Course Title: Match IT needs with the strategic direction of the enterprise

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: COSC6109C

Course Title: Match IT needs with the strategic direction of the enterprise

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5300 - Diploma of Information Technology

Course Contact : Chandra Nannegari

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99251657

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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:

1.  (ICASAD501A) COSC 6118C - Model data objects

2. (ICADBS412A) COSC 6117C - Build a database

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to ensure information technology (IT) services meet current and future internal operational enterprise requirements.

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:

ICAICT511A Match IT needs with the strategic direction of the enterprise


1. Evaluate current business strategy

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse the current strategic plan of the organisation to understand the industry environment and current organisational goals
1.2 Compare information related to current operational practices and the strategic plan to determine possible IT gaps and improvement opportunities
1.3 Report information regarding the effect of IT developments to an appropriate person


2. Evaluate effect of changes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Review information on current IT systems supported by the organisation
2.2 Compare and document advantages and disadvantages of current and proposed IT systems
2.3 Determine the objectives and implications of introducing changes
2.4 Document findings and forward to appropriate person for feedback


3. Develop action plans

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop plans to implement proposed changes, according to organisational policy and procedures
3.2 Document action plans, ensuring that standards, targets and implementation methods are detailed
3.3 Forward documentation to appropriate person for feedback and approval

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

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

Learning activities will include laboratory-based sessions on a variety of topics as shown in the weekly breakdown. Learning activities will generally consist of both conceptual and practical computer exercises based on teacher handouts. Students should attend all sessions.

Students will also be expected to undertake work on a database project and other activities for homework.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.

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 
108th July 2013

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 Topic
• Business Rules, Design & Build ERD (Basic ERD problems)
• Data Structures
• Analyse current strategic plan of organisation.




215th  July 2013• Business Rules continued.
• VBA basics and Loops
• Determine possible IT gaps.
322nd July 2013• ERD continued . Analyse Business Data.
• VBA continued.
• Effect of IT developments.
TASK 1 - Project Specs issued
TASK 1 - Project Teams selected
429th July 2013• ERD continued. Identify boundaries of the system.
• Logical database design
• Review current IT systems.
 TASK 1 - Project Stage 1 - draft feedbackICASAD501A
505th Aug 2013• ERD continued.
• GUI Form Subform
• Review current IT systems continued.
TASK 1 - Project Stage 1 dueICASAD501A
612th Aug 2013• Determinant & Dependencies
• Insert Update Form
• Compare IT infrastructure.
Task 1 : Stage 1 feedbackICASAD501A
719th Aug 2013• Data Redundancy & Anomalies
• Confirm DB Design. Document inconsistencies in DB design.
• Objectives of changes continued.
826th Aug 2013• Steps in Normalisation. Relational Schema. Normal Forms -1NF & 2NF
• Prototype created.
• Document findings.
  Mid-Semester Break (2 Sept to 6 Sept)  
909th Sept 2013• Normal Forms - 3NF. Steps in Database Development. Identify suitable business data. Compare normalisation results with ERD. Reconcile differences between data.
• Install DBMS.
• Develop plans to implement proposed changes
 TASK 1 - Project Stage 2 - draft feedbackICASAD501A
1016th Sept  2013

• Index, Data Dictionary.
• Implement security and access controls.
• Develop plans continued.

TASK 2 (Worksheet) security implementation and concepts

TASK 1 - Project Stage 2 dueICASAD501A
1123rd Sept  2013

• Validation of data model by client.
• Implement security continued
• Document action plans to standards.

TASK 2 (Worksheet) security implementation and concepts

TASK 1 - Project Stage 2 - feedbackICASAD501A
1230th Sept  2013• Validation of data model continued.
• Implementation plan.
• Document action plans continued
TASK 1 - Project Stage 2 - feedbackICASAD501A
1307th Oct 2013• Evaluate Database
• Feedback and approval
• User training requirements
 TASK 1 - Project Stage 3 - draft feedbackICASAD501A
14 14th Oct 2013• Work on Task 1 (project).
• Task 1 (project) demonstration and feedback
TASK 1 - Project Stage 3 dueICASAD501A
1521st Oct 2013Task 1 (project) demonstration and feedback continued
 1628th Oct  2013Course & assessment feedback. Re-submission of work if required ICASAD501A

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Schwalbe, K. (4th edn, 2012), An Introduction to Project Management, Thomson Course Technology, ISBN: 978-0-928003-3-1

Other Resources

Students may also refer to various Websites as indicated by the teacher.

