IST 220: Group Research Assignment 3


In this assignment, each group continues to write a short “textbook chapter” on the computer network topic you proposed. The report is expected to be about 15 pages long (12 point font size, double-spaced), excluding the cover page, table of contents, and references.


The research report should contain:

          A cover page that has the title of your report, your team number, and your team member names;

          A table of contents with associated page numbers for each section;

          One original graphic of your own creation, to help explain the topic.

          An essay that provides a comprehensive coverage on the proposed topic. The essay should be organized into several major sections. ( Hint: Use the five questions you proposed in Assignment 2 to determine the sections and structure your report.)

          A minimum of five references your group used in creating the report.
































Research Report Delivery (70 points):


Each group is required to submit a research report (a single .doc or .pdf file) to Dropbox on Canvas. Only one person in each team needs to make the submission. Don't make duplicate submissions.


The report should be in an essay style and be formatted professionally. The report should use 12-point font size and be double-spaced. Figures, diagrams and tables should be well labeled and also described in the text. Please proofread and edit the paper before submission.



Individual Contribution and Participation (30 points)


Your report must have a page at the end to describe your team member responsibilities and group activities.


Team member responsibilities (15 points): The report should clearly indicate the responsibility of each group member. If possible, give a table to describe who was responsible for which part of the report, who wrote which section, who coordinated the group work activities, etc.


Here is an example of a group activity table:


Team Member


Jane Doe

Introduction section

John Smith

Targeted audience section

Jane Smith

Experiment section, write up the whole report


As long as a group member contributed to the group report, the group member can get 15 points.


Group activities (15 points): The report should also provide logs of your group activities, including when the group met, what the group did, and who attended.


Here is an example of a group activity log table:





1/20/09 11:00 – 11:45 AM

Discussing project ideas

all team members

1/23/09 1:00 – 1:45 PM

Discussing report structure

all members, except John Doe


A group member who attended more than 80% of group activities will get 15 points. If attendance was between 50% and 80%, 10 point would be given. Below 50%, no point.