Course Title: Install and configure a network

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4293 Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking)

Course Title: Install and configure a network

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 40

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term1 2012

Course Contact: Geoff Moss

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4852

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit defines the competency required to plan and carry out the installation of network hardware and software and initial configuration according to organisational guidelines.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The following units are prerequisite for this competency:
ICAI3101A - Install and manage network protocols

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ICAI4097C Install and configure a network


1. Confirm client requirements and network equipment required

1.1 Identify, clarify and organise requirements of the client relevant to network needs, following organisational requirements
1.2 Evaluate the requirements along with business needs in order to translate into technical requirements
1.3 Review existing network design documentation to ensure it is current and complete
1.4 Identify the components, both hardware and software, that are required to be installed to meet the technical requirements
1.5 Contact vendors to obtain specifications and availability of identified components

2. Install hardware

2.1 Develop plans, with prioritised tasks and contingency arrangements, for installation of components with minimum disruption to client
2.2 Liaise with appropriate person to obtain approval for the plans, including security clearance and timing
2.3 Confirm that cables and associated components have been installed in accordance with industry standards and building requirements for the type of cables and bandwidth
2.4 Install and configure server hardware in accordance with organisational and industry standards, following plans
2.5 Install and configure computer and other hardware in accordance with organisational and industry standards, following plans
2.6 Install and configure other hardware or components in accordance with organisational and industry standards, following plans

3. Install software

3.1 Install and configure server software in accordance with organisational procedures and industry standards, following plans
3.2 Install and configure software in accordance with organisational procedures and industry standards, following the plan
3.3 Install and configure other software required for the network to operate, following the plan

4. Configure and test modified network

4.1 Test the installed software and hardware, utilising available technical tools, to ensure that all components are functioning as expected
4.2 Test the network to ensure it is functioning according to specification
4.3 Resolve problems identified in the modified network

5. Document and sign off

5.1 5.1 Complete hardware and asset recording document in line with organisational requirements
5.2 Document installation, boot-up and configuration procedures as per organisational requirements
5.3 Secure sign-off from appropriate person

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit.
Assessment must confirm knowledge of networking technologies and how hardware and software is installed and configured.
Assessment must confirm the ability to create and follow implementation plans, to install network hardware and software, and to configure and test the network according to specified guidelines, as well as produce appropriate documentation.

Assessment occurs throughout the program and includes learning and assessment activities conducted in the classroom, online and in the workplace giving you the opportunity to practice and be assessed on what you are learning in a work context. You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements, documentation, workplace activities, in class exercises, quizzes, practical problem solving exercises and presentations. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.