Course Title: Use, communicate and search securely on the internet

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: OFFC5297C

Course Title: Use, communicate and search securely on the internet

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3305 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jaishree Ravindran-  Teacher

Patricia Newstead - Program Manager
Phone +61 3 9925 4932

Nominal Hours: 50

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 describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to connect to the internet, securely send and receive emails, search the internet using web browsers and interact securely and in a socially responsible manner with a range of different internet sites.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAICT103A Use, communicate and search securely on the internet


1. Connect to and access the internet

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Connect to the internet through the existing internet connection and confirm functionality
1.2 Open an internet browser and set a home page of personal choice by setting internet options
1.3 Ensure internet browser software security
1.4 Adjust the display of the internet browser to suit personal requirements
1.5 Modify toolbar to meet user and internet browser needs
1.6 Access a particular website, note privacy and other conditions of use and retrieve data
1.7 Use socially responsible behaviour when sharing information on the internet
1.8 Enter uniform resource locator (URL) in address line of internet browser


2. Use email for communications

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Open email application package, create new email message and add addressees
2.2 Compose the text of an email message according to organisational guidelines and spell check and edit text as required
2.3 Create and add an automatic signature for the user
2.4 Attach files to the email message where required
2.5 Determine and set a priority and send the email message
2.6 Reply to and forward a received message using available features
2.7 Open and save an attachment to the relevant folder
2.8 Search for, sort and save email message using available settings
2.9 Adjust email accounts to restrict and quarantine possible email security problems
2.10 Print an email message as required


3. Search the internet

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Review organisational guidelines on internet access
3.2 Open an internet application and locate and access a search engine on the internet and define search expressions based on the data required
3.3 Enter appropriate key words into the search engine to locate the desired information
3.4 Refine a search depending on outcomes of the original search
3.5 Save search expression results and present them in a report according to the information requirements
3.6 Create a bookmark within the internet browser or a link for the required web page for the key results
3.7 Save the key results in a bookmark folder
3.8 Modify the internet browser options for printing and print a web page
3.9 Close the internet browser


4. Access and use consumer-specific sites on the internet

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify, access and review information-specific sites to gain consumer information
4.2 Identify and use internet application sites to lodge details and gain access and information
4.3 Access and use online forms on the internet


5. Undertake online transactions

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Access an online transaction site
5.2 Ensure security of transaction site
5.3 Enter required information into fields on merchant's website
5.4 Ensure that pop-up dialog boxes, prompts or feedback mechanisms are completed
5.5 Enter, check and make changes to preferred transaction options
5.6 Complete online transaction
5.7 Record and archive receipts according to business processes
5.8 Close down and leave transaction process


6. Conduct an advanced search

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Use search tools and advanced search features
6.2 Use Boolean search techniques when required to enhance the search
6.3 Use multiple or meta-search tools with a range of key words
6.4 Use search engines particular to a field of knowledge to refine the outcome
6.5 Access related virtual community sites and newsgroups and note their objectives and operational arrangements
6.6 Conduct a search with domain names to refine the search


7. Use information that has been located

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Cross-reference information found by using several websites to determine accuracy of information obtained
7.2 Check date that website was last updated or properties of website to determine currency of information
7.3 Determine website authority by looking at copyright statements, privacy statements and organisational information
7.4 Save and print information found in different file forms

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

  • Class Activities - handouts, articles, worksheets
  • Videos
  • Presentations and
  • Demonstrations

Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule
111 July 2013Icebreaking IntroductionClass activities
218 July 2013Exploring EmailsClass activities
325 July 2013Internet connectionClass activities
41 August 2013Online searchClass activities
58 August 2013Internet securityClass activities
615 August 2013Recap and RevisionClass discussion
722 August 2013Internet Options & Advanced SearchClass activities
829 August 2013Class Quiz and working on AssignmentQ&A on assignment
95 September 2013Recap, revision and Introduction to BOOLEANClass activities
1012 September 2013Advanced search toolsClass activities
1119 September 2013Accurate search - help functionsClass activities
 26 September 2013Student vacation 
1203 October 2013Online TransactionsClass activities
1310 October 2013Printing and saving formatsClass activities
1417 October 2013ToolbarClass activities
1524 October 2013Uploading & DownloadingClass activities
1631 October 2013Conclusion and revisionClass discussion
1707 November 2013In class examFinal exam

The sessions are only a guideline and are subject to change. All updates on assessments, assignments, and class resources will be updated and notified via Blackboard.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Buckley & Clark, The Rough Guide to the Internet, 2008 Edn., Rough Guides ,
ISBN: 978 184353 550 The Internet for Dummies, (Austn. Edn.) IDG Books Australia Publishing Corp. P/L,
ISBN: 1 74031 000 4 The Internet for Dummies, IDG Books Worldwide Ind. ISBN: 1 56884 620 7 WPICA133A Send & Retrieve Information over the Internet, Watsonia Publishing,
ISBN 1 74007 473 4 Preston Gralla, How the Internet Works, 8e, Pearson Education, Australia,
ISBN 9 780789736260, 2006. Access The Internet (ICPMM63BA),Pearson Education, Australia, ISBN: 9 780864585134, 2005

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of:

  • Class Activities
  • Assginments 

Assessment Tasks

The Assessments include the following:

  1. Class Activities = 20%
  2. 3 Assignments, each assignment worth 20%.  Total = 60%
  3. Final Exam = 20%

Class Activities from Session 3 & 4 are due on 01 August 2013
Class Activities from Session 5 - due on 08 August 2013
Class Activities from Session 6 - due on 15 August 2013
Class Activities from Session 7 - due on 22 August 2013
Class Activities from Session 8 - due on 29 August 2013
Class Activities from Session 9 - due on 05 September 2013
Class Activities from Session 10 - due on 12 September 2013
Class Activities from Session 11 - due on 19 September 2013
Class Activities from Session 12 - due on 03 October 2013
Class Activities from Session 13 - due on 10 October 2013
Class Activities from Session 14 - due on 17 October 2013
Class Activities from Session 15 - due on 24 October 2013
Class Activities from Session 16 - due on 31 October 2013

Final Exam in class on 07 November 2013

Assignment 1 25/07/2013 20% Friday, 09 August 2013
Assignment 2 22/08/2013 20% Friday, 20 September 2013
Assignment 3 19/09/2013 20% Friday, 18 October 2013

Assessment Summary for Use Internet
In Class Activities (3 to 16) = 20%
Assignments (each 20%) = 60%
Final Exam = 20%
Total 100%


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Face to face = 17 sessions x 2 hours per session = 34 hours

Outside activities for Assignments and Exam preparations = 16 hours

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