Defining and Building Network

Reminder: Initial Discussion Board posts due by Thursday, responses due by Saturday

Students will be expected to post their first initial discussion board posting by Thursday of each week. Discussion posts will be graded and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Students are expected to post their responses to peers by Saturday. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

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.

The discussion assignment for this week will be about the fundamental design of a network and the problems associated with requirements definition for networks. One of the most difficult challenges in any system development project is defining the requirements.

Conduct research using the library and Internet to find information about network requirements elicitation and analysis. Then, answer the following:

What are some of the key factors to consider when gathering requirements for a network?
What difficulties might you encounter in this process, and how might you mitigate the problems?
Discuss some methods you might use to ensure that the requirements are acceptable before moving on to the design stage of the network implementation process.

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