Unit of competency details

BSBITU303A - Design and produce text documents (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBITU303 - Design and produce text documentsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

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1 1 (this release) 10/Mar/2009

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080905 Practical Computing Skills  

Classification history

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ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080905 Practical Computing Skills  25/Jul/2008 
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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to design and develop predominantly text based documents using advanced features of word processing software.

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 possess fundamental skills in computer operations and keyboarding, and basic skills in the operation of word processing software. They may work as individuals who provide administrative support within an enterprise, or may be technical/knowledge experts responsible for production of their own word processed documents.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


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



1. Prepare to produce word processed documents

1.1. Use safe work practices to ensure ergonomic , work organisation , energy and resource conservation requirements  are addressed

1.2. Identify document  purpose, audience and presentation requirements, and clarify with relevant personnel as required

1.3. Identify organisational  and task requirements  for text-based business documents to ensure consistency of style and image

2. Design word processed documents

2.1. Design  document structure and layout  to suit purpose, audience and information requirements of the task

2.2. Design document to enhance readability and appearance, and to meet organisational and task requirements for style and layout

2.3. Use style sheets and automatic functions  to ensure consistency of design and layout 

3. Add tables and other data

3.1. Insert a standard table into a document, changing cells to meet information requirements

3.2. Insert and delete columns and rows as necessary

3.3. Insert images and other data  to meet required specifications

4. Produce text documents

4.1. Use advanced software functions  to enable efficient production of documents

4.2. Enter or import, and edit text and other data to meet required specifications

4.3. Preview, adjust and print  documents in accordance with organisational and task requirements

4.4. Name and store  text documents, in accordance with organisational requirements and exit the application without information loss/damage

4.5. Prepare text documents within designated time lines  and organisational requirements for speed and accuracy

4.6. Use manuals, user documentation and online help to overcome problems with document design and production

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • communication skills to clarify requirements of documents
  • editing and proofreading skills to check own work for accuracy against original
  • keyboarding skills to enter text and numerical data
  • literacy skills to read and understand the organisation's procedures, and to use models to produce a range of documents
  • problem-solving skills to use processes flexibly and interchangeably.

Required knowledge 

  • formatting styles and their impact on formatting, readability and appearance of documents
  • organisational requirements for ergonomics, work periods and breaks, and conservation techniques
  • organisational style guide
  • purposes, uses and functions of word processing software.

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:

  • applying document design principles
  • knowledge of organisation's style guide
  • production of a minimum of three text documents using advanced software functions.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to an actual workplace or simulated environment
  • access to office equipment and resources
  • access to examples of text 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:

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

Guidance information for assessment 

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

  • BSBWRT301AWrite simple documents
  • general administration units
  • other IT use units.

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.

Ergonomic requirements  may include:

  • avoiding radiation from computer screens
  • chair height, seat and back adjustment
  • document holder
  • footrest
  • keyboard and mouse position
  • lighting
  • noise minimisation
  • posture
  • screen position
  • workstation height and layout

Work organisation requirements  may include:

  • exercise breaks
  • mix of repetitive and other activities
  • rest periods

Energy and resource conservation requirements  may include:

  • double-sided paper use
  • recycling used and shredded paper
  • re-using paper for rough drafts (observing confidentiality requirements)
  • using power-save options for equipment

Documents  may include:

  • brochures
  • calendars
  • faxes
  • flyers
  • forms
  • mail merge documents, including labels
  • memos
  • multi-page letters
  • promotional material
  • reports
  • schedules
  • tables

Organisational requirements  may include:

  • company colour scheme
  • company logo
  • consistent corporate image
  • content restrictions
  • established guidelines and procedures for document production
  • house styles
  • observing copyright legislation
  • organisation name, time, date, document title, filename, etc. in header/footer
  • templates

Design  may include:

  • balance
  • diversity
  • relative positioning of graphics and headings
  • simplicity
  • text flow
  • typography

Structure and layout  may include:

  • boxes
  • colour
  • columns
  • drawing
  • graphics
  • headings
  • letter and memo conventions
  • page layout
  • photographs
  • typeface
  • white space

Automatic functions  may include:

  • auto correct
  • auto date
  • auto format
  • auto text
  • default settings
  • headers and footers
  • page numbering
  • styles
  • table headings

Consistency of design and layout  may include:

  • annotated references
  • borders
  • bullet/number lists
  • captions
  • consistency with other business documents
  • footnotes/endnotes
  • indentations
  • page numbers
  • spacings
  • typeface styles and point size

Data  may include:

  • clip art
  • data from other software applications
  • digital photographs
  • files
  • graphics
  • quotes
  • references
  • scanned photographs and logos
  • tables, graphs and charts

Advanced software functions  may include:

  • alternate headers and footers
  • drawing tools
  • graphics tools
  • importing data/objects/pictures
  • mail merge
  • newspaper columns
  • sections
  • sort
  • styles
  • tables
  • templates

Printing  may include:

  • print merge
  • print to file
  • with comments
  • with drawing objects
  • with field codes
  • with hidden text

Naming and storing  documents may include:

  • authorised access
  • file names according to organisational procedure e.g. numbers rather than names
  • file names which are easily identifiable in relation to the content
  • file/directory names which identify the operator, author, section, date
  • filing locations
  • organisational policy for backing up files, storage in folders/sub-folders
  • organisational policy for filing hard copies of documents
  • security/password protection
  • storage on hard/floppy disk drives, CD-ROM, tape back-up

Designated time lines  may include:

  • organisational time line e.g. deadline requirements
  • time line agreed with internal/external client
  • time line agreed with supervisor/person requiring document

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Information and Communications Technology - IT Use

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units