Steel Valley Middle and High School    

Course Syllabus


Title of Course: CISCO CCNA

Credit / Term: 1 Term 1 Credit per year (Up to 2 year program)        

Recommended prerequisite: CISCO IT Essentials           

Grade Level: 10-12

Date of Last Update: 8/23/10


Course Description


CISCO CCNA is an on-line course and lab offered by the CISCO Academy Program. It is a college-level course aimed at introducing students to computer networking concepts and industry standards. Students may earn college credit by taking this course.


The program is broken into four units. The normal flow is for students to cover one unit of CISCO per school semester, though they may take longer if necessary.



Student Requirements and Expected Levels of Achievement


  The CISCO on-line exams will count as 40% of the final grade each grading period.  Mr. Specter's exams will count as 30% of the student's final grade. Labs and worksheets will count as 20% of the student's grade. Class participation, attendance, notes, and outside reading will count as 10% of the final grade each grading period. 


Students must score at least a 70% on the final exams to move to the next level.



Classroom Policies


Students are expected to:


1.    Attend class regularly and participate in classroom assignments.

2.    Complete all class work by an assigned due date.

3.    Bring all materials necessary to complete the lesson for the day.

4.    Complete all projects, assessments, and practicals (tests).

5.    Correctly follow lab procedures and safety rules.

6.    Complete make-up work in a timely manner.

7.    Seek help when needed.

8.    Sit in their assigned seat.

9.    Do their own work. Students who provide or submit work that is not their own  will receive a “0” on the assignment and may be subject to further disciplinary action.

10. Abide by all student regulations and network policies as outlined in the student handbook.

11. Make the best use of class time to work on the computer.

12. Students are not permitted bring in or consume food, drink or gum in the computer lab.





Standards and Benchmarks


The standards are set by the CISCO Academy and are aligned with the State of Pennsylvania standards for Science and Technology.





Course Content



Module 1. Introduction to Networking




1. Living, Learning, Working, and Playing in a Network-Centric World


1.0 Introduction

1.1 Communication – an essential part of our lives

1.2 A network-centric world – supporting the way we communicate

1.3 What are networks?

1.4 Quality of service (QoS) – controlling our communications

1.5 Security – protecting our communications

1.6 Summary


2. Communications with Data Networks and the Internet

2.0 Introduction

2.1 What data networks support the human network?

2.2 Network models – a layered approach to communication

2.3 Protocols – the rules of communication

2.4 Labeling the pieces – addressing and naming of communications

2.5 Summary


3. OSI Application Layer

3.0 Introduction

3.1 Applications – the interface between the human and data networks

3.2 Application layer protocols – making provision for applications and services

3.3 Examples of application layer protocols

3.4 Applications and services supporting our communications

3.5 Summary



4. OSI Transport Layer

4.0 Introduction

4.1 Roles of the transport layer – managing the pieces of our communications

4.2 The User Datagram Protocol (UDP) – communicating with low overhead

4.3 The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) – communicating with reliability

4.4 TCP – reassembling the pieces and managing data loss

4.5 Summary

5. OSI Network Layer and Routing

5.0 Introduction

5.1 Roles of the network layer – carrying our communications from device to device

5.2 Networks – dividing devices into groups

5.3 Routing – enabling our communications between networks

5.4 Summary

6. Addressing the Network – IPv4

6.0 Introduction

6.1 Internet Protocol v4 (IPv4) addresses

6.2 Addresses for different purposes

6.3 Overview of IPv6

6.4 Subnetting – dividing networks into the right sizes

6.5 Testing the network layer with ping and traceroute

6.6 Summary

7. OSI Data Link Layer

7.0 Introduction

7.1 Data link layer – controlling the communication pieces on the media

7.2 Media Access Control – how does the media look?


7.3 Media Access Control – addressing and framing the pieces

7.4 Summary

8. OSI Physical Layer

8.0 Introduction

8.1 Physical layer – carrying the bits of our communications

8.2 Physical signaling – transmitting the bits of our communications to the media

8.3 Physical media – the connections for our communications

8.4 Summary

9. An Example LAN Technology – Ethernet

9.0 Introduction

9.1 Ethernet media – sending our communications through the LAN

9.2 Ethernet overview

9.3 Ethernet in the layers – MAC technology

9.4 Ethernet in the layers – MAC addressing

9.5 Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) – connecting the two layers of addresses

