Course Title: Use standard office computer software for technical applications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: CIVE5659

Course Title: Use standard office computer software for technical applications

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Chris Sanos
School of Vocational Engineering (SoVE)
Ph: 9925 8342

Teacher: Nicholas Georgiou
School of Vocational Engineering (SoVE)
Ph: 9925 4949

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 covers the competency to operate a stand-alone or networked personal computer in a range of standard applications including word processing, spreadsheet, database, text editor, scanning and use of the internet. It also covers a standard operating system.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDX150B Use standard office computer software for technical applications


1. Understand and operate a computer system, customize the operating system, and observe recognized safe and legal practices

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The common applications of computers within the engineering industry can be described.
1.2 The component parts are identified and their roles and functions understood.
1.3 The computer is powered up and down correctly.
1.4 Logging onto and off the systems is carried out correctly.
1.5 The operating system is customized to meet specific requirements.
1.6 Understanding is demonstrated of the directory structures and use, user interfaces, legalities, safe practices, access and restrictions.


2. Create and edit electronic images.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Hard copies of graphics are electronically scanned and saved in a given file format.
2.2 Electronic images are edited using a picture editor.
2.3 Electronic images are inserted into word processor documents, spreadsheets or database reports and edited within the document.


3. Use a word processor

Performance Criteria:

3.1 A word processor is used to format and prepare a technical document.
3.2 Data from spreadsheets and databases, including graphs and
charts, can be inserted in a word processing document.


4. Use spreadsheet software

Performance Criteria:

4.1 A simple spreadsheet is designed and formatted for particular purpose.
4.2 Data is inserted into a spreadsheet and analysed using formulae and statistical functions.
4.4 A graph is produced in a spreadsheet from data.


5. Use database software

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Database software is used to set up a simple database for a specific purpose.
5.2 Simple queries, forms and reports are created within a database.
5.3 Information is extracted from a database to a spreadsheet and analysed.


6. Use the internet

Performance Criteria:

6.1 The structure of the internet is understood.
6.2 The internet is accessed navigated correctly.
6.1 An internet search engine is used to source and retrieve technical information.
6.3 Copyright legalities regarding the use of material retrieved from the internet is understood and correct protocols followed.
6.4 Emails can be sent, received, replied to and forwarded including attachments.
6.5 A forum can be used to communicate with other people.


7. Use presentation software

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Presentation software is used to set up and format a presentation file.
7.2 Presentations are developed which include use of dot points, numbered lists, graphics, imported data from other software and hyperlinks.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the Learning Package on the Learning Hub.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will use the Planning and Time Management chart in the learning material to assist them through the course. The chart lists all your topics and their learning outcomes, and the activities and assessments to complete. Following this chart is the best way to monitor your progress and ensure you meet all deadlines.

This course runs for an 8 week duration (approximately 4 hours per week) consisting of both; in-class time and out of hours study. Students are expected to complete the project assessment either during scheduled class time or in their own time.

Students will submit their assessment projects and activities as indicated in the Learning Guide and feedback on activities and assessments will be provided during and after submission.

All work must be presented as specified by your teacher and as per the instructions in the learning guide. Students are required to be professional in both presentation and attitude, including meeting of deadlines. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden. Students must ensure they have read the plagiarism statement in the Course Outlines online.

A schedule of assessments can be found below and in the learning guides. 

Teaching Schedule

Week   Topics Delivered                                                                                                                                            Element / 
Performance Criteria 
1• Introduction to subject and computers, Directories, Hardware and Software, Basic computer use

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

2• Word processing and its uses3.1, 3.2
3• Spreadsheets and their uses4.1, 4.2, 4.3
4• Databases and their uses, The internet and it uses incl. email and forums5.1, 5.2, 5.3
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6
5• Creating and Modifying electronic images, Using presentation software

2.1, 2.2, 2.3
7.1, 7.2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


1. Wallenbach, J Office 2010 bible. 2010
2. Bott, E Microsoft Wondows XP Inside Out, 2009
3. Class Powerpoints and online Tutorials 

Students are not required to purchase these references, they are avilable online via the RMIT Library.

Other Resources

  • Weblinks
  • In class Presentations

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills.  To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

All assessment tasks are computer based assessments to be completed on the Microsoft software taught in class. Below is a Marking Guideline to assist students understand the grading system and what it takes to achieve a higher grade and improve their performance. A Marking guideline matrix appears in the learning guide for this course.

Students must achieve a result of >50% for the workbook tasks and >50% for the questionnaire to pass this course.

If a re-submission is granted, or an alternative assessment offered and a pass grade achieved, then students will not be eligible for a grade higher than 50% regardless of the standard of work.

• Assessment 1: Questionnaire (15%)
Students must complete an in class, open book questionnaire about computing hardware, software, operating systems and computer terminology

• Assessment 2: Workbook (85%)
Students must complete a workbook coveriing the following topics;
-Work processing
-Databases and Spreadsheets
-Using email and the Internet
-Creating and Modifying graphics
-Using presentation software 

Assessment Matrix


      EDX150B Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments   1.11.2  1.31.4  1.51.6 2.1  2.2 2.33.1 3.2 4.1 4.2 4.35.1 5.25.3  6.16.2 6.3  6.4 6.5 6.67.1  7.2
Assessment 1 x x x x x x                   
Assessment 2       x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities. The estimated time is minimum 20 hours outside the class time.

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

• Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
• Maths and science developmental support and advice
• English language development

Please refer to to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.

The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

Please refer to to find more information about special consideration.


Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the university.

Please refer to to find more information about plagiarism.

Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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