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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: COSC6199C

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

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4378 - Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking

Course Contact: George Yousif

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4448

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

George Yousif

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.
• 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:

ICTNWK407 Install and configure client-server applications and services


1. 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 client’s server software


2. 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


3. 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 Backup and maintain client-server software


4. Assess configuration effect 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


5. 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

*Please note, this course continues on from Term 2 2015 for the July 2015 intake. The first part of this course guide can be found at this link:

J15P students only

Date Week Topic Assessment
8-Feb 1 Planning and Installing Client-Server Software   
15-Feb 2 Configuring Client-Server Software   
22-Feb 3 Configuring Client-Server Software  Practical Assessment 1 due 
29-Feb 4 Monitoring Performance of Client-Server Software   
7-Mar 5 Client Administration   
14-Mar 6 Server Administration   
21-Mar 7   Assignment due 
                                                Semester Break
4-Apr 8 Access Policies for Applications   
11-Apr 9 Monitoring Performance of Network for Client-Server Software   
18-Apr 10 Troubleshooting  Practical Assessment 2 due  
25-Apr 11    
2-May 12    
9-May 13    
16-May 14    
23-May 15    
30-May 16   Project due 

*Please note, this course starts in Term 1 2016 for the February 2016 intake.

F16P, F16Q, F16R students only

Date Week Topic Assessment
8-Feb 1 Introduction to Client-Server Software   
15-Feb 2 Client-Server Network Architecture   
22-Feb 3 Planning and Installing Client-Server Software   
29-Feb 4 Configuring Client-Server Software   
7-Mar 5 Configuring Client-Server Software  Practical Assessment 1 due 
14-Mar 6 Monitoring Performance of Client-Server Software   
21-Mar 7    
                                                Semester Break
4-Apr 8 Client Administration  Assignment due  
11-Apr 9 Server Administration  
18-Apr 10 Access Policies for Applications   
25-Apr 11 Monitoring Performance of Network for Client-Server Software  Practical Assessment 2 due 
2-May 12 Troubleshooting   
9-May 13    
16-May 14    
23-May 15    
30-May 16   Project due 

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
• demonstration of techniques using observation and video evidence

Assessment in this course will involve the following activities

Assignment. This will cover elements 1 and 2.

Practical Assessment 1. This will cover elements 1,2,3 and 5.

Practical Assessment 2.This will cover elements 1,2,3,4 and 5.

Project. This will cover elements 1,2,3,4 and 5.


Assessment Tasks


1. Assignment

2. Practical Assessment 1

3. Practical Assessment 2

4. Project


You must be competent in all elements to successfully complete the course

To be eligible for a resubmission, you must have made a reasonable attempt at completing the original submission.

Resubmissions are only granted at the discretion of the teacher and/or coordinator.

You are permitted to have a maximum of 2 resubmissions for this course, however each individual assessment may only be resubmitted once.

All resubmissions must be completed and submitted no more than 7 days after your work has been graded.


Assessment Matrix


Element Assignment Practical Assessment 1 Practical Assessment 2 Project
1.1 x      
1.2 x      
1.3 x     x
2.1 x     x
2.2       x
2.3       x
3.1   x   x
3.2   x   x
3.2   x   x
3.4   x   x
3.5       x
4.1     x  
4.2     x x
4.3     x x
5.1   x x x
5.2 x x x 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

If you have any questions about this assessment process, feel free to email me 

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