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ICTSAS307 Install, configure and secure a small office or home office network LMS 2

Project Assessment

Unit code, name
ICTSAS307 - Install, configure and secure a small office or home office network (1)
Qualification/Course code, name
ICT30118 - Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (2)
TAFE NSW

Assessment instructions

Table 1 Assessment instructions

Assessment details

Instructions

Assessment overview

The objective of this assessment is to assess your knowledge and performance to:

· confirm client requirements and identify relevant network equipment.

Assessment event number

2 of 5

Instructions for this assessment

This is a case study assessment and it will be assessing you on your knowledge and performance of skills required by the unit.

This assessment is in five parts:

1. Client requirements

2. Network Design

3. Network technologies and components

4. Network costing

5. Client signoff.

This assessment also contains an:

· Assessment checklist.

Check the Assessment checklist to ensure that you’ve covered all the required tasks.

Submission instructions

When you have completed this assessment, submit it online for marking by your assessor.

Submit the following files or documents:

1. This updated assessment document

2. PlanetG3_Network_Design_yourname.docx where yourname is your full name.

Details on what to submit for each part are provided below.

Part 1: Client requirements

· Step 1.0: This updated assessment document — Complete relevant parts.

· Step 1.1: PlanetG3_Network_Design_yourname.docx — Complete Part 1: Client requirements.

Part 2: Network design

• Step 2.1: This updated assessment document — Complete relevant part.

• Step 2.2: PlanetG3_Network_Design_yourname.docx — Complete Part 2: Network design, 2.1 Network design diagram.

Part 3: Network technologies and components

• Set 3.1: PlanetG3_Network_Design_yourname.docx — Complete Part 3: Network technologies and components, 3.1 Required network technologies, devices, protocols, cables and connectors.

• Step 3.2: This updated assessment document — Complete relevant parts.

• Step 3.3: PlanetG3_Network_Design_yourname.docx — Complete Part 4: Cabling requirements, 4.1 Network layout.

• Step 3.4: PlanetG3_Network_Design_yourname.docx — Complete Part 4: Cabling requirements, 4.2 Cabling lengths.

Part 4: Network costings

• Step 4.1

o PlanetG3_Network_Design_yourname.docx — Complete Part 4: Network costings, 4.1 Network component costings.

o This updated assessment document — Complete relevant part.

Part 5: Client signoff

• Step 5.1:

o PlanetG3_Network_Design_yourname.docx — Complete Part 5: Client signoff.

o This updated assessment document — Complete relevant part.

• Step 5.2

o This updated assessment document — Complete relevant part.

Zip files into a single file.

It is important that you keep a copy of all electronic and hardcopy assessments submitted to TAFE and complete the assessment declaration when submitting the assessment.

What do I need to do to achieve a satisfactory result?

To achieve a satisfactory result for this assessment all questions must be answered correctly.

Assessment conditions

Assessment conditions will replicate the workplace, including noise levels, production flow, interruptions and time variances.

What do I need to provide?

· Computer, internet and login details.

· Word processing software.

· Network drawing tool such as Microsoft Visio or Draw.io (https://www.draw.io/) (latest versions)

· General drawing tool such as Microsoft Paint similar.

· USB drive or other storage method with enough free space to save work to.

What will the assessor provide?

· Access to the Learning Management System.

· ICTSAS307_AE_SR1.zip which contains the following files:

o PlanetG3 Project Scenario - PlanetG3_Project_Scenario.pdf

o XYZ Network Design Template - XYZ_Network_Design_Template.docx

o PlanetG3 Proposed Office Layout - PlanetG3_Proposed_Office_Layout.png

Please note there may be other files in ICTSAS307_AE_SR1.zip. These are not related to this assessment.

Supervision

Your assessor may ask for additional evidence to verify the authenticity of your submission and confirm that the assessment task was completed by you.

