Course Title: Prepare disaster recovery and contingency plans

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: COSC6073C

Course Title: Prepare disaster recovery and contingency plans

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5194 - Diploma of Information Technology (General)

Course Contact : Paul Lewis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1615

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Contact: Catherine Han Lin

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1336

Course Contact Email:

Nominal Hours: 30

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


This course is co-delivered and co-assessed holistically along with BSBPMG505A Manage project quality (RMIT course code MIET 7345C)

Course Description

This unit defines the competency required to analyse the impact of the system on the organisation, and carry out risk analysis, disaster recovery and contingency planning for the project..

This unit is delivered using a blend of classroom-based and self-paced learning activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAA5056B Prepare disaster recovery and contingency plans


1.  Evaluate impact of system on business continuity

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify business-critical functions and the security environment from documentation and from discussion with business area and project team
1.2 Identify critical data and software from documentation
1.3 Assess potential impact of business risk and threats on IT systems
1.4 Identify and evaluate statutory requirements , commercial requirements and contingency possibilities according to specifications and cost constraints


2.  Evaluate threats to system

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Identify threats to the system , with consideration of security analysis and internal and external business environment
2.2. Evaluate risk minimisation alternatives against specifications and cost constraints


3.  Formulate prevention and recovery strategy

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Evaluate prevention and recovery options to support critical business functions against business specifications and cost constraints
3.2. Review current operational procedures to ensure adequate risk safeguards and contingency plans are in place
3.3. Submit disaster recovery and prevention strategy to appropriate person for approval 


4.  Develop disater recovery plan to support strategy

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Identify and document resources required for disaster recovery according to specifications and cost constraints
4.2. Identify and document processes required for disaster strategy according to project standards
4.3. Identify cut-over criteria before initiating disaster plan
4.4. Document disaster recovery plan and submit to appropriate person for review and sign-off

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include theory sessions, practical lab sessions, tutorial sessions, and out-of-class research and homework.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
WeekWeek CommencingTopicsAssessmentCompetencies Delivered 
025th Jun 2012

Pre-training review:
• LLN as required

Familiarisation with:
• Program
• Services/facilities
• Other students
• Teacher(s)
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Pre-reading
• Blackboard

Overview of assessment requirements:

• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy

Course Introduction
• What is project quality
• Disaster recovery scenarios



12nd Jul 2012Review of PM Concepts (Chapters 1-7) 
• Review project management knowlege areas & stages
TASK 1 - Weekly Worksheet dueICAA5056B
29th Jul 2012Intro to Quality Concepts (Chapter 8)
• Analysis of project quality concepts & techniques
TASK 1 - Weekly Worksheet due
TASK 2 - Project Plan specs available
316th Jul 2012Quality Techniques& Case Studies
• More on quality management techniques
• Research on case study scenarios 
TASK 1 - Weekly Worksheet due
TASK 2 - Project Plan teams finalised
423rd Jul 2012Quality Templates & Your Project
• Quality plan templates
• Quality planning for Web projects
TASK 1 - Weekly Worksheet dueICAA5056B
530th Jul 2012STUDENT STUDY WEEKNo classes / SAB open 
66th Aug 2012

Intro to Risk Concepts (Chapter 11)
• Analysis of project risk concepts & techniques

TASK 1 - Weekly Worksheet due ICAA5056B
713th Aug 2012

Risk Techniques & Case Studies
• More on risk management
• Research on case study scenarios

TASK 1 - Weekly Worksheet due ICAA5056B
820th Aug 2012Intro to Disaster & Continuity Planning
• Analysis of project disaster recovery & business continuity concepts
TASK 1 - Weekly Worksheet dueICAA5056B
MID-SEMESTER BREAK (27th Aug - 31st Aug 2012)
93rd Sep 2012Team Project Planning & Work
• Work on Project Quality Plans
• Work on PHP/ MySQL project
TASK 1 - Weekly Worksheet due  ICAA5056B
1010th Sep 2012Team Project Work
• Work on Project Quality Plans
• Work on PHP/ MySQL project  
TASK 2 - Project Quality Plan (interim version) dueICAA5056B
1117th Sep 2012DRP/ CP Templates & Your Project
• Disaster Recovery Plan/ Contingency Plan templates
• DRP/ CP for Web projects  
1224th Sep 2012Team Project Work
• Work on Project DRP’s
• Work on PHP/ MySQL project  
TASK 2 - Project DRP/ CP (interim version) dueICAA5056B
131st Oct 2012Team Project Work
• Work on Project DRP’s
• Revision for Final Test   
148th Oct 2012Final Test & Project Work
• Final Test conducted
• Final work on Project Plans
TASK 3 - Final Test conductedICAA5056B
1515th Oct 2012Final Project Plan submissions
Course & assessment feedback
TASK 2 - Project Plan final submissionsICAA5056B
1622nd Oct 2012Re-submission of work if required ICAA5056B
1729th Oct 2012Re-submission of work if required  ICAA5056B

