System and Network Administration report

Assignment 1 – report

(System and Network Administration, UG/PG, S2, 2021)


Please carefully read the whole assignment description and the required background documents before you start your work. 


Assignment 1 – report weighs 10% of the total marks of this unit and is due on 20/08/2021, Friday, Week 3, at 23:55pm the latest. The deadline is of the local time in Canberra, ACT, Australia. It is your responsibility to correctly adjust your clock.


Submissions are through Canvas. It is the responsibility of the student to manage the accessibility to the Internet. Not being able to access to the Internet at the time of the submission is not an excuse for extension.


No other forms of submission will be accepted.


Please be reminded the following statements from the unit outline about assignment submission.




Students can apply for an extension to the submission due date for an assessment item through extenuating, evidenced circumstances (specific details are found through the Assessment Policy and Procedures, Section 9.12). Extensions must be applied for before the due date. Documentary evidence (e.g. medical certificate) will be expected for an extension to be granted, however this will not guarantee that the application will be successful. The Unit Convener or relevant Discipline Convener will decide whether to grant an extension and the length of the extension.


An Assignment Extension form is available from the Student Forms page.


Late submission of assignments without an approved extension will result in a penalty of 5% reduced marks from the total available, per calendar day late. An assignment submitted over 7 days late will not be accepted.



The report is of up to 2 pages in A4 size, size 10 Arial font, portrait orientation, and narrow margins, if you use Microsoft Word or similar settings if you use other editing software. You can include any supporting materials in the appendix section (optional) for you to use later in this unit. The supporting materials section does not count toward the 2-pages limit.


Failing to comply with the format requirements will result in the reduction of the marked assignment marks by 10%.



At the beginning of Page 1, please include the assignment title, your student number, and the date of completion. Please do not include your name, and please make sure that your student number is correct.


Proper writing is expected. Your writing should be meaningful, concise, and self-contained. After reading your report, one with reasonable knowledge and experiences in the fields should have the basic understanding without referring to the other sources. A full report with just a collection of only key words or phrases will not attract any mark.


Your own writing in your report, including the supporting materials, should account for at least 70% of the content. The materials from any other sources should be properly quoted and referenced. If you do quote from other sources, the reference section does not count towards the 2-pages limit.


The marking rubrics is in Page 4.

Note: this is an individual assignment.


This is the very first design of your IT infrastructure, and enough for you to proceed to the subsequent stages of this Unit. You will further refine the design later in these stages.


Important: please read the following documents before you start your design:

  1. SNA – the grand plan, 2021.pdf: good understanding.
  2. IT Infrastructure Project Report.pdf: reasonable understanding; permissions given by Corinna Toime, Justin Kemp, Dylan Hekimian, and Petar Draskovic.
  3. IT infrastructure at JARB.pdf: reasonable understanding; permissions given by Raavin Ashwath Sundar Rajan, Jon Stavrinakis, Adam Murad, and Bhathiya Gamlath.
  4. (very brief, skimming through) CVD-Campus-LAN-WLAN-Design-Guide-2018JAN.pdf: surface understanding; to revisit in Week 9.



Your design and your report come with 2 parts.


Part 1 [4 marks] – your organisation and your report on your organisation

Please come up with an organisation for your design. Please follow Section I, SNA – the grand plan, 2021.pdf, to set up the boundaries of your organisation, by briefly answering the 5 questions regarding to your organisation. At this stage, the IT infrastructure could be just minimum, a few servers, several client machines, and the network. An example or 2 in each group is enough.


Please note: the way you set up your organisation may help to form your group for the subsequent tasks. It will be logic for students of similar designs to form their groups to conduct the subsequent tasks. After forming your group, in Week 4, you will combine your individual designs together to form a bigger and better design.



Part 2 [6 marks] – the IT infrastructure and your report on the IT infrastructure

Also, please follow Section I, SNA – the grand plan 2021.pdf, to design your IT infrastructure. A reasonable understanding of the 2 reports, IT Infrastructure Project Report.pdf and IT infrastructure at JARB.pdf, will help a great deal in your design.


Please use the IP address range,,, and, for your design. For this assignment, everybody uses the same range of IP addresses. Later, for the subsequent implementation tasks, after you have formed your group, your group will be allocated with a range of unique IP addresses to avoid IP address conflicts on the network. The allocation can be found from IP address allocation.pdf.


Your organisation will connect directly to the “national backbone network” via the IP address – the last number is the smallest one of the second to last numbers of your network addresses, e.g.,,, and


Your primary DNS IP address is always the first IP address in your allocation range, in this case, – from the range,, and In general, your DNS IP address ip1.ip2.ip3.ip4 is:

  • ip1.ip2: always 192.168,
  • ip3: the smallest one of the second to last numbers of your network addresses; in this case, the number 2 from the range,, and, and
  • ip4: always 1.


Please note: from Assignment 2, your group will be allocated with a range of IP addresses as listed in IP address allocation.pdf. In addition, the standard domain name for your group (hence, your organisation) will be, e.g., or Of course, you can have as many preferred canonical names as you wish, e.g., and for In this Unit, we assume that all possible domain names are available for us, and none has been previously registered. Your DNS IP address is always the first IP address in your allocated range. This convention will allow across group (organisation) networking via domain names.

Your report of this part should cover the following:

  1. A network diagram of a server computers section, a client computers section, and the network itself.
  2. The allocation of the IP addresses (note: the word in its plural form) to your border router, assuming only 1 router. (hint: A router interfaces with the internal and the external networks.)
  3. The IP address allocation scheme to the sever computers, with the IP address allocated to 1 server computer as an example.
  4. The IP address allocation scheme to the client computers, with the IP address allocated to 1

client computer as an example.

  1. (optional) The allocation of the IP addresses to your switches with 1 switch as an example (hint: what is a gateway, what is a gateway IT address, and how to allocate – will be clear after Week 9).




the marking rubrics for the report

A/Prof Wanli Ma, School of ITS, SciTech, University of Canberra, 2021, S2


Please note that a report is marked in its entirety based on the marking rubrics also in their entirety. A report cannot be marked by its individual keywords in isolation; nor can any individual marking rubric be applied in isolation by itself alone. For example, the irrelevant content in the report cannot be treated as if it does not exist. To the contrary, any irrelevant content weakens the logic flow and reduces the relevance of the report.
85%-100% 75%-84% 65%-74% 50%-64% <50% 0%
•       all required topics covered


•       comprehensive

understanding of the topics



•       thoroughly coherent


•       relevant and accurate with in-depth analysis


•       convincible, sound, and smooth logic


•       excellent writing, concise, clear, and complete



•       all claims backed up by evidence or argument


•       no irrelevant nor inaccurate


•       all required topics covered


•       good understanding of the topics covered



•       well coherent


•       relevant and accurate



•       sound logic



•       clear writing, concise, and complete



•       majority claims backed up by evidence or argument


•       no irrelevant nor inaccurate


•       most required topics covered

•       reasonable understanding of the topics covered



•       coherent


•       largely relevant and accurate


•       good logic



•       generally clear writing, reasonably concise, and mostly complete


•       most claims backed up by evidence or argument


•       occasionally irrelevant and inaccurate statements with little impact on the report in a whole

•       most required topics covered

•       basic understanding of the topics covered



•       reasonably coherent


•       relevant and accurate in general


•       basic logic



•       understandable writing, somewhat clear, and largely



•       claims largely backed up by evidence or argument


•       a few irrelevant and inaccurate statements with noticeable impact on the report in a whole

little or no

understanding of the topic, with irrelevant content, unstructured and unclear writing

just a few keywords without meaningful sentences



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