Course Title: Evaluate vendor products and equipment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: COSC5318C

Course Title: Evaluate vendor products and equipment

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5194 - Diploma of Information Technology (General)

Course Contact : Radhu Punchanathan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1409

Course Contact Email:radhu@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

David Bell

david.bell@rmit.edu.au

Adam Meehan

adam.meehan@rmit.edu.au

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

None

This course is co-delivered & co-assessed with three other courses:
COSC5354C  Acquire system components
COSC5325C  Determine maintenance strategy
COSC5328C  Install and configure single segment LAN switch

Course Description

This unit defines the competency required to evaluate a range of vendor products and equipment against a client’s business requirements.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAA5150A Evaluate vendor products and equipment

Element:

Establish business requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and prioritise business requirements
1.2 Identify conflicting or overlapping business requirements
1.3 Specify budget and available resources
1.4 Validate business requirements, budget and resource needs with client

Element:

Evaluate vendor products, services and equipment

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Rate vendor products for quality and support
3.2 Rate vendor products for fit with client needs
3.3 Establish product limitations, performance, integration capabilities and costs
3.4 Prepare cost benefit analysis

Element:

Identify vendor products and equipment

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Investigate a representative range of vendor products and equipment
2.2 Identify and document interdependencies
2.3 Specify and document technical alternatives available to the business
2.4 Determine and document availability of products and equipment

Element:

Prepare evaluation report

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Document product information in order of preference
4.2 Recommend preferred product, including the reasoning behind recommendations
4.3 Prepare a report containing solution details
4.4 Submit report to client for approval


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Lectures, Online study material, Hands-on Practicals, Group Discussions


Teaching Schedule

 Week# (Monday) Topics and learning activities  Assessments/
Elements
 Week 1
9 Feb
 Identify and prioritise business requirements

Course Introduction
Skills gap analysis
Personal Computer Hardware
 Interview (client) teacher) for details

Orientation to Cisco online resources and registration
 COSC5318C E1

 Week 2
16 Feb

 

 Investigate vendors and products
Personal Computer Hardware, Operating Systems
 Research various vendors and products using web resources

Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks

Determine HW specifications, Observing software and applications
 Assignment Hand out
COSC5318 E2
 Week 3
23 Feb
 Compare vendor and products for quality and support
Connecting to the Network
 Prepare a report on 3 vendors and their products
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks
Building Peer to peer networks
 Work on assignment Part A
COSC5318 E3
 Week 4
2 Mar
 Document findings and make recommendation
Connecting to the Internet through ISP
 Prepare accost-benefit analysis of products
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks
Cables and connectors working with twisted pair cables
 Work on Assignment Part A,
COSC5318 E4
 Week 5
9 Mar
 Addressing the network IPv4 Develop a recommendation report on your recommended products
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks
IP address scheme development tasks
 COSC5318 E4
 Week 6
16 Mar
 Addressing the network IPv4 Finalise assignment Part A
IP address scheme development tasks
 Assignment Part A due
 Week 7
23 Mar
 Obtain client’s approval to your recommended products (Part A) Prepare a list of products for acquisition
Addressing the network IPv4
 Start working on Assignment Part B
Research on component acquisition methods
IP address scheme development tasks
 COSC5354 E1
 Week 8
30 Mar
 Develop a list of required components with specifications and suppliers
Network services
 Research and develop a list of components and specification for assignment Part B
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks
Working with Network services
 Feedback on Assignment Part A
COSC5354 E1
 Week 9
6 Apr
 Identify client’s preferred acquisition policies
Evaluate acquisition methods and alternative for HW and SW
Wireless Technologies
 Research on acquisition methods for Assignment Part B, Obtain client (teacher’s) agreement for acquisition your method
Working with wireless devices
 COSC5354 E2
  MID SEMESTER (EASTER) BREAK – 9th – 14th April 
 Week 9
13 Apr
 Identify client’s preferred acquisition policies
Evaluate acquisition methods and alternative for HW and SW
Wireless Technologies
 Research on acquisition methods for Assignment Part B, Obtain client (teacher’s) agreement for acquisition your method
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks
Working with wireless devices
 COSC5354C E2
 Week10
20 Apr
 Identify risks to business continuity
Basic security
 Assignment Part C hand out
Develop Business Continuity plan as assignment Part C
Employing basic security techniques
 Assignment Part B due
COSC5325E1
 Wee11
27 Apr
 Review system topology and configuration
Troubleshooting your network
 Discuss and identify various software for documenting configuration
Reading Cisco online contents
Apply troubleshooting techniques
 COSC5325 E2
 Week 12
4 May
 Identify critical components using Cisco switches
Determine clients maintenance requirements
Basic Switching
 Research on Cisco switches and Routers critical components and maintenance requirements
Reading Cisco online contents
Set up basic switched network
 COSC5325 E2

 Week 

13
11 May

 Service Level Agreement
Switch Configuration
 Develop service level agreement as a part of your assignment
Reading Cisco online contents
Switch protocol configuration
 COSC5325 E2
 Week 14
18 May
 Putting it all together Finalize assignment Part C Assignment Part C due
 Week 15
25 May
 Practical assessment 
 Week 16
1 Jun
 Review of important topics for the final theory exam
Practical Assessment Resit (Special Consideration Cases 
 
 Week 17
9 Jun
 (Final Exams for Cisco Academy CCNA certificate only) (Location and date to be advised) 
 
Week 18
15 Jun 
 
Course feedback


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

No


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including assignment, practical demonstrations, online quizzes and a final exam. You will be asked to demonstrate your work to your teacher to ensure relevant competency standards are met. You will be provided feedback throughout the course.


Assessment Tasks

This competency will be assessed on the basis of assignment.


Assessment Matrix

COSC5318C Evaluate vendor products and equipment [ICAA5150A]Assignment
CA/NYC
100% (Refer to Assignment Document)

Element 1 – Establish business requirements Yes
Element 2 – Identify vendor products and equipment Yes
Element 3 - Evaluate vendor products, services and equipment Yes
Element 4 - Prepare evaluation  Yes

Other Information

Competency and grading requirements:
To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.
Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

All assessments for this course must be completed to achieve CA (Competency Achieved) grade.
Each assessment task will also carry a numerical weighting to be used for grading purposes. The grade applied to this weighting will only be awarded if a CA has been achieved in all compulsory assessment tasks.
If a student has been marked NYC (Not Yet Competent) in any of the assessment tasks, the weighting will carry no value until the student has obtained CA.
If a CA is achieved on re-assessment then a maximum mark of 50% of the original weighting will be granted for that assessment.
Reassessments will only be granted to students who were either unsuccessful in the first attempt or have an approved special consideration application.

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