Courses
Teaching Methodology

A regular semester has 6 weeks, with 6 hours per week. This refers to classes at the academy; the student is expected to read the course materials at home. Each student is given a username and password, to access the course materials and for the online exams. Although the exams are online, they are taken in the presence of a qualified instructor. The classes at the academy usually include a summary of important points, review of difficult topics and questions, and practice (for example, for the CCNA course, practice with specialized networking equipment, such as routers and network switches).

A cornerstone of the Networking Academy teaching methodology is a focus on practical skills development. While assessment of theoretical content is measured with on-line assessment tools, students must pass a proctored practical skills test on prescribed laboratory equipment, before a passing grade may be awarded.

Development of a balanced theoretical knowledge and work-ready practical skills is monitored and assured through the Cisco Networking Academy Quality Assurance Program.

Since 2003 in Spain and 2005 in the UK, the Networking Academy has formed partnerships with the respective Open Universities of these countries to offer a blended 'at home' with a small proportion of 'in class' work.



CCNA Routing and Switching Course Overview

  • CCNA1: Introduction to Networks

    This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. By the end of the course, participants will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes. Participants who complete Introduction to Networks will be able to perform the following functions: 

     

    • Understand and describe the devices and services used to support communications in data networks and the Internet 
    • Understand and describe the role of protocol layers in data networks 
    • Understand and describe the importance of addressing and naming schemes at various layers of data networks in IPv4 and IPv6 environments 
    • Design, calculate, and apply subnet masks and addresses to fulfill given requirements in IPv4 and IPv6 networks 
    • Explain fundamental Ethernet concepts such as media, services, and operations 
    • Build a simple Ethernet network using routers and switches 
    • Use Cisco command-line interface (CLI) commands to perform basic router and switch configurations  
    • Utilize common network utilities to verify small network operations and analyze data traffic.
  • CCNA2: Routing and Switching Essentials

    This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Participants learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, participants will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPng, single area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. 

     Participants who complete the Routing and Switching Essentials course will be able to perform the following functions: 

    • Understand and describe basic switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches 
    • Understand and describe the purpose, nature, and operations of a router, routing tables, and the route lookup process 
    • Understand and describe how VLANs create logically separate networks and how routing occurs between them 
    • Understand and describe dynamic routing protocols, distance vector routing protocols, and link-state routing protocols 
    • Configure and troubleshoot static routing and default routing (RIP and RIPng) 
    • Configure and troubleshoot an Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) network 
    • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot access control lists (ACLs) for IPv4 and IPv6 networks 
    • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for IPv4 and IPv6 networks 
    • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot Network Address Translation (NAT) operations.

  • CCNA3: Scaling Networks

    This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks. Participants learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, participants will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Participants will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network. Participants who complete the Scaling Networks course will be able to perform the following functions: 

    • Understand, configure and troubleshoot enhanced switching technologies such as VLANs, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Per VLAN Spanning Tree Plus Protocol (PVST+), and EtherChannel
    • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot first hop redundancy protocols (HSRP) in a switched network 
    • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot wireless routers and wireless clients 
    • Configure and troubleshoot routers in a complex routed IPv4 or IPv6 network using single-area OSPF, multiarea OSPF, and Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) 
    • Manage Cisco IOS® Software licensing and configuration files 


  • CCNA4: Connecting Networks

    This course discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables participants to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Participants learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Participants will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network. 

     Participants who complete the Connecting Networks course will be able to perform the following functions: 

    • Understand and describe different WAN technologies and their benefits 
    • Understand and describe the operations and benefits of virtual private networks (VPNs) and tunneling 
    • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot serial connections 
    • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot broadband connections
    • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot tunneling operations 
    • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot Network Address Translation (NAT) operations
    • Monitor and troubleshoot network operations using syslog, SNMP, and NetFlow
    • Understand and describe network architectures: 
    • Borderless networks 
    • Data centers and virtualization
    • Collaboration technology and solutions

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