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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

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

Marjorie Furlan

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

  • Worksheets
  • Online Quizzes
  • Online Discussions
  • Email activities


Teaching Schedule



Date (Friday)




8 July


Class activities


15 July

Online research

Class activities


22 July

Advanced search

Class activities


29 July

Internet Options

Class activities


05 August

Evaluating information on the internet

Assignment 1 released


12 August

Web browsers and search engines

Class activity 1(to be assessed)


19 August

Communicating on the net

Class activities Assignment 1 to be completed in class


26 August

Communicating on the net continued

Class activities


02 September

Mid Semester Break

No class 


09 September

Social media

Assignment 2 released


16 September

Consumer sites

Class activity 2(to be assessed)


23 September

Online transactions

Class activities  Assignment 2 to be completed in class


30 September

Printing and saving

Class activity 3(to be assessed)


07 October

Career workshop

Class activities


14 October


Class activity 4(to be assessed)


21 October

Review of unit and commence Assignment 3

Assignment 3 released and started in class




28 October



Completion and submission of Assignment 3


Conclusion and feedback


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of:

  • Class Activities
  • Assginments 

Assessment Tasks


The Assessments include the following:

  1.  3 Assignments
  2. Class activities to be completed in class (4 Activities in total to be assessed)


In order to be successful in this module, you have to achieve a pass in each of the above assessment tasks.  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.  

Assessment Matrix

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