October 15, 2006
Computer System Request Assignment (PDF attachment)
Prior to the due date, there will be available time in lecture, lab and office
hours for you to get help with all parts of this assignment.
The Due Date for Your Computer System Request
Research Computer Consumer Information and Make Specifications
For this assignment, play the role of a company employee. Assume that
your boss wants you to work on a special project and that you'll need to
start by specifying and getting bids for a new computer.
You the student must decide what features and specifications are needed
in the computer for the job your 'boss' needs done. To help you with
this, read information about personal computer systems that are currently
available. Include the following in your specifications:
- Brand and Model
- Type of processor and speed (in Hz or Mips)
- Amount of Primary Memory (RAM)
- Capacity of Hard Drive
- Means for doing backups
- Backup device (if needed)
- Other external storage needs (if any)
- Type and size of Monitor
- Other peripherals needed
- Expansion Slots
- Networking Hardware
- Optical storage needs (CD? DVD? R? W?)
Get Three 'Bids'
Find out from three online vendors what they would actually charge for the
system you specified. You can get price comparisons on the
Make A Proposal
Write a message to me, styled as a letter or memo. Write to me as if I
am your boss. In your message, make a request for the new computer
system. Include in the message the list of specifications on which you
decided. State reasons why you need this type of computer, with these
particular features and specifications. Include the information you got
from the three vendors on the pricing.
Use a word processor such as Microsoft Word to create the message.
- Single-space the document.
- For the main part of the document, use a font size from 10 to 12
- Make sure that your name appears in the memo or letter!
- Justify the left margin (only).
- Indent the first line of each paragraph by 1/2 inch and skip a line
between the last line of a paragraph and the first line of the next
- Set the
- left and right margins to 1-1/4 inches, and
- top and bottom margins to 1-1/2 inches.
Submit the Proposal as a PDF Attachment
When the document is finished save a copy in PDF format and send it to me
as an e-mail attachment. (We'll discuss how to do this in class.)
PDF online: free PDF conversion service
CutePDF Writer: downloadable freeware by Acro Software.
Note: You need to get the free
Ghostscript - also available at the site.
The e-mail must be sent To me at exactly this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
You must set the Subject of the e-mail to exactly this: CS4000,SysRqst
for the due date.