Reasonable adjustment

If you have a permanent or temporary condition that may prevent you from successfully completing the assessment event(s) in the way described, you should talk to your assessor about ‘reasonable adjustment’. This is the adjustment of the way you are assessed to take into account your condition, which must be approved before you attempt the assessment.

Assessment feedback, review or appeals

Appeals are addressed in accordance with Every Student’s Guide to Assessment in TAFE NSW.

Specific task instructions

The instructions and the criteria in the case study below will be used by the assessor to determine whether you have satisfactorily completed the case study scenario. Use these instructions and criteria to ensure you demonstrate the required knowledge.

Once you have completed this assessment submit this document including the tasks and activities you are required to complete to your assessor for marking.

Case study scenario – PlanetG3

PlanetG3 is a small start-up company located in Sydney. They currently have eight employees and are planning to expand their office premises in the near future. PlanetG3 has consulted with your company XYZ Networking Services to setup their small office network.

As the Network Engineer at XYZ Networking Services, you are given the task of planning and designing the small office network for your client. You will be reporting to your project manager at XYZ Networking Services, Mark Myers (Email: markmyers@xyz.com, Phone: 0415987563)

Your client contact is Jason Brown (PlanetG3 Manager: Phone: 0415875988, Email: jbrown@gmail.com)

Continue reading this PlanetG3 case study scenario in document PlanetG3 Project Scenario (PlanetG3_Project_Scenario.pdf).

Part 1: Client requirements

Preparation

For this assessment you will be using the XYZ Network Design Template – (XYZ_Network_Design_Document_Template.docx). This document template will be used to document your design for PlanetG3.

Open this document template and save it as PlanetG3_Network_Design_yourname.docx. You will be writing your PlanetG3 Network Design as you progress through the steps of this assessment.

Step 1.0

  1. Prepare a plan of action to develop your PlanetG3 Network Design. In this plan you need to identify at least four major goals that need to be achieved. Against each goal you need to identify the timeframe for when you aim to achieve the goal.

Hint: Read and reread this assessment in full so that you have a good idea of what is expected, and you can then identify important goals.

Use the table below for your answer. Add rows to the table as required.
(Approx. 50 words)

Goal

Timeframe

  1. Explain what you are going to do to make sure you achieve your goals efficiently and in the timeframe you have nominated.

Use the table below for your answer. Add rows to the table as required.
(Approx. 50 words)

Step 1.1

Carefully read the information provided in the case study PlanetG3 Project Scenario (PlanetG3_Project_Scenario.pdf).

Based on this case study, identify and clarify the client’s requirements for PlanetG3’s small office network. Make sure you include the following information:

  1. Client background
  2. Existing equipment
  3. Connectivity requirements
  4. Software requirements
  5. Security requirements
  6. Purchasing of network equipment

Document these client requirements in your PlanetG3 Network Design under Part 1: Client requirements using the respective headings.

Part 2: Network design

Step 2.1

Identify the most suitable network design topology to meet the requirements of your client’s small office network. Your network design topology should be chosen from Star, Mesh, Bus, Ring and Tree.

Explain the reason for your choice of network design topology.

Use the following table for your answer. (Approx. 50 words)

Step 2.2

Develop and document your network design to meet the requirements of your client’s small office network. You should ensure you use your chosen network design topology (Step 2.1).

This network design must be drawn with a network design drawing tool Microsoft Visio or Draw.io.

Make sure that you include all devices identified in the PlanetG3 Project Scenario. Ensure that all devices and connections are labelled correctly in your diagram.

Include this diagram in your PlanetG3 Network Design under Part 2: Network Design, 2.1Network Design diagram.

