Course Title: Deploy software to networked computers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: COSC6098C

Course Title: Deploy software to networked computers

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4299 - Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking

Course Contact: Geoff Moss

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4852

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, manage and support the installation of new or upgraded software to networked computers according to vendor and organisation specifications.

The course deploys networked software for a Windows domain. WDS (Windows Deployment Service) is implemented, package deployment through group policy.

Topics include
• WDS (Windows Deployment Service)
• Windows 2008 server
• Package deployment using group policy
• Commercial antivirus software and its deployment in a Windows domain
• FOG is a Linux-based, free and open source computer imaging solution

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICANWK411A Deploy software to networked computers


Automate install of operating system via network

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Plan and deploy operating system according to appropriate vendor installation procedures with minimal disruption to network and clients
3.2 Configure and test installation to ensure that it meets client needs and vendor specifications
3.3 Install updates and patches


Automate installation of software packages via network

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Plan and deploy software packages according to appropriate vendor installation procedures with minimal disruption to network and clients
4.2 Configure and test installation to ensure that it meets client needs and vendor specifications
4.3 Install updates and patches


Determine operating system and software and hardware requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Assess client software and licensing requirements, considering compatibility with existing application software and operating system
1.2 Assess hardware requirements
1.3 Analyse requirements against local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and wireless networks within organisational guidelines
1.4 Evaluate client requirements according to organisational guidelines, corporate purchasing procedures and budget


Obtain deployment software to automate deployment

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Evaluate deployment software according to client requirements and organisational guidelines
2.2 Contact vendors and obtain technical specifications, including support arrangements and licensing
2.3 Acquire software and licences, according to organisational procedures
2.4 Store software licences and manuals, according to organisational guidelines


Test and sign off

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Test installed operating system and software for error-free performance, identifying and resolving problems
5.2 Determine and document security and licensing issues
5.3 Obtain client evaluation and feedback, to ensure that client requirements have been met

Learning Outcomes

Ability to plan, manage and support software to networked computers.

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include theory sessions, practical lab sessions, tutorial sessions, and out-of-class research and homework.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1

Week NumberDate commencingTopicAssessment
9April 13th Imaging labs and computers  
10April 20th Imaging labs and computers 
11April 27th FOG image server  
12May 4th FOG image server  
13May 11th FOG image server  Deploy software 1 due
14May 18th Windows updates  
15May 25th Windows updates   
16June 1st Installing Kaspersky for networked computers management  
17June 8th Installing Kaspersky for networked computers management  
18June 15th Installing Kaspersky for networked computers management  

Semester 2

 Week numberDate commencing Topic Assessment 
1July 6th Installing Kaspersky for networked computers management  
2July 13th   
3July 20th   
4July 27th  Client-server 3 due 
Aug 3rd   
Aug 10th   
Aug 17th   
Aug 24th   
 Midsemester break   
9Sep 7th   
10 Sep 14th   
11 Sep 21st   
12 Sep 28th Microsoft package deployment using group policy  
13 Oct 5th Microsoft package deployment using group policy  
14 Oct 12th Microsoft package deployment using group policy Deploy software 2 due 
15Oct 19th Microsoft package deployment using group policy  
16Oct 26th Microsoft package deployment using group policy  
17Nov 2nd   
18Nov 9th   

The schedule may be subject to change.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent. Skill based assessment.

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example
• direct questioning combined with a review of portfolios of evidence
• review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
• demonstration of techniques

Assessment Tasks

Prac Client-server 3
Prac Deploy Software 1
Prac Deploy Software 2

All of the practical tasks form the portfolio of evidence.

All practical tasks will involve being assessed by observation and questioning.

Some practical tasks may involve a written technical report.

To be considered competent in this course, you need to achieve competency in all the practicals with opportunities for resubmission as required.

The following courses are linked with this competency:

ICANWK407A Install and configure client-server applications and services

Assessment Matrix

ElementPractical Tasks/In Class/Work observationClient-server 3Deploy Software 1Deploy Software 2
1.1x x  
1.2x x  
1.3x x  
1.4x x  
2.1x  x 
2.2x  x 
2.3x  x 
2.4x  x 
3.1x  x 
3.2x  x 
3.3x  x 
4.1x   x
4.2x   x
4.3x   x
5.1x   x
5.2x   x
5.3x   x

Other Information

Access to an internet connected computer outside of class times – Internet connected computers are available in the School of Vocational Health and Sciences labs on levels 4, 6 or 8 of building 51, 81 Victoria Street, Melbourne.
Further lab access can be found in the student lab on level 3 (ground floor) of Building 8, in Swanston Street, Melbourne; as well as RMIT Libraries.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the RMIT website for more information on this policy.;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1

Late work
Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.

Extension of Time for submission of assessable work
A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original 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, Building 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special consideration.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special consideration. Form available online at:
For missed assessments such as exams and tests, you (and your doctor, if you are ill) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificate) prior to, or within 48 hours of the scheduled time of the exam or test.
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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