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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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

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, discussions
  • Videos
  • Presentations and Demonstrations
  • Workshops

Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule
 1 10 July IntroductionClass activities
 2 17 July Research SkillsClass activities and Assignment 1
 3 24 July Online searchClass activities and Assignment 1
 4 31 July Types of internet connectionClass activities
 5 07 August Internet optionsClass activities and Assignment 1 DUE
 6 14 August Internet Security & PrivacyClass discussion
 7 21 August Online TransactionsClass activities and Assignment 2
 8 27 August Social MediaClass activities
 9 10 Sept Communicating on the netClass activities
 10 11 Sept Printing and savingClass activities
 11 18 Sept TroubleshootingClass activities and Assignment 2 DUE
  25 Sept Student vacation - no classesStudent vacation
 12 02 Oct Search Engines and web browsersClass activities 
 13 09 Oct Internet elementsClass activities
 14 16 Oct EmailsClass activities
 15 23 Oct Presentation in classClass activities and/or Mini Project DUE
 16 30 Oct Presentation in classClass discussion, Assignment 3 DUE
 17 06 Nov Last class - conclusionClass activities

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

Database - via RMIT website

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of:

  • Class Activities
  • Assginments 

Assessment Tasks

The Assessments include the following:

  1. 3 Assignments, each assignment worth 30%.  Total = 90%
  2. Class activites or Mini Project - done in class = 10%

Assignment 1 - worth 30% due on 7 August 2014
Assignment 2 - worth 30% due on 18 September 2014
Assignment 3 - worth 30% due on 30 October 2014

Assessment Summary for Use Internet
An option of class activities or Mini Project = 10%
Assignments (each 30%) = 90%

Total 100%


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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

Outside activities for Assignments and preparations = 16 hours

Important Assessment information

Extension of time for submission of assessable work - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available on the web ) at least the day before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web). For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.
Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected
If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

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