Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
This qualification reflects the role of individuals involving a high level of specialist technical skills and knowledge in telecommunications and IT networks using internet protocol (IP) systems who can:
  • Install, test and commission data communications networks in medium to large enterprises using Next Generation Networks (NGN) technologies;
  • Provide specialist technical support in monitoring and administering the installation and upgrade of IT networks;
  • Cover local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN), IP based protocol systems,  secured networks, wireless and wired line networks, databases, routers, switches and servers;
  • Install and maintain IP based network telecommunications equipment.
This course focuses on planning, designing, deploying, configuring, managing and monitoring of IP-based IT network environment.  
ACCREDITATION
This is a nationally recognised course and part of ICT10 Integrated Telecommunications Training Package.  Students who successfully complete all the assessments will be awarded with ICT50210 Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering.  

TARGET GROUP
This program is designed for individual with ICT background who wishes to pursue a career in the occupations associated with the Telecommunication and Network Engineering sector.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.  However, those candidates who do not have a Certificate IV in Telecommunication Network Engineering must complete "QASA1503 - Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering Applicant Suitability Assessment".   

PATHWAYS INTO THE QUALIFICATION
Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:
  • Achieving the ICT40210 Certificate IV in Telecommunications Network Engineering or another relevant accredited Training Package qualification or relevant accredited course; or
  • Providing evidence of competency in the core units required for the ICT40210 Certificate IV in Telecommunications Network Engineering or equivalent units with proven vocational experience; or 
  • With substantial vocational experience but without a formal qualification; or
  • Providing evidence of competency or possession of an ICT degree, which is completed in the last 5 years; and/or 
  • Providing evidence of or hold one or more equivalent professional certificate(s) in Networking such as Cisco CCENT, CCNA, CCNP, Microsoft MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, CompTIA Network+, etc. 


PATHWAYS FROM THE QUALIFICATION
For candidates seeking to develop more specialised technical skills and knowledge, the electives selected in the ICT50210 Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering, should be considered with a view to meeting pathways into the ICT60210 Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering or a range of other Advanced Diploma qualifications or University programs.
Some examples of advanced standing for graduates of this Diploma course are:
  •   Australian Catholic University

                •   Bachelor of Information Technology

                    80 credit points guaranteed out of the total 240 points required for the course

  •    University of Canberra (Liverpool Campus)

               •     Bachelor of Information Technology

                       •   24 credit points for first year study in a three year degree

  
  •  Southern Cross University       
              •   Students are to directly approach the university as advanced standing is granted on a case by case basis. 
                  For further information about Southern Cross University    (http://scu.edu.au/scupathways/index.php/86/)

              

EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES / EXPECTED JOB ROLES

  • IP-based network Installer
  • Specialised network infrastructure installer
  • Secure IT network installer
  • Installer of emerging technologies
  • Telecommunications technical specialist
  • Entry-level Network Engineer
  • Entry-level Server Administrator
  • Entry-level Network Administrator
  • Server/Network Support Level 2-3

DELIVERY LOCATION
The course will be delivered at Abbey College Australia, Level 2, 770-772 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000.
FACILITIES

The general facilities at Abbey College Australia includes large classrooms with layout designed for both lecture and discussion format.  All classrooms are equipped with audio-visual presentation hardware and software.  All students also have access to wireless network, printing and library facilities.

In addition, Diploma of Telecommunication Network Engineering students have access to the following facilities:

  • Computer lab with access to the Internet and printer.
  • Every student will receive their Cisco and Microsoft official course books and courseware for all units of study.
  • Individual students will have dedicated access to an enterprise-grade physical server with Windows Server 2012 DataCenter Edition Operating System and Hyper-V Virtualisation installed on each server.
  • Four full-set of dedicated Cisco hands-on labs equipment for CCNA.

