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Cuyamaca College Cisco Networking Academy

CCNA1 - Network Fundamentals (CIS-201)



Changes to this syllabus may occur anytime during the semester. Notification of changes will be provided via Blackboard announcements.

Office Hours: Tuesdays 4 – 5 p.m. and by appointment

Course Description

Welcome to the Cisco Networking Academy program! This is the first of four courses designed to provide classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technology, and to help prepare for certification as a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). This curriculum presents a comprehensive overview of networking; from fundamentals to advanced applications and services. It is based on the top-down approach to networking that is popular in many colleges and universities. The course emphasizes concepts and skills required to design networks, while providing opportunities for practical application and hands-on experience by teaching students how to install, operate, and maintain networks.

Advisory Prerequisite

CIS 120, CIS 190, A+ Certification, or one year industry experience.

Course Goals

This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. It uses the OSI and TCP layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers. The principles and structure of IP addressing and fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. Labs use a "model Internet" to allow students to analyze real data without affecting production networks. Packet Tracer (PT) activities help students analyze protocol and network operation and build small networks in a simulated environment. At the end of the course, students build simple LAN topologies by applying basic principles of cabling; performing basic configurations of network devices, including routers and switches; and implementing IP addressing schemes.


Course Objectives

By the end of the course, students will achieve the following objectives:

Given a LAN/WAN configuration scenario, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic concepts of how data networks and the Internet support business communications and everyday activities.
  • Describe the basic networking processes used to communicate across Local Area Networks, Wide Area Networks and the Internet.
  • Operate basic networking devices and services used to support communications across an Internetwork.
  • Describe the layers of communications in data networks using the 7-Layer OSI and the 4-LayerTCP/IP models.
  • Describe the role of protocols in data networks.
  • Describe the importance of addressing and naming schemes at the following OSI Data Link, Network and Application layers.
  • Describe the protocols and services provided by the Application layer in the OSI and TCP/IP models.
  • Describe the functions and features of the Transport layer protocols and services.
  • Describe the functions and features of the Network layer protocols and services.
  • Describe the fundamental concepts of routing that occur when a packet is forwarded from its source to its destination across multiple networks.
  • Design, calculate, and apply subnet masks and IP addresses to meet network design requirements.
  • Describe the operation of the OSI Data link layer protocols by explaining how data link frames communicate between networking devices.
  • Describe how the OSI Physical layer protocols and services transfer data bits across data networks.
  • Describe fundamental Ethernet concepts such as media, services, and operation.
  • Apply basic cabling techniques to connect various types of networking devices to meet prescribed network design topologies.
  • Build a simple Ethernet network using routers, switches, and network hosts.
  • Establish local and remote terminal connections to Cisco Networking devices using Terminal Emulation programs.
  • Use Cisco CLI commands to configure and verify basic router and switch operation.
  • Analyze the operations and features of common Application layer protocols such as HTTP, DNS, DHCP, SMTP, Telnet, and FTP.
  • Use common network utilities to verify local area network operation and analyze data traffic.


Method of Evaluation

  1. Chapter exams that measure each student's ability to define and appropriately use networking technology concepts and terminology to describe networking processes, protocols, functions and features.
  2. Comprehensive final exam that measures each student's ability to synthesize and apply course concepts to a variety of networking scenarios.
  3. Comprehensive skills exam that measures each student's ability to practically apply network, design, configuration and hardware connectivity techniques to LAN environments.
  4. Lab exercises that require students to apply course concepts and skills in order to implement LAN solutions, compute IPv4 network addressing to network problems defined by the instructor, and connect and configure LAN devices.

Text, Materials and Online Websites

Online Websites

Cisco Network Academy Website:

Instructor's Website:



Recommended Texts (optional)

Network Fundamentals course: Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide
ISBN-10: 1-58713-208-7, ISBN-13: 9781587132087, Publication Date: October 2007

Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide
ISBN-10: 1-58713-203-6, ISBN-13: 9781587132032, Publication Date: October 2007

CCNA Portable Command Guide
ISBN-10: 1587201933, ISBN-13: 978-1587201936, Publication Date: July 2007


Removable media (thumb drive, floppy)
A sectioned three-ring binder with paper for note taking



The Self-paced open-entry/open-exit program requires students to complete a minimum of 80 classroom hours. 48 hours must be obtained in the classroom or laboratory with an instructor present, in order to meet academic standards. Self-paced education places additional responsibility on the student for success. Irregular attendance and lack of participation are key factors in determining poor student performance. The greater the amount of time and effort applied by the student, the greater the opportunity for success, rapid advancement of knowledge, and advancement through the program. Students will be expected to manage their attendance with the goal of completing at least one Cisco Semester during a Cuyamaca College Semester. Higher goals of completion are very possible and will be supported. If you have questions about recommended progress rates, please ask the instructor for guidance.

