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ASSIGNMENT QUESTIONS
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IMT CENTRE FOR DISTANCE LEARNINGGHAZIABADDistance Learning ProgrammeCOMPUTER AIDED MANAGEMENT
Notes:
a. Write answers in your own words as far as possible and refrain fromcopying from text books/handouts.b. All answers should be of 200 words.c. Write on one side of the paper.d. Answers of Assignments I, II, III and IV (Case Studies) must be senttogether.e. Mail the answer sheet along with the copy of the assignment for evaluationand return.
FIRST SET OF ASSIGNMENTS Assignment-I = 5 MarksASSIGNMENT-I
1. What do you understand by the term ‘Internet Protocol’? Describe thecommonly used protocols that help inhigh-performance network communication.2. Describe the various networking components and discuss the benefits anddrawbacks of the different types of network topology.3. What are the advantages of adopting Database Management Systems(DBMS) in the domain of computeraided management? Define the term ‘schema’ in the context of DBMS.4. What is the significance of the ‘master slide’ while creating a presentationin PowerPoint?5. Explain the process of performing the following actions in an Excelspreadsheet: entering formulas, formattingcells, text wrapping, data filtering and creating scenarios.
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SECOND SET OF ASSIGNMENTS Assignment-II = 5 MarksASSIGNMENT-II
1. What are the benefits of the following facilities in MS Word: Mail Merge,Header and Footer, AutoCorrect,AutoFormat, AutoText?2. Describe the evolution of MS Windows right from the beginning to itspresent stage. In what ways do you thinkthe Windows operating system has improved over the years?3. What do you understand by the term ‘operating system’? List the keyfeatures of the LINUX operating system.4. What are the different classifications for computer languages? Write a fewlines on the following high-levelcomputer languages: FORTRAN, COBOL, BASIC, PASCAL, ADA, LISP, C and C++.
 
5. What are the different elements of ‘Multimedia’? In what ways does itimprove interactivity? Discuss.
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THIRD SET OF ASSIGNMENTS Assignment-III = 5 MarksASSIGNMENT-III
1. Define ‘Dumb’, ‘Smart’, ‘Intelligent’ and ‘X’ terminals and describe thedifferences between an LCD displayand a CRT display.2. Explain the functions of the following devices: OMR, MICR, OBR, Digitizer,Electronic Card Readers, SmartCards.3. Elucidate on the following: Static and Dynamic RAM, ROM, and CacheMemory.4. Is it true that by increasing the processor speed, (or clock speed) one canimprove the performance of acomputer? Give reasons to support your answer.5. What are the different characteristics of a computer that make it a ‘musthave’ in today’s environment?
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FOURTH SET OF ASSIGNMENTS Case Studies = 5 Marks
Case 1: High-Speed Multiservice-Enabled Network 
 The New technology Network Architecture at the institute consists of layingdown the foundations for a high-speedmultiservices network capable of providing the basic connectivity servicesand also facilitating the New World technologydrivers so as to empower the faculty and the students with the newest of learning tools and infrastructure.Also the multiservices network has innovative and state-of-the-artapplications, supported on the network. Few examplesare:
LAN IP telephony
Videoconferencing
Video on demand learning
Content management
Media server
Secured and fast Internet access
Converged voice, video, and data network
High speed Gigabit backbone This enables the users of the network to learn the latest technology which isvery much required by them in their futureassignments and jobs. The network enables the flow of modern teachingmethods, and also allows the students to learnmore from the network itself, as it deploys the latest and the proven Internettechnologies, that a management andcomputer technology learning Institute can benefit from.With the new technology, it is possible to create a centre of excellence inassociation with CISCO for learning networkrelatedtechnology at the institute. This will not only facilitate value addition to theMBA and MCA students but also train
 
the other institutes in the region on this technology. The Distance Learning Programme (DLP), which is the fastest growingeducation area, is going to derive the maximumbenefit out of the multiple and diverse service offerings such as video ondemand, videoconferencing and multicasting.
Questions:
1. Discuss the features of a high-speed multiservice network. What networktopology is most suitable for theabove network? Give reasons to support your answer.2. How can you protect the above network from unauthorized access fromoutsiders and prevent own users fromaccessing undesired websites?3. What great opportunities are offered by Internet-based technologies forthe society in general and specificallyfor teachers and the student community?4. What are the various methods of connecting to the Internet? Whatconnectivity do you recommend for theabove network that has integrated 700 nodes?
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Case 2
If his department’s access to the online services technical and vendor forumswere cut off tomorrow, it would ‘severelyhamper our network upgrades across the board said Fred Hegner, Director of Application Development at BerganMercy Health System, Inc., in Dallas. At Bergan, as at many other companies,information systems staffers are increasinglytapping into online networks like CompuServe and the Internet as a place tofetch software patches from vendors or tomonitor discussion forums on the latest technical developments on myriadcomputing and networking subjects.Using the ‘Net’ to search for employees is also a growing trend. For example,one IS manager hit upon a way to resolvesome of his technical issues and scout new talent at the same time. He postsespecially thorny technical problems in therelevant Usenet discussion groups and watches for the best replies, thensends them an e-mail message. One of the keyuses of Internet e-mail at Jacob’s Engineering Group in Pasadena California,says Jim LoSasso, Vice President of IS, iscontact with suppliers and potential customers. ‘We request pricinginformation to get back replies very quickly’, hesaid. The company also collects weekly work bids from the government,‘which we pass along-salespeople.Next to exchanging e-mail and monitoring technical chats, by far the mostpopular application of online networks in ISgroups involves downloading software patches from vendors. At Ore-IdaFoods Inc., all our upgrades for Apple softwareproducts come via the Internet file transfer protocol’, said an informationtechnologist at Ore-Ida.
Questions:
1. How do IS groups use the Internet and other online networks?

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