You are required to write an essay about the role of network management in industry, government or society. Suggested topics include:
- What should be the role of government and private companies when regulating network access and usage?
- Who should pay for networks: government, individuals or companies?
- What are useful applications for IoT, and what are the risks associated?
- What are the social and business barriers to establishing wireless networks in metropolitan areas?
- Should network usage be monitored by government to support national defence?
- Should network usage be logged?
These are only some suggested topics. I am also interested in hearing from you about your topic ideas, and perhaps other themes that interest you. Please email me or talk to me at the end of a lecture. You should not attempt to provide a general coverage. Focus on one specific theme/argument, and try to defend this in your essay. Use data sources to support your arguments.
The assignment assesses the following Learning Outcomes:
- Describe the security aspects and fundamental principles and protocols of wired and wireless communication networks
- Show an appreciation of issues for supporting real time & multimedia traffic over public networks
- Demonstrate an understanding of deploying communication networks and their potential security implications
Please consider the following when writing your essay. These points are important to achieve a good mark:
- Your essay should focus on one specific theme – and not attempt to provide a general coverage of networks or their benefits to business. Do not repeat material that has already been covered in the lecture notes.
- Your essay should attempt to defend a particular point of view – for instance, “Governments should pay for networks”, or “individuals should pay for networks”, and not attempt to provide coverage of all possible views in the context of a particular topic.
- Whether the essay is a coherent piece of work that clearly describes and defends an argument.
- Whether the essay relates a specific theme in networking to the underlying protocols discussed in the lectures.