Higher Nationals in
|For use with the Higher National Certificate and
Higher National Diploma in Computing
|Assignment Brief Number:||1|
|First teaching from September 2017|
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Higher National Certificate/Diploma in
|Student Name/ID Number|
|Unit Number and Title||2: Networking|
|Unit Tutor||John Shuttleworth|
|Assignment Title||Assignment 1 – Networking Concepts|
|Issue Date||27th February 2018|
|Submission Date||17th April 2018|
|IV Name & Date|
|The submission is in the form of an individual written report. This should be written in a concise, formal business style using single spacing and font size 12. You are required to make use of headings, paragraphs and subsections as appropriate, and all work must be supported with research and referenced using the Harvard referencing system. Please also provide a bibliography using the Harvard referencing system. The recommended word limit is 2,000–2,500 words, although you will not be penalised for exceeding the total word limit.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes|
|LO1 Examine networking principles and their protocols.
LO2 Explain networking devices and operations.
|Assignment Brief and Guidance|
|You are employed as a Network Engineer by Manchester Network Solutions and have been asked to investigate and explain networking principles, protocols and devices. On completion of your explanations provide a suitable recommendation to solve problem of connecting the various PC’s together for the client discussed below.
You will need to produce a report for the CEO that includes the following:
1. An introduction to provide an overview of your report.
2. An explanation of networking principles, protocols and devices, including benefits and constraints of networked solutions, the impact of network topology, communication and bandwidth requirements, effectiveness of networking systems, operating principles of networking devices and server types and networking software.
You need to pay special attention to the following issues:
a.) Discuss the Purpose, benefits and limitations of network systems. Compare the benefits and limitations of Peer to Peer networking with Client/Server networking and the hardware required.
b.) Discuss the benefits and constraints of:
– Logical topologies: Ethernet and token ring,
– Physical topologies: star, ring, bus, mesh, tree etc.
c.) Explain what bandwidth and throughput mean in a networked system and how this will affect the business. For this part you can give practical examples and how successful measurement can be achieved.
d.) Explain conceptual models and standards e.g. OSI, TCP/IP and IEEE 802.x. Explain networking protocols and how the various protocols relate to these conceptual models and some of the example threats presented by these protocols. Some examples include;
– IPv4, IPv6, FTP, HTTP, SMTP, POP3, SSL
– RIP, RIPv2, OSPF, OSPFv3, BGP
3. Your research has given various pointers as to how a network can be connected together. With this in mind you been allocated a client who runs a local newsagent called Great News.
The owner has the opportunity to purchase the two floors above the newsagent and provide a café and general hardware store.
Provide an outline, with suitably annotated diagrams, which discusses the key issues involved in connecting all three floors as a part of a new network.
*Please access HN Global for additional resources support and reading for this unit. For further guidance and support on report writing please refer to the Study Skills Unit on HN Global. Link to www.highernationals.com
|Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria|
|LO1 Examine networking principles and their protocols||
LO1 & 2
D1 Considering a given scenario, identify the topology protocol selected for the efficient utilisation of a networking system.
|P1 Discuss the benefits and constraints of different network types and standards.
P2 Explain the impact of network topology, communication and bandwidth requirements.
|M1 Compare common networking principles and how protocols enable the effectiveness of networked systems.|
|LO2 Explain networking devices and operations|
|P3 Discuss the operating principles of networking devices and server types.
P4 Discuss the inter-dependence of workstation hardware with relevant networking software.
|M2 Explore a range of server types and justify the selection of a server, considering a given scenario regarding cost and performance optimisation.|
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