Assignment - FIT3165 - S1 2021
Deadline: Week-12, Friday 28 May, 2021, 11:55pm
Submission format: Before the due date, a soft copy of your technical report (a PDF file) with the standard
assignment format must be submitted to Moodle via Turnitin. You can use any freely available PDF
converter. Report will be checked on Turnitin for Plagiarism.
• By submitting a special consideration form
• Without an approved special consideration request, you lose 10% of your mark per day that
you submit late. Submissions will not be accepted more than 3 days late.
Plagiarism: This is an individual assignment. Group work is not allowed. It is an academic requirement
that your submitted work be original. Zero marks will be awarded for the whole submission if there is any
evidence of copying, collaboration, pasting from websites, or copying from textbooks. When you are asked
to use Internet resources to answer a question, this does not mean copying and pasting text from websites.
Write answers in your own words such that your understanding of the answer is evident.
Marks: This assignment is worth 20% of your unit marks.
Interview: Your tutors may carry out an interview in special circumstances (Collusion, Plagiarism etc.) to
assess your work. If you cannot explain your work or what you have written in your report, we need to
report you to the academic Integrity committee for further action, and your marks will be either reduced or
given “0”. This is to make sure that the work you submit is your own work.
Report: The Technical Report should look professional, which means you need to pay attention to spelling,
punctuation, grammar. It is important that your report has a clear structure. Write a report of 10 pages long
maximum, with a font size of at least 11pt with 2cm margins. The page limit doesn’t include images, tables,
references etc. Any text beyond the page limit will not be marked. Use FIT standard report format. Please
note no hand written work or hand drawn diagrams will be accepted for your submission.
Note: You can find great tips on how to prepare a presentation on Monash’s web pages. Here are links to
Language and Learning and Online website:
• https://www.monash.edu/rlo and
• Software tools for drawing sitemaps, any drawing tool should work, for example Lucid Chart, Visio,
online tools or even presentation tools such as PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Slides. Scans of
hand-drawn maps are acceptable if they are neat and easily readable.
An Enterprise Network Design
A Request For Proposal (RFP) to Design Wired LANs, Wireless LANs
and support Backbone Wide Area Network (WAN)
1. Assignment Description
A public transport company requires its office building to be connected over a wired LAN, Wireless
LAN (WLAN), and WAN connections (building to building). You have been asked to respond to the
following excerpt from their RFP (Request For Proposals) in the newspaper.
Scope of the Work
At present, the total number of office employees in Melbourne is 200. Each office worker is provided
with an office space or cubicle with a multimedia desktop having wired network LAN connection.
Owing to a business acquisition, the number of employees at Melbourne is expected to increase
substantially. The size of the Melbourne office, both Wired and Wireless LAN will increase (from
200) to 440 stations; after two new 4-storey buildings (located across the road) have been acquired
to accommodate the additional office space needed to provide seating arrangements for the increased
number of employees (see Figure 1 for Building-A, and Figure 2 for Building-B).
Two newly acquired buildings will accommodate all the new staff members as follows:
(i) Building A: 160 new staff,
(ii) Building B: 80 new staff.
For each building, the number of new staff will be equally distributed among each floor.
The new buildings have not been wired for network connections. Each floor has a wiring closet where
necessary horizontal and vertical structured cabling can be installed. Each wiring closet is located in
the Lift and Service wells area as shown in the figure 1 & figure 2.
The service wells also has vertical riser where fiber optic cables can run through floor to floor to a
dedicated server room in the ground floor. The two new buildings also need a Wide Area Network
(WAN) to be connected to the existing Main office network (across the road). The width of the road
can be assumed to be 100 meters wide. Both the new buildings require horizontal and vertical cabling.
