Part A of Assessment Task (individual)
In Part A of this assessment task, you should analyse the given scenario and individually prepare and deliver a presentation on your contribution to the logical network design of your group using the top-down network design methodology. You should individually prepare the presentation slides and create a video of your presentation. The part of contribution that you make should be agreed with your group members and communicated to your tutor and the unit coordinator via email in Week 4.
If you are not in a group, i.e., if you are working individually, your video and presentation slides should cover the entire logical network design.
You should upload your presentation slides to Moodle and your video to YouTube, and provide the link to the video on the presentation slides. The length of your video should be limited to 4 min if you are in a group of 4 members, to 5 min if you are in a group of 3 members, to 7 min if you are in a group of 2 members and to 12 min if you are not in a group.
Note: You must follow the Harvard citation and referencing guidelines when preparing your presentation slides.
Check the unit website at least once a week for further information relating to this part of the assessment task. Please ensure that you prepare your presentation slides in your own words to avoid possible plagiarism and copyright violation. You can understand the Plagiarism Procedures by following the corresponding link in the CQUniversity Policies section of the Unit Profile
Assessment Criteria for Part A
In Part A of this assessment task, you are assessed mainly against your ability to analyse the given scenario and individually prepare and deliver a presentation on your contribution to the logical network design of your group, using the top-down network design methodology. The marking criteria for Part A of this assessment task are provided on page 3. You need to familiarise yourself with the marking criteria to ensure that you have addressed them when preparing the presentation slides and creating the video of your presentation.
Part B of Assessment Task (individual or group)
In Part B of the assessment task, you will produce a written report of your logical network design.
Your report should include:
1) List of Business Goals and Constraints
2) List of Technical Goals and Tradeoffs
3) Table of User Communities, Data Stores, Network Applications and Traffic Flows
4) Model for addressing and naming
5) Explanation and justification of the logical network design
6) Logical network diagram(s) including addressing and naming
7) Discussion of routing and switching protocols
8) Discussion of security mechanisms
You should not include an executive summary, a table of contents, an introduction or a conclusion.
Note: You must follow the Harvard citation and referencing guidelines when writing your report.
Check the unit website at least once a week for further information relating to Part B of the assessment task. Please ensure that you write your report in your own words to avoid possible plagiarism and copyright violation. You can understand the Plagiarism Procedures by following the corresponding link in the CQUniversity Policies section of the Unit Profile.
Assessment Criteria for Part B
In Part B of this assessment task, you are assessed mainly on your ability to analyse the given scenario and design & document a logical network using the top-down network design methodology. The marking criteria for Part B of this assessment task are provided on page 6.
You need to familiarise yourself with the marking criteria to ensure that you have addressed them when preparing your logical network design report.
Each one of you in the group must upload the following items to Moodle on or before the due date:
1. For Part A, the presentation slides and the video of your presentation (individual)
2. For Part B, the same written report of your group.
The Scenario for Network Design Assessment Tasks
Your company in Australia specialises in designing networks for local and international clients. Your company has signed a contract to design the network for OZ Dispatch, a home delivery service located in Parramatta, NSW, Australia.
In the Parramatta office of OZ Dispatch, there are the managing director who is also the owner, a data analyst, a sales & marketing executive and an accountant. The data analyst will need to deal with large volumes of customer, sales and product information.
Customers should be able to place their delivery orders containing one or more items and pay either using the web interface of OZ Dispatch or the phone. The orders are collated by the system and separate purchase orders for each item in the collated list are created and placed with the supply companies. The delivery staff of OZ Dispatch then collect the ordered items from the suppliers and bring them to the 20 collection and distribution centres (CDCs) of OZ Dispatch that are located at various places in NSW. When the order of a customer is ready, a delivery staff member currently at the closest CDC is prompted by the system. Then, that delivery staff member selects the items of the customer’s order and delivers them to the customer.
Except the 20 delivery staff and the manager, there are no other staff working at any distribution centre. Each delivery staff member and the manager should be provided with a smartphone containing the necessary apps. Each distribution centre should have Wi-Fi and an Internet connection.
All servers should be located in the Parramatta office and the managing director does not support a cloud-based solution. For the protection of customer and business information, a highly secure network should be designed.
Using the top-down network design methodology, you are to design the networks of the Parramatta office and the CDCs. You are allowed to make assumptions in relation to business and technical goals if they are really required for undertaking your network design. Each step of your network design should clearly explain and justify how you satisfy the business and technical goals.