Network Upgrade Project

School of Business and Tourism
Unit Network Management Unit code CSC73002 Assignment 3 Network Upgrade Project Mode Group assignment Due Date 04 Oct 2019 11:00 PM Learning Outcomes LO3, LO4, LO5 Graduate Attributes GA2, GA4, GA6 Weight 40% of overall unit assessment Suggestion This assignment is developmental and cumulative. You are strongly advised to start doing this assignment from Week-9 in your study. Leaving your starting date to the week before the due date is a very poor strategy for success in the unit. Follow the provided guidelines to help you successfully direct your efforts.
Task Description
Problem context
Southern Cross University at Gold Coast/Melbourne/Sydney/Perth has to upgrade its campus network due to the recent growth in the student number and expansion of the campus. Based on the university annual reports, it is projected that by 2025, the campus will have 10,000 students with a new 10-story building – building D.
Assignment tasks
In this assignment, you will work in a group of 2 or 3 people to develop a business case for the network upgrade. In particular, you will complete the following tasks:
 Task 1: Investigate and report the current status of the university network. Your team will need to perform a site survey to collect as much information about the network as possible. The team needs to work proactive in this task use knowledge and tools you have learnt in this course. You may also want to approach the university technology service team for information about the network.
 Task 2: Propose two upgrade solutions in details and perform all necessary analysis to select one solution. Explain how the selected solution would expect to solve the identified problem and how does this align with the university long-term business goal and strategy as stated in the university annual reports.
 Task 3: present and defend your business case proposal.
You should follow the business case preparation guidelines in completing these tasks.
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Assignment-3 marking guidelines
The following are the major assessment criteria of this assignment
Task 1: Investigate and report the current network status
In this task, your team will be assessed based on
 The information about the network you have collected through the site survey. The more details about the network your team can obtain the higher marks you will get. At the minimum, your team should obtain the following key information:
o The estimated number of network users
o High-level logical topology of the network
o IP addressing scheme
o Key applications and services
o Performance baselines for accessing key applications and services
o Wi-Fi channels and overall area of coverage
 The method, technique and tools your team uses to collect the information. Discuss briefly about how each piece of information is collected.
Task 2: Propose upgrade solutions
In this task, your team will be assessed based on
 The correctness, feasibility and future-proof of the proposed solutions. A good solution should be technically correct, feasible in terms of budget, taking into account the future network growth and using the current network technology.
 The technical details of the solutions. Each solution should be provided with a sufficient level of technical details so that its working mechanism can be understood and the cost to implement the solution can be estimated. At the minimum, you will need to provide the high-level logical and physical design of the solutions with the list of major hardware and software to be obtained.
 The analysis to select one solution. Your team can perform cost-benefit analysis to select one solution over the two proposed. Discuss how the selected solution would expect to solve the identified problem and how does this align with the university long-term business goal and strategy as stated in the university annual reports.
Task 3: Present and defend the proposal
In this task, your team will be assessed based on
 The presentation structure and quality. A good presentation will have a clear structure showing the scope of the presentation. The slides present only the key points. Text and images are clearly presented.
 Presenter performance. Present clearly and engage with the audience. Finish the presentation on time. Handle questions with confidence and quality answers.
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Peer assessment
Each team member will assess other member contribution and performance using the 100% scale. For example, if the team has 2 members, a possible scale can be 50% and 50%. The individual mark will be scaled taking into account the peer assessment.
Submission Format
When you have completed the assignment, you are required to submit your assignment in the PDF format. The file will be named using the following convention:
filename = TeamID_CSC73002_A3.pdf (i.e. TeamA_CSC73002_A2.pdf)
Original work
It is a University requirement that a student’s work complies with the Academic Policy, Chapter 4.20 on Student Academic Integrity. It is a student’s responsibility to be familiar with the Policy.
Failure to comply with the Policy can have severe consequences in the form of University sanctions. For information on this Policy please refer to Chapter 4.20 on Student Academic Integrity at the following website:
As part of a University initiative to support the development of academic integrity, assessments may be checked for plagiarism, including through an electronic system, either internally or by a plagiarism checking service, and be held for future checking and matching purposes.
Retain duplicate copy
Before submitting the assignment, you are advised to retain electronic copies of original work. In the event of any uncertainty regarding the submission of assessment items, you may be requested to reproduce a final copy.
School Extension Policy
In general, I will NOT give extension unless where there are exceptional circumstances. Students wanting an extension must make a request at least 24 hours before the assessment item is due and the request must be received in writing by the unit assessor or designated academic. Extensions within 24 hours of submission or following the submission deadline will not be granted (unless supported by a doctor’s certificate or where there are exceptional circumstances – this will be at unit assessor’s discretion and will be considered on a case by case basis). Extensions will be for a maximum of 48 hours (longer extensions supported by a doctor’s certificate or alike to be considered on a case by case basis).
A penalty of 5% of the total available grade will accrue for each 24-hour period that an
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assessment item is submitted late. Therefore, an assessment item worth 20 marks will have 1 marks deducted for every 24-hour period and at the end of 20 days will receive 0 marks.
Students who fail to submit following the guidelines in this Unit Information Guide will be deemed to have not submitted the assessment item and the above penalty will be applied until the specified submission guidelines are followed.
Marks and Feedback
All assessment materials submitted during the semester will normally be marked and returned within two weeks of the required date of submission (provided that the assessment materials have been submitted by the due date).
Marks will be made available to each student via the MySCU Grade book.

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