Part 3: Network technologies and components

Step 3.1

For your network design of your client’s small office network do each of the following:

  1. Identify the most suitable wired and wireless network technologies. You may choose from the following list:
    • Wired – Star, Bus, Hub, Token Ring, Mesh
    • Wireless – Ad Hoc, Infrastructure
  2. Identify the most suitable devices. You may choose from the following list:
    • Router, switch, server, hub, WAP, wireless repeater, all-in-one-router, modem, firewall, client PCs, network printers, NAS
  3. Identify the most suitable protocols. You may choose from the following list:
    • Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, WiMAX, Wifi
  4. Identify the most suitable network cables. You may choose from the following list:
    • Ethernet Cat 3, Ethernet Cat 5e, Ethernet Cat 6, Fibre Optic, Coaxial, Smart Serial
  5. Identify the most suitable connectors. You may choose from the following list:
    • RJ11, RJ12, RJ45, BNC, SC, ST, RS-232, V.35, IEEE1284
  6. Identify the most suitable network operating system (NOS). You may choose from the following list:
    • DOS, Android, Windows 2000, Windows 10 Pro, Windows Server 2019

You do not need to include existing client devices in your answer.

Document your answer in your PlanetG3 Network Design under Part 3: Network technologies and components, 3.1Required network technologies, devices, protocols, cables and connectors in the respective category.

Step 3.2

In this step you will be researching and reviewing available network technologies, devices and protocols to ensure that they are most appropriate for your client requirements. To do this:

  1. Identify four client requirements critical for your network.
  2. Against each of these client requirements, list one of your selected technology(s), device(s), and/or protocol(s) that fulfil this need.
  3. Explain why you believe this is the most appropriate technology for the client requirement.

Client requirement

Selected technology, device or protocol

Explanation

1.

2.

3.

4.

Include all your research information sources in the References box below, using APA referencing style.

References

This answer does not need to be included in your PlanetG3 Network Design.

Step 3.3

In this step you will be preparing the technical documentation for your network layout to meet the client requirements and Australian standards. To do this:

  1. On the supplied PlanetG3 proposed office layout diagram (png), use a drawing tool to identify the location of the devices required for your PlanetG3 network design. Make sure you label each device on the diagram.
  2. Draw on the diagram the cabling or wireless connection that you would require to connect all end-user devices.
  3. Include your diagram in your PlanetG3 Network design under Part 4 Cabling requirements, 4.1 Network Layout.

Step 3.4

In this step you will be approximating the length of cable required to connect all end-user devices in your proposed network. To do this:

  1. Use the room measurements given on your Network layout (see Step 3.3) to approximately measure the length of each individual network cable that will be required to connect all end-user devices in your network.
  2. Record these individual measurements in the table provided in your PlanetG3 Network design under Part 4 Cabling requirements, 4.2 Cabling lengths. Make sure you identify which devices are involved in the individual cable connection. (e.g. PC1 to Switch1) Add rows to the table as required.
  3. Determine the total cable length required and include this in the table.

Hint: Print the PlanetG3 proposed office layout diagram and measure your lengths with a ruler or tape measure. Use the one metre (1 m) length on the right-hand side to determine your scale. Remember lengths only need to be approximately but be generous and round up to the nearest metre.

Part 4: Network costings

Step 4.1

In this step you need to source vendors and service suppliers to obtain specifications, check availability and cost of your identified network components. To do this:

  1. List all your identified network components that would need to be purchased by the client. This should include all devices and cover cabling requirements. You do not need to include the network operating system.
  2. Research online to find a suitable product for the network component, from online vendors and service suppliers. List the name of the product.
  3. List the specifications for the product which relate to the client requirements.
  4. Identify the vendor and/or service supplier.
  5. List the quantity of the network component you require for your network design. For cables include the total length of cable required as the quantity.
  6. List the unit cost of the product.
  7. Determine the total cost of the product.
  8. Show that this product is currently available by including the word “Yes” and linking it to the product’s web page. Your client should be able to click on this link to check if the product is currently available or not. This link could also be used to confirm the product’s specifications.
  9. Calculated the grand total cost for all identified network components by summing all the total costs for all network components. Round this value to the nearest dollar.

Document your answer in your PlanetG3 Network design under Part 4: Network costings, 4.1 Network component costings. Add rows to the table if needed.

Include all your research information sources in the References box below, using APA referencing style. Include one reference for each of your products.

References

Part 5: Client signoff

Step 5.1

You now need to ensure client sign-off for your proposed network design and associated components. To do this:

  1. In your PlanetG3 Network design under Part 5: Client signoff complete the details according to the scenario.
  2. Prepare an email to send to your client contact (Jason Brown), copying your project manager at XYZ Networking Services (Mark Myers) and your assessor.

In this email you need to:

  • Indicate who you are sending this email to and who you are copying in on the email.
  • Include an appropriate business subject line.
  • Request client sign-off for your proposed network design and associated components.
  • Include information for replying to the email to ensure that you get a correctly signed copy of the network design.
  • Write the email in a business-like manner.
  1. Use the following table for your answer. (Approx. 100 words)

Step 5.2

Reflect on the plan you made in Step 1a). Were you able to implement your actions as per your original plan? What adjustments did you need to make? What were some of the unexpected issues you encountered? How did you deal with these unexpected issues?

Use the following table for your answer. (Approx. 50 words)

Assessment checklist

The following checklist will be used by your assessor to mark your performance against the assessment criteria of your submitted report. Use this checklist to understand what skills and/or knowledge you need to demonstrate in your submission. All the criteria described in the Assessment checklist must be met. The assessor may ask questions after the task has been submitted.

Table 8 Assessment checklist

STEP #

Instructions

S

U/S

Assessor comments

6.1.

Identify and clarify client requirements for the small office home office network

Assessors are to record their assessment in sufficient detail to demonstrate their judgement of the student’s performance against the criteria.

6.2.

Develop and document network design

Assessors are to record their assessment in sufficient detail to demonstrate their judgement of the student’s performance against the criteria.

6.3.

Identify most suitable network technologies, devices and protocols and network cables and connectors to meet network design

Assessors are to record their assessment in sufficient detail to demonstrate their judgement of the student’s performance against the criteria.

6.4.

Source vendors and service suppliers to obtain specifications, availability and cost of identified components

Assessors are to record their assessment in sufficient detail to demonstrate their judgement of the student’s performance against the criteria.

6.5.

Ensure client sign-off for proposed network design and associated components

Assessors are to record their assessment in sufficient detail to demonstrate their judgement of the student’s performance against the criteria.

6.6.

Interprets a range of texts to critically evaluate and design the appropriate network, comparing technical specifications and associated costs

Assessors are to record their assessment in sufficient detail to demonstrate their judgement of the student’s performance against the criteria.

6.7.

Records specific information using clear and precise language and appropriate format to develop network plans and technical specifications

Assessors are to record their assessment in sufficient detail to demonstrate their judgement of the student’s performance against the criteria.

6.8.

Uses a range of mathematical calculations to evaluate and compare numerical information and forecast costs and appropriate cable length

Assessors are to record their assessment in sufficient detail to demonstrate their judgement of the student’s performance against the criteria.

6.9.

Recognises and follows explicit and implicit protocols and meets expectations associated with own role when obtaining approval and sign-off at relevant stages of job

Assessors are to record their assessment in sufficient detail to demonstrate their judgement of the student’s performance against the criteria.

6.10.

Plans a range of routine and some non-routine tasks, accepting stated goals and aiming to achieve them efficiently, confirming client requirements and identifying relevant equipment

Assessors are to record their assessment in sufficient detail to demonstrate their judgement of the student’s performance against the criteria.

6.11.

Implements actions as per plan, making slight adjustments if necessary, and addressing some unexpected issues

Assessors are to record their assessment in sufficient detail to demonstrate their judgement of the student’s performance against the criteria.

6.12.

Understands key principles and concepts that underpin the design of digital systems and tools

Assessors are to record their assessment in sufficient detail to demonstrate their judgement of the student’s performance against the criteria.

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