Course Title: Configure and secure networked end points

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2024

Course Code: INTE5063

Course Title: Configure and secure networked end points

School: 520T Future Technologies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4424 - Certificate IV in Cyber Security

Course Contact: Geetu Sharma

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1409

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Coordinator:  George Yousif

Tel:  +61 3 9925 4081


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


Course Description

In this course you will gain the skills and knowledge required to configure an operating system on a personal computer, adding security, setting user level passwords and privileges to limit and identify user access – all required to increase protection of the end point from cyber security attacks. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU23214 Configure and secure networked end points


1 Identify the role of personal computers and other computing devices in cyber security

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Computer system components are identified and how they work together is explained

1.2 Role of security relevant peripherals is defined 

1.3 Common computer input output devices are identified 

1.4 Emerging Internet of Things (IOT) devices are identified and demonstrated 

1.5 Security concerns for the network due to the inherent lack of security of IoT devices is identified 




2 Undertake preventative maintenance and base level troubleshooting procedures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Preventative maintenance procedures for a personal computer are described and demonstrated

2.2 Base level troubleshooting procedures for the operation of a personal computer are demonstrated 


3 Configure and use a computer operating system and relevant applications

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Computer Operating System (OS) installation is performed

3.2 Structure of the OS for a personal computer is examined and the function of the components are explained 

3.3 Security applications for a personal computer are installed and configured 

3.4 Routine system management tasks with appropriate operating system tools are demonstrated 

3.5 Common preventative maintenance techniques for operating systems are described and demonstrated 

3.6 Configuring access controls for a personal computer is described and implemented 

3.7 Setting passwords and allocating privileges for the operating system are described and implemented


4 Define principles of safe software upgrade security practises

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Models of resource access for a computer system are identified 

4.2 Client/Server and Client/Client security issues are explained 

4.3 Strategies for updating software for a Client/Server to minimise security risks are investigated 


5 Configure and use virtualised images

Performance Criteria:

5.1 System requirements for installing the virtualisation software are reviewed 

5.2 Required services within the virtualised environment are installed 

5.3 System requirements to ensure virtual machines function are configured 

5.4 Remote client access to virtual machines is configured 


6 Identify key concepts in networking personal computers

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Key components of a computer network are identified 

6.2 Purpose and characteristics of networking standards are explained 

6.3 Changing the IP address in an operating system is performed 

6.4 Network connectivity between computers is configured and tested 


7 Connect devices to networks

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Setting the IP address in an operating system is performed 

7.2 Network connectivity between wired computers is configured and tested 

7.3 Connectivity to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) from a wired Local Area Network (LAN) is demonstrated 

7.4 Base level troubleshooting methods for wired networks are demonstrated 

7.5 Network connectivity using a Wireless LAN (WLAN) is demonstrated 

7.6 Connectivity to an ISP from the WLAN is demonstrated 

7.7 Base level troubleshooting methods for WLAN networks are explained and demonstrated 

7.8 Connectivity to an ISP from the WLAN is demonstrated 


8 Demonstrate base level Linux commands

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Linux Operating system installation on a personal computer is performed 

8.2 Structure and characteristics of the Linux operating system environment are defined 

8.3 Linux security applications are identified 

8.4 Basic system administration using Linux commands is performed 

8.5 Linux commands to enable the personal computer to communicate with other devices in a network are defined and implemented 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. 

Details of Learning Activities

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to configure an operating system on a personal computer, adding security, setting user level passwords and privileges to limit and identify user access – all required to increase protection of the end point from cyber security attacks.

The unit also provides an overview of internet of things (IoT) devices, an introduction to computer networking virtualisation and base level Linux commands.

The unit applies to individuals working as cyber security technicians either alone or as part of a team.

Teaching Schedule


Week Topic
1 Understanding hardware peripherals

Installation of Windows OS.

Installing and configuring virtualization software.

3 Setting up BitLocker

Installation of Linux OS.

Configuring virtualization software.

5 Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Software
6 Firewalls
7 Remote connection to a Virtual Machine.
8 Protected Folder Access
9 Password policies

Basics of computer networking.

Assigning IP addresses.

Having devices communicating with each other.

11 Preventive Maintenance of Computer

Understanding what user accounts are.

Define global and local user accounts.

Modifying roles of the user account.


Understanding Linux basic command structure.

Understanding what Linux folders represent.

14 Sharing folder access.
15 Project Demonstrations
16 Project Demonstrations
17 Project Resubmission
18 Final Resubmissions (if available)

* Subject to change

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


500GB External Hard Drive required

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral/written presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks

  • Knowledge Assessment
  • Product Assessment

You will be allowed a resubmission attempt once per assessment only if it constitutes a reasonable attempt (see below).

For example, if you need to resubmit one of your assessments, you will not be entitled to any further resubmissions for that assessment. 

Please read all of the information handed carefully and ask lots of questions if you are unsure.

Reasonable Attempt

You must make a reasonable attempt on each submission to be granted a resubmission attempt.

What constitutes a reasonable attempt?

A reasonable attempt would be attempting to answer all of the questions asked of you to the best of your ability.

Leaving large sections of your work blank, or not submitting sections does not show your teacher you have enough of an understanding of the assessment to be deemed competent.

This indicates to your teacher that you didn’t seek out your teacher for help, or that you did not understand the work.

Please note, in the event you are eligible for a resubmission, a new due date will be provided to you. Please check your feedback carefully as missing this deadline will leave you with your original mark.



Deadlines are set when the course commences and may only be moved by the teacher if there is a reasonable reason to do so. 

If work keeps getting pushed back, then it will make the back end of your semester too difficult to handle.

If you do not submit your work by the deadline without an approved extension from your teacher, you will lose your ability to gain a resubmission.

Assessment Matrix

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competence.

Task 1 Knowledge Assessment
Task 2 Product Assessment


These tasks assess the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):


Assessment Mapping Matrix



Performance Criteria Covered

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To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. 
Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are: 

  • assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice 
  • maths and science developmental support and advice 
  • English language development 

Please Refer to find more information about Study and learning Support 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS) to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Equitable Learning Services (ELS).

Late submission: 

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you 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. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted. 
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for 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. 

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or assessed.

Special consideration: 

Please Refer to find more information about special consideration 


Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. 

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Other Information: 

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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