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 have two tasks for assessment. Task 1(Project) and TASK 2 (Worksheet).  You must successfully complete each task to be deemed competent in this unit. 

 TASK 1 (Project) will be submitted in three stages. Stage 1 & 3 are team submissions and Stage 2 is an individual submission. The project provides an opportunity, to students, to demonstrate the skills they learn in this unit.

For this assessment task you will be asked to plan and develop a database along with IT infrastructure for a car servicing centre in consultation with key stakeholders. You will first need to identify information sources, gather data and confirm client database requirements. Work for each stage of the project (outlined below) should be submitted on the due date, as per the Teaching Schedule. You will be expected to submit and retain soft copies of any documents required. In some cases printouts may be required.

TASK 2 (Worksheet in Week 10, 11) involves security implementation and security concepts and procedures.

TASK 1 Stage 1 Project (Due: Week 5) Individual
Initial draft of proposal outlining details elicited by questioning the client:

Model Data Objects
1. Area of business operations, as well as purpose & scope of database project
2. Key car servicing processes such car service, spares stock, payments , search & appointments etc.
3. Technical constraints including hardware & software e.g. DBMS
4. Any key business rules & particular database requirements

Build a Database
1. Sample business documents e.g. forms & reports from current system
2. Team member responsibilities & communication plan
3. Any issues requiring further clarification from key stakeholders (further questions)

Match IT
1. Analyse strategic plan of the organisation,
2. Identify IT gaps and
3. Document the effect of IT developments.

TASK 1 (Project) Stage 2 (Due: week 10) - Individual:
• Further specifications if needed of the project provided.
• A template (will be provided) for database design to comply with the requirements.
• Prototype with sample data built in MS Access
• Evaluate effect of IT changes.

TASK 1 (Project) Stage 3 (Due: week 14) - Team:
• A template (will be provided) with requirements to be complied with.
• Final project documentation, including access, security, and training.
• Evaluate, effect and develop action plans.

Students will receive feedback or confirmation at each stage in relation to client requirements. In many cases changes or modifications will be required. It is therefore vital that any design documentation and other work required for each stage be submitted in a timely manner.

In order to be deemed competent in this task you will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in a variety of areas including (and not limited to) the following key areas:

  • Skills in gathering and analysing data to determine requirements
  • Ability to produce ERDs for a wide variety of scenarios
  • Ability to build and implement a database using established design.
  • Ability to normalise your tables to store data effectively
  • Ability to create objects such as forms and reports
  • Ability to write programs to simulate data and build flexibility in implementation
  • Ability to evaluate current IT infrastructure and develop IT services to meet future enterprise requirements.
  • Documentation of security and recovery procedures and training requirements.

• You will be asked to demonstrate an understanding of the project submission.

  •  Late submissions of work required for any stage of this project will be eligible for grading at pass level only

TASK 2 (Worksheet in Week 10, 11) involves security implementation and security concepts and procedures.

In order to be deemed competent in this task you will be expected to demonstrate your knowledge by implementing security features in MS SQL Server and also answer questions on security concepts and procedures.

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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Resubmission Guide:

Once a student has submitted an assessment task, a resubmission may be granted if deemed NYC. On resubmission, a student will not receive a grade higher than CAG (Competency achieved).

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 will include the following criteria:


We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications. You should endeavour to demonstrate a high level of initiative in your approach to gathering data and designing your databases, particularly in the team project.


We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required to gather data and design a database. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of information gathering and data modelling techniques in each of the assessment tasks.


We are looking for a high level of skill in data gathering and database design techniques. In particular you will need to be familiar with the appropriate technology such as modern database management systems, including multi-user systems.

You will need also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in designing a  database and how these might be addressed. You will need to demonstrate a dgree of perseverence, and be able to use normalisation techniques to improve your designs.


You should aim to attend all class sessions and save your solutions to all exercises and assessment tasks you have completed, for example on your home drive or USB device. An organised folder structure is highly recommended.

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 also expect to see ongoing progress your portfolio of documents for the project, full utilisation of Blackboard as per course guidelines and timely submission of all assessment tasks.


We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled group sessions. For the project in particular you will need to work effectively in a team, and manage your work to ensure timely completion and client approval. You should therefore also liaise with key stakeholders, such as your client or teacher, on a regular basis throughout the project.

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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