Course Title: Administer computer networks

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: COSC6148C

Course Title: Administer computer networks

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6121 - 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

Luke Eberbach
Ph: +61 3 99254381

Appointment by email

Nominal Hours: 80

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 covers the administration of network servers. It encompasses safe working practices, planning server installations and upgrades, planning for infrastructure services roles, establishing and maintaining user and group permissions, planning for remote administration, delegated administration, network security and shared resource management, monitoring and maintaining servers for performance evaluation and optimisation, terminal server infrastructure, application deployment, planning for business continuity and high availability, and documenting all administration activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEED115A Administer computer networks


1. Prepare to install, upgrade and maintain network operations.

Performance Criteria:

1. Prepare to install, upgrade and maintain network operations.
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 nature of the network is established from network specifications and in consultation with appropriate person(s).
1.4 Activities are planned to meet scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved in the work.
1.5 Network operating system versions and updates needed to maintain the network are obtained in accordance with established procedures and checked against job requirements. (See Note 1)
1. Examples may include new deployment, complete version upgrade, incremental updates, and security and bug patches.


2. Install, upgrade and maintain network operations.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Server operating systems in current use are installed and upgraded and configure in accordance with developer’s instructions and network requirements. (See Note 2)
2.3 Devices and drivers, desktop environment, network protocols and services and system security are implemented in accordance with requirements.
2.4 Access to resources is configured within the limitations specified for each users.
2.5 Network malfunctions are identified and rectified using logical techniques and drawing knowledge of devices and drivers, storage, network protocols, connections and services and system security configuration processes.
2.6 Network performance and reliability is monitored and optimised in accordance with established procedures. (See Note 3)
2.7 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.
2.8 Network administration is carried out efficiently without waste of materials and energy or damage to apparatus, the surrounding environment or other services.
2.9 Written justification is produced for network maintenance and upgrading and appropriate person(s) notified in accordance with established procedures.

2. Examples of operating systems include Windows Server 2008, Mac OS X Server, Unix and Linux variants.
3. Examples of optimising network performance include implementing a patch management strategy, monitoring servers for performance evaluation and optimisation, removal of redundant components and maintaining storage capacity, and monitoring and maintaining security and policies.


3. Document network administration activities.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Network administration documentation are maintained in accordance with established procedures.
3.2 OHS procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates.
• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Practicals
• Review questions
• Case projects
• Reflective journal

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:
This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering
EA1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.

EA 2.Engineering Application Ability

EA2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency UEENEED115A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

 The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

WeekTopics DeliveredElements/Performance Criteria
1Deploying Windows Server Lecture: Assign the reflective journal to be handed in during week 15. A sample of the reflective journal is to be submitted in week 4 for feedback. An overview of Windows deployment services, Windows deployment services situations, installing and configuring the WDS role, working with WDS images, configuring DHCP for WDS, chapter summary Lab: Activities 1-1,1-2,1-3,1-4,1-5,1-6,1-7,1-8
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2
2Windows Server Update Services Lecture: An overview of Windows server update services, installing the WSUS role, configuring WSUS, WSUS synchronisation and approval rules, additional WSUS configuration tasks, chapter summary Lab: Activities 2-1,2-2,2-3,2-4,2-5 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2
3 Advanced File Services Configuration Lecture: An overview of the distributed file system, an overview of the file server resources manager, configuring file and disk encryption, chapter summary Lab: Activities 3-1,3-2,3-3,3-4,3-5,3-6,3-7,3-8,3-9,3-101.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2
4Server Monitoring and Auditing Lecture: Monitoring a Windows server, network monitoring, using auditing to improve network security, chapter summary Lab: Activities 4-1,4-2,4-3,4-4,4-5,4-6,4-7,4-8 Reflective Journal review and feedback1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2
5Remote Access Configuration Lecture: An overview of remote access, installing and configuring the remote access role, the direct access role service, chapter summary Lab: Activities 5-1,5-2,5-3,5-4,5-5,5-6,5-71.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2
6Network Policy Configuration Lecture: Network policy server overview, configuring network access protection, chapter summary Lab: Activities 6-1,6-2,6-3,6-4,6-5,6-6,6-7,6-8,6-9,6-10,6-11,6-12,6-131.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2
7Domain Controller and Active Directory Management Lecture: Active Directory Review, cloning a virtual domain controller, configuring read only domain controllers, understanding and configuring sites, working with operations master roles, maintaining Active Directory, chapter summary Lab: Activities 7-1,7-2,7-3,7-4,7-5,7-6,7-7,7-8,7-9,7-101.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2
8User and Service Account Configuration Lecture: Overview of user accounts and group policies, configuring account policies, configuring password settings objects, service accounts, chapter summary Lab: Activities 8-1,8-2,8-3,8-4,8-5,8-6,8-71.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2
9Practical Test Part A1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2
10Group Policy Settings and Preferences Lecture: A group policy primer, group policy settings Lab: Activities 9-1,9-2,9-3,9-4, 9-5,9-6,9-7,9-8,9-9,9-101.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2
11Group Policy Settings and Preferences cont. Lecture: Working with administrative templates, working with security templates, configuring group policy preferences chapter summary Lab: Activities 9-11,9-12,9-13,9-14,9-15,9-16,9-171.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2
12Managing Group Policies Lecture: Configuring group policy processing configuring group policy client processing Lab: Activities 10-1, 10-2, 10-3, 10-4,10-51.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2
13Managing Group Policies cont. Lecture: Group policy results and modelling, managing GPOs, chapter summary Lab: Activities 10-6, 10-7,10-8,10-9


1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2
14Managing and Configuring DNS Lecture: Domain name system overview, configuring DNS zones, configuring DNS resource records, managing zones, configuring zone storage, configuring round-robin DNS, chapter summary Lab: Activities 11-1, 11-2, 11-3, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7,11-8,11-9,11-10,11-11,11-12 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2
15Revision and Reflective Journal submission1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2
16Practical Test Part B 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9 3.1, 3.2
17-18Closed Book Test 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9 3.1, 3.2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

MCTIP Guide to Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Server Administration, Michael Palmer



Other Resources

 Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Oracle Virtual Box virtualisation software - available for download from
Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation edition - available for download from
Microsoft Windows Server 2012/R2 Up to 120-Day Evaluation - supplied with the prescribed text
External USB Hard disk storage device with minimum capacity of 500GB

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. 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. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1: Lab Journal
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

Assessment 2: Practical Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50

Assessment 3: Closed Book Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix 

Elements/  Performance Criteria Covered

Lab Journal

Practical Test

Closed Book Test



























































Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1:  Reflective Journal, 20%
Assessment 2:   Practical Test,  50% 
Assessment 3:   Closed Book Test, 30 %

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:

80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs UEENEED115A Elements & Performance Criteria

 UEENEED115A Elements & Performance Criteria
Reflective Journalxxx x xxx x x x x x x x x x
Practical Testx    xxxxx      
Closed Book Testxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

 Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Reflective Journal X  X X X  X X   X X X X X 
Practical Test   X X X  X X X  X X X X X X
Closed Book Test   X  X  X X X  X   X X
All Assessments


0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

Other Information

• Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 20 hours outside the class time.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please Refer  to find more information about Study and learning Support

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you can apply for adjustments to your study and assessment (Reasonable Adjustments and Equitable Assessment Arrangements) by registering with the Disability Liaison Unit (DLU) at;ID=01daxmpd1vo4z

Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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