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Identify, analyse and communicate principles and processes of Network Design.

Computing Technologies

Coursework – Network Design and Troubleshooting

Individual Written Report: Case Study Analysis 

Module title:

Network Design and Troubleshooting

Software to use:

Cisco Packet Tracer ( the newest version)


You have to attach the *.pkt file from Cisco packet tracer, also to add print screens to the assignment

Module Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this module will be able to:

  1. Identify, analyse and communicate principles and processes of Network Design.
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate business and technical Requirements.
  3. Plan and design a Network Infrastructure (LAN/WAN/MAN).
  4. Design and evaluate a management and implementation Strategy for a Network.
  5. Collect and synthesise information to inform a choice of vendor solutions, with the module assignment providing a good opportunity to test this area.
  6. Evaluate a range of information comparing alternative methods and techniques used in Network Design.
  7. Be able to troubleshoot and maintain integrated, complex networks.

Learning outcomes assessed within this piece of work as agreed at the programme level meeting

This assignment will assess the following learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the knowledge base of this module, and its terminology and discourse
    1. Evaluate network devices to be used for a particular area in the network in relation to requirement
    2. Design and implement a fully functional network infrastructure based on requirement given in the assignment brief
    3. Demonstrate autonomous learning context and draw on prior experiences reflecting and evaluating on new leaning outcome.

Type of assessment:

  1. Individual Written Report: case study analysis and design using network simulation
    1. Recommended maximum words (2500 words)

Assessment deadline:

Individual Report to be submitted. This should be submitted as a word-processed document file. 

Assignment Task

This is an individual assignment based on the case study scenario presented below. This assignment will assess your understanding of the principles of network design and the ability to analyse, design and create a network infrastructure fully configured and tested which reflects understanding of network design and troubleshooting.


As a network engineer you have been asked to design and implement a small network for one of your company clients (alm.co.uk), the network consists of 4 (four) departments.

The network consists of four Servers, web, email, dns, and common file server, all servers shared between all users. The distribution of workstation shown in table 1, describe the requirement of each department. The college admins decided to use wireless network for use by any student/staff using their own wireless device such as smartphone to access the internet.



Access Rules


48 Computers one printer

Users cannot access any other department


18 Computers one printer

Users cannot access any other department


11 Computers one printer

Users cannot access any other department


68 Computers one printer

Users cannot access any other department

Table 1: workstation and server distribution and requirements

The IT director emphasised on scalability, availability and hence you are required to provide a complete network infrastructure design and implementation, the company will be using private IP address within LAN, the company network availability, Scalability and security are very important. The wireless network IP address is


Analyse the requirements given in above scenario evaluating suitable network model and components to design a network infrastructure featuring scalability, availability and security.

Based on your analysis and evaluation you are required to apply the required configuration for the selected components, and finally, you are to discuss, evaluate and apply Network monitoring tools/components, and produce network test and documentation suitable for network maintenance.

All relevant network configuration, network diagram and device configuration tables, network simulation file must be included.


  • Create a complete network diagram for the given scenario.
  • Create an appropriate subnet based on given network address.
  • Create VLAN for each department.
  • Justification of the use of network design model and components including any technologies/protocols used
  • Provide complete security precaution and configuration where applicable including: Access control list to isolate each department internally.
  • Complete testing documentation of all relevant devices such as web, email, DNS servers.

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