Course Title: Design, build and test a network server

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: COSC6124C

Course Title: Design, build and test a network server

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5300 - Diploma of Information Technology

Course Contact : Paul Lewis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1615

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


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to design, install and test a server in a complex network environment. Students will work in teams to plan, install, configure and troubleshoot a small Windows network according to organisational 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:

ICANWK505A Design, build and test a network server


4. Test and reconfigure network servers

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Test server for benchmarking against client specification and requirements according to test plan, and record outcomes
4.2 Analyse the error report and make changes as required
4.3 Use troubleshooting tools and techniques to diagnose and correct server problems
4.4 Test required changes or additions
4.5 Validate changes or additions against specifications


1. Plan and design network servers to meet business requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Consult with client and key stakeholders to identify requirements
1.2 Assess business problems, opportunities, scope, objectives and budget, confirming details with appropriate person
1.3 Analyse and document data migration requirements
1.4 Review requirements to identify network server specifications
1.5 Produce detailed documentation for the design and configuration of the network services, server applications, security and redundancy
1.6 Prototype design and update documentation as necessary
1.7 Produce installation checklists as part of the quality assurance process
1.8 Develop the test plan to ensure that the system meets client requirements, performance standards and quality expectations
1.9 Obtain client sign-off for the design report


2. Prepare for network server installation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Prepare for work, according to site-specific safety requirements and enterprise OHS processes and procedures
2.2 Identify safety hazards and implement risk control measures in consultation with appropriate personnel
2.3 Consult appropriate personnel to ensure the task is coordinated effectively with others involved at the worksite
2.4 Back up local data in preparation for installation


3. Build and configure the servers according to design

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Install network operating system to design specifications using installation checklists
3.2 Install additional tools or third-party software applications as required by the design
3.3 Patch the operating system and applications to ensure maximum security and reliability
3.4 Configure network services and applications
3.5 Implement security design to prevent unauthorised access to system
3.6 Reconnect and reconfigure connectivity devices
3.7 Configure update services to provide automatic updates for operating system and applications
3.8 Restore local data to new server
3.9 Implement backup and recovery methods to enable restoration capability in the event of a disaster


5. Complete and document network design and installation

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Make and document server configuration and operational changes
5.2 Complete client report and notify of server status
5.3 Clean up and restore worksite to client’s satisfaction
5.4 Secure sign-off from appropriate person

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 practical computer exercises based on teacher handouts. Students should attend all sessions.

Students will also be expected to undertake work on a variety of 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 
111th Feb 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

Introduction to Course & Windows Server:
• Course introduction & overview
• Chap 1 - Introduction to Windows Server 2008: Platforms, features & networking

218th Feb 2013

Chap 2 - Installing Windows Server 2008 via DVD & on virtual HD

325th Feb 2013

Chap 3 - Configuring Windows Server 2008 *
Chap 6 - Configuring printer services

* Parts of Chap 3 onlyICASAS518A
44th Mar 2013Chap 4 - Active direcrtory. User profiles
Chap 7 - Managing patitions & backups *
* Parts of Chap 7 onlyICASAS518A
511th Mar 2013Chap 5 - File & folder security
Practical review exercise
618th Mar 2013Chap 8 - Network services (DNS, DHCP, IIS) ICASAS518A
725th Mar 2013Chap 10 - Security (group policy, firewall etc) ICASAS518A
MID-SEMESTER BREAK (28th Mar - 3rd Apr 2013 inclusive)
71st Apr 2013Chap 10 - Security (group policy, firewalls etc) ICASAS518A
88th Apr 2013Chap 11 - Server monitoring *
Chap 12 - Managing system problems *
* Parts of Chaps 11 &12 onlyICASAS518A
915th Apr 2013Practical review exercise.
Review of concepts
1022nd Apr 2013Skills Assessment (whole class)TASK 1 - Skills Assessment conductedICASAS518A
1129th Apr 2013Class work on project, including system design ICASAS518A
126th May 2013Class work on project, including system installationTASK 2 - System Design due ICASAS518A
1313th May 2013Class work on project, including system configuration ICASAS518A
1420th May 2013Final project testing. Work on system documentationTASK 2 - System Setup complete (end of week)ICASAS518A
1527th May 2013System demonstrationsTASK 2 - System Documentation due (end of week)ICASAS518A
 163rd Jun 2013Course & assessment feedback. Re-submission of work if required ICASAS518A

