Unit of competency details

ICAS5203A - Evaluate and select a web hosting service (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 01/Jan/2000

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Mapping:
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DeletedDeleted from ZZZ00 Superseded units29/Nov/2016

Training packages that include this unit

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 020113 Networks And Communications  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 020113 Networks And Communications  17/Sep/2004 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Field 

Support

This unit defines the competency required to evaluate and select an appropriate hosting service for current and future business needs.

The following units are linked and form an appropriate cluster:

ICAA5056A - Prepare disaster recovery and contingency plans

Field 

Support

This unit defines the competency required to evaluate and select an appropriate hosting service for current and future business needs.

The following units are linked and form an appropriate cluster:

ICAA5056A - Prepare disaster recovery and contingency plans

Application of the Unit

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Pre-Requisites

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria 

Element 

Performance Criteria 

1

Select ISP based on selection criteria approved by the client

1.1

Review comparable characteristics of a range of hosting services including web hosting facilities, data transfer, level of service, functionality, hosting plans and pricing plans

1.2

Review client usage and ensure that email and mailing list services are flexible enough to meet current and future business needs

1.3

Review support service standards to ensure they meet the needs of the business

1.4

Ensure internet service provider (ISP) hosting service has sufficient data capacity to cover partial outages

1.5

Determine availability of security technologies

1.6

Determine availability of scripting languages

1.7

Evaluate optional server applications for advanced web business functions

1.8

Confirm client selection criteria and select internet service provider (ISP) hosting service that best matches the criteria

2

Ensure guarantee of permanent on line presence

2.1

Establish that the web hosting service has systems in place to monitor server performance and availability

2.2

Negotiate escalation procedures and performance standards with internet service provider

2.3

Establish that security and back-up procedures are articulated and meet business needs

3

Ensure that web host meets technical requirements

3.1

Take action to ensure that operating system supports the preferred business development software, applications, extensions and databases

3.2

Establish that the web host servers support dynamic websites using the preferred business technologies

3.3

Establish that the web host provides current and future disk space requirements

3.4

Establish that the site analysis reports are available and flexible enough to meet business needs

3.5

Establish that the security systems and payment technologies meet business and customers expectations and requirements

4

Performance is benchmarked and tested against specified criteria

4.1

Test the performance of the ISP during on- and off-peak times and record outcomes

4.2

Establish that the email and mailing services have back-up procedures in place and are protected from damage, erasure or unwanted damage

4.3

Take action to ensure support services perform in line with business needs

Required Skills and Knowledge

Knowledge and skills 

Knowledge includes :

Internet security issues

Server technologies

Operating systems used by ISPs

Customer and business needs and relationships

Performance expectations from customers and end users

Applying performance benchmarks

Skills include :

Basic negotiation skills

Analytical skills for determining appropriate pricing and services plan for the business

Forward planning skills in relation to identifying future business needs

Knowledge and skills 

Knowledge includes :

Internet security issues

Server technologies

Operating systems used by ISPs

Customer and business needs and relationships

Performance expectations from customers and end users

Applying performance benchmarks

Skills include :

Basic negotiation skills

Analytical skills for determining appropriate pricing and services plan for the business

Forward planning skills in relation to identifying future business needs

Evidence Guide

The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, required skills and knowledge, the Range Statement and the assessment guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects of evidence 

Assessment must confirm the ability to evaluate and select a web hosting service that meets the current and future needs of the business.

Assessment guidance 

The purpose of this unit is to define the standard of performance to be achieved in the workplace. In undertaking training and assessment activities related to this unit, consideration should be given to the implementation of appropriate diversity and accessibility practices in order to accommodate people who may have special needs. Additional guidance on these and related matters is provided in ICA05 Section 1.

Competency in this unit should to be assessed using summative assessment to ensure consistency of performance in a range of contexts. This unit can be assessed either in the workplace or in a simulated environment. However, simulated activities must closely reflect the workplace to enable full demonstration of competency.

Assessment will usually include observation of real or simulated work processes and procedures and/or performance in a project context as well as questioning on underpinning knowledge and skills. The questioning of team members, supervisors, subordinates, peers and clients where appropriate may provide valuable input to the assessment process. The interdependence of units for assessment purposes may vary with the particular project or scenario.

In the case of this unit, it could be assessed in a holistic manner with:

ICAA5056A - Prepare disaster recovery and contingency plans

Resources 

To demonstrate competency in this unit the learner will require access to:

hosting plans, prices and service agreements

technology underpinning the isp and services offered

business plan outlining future directions for the business.

Role context 

The effectiveness of an organisation's online presence is significantly determined by the quality, cost and features of the web hosting service provider or ISP. Web hosts often tailor their services to serve the needs of a particular type of client and the selection of an appropriate bundle of features and provider is an important decision for the organisation.

An individual demonstrating this competency would be able to take responsibility for comparing and evaluating ISP services

The breadth, depth and complexity covering planning and initiation of alternative approaches to skills or knowledge applications across a broad range of technical and/or management requirements, evaluation and coordination would be characteristic.

The demonstration of competency may also require self-directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques for self and others.

Applications involve participation in development of strategic initiatives as well as personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations or organising others. It may include participation in teams including teams concerned with planning and evaluation functions. Group or team coordination may also be involved.