9.6 Shared versus dedicated Ethernet – a closer look at hubs and switches

9.7 Summary

10. Planning and Cabling Your Network

10.0 Introduction

10.1 Establishing device interconnection

10.2 Developing an addressing scheme

10.3 Importance of network diagrams

10.4 Creating simple network diagrams

10.5 Summary

11. Configuring and Testing Your Network

11.0 Introduction

11.1 Configuring Cisco devices – Cisco IOS® basics

11.2 Applying a basic configuration using Cisco IOS

11.3 Host configuration

11.4 Verifying connectivity

11.5 Monitoring and documenting networks

11.6 Summary


Routing Protocols and Concepts



This course describes the architecture, components, and operation of routers, and explains the

principles of routing and routing protocols. Students analyze, configure, verify, and troubleshoot the

primary routing protocols RIPv1, RIPv2, EIGRP, and OSPF. By the end of this course, students will

be able to recognize and correct common routing issues and problems. Each chapter walks the

student through a basic procedural lab, and then presents basic configuration, implementation, and

troubleshooting labs. Packet Tracer (PT) activities reinforce new concepts, and allow students to

model and analyze routing processes that may be difficult to visualize or understand.

Prerequisites: Network Fundamentals



1. Introduction to Routing and Packet Forwarding

1.0 Introduction

1.1 Inside the router

1.2 CLI configuration and addressing review

1.3 Introducing the routing table

1.4 Path determination and switching functions

1.5 Router configuration labs

1.6 Summary



2. Static Routes

2.0 Introduction

2.1 Routers in networks

2.2 Directly connected networks

2.3 Static routes with "next hop" addresses

2.4 Static routes with exit interfaces

2.5 Summary and default static routes

2.6 Topology review

2.7 Managing and troubleshooting static routes

2.8 Static route configuration labs

2.9 Summary



3. Introduction to Dynamic Routing

3.0 Introduction

3.1 Advantages

3.2 Classifying dynamic routing protocols

3.3 Routing domains, process IDs, and autonomous systems

3.4 Metrics 3.5 Administrative distances

3.6 Routing protocol and subnetting labs

3.7 Summary



4. Distance Vector Routing Protocol

4.0 Introduction

4.1 Overview of distance vector routing protocols

4.2 Network discovery

4.3 Routing table maintenance

4.4 Routing loops

4.5 Distance vector routing protocols today

4.6 Summary



5. RIPv1

5.0 Introduction

5.1 RIPv1: a distance vector, classful routing protocol

5.2 Basic RIPv1 configuration

5.3 Verification and troubleshooting

5.4 Automatic summarization

5.5 Default route and RIPv1

5.6 Troubleshooting

5.7 RIPv1 configuration labs

5.8 Summary



6. Classless Routing Protocols, VLSM and CIDR

6.0 Introduction

6.1 IP addressing

6.2 Overview of IPv4 enhancements

6.3 Variable-length subnet masking (VLSM)

6.4 Classless interdomain routing (CIDR)

6.5 VLSM and classless routing labs

6.6 Summary



7. RIPv2

7.0 Introduction

7.1 RIPv1 configuration and limitations


7.2 Configuring RIPv2

7.3 VLSM and CIDR with RIPv2

7.4 Verifying and troubleshooting RIPv2

7.5 RIPv2 configuration labs

7.6 Summary



8. Routing Table: A Closer Look

8.0 Introduction

8.1 Routing table structure

8.2 Routing table lookup process

8.3 Classful routing behavior

8.4 Classless routing behavior

8.5 Equal cost load balancing

8.6 Routing table lab

8.7 Summary




9.0 Introduction

9.1 Basic EIGRP configuration

9.2 EIGRP metric calculation

9.3 Features of EIGRP

9.4 Establishing adjacencies

9.5 Diffusing Update Algorithm (DUAL)

9.6 More EIGRP configurations

9.7 Verifying and troubleshooting EIGRP

9.8 EIGRP configuration labs

9.9 Summary



10. Link-State Routing Protocols

10.0 Introduction

10.1 Concept of link-state routing protocols

10.2 Link-state process

10.3 Summary



11. OSPF

11.0 Introduction


11.1 Basic OSPF configuration

11.2 OSPF router ID

11.3 OSPF metric calculation

11.4 Establishing adjacencies