Dropping the Class

It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to complete the necessary forms to withdraw from the class. All students that are enrolled at the end of the semester must be given a grade. Students who drop but don’t officially withdraw will receive an F.



The assignments for this course can be broken in the following groups:

      1.Reading assignments: Most of the reading assignments for this course are available online at the Cisco Network Academy website. The reading assignments should be read before the beginning of class. Students are responsible for being familiar with all the chapter terms and concepts prior to class lectures. Log into your Cisco Student Account to access this material.

      2. Labs: During the course, labs will be used to guide students through the practical application of concepts learned in the chapter content and provide an opportunity to learn skills for configuring Cisco routers and switches. Lab assignments will be provided in the assignments section of each chapter on Blackboard. Once a lab assignment is completed it should be submitted using Blackboard. Assignments are considered completed when the questions on the lab assignment are answered and a copy of the configuration has been submitted.

      Important Note:

       The Cuyamaca College Cisco Networking Academy is equipped with access servers that allow students to access the laboratory equipment from home via the Internet.
      This means that students can cable equipment at the end of a class and continue to work on the labs from a remote location. In order to best accommodate the use of the lab equipment, the following policy will be applied in the laboratory:

    1. Students present in the classroom have first priority for access to network equipment during class hours.

    2. At the beginning of normal class hours, the lab equipment wiring will be pulled on any equipment that is not in use by a student present in the classroom.

    3. When finished with a lab assignment and prior to leaving the lab, please delete router/switch configurations, disconnect equipment cabling, and power-off the equipment, including PCs, that you used for the lab assignment .

    4. Students may wire equipment for use at home during the last hour of class.

    5. 3.  Packet Tracker Activities: Throughout the course Packet Tracer Network Simulation software activities will provide students with experience designing, configuring, testing, and troubleshooting virtual switched and wireless network topologies. Students can send simulated network traffic across the virtual network topologies, track the traffic as it moves through each device, and view the traffic similar to the view a packet sniffer provides.

      Packet Tracer assignments will be provided in the assignments section of each chapter on Blackboard. Once a Packet Tracer assignment is completed it should be submitted using Blackboard.

       Important note: Packet Tracer activities are not considered a replacement for a lab assignment. Lab assignments submitted using Packet Tracer or similar network simulator will receive a grade of zero (0) points. Students may, however, practice their labs with packet tracer or similar network simulators.

      4. Study Guides: During the course there will be required and optional study guides provided to assist students with identifying key information in the reading assignment.

      Required Study Guides:
      There will be Ten (10) open-book/open-note online study guide "exams" to help prepare students for the chapter and final exams.  There will also be study guides provided in blackboard to help learn Subnet addressing. These study guides are graded.  Each study guide may be taken up to five (5) times. The last grade posted for each chapter study guide will be the number  used for calculating grades.

      Optional Study Guides:
      These study guides are not graded but are highly recommended. The study guides will be useful for studying for chapter exams, the comprehensive final, and
      Cisco Certification exams.

      Note: Handwritten study material, including the optional study guides, will be allowed as reference material during chapter exams.
      Handwritten study material will be useful for preparing for the Online Comprehensive Final exam but is not allowed to be used as reference material during the exam.


Evaluation and Grading

Evaluation in this course is designed to give students a maximum feedback of their progress and to work as a tool to reinforce concepts.

Orientation Exam

An orientation exam has been activated for all students on Blackboard. Whereas this exam is not averaged into the student’s final grade, it is a required component for the course. It must be successfully completed with a score of 100% before any exams will be activated or any assignments graded.

Online Study Guides

There are ten (10) online chapter exams provided by the Cisco Networking Academy. These are being treated as required study guides. Students may work through each study guide up to four times each. The last score uploaded on the Cisco website will be the one the instructor uses to calculate your grade. The instructor will neither look for your best score nor average the results of your attempts. The last grade reported will be the grade of record for that study guide.


Online Chapter Exams

Chapter exams are provided using the class Blackboard container. These Exams are located in the assignments section of blackboard. Students will take these exams in the classroom.  Handwritten notes and the optional study guide may be used as reference material when taking the chapter exams. These exams may be taken two (2) times with the last exam grade for the chapter being the number used to calculate the grade for the exam. The last grade reported will be the grade of record for that exam.


