This course is the first of four courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designation and provides an introduction to computer networking. The course presents information on network terminology, fundamentals, media, cabling, Ethernet fundamentals, Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and routing fundamentals. Course includes 45 lecture hours and 30 lab hours per semester.
- Understand How Data Networks Support Business and Personal Communications, Describe the Structure of a Network and the Function of Protocols in Network Communications.
- Describe the Function of Well-Known TCP/IP Applications and Their Related Services and Protocols.
- Explain the Role and Functionality of the Transport Layer Protocols; The Role and Features of the Internet Protocol (IP); Understand the Fundamentals of Routing and Packet Forwarding; the Role of Data Link Layer Protocols in Data Transmission; Describe the Layer 2 Frame and Key Frame Fields and understand the Functions of the Physical Layer and Its Standards and Protocols.
- Explain the Role and Features of the Internet Protocol (IP); Understand the Fundamentals of Routing and Packet Forwarding; the Need and Structure of IP Addressing and to Generate and Assign Addresses to Networks and Network Devices.
- Describe the Ethernet Protocol and the Physical and Data Link Layer Features of Ethernet; Compare and Contrast Ethernet Hubs and Switches.
- Identify and Select the Cables, Standards, and Ports Used for LAN and WAN Connections; Design an Addressing Scheme for an Internetwork; Compare Network Designs.Define the Role of the Internetwork Operating System (IOS); Identify the IOS Modes of Operation and Basic IOS Commands.
The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.
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