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Palmer, M (2009), Hands-On Windows Server, Course Technology, ISBN: 978-1-470-4239-0234-8

This text is prescribed for this course, and it is essential that all students obtain a copy of the text, so that it is possible to work through the various exercises in the book.

This book, while expensive, has been reduced in price after negotiations. It includes clear explanations of all the various concepts, and the exercises are relatively straightforward.


Other Resources

Students may also refer to various Websites and other textbooks as indicated their 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

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete 2 tasks. You must successfully complete each task to be deemed competent in this unit.

TASK 1 – Skills Assessment (Conducted in Week 10)

This assessment will consist of an in-class practical task in which you will be expected to complete series of practical tasks related to installing a Windows system and configuring and troubleshooting your server. These tasks will need to be performed in the classroom using the systems you installed and configured in the initial weeks. You will also need to capture screen shots and answer questions relating to your understanding of these tasks.

You will also be questioned your knowledge and understanding of the key concepts associated with installing and configuring a Windows Server. You will also need a basic understanding of networking concepts in general. Resources such as Websites, textbooks may be used.

In order to be deemed competent in this task you will need to demonstrate knowledge and skills in all areas of the course.

TASK 2 - System Configuration Task (Due Dates: Refer to Teaching Schedule)

For this assessment task you will be asked to plan and develop a small Windows Server network. Some of the task will require that you work in pairs or in a small team. You will be given broad specifications of the requirements for the installation and configuration of your server, but will need to plan and experiment with the exact setup.

Initially you will need to consult with your client, in this case the teacher, and will receive feedback as to the suitability of your setup. Your system design will need to be fully documented, with tables, diagrams and screen shots all recommended. After final testing and re-configuring the network, you will be expected to submit your revised design, together with any important

In order to be deemed competent in this task you will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in all elements of both competencies in this course. Therefore you will need to:

  • Clarify organisational procedures & client requirements
  • Plan the network setup per the requirements
  • Prepare for the installation
  • Install the server and client operating systems
  • Configure network drivers & printers etc
  • Configuring the Windows desktop etc
  • Set up appropriate folder security etc
  • Build and configure the server eg set up any required server roles
  • Test and re-configure the server if required
  • Finalise and document the network design

Work for each major stage of the project (outlined below) should be submitted or demonstrated 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.  Stages of the project are:

  • System Design
  • System Setup
  • System Documentation

You 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 demonstrations be completed in a timely manner.

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.

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 given to in class. You should endeavour to demonstrate a high level of initiative in your approach to installing your system and designing, building and testing your server. Problem-solving in particular will require considerable amount of resourcefulness.


We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required installing a Windows system and planning, configuring and troubleshooting your server. You will also need a basic understanding of networking concepts in general. You should be prepared to research topics to improve your understanding.


We are looking for proficiency in the various skills required of a Windows Server administrator and ability to address organisational requirements. You should aim to consistently demonstrate your skills in each of the class exercises as well as in the final assessment task.

You also need to be able to overcome the various problems which that can arise configuring and testing a small Windows Server network. You will need to demonstrate a degree of perseverance, and be able research possible solutions via the Web.


You should aim to attend all class sessions and complete all class exercises and assessment tasks you are assigned in a timely manner. Course documents should be stored on your home drive or a 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 expect to see contributions to relevant discussions in class and with your partner. For a many of the practical tasks, such as the final assessment task, you will need to work effectively in pairs or teams, and manage your work to complete these tasks as required. You will also need to liaise with your team leader (in this case your teacher) in order to ensure that all requirements have been met.

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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