Course Title: Install and configure client-server applications and services

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: COSC6101C

Course Title: Install and configure client-server applications and services

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

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 install, configure and maintain client-server application services in a networked environment.

Topics include
• Shell (SSH) client server installation, basic server and key management, remote login, automatic login and sftp.
• Subversion (SVN) client server for centralized version control
• Commercial antivirus software and its deployment in a Windows domain
• Rsync utility synchronizes files and directories from one location to another. Rysnc over ssh
• Backup – overview of operating systems, files and directories, file systems and databases and data.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICANWK407A Install and configure client-server applications and services


Assess configuration affect on overall network design

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify appropriate utilities to monitor and determine network performance
4.2 Create network performance benchmarks prior to and on completion of client-server software installation
4.3 Compare benchmarks to assess performance effect on network after installation of client-server software


Determine client -server software requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Select a client-server solution that best fits the desired outcome for a given scenario
1.2 Select hardware required to implement the client-server solution for the desired outcome
1.3 Select an appropriate host operating system for the chosen client -server software


Install, configure, and manage services to meet business requirements

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Install client-server software to both server and client hardware according to business guidelines
3.2 Configure the client-server software, according to vendor guidelines
3.3 Monitor client-server performance to ensure performance, according to business requirements
3.4 Manage the installation of upgrades and patches to the client-server software environment
3.5 Back up and maintain client-server software


Obtain and configure server application software, according to industry best practice

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Investigate the range of client-server products available for the desired outcome, including commercial and open source
2.2 Identify hardware requirements
2.3 Identify available operating system platforms to host the client-server software


Test and sign off

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Test operation of the client-server software to ensure client requirements are met
5.2 Obtain sign-off from appropriate person

Learning Outcomes

Develope skills to install, configure and maintain client-server application services in a networked environment.

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
1Feb 9thClient server computing  
2Feb 16thssh client sever, sftp   
3Feb 23rdssh automatic login 
4Mar 2ndssh client sever, sftp  Client-server 1 due
5Mar 9thBackup : theory and applications  
6Mar 16thsubversion server and source control
backing up a database
7Mar 23rdsubversion server and source control
backing up a database
8Mar 30thsubversion server and source control
backing up a database 
Client-server 2 due 
 April 6thMidsemester break 
9April 13thServices  
10April 20th Services  
11April 27th Servers in a small business network case study  
12May 4th Networking  
13May 11th Networking Client-server 5 due 
14May 18th Intensity of services  
15May 25th Discussion on load/performance  
16Jun 1st Context switching and real time devices discussion 
17Jun 15th Kaspersky  
18June 22nd Kaspersky 

Semester 2

Week numberDate commencingTopicAssessment
1July 6th Kaspersky   
2July 13th In place and out of place file restoration 
3July 20th Backup : theory and applications   
4July 27th Backup : theory and applications  Client-server 3 due
5Aug 3rd rsync 
6Aug 10th Windows restore-point, backup the registry  Client-server 4 due  
7Aug 17th   
8Aug 24th   

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 1  
Prac Client-server 2  
Prac Client-server 3  
Prac Client-server 4  
Prac Client-server 5

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:  ICANWK402A Install and configure virtual machines

Assessment Matrix

ElementPractical Tasks/In Class/Work observationClient-server 1Client-server 2Client-server 3Client-server 4Client-server 5
1.1x x    x
3.1x x x  


x x x  x
3.3x x   
3.4x x   
4.1x 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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