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SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY HND PROJECT HANDBOOK Network Engineering and Telecommunication Systems   A Project may be DEFINED as a discrete (distinct) undertaking or endeavour, with a defined beginningand end date. It would normally consist of a series of linked activities, to be completed under the constraints of time (and budget). Within a programme of Higher Education a Student Project may be defined, with reference to above, as a specific task/investigation/research endeavour. BTEC Unit: Advanced Network Engineering and Telecommunication Systems Project Unit Code: TLP Guided Learning Hours: 60 NQF Level 5: BTEC Higher National H2 Aims of the unit This unit will form a central part in the development of the student’s ability to link and Integrate the knowledge and skills acquired during the programme to produce a practical solution to a realistic problem. The unit will encourage team work but assessment will be based on the individual work. Student(s) will undertake a complete and realistic project and successfully complete it within the time constraint imposed, working within a group and individually when necessary. The project will span all the lifecycle stages for the development of software, from planning to implementation and maintenance. The problem may be work-based, college-based or student interest but it must be developed in accordance with the unit’s frameworks and constraints. Summary of learning outcomes To achieve this unit a student must: 1. Develop a manageable project plan 2. Perform system analysis and design 3. Construct the necessary development plan 4. Implement the solution to the system 5. Apply various tests to ensure quality and maintainability 6. Present and critically evaluate the project. To achieve each Learning Outcome a student must demonstrate the ability to; Learning Outcomes Assessment criteria for Pass 1. Develop a manageable project plan • Research and identify the project activities giving details of timescales and milestones • Select and use an appropriate software tool • Develop a ‘Timeboxing’ or ‘Gantt Chart’ for the chosen project. • Fully document the project planning and management stage based on a relevant standard 2. Perform system analysis and design • Carry out appropriate analysis information gathering • Produce a project specification acceptable to the client • Produce a project design in detail and produce evidence of using appropriate techniques. • Fully document the requirement analysis, specification and design 3. Construct the necessary development plan • Produce all network diagrams, protocol models, design diagrams, topology and justification of the chosen model • Review, select and use appropriate testing techniques to validate the project • Fully document all the methods and techniques being used 4. Implement the solution to the system • Produce a clear and structured implementation plan • Implement the solution in any form of hardware and software as required • Apply all the verification and testing required at all level of the system • Fully document both the activities and any feedback from system testing based on relevant standards 5. Apply various tests to ensure quality and maintainability • Select and apply appropriate quality assurance and standards for the project • Produce a well-defined maintenance scheme with an outline of configuration management to support the project • Use appropriate techniques to maintain and ensure the quality of the project • Fully document the system quality and maintenance based on a relevant standard. 6. Present and critically evaluate the project • Evaluate your project plan correctly (the project plan correctly hitting targets or otherwise the project plan is updated to hit targets) • Present the performance of the project in a structured and well organised format • Produce documentation for all stages of the project and a full report.   HND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT TIMELINE The Project Specification Document To identify your project, to propose the focus of development and to specify the criteria and scope of the project. Project Aim There can only be ONE aim. It should conform to the academic standards of a Level 5 Higher National Diploma and should concern the focus of the HND i.e. Network Engineering. The Aim can be contained within two/three sentences and should be governed by COMMAND VERBs e.g. to develop and test, to research and propose, to investigate and compare, to design and evaluate. Project Objectives These are the objectives (activities) to be undertaken in order to achieve the Project Aim. The Project Objectives are distinguished from the prototype/artefact functionality. Hence the objectives are principally concerned with activities of research, analysis, design, implementation, test, evaluation, produce a report. Brief Description This is best detailed by a diagram. Special Conditions To identify (anticipate) what might be some of the factors to consider for successful project development. Assumptions: expectations, anticipated positive contributors Constraints: limitations,restrictions Risks: something that may happen but not with certainty Resources Hardware/software/simulation   HND PROJECT DOCUMENT FRONT PAGE • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS • CONTENTS PAGE • LIST OF FIGURES • LIST OF TABLES • CHAPTER 1 – INTRODUCTION o Problem Description and Possible Solution o Aim and Objectives o Project Plan • CHAPTER 2 – LITERATURE REVIEW Your Literature Review is a report of information found in the literature related to your selected area of research and study. It should describe, summarise and evaluate your research findings. It gives a theoretical base for the research and helps you develop your analysis and design. • CHAPTER 3 – ANALYSIS AND DESIGN o Discuss the Analysis with Evidence • Show how you got from requirements to analysis • Show what problems you found and how you solved them o Discuss the Design with Evidence • Experience in design. • If you had any problems how did you solve them? • Sometimes after the analysis when you do the design, certain problems are highlighted in the analysis. Did you come across this? Discuss. o Discuss your Development Methodology • CHAPTER 4 – IMPLEMENTATION o Chapter Introduction o Discuss implementation challenges, i.e.: if you had any problems how did you solve them? o Demonstrate your Artefact o Chapter Summary • CHAPTER 5 – TESTING o Justify your testing technique o Discuss test plan o Discuss your testing • CHAPTER 6 – EVALUATION AND CONCLUSION o ]Evaluation against objectives o Three evaluation perspectives: 1. End-users Perspective – Critique the product 2. Project Managers Perspective – Discuss timing, money, benefits etc. 3. Developers Perspective – Justify the product. If anything ‘wrong’ happened, say why. Also explain how you can improve the product in the future. • OVERALL CONCLUSION SUMMARY o Did you achieve the aim? o Logically argue: • Outcome; • What you done and; • Why. o Future Developments • APPENDIX • REFERENCES

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