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A group project should  be completed as part of the requirements of the course. Each group will be composed of up to a maximum of four students. A topic in networking should be chosen by each group for the project. The topic must be practice oriented. 

Projects that explore the actual implementation of hardware and software will be graded favorably. An example would be the configuration of an application server such as the SharePoint server.  In this case, a demonstration fo the server in the class during the presentation of the project will add further weight to the project.

A guideline for the selection of an appropriate project topic is described on this web page. The choice of a topic will also be discussed during the first class meeting. The end result of the project will be a project presentation and the submission of the slides used in the presentation. 

 Topic Selection
There are four different approaches to choosing a project topic. They are as follows:
  • Install an application server and demonstrate its functionality
  • Explore and implement newer networking technologies such as, for example, a cloud computing based network service 
  • Present work-related experience in the field of networking
Further details of each of the approaches are given below.

Installation and configuration of an Application Server
Microsoft, for example, offers many servers serving different purposes of an enterprise. Examples include the SQL server, Exchange server, BizTalk server etc. The students may choose one of the servers as the subject of study. In this case, they may explore the installation of the server and the demonstration of its functionality. For the purpose of installation and testing, a 90-day trial version of most of the Microsoft servers can be downloaded from Microsoft' website. Students may install the server on one of the computers in the networking lab.  

Alternatively, the students majoring in CIS may obtain the required server software under the Microsoft's Academic Alliance program known as MSDNAA. Additional information on the availability of software will be discussed in the class. The relevant information may also be obtained through the link to MSDN provided on the sidebar of this web page.  

Exploration and Implementation of Network Hardware or Software or Services
A group may choose an evolving topic such as cloud computing to study the latest developments in the area. In this case, one or more of the cloud computing services provided may be explored and presented. The groups that choose this approach must give a demonstration during of the actual implementation of the technology during the presentation of their project.

A few areas of interest for choosing a topic are as follows:
  • Exploring emerging technologies in networking
  • Implementation of network infrastructure servers
  • Network security
  • Cloud computing application
Please note that the above areas are provided only as a guideline and that the students are not restricted to choosing from the above list of topics. A group may also choose a topic that expands upon the material covered in the course. An example would be a topic that would expand on streaming servers discussed in the class. However, it is important not to repeat the material covered in the course in the project. 

To obtain information on possible topics for the project, the students may also visit the websites of vendors who market communication and networking products to review the latest developments in their offerings. Technology forums and other technical websites may also be consulted for selecting an appropriate topic for the project.

Experience and Job Related Topics
With the approval of the instructor, a student may embark on an individual project in lieu of the group project. Students having experience in networking or those who are involved in network related positions or projects at their place of employment may choose to do individual projects. In this case, the students should present the practical details of their area of expertise in the class. The presentation slides can be submitted as the project report.

 Project Presentation
All members of a project group are required to participate in an oral presentation describing their contribution to the overall project. The presentations are scheduled for the ninth and tenth weeks of the Quarter. The duration of the project presentation by each group should not exceed 30 minutes. 
The students who chose to do the individual project are also required to make a presentation. The time limit for this presentation is 15 minutes.
The presentation schedule for the groups and the individual students is listed on the web page entitled Project on this site. The page also contains the email addresses of the group members and the topics selected by each group.

 Project Report
One project report is due from each group. The report is a collection of individual contributions made by each group member.

The PowerPoint slides used in the presentation of the project, but revised to reflect the feedback given by the instructor during the presentation, are to be submitted as the project report. The slides must be submitted in electronic form. The students should bring the presentations on a flash drive to be downloaded to the instructor's flash drive. Hardcopies of the project report will not be accepted. 

The students explaining their work experience are also required to submit a report consisting of the slides used in their presentation.

 Report Format
The number of slides to be created by each group member is at the discretion of the member concerned. However, an adequate number of slides must be used to convey clearly the the project work undertaken by each member of the group. 
For consistency, the slide style and the format used in the course slides (Lecture Notes) is recommended in preparing the slides for presentation. At a minimum, the presentation slides must include the following.
  • A title slide with the name of the group members
  • A slide showing the contents of the entire presentation 
  • The main body of the presentation divided into smaller modules 
  • A summary of the project
  • The web references used in the presentation listed separately at the end of the presentation
  • A glossary of key terms relating to the project topic

Project will be graded based on the following assessment criteria:
Assessment Criteria  Contribution in %
 Relevancy Required
 Presentation  10
 Technical Content  50
 Understanding of Topic  30
 In-class Demonstration  20

  Report Due Date
Unless modifications are suggested, the presentation slides are due immediately after the presentation of the project. The same rule applies to the submission of the slides for individual projects as well.

 Project Group Details

In addition to the details of the members in each group, the links to the common documents such as the presentations are provided below to enable collaborative work among the students. 

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