory and
folder structures

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Create folders/subfolders with suitable names
3.2 Save files with suitable names in appropriate folders
3.3 Rename and move folders/subfolders and files as required
3.4 Identify folder/subfolder and file attributes
3.5 Move folders/subfolders and files using cut and paste, and drag
and drop techniques
3.6 Save folders/subfolders and files to appropriate media where
3.7 Search for folders/subfolders and files using appropriate software
3.8 Restore deleted folder/subfolders and files as necessary


4.Print information

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Print information from installed printer
4.2 View progress of print jobs and delete as required
4.3 Change default printer if installed and required


5 Shutdown

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Close all open applications
5.2 Shutdown
computer according to user procedures

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will explore the following topics:

· literacy skills to identify work requirements, to comprehend basic workplace documents, to
interpret basic user manuals and to proofread simple documents

· communication skills to identify lines of communication, to request advice, to effectively
question, to follow instructions and to receive feedback

· problemsolving
skills to solve routine problems in the workplace, while under direct

· technology skills to use equipment safely while under direction, basic keyboard and mouse skills
and procedures relating to logging on and accessing a computer

· basic typing techniques and strategies.

Details of Learning Activities

in class activities will include:

Group discussion

role plays


Teaching Schedule

The teaching schedule is presented in a timetable format. You will be given a timetable for your program

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this unit of competency is determined via a combination of assessment strategies which will include:

oral and written questions

Observation checklist

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. you will recieve feedback on all assessment

Assessment task 1: You will demonstrate your computer skills in a simulated work context

Assessment task 2: You will answer some verbal questions from the assessor

Assessment Matrix

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