Locating equipment, system and software faults
ICAT4221A - Locate equipment, system and software faults
From the official document:
- "This unit defines the competency required to apply systematic principles to fault finding in any field of IT."
Basically, that means creating tests, identifying problem areas and correcting faults in programs and/or systems. For a web developer this would typically mean debugging programs written in client or server side scripts.
You can read more about this unit on the National Training Information Systems Official document for ICAT4221A.
This unit forms part of the following qualifications:
How this unit will help you
After learning and applying the skills required by this unit you'll be able to demonstrate your skills in:
- Installing and using debugging tools
- Designing test scenarios and data sets that look for lexical, syntax, execution and design errors
- Planning and implementing solutions to any problems identified
- Documenting the problems and solutions for future reference.
The official unit guide lists the following elements and criteria:
|1. Choose the most appropriate fault finding method||
|2. Analyse the problem to be solved||
|3. Define the causes of the problem and create a plan of action||
|4. Review problem and system status||
- translate the above elements and performance criteria into plain english and summarise here...
Ideas for learning the required skills
Ideas for demonstrating this unit
The best way to demonstrate these skills is by documenting your debugging efforts. From finding and installing a debugging environment, through designing test suites to identifying and rectifying various errors in some code; you can write up descriptions (blog or essay style) or capture the debugging story in screenshots (with or without audio) or full motion screencasts.
If you are demonstrating this unit as part of a formal course, you might find that the unit is graded (meaning you can not only demonstrate your competence, but can also gain a credit or distinction). Your facilitator may already have set criteria that your college uses. If not, here are some ideas for possible credit/distinction activities that you can discuss with your facilitator:
Notes and discrepancies