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Assignment Brief

BTEC Level 4-5 HNC/HND Diploma (QCF)

To be filled by the Student

Name of the Student :

Edexcel No : Registration No: Batch No:

Unit Assessment Information

Qualification : Higher National Diploma in Computing and Systems Development

Unit Code & Title : D/601/1956– Unit 46 – Network Security (NS – 16 – 001)

Assessment Title & No’s : Security Solution for Zingavue (Pvt) Ltd

Learning outcomes and grading opportunities:

LO 01: Understand the impact on the social and commercial environment of network security design
Learning Outcomes LO1.1 LO1.2 LO1.3

LO 02: Be able to design network security solutions

Learning Outcomes LO2.1 LO2.2

LO 03: Be able to implement network security solutions

Learning Outcomes LO3.1 LO3.2 LO3.3
LO 04: Be able to manage network security solutions
Learning Outcomes LO4.1 LO4.2 LO4.3

Merit and Distinction Descriptor

M1 M2 M3 D1 D2 D3

Date Issued : Date Due :

Date of Submission:

Assessor : Date Assessed:

Internal Verifier (IV): Date of IV:

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General Guidelines
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Important Points:
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5. If you are unable to hand in your assignment on time and have valid reasons such as illness, you
may apply (in writing) for an extension.
6. Failure to achieve at least a PASS grade will result in a REFERRAL grade being given.
7. Non-submission of work without valid reasons will lead to an automatic REFERRAL. You will
then be asked to complete an alternative assignment.
8. Take great care that if you use other people’s work or ideas in your assignment, you properly
reference them, using the HARVARD referencing system, in you text and any bibliography,
otherwise you may be guilty of plagiarism.
9. If you are caught plagiarizing, you could have your grade reduced to A REFERRAL or at worst you
could be excluded from the course.

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Statement of Originality and Student Declaration

I hereby, declare that I know what plagiarism entails, namely to use another’s work and to present it as
my own without attributing the sources in the correct way. I further understand what it means to copy
another’s work.

1. I know that plagiarism is a punishable offence because it constitutes theft.

2. I understand the plagiarism and copying policy of the Edexcel UK.
3. I know what the consequences will be if I plagiaries or copy another’s work in any of the
assignments fir this program.
4. I declare therefore that all work presented by me for every aspect of my program, will be my
own, and where I have made use of another’s work, I will attribute the source in the correct
5. I acknowledge that the attachment of this document signed or not, constitutes a binding
agreement between myself and Edexcel UK.
6. I understand that my assignment will not be considered as submitted if this document is not
attached to the attached.

Student’s Signature: …………………………… Date:.………………

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Assignment Brief


Zingavue (Pvt) Ltd, is an emerging textile company where its head office is located in Colombo. The
existing network of the company is a flat network with unmanaged switches. The company is facing
huge network latencies and broadcasts which has resulted in poor network performance and reduced
productivity of the employees. Also it is found that few employees bring their own laptops and connect
it to the company network. Hence they use the company internet connection to download movies and
music. Also the switches are placed in open areas such that physical access to any one is possible. The
internet access is provided with no restrictions.

The management of the company is expecting to organize its head office according to the following

Manufacturing & Production

 100 hosts (including wireless devices)

Sales & Marketing

 60 hosts

Accounting & Finance Department

 30 hosts

Quality Assurance Department

 10 hosts


 10 hosts

Server Room

 4 servers

Zingavue (Pvt) Ltd. has a branch office located in a suburb. Currently, the head office and the branch
office send data using the public internet.

As the newly recruited network administrator, you have been asked to provide a network plan for the
head office and come up with solutions which include a new LAN design, WAN design, security,
manageability and performance.

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1. Evaluate the current situation of the network security of Zingavue (Pvt) Ltd. (LO 1.1)

2. Discuss about the impact and the common threats that will be faced by Zingavue (Pvt) Ltd. (LO

3. Design a network plan (stating all your assumptions) and a basic network security solution for
the head office of Zingavue (Pvt) Ltd. Propose how you would enhance the security in the
communication between the head office and the branch office. (LO 2.1, M1.1, Activity 1)

4. Discuss how your proposed network design can impact the above network. (LO 1.2)

5. Evaluate the design and state how your design will provide security to the network. (LO 2.2)

6. Redesign the network design provided on task 3 such that it includes different levels of security
to increase the complexity (LO 3.1, M2.5)

7. Test the above network security solution to fulfill the requirements and document them (LO 3.2,
LO 3.3, Activity 2)

8. State how you can manage the above network security solution and state network security
policies and practices you could implement (LO 4.1, LO 4.2)

9. Recommend how you can increase the performance and security of the network (LO 4.3, D1.1)

Practical Observation Sheet

Activity Activity Learning Date Signature
No Outcome (LO)
1 Design a basic network security solution for (LO 2.1, D 3.4)
the above scenario
2 Test the above network security solution to (LO 3.2, 3.3, D
fulfill the requirements and document them 3.4)

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Outcomes/Criteria for PASS Page Feedback
LO1 Understand the impact on the social and commercial environment of network security design

1.1 evaluate a current system’s network security Task 1

1.2 discuss the potential impact of a proposed network design Task 4

1.3 discuss current and common threats and their impact Task 2

LO2 Be able to design network security solutions

2.1 design a network security solution to meet a given specification Task 3

2.2 evaluate design and analyze feedback Task 5

LO3 Be able to implement network security solutions

3.1 using a design, implement a complex network security solution Task 6

3.2 systematically test the complex network security solution Task 7

3.3 document and analyze test results Task 7

LO4 Be able to manage network Security solutions.

4.1 manage a network security solution Task 8

4.2 analyze ongoing network security policies and practices Task 8

4.3 recommend potential change management Task 9

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Grade Descriptor for MERIT Possible evidence Feedback
M1 Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions Justify Network security you have
M1.1 Effective judgments have been made suggested via task 3

M2 Select /design appropriate methods/techniques Design Network security according to

M2.5 the design of methods/techniques has been justified the requirement via task 6

M3 Present and communicate appropriate findings Documentation is well structured

M3.3 A range of methods of presentation have been used and adhering to the formatting guidelines
technical language has been accurately used with non-overlapping facts.
Data provided are accurate, reliable
and consistent

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Grade Descriptor for DISTINCTION Possible evidence Feedback
D1 Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid Justify how your recommendation
conclusions can improve network security via
D1.1 Conclusions have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas task 9
have been justified

D2 Take responsibility for managing and organizing activities Gantt chart must be provided at the
D2.3 Activities have been managed appendix section and submit the
work on time.
D3 Demonstrate convergent/lateral/creative thinking
D3.4 problems have been solved Via Practical demonstration
(Activity 1 and 2)

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Strengths: Weaknesses:

Future Improvements & Assessor Comment:

Assessor: Signature: Date: ____/____/______

Internal Verifier’s Comments:

Internal Verifier: Signature: Date: ____/____/______

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