11.5 OSPF and multi-access networks

11.6 More OSPF configuration

11.7 Verifying and troubleshooting OSPF

11.8 OSPF lab configuration

11.9 Summary



LAN Switching and Wireless

This course helps students develop an in-depth understanding of how switches operate and are

implemented in the LAN environment for small and large networks. Beginning with a foundational

overview of Ethernet, this course provides detailed explanations of LAN switch operation, VLAN

implementation, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), Inter-

VLAN routing, and wireless network operations. Students analyze, configure, verify, and

troubleshoot VLANs, RSTP, VTP, and wireless networks. Campus network design and Layer 3

switching concepts are introduced.



Prerequisites: Network Fundamentals

Preliminary chapter outline:

1. Ethernet Revisited

2. Switching Concepts – Cisco IOS® Software and Cisco Discovery Protocol

3. Inside the Switch

4. Campus Network Design

5. Basic Switch Configuration

6. VLANs and IP Telephony Basics

7. Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol

8. Trunking and VLAN Trunking Protocol

9. Inter-VLAN Routing

10. Wireless Networks and Mobility

11. Campus LANs



Accessing the WAN

This course explains the principles of traffic control and access control lists (ACLs) and provides an overview of the services and protocols at the data link layer for wide-area access. Students learn about user access technologies and devices and discover how to implement and configure Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE), DSL, and Frame Relay.

WAN security concepts, tunneling, and VPN basics are introduced. The course concludes with a discussion of the special network services required by converged applications and an introduction to quality of service (QoS).




Prerequisites: Network Fundamentals and Routing Protocols and Concepts

Preliminary chapter outline:

1. Managing Traffic: Access Control Lists

2. Addressing Hosts: Network Address Translation, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, and

IPv6 Basics

3. Security

4. Introduction to WAN Technologies

5. WAN Devices and Connections: CSU, Cable Modem, and DSL Modem

6. Connecting to the WAN: Leased Lines, Cable, and DSL

7. Point-to-Point Protocol and Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet

8. Frame Relay

9. QoS Considerations

10. Tunneling Concepts and VPN Basics

11. Capstone: Converged Networks








Procedures for Assessment


Assessment procedures will align with standards and skills taught. Most assessments will be the on-line CISCO exams. The remainder will be skills-based and instructor created exams.



Math Integration


Math will be integrated into the course through the very nature of the course content.


Reading Integration


Reading will be integrated into the course through the use of the lesson instructions.


Writing Integration


Writing will be integrated into the course through several lessons that incorporate written communication skills.


Technology Integration


Technology will be integrated into the course by its very nature.


Course Materials



CISCO on-line Curriculum

Mac OS 10.4

Windows Computers

CISCO Switchers, routers and hubs

Packet Tracer

Other software and materials as needed






Grading Policy/Rubric


  The CISCO on-line exams will count as 40% of the final grade each grading period.  Mr. Specter's exams will count as 30% of the student's final grade. Labs and worksheets will count as 20% of the student's grade. Class participation, attendance, notes, and outside reading will count as 10% of the final grade each grading period. 


Students must score at least a 70% on the final exams to move on to the next level.



Grade Distribution:




90 – 100% =   A        


80 –  89%  =   B                    


70 –  79%  =   C


60 –  69%  =   D


  0 --  59%  =  F



The teacher can best be reached by email at:


Mr. Specter can be reached by phone most school days from 7:45-8:30 at 412-464-3600 x2303