Assignment On Training Center's Learning

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Faculty of Computing,Engineering andSciencesAssignment Brief2015-16Module Title:Introduction to Computer andNetwork Architectures (WBL)Computer ArchitecturesModule Code:COCS40663Level:4Credits:30School:Computing)Module Learning OutcomesMap to ProgrammeLearning Outcomes1) DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE AND BASIC UNDERSTANDING OFTHE COMPONENTS WHICH ARE COMMONLY USED INCONTEMPORARY ICT/TELECOMMS SYSTEMS AND THE WAY THEYARE CONFIGURED TO SERVE A NUMBER OF PURPOSES ANDHEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES RELEVANT TO ICT SYSTEMS.ApplicationKnowledge &Understanding2) DEMONSTRATE UNDERSTANDING OF THE FUNCTIONALITY ANDCAPACITY OF AN ICT SYSTEM AND HOW CHANGES TO THECONFIGURATION WILL AFFECT THE SYSTEM'S OVERALLPERFORMANCE CAPABILITIES.AnalysisKnowledge &UnderstandingLearning3) EVALUATE ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS AND ROUTES TO SATISFYTHE REQUIREMENTS OF AN ICT SYSTEM AND PRESENT OBJECTIVEDATA TO CONTRIBUTE TO DECISION MAKING.AnalysisCommunicationLearningProblem Solving1
Assignment DescriptionA PORTFOLIO weighted at 50% of the overall module mark addressing learning outcomes 1-3(shown above).The portfolio will include exercises - some theory based and some requiring reflection of use andapplicability of theoretical concepts in the work environment of the learner (circa 3000 words)TaskPercentage ofoverall markAssessed LearningOutcomeTask 1– A multiple choice assessment on thecomponents within a computer system alongwith their configurationThe test will be arranged to take place at asuitable time.20%1Task 2- A Hardware case study Part 1:Proposal for client machines.40%1,2,3Task 3– A Hardware case study, Part 2:Proposal for server and installation.40%1,2,3Hand-in Deadline: See Tutor for guidanceCase Study ScenarioYour company Network Integration Corp (NIC) has been commissioned by an organisation, TrainingNeeds Today, to provide an integrated solution for their new midlands training centres. This willutiliseclient/server architecturewith a shared database hosted on an entry level server and webbased application for course/customer/HR/finance management. The training centre offers coursesin a range of popular application software, database design and development and web applicationdevelopment. Client platforms with delegate interfaces at each centre shown below.Site CodeSite NameUsersTraining RoomsBYODFunctionality?TNT_001Walsall1754YesTNT_002Stoke-on-Trent782YesTNT_003Nottingham401NoTNT_004Evesham401NoTNT_005Leicester1203NoNOTE: DEFINITION of BYOD:BringYourOwnDeviceTask 2 – Proposal for client machines - (Weighted at 40%)2
Currently the client machines are of the following specification:Processor: Celeron 1.2GHz single coreMotherboard: Asus P5QL-VM DOX24 CD-ROM400W non-modular PSURAM: 1GB 667MHzHD drive: IDE 320GB 7200rpmGraphics and sound: on boardOS: Windows XP service pack 120” CRT MonitorsThe current server hardware specifications:Custom made server with AMDAthlon XP 2400+processor, 2000MHz, 2GB RAM, 1x500GB HDDSoftware:Red Hat 9 (released on 2002) running the following services:MySQL version 3.23PhP version 4.2.2Apache web server version 2.0The company is currently using a web based application to manage customers information.Staff members and delegates have complained that the client machines are very slow and oftencrash. The organisation has requested that you submit a formal proposal for theimprovement/replacement of the client machines. Managers are considering the upgrade of theircurrent server architecture (software/hardware) to a modern architecture to support moreintegrated software modules such as, course management system, customer relationshipmanagement (CRM) and accounting system. The proposal should comprise the following sections:1Provide a detailed assessment of the functionality and capacity of the existing clientmachines2Provide a detailed assessment of the capacity of the existing server with the considerationof the new requirements (as mentioned above)3Provide a sound justification for the choice of components to be used in theupgrade/replacment based on suitability, compatibility, cost and performance improvement.NOTE: The following components should be considered but this is not an exhaustive list.Client machines considerations:Types of RAM (e.g. DDR, DDR2, DDR3, etc)Types of Processor or available (e.g. Dual, Quad, etc)Hard drivesOptical drivesGraphics cardsOperating SystemsPeripherals requiredServer software/architecture considerations:The current application uses 80% of the resourcesThe current database/application has some security flowsThe processor temperatureOperating system and software supportMemory capacityHDD type (i.e. SSD) and capacityBackup solutionRedundancy (i.e. RAID solution or ...)4The organisation has been successful in a bid for finance from an external body to improvetheir ICT infrastructure and could potentially provide a budget for the replacement of eachclient machine and server side (though there are other ways that they could invest thismoney). Present a detailed proposal for off-the-shelf client machines and server detailingthe expected improvements in performance along with the cost per machine.3
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