Course Title: Install and configure a computer operating system and software

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: ISYS5678C

Course Title: Install and configure a computer operating system and software

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6084 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kenneth Falzon
PHONE: 99254716 FAX: (03) 99254377

Ted Bown
PHONE: 99254694 FAX: (03) 99254377

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

Co-requisites: ISYS5668C, OHTH5464C, OHTH5468C

Course Description

This unit covers installing and configuring an operating system and software on a personal computer. It encompasses safe working practices, installing and testing the operating system and application software, testing functionality, rectifying operating anomalies, following written and oral instruction and procedures and applying appropriate customer relations.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEED043B Install and configure a computer operating system and software


1. Prepare to install and configure a computer operating system and

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation for the work.
1.3 The scope of work to be undertaken is determined from documentation or from discussions with work supervisor.
1.4 Operating system and application software versions s needed upgrade for the installation are obtained in accordance with established procedures and checked against job requirements.


2. Upgrade computer and peripheral software.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Operating system and application software components are installed in accordance with
installation instructions and industry practices.
2.3 Operating system, including device drivers, and application software are tested in preparation for
return to service/customer.
2.4 Operating system and software malfunctions are identified using logical techniques drawing on knowledge of operating system configuration requirements.
2.5 Malfunctions are rectified using latest software versions, incremental updates and bug and security patches.
2.6 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are decided on the basis of safety and required work outcomes.
2.7 Installation and configuration is carried out efficiently without waste of materials and energy or damage to apparatus, the surrounding environment or other services.


3. Complete and report upgrading and maintenance activities.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OHS work completion risk control measures and procedures are followed.
3.2 Work area is cleaned and made safe in accordance with established procedures.
3.3 Operating system and software installation is documented and appropriate person(s) notified in accordance with established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

In this unit you will learn about the hardware and software used in personal computers. You will learn about the individual hardware components of a computer and how to put them together to build a working machine. You will learn how to install and configure the operating system. You will also learn to troubleshoot hardware and software problems if they occur.

Classroom tutorial 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

Lab exercises: to give you the hands on experience of implementing and troubleshooting networks
• In general there will be one practical exercise per week
• You will perform the exercise and write it up in a lab journal
• The lab journal will be a bound exercise book
o Loose leaf binders will not be accepted
• 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 lab as you perform the practical exercise, not at a later date
o Write ups not in the lab journal will not be marked
o Write ups which are not done concurrently with the performance of the practical 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 lab journal for future reference
• Responses to worksheets for practical exercises must be written up in the lab journal
• The neatness, completeness and the presentation of the lab 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 computer related tasks and scenarios to complete as you would be expected to do in industry.

Test and exams:
There will be weekly tests to assist your progress in the course
• You will be required to read and study at least one chapter of the course content per week
The will be an on-line final exam at the end of semester covering all

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
o 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 applied to you in this course. You will be expected to:
• Observe all Occupational Health and Safety requirements
o 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.
o It is your personal responsibility to be aware of course requirements and timelines
o 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

This competency will be delivered in a holistic maner together with comptencies UEENEED043B Install and Configure a computer Operating system (ISYS5678C), UEENEEE001B Apply OH&S Practices inthe Workplace (OHTH5464C) and UEENEEE032B Document Occupational Hazards and Risks in the Workplace (OHTH5468C).

Week 1 Introduction to course:
• Review of course guide
• Review of assessment - all assessment tasks, all start and due dates and assessment criteria explained. All assignments and projects may be begun at the beginning of the semester.
• Overview of course Content
• Review resources
• OH&S issues
• Introduction to the PC:
• Lab Safety and ESD

Week 2 Lecture/tutorial:
• Safe lab procedures
• Physical inspection of PC and identification of components

Week 3 Lecture/tutorial:
• Assembling a PC, OH&S - Risk class and safety risk control
• Partial PC disassembly and reassembly

Week 4 Lecture/tutorial:
• Preventative maintenance and troubleshooting, OH&S -  Monitoring risk control and the OH&S documentation process 
• Full PC dissassembly and reassembly 

Week 5 Lecture/tutorial:
• Operating systems fundamentals, OH&S - Electrical hazards 
• Lab test 1

Week 6 Lecture/tutorial:
• Laptops and portable devices, OH&S - Radiation hazards 
• Boot process and BIOS configuration

Week 7 Lecture/tutorial:
• Printers and scanners, OH&S - Toxic substances
• Installation of operating system

Week 8 Lecture/tutorial:
• Networks, OH&S - Airborne particles 
• Obtaining information from the operating system

Week 9 Lecture/tutorial:
• Security, OH&S - Explosive hazards  
• Command line interface

Week 10 Lecture/tutorial:
• Communication Skills, OH&S - Industrial worksite hazards
• Recovery Console 

Week 11 Lecture/tutorial:
• Advanced laptops and portable devices, OH&S - Tools and equipment  
• Microsoft Management Console and resource useage 

Week 12 Lecture/tutorial:
• Advanced operating systems, OH&S - Rotating machinary hazards 
• Boot failure

Week 13 Lecture/tutorial:
• Advanced laptops, OH&S - Electrical storage devices; capaciitors and inductors
• Partitioning a hard drive

Week 14 Lecture/tutorial:
• Disk and resource management, OH&S - Correct use of electrical measuring devices
• System utilities

Week 15 Lecture/tutorial:
• Advanced printers and scanners, OH&S revision  
• Laboratory summary

Week 16 Lecture/tutorial:
• Advanced security
• Practice lab exam
Lab journal submission

Week 17
• Final exams
• Lab test 2
 • Lab journal submission
OH&S assignment submission

Week 18 Assessment feedback, catch-up and finalisation for exams, laboratory work, and project

Please note that this schedule is subject to change depending on prevailing circumstances.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

On line content:
IT Essentials I version 4.0


IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software Companion Guide, 4th edition
David Anfinson & Kenneth Quamme
Cisco Press

A+ Certification Concepts & Practice 4th edition
Prentice Hall

A+ Guide to Managing and Maintaining Your PC 6th edition
Thompson Course technology

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Practical test
Written Examination

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1: 15%
Project/presentation covering topics of current PC technology
• A presentation to the class of about 15 min duration and submission of hard copy of presentation
• You will work in pairs

Assessment task 2: 15%
Laboratory test covering lab exercises and topics from weeks 1 - 4
• Computer hardware disassembly, reassembly and troubleshooting

Assessment task 3 : 25%
Laboratory test covering lab exercises and topics from weeks 6 - 16

Assessment task 4 : 10%
On line individual chapter exams covering weeks 1 - 16

Assessment task 5 : 25%
On line exam for all topics covering weeks 1 - 16
A written exam will be performed in the event an on line exam is not performed 

Assessment task 6 : 10%
Lab exercises and lab journal for all topics covering weeks 1 - 16

Assessment Matrix

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