Practice Final Exams

Both a practice skills based final and a practice comprehensive online final are provided at the Cisco Networking Academy Website. Students may take each of these up to three times each. The last score uploaded on the Cisco website will be the one the instructor uses to calculate your grade. The instructor will neither look for your best score nor average the results of your attempts. The last grade reported will be the grade of record for that practice exam.


Final Exams

The Comprehensive Final Skills-based Exam is a practical exam covering the skills learned during the course and may include skills covered as part of the prerequisites for taking this course. The exam is taken in the classroom using installed routers, switches, computers and other equipment provided by the instructor. Students may use material designed as a professional reference material to assist them during the skills exam. Examples of authorized references are: "CCNA Portable Command Guide"; "Cisco IOS in a nutshell". Neither textbooks nor the Internet are considered authorized reference material.† It is the discretion of the instructor of record for the course to determine whether a specific reference item will be authorized for use during the Comprehensive Final Skills-based Exam. The Comprehensive skills exam must be passed with a minimum grade of 60% in order to pass the course, regardless of previous performance.

The Comprehensive Online Final Exam is a multiple-choice exam that covers the entire semester of course material. The Comprehensive Final Exam is taken in the classroom on one of the school's computers without access to any reference material. Students will be allowed blank paper and a pen The Comprehensive skills exam must be passed with a minimum grade of 60% in order to pass the course, regardless of previous performance.

The student must obtain a passing score on both the Comprehensive Skills and Online Final Exams (both Skills Based final, and Online Comprehensive finals require 60% or above for passing) to pass the course. The online and skills-based final exams must be taken by the student to complete the course. All exams must be taken in the classroom. Students must have a passing score on both the Skills-based Final Exam and Online Comprehensive Final Exam in order to pass the class regardless of cumulative grade total.

Copying and/or printing of any test will result in your being dropped from the class.

Printing of the curriculum is not allowed.


Grades will be assigned as follows:

Final Exam (Comprehensive Online)

 10 pts

Final Exam (Comprehensive Skills Based)

10 pts

Chapter Exams

15 pts

Practice Final Exams

05 pts

Lab and Packet Tracer Assignments

25 pts

Chapter Study Guides

 10 pts

Subnetting Study Guides

25 pts

Total (possible maximum points)

100 pts


Students' Responsibilities

The Cisco instructors want to see our students succeed. We have used our experience teaching the OE-OE classes to write the following rules to benefit the success of our students.

1. Students are responsible for managing their progress through the course.
To ensure successful completion of the course, please follow the rules listed below concerning submitting assignments and taking chapter exams.

Note: Arrangements can be made to deviate from the rules by submitting a written request with justification and getting written approval by the course instructor.

2. You should regularly review the assignment schedule and recommended progress schedule to be sure you do not fall behind during the semester. We have noticed that students who fall further than 1(one) chapter behind the recommended pace have unnecessary stress completing the course. If you find yourself falling behind the recommended pace please contact your instructor for assistance and/or guidance.

3. Only 5 total lab/packet tracer assignments will be graded by the instructor each week.

Students who have submitted a written notification of accelerated completion at the beginning of the semester will be provided, in writing, the maximum number of assignments that will be accepted each week for grading.

Note: Managing assignment completion is especially critical at the end of the semester. Mismanagement could cause completed assignments not to get graded.
Students progressing at an accelerated pace will be provided an accelerated assignment schedule.
Submit assignments early and often.

4. Courses with graded study guides: Up to 2 (two) study guides will be graded for each student per week

5. All Assignments must be submitted no later than the end of week 15 of the semester.
No assignments will be accepted after week 15.

Note: no more than 5 assignments that are submitted during week 15 will be graded.

6. Only 1 chapter exam will be activated for each student per week.
You are allowed to take each chapter exam once. Chapter exams will be activated a maximum of 2 times. Make sure when you request that an exam be activated you will be able to complete the exam during the period requested.

Students who plan to progress through the curriculum at an accelerated pace will be informed, in writing, the maximum number of exams that will be allowed to be activated each week.

Note: Students progressing at an accelerated pace will be provided an accelerated assignment schedule.

7. Students are responsible to ensure all chapter exams are completed by the end of week 15. Note: remember, only one chapter exam will be activated each week including week 15.

8. If you have to be absent for more than one (1) week please notify the instructor via the Journal. Please remember, Packet Tracer assignments can still be submitted during periods when you are unable to attend class.

