Introduction to Data Communications PTDipCF2/ PTDipWT2/ PTDipIT21

Introduction to Data Communications PTDipCF2 PTDipWT2 pTDipIT21

Class Name PTDipCF2/ PTDipWT2/ PTDipIT21
Module Introduction to Data Communications


Assessment 2: Individual Assignment

Weightage                                 30%

Submission Deadline              TBA

Word Limit                                 1500

Assignment Topic and Requirements

The assignment requires academic references. Wikipedia is not an academic sourc therefore should be used as a search aid only. Plagiarism from any source is not allowe will result in a zero mark

A list of references (bibliography) must be included. The evaluation of the paper would be based on the comprehensiveness and organization of the paper.

Answer ALL questions

Question I

In order for a computer to operate on a network, there are a range of different componen are required.  Explain the functions of each of the following components:  

a)    Bridge

b)    Router

c)    DSL modem

d)    Switch

e)    Network interface card

f)     Hub

 Illustrate a network environment with the support of the above mentioned components. (15 Marks)  

 Question II

Networking Cables are used to connect one network device to other or to connect two or more computers to share printer, scanner etc.  Find out and explain about the cables types, size, speed and cost. (15 Marks)

Assignment format: Marking Criteria


Proficiency / Objective

Maximum  Marks
Introduction 10
Style, structure and presentation of the work 10
Critical discussion of the comparative analysis of any of the identified organization’s 30
Critical use of relevant concepts, theories, frameworks and examples in discussions and analysis to support and illustrate what is being argued. 30
Conclusion 10
Citations and Referencing 10
Total 100


  1. Write your name clearly on the cover page using the ‘Assignment Coversheet cum

Lecturer’s Comment Form

  1. Your assignment should be type-written.
  2. 5 line spacing with font size 12 using Times New Roman script.
  3. Include page numbers.
  4. Include a Reference List at the end of your assignment.
  5. There will be penalty for plagiarism.
  6. It is advisable to keep a soft copy of your submitted assignment in case of assignment.

Check List for Essay

typewritten, using standard-sized paper, 12 point Times New Roman font or 11 point Arial font, 1.5 spacing, with 1 inch border on all sides, with numbered pages (footers).

  • Essay must have a minimum of _____ footnotes and/or _____ references.
  • Essay must have a finalised bibliography / references on a separate page (with all sources used from steps 1-5) in proper format / sources listed in alpha order by author’s last name.
  • Essay Step 5 (final copy) will not be accepted without the process steps 1 – 4.
  • In the case where Essay Step 5 will be submitted online (one file with title page, name and class, module and essay, bibliography, rubric) deducted in accordance to the late work policy stated in this study guide.
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