Telecommunications Technology

MGS 402 – Telecommunications Technology
Final Term Paper
© 2018 Mark Hjalmarson – Reproduction of this material is prohibited without the author’s written consent.
One of the requirements in this class is for students to write a term paper, in the form of a
report, related to Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). Following the wide
adoption of personal computers, networks, and the Internet – Cloud Computing & IoT offer great
potential to unlock the next evolution of distributed computing. It is important for students to
understand the fundamentals of how these technologies can be leveraged, in addition to some
of the potential risks and rewards are for utilizing this technology.
Students will draft a proposal for an idea that leverages IoT and cloud computing principles. I
will allow for a lot of flexibility in what can be proposed and The Inversion Factor does a great
job of exploring some of the possibilities. Creativity rules the day for this paper, don’t be afraid
to think outside of the box with your ideas! It is acceptable to build on and enhance existing
solutions if you do not have an original idea, however, students must enhance the idea and
make it their own work.
As part of this assignment, students are required to read the books and materials that are
assigned throughout the semester. The books are short reads that will help spur thought about
potential ideas for the proposal in your term paper, as well as terminology and challenges
associated with the solutions. It will be impossible to get a good grade on your paper without
reading the materials, as there are specific elements required as part of your deliverables that
will hinge upon your understanding of the materials.
I would urge students to join my weekly office hours, via Zoom, to review proposed solutions
and ask any questions well ahead of when the assignment is due. I have seen on more than
one occasion when a student either partially or completely misunderstood the assignment and
as a result, received an unsatisfactory grade.
Term papers must be in the range of 7-10 pages (not to exceed 10 pages), double-spaced
using an 11-pt. font, not including the title page, bibliography, and appendices. The report
format must be structured in sections with headers that align to the assignment outline below.
Due date for this assignment is no later than 11:59 pm, Friday, December 11th.
Specific components that must be included in the term paper:
1) (5 points) Cover page including student name / ID number and the title of your proposal,
including the components that each student contributed to for the assignment.
2) (15 points) Executive summary of the proposal, which includes:
a. Description of the service/product/experience that defines your IoT proposal.
Students should write this section as if they had to explain the concept to a
senior business executive (e.g. company president, CEO, senior VP, etc.), whom
likely would not have a deep understanding of technology.
b. The target market for your solution, focusing on relevant vertical industry (e.g.
healthcare, manufacturing, food service, wellness, etc.).
c. Benefits and value of using the solution. Focus on end user tangible benefits,
such as the potential for cost savings for the consumer of your product, higher
productivity or intangible benefits, such as improved quality of life, etc. Think
about reasons why someone would want to spend money on the product.
3) (30 points) Detailed description of the solution that includes:
MGS 402 – Telecommunications Technology
Final Term Paper
© 2018 Mark Hjalmarson – Reproduction of this material is prohibited without the author’s written consent.
a. Discuss methods for how to leverage cloud computing to your advantage. See
chapter 1 of the CCSK certification book and Domain 1 of the CCSK security
guidance for supporting information.
i. Assume that your solution will use a SaaS model and public cloud
deployment. Explain what this is and why it would be advantageous to
use, as opposed to hosting the infrastructure in a private data center.
ii. Define the roles and responsibilities that your organization will need to fill
as a result of service and deployment models used.
b. Propose forming a “Cloud Center of Excellence” team and provide justification as
to why this would be a good investment for the organization to make. See
Chapters 1-10 of the Book Ahead in the Cloud… for ideas about how to
formulate your argument.
c. What data will the solution generate and what potential added value can be
realized by leveraging and understanding this data. Can the data be used to
improve the solution over time? Can it be used to train Artificial Intelligence
(AI/ML) models, etc.?
i. There are many references to how data can be harnessed in The
Inversion Factor.
ii. Describe options your solution provides for users to interact with the data
collected by the solution, such as mobility, web application, or both.
4) (10 points) Your opinion on why standards for IoT devices are needed and how
standards contribute towards advancing the overall IoT industry.
a. Referring to some of the early course materials during week 1 about network
standards, as well as Chapter 4 and the interviews in Chapter 8 of The Inversion
Factor will help formulate a response.
5) (10 points) Highlight potential security and privacy concerns with the solution.
a. What might some of the concerns be from consumers of your solution and how
could these be mitigated?
b. Leverage information from earlier discussions during the semester about network
security and encryption, as well as Chapters 5 and 6 of The Inversion Factor and
the security elements that are appropriate for your proposed service and
deployment models.
6) (10 points) Summarize the solution and close with a sales pitch as to why the executive
reading it should pursue the idea.
7) (5 points) Use APA style to cite your sources in a bibliography, including, but not limited
to, the required course materials and any websites or slides used from class lectures.
(15 points) Solutions should demonstrate creativity and originality in the ideas and passion
towards the written portion of the coursework. Use of diagrams and illustrations (as appendices
is recommended) to describe the solution in less abstract terms, as well as correct formatting of
the submitted materials.
MGS 402 – Telecommunications Technology
Final Term Paper
© 2018 Mark Hjalmarson – Reproduction of this material is prohibited without the author’s written consent.
How the papers will be graded
For all requirements listed above, there is a maximum of 100 points available. For a paper to
receive full credit, the following criteria must be met:
1) The paper demonstrates that the authors clearly understand and have applied concepts
learned in the course and within the books.
2) The paper flows smoothly from one section to the next. Author’s writing demonstrates an
understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources and ties it all
3) All components above (numbers 1 – 7) must be sufficiently covered.
4) There can be no inaccuracies. Use the books and materials from class as a baseline.
5) No spelling and/or grammar mistakes.
Instructions for submission of materials
All materials are to be submitted within UBLearns. Late submissions are subject to a 10%
penalty, per day, that they are submitted past the due date.
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