9. Registration in this class implies your interest in learning the knowledge content and skills covered by the course. Prior to performing the assigned skill activities, it is necessary to complete the reading assignment. Assistance is available in the lab and the classroom by instructors and tutors to help clarify technical concepts you have read in the reading assignments or experienced during the skills assignments. To ensure you benefit from an instructor’s/tutor’s assistance you may be asked relative questions from the reading assignment. Since reading is an important part of your learning experience you may be directed to reread sections of the curriculum prior to receiving further assistance


Important Dates


Fall 2011 Regular Day and Evening Classes Begin


Last Day To Drop w/o a "W"


Last Day To Receive Refund


Last Day To Apply for CR/NC


Last day to drop Semester-Length classes


Last day to Submit Assignments (@ midnight)

12/06/11 - 12/08/11

Comprehensive Skills-Based Final

12/13/11 - 12/15/11

Comprehensive Online Final


Close of Fall Semester

Changes to this syllabus may occur anytime during the semester.

Notification of changes will be provided via Blackboard announcements


Fall 2011 - CIS 201 Schedule

( Guide for Successful Completion of the CIS-201)

  Recommended Progress Schedule
(The list below indicates when Chapter assignments should be completed)
Week# 8 Week 11 Week 16 Week














5 & 6




7 & 8




9 & 10




Practice finals




Skills/Online Finals





Practice Finals




Skills Final Exam




Online Final Exam









Ch-10, Configuration Review, Skills Practice Final


All Assignments Due All Assignments Due Ch-11, Online Practice Final, Skills Practice Final
All Assignments Due


    Skills Based Finals,
Online Practice Final

Final Week


Online Final


Appendix II

CIS 201 – Spring 2011 – Lecture Schedule

Changes to this schedule may occur anytime during the semester.

Notification of changes will be provided via Blackboard announcements



Lecture Topics


August 23

Ch1-Orientation, Living in a Network-Centric World, Binary Numbers


August 30

Ch2- Communicating Across the Network pt1, Binary Addressing  

3 September 06 Ch-2 Communicating Across the Network pt2, IP Address Classification, Exam 1 Review

September 13

Ch-3 Application Layer, Binary Review, Subnet Masks and Address Classes


September 20

Ch-4 Transport Layer, Classful Subnetting, Exam 2 Review

6 September 27 Ch-5 Network Layer, Classful Addressing

October 04

Ch-11 Configuring An Intermediary Device, VLSM


October 11

Review: Network Layer/Configuring Devices, VLSM, Exam 3


October 18

Ch-6 IP Addressing, pt1 VLSM review


October 25

Ch-6 IP Addressing,pt2  VLSM review


November 01

Ch-7 Data Link Layer,VLSM review


November 08

Ch-8 Physical Layer, VLSM review

13 November 15 Ch-9 Ethernet, VLSM review
14 November 22 Ch-10 Planning and Cabling Networks

November 29

Ch-11 Configuring Network Devices

Changes to this schedule may occur anytime during the semester.

Notification of changes will be provided via Blackboard announcements


Appendix III

CIS 201 – Network Fundamentals – Fall 2011 – Assignment Sheet

THE LAST DAY TO SUBMIT ASSIGNMENTS IS December 01, 2011 @MIDNIGHT. All Submissions must be time-stamped as having been submitted by midnight on December 01, 2011 in order to be graded.







Binary to Decimal


Custom Masks


Lab 9.8.3


Decimal to Binary


Subnets Based on Host Needs


PT 9.9.1


PT 1.7.1


Finding the Network Address




PT 2.2.4


PT 11.2.1


PT 10.2.3


Lab 2.2.5


PT 11.2.2


Lab 10.3.2


PT 2.4.8


PT 11.2.4


Lab 10.6.1


Lab 2.6.1


PT 11.3.5


PT 10.7.1


Lab 2.6.2


Lab 11.5.1


Lab 11.5.2


PT 2.7.1


PT 6.5.7


Lab 11.5.3


More Conversions


PT 6.5.8


Lab 11.5.4


Address Classification


Lab 6.7.1


Lab 11.5.5


PT 3.2.3


Lab 7.5.2


PT 11.6.1


PT 3.3.2


PT 7.6.1


PT 3.4.2




Lab 3.4.3


Classful (Class B)


Address Class. Rev.


Lab 8.4.1


Subnetting A


VLSM - 2


Lab 5.5.1


Classful (Class A)


PT 5.5.1


PT 8.5.1



Lab 5.5.2


Lab 9.8.1


PT 5.6.1

Lab 9.8.2

THE LAST DAY TO SUBMIT ASSIGNMENTS IS December 01, 2011 @MIDNIGHT. All Submissions must be time-stamped as having been submitted by midnight on December 01, 2011 in order to be graded.




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