Case Study- Director’s Request for PCs using MS Word Table

Case Study- Director’s Request for PCs using MS Word Table,
MS Access, and MS PowerPoint

Case Study – Using MS
Office 2010 / 2013 / 365

Please use the document “READ FIRST – Case
Study Instructions – Director’s Requirements” for each of the parts described
below.

Part 1: Specifications Table (MS Word)
For a review of the
complete rubric used in grading this exercise, click on the Assignments tab,
then on the titleCase Study Part 1 – PC Specs (Word)–click on Show Rubrics if the rubric is not already
displayed.

For the
case study provided to you, create MS Word tablesthat identify and contain the
hardware and software requirements to meet the director’s requirements. TheMS Word document in its final form will
include 6 MS Word tables. It will
includea two-paragraph narrative summary that classifies
the user type and identifies the PC categorythat will be recommended. The
specific instructions are found in the table at the end of this file.

Students
are expected to conduct external research to adequately address all aspects of
the assignment requirements.It is suggested
that students use a computer manufacturer’s site (i.e., Apple, Dell, Toshiba)
to help in identifying all the components needed to meet the director’s
requirements. Remember, although there
are 5 computers to be purchased, you are required to configure only one, as the
same onemay be purchased for all 5 employees.Any
outside sources should be correctly cited in APA style at the end of the table.Students
will need to include specific requirements from the case study to show why each
item is being recommended.Each element listed below must be incorporated into
the assignment. Omissions will result in
loss of points.

Make
and model and description are required, when at all possible.. For example, if the solution suggested is a
32” IBM Monitor, say so.Do not just say monitor because that does not provide
sufficient information for a purchase.It is not necessary, for example, to
identify the make and model of a USB port.

You
must also consider components that may be a part of a machine or device. For example, the System Unit table will
require elements such as USB ports. The
monitor and mouse are typically separate devices on a desktop, but on a laptop
or tablet they are often integrated. You
should identify the various forms of input and output for your computer(s) on
the Hardware table, whether they are separate devices or integrated elements.

There
should be sufficient detail in this case study for procurement/purchasing
personnel to buy the systems. Details
are crucial.

Don’t focus
on web references as to where the equipment can be found, although you
may include your source(s). Focus on a
solution to specific requirements.

Do not
‘number’ requirements in your table, even though they are numbered in the “Case
Study – Director’s Requirements’ document.
In many cases there are several requirements expressed in a single
numbered listing. It’s important that
you are clear about which requirement is addressed by a specific piece of
hardware or software.

All
identified hardware and software and relevant requirements must be listed in
the tables. Mentioning an item or a
requirement in the two paragraph narrative is perfectly ok, but it must also be
in the tables.

Additional
information:

You
are supposed to tie back your recommended specs to all of the original
requirements. Spell out the requirements that apply to your selection of
hardware, etc and do so in the tables. Your customer would not appreciate
having to go guess as to which requirement is being met by your items.
Suggested layout for the tables (other layouts are possible):
Four
columns: Group (Input, Output, Etc), Device, Requirement; then one row for each
Device. Arrange your tables so that you don’t leave lots of blank rows. See
the Sample Tables for suggested layouts.
Include details where it makes sense. For example:
Scanner. This isn’t enough information to tell what the device is capable
of. The customer wants to know how it’s “tricked out”. What model is
it? Is it an All-In-One or standalone (why?)? How much RAM does it have? Does
it have wireless capability? Can it accept camera memory cards? What resolution
can it handle?
Adapter Cards. Your customer wants to create and edit high quality photos and
videos. This usually means you’ll need a beefed-up graphics adapter. Be
prepared to answer these questions: What model is it? How much RAM does it
have? Is it integrated or discrete? This means you need to understand a little
about graphics cards. Integrated means it is a chip (not an actual card) that
is part of the motherboard. Typically, integrated video is ok but not as powerful
as discrete video cards. These are actual adapter cards that have lots more
circuitry and dedicated RAM than the smaller integrated chips. So they are more
powerful and better for the customer’s requirements.
Monitor. While the software applications actually enable video creation
and editing, the hardware enables the “high quality” requirement. You
can hook up a display to the standard VGA port on the computer. However, the
newer machines come with HDMI ports, which enables High Definition displays. If
the recommended desktop or laptop has an HDMI port the user can get full 1080p
on the video display unit. These specifications may satisfy the customer’s
requirement to create and edit high quality digital photos and videos.
Ports. Everybody needs ports, right? I just described an important one
– HDMI. How about Ethernet, SATA, FireWire, USB (2.0 or 3.0), media cards?
Think of the data transfer/exchange requirements and what kind of speeds are
necessary to make them work effectively.
External Storage. The customer may want users to exchange data quickly. Are CDs or
DVDs the way to go? What about USB flash memory cards? Or some kind of network
storage?
Here
are the specific instructions:

Element
#

Requirement

Points Allocated

Comments

01

Open
and save an MS Word document with the following name:
“Student’s
Last Name Specs”
Example: Smith Specs
Set normal text to Arial, 12 point.
Create a Title Page which shows title, your first and
last name, course and due date.