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Schwalbe, K. 2011, Information Technology Project Management, Revised Revised 6th edn., Thomson Course Technology



The names of other textbooks held in the library and useful Websites will be provided by teachers as required.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent.

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example:
• Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
• Review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
• Demonstration of techniques

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete 3 tasks. You must successfully complete all 3 tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.

TASK 1 - Weekly Worksheets (Refer to Teaching Schedule for due dates)

For this assessment task you are required to complete a variety in-class worksheets on various aspects of project management (particularly those related to project quality and disaster) as per the Teaching Schedule. Some of the questions may refer to particular case studies and may require research and review by team members. In general these worksheets will be due at the beginning of the class in the following week.

TASK 2 - Project Plan (for Website Project) (Refer to Teaching Schedule for due dates)

For this task you will work in your Website project teams to manage the development and testing your PHP and MySQL dynamic Website. You will need to pay to particular attention to the management of quality and testing deliverables.

Each team will also need to formulate and implement a disaster recovery/ contingency plan for your PHP and MySQL dynamic Website. Potential risks in the development of the Website might include loss of code or data and issues with team members.

This task will cover both competencies we are looking at this semester, namely "Manage project quality" and "Prepare disaster recovery and contingency plans". Your documents will represent part of the overall assessment of each of these two competencies.

To be deemed competent in this task each team must develop, review and submit the following documents:

1) A Quality Management Plan document (of 4-6 pages) for your team’s project, which should include details of:
    a) The determination of quality requirements
    b) The implementation of quality assurance processes
    c) The implementation of quality improvements

2) A Disaster Recovery/ Contingency Plan document (of 4-6 pages) for your team’s project, which should include details of:
    a) The evaluation of risks or threats to the system
    b) The evaluation of any impacts of risks threats on business continuity
    c) The formulation of prevention and recovery strategies

3) Teams will also be expected to produce an interim versions of both documents and present their final plans to the class, as per the Teaching Schedule.

General Points
    • All these documents will be presented in portfolio form ie. a folder of documents
    • All documents should have cover sheets. Each document should include a header (eg with the name of the document and team members’ names) and a footer (eg with the date and page number).
    • A soft copy backup is to be retained by all team members.
    • RMIT academic discipline procedures will apply in cases of plagiarism.
    • A more detailed guideline document will be available from week 4.

TASK 3 - Final Test (Conducted in week 14)

This will be an open-book theory test. To be deemed competent in this task you must answer each section completely. Sections of this task may be presented in report format.

You are to prepare a response to each question, which will cover both project management theory and application of that theory to various projects. You may for example need to evaluate a project or provide recommendations for future projects.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Submission Requirements:

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard.

You should: 
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Marking Guide (Competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT).

So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading):

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:


We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of understanding of project management principles in your approach to managing a project.


We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in managing major projects. .You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all applicable project management principles and requirements in all the assessment tasks. You should also be prepared to research topics to improve your understanding.


We are looking for appropriate use of technology and project management tools to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended stakeholders. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems and risks that can arise in managing projects and how these might be addressed.


You should aim to attend all class sessions and save your solutions to all exercises and assessment tasks you have completed, It will be very advantageous to prepare for and review class materials using suggested resources, such as the recommended textbook or Websites indicated by your teacher.

We expect to see ongoing progress and status reports of the projects relevant to the unit, utilisation of Blackboard as required and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.


We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled team sessions. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach towards teamwork and managing projects. You will also need to liaise regularly with your teacher in order to ensure that all tasks have been completed satisfactorily.

Final Grades Table:

CHD    Competent with High Distinction
CDI     Competent with Distinction
CC      Competent with Credit
CAG    Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC    Not Yet Competent
DNS    Did Not Submit for assessment

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

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