Introduction to Computer Networking
Course IT640 Phase 1 IP 1 and DB 1, Networking and Telecommunications Phase 1 IP 1 and DB 1, Introduction to Computer Networking
Phase 1 - Task 1
Task Type:
Discussion Board  
Deliverable Length:
See Assignment Details
Primary Discussion Response is due by Wednesday 

Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas:

Review the Course Scenario provided for this course. This will be the basis for this discussion and for your assignments for the course. Based on this scenario and specific information that you have about the retail store that you have chosen for your project, answer the following questions:

What are the specific mission and related goals for the retail store?
What critical success factors need to be considered throughout this project?
What ideas do you have for determining the quantitative and qualitative variables that are needed for measuring success?
What specific steps need to be followed to ensure that the proposed solution addresses the mission and goals of the retail store?
Phase 1 - Task 2
Task Type:
Individual Project
Deliverable Length:
Word document of 4–5 pages (excluding references and cover page)
The retail store has hired you to assist in resolving the recent networking problems that have been occurring. The new owner needs you to address the issues so that his company can accomplish its mission and goals. He thinks that the network needs to expand (or at least be fixed), but at this point, he has no idea what the current network has or what it needs. The owner needs you to assess the current network, come up with some conclusions about next steps, and report the results to him. He wants to make sure that you have a good understanding of his goals and objectives as well as the presenting problems.

Examples are provided in the attached file to help with this assignment.

Go to to view a sample of an Implementation Plan template. When you open the Web site, click on "Templates," and then click on "Implementation Plan."

You have been asked to develop a solution in the form of a Network Design and Implementation Plan for your retail store using the following format:

Network Architecture Assessment
Use Microsoft Word
Title page
Course number and name
Project name
Your name
Table of contents (TOC)
Use auto-generated TOC
Maximum of 3 levels deep
Be sure to update the fields of the TOC so it is up-to-date before submitting your project.
Section headings (create each heading on a new page with TBD as content except for sections listed under new content below)
Each week, you will add a section to this Network Design and Implementation Plan and submit for grading. As a preview, each section will contain the following:

Network Architecture Assessment (Week 1 IP)
Network Reference Model Comparison (Week 2 IP)
Network Design Diagram (Week 3 IP)
Telecommunications Plan (Week 4 IP)
Remote Network Implementation Plan (Week 5 IP)
The project deliverables for this week are as follows:

Network Architecture Assessment (4–5 pages)
Describe the general business environment for the case study organization.
Include a network goals and objectives statement.
Include a narrative that provides an assessment about the general current state of the network architecture.
Include a narrative that details your conclusions about the extent to which the current network supports the stated business goals and objectives.
Include a narrative that articulates each of the networking problems that the owner has presented.
Provide an analysis as to how this part of the project fulfills the mission and 1 or more goals of the case study organization.
All sources should be cited both in-text and in References using APA format.
Name the document "yourname_IT640_IP1.doc."