In order to show an understanding of network-related issues, each student is expected to complete a
paper on a relevant network topic of the students choosing and interest. For this assignment, I
would like to see your topic in a written proposal with a brief abstract. An abstract is defined as a
formal document that clearly describes what you will write the paper on. You may be suggested
to revise your topic after your submission is reviewed. Please choose a FOCUSED topic that is
specific enough for a term paper/project.
You have two options for the assignment.
Option 1: Research Paper
This paper can be a review paper that comments on current solutions on a specific topic or a
research paper that proposes your own opinions/solutions. You don’t have to implement an
application for this option. However, it is fine if you wish to conduct experiments on the
topics discussed. As a general rule, papers that incorporate your own comments/opinions
will normally receive higher grades.
Potential topics for both options include (but not limited to) the following. Your choice of the
The topic is usually more specific than any of these topics.
Some premier journals and conference proceedings in the field were listed in the course syllabus.
You are required to explore useful reference papers using NSU’s electronic library. IEEE,
ACM and Springer's databases are good resources that can be accessed in the e-library.
For more information, please visit
(NSU student ID is required to access the resources).
Click on “ACM Digital Library,” “IEEE/IET Digital Library,” or “SpringerLink” -> enter your
credentials, then you can search by keywords/author/titles/names of journals or conferences.
You will have full access to copyrighted articles published by the three organizations.
Option 2: Programming Project
Students who want to do a programming project instead of a paper should submit a written
project proposal. Your programming project can substitute for a paper only if your project
proposal meets my approval prior to April 2. If your programming project proposal is not
approved, plan to submit a paper proposal and prepare to write a paper.
You can visit the SourceForge website for a list of sample networking applications that you may be interested in. Although
you may not be able to implement a full-featured system as those shown on the website due
to time constraints, an operational prototype is required for final submission.
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