Assignment #5 - Paper on a Data Communications System
Due Date: August 9, 2010
Value: 12 points total
- Send an e-mail to the instructor when Assignment 3 is due, stating your paper topic.
- Post to the course forum your assignment when completed.
- Select a data or telecommunications system to do research on and write a paper about.
- A system is the equipment and software that allows data or telecommunications to happen.
- The focus is on the data or telecom function - the technology not the use. For example, cable TV is a system. You watch cable TV. I don't want a paper about how cable TV is watched. I want a paper that describes the cable TV system
- What it is? (hardware and software)
- How it works? (the system works)
- Who uses it? (this should not be the bulk of any paper)
- Some small part of the paper shold discuss educational applications.
- The majority of the paper needs to discuss the data or telecommunications systems.
- The Internet as a system is to large for 1500 words.
- You have to pick something smaller.
- You could pick some small system aspect of the Internet to examine like -- WiFi or the future of Balloons to provide Internet to Rural areas...etc. We will discuss the final paper more during our online course sessions.
- Write an expository paper for your peers explaining how the data/telecom communications system works and why it is important to education/training/teaching/learning/society.
- Topics might include
- High Definition TV
- Family Radio Service
- Amateur Radio Satellites
- Cellular Network
- Robotic spacecraft
- Things that are not systems
- Any application that uses the Internet for its communications
- Learning Management Systems (LMS)
- Web Browsers
- Send an e-mail to the instructor with your proposed topic for approval by the due date on assignment 3.
- Write a 1500 word paper on the topic selected
- Paper should inculde references as necessary
- Paper should be in APA format