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Cuyamaca College Cisco Networking Academy

CCNA2 - Routing Protocols and Concepts (CIS-202)



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

Instructor: Steven Grishkowsky
Lectures: Thursday Room-E205
Lab: Room-E207


This is the second 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 course describes the architecture, components, and operation of routers, and explains the principles of routing and routed protocols. Students analyze, configure, verify, and troubleshoot the primary routing protocols RIPv1, RIPv2, OSPF and EIGRP. 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.


CIS 120, CIS 190, CIS 201, A+ Certification, or one year industry experience


This curriculum provides students with the skills needed to succeed in networking-related degree programs and helps them to prepare for the CCNA certification. It also helps students develop the skills necessary to fulfill the job responsibilities of network technicians, network administrators, and network engineers. It provides a theoretically-rich, hands-on introduction to networking and the internet.

By the end of the course each student will:

Master Basic Content: Practical application review of content learned during Semester 1. Introduction and experience with analyzing routing tables and configuring, verifying, and troubleshooting the primary routing protocols RIPv1, RIPv2, OSPF and EIGRP. By the end of this course, students will be able to recognize and correct common routing issues and problems

Students will demonstrate their understanding of networking by completing the following tasks:

  • Completing labs and activities as assigned
  • Passing chapter online exams
  • Completing the practice comprehensive online final
  • Passing the comprehensive online final
  • Passing the skills-based final


  • Describe the purpose, nature, and operations of a router
  • Explain the critical role routers play in enabling communications across multiple networks
  • Describe the purpose and nature of routing tables
  • Describe how a router determines a path and switches packets
  • Explain the route lookup process and determine the path packets will take in the network
  • Configure and verify basic router operation for a newly installed router
  • Describe the purpose and procedure for configuring static routes
  • Configure and verify static and default routing
  • Describe the role of dynamic routing protocols and place these protocols in the context of modern network design
  • Describe how metrics are used by routing protocols and identify the metric types used by dynamic routing protocols
  • Identify the characteristics of distance vector routing protocols
  • Describe the network discovery process of distance vector routing protocols using Routing Information Protocol (RIP)
  • Compare and contrast classful and classless IP addressing


Course content for this class is available online so no textbook is required. Students can use the recommendations below as an additional source for acquiring course content information.

Recommended Text Options

Text is provided online at

Routing Protocols and Concepts, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide, Author Rick Graziani and Allan Johnson, Publisher: Cisco Press, ISBN-10:1587132060, ISBN-13:9781587132063, Publication Date: December 2007

CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide: Exam 640-802, 864 Pages, Author: Todd Lammle, Publisher: Sybex, ISBN-10: 0470901071/ ISBN-13: 978-0470901076, Publication Date: 05 April 2011

CCNA Portable Command Guide Second Edition, 387 pages, Author Scott Empson,
Publisher Cisco Press; ISBN-10: 1-58720-193-6 / ISBN-13: 1-58720-193-6 Publication Date: 28 July 2007


Recommended: USB flash drive, Notebook or 3-ring binder.


This is a self-paced open-entry/open-exit program. Students are required to complete 48 hours of coursework in the classroom or laboratory with an instructor present, in order to meet academic standards.

Note: Please understand that you will only be allowed to accumulate time toward the required 48 hours if: there is a Cuyamaca College Cisco Networking Academy qualified instructor in the classroom; you are present in E-205 or E207; you have signed into Red Canyon, and are actively working on the Cisco Networking Academy course material. Unproductive attendance will not be counted

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 Networking Academy course 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.


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. A grade of “Incomplete” at the end of the semester is not an option.
You may be dropped from the course by the instructor for lack of attendance.

Students who discontinue attendance but do not officially withdraw will receive an "F" as the grade for the class.


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

1.   In-class reading/Tests: Most of the material for this course is available online at the Cisco Network Academy website. The materials should be read before the beginning of class. Students are responsible for all the terms and concepts in the modules that we cover. Log in to 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. Login to your blackboard account for Word documents of required labs.

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. Login to your blackboard account for assigned packet tracer activities.


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 is provided to help ensure students are familiar with the course syllabus. Participation in this exam is required for every student each semester. The exam is provided on Blackboard.  The grade for this exam is not included as part of the final grade but it is a required component for the course.  This exam must be successfully completed with a score of 100% before any exams will be activated or any assignments graded. The Orientation exam must be successfully completed by 10:00 pm of the first Thursday of the semester or students will be dropped from the class.

Chapter exams

Each Chapter Exam will be activated only after the student has completed the assignments for the chapter. Chapter exams will be taken in the classroom. Handwritten study material, including the study guide, will be allowed as reference material during chapter exams.  Neither Textbooks nor the Internet are considered authorized reference material.

Practice Final Exams

Students are required to take a practice skills-based final exam using Packet Tracer and a practice comprehensive online final exam prior to taking the Final exams.  Students my take the practice exams up to three times for each exam. The exam score for the last practice exam taken for each exam is the grade that will be used for calculating the final grade total.  No other grade than the last recorded practice exam score will be used for each exam nor will practice exam scores be averaged. The last grade documented for each exam will be the grade of record for that 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 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 using one of the school's computers without access to any reference material. Students will be allowed blank paper and a pen.

The student must obtain a passing score on both the Comprehensive Skills and Online Final Exams 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.


Final Exam (Comprehensive Online)

10 pts

Final Exam (Comprehensive Skills Based)

10 pts

Online Practice Final

06 pts

Midterm Practical Exam

03 pts

Assignments (Labs & Packet Tracer Activities)

35 pts

Chapter Study Guides

11 pts

Chapter Exams (Blackboard)

25 pts

Total (possible maximum points)

100 pts

Grades will be calculated and assigned as follows:




93.4 - 100


90 - 93.3


86.7 - 89.9


83.4 - 86.6


80 - 83.3


76.7 - 79.9


70 - 76.6




Below 60


The Cisco instructors want to see our students succeed. We have used our experience teaching the OEOE 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 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.


Please refer to the appropriate official Cuyamaca College document to insure compliance with any College deadline.   


First Day of Classes


Last Day to drop without a “W”


Last Day to apply for CR/NCR


Spring Break


Last Day to drop a semester length course


Last Day to submit labs and case studies










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