Project Title: xxxxx (e.g. Router Misconfiguration): A Key Issue for Network Availability
Objectives: To enhance and demonstrate student knowledge and skills on diagnostics of network issues, troubleshooting, and skills in critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving, communication, and technical research and presentation.
Weight: 100 points; 10% of course grade
1. Identify a specific network issue or problem that affects network performance, availability, reliability, or security, such as a physical connection problem, switch configuration issue, routing issue, IP misconfiguration, Ethernet, network protocol issue, or wireless network setup issue, etc. It would be helpful to browse and use relevant TestOut troubleshooting labs for your topic selection.
2. Conduct research on the identified problem and propose the best solution in your opinion based on research and hands-on test using the course readings, labs, and additional sources such as conference and journal papers (e.g. IEEE or ACM Digital Library database) accessible online from the RMU library, up-to-date industry and government reports, and other academic and non-commercial publications.
3. Write a 5 to 6 page report paper that includes the following:
1) A title and an Abstract paragraph of about 150-200 words to summarize the content of your paper.
2) 5 Keywords used in your paper.
3) An Introduction section (about 1 page) to briefly describe your identified network issue or problem,
network availability (or reliability or security) affected, the significance of the issue, and your
proposed diagnostic and trouble-shooting solution and method.
4) A Literature Review section (1.5-2 page) that summarizes major existing and published solutions (3
or 4 solutions) to your identified network issue/questions and discusses the strengths and limitations
of each existing solution one by one.
5) A Proposed Solution section (2 pages): Describe your proposed troubleshooting solution in detail
(including test methods, tools, and step-by-step instructions), explain the strengths of your proposed
solution, using first-hand demo test (e.g. TestOut lab) or graphics and screen captures.
6) A Conclusion section (1 paragraph) to recap your paper and state areas for future improvement.
7) A References section listing all the sources cited in your paper using examples in the sample IEEE
paper format template and provided and the guide on editing and citing references on pages 34-48 in
the IEEE editorial style manual provided.
4. Length & Format: 5 to 6 pages; single space & 2-column, font size 12; see the sample IEEE paper format template and the IEEE editorial style manual provided. APA format is also acceptable.
5. Sources & Plagiarism: All submissions are checked for plagiarism using SafeAssign. The similarity index should be less than 15%. Minimize direct quotes and give proper documentation to all sources used to avoid high similarity scores. You may not submit a prior paper from another course or school to fulfill this term paper assignment. Please review the syllabus section on penalties for plagiarism.
6. Submission: Each member must submit the paper, slides, and peer review form to Blackboard.
7. Presentation: Submit a PowerPoint presentation file of at least 10 slides together with your Word document paper at Blackboard ONLY. The slides should address all the components of your paper in outline style (keyword summaries and appropriate graphics). The in-class presentation must include a hands-on demo of how the troubleshooting works.
Grading Criteria: The paper will be evaluated in content, writing, presentation, and format. See the grading rubric attached below for detailed grading criteria and expectations. Individual grade may vary with actual participation and contribution.