IT Networking and Communication Major Assignment

This assessment item relates to the unit learning outcomes as in the unit descriptors. 

LO1: Identify the operation of the protocols that are used inside the Internet and use the sevenlayer model to classify networking topology, protocol and security needs. 

LO2: Evaluate LAN technology issues, including routing and flow control. Explain the difference between  switches and routers. Build and troubleshoot Ethernet, WiFi and Leased line networks. Connect networks  with routers. 

LO3: Critically analyse specific processes and functions that apply to a layered network model, with specific  reference to TCP/IP; Subnet a network using multilevel subnetting and provide a subnetted IP design based on  a given topology or business profile; 

LO5: Evaluate the business implications of the proposed network application through the use of a network  performance simulator or Analyzer and recommend alternates that would improve on the network  performance. 

Network design & configuration [100 Marks] 

VIT plans to construct a new campus consisting of 5 buildings distanced apart. The management  intends to relocate various departments among these buildings. To meet their business needs, they  have decided to create a new local area network (LAN). Your team has been hired to design and build  this network. The initial phase involves designing and developing a network that connects several  buildings, as indicated in the map below:

MITS4004 Assignment

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Figure 1. Building locations map 

The physical organization is as follows: 

  • Building 1 hosts IT Department 
  • Building 2 hosts Nursing Department 
  • Building 3 hosts the Humanities and Engineering Departments 
  • Building 4 hosts Human Resources and Business development Departments • Building 5 hosts the Architecture and carpentry Department. 

The network requirement of each department is detailed as follows:

IT Department
Number of employees 100
Each employee has 01 PC + 01 IP Phone
The department has 1 server
Nursing Department
Number of employees 50
Each employee has 01 PC + 01 IP Phone
The department has 1 server
Humanities and Engineering Department
Number of employees 50
Each employee has 01 PC + 01 IP Phone
The department has 1 server
Human resources and Business Development Department.
Number of employees 30
Each employee has 01 PC + 01 IP Phone
The department has 1 server
Architecture and carpentry Department
Number of employees 16
Each employee has 01 PC + 01 IP Phone
The department has 2 servers

As discussed during the initial meeting with VIT’s senior management, your team was tasked with  creating a working prototype simulation to demonstrate connectivity and address the highlighted  constraints. Your team, technical staff, and management have agreed upon the following technical  requirements: 

  • Each department should be placed on a separate subnet for management and security  purposes.  
  • Routers must be used for routing between the internal networks and each network has its  own router.  
  • And all PCs and servers must be set to the router’s address as the default gateway. • Router Connections should be as below:

o The IT Department Router has connections to the Nursing Department and the  Humanities Department

o The Humanities Department router should have connections to the IT Department and the Human Resources Department

o The Human Resources Department should have connections to the Humanities and  Architecture Departments.  

  • Each department should have the provision to maintain their own VLANs if required.  
  • The network should be designed to optimize the cost, meaning you should aim to use the  least number of network devices and links. 
  • The company was assigned the following IP address range to use for their networks:  172.XY.0.0/16 (Replace “XY” with your Group ID) 

Specific Assignment Requirement 

To complete this assignment, you are recommended to take the steps below: 

  1. Design and draw the network topology using Cisco Packet Tracer. Clearly label the buildings,  departments, switches, and routers. Make the connections through Packet Tracer NOTE: For  each department, students should include at least two PCs and all the servers in their diagram  (20 marks). 

2. Identify how many subnets are required for your proposed topology. To optimize the address  spaces, design the subnets based on the given network address (172.XY.0.0/16).  Note: the link between the gateway router of the university and the ISP router has been  assigned to network 200.1.XY.0/24 (Replace “XY” with your Group ID). Create a table and provide details of the network design for each network, such as below: (20  marks)

Allocated subnet/Mask
Network address
Default gateway address
Valid host address range
Broadcast address
  1. Label the drawn network topology with corresponding subnets and IP addresses, then take a  screenshot and include it to the report with a brief explanation. (10 marks) 
  2. Assign the appropriate IP addresses to the computers, servers, switches, and the router 

interfaces. NOTE: the default gateway address must be assigned to the LAN side of each router.  Routers must be configured with default routes (or RIP) to ensure the connectivity among the  department. Take screenshots of the configurations and attach to the document (40 marks) 

  1. All computers should be able to ping any other computers on different networks and the  computers MUST ping their Default Gateway. Attach screenshots of the ping reply from  computers (10 marks) 

Submission Guidelines: 

  • The report should have a consistent, professional, and well-organized appearance. This assessment requires you to work in a group with a maximum of FIVE students. Your report should include the following: 

The cover page must identify student names, ID numbers, unit details, and assignment  details. 

The assignment must use a 12-point font size and at least single-line spacing with  appropriate section headings. 

In-text referencing in IEEE style must be cited in the text of the report and listed  appropriately at the end of the report as a reference list. 

The report should be over 1000 words not more than 1750 words.  

  • The report must be submitted in a soft (electronic) copy as a Microsoft Word document on the  LMS in the Turnitin drop box. Assignments submitted on the LMS will only be accepted. The Group leader MUST submit the Final report. All other students MUST submit the  “Individual Participation Form-Group assessment.” The students who do not submit  “Individual Participation Form-Group assessment” will be penalized.  
  • The late penalty applies to late submission; 20% per day would be deducted. The assignments will go through Turnitin, and a plagiarism penalty will be applied.