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IFSM 370 Project 1:  Network Design for Office Building Instructions


This is an individual project.  Each student must complete a network design for an office building that proposes a telecommunications solution to address an organization that is moving into a new office space.  The target audience will be the organization’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO).  The network design deliverable is an Microsoft Word document.  

The completed network design deliverable is due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the due date shown in the Course Schedule.  See the Additional Information section of the syllabus for the penalty for late or missed assignments and projects.

The Network Design is valued at 12% of the course grade.

Congratulations!  After graduating from UMUC with your degree, you’ve been hired by a local company that is in the process of moving into new space.  Your job is design out the local area network for this new space.  The office building has 3 floors with cubicle and office space for 24 workstations on each floor.  Additionally, on the second floor, there is a separate space designated for four file servers, which will be used company-wide.  Finally, there are two telecommunications closets on each end of each floor for housing network equipment.  Please review the accompanying office diagram for specifics before you begin designing the network.

Your design assumption is that the network should support the following on each desktop workstation:
a)    Office applications such as Microsoft Office Suite (housed on one of the local servers)
b)    Electronic Mail (housed on one of the local servers)
c)    Network file sharing (housed on one of the local servers)
d)    Internet Access 
e)    Database access to one of the local servers
f)    Occasional data streaming (live video conferencing, etc.)

Your specific assignment is to complete the following:
1.    Specify what type of cabling would run to each workstation;
2.    Specify the network device(s) housed on each floor;
3.    Specify the connections between the network devices and servers (what type of network are you proposing); and
4.    Explain your rationale for each of the decision above.  In other words, why did you select the device/cabling/connections.
5.    Develop a physical network diagram that shows cabling choices, network devices and connections to devices and servers.


The Deliverable
The CTO has asked you to develop a network design that provides the following:

  • A Microsoft word document that spells out your network design, the recommended network cabling, device(s), and connections between workstations, device(s), and servers (in other words, summarize in writing your recommendations to the above), and develop
  • A physical network diagram that displays the components specified above.

Your network diagram can be produced using any drawing software package available if you save it in a format that is viewable to your instructor, such as a pdf (check with your instructor to ensure she/he can open your particular network diagram).  In addition, you may choose to draw your physical diagram by hand, which is okay.  Please make the diagram neat and legible, use color to identify specific components and cable paths, label all components, and upload a high-resolution photo of your design to the assignment tab.  You may break your diagram into sections (photograph and upload those separately) if you include an illustration of how these sections fit together.

You should include at least one relevant external reference, and your sources must be cited correctly in APA format.   Use sectional headings that are descriptive of the topic criteria in the assignment.  Your paper will be graded according to the Scoring Rubric below. Be sure you have incorporated all required aspects of the assignment. 


IFSM 370 Project 1


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Proposed Network Design for Office building with 3 floors

The type of network proposed on this project is Client/Server Networking, where we have a Central computer (the 4 servers) that facilitates communication and resource sharing to the clients (72 workstations). The central resource sharing is controlled by the 4 server. No direct sharing of client resources. The reason for use of client/server network is that the user credential are assigned from one place, there are shared resource access centrally controlled from the server such as office applications. Central problem monitoring, diagnostics, correction capabilities can..... (buy to view the full answer)

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