Networking Fundamentals Assignment

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Purpose of the assessment (with

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This assignment assesses the basic concepts of networking; students should be able to demonstrate their achievements in the following unit learning outcomes:

a.  Explain the principles of networking protocols and standards;

b.  Identify reference models and layered architectures in networking

Total Marks60
Word limit1500
Due Date  Week 6 – Wednesday – 22/08/2018 11:55PM
Submission Guidelines•      All work must be submitted on Moodle 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 2.54 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 IEEE referencing style.

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Assignment Description

Networking Fundamentals AssignmentThe School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University of Leeds, Leeds UK had gone through a partial renovation. The school has five floors. The first three floors were recently renovated. Now, according to new layout, the ground floor has a reception room with five desks, foyer for students, and a lecture hall. The first floor has a computer cluster with fifty PCs, a Basic Electronics Laboratory with 20 workstations with computer facility, a lecture hall, and five staff offices. The second Floor has two research laboratories for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. The Research Laboratory-1 has twelve desks and the research Laboratory-2 has fifteen desks. This floor also has six staff offices and a meeting room. All desks (at reception, laboratories, offices), lecture halls need two data points each to connect to the internet. Every floor needs a wireless connectivity to enable the students and staff to connect to the Internet.

The school now requires a new LAN architecture for these floors. Further, the new LAN has also to connect with the LAN setup of other floors. Imagine you are the network manager of the school and you are required to write a report with the following sections:

  1. An introduction section
  2. To address the interoperability issue for seamless connectivity to each floor you must discuss the OSI layered architecture, its history, the functioning of each layer
  3. Comparison of the OSI protocol suite with the TCP/IP protocol suite
  4. Explain the protocols working at OSI layers, their functionalities, and their standardising bodies
  5. This LAN network requires both wired and wireless connectivity. Provide a comparative analysis of appropriateness of different media types which may be used to enable network connectivity.
  6. A summary section
  7. References must follow IEEE Transaction on networking style.

Marking Criteria for the Assignment 1:

Marks are allocated as described in the following table.

SectionsDescription of the sectionMarks
IntroductionIntroduction section

•        Background

•        Outline of the report

OSI ModelDiscuss Interoperability, the OSI model, Its history, and functionality of each layer

•        Discuss Interoperability

•        Discuss the OSI model, draw the OSI layered

architecture, Discuss its history

•        The functionality of each layer




Comparison of OSI and


A detailed comparison of OSI and TCP/IP models with:

•        Diagrams of both OSI and TCP/IP models

•        Layer by layer mapping of both models



Protocols at every LayerThe protocols working at OSI layers, their functionalities, and their standardising bodies

•        Identify at least one protocol working at each layer

•        Briefly discuss the functionality of the selected protocols

•        Identify the standardising bodies for the discussed protocols




Comparative Analysis of

Media Types

A comparative analysis of appropriateness of different media types that may be used to enable network connectivity

•        Discuss different types of media suitable for the above scenario (with illustrations)

•        Carry out the comparative analysis of media types recommended in terms of speed, cost, and security

(Use table for the comparison)




SummaryA summary section

? Summarise the overall contributions of the report

ReferencesReferences must be cited in IEEE style

•        Must consider at least five current references from journal/conference papers and books.

•        Must follow IEEE Transactions on Networking  style

Total Marks60

Example Marking Rubric for Assignment #: Total Marks 60

Grade MarkHD 80%+D 70%-79%CR 60%-69%P




ExcellentVery GoodGoodSatisfactoryUnsatisfactory


Introduction is  very well written with very clear background,  and the report outlineIntroduction is well written with clear discussion and the report outline.Introduction is generally presented in good fashion with the report outlineIntroduction is presented briefly with some relevance and missing the report outlinePoor

Introduction with irrelevant details

OSI Model


In-depth and very clear discussion about Interoperability, OSI model , and its historyVery clear discussion about Interoperability, OSI model, and its historyGenerally good discussion about Interoperability, OSI model, and its historyBrief discussion about

Interoperability, OSI model, and its history

Poor discussion with irrelevant information
Comparison of OSI and TCP/IP models


A very clear and in-depth  layer by layer comparison of two models with proper diagramsVery clear layer by layer comparison of two models with proper diagramsGenerally good layer comparison of two models with diagramsBrief layer comparison of two models without diagramsPoor discussion with irrelevant information
Grade MarkHD 80%+D 70%-79%CR 60%-69%P




Protocols at every Layer


A very clear and accurate  discussion about at least one protocol at every layer with their standardizing bodiesA clear discussion about at least one protocol at every layer with their standardizing bodiesGenerally good discussion about at least one protocol at every layer without discussing their standardizing bodiesBrief Discussion of Protocols at every layer with some relevancePoor discussion with irrelevant information

Analysis of

Media Types


An in-depth and very clear comparative analysis of media Types with illustrationsvery clear

Comparative analysis of media types with illustrations

Generally good Comparative analysis of media types with some illustrationsBrief analysis of media typesIrrelevant discussion


A section very clearly summarizing the overall contributionA section clearly summarizing the overall contributionGenerally good summary of the reportBrief summary of the report with some relevanceSummary not

relating to the




Clear styles with excellent source of referencesClear referencing/ styleGenerally good referencing/styleUnclear referencing/styleLacks consistency with many errors

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