Course Title: Configure a desktop environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: COSC6200C

Course Title: Configure a desktop environment

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4378 - Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking

Course Contact: Alex Buono

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4475

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 course provides you with a well rounded introduction to a computer, focusing on both the hardware and software, to enable you to troubleshoot and build computer systems

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTNWK408 Configure a desktop environment


1. Prepare to install a desktop operating system

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Prepare for work according to site specific safety requirements and enterprise work health and safety (WHS) processes and procedures

1.2 Obtain desktop applications and features from appropriate person

1.3 Review required installation options and file systems

1.4 Determine and apply knowledge of licensing, hardware and system requirements

1.5 Analyse data migration requirements

1.6 Backup local data in preparation for installation

1.7 Arrange access to site and advise client of deployment and potential down times


2. Install desktop operating system

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Install or upgrade desktop operating system using appropriate installation or update method

2.2 Install desktop applications according to identified requirements

2.3 Configure network settings to connect workstation to network

2.4 Patch the operating system and applications to ensure maximum security and reliability

2.5 Restore local data to new workstation


3. Configure desktop environment

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Configure hardware devices

3.2 Administer user environment

3.3 Create file and directory structure using appropriate administration and system tools

3.4 Configure access to external data

3.5 Configure desktop applications according to business requirements


4. Operate command line interface

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Open a command line interface

4.2 Run commands and scripts from the command line interface

4.3 Manipulate files using the command line


5. Configure desktop security

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Modify default user settings to ensure that they match organisational security policies

5.2 Modify file and directory ownership and permissions to ensure data security requirements are met

5.3 Ensure password security

5.4 Check appropriate legal notices are displayed at logon

5.5 Implement security options for network protocols

5.6 Configure security settings for desktop applications according to business requirements


6. Monitor and test the desktop

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Test desktop environment to ensure that client, functionality and performance requirements have been met

6.2 Analyse and respond to diagnostic information

6.3 Use troubleshooting tools and techniques to diagnose and correct desktop problems

6.4 Document the desktop environment, according to organisational policy

Learning Outcomes

This unit demonstrates the skills required in the use, building and configuration of a desktop environment.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to install, configure and support a desktop or workstation operating system in a networked environment.

Teaching Schedule


Date WeekTopicLab WorkAssessment
8-Feb1Semester Introduction

Introduction to the PC

 Build a PC 
15-Feb2Preventitive Maintenence Assignment 1 Due
22-Feb3Operating Systems  
29-Feb4Software Asignment 2 Due
7-Mar5Configuring Windows  
14-Mar6Configuring Linux Assignment 3 Due
21-Mar7Windows Desktop Admin  
Semester Break
4-Apr8 Windows Desktop Admin Cont.  
11-Apr9  Asignment 4 Due
18-Apr10Linux Desktop Admin  
25-Apr11Linux Desktop Admin Cont.  
2-May12  Integrated Assignment (Stage 3 Due)
23-May15  Assignment 5 Due

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

All materials required for this course will be provided to you in class

Overview of Assessment

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

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge.

Assessment in this course will involve the following activities:

Task 1. Skills based Assessment: You are required to prepare to install 2 different desktop operating systems.
This task relates to Elements 1 & 2.

Task 2. Skills based Assessment: You are required to install software to both desktop operating systems.
This task relates to Elements 1 & 2.

Task 3. Skills based Assessment:  You are required to configure both desktop operating systems
This task relates to Elements 1, 2, 3 & 6.

Task 4. Skills based Assessment:  You are required to use a command line interface to manipulate the OS. You will also be required to configure security for an OS.
This task relates to Elements 3, 4, 5 & 6.

Task 5. Skills based Assessment: You are required to use a command line interface to manipulate a different OS. You will also be required to configure security for a different OS.
This task relates to Elements 3, 4, 5 & 6.

Task 6. Assignment: You will be required to create a recommendation for desktop OS as part of an integrated assignment. You will also be asked to create a working prototype based on the assessment brief
This task relates to Elements 1, 2, 5, & 6.

Assessment Tasks

1. Assignment 1: Install an OS

2. Assignment 2: Install Software

3. Assignment 3: Configure an OS

4. Assignment 4: Windows Admin and Security

5. Assignment 5: Linux Admin and Security

6. Integrated Assignment: Sports Precinct:
This assessment will involve a co-assessment of five (5) courses, viz.:

ICTICT401 - Determine and confirm client business requirements
ICTICT418 - Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an ICT environment
ICTTEN416 - Install, configure and test an internet protocol network
ICTTEN417 - Install, configure and test a router
ICTNWK408 - Configure a desktop environment

You must complete all elements to become competent in this course

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

ElementAssignment 1Assignment 2Assignment 3Assignment 4Assignment 5Integrated Assignment
1.1 x    x
1.2 x   x
1.3x    x
1.4x    x
1.5x    x
1.6  x   
1.7x    x
2.1x    x
2.2 xx  x
2.3 xx  x
2.4  x  x
2.5  x  x
3.1  x   
3.2   xx 
3.3  x   
3.4   xx 
3.5  x   
4.1   xx 
4.2   xx 
4.3   xx 
5.1   xxx
5.2   xx 
5.3   xxx
5.4   xx 
5.5   xxx
5.6 x xxx
6.1  xxxx
6.2  xxx 
6.3  xxx 
6.4  xxxx

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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