Each set is installed on an independent equipment rack, which includes:

  • at least 3 Cisco Integrated Services Routers.
  • at least 3 Cisco Catalyst Switches.
  • all Ethernet, serial, console, and power cables required for the completion of the labs.
  • Exclusive access to full sets of Microsoft Official Course labs run on Hyper-V for every mapped course.
  • Access to Abbey’s Moodle site as Learning Management System.
  • Microsoft IT Academy benefits for students, such as software licensing and resources.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

To receive this qualification, learners must demonstrate competency in all of the 4 core competencies covered by the training program and 6 elective competencies.

No

Unit

Description

Core/Elective

1

BSBPMG522

Undertake project work

Core

2

BSBSUS501

Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

Core

3

ICTPMG5031A

Prepare a project brief

Core

4

ICTTEN5037A

Design a telecommunications project

Core

5

ICTICT508

Evaluate vendor products and equipment

Elective

6

ICTNWK516

Determine best-fit topology for a local network

Elective

7

ICTTEN5147A

Administer a data communications network

Elective

8

ICTSUS5187A

Implement server virtualisation for a sustainable ICT system

Elective

9

ICTTEN5200A

Install, configure and test a local area network switch

Elective

10

ICTTEN5201A

Install, configure and test a server

Elective

The electives are selected for institute-based (face to face) training and suitable for an IP based network installer.  These may vary depend on the work outcomes and industry requirements. 



EQUAL FULL TIME STUDENT LOAD (EFTSL)

This course has been developed over one year (comprising of 10 units of competency).  The 50 week course total EFTSL is 1. The EFTSL is 0.25 per unit of study.

MAPPED industry/VENDOR COURSES AND QUALIFICATIONS

This program is designed to prepare the students for the industry. Students are required to complete the relevant training that is directly mapped to the vendors’ qualifications.  In addition, they are required to study and expected to complete the following exams as part of this program.  Students can participate in these exams at no additional cost.  However, students who fail one or more of these exams may be required to pay additional fees to re-sit the exam.

The following table shows the mapped Microsoft and Cisco courses/modules that student will learn in this course with their corresponding exams and qualifications.

Relevant Training

Relevant Exam

Relevant Qualification

Microsoft MOC6421

70-642

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Microsoft MOC6425

Microsoft MOC6426

70-640

Microsoft MOC6433

70-646

Cisco ICND1

Cisco ICND2

200-120

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Students who successfully complete all of the Diploma requirements and all vendor exams, are expected to obtain the following qualifications:

  • Nationally recognised ICT50210 Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering from Abbey College Australia;
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) from Microsoft; and
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) from Cisco.

The main goal of this approach is to significantly enhance the readiness and chances of graduates of this course to work and perform well in the industry immediately after they finish their course.


TEACHING METHODS
This course will be delivered using a combination of lecture, hands-on labs, tutorials, practical exercises and team-work project activities.  Students will receive Cisco and Microsoft Official Course books for each mapped vendor course.  Students may require having their own additional study time outside of their class activities time.

ASSESSMENT METHODS
Assessments are both formative and summative.  Evidence will be gathered based on a combination of theoretical and practical assessment.  Assessment tools are designed with a holistic approach and mapped to industry/vendor qualifications (Microsoft and Cisco).
Methods of assessments include:
  • Written assessments;
  • Hands-on labs;
  • Practical/demonstration activities;
  • Team-work in telecommunication/networking projects; and
  • Group and individual presentations.

RPL (RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING)
Students can obtain advanced standing in the training program on the basis of current competency.  They need to provide evidence that they already have achieved the targeted competencies by, for example:
  • Providing evidence of completion of related training programs or courses and mapping them to the target competencies; or
  • Demonstrating them in a workplace or simulated workplace environment.
Please note:
  • Payment of RPL assessment fee will be required ($550 per unit and it is non-refundable).
  • RPL application should be submitted with the enrolment form prior to enrolment. 
Overseas students: Subject to RPL assessment outcomes, Abbey College Australia will inform visa granting authorities if granting RPL to an international student may result in the shortening of the actual duration of their course.