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Unit of competency details

ICTPRG503 - Debug and monitor applications (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to ICAPRG503A - Debug and monitor applicationsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015
Is superseded by and equivalent to ICTPRG533 - Debug and monitor applications 20/Jul/2020

Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 25/Mar/2015


Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 020103 Programming  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 020103 Programming  30/Jul/2015 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package Version 1.0.

Application

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to debug and monitor a software application.

It applies to individuals who work as developers, testers and support engineers, using logging and tracing techniques to identify software problems and to monitor systems.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit Sector

Programming and software development

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Implement a framework for logging and error handling

1.1 Determine the logging framework for writing text messages at a certain level or priority to log files, or for sending data to monitoring applications

1.2 Create a custom event log for an application

1.3 Analyse the logs to check the state of the running application

2. Debug and trace an application

2.1 Apply basic debugging techniques such as breakpoints, stepping through and over code, and stack trace

2.2 Identify and use the tools to debug software applications

2.3 Write the code for debugging (print, assert and stop statements)

3. Monitor the application’s performance

3.1 Identify and use profiling tools to verify the parts of the system that consume the most resources, such as random access memory (RAM), central processing unit (CPU) and time

3.2 Analyse performance issues, and apply any changes to improve the performance of the application

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.

Skill 

Performance Criteria 

Description 

Reading

1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1

  • Interprets and critically analyses complex texts, and applies the appropriate strategies to construct meaning from complex texts

Writing

1.2

  • Displays a knowledge of structure and layout, employing a broad vocabulary, grammatical structure, and the conventions appropriate to text when creating a custom event log

Numeracy

1.3, 3.2

  • Selects from, and applies, an expanding range of mathematical and problem-solving strategies when analysing logs, and monitoring applications data

Get the work done

All

  • Uses systematic, analytical processes in complex, non-routine situations, setting goals, gathering relevant information, and identifying, and evaluating options against the agreed criteria
  • Uses analytical processes to decide on a course of action, establishing the criteria for deciding between options
  • Uses a systematic process to identify possible solutions to a difficult problem
  • Understands the key principles and concepts underpinning the design, and operation, of digital systems and tools

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title 

current version 

Code and title 

previous version 

Comments 

Equivalence status 

ICTPRG503 Debug and monitor applications

ICAPRG503A Debug and monitor applications

Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages

Equivalent unit

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=a53af4e4-b400-484e-b778-71c9e9d6aff2

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version first released with ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package Version 1.0.

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • use a logging framework to create an event log for an application
  • use tools and techniques to trace and debug an application
  • use profiling tools to collect data about an application's performance, identify and analyse identified issues and implement changes to improve performance.

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.

Knowledge Evidence

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

  • provide examples of common logging frameworks. logging and tracing tools, and profiling tools
  • explain the functions of profiling tools, and logging and tracing tools
  • explain the basic principles of:
  • computer hardware, networking and components
  • database-management systems
  • object-oriented programming
  • open-source development tools
  • describe procedures for developing small-size applications
  • outline the software development life cycle (SDLC).

Assessment Conditions

Gather evidence to demonstrate 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 programming and software development industry, and include access to:

  • sufficient privileges to use performance monitoring tools on client and server system
  • specific debugging tools and licenses, depending on the particular platform.

Assessors must satisfy NVR/AQTF assessor requirements.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=a53af4e4-b400-484e-b778-71c9e9d6aff2