IFSM 370 Project 4: Group Project Instructions
This is a Group Project. Each student will be assigned to a team to complete the Group Project. The Group Project deliverable is an MS PowerPoint presentation slide deck that could be used to deliver a professional telecommunications presentation in commercial business setting. Each team will select one of two mini-scenarios to be the foundation for the presentation.
The completed Group Project deliverable is due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the due date shown in the Course Schedule. See the Additional Information section of the syllabus for the penalty for late or missed assignments and projects.
The Group Project is valued at 15% of the course grade: 10% for the project deliverable and 5% for the Group Project Peer Review.
Obsidian & Son Lumber Co. has rapidly grown to become a multistate business, and it has recently acquired Crammer’s Lumber, a smaller company with multiple outlets located in the same states. Each of the companies has its own data network. Crammer’s network connects the field offices with the databases at the main office. During its earlier expansion, Obsidian & Son’s implemented a network solution that provides mobile access to the customer database for the employees who respond to customer orders and calls.
Obsidian & Son’s employees currently use laptops with wireless access cards with prepaid air time. With the acquisition of Crammer’s, Obsidian & Son’s wants to put all employees on one network and give them wireless access directly into the customer database. They would like to reduce the size of the equipment that employees must carry with them and eliminate the use of air cards. Your team will list and define the requirements, create the project steps that need to be completed, identify the technology that needs to be incorporated, identify issues and security risks, and explain how testing will be done to ensure that requirements are met and the wireless network is secure.
Open View, LLC installs window treatments for homes and offices. They have a large mobile workforce that spends most of the time out in the field with customers. The salespeople follow up on customer leads, visit the homes or offices, take the orders and measurements, order the window treatments, accept payments from customers, and maintain liaison with the customer until the project is completed. The installers are also mobile, obtaining their work assignments on a daily basis, and reporting progress, problems, and completion. Much of this is currently done by telephone, but Open View wants to implement a wireless network to connect the sales force to the corporate customer, materials, ordering, and finance databases. They want to provide the same wireless access for the sales and installation personnel when they are in the office. Your team will list and define the requirements, create the project steps that need to be completed, identify the technology that needs to be incorporated, identify issues and security risks, and explain how testing will be done to ensure that requirements are met and the wireless network is secure.
Your team will develop an MS PowerPoint presentation that
- explains the business problem,
- lists the requirements,
- identifies the technology solutions,
- lists major project steps,
- identifies issues and security risks, and
- explains testing to be done to ensure that requirements are met and the network is secure.
One or more of the presentation slides should contain a table with requirements and corresponding technology solutions. The presentation should also contain appropriate diagrams and illustrations.
It should be designed as a professional presentation with appropriate background, fonts, titles, etc. Separate slides should be included for the cover, the list of topics covered (agenda), the body of the presentation, and the conclusion. Slides should contain the main points in bullet form, with the text of your presentation (what the speaker would say) contained in the Notes section accompanying each slide. The bolded attributes in the Scoring Rubric below must be used as major agenda items in the presentation.
To fully demonstrate the effective writing learning objectives, students should use the “6/6 Rule” when writing bullets. This means that there should be no more than six meaningful words in each bullet and no more than six bullets on a slide. Presentations that do not follow this standard may not be successful.
It is very important that all team members do their fair share of the work to complete the Group Project. At the beginning of the project, each team needs to assign team members to the following roles:
- Other Roles as decided by the team
The work should be balanced among the team. At the conclusion of the project, each team member will rate the participation of each of the team members and themselves. These ratings will be entered into the Group Project Peer Review Form and submitted via the assignment folder in LEO. The scoring rubric for individual group participation is contained in the matrix below.
Scoring Rubric for Individual Group Participation
|Description of Participation||Score|
|Main participant, without whom the project quality would suffer; major contributor||5|
|Important participant; major contributions; offered suggestions for improvements to overall project||4|
|Good participant; assignments completed on time; contributed to discussion of others’ input||3|
|Average participant; did what was assigned, but little beyond that||2|
|Minimal participation; little work done||1|
Group Project Scoring Rubric
The group project will be scored based on the scoring rubric below. (The instructor will determine whether all members of a group will receive the same score, or will have their scores influenced by the group members’ ratings of their individual participation.)
|Attribute||Full points||Partial points||No points||Possible Points|
technology solution table
|Requirements analysis/technology solution appropriately addresses the business scenario/problem, and demonstrates understanding of course concepts, analysis, and critical thinking.||Requirements analysis/technology solution somewhat addresses the business scenario/problem; it may be lacking in demonstration of understanding of course concepts, analysis, and/or critical thinking.||Requirements analysis/technology solution table is not included, or does not identify requirements or solutions appropriate to the scenario.||2|
|Major project steps||Major project steps to implement the solution are appropriately identified.||Major project steps to implement the solution are partially identified and/or are somewhat appropriate.||Major project steps are not included.||2|
|Issues and security risks identified||Issues and risks of the proposed solution are appropriately identified; work demonstrates understanding of course concepts, analysis, and critical thinking.||Issues and risks of proposed solution are partially identified; work may be lacking in demonstration of understanding of course concepts, analysis, and/or critical thinking.||Issues and risks are not included, or do not apply to the proposed solution.||1.5|
|Testing strategy||An effective testing strategy that tests capabilities and security is proposed; work demonstrates understanding of course concepts, analysis, and critical thinking.||Testing strategy is not well-defined or not appropriate, and/or may be lacking in demonstration of understanding of course concepts, analysis, and/or critical thinking.||No testing strategy is included.||1|
|Diagram||Diagram(s) are included, appropriately incorporated, and enhance understanding of the solutions proposed.||Diagram(s) are included, but may not be appropriately incorporated, and may not enhance understanding of solutions proposed.||No diagrams are included.||1|
|Presentation content||Sufficient narrative is included in the Notes area to fully explain the content of the presentation; work demonstrates understanding of course concepts.||Narrative provided partially covers the content; work may be lacking in demonstration of course concepts.||No narrative is provided in the Notes area to supplement the content on the slides.||1.5|
|Presentation format||The presentation reflects effective organization, creative design, and correct structure of slides, grammar, and spelling; it is presented in a professional format; and references are appropriately incorporated and cited, using APA style.||The presentation is not well-organized, lacks effective design, and/or contains grammar and/or spelling errors; and/or it does not follow APA style for references and citations.||The presentation is extremely poorly done and does not convey the information.||1|