Course Title: Design, build and test a network server

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5395 Diploma of Information Technology

Course Title: Design, build and test a network server

Portfolio: BUS Portfolio Office

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2020,
Term2 2020

Course Contact: Val Christou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5076

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design, install and test a server in a complex network environment.

It applies to individuals who are employed in network or systems engineering roles, such as network engineers who are required to design and build network servers in a complex computing environment of medium-to-large organisations.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ICTNWK505 Design, build and test a network server


1. Plan and design network servers to meet business requirements

2. Prepare for network server installation

3. Build and configure the servers according to design

4. Test and reconfigure network servers

5. Complete and document network design and installation

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence

 Evidence of the ability to:

  • produce a design report for a server (or servers) with complex user and network service requirements
  • install and configure the server according to the produced design
  • monitor and test the server
  • troubleshoot server and network failures
  • configure a wide range of server network and security services, including:
  • domain name system (DNS)
  • dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP)
  • web and proxy mail
  • file transfer protocol (FTP)
  • firewall. 

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:        

  • describe the key features of current network operating systems (NOS)
  • identify and describe current server applications compatibility issues and resolution procedures
  • discuss network service configuration, including:
    • domain name system (DNS)
    • dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP)
    • file transfer protocol (FTP)
    • mail
    • network time protocol (NTP)
    • proxy
    • server messages block (SMB)
    • web
  • describe common network service management, including:
    • start
    • stop
    • restart
    • start on boot
  • identify and describe network service security features, including server firewall configuration
  • identify and summarise troubleshooting tools and techniques, including network diagnostic utilities
  • describe common operating system installation and operation issues, including:
    • installation media:
    • CD
    • DVD
    • universal serial bus (USB)
    • boot disk
    • network and script (automated install)
  • deployment services
  • boot process and diagnosing boot failures
  • operating system rescue environment
  • operating system help and support utilities
  • performance monitoring tools and tuning options
  • compatibility issues and resolution procedures
  • high availability options for servers
  • file and print management
  • describe data security and storage measures required on a networked server, including:
    • user authentication and directory services
    • best practice procedures for implementing backup and recovery
    • error and event logging and reporting
    • storage options, including file systems and disk partitioning schemes
  • describe the process of managing a project, including:
    • documentation skills required for networks
    • process or task management
    • task scheduling utilities.  

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance in conditions that are safe and replicate the workplace. Noise levels, production flow, interruptions and time variances must be typical of those experienced in the network industry, and include access to:

  • a site where server installation may be conducted
  • relevant server specifications
  • cabling
  • networked (LAN) computers
  • server diagnostic software
  • switching equipment
  • client requirements
  • wide area network (WAN) service point of presence
  • workstations
  • relevant regulatory documentation that affects installation activities.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.