The intention with this module is to adapt a more student-centred approach to teaching and learning. Students will be required to take responsibility for their own learning. A very much practical/hands-on approach will be used where the students will be expected to ‘learn by doing’. The lecturer’s role is that of a facilitator who will create a positive environment for effective student learning.
This module introduces students to the skills and knowledge necessary to allow them to communicate effectively in the work environment. It aims to prepare students on how to use office applications to enhance their communication skills. It also aims to prepare students to design, create and maintain a basic web site.
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
Use and apply the key features and functions of spreadsheets.
Use a database management system to create and maintain basic databases including tables, queries, forms and reports.
Design, create and maintain a basic web site using HTML.
Present on a specified topic or a topic of their choice showing an appreciation of how information is presented, how it is perceived and how it is assimilated.
Draft in the appropriate format reports, memos, letters, instructions and procedures.
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.
No recommendations listed
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module.
No incompatible modules listed
No Co-requisite modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment
Using the relevant features and facilities in MS Office to prepare letters, memos, and reports relevant to the work environment; Document layout and structure; Document style and content; Document language and tone; Organisation of material; Clarity and completeness; Referencing. (28 hours)
Working in workbooks; using formulas; creating charts; organising and managing data in a list; creating a pivot table; what-if analysis; macros; auto-filters; advanced filters; and subtotals. (24 hours)
Key features in MS PowerPoint; use PowerPoint to prepare a presentation; effective preparation; visual aids; delivery technique; persuasion technique; presentation practice and review. (24 hours)
Relational Database Management System
Uses and terminology; Table: saving and retrieving data; creating key fields; setting field properties; use of wizard; Queries: defining relationships; selection and update queries; use of the wizard; Forms: creating and modifying; use of wizards and auto-forms; Reports: creating and modifying; use of wizards and auto-reports; Import/export and working with external data. (20 hours)
Website creation using multimedia
Designing and creating basic web pages using HTML; use of different types of graphics, sound and video files; creating hyperlinks; introduction to web servers and hosting website. (24 Hours)
% of total
Assessment 1 (15%)
The student will be assessed on their knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets. They will also be required to use these applications in order to produce different forms of written communication.
Assessments 2 (15%)
The student will be assessed on their knowledge of the database management system. They will also be required to use this applications in order to produce different forms of written communication.
Assessment 3 (20%)
The student will be required to plan and create basic website(s) on a given or chosen topic. This website(s) should incorporate all that they have learned during their practical work.
Assessment 4 (20%)
The student will be required to give a presentation on a given or chosen topic.
Assessment 5 (10%)
The student will be asked to prepare and complete a number of suitable written forms of business communication.
Short Answer Questions
Assessment 6 (20%)
The student may be required to answer short questions on any part of the course.
No End of Module Formal Examination
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