COIT20264 | Assessment Item 2 Network Design | IT

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Starting from the logical network design that you completed in Assessment Item 1, you are required to undertake the physical design of the network taking into consideration the feedback that you received on your Assessment Item 1 report. You are also required to complete your final network design report.

Your report should include the following:

1. Executive Summary
2. Table of Contents
3. Project Goal
4. Project Scope
5. Business Goals and Constraints
6. Technical Goals and Tradeoffs
7. Table of User Communities, Data Stores, Network Applications and Traffic Flows
8. The explanation and justification of your logical network design
9. The logical network diagram(s) including addressing and naming
10. The list of routing and switching protocols, and security mechanisms
11. The physical network diagram
12. The table of networking & communication devices and applications required, including the cost of each of them, the IP addresses, the product numbers as well as the approximate total cost
13. The explanation and justification of 12 above
14. A test plan that can be used to test the new network
15. One detailed test script for your test plan

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 this 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.

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.

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