It is envisaged that the two new buildings in Melbourne office would support, both, wired and wireless
networked office environment where each of the staff PC and their personal laptops would be equipped
with office desktop high resolution video conferencing software (VoIP), along with the usual business
applications such as web, email, and regular office productivity packages. It is anticipated that the
average network traffic generated by each active user is estimated to be around 15-20 Mbps. The Wired
LAN infrastructure needs to be designed to support the maximum peak traffic, and in addition, support
the Wireless LAN with additional 20% maximum traffic. The design should show the WLAN Access
Points (AP) connectivity to the wired infrastructure. At the existing main office network (across the
WAN), a capacity increase will be required for key devices and their support infrastructure (e.g.
Servers, Routers and/or switches) to accommodate the increased traffic volume from the new
buildings. Employees are expected to access the main office network and its resources frequently. So,
from the business perspective, it is important that the WAN connectivity is maintained all the time.
Loss of productivity is not an option from the network connectivity point of view.
2. Assignment Requirements
Submissions for this assignment should be in the form of a technical report with explanatory figures and
other requirements for reporting. The assignment specifications are in the form of a request for proposal
(RFP) to potential suppliers. A RFP is a solicitation often made through a bidding process by any company
interested in the design and procurement of installation contract services. This assignment provides an
opportunity for you to work individually and apply Data Communications and Computer Networking
concepts to a practical network design. You are required to design the network, make networking
recommendations based on the RFP requirements and present your solutions in a formal report. In the RFP,
the company expects you to give them enough arguments in support of your network design to convince
them, with respect to benefits of the proposed network and new technologies you have proposed. Go into
some technical detail explaining differences between technologies. Give detailed explanation of the
proposed technologies that would be integrated in the network design.
You must include the following information in response to the request for Proposal (RFP):
a) Executive Summary:
c) Project Requirements: A requirement brief is usually a detailed list of the required tasks to be completed
and proposed equipment derived from Objectives and Scope of Work section of the RFP.
d) LAN, WLAN, Backbone, and WAN Design, Assumptions, and Justifications:
(i). Explain LAN, WLAN, Backbone, and WAN design logic including the choices of equipment
(e.g. switches, routers, APs etc.) and structured cabling. You must propose specific devices from
a particular vendor such as Cisco.
(ii). Justify switch and wireless AP locations, horizontal and vertical cable paths and lengths
between the floors. Explain the routers, switches, and APs functional specifications. Assume the
floor to ceiling height as 3 meters approximately including the false ceiling.
(iii). Propose an IP address version 4 strategy for the new buildings with proper Subnetting and
minimal unused addresses.
(iv). Explain methods used to form estimates of network performance for each type of active
devices and links. Report all the assumptions made in your network design.
e) Recommendations and Justification: A summary of your recommendations with a statement of
Note: List of equipment, their specifications, technical data, and device related cabling specifications etc.
should be included in the Appendix.
The technical report should contain the following important diagrams to support your proposal:
(a) A conceptual high-level diagram showing the complete network design including LAN, WLAN,
Backbone, and WAN connectivity to the main office.
(b) Typical floor plans (only one floor would be sufficient for each new building) showing computer
desktop layout, network topology, WLAN AP, and structured cabling.
(c) Backbone connection diagrams (using schematic diagrams of cross-section of a building showing
switches, routers, and servers etc.).
(d) WAN connectivity for the two new buildings connecting with the head office building.
Writing reports is an essential aspect of any IT career. You are expected to deliver reports that are accurate
and factual, that provide evidence for your findings, and look professional.
Before you start
Before starting to write, think about your audience, i.e., who is reading the report? Don’t write for your
tutors. Write for your customer (Transport Company).
Sources and referencing
Any claims or recommendations that you make should be substantiated with supporting references. That
means that you cannot just claim that A is better than B, you have to argue why that is the case and point to
external sources that can serve as evidence. You can use the unit’s recommended textbooks and other
standard literature as sources, but you will also need to use additional documentation to find all the technical
information and commercial details for this report. Whenever you use material from an external source,
make sure that you reference that source. You also need to assess the quality and reliability of any source.
An independent expert review of different technologies is much more trustworthy. References should be
listed correctly (see conference papers or journal for the reference). You may lose marks for poor
referencing. You should use the APA referencing style, which is explained in details here: