Course Title: Manage the delivery of network infrastructure

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: EMPL5893C

Course Title: Manage the delivery of network infrastructure

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4298 - Certificate IV in Telecommunications Networks Technology

Course Contact : Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:engineering-tafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mohammad Hassan
Telephone: +613 9925 4700
Email: mohammad.hassan@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 60

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

None

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage the delivery of network infrastructure. It includes scoping the project, developing a project brief and managing the project.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement but users should confirm requirements with the relevant federal, state or territory authority.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTPMG4152A Manage the delivery of network infrastructure

Element:

1.Scope network infrastructure requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Determine the requirements of the project from client and approved network plan
1.2.Assess current access network conditions to determine existing network capacity and capability
1.3.Analyse site survey data and geographical information where necessary to assess suitability of site to design requirements
1.4.Assess risk of barriers to plan realisation to enure delivery of network infrastructure project is achievable
1.5.Analyse the impact on planning of relevant legislation and associated operational codes
1.6.Produce a scoping document with consideration to new technology or technology features required in the project

Element:

2.Develop project brief

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Develop planning options considering current and new technology, facilities, features, present and future needs
2.2.Conduct cost-benefit studies to guide decision making processes according to sound business practice
2.3.Discuss project brief with the customer, as required, and obtain approval of planning options
2.4.Produce planning specifications relating to location, route, area, product and/or platform
2.5.Estimate timing, costing and an operating budget according to enterprise policy
2.6.Prepare the final project brief and present to operational staff for implementation

Element:

3.Manage the project

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Define the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders within the terms of the project
3.2.Establish a reporting and communications line to ensure project is effectively managed
3.3.Review and continually monitor progress of the project against deliverables and timelines and invoke contingencies if required
3.4.Complete project documents in line with enterprise standards and guidelines


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials,seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, site visits, and interaction with individuals and groups within the Telecommunications area.
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
Interaction with individuals and groups on Class Exercises:
You will do number of class exercises from a listed online resourse. The link will be provided on Student drive. This exercise will include interaction with individuals and groups.
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 in the myRMIT>Studies for this course.
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 lately directly from the reflective 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. Class participation by attendance and contribution to different assessment must be ensured.
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.
Seminar Presentation: An industry guest speaker will brief about the current practice on industry.
Activities Outside of Class:
It is expected that you allocate at least 10% of course hours for reading, independent study, project research, design, implementation, testing and problem solving activities. You will have a site visit in the middles of the semester. Date will be announced in class.


Teaching Schedule


Week 1: Introduction and Overview of Course, what project is and its attributes, project management and its different approaches, Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) ICTPMG 1.1
Assignment 1 explained
Week 2: Project requirement, assessment of current access network condition ICTPMG 1.1,1.2
Week 3: Project site survey ICTPMG1.3
Week 4: Project barriers to plan realism ICTPMG1.4, Assignment 2 explained
Week 5: Project relevant legislation and associated operational codes ICTPMG1.5
Week 6: Project Measurable Organizational Value (MOV) ICTPMG1.6
Week 7: Project Scoping ICTPMG1.6
Week 8:  Project planning ICTPMG2.1
Week 9: Feasibility Study, Business case ICTPMG2.2,2.3, ICTPMG2.4
Week 10: Site Visit  ICTPMG1.3
Week 11: Project scheduling ICTPMG2.5
Week 12: Project brief ICTPMG2.6
Week 13: Project stakeholders ICTPMG3.1
Week 14: Project reporting & communications ICTPMG3.2
Week 15: Project progress monitoring and contingency plan ICTPMG3.3
Week 16: Project documents ICTPMG3.4
Week 17-18: Demonstration of project and Presentation, Assignment 1 & 2 Submission ICTPMG1-3


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

Manage Projects Learner Guide, 2009, Pearson
IT Project Management, Marchewka, 3/e, John Wiley & Sons
Project Management , Principles, Prospects & Practice, Stephen Hartley , 3/e, Pearson


Other Resources

For this course you will do class exercises from-
http://bcs.wiley.com/he-bcs/Books?action=mininav&bcsId=4780&itemId=0470371935&assetId=181270&resourceId=17255


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.  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 section of Course Guide Part B.


Assessment Tasks

This is a project based course - there will be progressive assessment(s) of Project Exercise(s). You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:

1. Assignment 1: Reflective Journal- Every Week
2. Assignment 2: Project Scope, Brief, Management & Final Report - Given Out- Week 4, Due on Week 17

All assessment tasks need to be successfully completed to demonstrate competence.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

CA  Competency Achieved
NYC Not yet Competent
DNS Did not Submit


Assessment Matrix


 

Assignment TaskElement
Assignment 1Element 1,2,3
 Assignment 2 Element 1,2,3

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer http://www.rmit.edu.au/studyandlearningcentre to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer http://www.rmit.edu.au/disability to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) 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. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of 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.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.


Special consideration:

Please refer http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=riderwtscifm to find more information about special consideration.
 
Plagiarism:

Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. All report will go through Academic Integrity Check software TurnItIn.

Please refer: www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity to find more information about plagiarism.

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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