You are on page 1of 4

Faculty of Computing, Engineering and


Module Name: Networks and Protocols

Module Number: COCS40726

Title of Assignment: Saltney Hospital

Module Learning Outcomes for This Assignment




Hand in deadline: Friday 24th November 2017, 15:30hrs

Assignment description
Please see attached.

Assessment criteria
Saltney Hospital


The purpose of this assignment enables you to demonstrate your knowledge and
understanding computer networks. You are required to produce report containing
1500 words +/-10%. The assignment is worth 100 marks, weighted at 50%. Some
aspects of this assignment require you to carry out additional research where you
will be asked to make judgements about what is best for a particular scenario.
Please note that there is not always one right answer. However, you need to justify
your reasons for any choice you make to get high marks.


Mr. Pedley, the IT director at Saltney Hospital, is responsible for managing the
network. Mr. Pedley has requested your help in proposing a network solution that
will meet the hospitals requirements. The hospital is growing, and the management
has released funds for network improvements.

The medical staff would like to be able to access medical systems using laptops from
any of the patient rooms. Doctors and nurses should be able to access patient
medical records, x-rays, prescriptions, and recent patient information. Mr. Pedley
purchased new servers and placed them in the data centre. The wireless LAN
(WLAN) has approximately 30 laptops, and about 15 more are due in six months. The
servers must have high availability.

Patient rooms are on oors 6 through 10 of the hospital building. Doctors should be
able to roam and access the network from any of the oors. A radio-frequency
report mentions that a single access point located in each communication closet can
reach all the rooms on each oor. The current network has ten segments that reach
a single router that also serves the Internet. The router is running Routing
Information Protocol Version 1 (RIPv1). The back-end new servers are located in the
same segment as those used on oor 1. Mr. Pedley mentions that users have
complained of slow access to the servers. He also hands you a table with current IP
addresses (see Table 1).

Table 1 Current IP Addreses

Mr. Pedley would like a proposal to upgrade the network with fast switches and to
provide faster access to the servers. The proposal should also cover secure WLAN
access on oors 6 through 10. Include an IP addressing scheme that reduces the
number of Class C networks the hospital uses. Mr. Pedley wants to reduce the
number of networks leased from the Internet service provider (ISP).

You need to produce the following in the form of a management report (word count
= 1500 +/-10%):

1. What are Saltney Hospitals business requirements?

[5 Marks]
2. Are there any business-cost constraints?
[5 Marks]
3. What are the networks technical requirements?
[5 Marks]
4. What are the networks technical constraints?
[5 Marks]
5. Prepare a logical diagram of the current network.
[9 Marks]
6. Does the hospital use IP addresses effectively?
[10 Marks]
7. What would you recommend to improve the switching speed between oors?
[10 Marks]
8. Based on the number of servers and clients provided, what IP addressing
scheme would you propose?
[12 Marks]
9. What routing protocols would you recommend?
[12 Marks]
10. What solution would you recommend for WLAN access and the network
[12 Marks]
11. Draw the proposed network solution.
[15 Marks]