Course Title: Provide basic system administration

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4293 Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking)

Course Title: Provide basic system administration

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 20

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.

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 implement components of systems back-up, restore, security and licensing in a standalone or client server environment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Not Applicable

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ICAS3024B Provide basic system administration


1. Record security access

1.1 Obtain client access requirements and clearance levels according to organisational requirements
1.2 Issue computer or network user account and password details to client
1.3 Provide security documentation and access to client
1.4 Record user account and security access details to maintain system integrity and assist later auditing

2. Record software licences

2.1 Determine what licensed software is used within the organisation
2.2 Maintain records of licence number and location
2.3 Check personal computers and network for illegal software
2.4 Report illegal software to appropriate person

3. Carry out system back up

3.1 Create or review organisational back-up schedule
3.2 Complete file back-ups according to the schedule
3.3 Label and store back-ups according to organisational requirements
3.4 Maintain records of back-ups

4. Restore system back up

4.1 Determine and test restore procedures according to organisational guidelines
4.2 Complete a restore under supervision of an appropriate person
4.3 Record completed restore according to organisational guidelines

5. Apply security access controls

5.1 Document security access as per clearance guidelines set by management
5.2 Maintain a security access register in line with organisational guidelines to record which client or groups have access to which resources
5.3 Identify the security controls on the file system provided by the operating system
5.4 Apply effective access control on files and directories

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit.
Assessment must confirm the ability to perform systems back-up, restore and maintain correct usage according to licensing agreements in a standalone or client server environment.

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.