Course Title: Evaluate vendor products and equipment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

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

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:

1. 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:

2. 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:

3. 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:

4. 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

Learning activities will include:

  • Teacher directed learning activities
  • Online study material
  • Hands-on Practicals
  • Group Discussions


Teaching Schedule

The total number of scheduled hours of teaching, learning and assessment involved in this course includes all planned activities including face to face classes, lectures, workshops and seminars; workplace visits, online learning and other forms of structured teaching and learning.
The total scheduled hours also covers the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including observation of work performance, discussions with supervisors and others providing third party evidence and one on one and group assessment sessions with students.

WeekWeek CommencingTopicsLearning activities/ Assessments/Elements
 1 07/02/2011Course Introduction
Introduction to Computers & applications
Orientation to Cisco online resources and registration ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A
 2 14/02/2011Investigate vendors and products
Personal Computer Hardware, Operating Systems
Identify and prioritise business requirements
Research various vendors and products using web resources
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks
Determine HW specifications, Observing software and applications
Tasks 1 – 4 Handouts given
ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A
Chapter 1 Module test
 3 21/02/2011Compare 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

 ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A

Chapter 2 Module test

 4 28/02/2011Document findings and make recommendation
Connecting to the Internet through ISP
Prepare a cost-benefit analysis of products
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks
Cables and connectors working with twisted pair cables

ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A

Chapter 3 Module test

 5 07/03/2011Network addressingDevelop a recommendation report on your recommended products
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks
IP address scheme development tasks

ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A

Chapter 4 Module test

 6 14/03/2011Network addressing continuedIP address scheme development tasksICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A
 7 21/03/2011Obtain client’s approval to your recommended products (Part A) Prepare a list of products for acquisition
Network Services
Finalise assignment Task 1
Research on component acquisition methods
IP address scheme development tasks

ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A

Chapter 5 Module test

 8 28/03/2011Develop a list of required components with specifications and suppliers
Wireless Technologies
Research and develop a list of components and specification for assignment Task 1
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks Working with Network services

ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A

Chapter 6 Module test

 9 04/04/2011Identify client’s preferred acquisition policies
Evaluate acquisition methods and alternative for HW and SW
Basic Securities
Research on acquisition methods for Assignment Task 2, Obtain client (teacher’s) agreement for acquisition your method
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks Working with wireless devices

 ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A

Chapter 7 Module test

 10 11/04/2011Identify risks to business continuity
Basic security
Develop Business Continuity plan as assignment Task 3
Employing basic security techniques
Task 1 & 2 – Part 1 DUE
ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A
 11 18/04/2011Review system topology and configuration
Troubleshooting your network
Discuss and identify various software for documenting configuration
Reading Cisco online contents
Apply troubleshooting techniques

 ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A

Chapter 8 Module test

   Mid Semester Easter Break (Wed 21 - Thurs 27 April)
 11 25/04/2011Review system topology and configuration
Troubleshooting your network
Discuss and identify various software for documenting configuration
Reading Cisco online contents
Apply troubleshooting techniques

ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A

Chapter 8 Module test

 12 02/05/2011Identify critical components using Cisco switches
Determine clients maintenance requirements
Basic Switching
Research on switches critical components and maintenance requirements
Reading Cisco online contents
Set up basic switched network

ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A

Chapter 9 Module test

 13 09/05/2011Service Level Agreement
Switch Configuration
Practice practicals
Develop service level agreement as a part of your assignment
Reading Cisco online contents
Switch protocol configuration
Task 3 & 4 – Part 1 - DUE
ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A
 14 16/05/2011Task 4 – Part 4 (Practical Assessment)ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A
Practice Final
 15 23/05/2011Task 4 – Part 4 (Practical Assessment)ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A
 16 30/05/2011Task 1 to 4 – Part 3 - Final online Exams ICAI5173A
ICAA5150A
ICAS5104A
ICAI5087A

Students, who have been granted special consideration or are required to resubmit, will be able to submit/sit their assessment by arrangement with the class teacher in weeks 17 or 18.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources


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

Task 1 & 2 due week 10 - Theory presented as part of the case study given

- CA/NYC - 60% for competency - COSC5354c Acquire system components
- CA/NYC - 60% for competency - COSC5318C Evaluate vendor products and equipment


Task 3 due week 10 - Theory presented as part of the case study given

CA/NYC - 60% for competency - COSC5325c Determine maintenance strategy


Task 4 due week 10 - Theory presented as part of the case study given
CA/NYC - 30% for competency - COSC5328c Install and configure single segment LAN switch


Chapter tests (ten) conducted on line, based on CISCO materials over the semester - (refer weeks conducted in weekly break-down)

A supervised theory assessment

- 20% for competency - COSC5354c Acquire system components 
- 20%for competency - COSC5318C Evaluate vendor products and equipment 
- 20%for competency - COSC5325c Determine maintenance strategy 
- 20%for competency - COSC5328c Install and configure single segment LAN switch


Final online exam conducted, based on CISCO materials – week 16

Theory exam Online/written

- 20% for competency - COSC5354c Acquire system components 
- 20%for competency - COSC5318C Evaluate vendor products and equipment 
- 20%for competency - COSC5325c Determine maintenance strategy 
- 20%for competency - COSC5328c Install and configure single segment LAN switch


Practical assessment – Week 14 & 15

 A supervised practical assessment

30%for competency - COSC5328c Install and configure single segment LAN switch


Assessment Matrix

COSC5318C Evaluate vendor products and equipment (ICAA5150A)Task 1Task 2Task 3Task 4Chapter TestsPractical assessment
Element 1 – Establish business requirementsV---V-
Element 2 – Identify vendor products and equipment----V-
Element 3 - Evaluate vendor products, services and equipmentV---V-
Element 4 - Prepare evaluation reportV---V-

Other Information

A minimum of one hour of online learning per week is requiredCompetency and grading requirements


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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