Explain devices, applications, protocols and services at their appropriate OSI layers
You have been hired as part of the networking team at UMGC. After completing orientation and training, your manager calls you into a meeting to discuss your first project.
The University is interested in creating a repository of networking knowledge based on research projects. The research projects will be drafted by all employees, and you may select from a list of approved topics. As a junior network engineer, you are asked to prepare a research project that best aligns with your interests. The approved research topic: Explain devices, applications, protocols and services at their appropriate OSI layers.
The research project represents a great opportunity to focus additional study towards a networking topic of your interest. It is also an opportunity for you to gain further expertise about a particular aspect of networking fundamentals that you will be asked about in the certification exam.
After speaking to your manager, you are excited about the research project, but realize you will have a busy schedule. As you are working on the research project, you will also have to prepare for the CompTIA Network Certification exam. To prepare, you will perform the activities and labs within the TestOut LabSim environment following the proposed weekly schedule. One of the conditions of your employment at this University is that you obtain this certification within 60-days of being hired.
Each Network Research Project (NRP) must have an Introduction. The introduction should address the purpose of your project, and an overview of what you will convey to the reader. It should summarize your research project in such a way that readers can rapidly become acquainted with the material. Each NRP must also have a Conclusion. The conclusion should summarize your findings in a succinct manner. The conclusion will regurgitate key points of the research project for the reader. The remaining format will be at your discretion. It is suggested that you review the NRP details under each approved topic below, and outline the project accordingly. You should maintain a consistent format throughout the entirety of the document.
All sources must be cited using the APA 7th Edition. You will need to use multiple sources of information within the NRP. TestOut LabSim may be one of those sources. UMGC offers a Citing and Writing Portal that you should take advantage of. Do not plagiarize any material or content. The use of figures and diagrams is encouraged where appropriate.