• ICAI3110C - Implement system software changes

Implement system software changes

This unit defines the competency required to implement system software changes and to handover the modified system to the client's operational area.The following units are linked and form an appropriate cluster:ICAI4029C Install network hardware to a networkICAS3034B Determine and action network problemsICAS3121B Administer network peripherals



Install and optimise operating system software

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Determine system changes required

1.1. Determine and record the required changes to system

1.2. Ensure that documentary evidence exists to support changes and evaluate changes required

1.3. Complete all documentation required in accordance with maintenance methodologies

1.4. Clarify and confirm the nature of the changes with the client

1.5. Obtain technical data from reliable sources and request other resources that may be required to complete the changes

2. Carry out system changes

2.1. Plan the procedure to effect intended changes

2.2. Confer with colleagues and users involved in the proposed changes and agree a mutually acceptable timeline and method of implementation

2.3. Copy initialisation or configuration files prior to implementation

2.4. Create a roll-back path in the event of failure

2.5. Ensure that changes required in software are made according to project or organisational guidelines

2.6. Test and verify that the changes have been made according to implementation guides and organisationalstandards

3. Present changes to client

3.1. Demonstrate changes to the client and explain the impact of these changes

3.2. Work towards making these changes acceptable to the client if changes are rejected, or making further modifications if required

3.3. Update documentation and repositories in accordance with standards and update modifications made to the change management system

4. Perform handover to client's operational

4.1. Update documentation and client procedures to reflect changes made

4.2. Secure sign off of acceptance documents by client

4.3. Facilitate handover of modified system to client's operational area

Required Skills

Required skills

System software installation and configuration

Problem solving skills for a defined range of unpredictable problems

Plain English literacy and communication skills in relation to analysis, evaluation and presentation of information

Report writing skills for business requiring depth in some areas, analysis and evaluation of information in a defined range of areas

Change management skills in relation to maintaining the continuity of IT operations and business functions

Risk analysis skills in relation to reviewing change procedures

Basic training needs analysis skills

Basic programming skills

Required knowledge

Broad knowledge of vendor software services

Broad knowledge of emerging standards for data and voice communications

Current industry-accepted hardware and software products, with basic knowledge of general features and capabilities and detailed knowledge in some areas

Broad general knowledge of the client business domain

Detailed knowledge of the system's current functionality

Basic knowledge incorporating some change control procedures

Detailed knowledge of the system under modification, including policies and procedures of the organisation

Business scheduling requirements

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the following is essential:

Assessment must confirm the ability to implement changes to the system with minimum disruption to the system and client users. All changes are to be documented.

Whilst this competency is primarily about software implementation, a competent individual needs to demonstrate effective planning and communication skills to ensure client agreement to changes and minimisation of disruption to the business.

To demonstrate competency in this unit the following resources will be needed:

Technical specifications and documentation

Organisational requirements

Live system

Context of and specific resources for assessment

The breadth, depth and complexity of knowledge and skills in this competency would cover selecting, adapting and transferring skills and knowledge to new environments and providing technical advice and some leadership in resolution of specified problems. This would be applied across a range of roles in a variety of contexts with some complexity in the extent and choice of options available.

Assessment must ensure:

Performance of a defined range of skilled operations, usually within a range of broader related activities involving known routines, methods and procedures, where some discretion and judgement is required in the section of equipment, services or contingency measures and within known time constraints would be characteristic.

Applications may involve some responsibility for others. Participation in teams including group or team coordination may be involved.

It may include participation in teams, including those concerned with software changes and planning. Group or team coordination may be involved.

Method of assessment

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.

Guidance information for assessment

The interdependence of units for assessment purposes may vary with the particular project or scenario. Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

ICAI4029C Install network hardware to a network

ICAS3034B Determine and action network problems

ICAS3121B Administer network peripherals

An individual demonstrating this competency would be able to:

Demonstrate some relevant theoretical knowledge

Apply a range of well-developed skills

Apply known solutions to a variety of predictable problems

Perform processes that require a range of well-developed skills where some discretion and judgement is required

Interpret available information, using discretion and judgement

Take responsibility for own outputs in work and learning

Take limited responsibility for the output of others

Maintain knowledge of industry products and services

Additionally, an individual demonstrating this competency would be able to:

Demonstrate broad knowledge of theoretical concepts, with substantial depth in some areas

Analyse and plan approaches to technical problems and management requirements

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

Evaluate information in relation to implementing software changes

Take responsibility for outputs in relation to broad quantity and quality parameters

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

System may include but is not limited to:





mobile equipment

financial system

management system

information system

Documentation for version control may follow:

ISO/IEC/AS standards

audit trails

naming standards

version control

project management templates and report writing

maintaining equipment inventory

client training

satisfaction reports

Organisationalguidelines may include but are not limited to:

personal use of emails and internet access

content of emails

making voice or video calls

downloading information and accessing particular websites

opening mail with attachments

virus risk

dispute resolution

document procedures and templates

communication methods

financial control mechanisms

Client may include but is not limited to:

internal departments

external organisations


individual people

internal employees

User may include:

a person within a department

a department within the organisation

a third party

Implementation may include:

implementing the entire system

formulating methods for standby operations or contingency plans

Software may include but is not limited to:

commercial software applications

organisation-specific software, packaged software, in-house or customised software

Organisationalstandards may include:

formal procedures that must be adhered to, such as check points and sign-offs with documented procedures and templates

implementation of financial control mechanisms; communication with stakeholders

dispute resolution and modification procedures

processes for determining size and cost


Unit sector


Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable