You are required to analyses the scenario and complete a logical design of the network. In order to undertake your design, you may need to make justifiable assumptions. You will need to include them in your report. The report must follow the Harvard citation and referencing guidelines.
You also need to upload the logical network design report. This report should include:
- The list of requirements
- The list of assumptions – Note: The assumptions are not the requirements that have been provided in the task. They are the additional requirements that you may need for your
- The logical network diagram(s)
- The explanation of your logical network design
- The justification of your logical network design
- The model for addressing and naming
- The list of routing and switching protocols
- The list of security mechanisms
Note: Please do not include an executive summary, a table of contents, an introduction or a conclusion. Please see the marking guide.
To be submitted online through the Moodle course website assessment block on or before the due date.
The marking criteria for Part B of the Assessment Item 1are provided on page 6.
Students need to familiarise themselves with the criteria to ensure that they have addressed them when preparing this assessment item.
The Scenario for Network Design Assessment Tasks
Your company in Australia specialises in designing networks for local and international clients. They have won a contract to design a network for Farmers for Farmers (3F), a newly established cooperative society of crop farmers in Queensland.
This cooperative society was established to increase the yield of its member farmers and reduce the rot of crops as they cannot be sold timely. Using sophisticated technology, the society will have the crops sold to the customers at a lower price than that of the few giant supermarket chains in the state. 3F will compete with these supermarket chains by directly supplying the produce from the farmers to the consumers without an intermediary. To this end, 3F will have its own trucks, five distribution centres in the state and six distribution vehicles at each distribution centre.
3F will operate from a small office in Rockhampton. When a customer places an order using the web interface of 3F or over the phone, the order will be processed using a proprietary software algorithm of 3F. By using this software, 3F will not only collect the optimum quantities of crops from the farmers and deliver them on time to the distribution centres but also deliver the order to the customers in minimum time. This whole process will be automated with the help of on-board computers on the trucks as well as on the distribution vehicles connected to the office of 3F and the farmers.
This software algorithm will also be used by the farmers to order and add fertilizer to their farmlands, to water the plants, spray pesticides and collect the yield in an optimum fashion while saving energy costs, resources and money. For this purpose, the algorithm needs real-time information collected from the farms without human intervention, such as air and soil temperature, humidity, soil moisture content, information about pests, rain fall figures and the intensity of sunlight. The farmers can also get connected to the Internet via the network of 3F and post questions to the online forums. 3F also includes an online banking society that provides most of the banking facilities of other banks to its member farmers. 3F needs the guarantee that their proprietary algorithm, and various data and information in their information system are secured.
Using the top-down network design methodology that you learned in this course, design the network of 3F, including its member farmers. Each step of your design should clearly explain and justify how you satisfy the requirements.
Note: This scenario was created by Dr Rohan de Silva on 7th June 2016 and without written permission from CQUniversity, Australia no part of this scenario should be reproduced by any individual or an organisation.
Assessment Item 1 – Marking Criteria
|1. The list of requirements.||Thorough accurate list.||A few inaccuracies in the list.||One or two items missing.||Many items missing.||Not clear or vague description.||4|
|2. The list of assumptions.||Thorough accurate list.||A few inaccuracies in the list.||One or two items missing.||Many items missing.||Not clear or vague description.||4|
|3. The logical network diagram(s).||Covered all the sections of the network.||Contained all sections but not enough detail.||Had too brief or missing sections.||Not clear but contained most sections.||Not clear and most sections missing.||4|
|4. The explanation of your logical network design.||Thorough accurate explanation.||A few inaccuracies in the explanation.||One or two items missing.||Many items missing.||Not clear or vague description.||4|
|5. The justification of your logical network design.||Thorough accurate justification.||A few inaccuracies in the justification.||One or two items missing.||Many items missing.||Not clear or vague description.||4|
|6. The model for addressing and naming.||Covered all the information.||Contained all information but not enough detail.||Had too brief or missing information.||Not clear but contained most information.||Not clear and most information missing.||4|
|Routing and Security||HD||D||C||P||F|
|7. The list of routing and switching protocols.||Thorough accurate list.||A few inaccuracies in the list.||One or two items missing.||Many items missing.||Not clear or vague description.||3|
|8. The list of security mechanisms.||Thorough accurate list.||A few inaccuracies in the list.||One or two items missing.||Many items missing.||Not clear or vague description.||3|
|Late submission penalty|
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