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Module Description - Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Module Length: 29 days
Required Textbook:

Class will use online textbook link provided by instructor.

The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) module and certification validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks. CCNA certified professionals have the knowledge and skills to make connections to remote sites via a WAN, mitigate basic security threats, and understand the requirements for wireless network access. CCNA training covers (but is not limited to) the use of these protocols: IP, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Serial Line Interface Protocol Frame Relay, Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2), VLANs, Ethernet, OSPF, BGP, and Access Control Lists (ACLs).

This is the first module of the FA24 course. There will be lectures, lab activities, simulators, exercises, and quizzes. CISCO provides online resources to support the classroom training; a Network Academy, Learning Network, and self paced videos.

The CCNA module provided for FA24 students is broken down into four sections as follows:

Network Fundamentals Overview:

The focus of this course is on learning the fundamentals of networking. In this course, you will learn both the practical and conceptual skills that build the foundation for understanding basic networking. First, you will compare human and network communication and see the parallels between them. Next, you will be introduced to the two major models used to plan and implement networks: OSI and TCP/IP. You will gain an understanding of the "layered" approach to networks and examine the OSI in detail to understand its functions and services. You will become familiar with the various network devices, network addressing schemes and, finally, the types of media used to carry data across the network. In this course, you will gain experience using networking utilities and tools, such as Packet Tracer and Wireshark®, to explore networking protocols and concepts. These tools will help you to develop an understanding of how data flows in a network. A special "model Internet" is also used to provide a test environment where a range of network services and data can be observed and analyzed.

  • Session 1: Living in a Network-Centric World
  • Session 2: Communication over the Network
  • Session 3: Application Layer
  • Session 4: Transport Layer
  • Session 5: OSI Network Layer
  • Session 6: Addressing the Network IPv4
  • Session 7: OSI Data-Link Layer
  • Session 8:OSI Physical Layer
  • Session 9: Ethernet
  • Session 10: Planning & Cabling Networks
  • Session 11: Configuring and Testing your Network

Routing Protocols and Concepts: (Back to Top)

The primary focus of this course is on routing and routing protocols. The goal is to develop an understanding of how a router learns about remote networks and determines the best path to those networks. This course includes both static routing and dynamic routing protocols. By examining multiple routing protocols, you will gain a better understanding of each of the individual routing protocols and a better perspective of routing in general. Learning the configuration of routing protocols is fairly simple. Developing an understanding of the routing concepts themselves is more difficult, yet is critical for implementing, verifying, and troubleshooting routing operations. Each static routing and dynamic routing protocol chapter uses a single topology throughout that chapter. You will be using that topology to configure, verify, and troubleshoot the routing operations discussed in the chapter. Course Overview.

  • Session 1: Intro to Routing & Packet Forwarding
  • Session 2: Static Routing
  • Session 3: Intro to Dynamic Routing Protocols
  • Session 4: Distance Vector Protocols
  • Session 5: RIPv1
  • Session 6: VLSM & CIDR
  • Session 7: RIPv2
  • Session 8: The Routing Table
  • Session 9: EIGRP
  • Session 10: Link-State Routing Protocols
  • Session 11: OSPF

LAN Switching and Wireless: (Back to Top)

The primary focus of this course is on LAN switching and wireless LANs. The goal is to develop an understanding of how a switch communicates with other switches and routers in a small- or medium-sized business network to implement VLAN segmentation. This course focuses on Layer 2 switching protocols and concepts used to improve redundancy, propagate VLAN information, and secure the portion of the network where most users access network services. Switching technologies are relatively straightforward to implement; however, as with routing, the underlying protocols and algorithms are often quite complicated. This course will go to great lengths to explain the underlying processes of the common Layer 2 switching technologies. The better the underlying concepts are understood, the easier it is to implement, verify, and troubleshoot the switching technologies. Each switching concept will be introduced within the context of a single topology for each chapter. The individual chapter topologies will be used to explain protocol operations as well as providing a setting for the implementation of the various switching technologies.

  • Session 1: LAN Design
  • Session 2: Basic Switch Concepts & Configuration
  • Session 3: VLANs
  • Session 4: VTP
  • Session 5: STP
  • Session 6: Inter-VLAN Routing
  • Session 7: Basic Wireless Concepts & Configuration

Accessing the WAN: (Back to Top)

The primary focus of this course is on accessing wide area networks (WAN). The goal is to develop an understanding of various WAN technologies to connect small- to medium-sized business networks. The course introduces WAN converged applications and quality of service (QoS). It focuses on WAN technologies including PPP, Frame Relay, and broadband links. WAN security concepts are discussed in detail, including types of threats, how to analyze network vulnerabilities, general methods for mitigating common security threats and types of security appliances and applications. The course then explains the principles of traffic control and access control lists (ACLs) and describes how to implement IP addressing services for an Enterprise network, including how to configure NAT and DHCP. IPv6 addressing concepts are also discussed. During the course, you will learn how to use Cisco Router and Security Device Manager (SDM) to secure a router and implement IP addressing services. Finally, students learn how to detect, troubleshoot and correct common Enterprise network implementation issues.

  • Session 1: Introduction to WANs
  • Session 2: PPP
  • Session 3: Frame Relay
  • Session 4: Network Security
  • Session 5: ACLs
  • Session 6: Tele-Worker Services
  • Session 7: IP Addressing Services
  • Session 8: Troubleshooting







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