An individual demonstrating this competency would be able to:

demonstrate understanding of a broad knowledge base incorporating theoretical concepts, with substantial depth in some areas

analyse and plan approaches to technical problems or management requirements

transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical or creative skills to a range of situations

evaluate information, using it to forecast for planning or research purposes

take responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad quantity and quality parameters

take some responsibility for the achievement of group outcomes.

The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, required skills and knowledge, the Range Statement and the assessment guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects of evidence 

Assessment must confirm the ability to evaluate and select a web hosting service that meets the current and future needs of the business.

Assessment guidance 

The purpose of this unit is to define the standard of performance to be achieved in the workplace. In undertaking training and assessment activities related to this unit, consideration should be given to the implementation of appropriate diversity and accessibility practices in order to accommodate people who may have special needs. Additional guidance on these and related matters is provided in ICA05 Section 1.

Competency in this unit should to be assessed using summative assessment to ensure consistency of performance in a range of contexts. This unit can be assessed either in the workplace or in a simulated environment. However, simulated activities must closely reflect the workplace to enable full demonstration of competency.

Assessment will usually include observation of real or simulated work processes and procedures and/or performance in a project context as well as questioning on underpinning knowledge and skills. The questioning of team members, supervisors, subordinates, peers and clients where appropriate may provide valuable input to the assessment process. The interdependence of units for assessment purposes may vary with the particular project or scenario.

In the case of this unit, it could be assessed in a holistic manner with:

ICAA5056A - Prepare disaster recovery and contingency plans

Resources 

To demonstrate competency in this unit the learner will require access to:

hosting plans, prices and service agreements

technology underpinning the isp and services offered

business plan outlining future directions for the business.

Role context 

The effectiveness of an organisation's online presence is significantly determined by the quality, cost and features of the web hosting service provider or ISP. Web hosts often tailor their services to serve the needs of a particular type of client and the selection of an appropriate bundle of features and provider is an important decision for the organisation.

An individual demonstrating this competency would be able to take responsibility for comparing and evaluating ISP services

The breadth, depth and complexity covering planning and initiation of alternative approaches to skills or knowledge applications across a broad range of technical and/or management requirements, evaluation and coordination would be characteristic.

The demonstration of competency may also require self-directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques for self and others.

Applications involve participation in development of strategic initiatives as well as personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations or organising others. It may include participation in teams including teams concerned with planning and evaluation functions. Group or team coordination may also be involved.

An individual demonstrating this competency would be able to:

demonstrate understanding of a broad knowledge base incorporating theoretical concepts, with substantial depth in some areas

analyse and plan approaches to technical problems or management requirements

transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical or creative skills to a range of situations

evaluate information, using it to forecast for planning or research purposes

take responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad quantity and quality parameters

take some responsibility for the achievement of group outcomes.

Range Statement

The Range Statement contextualises the unit of competency and provides a focus for assessment. The information provided is intended to define the scope of assessment and to assist assessors define the performance to be achieved by an individual in the workplace. The Range Statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Italicised  wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed as follows.

Server applications 

May include file sharing, printer sharing, messaging, web services, network and remote access, database and data warehousing, directory services, management, line of business applications, terminal services.

Operating system 

May include but is not limited to Linux 7.0 or above, Windows 2000 or above, Apple OS X or above.

Servers 

May include:

Apache HTTP server

IBM VisualAge and WebSphere

Microsoft-Internet-Information-Server

NetDynamics

Lotus Domino

Netscape Enterprise server, Netscape-FastTrack, Netscape-Commerce

Sun Microsystems iPlanet web server

iPlanet-Enterprise

Sun Microsystems Java web server

Email servers

FTP servers.

Scripting languages 

May include Pearl, VBscript, VB.Net Javascript, PHP, Python.

Security technologies 

May include secure socket layer (SSL), PKI, payment gateways.

Hosting plans 

May include disk storage, CGI access, scripts, POP accounts, dedicated servers, e-business hosting and co-location of servers.

Databases 

May include Oracle, PostegreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, My SQL and SQL.

The Range Statement contextualises the unit of competency and provides a focus for assessment. The information provided is intended to define the scope of assessment and to assist assessors define the performance to be achieved by an individual in the workplace. The Range Statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Italicised  wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed as follows.

Server applications 

May include file sharing, printer sharing, messaging, web services, network and remote access, database and data warehousing, directory services, management, line of business applications, terminal services.

Operating system 

May include but is not limited to Linux 7.0 or above, Windows 2000 or above, Apple OS X or above.

Servers 

May include:

Apache HTTP server

IBM VisualAge and WebSphere

Microsoft-Internet-Information-Server

NetDynamics

Lotus Domino

Netscape Enterprise server, Netscape-FastTrack, Netscape-Commerce

Sun Microsystems iPlanet web server

iPlanet-Enterprise

Sun Microsystems Java web server

Email servers

FTP servers.

Scripting languages 

May include Pearl, VBscript, VB.Net Javascript, PHP, Python.

Security technologies 

May include secure socket layer (SSL), PKI, payment gateways.

Hosting plans 

May include disk storage, CGI access, scripts, POP accounts, dedicated servers, e-business hosting and co-location of servers.

Databases 

May include Oracle, PostegreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, My SQL and SQL.

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

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