Unit of competency details

BSBWRT401A - Write complex documents (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 24/Sep/2008

Usage recommendation:
Current

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the 'Title' columnRelease
SIT12 - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training PackageTourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package 1.0-2.0 
SFI11 - Seafood Industry Training PackageSeafood Industry Training Package 1.0-2.1 
RGR08 - Racing Training PackageRacing Training Package 1.0-2.0 
PUA00 - Public Safety Training PackagePublic Safety Training Package 8.1 
PSP12 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 1.0 
PSP04 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 4.1-4.2 
FPI11 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 1.0-2.2 
FPI05 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 3.0 
FDF10 - Food ProcessingFood Processing 1.0-4.1 
DEF12 - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 1.0-2.0 
CUV11 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package 1.0 
CUV - Arts and Culture Training PackageArts and Culture Training Package 1.0 
CUS09 - MusicMusic 1.1-1.2 
CUL11 - Library, Information and Cultural Services Training PackageLibrary, Information and Cultural Services Training Package 1.0 
CUF07 - Screen and Media Training PackageScreen and Media Training Package 1.2 
CUA11 - Live Performance Training PackageLive Performance Training Package 1.0 
CUA - Live Performance and Entertainment Training PackageLive Performance and Entertainment Training Package 1.0 
CPP07 - Property Services Training PackageProperty Services Training Package 9.0-14.1 
CPC08 - Construction, Plumbing and Services Training PackageConstruction, Plumbing and Services Training Package 6.0-9.0 
CHC08 - Community Services Training PackageCommunity Services Training Package 3.0-4.2 
BSB07 - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 5.0-9.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the 'Title' columnRelease
SIT60313 - Advanced Diploma of HospitalityAdvanced Diploma of Hospitality 
SIT60312 - Advanced Diploma of HospitalityAdvanced Diploma of Hospitality 1-3 
SIT60212 - Advanced Diploma of EventsAdvanced Diploma of Events 1-3 
SIT60112 - Advanced Diploma of Travel and TourismAdvanced Diploma of Travel and Tourism 1-3 
SIT50412 - Diploma of Holiday Parks and ResortsDiploma of Holiday Parks and Resorts 1-3 
SIT50313 - Diploma of HospitalityDiploma of Hospitality 
SIT50312 - Diploma of HospitalityDiploma of Hospitality 1-3 
SIT50212 - Diploma of EventsDiploma of Events 1-2 
SIT50112 - Diploma of Travel and TourismDiploma of Travel and Tourism 1-3 
SIT40812 - Certificate IV in Holiday Parks and ResortsCertificate IV in Holiday Parks and Resorts 1-3 
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080901 Secretarial And Clerical Studies  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080901 Secretarial And Clerical Studies  25/Jul/2008 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan documents, draft text, prepare final text and produce documents of some complexity.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to individuals who work in a range of business environments and are skilled in the creation of reports, information and general promotion documents that are more complex than basic correspondence, memos or forms and that require review and analysis of a range of information sources.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Pre-Requisites

Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1. Plan documents

1.1. Determine the purposes  of documents

1.2. Choose appropriate formats  for documents

1.3. Establish means of communication 

1.4. Determine requirements of documents 

1.5. Determine categories and logical sequences of data , information and knowledge  to achieve document objectives

1.6. Develop overview of structure and content of documents

2. Draft text

2.1. Review and organise available data, information and knowledge according to proposed structure and content

2.2. Ensure data, information and knowledge is aggregated, interpreted and summarised to prepare text that satisfies document purposes and objectives

2.3. Include graphics as appropriate

2.4. Identify gaps in required data and information, and collect additional material from relevant enterprise personnel 

2.5. Draft text according to document requirements and genre

2.6. Use language appropriate to the audience

3. Prepare final text

3.1. Review draft text to ensure document objectives are achieved and requirements are met

3.2. Check grammar, spelling and style for accuracy and punctuation

3.3. Ensure draft text is approved by relevant  enterprise personnel

3.4. Process text amendments as required

4. Produce document

4.1. Choose basic design elements  for documents appropriate to audience and purpose

4.2. Use word processing software to apply basic design elements to text

4.3. Check documents to ensure all requirements are met

Required Skills and Knowledge

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communication skills to clarify requirements of documents
  • literacy skills to edit and proofread documents; to create documents with a complex, organised structure of linked paragraphs which use simple and complex syntactic structure
  • numeracy skills to collate and present data, graphs and annotated references
  • problem-solving skills to use processes flexibly and interchangeably.

Required knowledge 

  • enterprise style guide/house style
  • formatting styles and their impact on formatting, readability and appearance of documents
  • organisational requirements for ergonomics, work periods and breaks, and resource conservation techniques
  • rules and conventions for written English, as defined by general and specialist dictionaries and books about grammar.

Evidence Guide

EVIDENCE GUIDE 

The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • production of documents
  • editing draft text to ensure accuracy and clarity of information
  • knowledge of enterprise style guide/house style.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to an actual workplace or simulated environment
  • access to office equipment and resources
  • examples of documents and style guides.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • review of structure and content of documents
  • review of draft documents
  • review of final documents
  • demonstration of techniques
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of word processing software functions.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • BSBITU401A Design and develop complex text documents.

Range Statement

RANGE STATEMENT 

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Purposes of documents  may include:

  • conveying research findings
  • documenting policies, procedures and processes
  • influencing attitudes, opinions, beliefs
  • meeting legal requirements
  • meeting other data, information or knowledge needs of an audience
  • proposing recommendations, options and actions

Appropriate formats  for documents may include:

  • detailed business letters
  • emails
  • instructions and procedures
  • manuals
  • publications, leaflets, brochures
  • reports
  • speeches and presentations
  • submissions tender documentation and public notices
  • website text

Means of communication  may include:

  • software packages such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS PageMaker, MS PowerPoint and templates

Requirements of documents  may include:

  • compliance with genre
  • compliance with proformas, standardised reporting requirements or undertakings made by the organisation about reporting
  • file types and sizes for online documents
  • languages other than English requirements
  • legal or traditional requirements for the particular document format
  • organisational policy, procedures and guidelines applying to writing documents, including house style
  • point numbering systems
  • requirements for illustrations, photographs, graphs, charts, maps and other illustrative material to explain texts
  • standards for references, footnotes, citations, acknowledgements
  • time lines, including deadlines
  • word length
  • writing styles, including simplicity of English and use of technical language

Categories and logical sequences of data , information and knowledge  may include:

  • arguments and rebuttals
  • categories and sequences traditionally used for the particular type of document being prepared
  • chronological, alphabetical or operating sequences
  • facts, observations, conclusions and recommendations
  • illustrative case studies and other examples
  • linking and summary statements
  • recommendations and supporting arguments

Relevant enterprise personnel  may include:

  • colleagues/staff in own work section/ team members
  • consultative committees
  • internal providers of specialist expertise
  • managers/leaders/coordinators/supervisors
  • owners
  • staff in relevant work sections

Design elements  may include:

  • capitals and underlining
  • fonts
  • headings
  • illustrations, photographs and other illustrative material for design purposes
  • justification and alignment
  • lists and tables
  • logos, branding, organisational identity requirements
  • margins and paragraph indentation
  • page shape
  • page size
  • templates
  • use and amount of colour
  • use and amount of white space

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Communication - Writing

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

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