Student Networking Project for Area Businesses
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Participation in the Information Technologist Capstone Project

The Computer Systems Technology - Networking program, requires that all students in their final semester at St. Clair College complete a group based major project. 2020 will mark the 18th year that students will be applying the 5 Phases of the Network Design Process, (illustrated below), to a real-world setting or environment in the greater Windsor/Chatham area.

Requirements Gathering (Determine needs of business, users, applications, network) > Requirements Specification > Analysis (Estimate and measure traffic and device utilization) > Traffic Specification > Logical Design (Choose technologies that meet the requirements) > Logical Design > Physical Design (Apply the logical design in the physical space) > Physical Design > Installation and Maintenance (Implement the physical design)

During the completion of this project, input from both the users and management is an essential ingredient, as the various phases of the Design Process are accomplished. Such input helps personalize future designs, as well as assure that specific corporate or business needs are attained.

As part of the project's evaluation criteria, each group of students will present their developmental designs to an assembled group of peers and faculty here at the College. Such a presentation requires that the students incorporate many of the skills learned throughout their College careers in a meaningful and well-organized format. All presentations will be accompanied by detailed supportive documentation.

As Cloud Technologies and Managed Service Providers (MSP's) become mainstream, student groups are expected to investigate and examine how different Cloud adoptions models and strategies might be tailored to best meet specific business needs. This too is a valuable experience as no two business models are ever the same, nor would the solutions or proposed implementation strategies.

Although the students will NOT actually be implementing their solutions, unless external arrangements are made outside the parameters of the project, they will be able to provide sponsors with copies of the completed design. Such documentation by itself would normally be a costly undertaking by any firm; participating sponsors should find it to be a valued reference for future Network Design considerations.

Participating business sponsors can be assured that the privacy, integrity, and overall security of your corporate environment will be protected. All students involved with this project MUST sign a confidentiality agreement. Breaches to any degree will be dealt with severely, and will include a failing grade in this course.

If you are interested in participating in this valuable research project, contact John Sanderson, Faculty Lead and course developer.

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