Course Title: Use, communicate and search securely on the internet

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: OFFC5332C

Course Title: Use, communicate and search securely on the internet

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3399 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

David Thomas

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


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to connect to the internet, securely send and receive emails, search the internet using web browsers and interact securely and in a socially responsible manner with a range of different internet sites.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTICT103 Use, communicate and search securely on the internet


1. Connect to and access the internet

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Connect to the internet through the existing internet connection and confirm functionality 1.2 Open an internet browser and set a home page of personal choice by setting internet options 1.3 Ensure internet browser software security 1.4 Adjust the display of the internet browser to suit personal requirements 1.5 Modify toolbar to meet user and internet browser needs 1.6 Access a particular website, note privacy and other conditions of use and retrieve data 1.7 Use socially responsible behaviour when sharing information on the internet 1.8 Enter uniform resource locator (URL) in address line of internet browser


2. Use email for communications

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Open email application package, create new email message and add addressees 2.2 Compose the text of an email message according to organisational guidelines and spell check and edit text as required 2.3 Create and add an automatic signature for the user 2.4 Attach files to the email message where required 2.5 Determine and set a priority and send the email message 2.6 Reply to and forward a received message using available features 2.7 Open and save an attachment to the relevant folder 2.8 Search for, sort and save email message using available settings 2.9 Adjust email accounts to restrict and quarantine possible email security problems 2.10 Print an email message as required


3. Search the internet

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Review organisational guidelines on internet access 3.2 Open an internet application and locate and access a search engine on the internet and define search expressions based on the data required 3.3 Enter appropriate key words into the search engine to locate the desired information 3.4 Refine a search depending on outcomes of the original search 3.5 Save search expression results and present them in a report according to the information requirements 3.6 Create a bookmark within the internet browser or a link for the required web page for the key results 3.7 Save the key results in a bookmark folder 3.8 Modify the internet browser options for printing and print a web page 3.9 Close the internet browser


4. Access and use consumer specific sites on the internet

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify, access and review information-specific sites to gain consumer information 4.2 Identify and use internet application sites to lodge details and gain access and information 4.3 Access and use online forms on the internet


5. Undertake online transactions

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Access an online transaction site 5.2 Ensure security of transaction site 5.3 Enter required information into fields on merchant's website 5.4 Ensure that pop-up dialog boxes, prompts or feedback mechanisms are completed 5.5 Enter, check and make changes to preferred transaction options 5.6 Complete online transaction 5.7 Record and archive receipts according to business processes 5.8 Close down and leave transaction process


6. Conduct an advanced search

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Use search tools and advanced search features 6.2 Use Boolean search techniques when required to enhance the search 6.3 Use multiple or meta-search tools with a range of key words 6.4 Use search engines particular to a field of knowledge to refine the outcome 6.5 Access related virtual community sites and newsgroups and note their objectives and operational arrangements 6.6 Conduct a search with domain names to refine the search


7. Use information that has been located

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Cross-reference information found by using several websites to determine accuracy of information obtained 7.2 Check date that website was last updated or properties of website to determine currency of information 7.3 Determine website authority by looking at copyright statements, privacy statements and organisational information 7.4 Save and print information found in different file forms

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities


  • Class Activities - handouts, articles, worksheets, discussions
  • Videos
  • Presentations and Demonstrations
  • Workshops

Teaching Schedule


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

LinkedinLearning via RMIT website (Free for RMIT students)

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of:

  • in class activities
  • Assignments

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Quality research project

Professionally searching the internet and using the information that has been located.


Assessment 2: Send & receive information using web browsers & email

Connecting to the internet & using email for communications.


Assessment 3: Participating & transacting online

Access and use consumer specific sites and undertake online transactions.


To pass the course you need achieve a satisfactory result for every assessment.
You will be given only two attempts for each assessment to demonstrate you have the required skills.

A third attempt can only be offered after discussions between the teacher and the Program Coordinator and is not automatic.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment

CA Competency Achieved  
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

Submission of Assessment Tasks

It is expected that any work presented for assessment in this course will be your own. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

Extensions of time for submission of assessable work

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment on time by circumstances outside your control you may apply for an extension of up to seven (7) calendar days by filling in the application form at least one working day BEFORE the due date. The application form should be emailed to your Program Coordinator, Namrita Kaul,
Eligibility criteria for application and the form is available from the link:

If you require an extension of time longer than 7 days, you must apply for Special Consideration.

Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.

Special consideration

If you are unable to sit a test, exam or lab-based assessments due to unexpected circumstances (e.g., illness), you should apply for Special Consideration for the missed assessment. Information on applying for Special Consideration can be found from the link: Applications for Special Consideration should NOT be submitted to the course or program coordinator.

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