0.2

This is the font in normal paragraphs. Heading and
title fonts may be a larger size.
The title must be
Specification for the Director
by
your name
the course
due date.
Center the title on the page

02

Use a footer to create page numbers for all pages
except the title page.
Place the page numbers on the right side of the footer.

0.2

Take a look at the Sample Tables for
ideas on how to best layout your tables.

03

Table
#1 – Create a table that identifies the manufacturer, type (desktop, laptop,
tablet) and model of computer being recommended for purchase. If you are recommending a
computer that is being built from components rather than purchased as a unit,
indicate that in the type column. The table must be labeled “Recommended Computer.”

0.5

Remember
that the requirement is to identify and configure only a single computer.

04

Table
#2 – Create a table that shows all of the required Hardware devices. The
table must be labeled “Hardware Devices.”User
requirements are posted in the case study.

0.1

Remember
to include any items that might be integrated with the system you have
chosen.The table should have all the necessary columns, rows, and column
headings to show the following:

05

·
Input Devices – Identify each device
type, including make/model, and show which specific user requirements are
met.

0.5

For example, you might include the following
information in your table to describe one Input Device:
Input Device – 1.2 Megapixel video
camera, model, from xxxx supplier.
Requirements met – create video files.

06

·
Output Devices – Identify each device
type, including make/model, and show which specific user requirements are
met.

0.5

Make, model and description are required.

07

·
Communication
Devices
– Identify each device type, including make/model, and show which specific
user requirements are met.

0.5

Make, model and description are required.

08

·
Storage Devices – External (including portable) storage
devices and show which specific user requirements are met

0.5

Make, model and description are required.

09

·
Other Peripheral
Devices
– Identify each device type, including make/model, and show which specific
user requirements are met.
·

0.5

Make, model and description are required.

10

Table #3-Create a
table that shows the various required System Unit Components. The table must be labeled “System Unit Components.”

0.1

The
System Unit Components must reflect the type of system identified for
purchase by the Hardware devices
table.
The
table should have all the necessary columns, rows, and column headings to
show the following:

11

·
Processor – Include type and
clock speed and state how processor type and clock speed meets the Director’s
specific user requirements.

0.5

Identify manufacturer – Intel, AMD, Apple, etc.

12

·
RAM – Include type and
amount and state how RAM type and amount meets the Director’s specific user requirements.

0.3

Type and amount are sufficient.

13

·
Adapter Cards – Identify each
type and show which specific user requirements are met.

0.5

Types sufficient unless an unusual adapter card is
required.

14

·
Ports – Include types,
how many of each type, and show which specific user requirements are met.

0.3

Types and number are sufficient. Be sure to include all
that are integrated with the system you are configuring.

15

·
Storage Devices – Identify internalsystem unit storage
devices, size of hard drive, and state how each storage device and the hard
drive size recommended meets specific user requirements.

0.5

Types and sizes are sufficient. Remember, this is
internal storage, including the hard drive.

16

Table #4-Create a table that shows the
various required Application Software. The table must be labeled “Productivity Software.” Specific product names MUST be listed.

0.1

Review the user requirements to ensure
that software has been selected to meet each need.
The table should have all the necessary columns, rows, and column headings to
show the following:

17

Identify
types of software, recommended specific product names, and how this
software meets specific user requirements.

2.0

Be sure to include product name and version.

18

Table #5-Create a table shows that the
various required System Software. The table must be labeled “System Software.” Include one operating system and at least
three utility programs.

0.1

The table should have all the necessary columns, rows, and column
headings to show the following, and each component must be tied to the
computers in your Recommended Computers table:

19

·
Operating System – Identify a
specific operating system and version

0.75

Identify company
supplying the OS (Intel, AMD, Apple, etc.). Include version #. Identify to
which computer(s) this component will be assigned.

20

·
Utility Programs – Include at least
3 utility programsthat
do not typically come installed with the OSand state how each utility program
meets specific user requirements.

0.75

Identify utility programs that do not come installed with the OS. For example, choose and
include a particular security program such as Norton or McAfee, etc.

21

Table # 6-Create a table that shows the
required Internet connectivity and Web-hosted applications and services. The
table must be labeled “Internet
Connectivity & Web Services”

0.1

Review what specific user requirements
related to online work or file sharing that have been included in the
Director’s list of requirements.
The table should have all
the necessary columns, rows, and column headings to show the following:

22

·
Identify the specific ISP that should be used for Internet
connectivity.

0.5

ISP type meets specific user requirements in the case
study.

23

·
Identify the specific Web services that should
be used.

0.5

State how the Web services that were identified meet
specific user requirements in the case
study

24

Write a brief two-paragraph narrative that categorizes
the user type, identifies the category of PC (s) required, and summarizes
your recommendations.
NOTE: There are 13 office requirements listed in the
case study. Each one will need the appropriate hardware and software that
will improve the productivity in the office.
The users are the people working in the office that will be affected by
the 13 requirements. The type of PC could be anything from alaptop to a
server. It is essential that you connect the requirements with your
recommendations.

1.0

Two well-written, concise and organized paragraphs not
to exceed one-half a page.Place narrative after the title page but before
the tables.

25

Grammar, syntax, punctuation, spelling, and APA
formatting as necessary. Points WILL be deducted if errors are found in the
summary or in the tables.

0.5

Proofread your entire file before submitting.

TOTAL

12

 

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