Course Title: Modify-redesign of computer system

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: ISYS5667C

Course Title: Modify-redesign of computer system

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6084 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Michael Stewart

Phone: +61 3 9925 4702


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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This competency standard unit covers the modification and redesign of computer systems to augment existing systems for clients. It encompasses safe working practices, system parameter reconfiguration, analysis to assure optimum performance, following procedures, and documenting final modifications and settings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEED045B Modify-redesign of computer system


1. Prepare to modifyredesign of computer system(s).

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures in preparation for the work are followed.
1.3 Safety hazards that have not previously been identified are noted and established risk control measures are implemented.
1.4 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved on the work site.
1.5 System operating parameters are identified by reviewing system specifications and component technical data.
1.6 The limitations, use and operation of the system to be modified is established from original specifications, manufacturers’ data and the like.
1.7 The extent of modification is determined from measurements, tests, inspections, system limitations and other relevant requirements.
1.8 Specifications and instructions for the modifications are documented in accordance with requirements and organisational procedures.
1.9 Tools, equipment, applications, and devices needed for the work are obtained in accordance with established procedures and checked for correct operation and safety.
1.10 Preparatory work is checked to ensure no unnecessary damage has occurred and complies with requirements.


2. Generate modificationredesign of computer system(s).

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Alternative modification arrangements are considered and discussed with appropriate personnel.
2.3 Safety, functionality and economic considerations are incorporated in the proposed modification design Proposed modification complies with all requirements and includes specifications and documentation for alteration of the system(s) Changes in the use and operation of the system(s) as a consequence of the proposed modification are included in the documentation.
2.4 Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made from discussions with appropriate persons and job specifications and requirements.
2.5 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.
2.6 Modification-redesign is carried out efficiently without unnecessary waste of materials or damage to apparatus, the surrounding environment or services and using sustainable energy principles.


3. Completion and report modification-redesign activities.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OHS risk control work completion measures and procedures are followed.
3.2 Proposed modification is checked under established procedures for compliance with all relevant requirements.
3.3 Work site is cleaned and made safe in accordance with established procedures.
3.4 Proposed modification is submitted for appropriate organisational approval and, where applicable, statutory or regulatory approval
3.5 Approved copies of the modification-redesign documents are issued, and copies retained, documented and stored in records in accordance with established procedures and requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

In this unit you will learn industry recognized skills in designing, implementing and managing a computer project.
Classroom activities:
Lectures: to introduce the important concepts.
• Attending lectures will make it much easier for you to understand the central concepts of the course
• You will feel more comfortable and you will learn more if you read the relevant material before you attend the lectures
Tutorials: to enable you to ask questions and to clarify unresolved issues
• Review the material and prepare your questions before you come to class.
• There will be an overview of course content with a focus on the material students find difficult
• If something is unclear or if you find yourself falling behind please ask for help immediately
• You may be given worksheets to complete during the tutorial
Reflective Lab Journal: You will perform the exercise and write it up in a reflective lab journal.
The reflective journal will be an Online Blog created by you in the Learning Hub.
A reflective lab journal is a means to reflect on your learning (and learning experiences) in different ways. They are used to:
• record the development of your ideas and insights and / or those of a group in a given context and can include concepts, ideas and main points from experience and theory
• reflect upon the subject content and personal experiences as a means to increase your understanding
• analyse your own learning in and for self development.
They are used to explore situations from a personal perspective, but generally within the context of learning from your experiences. They are used to reflect on, in and for action. Common questions arising from ’reflection’ are:
• What happened? (Reflecting on actions)
• Why did it happen? (Reflecting in actions)
• What can be learnt from this for future actions? (Reflecting for actions)
The write up will be a record of your actions as they are performed and your corresponding observations
The write up must be performed in the class as you perform the exercise, not at a later date
o Write ups not in the Blog will not be marked
o Write ups which are not done concurrently with the performance of the exercise will not be marked
In general the detail of the write up must be sufficient for you to be able to comfortably perform the practical exercise a year or more later directly from the lab journal
Any difficult or tricky points should be especially noted in the reflective journal for future reference.
The neatness, completeness and the presentation of the reflective journal must be of a quality such that you would be prepared to show it to a future employer as an example of your work.
Work simulated activities: you will progressively implement a networking scenario as you would be expected to do in industry.
• You will be expected to work on a networking scenario progressively as you learn the material required for you to be able to do so.
• Leaving the work to a late stage and then rushing to complete it is bad industrial practice. It will be strongly discouraged and marked down heavily. You will be expected to meet progressive milestones in the completion of this activity.
Occupational Health and Safety:
• Conduct in lecture theatres, classrooms and laboratories will be of a standard required by OH&S legislation as applied to industry.
• You must behave in such a way as not to place the health and safety of yourself or anyone else at risk
• Covered shoes must be worn in all labs
• Thongs and sandals must not be worn in any lab
Preparation for the Work place:
All skills and knowledge in this course are oriented towards current industry practices and technologies. An essential industry expectation is that you are responsible for your behaviour and actions. When you are in employment you will be expected to attend work on time on a regular basis, perform you work on time to an accepted standard and be responsible for what you do. Industry will expect you to comprehend and follow both verbal and written instructions. All industry expectations will be applied to you in this course.
You will be expected to:
• Observe all Occupational Health and Safety requirements
• You must behave in such a way as not to place the health and safety of yourself or anyone else at risk
• Prepare for classes
• Attend all classes regularly and on time
• Use your class time in a productive and responsible way
• Finish your work on time to an accepted standard
• Pay attention to, comprehend and follow both verbal and written instructions.
• It is your personal responsibility to be aware of course requirements and timelines
• Please ask if something is not clear
The Preparation for the Workplace component will be an essential part of the assessment for this course. It will be included in the assessment of the practical and work simulated activities.
Activities Outside of Class:
It is expected that students allocate at least 60% of course hours for reading, independent study, project research, design, implementation, testing and problem solving activities.

Teaching Schedule

Week1- 2 Introduction to Course Outline and Assessment Criteria, Definition of Engineering design process
Week3-4 OHS policies, processes and procedures for a given work area, Elements of Design Process, Documenting the strategies, methods, and means in the design process, maintaining reflective journal (20%)
Week5-7 Requirements Specification, maintaining reflective journal
Week 8 Managing engineering design with MS Project and MS Visio 2010, maintaining reflective journal 30%)
Week9-16 Generating and Evaluating Design Alternatives, Constraints and Standards for design process
Week17 Communicating the Design Outcome i.e. drawing, Oral and Written Reports, maintaining reflective journal (30%)
Week18 Catch up

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Engineering Design: A Project Based Introduction 3E , by Clive L. Dym, Patrick Little, John Wiley


Other Resources

MS Project 2010 & MS Visio 2010.

Resouce materials will be available on course Learning HUB. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Reflective Lab Journal (20%)

Assessment 2: Documenting the strategies, methods, and means in the design process (20%)

Assessment 3: Managing engineering design with MS Project and MS Visio 2010 (30%)

Assessment 4: Communicating the Design Outcome i.e. drawing, Oral and Written Reports(30%)

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

For optimisation of training and assessment effort, competence development in this unit may be assessed concurrently with other units in a qualification.

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