2011 Demonstration of Program Outcomes
MSIT in Network Architecture

Source: Aggregated outcome assessment results from 2011 capstone courses.


Analyze emerging trends in network architecture.

0% Non-Performance: Does not describe emerging trends in network architecture.

0% Basic: Describes emerging trends in network architecture and use of emerging technology, but without fully addressing integration with existing technology and methods or the relevance and applicability of emerging trends to business needs.

31% Proficient: Analyzes emerging trends in network architecture, including their relevance and applicability to business needs and integration with existing technology and methods.

87% Distinguished: Analyzes and synthesizes emerging trends in network architecture, including their relevance and applicability to business needs and integration with existing technology and methods, to predict their impact on the business. Supports with evidence and best practices.

Evaluate contingency plans.

0% Non-Performance: Does not review elements of contingency plans. Does not discuss the value of contingency plans, risk analyses, disaster recovery plans, or test plans.

0% Basic: Reviews elements of contingency plans without determining their effectiveness. Describes the value of risk analyses and disaster recovery plans for a business in general terms.

16% Proficient: Evaluates contingency plans, including the effectiveness of a risk analysis, disaster recovery plan and test plan, based on business requirements.

84% Distinguished: Evaluates contingency plans, including the effectiveness of a risk analysis, disaster recovery plan, and test plan, and defines recommendations and alternative solutions, based on business requirements. Supports with evidence and best practices.

Analyze and design networks.

0% Non-Performance: Does not identify business requirements of the network or recognize the need to consider users, technology, and business objectives in a network design.

1% Basic: Explains how relevant business requirements can be addressed in a network design with respect to users, technology, and business objectives. Uses some biased resources to address design, such as vendor material.

11% Proficient: Analyzes and designs networks. Analyzes the current network with respect to users, technology, and business objectives in order to design a solution. Uses independent studies and sources for design decisions.

88% Distinguished: Analyzes and designs optimal networks. Analyzes the current network and both current and anticipated business requirements with respect to users, technology, and business objectives to design a solution that meets all business and budget objectives. Shows how costs and benefits were considered. Uses independent studies and sources for design decisions

Demonstrate infrastructure management.

0% Non-Performance: Does not demonstrate infrastructure management. Does not describe infrastructure management techniques and does not recognize risks associated with failure to monitor the network.

0% Basic: Demonstrates limited knowledge of infrastructure management and monitoring capabilities. Describes them, but does not determine their effectiveness.

15% Proficient: Demonstrates Infrastructure management. Analyzes current monitoring capabilities and management techniques and recommends efficiency improvements.

85% Distinguished: Demonstrates advanced knowledge of infrastructure management, based on best practices and trends. Analyzes current monitoring capabilities and management techniques, including for future upgrades, and recommends efficiency improvements. Makes practical recommendations for future user and business needs, based on the potential impact of the upgrades.