Data Communication & Networks HS1011

Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
Trimester T2 2019
Unit Code HS1011
Unit Title Data Communication & Networks
Assessment Type Individual Assignment
Assessment Title
Purpose of the
assessment (with
ULO Mapping)
The purpose of this assignment is to exercise and develop skills required to analyse
and design networks to address the need of clients.
Students will be able to:
1. Discuss the need of electronic data communication and networking to
achieve business goals.
2. Explain and apply various networking and data communication
technologies in the context of a specific business need.
3. Evaluate and assess hardware and software requirements of a data
communication and networking infrastructure.
4. Define, prioritise and evaluate the requirement of the business to provide
data communication and networking requirements.
5. Understand, evaluate and describe importance of network and data
communication for a business operation and assess and suggest
troubleshooting suggestions for a data communication and networking
Weight 15% of the total assessments
Total Marks 15
Word limit 1500 words
Due Date Week 07
• All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed
Assignment Cover Page.
• The assignment must be in MS Word format, 1.5 spacing, 11-pt Calibri (Body) font
and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings.
• Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately
at the end in a reference list using Harvard or IEEE referencing style.

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Assignment requirements:
Purpose of this assignment: In this assignment, you are required to design a network for a
typical client that requires its computers to communicate with each other and on the
internet. You also deals with problem solving which includes the identification and
determining the specification of the problem, strategies for its solution. Then you will have
to critically evaluate the solution provided through the reflective report writing. You are
reminded that you have to provide reference list of your write up using Harvard
referencing format.
As a junior network consultant, you are required to identify the resources needed to design
and setup a network infrastructure for a new campus for Holmes Institute in Melbourne.
Holmes has provided you with the following details:
 The campus occupies five (5) three storey shop lots
 There are two (2) schools for Melbourne Campus:
o School of Information Systems
o School of Business
 Each School has two subnets; staff subnet and student subnet.
 There are six (6) departments:
o Student Services (30 Hosts)
o Higher Education (60 Hosts)
o Exam and Accreditation (15 Hosts)
o Maintenance and Logistics
o Finance
o Human Resource

Lift80 meters x 30 meters Un-Partitioned Floor space to seat 50 users

Figure 1: The height and width for every floor
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The new campus has not yet been wired for the LAN or WLAN. However, it is envisaged that
the new building would support a both wired & wireless networked office environment where
each of the staff PC would be equipped with desktop video conferencing, VoIP alongside the
usual business applications such as web, email, and regular office productivity packages.
You must design the network requirements for Holmes Institute. As the network consultant,
you will be required to develop a plan for the new campus network, including all costs, for all
of the following:
1. The type of media you propose to use. This must be adequate to allow for a 100%
expansion of the campus’ network within 5 years, and must be sufficient for all
bandwidth requirements for each Company site
2. The cost of media chosen should be included as a cost per meter price. You must
justify your choice of media. Remember this might include copper, fiber and wireless
3. You have to design the network topology. At this stage, you have to provide
evidence of the system setup by stating and overview network topology and details
of every departmental network design.
4. You are required to subnet the campus’ network IPv4 Address as appropriate. You
will be required to provide summary tables with IP Address ranges for all hosts in
your network.

Subnet Name Subnet Address Subnet Mask Host Range of
Broadcast Address
Students Service

a. When allocating addresses you must allow enough addresses for the 100%
expected future expansion of hosts for Holmes Institute.
b. Allocate one (1) printer for each 30 computers. Printers will have the last
usable address/es for the subnet to which they belong.
5. There will be a Server Network, the servers will be located in a separate subnet, and
must be allocated static IPv4 Addresses within that network. The number of servers
is not expected to grow.
6. Hardware (such as routers and switches) should reflect expected usage. Therefore,
low usage environments such as those for the Finance department, would require
different hardware than high usage areas, such as those of the Student Services
7. Internet Access for the entire campus, the Point of Presence (POP), is through the
Student Services department. This connection should be sufficient for all current
users, and scalable to allow for the expected increase over the next 5 years.
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Construct the network design in Cisco Packet Tracer simulator as shown in Fig. 2. Use
appropriate addressing scheme for the network devices and ensure that all the host names
and network addresses are well labelled.
Fig. 2. Sample of network design
Assignment Submission
The assignment submission should take the form of a report that thoroughly details the
reasons for decisions made, as well as the actual decisions made. You should ascertain
actual costs by searching the internet. Base all your costing in Australian dollars. All
information sources must be appropriately acknowledged and a full bibliography is required.
It is expected that this will be completely your own work. Therefore using the ‘cut and paste’
technique is not accepted. You should read relevant material, and then write your report in
your own words.
Copying another student’s work is prohibited. Duplicate material will result in zero mark.
Information on proper practice in assessments is available on the web site referred to in the
unit outline.
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Marking Criteria

Criteria Weighting
Executive Summary: Concise nature of the summary
Inclusion of essential points from the report document Any conclusions
clearly stated
Introduction that details Context and topic well introduced
For this section, your will need to indicate the expected requirements for the
new campus’ Network.
Analysis & Critical Thinking 10%
Limitations & Assumptions 5%
Hardware and Software Requirements 10%
Type of Media 10%
Network Design 20%
Subnetting 10%
Internet Provider 5%
The document’s inclusions: Proper definitions of the technical terms High
level of detail
Problems/issues clearly identified
Good discussions on the topic (pros/cons, future perspectives.) Clear and
Precise Diagrams
Acronyms explained
Note: Definitions and acronyms should be included in the body of the
report when first used. DO NOT ADD them as a table at the end of the
The conclusion that provides
Good short summary of what has been written in the body
Presentation of your vision for the future based on the conclusions reached
Correct referencing of information
Correctly using the Harvard system
Quality of Reference Material
TOTAL Weight /90%
TOTAL Weight /15
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