Course Title: Use advanced features of computer applications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: OFFC5307C

Course Title: Use advanced features of computer applications

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5335 - Diploma of Business (Public Relations)

Course Contact : Sally Parrott

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5175

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Federico Viola


Nominal Hours: 40

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 course covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use computer applications employing advanced features. It involves manipulating data and accessing support resources to solve routine problems.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAICT308A Use advanced features of computer applications


1. Manipulate data

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Employ advanced features of applications in the preparation and presentation of data
1.2. Efficiently transfer data between applications, linking and embedding related data files as required
1.3. Create and employ templates for routine activities


2. Access and use support resources

Performance Criteria:

Element: 2. Access and use support resources
Performance Criteria: 2.1. Solve routine problems using support resources
2.2. Use on-line help to overcome difficulties with applications
2.3 Access and apply technical support for system problems, utilising troubleshooting results and alert messages

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This course is co-delivered with use Software to Build Basic Website COSC7356C

Induction Session
Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:

• Program overview and requirements
• MyRMIT/Blackboard
• Overview of assessment requirements
• Pre-Training Review including:
o Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
o Assessment of current skills and knowledge
• Competency/Grading Criteria
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities

Teaching Schedule

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1 8/2 Welcome and introduction to design skills  
2 15/2


  • Preparing a client brief
  • Business objectives and brand values
  • Functionality requirements
  • Overview of WordPress Themes
3 22/2

Planning and Competitor Analysis

  • Budget and project timeframes
  • Competitor analysis
4 29/2


  • Types of site architecture overview
  • Pros and cons of different software tools and computer applications
  • Domain name registration

Assessment 1 due, on Sunday, 11pm


5 7/3 Assessment 1 Presentations Assessment 1 Presentations
6 14/3 Getting Started With WordPress
(WordPress Workshop 1)
  • Introduction to
  • Sign up with
  • Students will be shown the themes they can work with.
Homework: Create an asset file
7 21/3

WordPress Workshop 2

- 25 March – 3 April - Mid-Semester Break - -
8 4/4 WordPress Workshop 3  
9 11/4

WordPress Workshop 4 and UX Design

10 18/4 WordPress Themes and Customising Header
  • Photoshop Workshop
11 25/4 SEO Introduction and Tips  
12 2/5 Finalise Assessment 2 Assessment 2 due on Sunday, 11pm
13 9/5 Assessment 2 Presentations Assessment 2 Presentations
14 16/5 Preparation for Test  
15 23/5 Assessment 3 - In-class Digital Test Assessment 3 - due in class

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework, assignments, group and/or individual projects, in class exercises, written and practical assessments, problem solving exercises, presentations, direct observation of actual and simulated work practice, presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files, review of products produced through work-based or course activities.

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. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.

Assessment Tasks

Students are required to complete 3 tasks. All tasks must successfully be completed to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment Task 1 Requirements Presentation (Due in week 4, Sunday, 11pm, Presentation in class week 5)
In pairs, students will find a real client who needs a basic website for a business or product. Students are then to produce a detailed requirements report to be delivered in class. This presentation will cover the business needs and appropriate recommendations for a new website. The report should detail a client brief, substantial research and analysis as to the market and competitor sites, functionality requirements, hosting and domain name recommendations, a site map, software tool recommendations and project timelines incorporating scope for user feedback and site testing.

Assessment Task 2 Website (Due in week 12, Sunday, 11pm, Presentation in class Week 13)
Working in the same pairs, the second assessment will focus on students’ ability to create a valid basic website based on the above requirements report. This project will involve a range of research and technical tasks to be completed using various software tools and computer applications.

Assessment Task 3 In-Class Digital Test (Due in class Week 15)
Individually students will participate in digital test. The test is based on the content covered in class. A large number of questions will be focused on the CMS used for Assessment 2. Questions will be based on multiple choice and true/false.

Submission Requirements

You should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
• 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 each assessment task 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.

Late Submission Procedures
You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.
If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days. <check links are still current>
More Information:
Form to use:
Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination. <check links are still current>
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Resubmissions (VET Programs):
If you are found to be unsuccessful in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.
If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.
Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website: <check link is still current>
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Marking Guide (Competency):
You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.
You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.

Marking Guide (Grading)
After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:

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.

Assessment Matrix

 Critical aspects of assessment
Evidence of the following is essential:
&#9679; Assessment must confirm the ability to use at least three computer applications to their full capacity employing all advanced features and import/export capacities for efficiency and productivity purposes, using at least two industry-recognised application packages.

Required Knowledge Assessment
&#9679; Basic analysis skills in relation to normal routine work processes Tasks 1, 2 and 3
&#9679; Detailed skills in using applications features Tasks 1, 2 and 3
&#9679; Basic skills in interpreting technical information Tasks 2 and 3
&#9679; Problem solving skills in known areas during normal routine work processes Tasks 1 and 2
• Plain English literacy and communication skills in relation to dealing with clients and team members Tasks 1, 2 and 3
Required Skills Assessment
&#9679; Basic understanding of operating systems software and system tools Tasks 2 and 3
&#9679; Broad knowledge of vendor product directions Tasks 2 and 3
&#9679; Broad knowledge of vendor applications and their features Tasks 1, 2 and 3
Element/performance criteria Assessment
1. Select and analyse website structure and development tools
1.1. Analyse business specification and select appropriate software
1.2. Identify technical needs for the website and select appropriate software tools
1.3. Identify site structure and navigation flow and demonstrate understanding of functionality
1.4. Review design documentation and integrate design work with site structure and navigation, in accordance with web development standards
Tasks 1 and 2
2. Begin site construction
2.1. Take action to ensure user input during website construction
2.2. Validate existing information and basic content when incorporating data on website
2.3. Apply consistent design specifications to all aspects of the website
2.4. Gather feedback from user on web design, content, accessibility and structure, using appropriate feedback mechanism
Tasks 1 and 2
3. Complete and validate website construction and content
3.1. Undertake an evaluation of the website against technical requirements and design specification
3.2. Test each function and process of the website
3.3. Conduct navigation tests and HTML compliance with website standards
3.4. Stress test the website to meet design criteria and user load
3.5. Record testing results to ensure website meets user requirements
3.6. Obtain sign-off/approval of user
Task 2

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