You have been hired as part of the networking team at UMGC. After completing orientation and training, your manager calls you into a meeting to discuss your first project.
The University is interested in creating a repository of networking knowledge based on research papers. The research papers will be drafted by all employees, and you may select from a list of approved topics. As a junior network engineer, you are asked to prepare a research paper that best aligns with your interests. The approved research topics include:
- Explain common scanning, monitoring and patching processes and summarize their expected outputs.
The research paper represents a great opportunity to focus additional study towards a networking topic of your interest. It is also an opportunity for you to gain further expertise about a particular aspect of networking fundamentals that you will be asked about in the certification exam.
The Network Research Project (NRP) expectations are to explain the concepts you are learning as part of this Networking Fundamentals course. This is not an extensive review of the topic areas, but instead a cursory exploration of any approved topic you find most interesting.
You should consider the additional details below to guide you through completion of the NRP.
- Quality is valued over quantity, but quantity is necessary for a quality paper. It is estimated that 3 – 5 pages (not including the title page) would be necessary to address each Network Research Project (NRP) topic.
- Each Network Research Project (NRP) must have an Introduction. The introduction should address the purpose of your project, and an overview of what you will convey to the reader. Each NRP must have a Conclusion. The conclusion should summarize your findings in a succinct manner. The remaining format will be at your discretion. It is suggested that you review the NRP details under each approved topic and outline their paper accordingly. You should maintain a consistent format throughout the entirety of the document.
- All sources must be cited using the IEEE format.