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Cuyamaca College Cisco Networking Academy

CCNA3 - LAN Switching and Wireless (CIS-203)



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



This course introduces and extends the student’s knowledge and practical experience with the Design, Configuration, and Maintenance of network addressing using Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) Principles; network routing using Interior Gateway Protocols;  Switching Concepts; Spanning Tree Protocol (STP);  Virtual Local-Area Networks (VLANs), and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP). The concepts covered will enable the student to develop practical experience in skills related to Network Addressing, Configuring LANs and Interior Gateway Protocols (IGP), and network troubleshooting. This course will cover the Cisco Network Academy curriculum Semesters 3.  This course is designed to be hands-on and students will be expected to know the basics of Cisco’s IOS.



Successful completion of Cisco Networking Academy CCNA1 (Network Fundamentals) and CCNA2 (Routing Concepts and Protocols).

III. Course Goals  

By the end of the course each student will:

         Master Basic Content: Practical application review of content learned during Semester 1 and Semester 2. Introduction and experience with Variable Length Subnet Masking, RIP v1 and v2 , Single Area OSPF, EIGRP, Local Area Network (LAN)design, Switching Concepts, Switch Configuration, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANS), VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)

         Master Lab Skills: Increasingly sophisticated router configuration (Classless Routing, RIPv2, Single Area OSPF, EIGRP ); switch configuration; network troubleshooting skills

         Master People Skills: working in teams


By the end of the course, students will demonstrate their understanding of networking by completing the following tasks:

        1.             Pass the Cisco Semester III Comprehensive Online Final Exam.
        2.             Pass the Cisco Semester III Comprehensive Skills-Based Exam
        3.             Complete the Packet Tracer Activities
        4.             Complete the Cisco Lab Assignments


  1. Identify and correct common network problems at layers 1, 2, 3, and 7 using a layered model approach.

  2. Interpret network diagrams.

  3. Select the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect switches to other network devices and hosts.

  4. Describe the technology and media access control method for Ethernet networks.

  5. Describe basic switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches.

  6. Perform and verify initial switch configuration tasks including remote access management.

  7. Describe enhanced switching technologies such as VLANs, VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Per VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol (PVSTP), and 802.1q.

  8. Describe the VLAN methodology for creating logically separate networks and how routing occurs between them.

  9. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VLANs, trunking on Cisco switches, interVLAN routing, VTP, and RSTP.

  10. Interpret the output of various show and debug commands to verify the operational status of a Cisco switched network.

  11. Analyze network status and switch operation using basic utilities such as ping, traceroute, Telnet, Secure Shell (SSH), Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), and ipconfig, as well as the show and debug commands.

  12. Identify, prescribe, and resolve common switched network media issues, configuration issues, autonegotiation, and switch hardware failures.

  13. Manage Cisco IOS Software.

  14. Manage Cisco IOS configuration files (save, edit, upgrade, and restore).

  15. Describe standards associated with wireless media, such as (IEEE WI-FI Alliance, ITU/FCC) standards.

  16. Identify and describe the purpose of the components in a small wireless network, such as Service Set Identification (SSID), Basic Service Set (BSS), and Extended Service Set (ESS).

  17. Identify basic configuration parameters on a wireless network to ensure that devices connect to the correct access points.

  18. Compare and contrast Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security features and capabilities of open, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), and WPA-1/2 networks.

  19. Describe common wireless-network implementation issues such as interference and misconfiguration.

  20. Create wireless networks by configuring networking device settings such as: SSID, Wireless security, IP addressing, VLANs, administrator passwords, and remote management.

  21. Maintain wireless networking devices by: Analyzing, troubleshooting, and repairing wireless network problems; Backup and restoring wireless network device configurations; and installing upgraded firmware.


Course content for this class is available online so no textbook is required.  The recommendations below can be used by  students as an additional source for acquiring course content information.


Recommended Text Options

LAN Switching and Wireless, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide; by Wayne Lewis; Hardcover: 528 pages; Publisher: Cisco Press; edition (May 8, 2008); ISBN-10: 1587132079, ISBN-13: 978-1587132070

CCNA Official Exam Certification Library (Exam 640-802), Third Edition (Containing ICND1 and ICND2 Second Edition Exam Certification Guides); by Wendell Odom; Hardcover: 1475 pages; Publisher: Cisco Press; 3rd edition (September 14, 2007); ISBN-10: 1587201836, ISBN-13: 978-1587201837

CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide: Exam 640-802; by Todd Lammle; Paperback: 1008 pages; Publisher: Sybex; 6 edition (August 29, 2007); ISBN-10: 0470110082, ISBN-13: 978-0470110089

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

Cisco IOS in a Nutshell, 796 pages, Author: James Boney, Publisher O'Reilly Media Inc;  Publication Date: August 22, 2005; ISBN-10: 0596008694; ISBN-13: 978-0596008697

Cisco Network Academy Software: On-line

 Recommended Materials:

USB flash drive

Notebook or 3 ring binder.




The Self-paced open-entry/open-exit program. Students are required to complete 48 hours 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 during the 16 weeks of the regular semester when: 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 you 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 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.


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

Students who show no activity (attendance logged in Red Canyon, assignments submitted through Blackboard or NetAcad) for three weeks without an instructor-of-record approved progress plan may be dropped from the class. If you have any questions please see your instructor-of-record.


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. 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. 

Packet Tracer activities are not considered a replacement for a lab activity.  If an assignment is listed as a lab activity, using Packet Tracer or similar network simulator is not allowed for grade for lab activities.  Students may, however, practice their labs with packet tracer or similar network simulators. 

Important Note: Students in the classroom have 1st priority for access to the network equipment. Equipment wired for home use will have cabling disconnected one (1) hour prior to the beginning of class the next class day.

When finished with a Lab assignment, delete router/switch configurations; disconnect equipment cabling and power off the equipment prior to leaving lab.

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.

Packet Tracer activities are not considered a replacement for a lab activity.  If an assignment is listed as a lab activity, using Packet Tracer or similar network simulator is not allowed for grade for lab activities.  Students may, however, practice their labs with packet tracer or similar network simulators. 

4.    Study Guides : During the course, ungraded study guides will be provided to assist students with identifying key information in the reading assignment.  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 CCNA Certification exams.
Note: Handwritten study material, including the study guide, will be allowed as reference material during chapter exams.  The online Comprehensive  Final exam must be taken in the classroom with no notes or reference material available.


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. 

  • You must pass the skills based final to pass the class.

Grades will be assigned as follows:   nnnnquot;serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:#333333">Practice (Knowledge-based) Final Exam

Final Exam (Comprehensive Online)

(Exam Grade%) X 15 pts 

Final Exam (Comprehensive Skills-Based)

(Exam Grade%) X 5 pts

Assignments (Labs & Packet Tracer Activities)

(%Completion) X 40 pts

Chapter Exams (Cisco)

(Avg. Exam Grade%) X 5 pts

Chapter Exams (Blackboard)

(Avg. Exam Grade%) X 15 pts 

Midterm Skills-Based Exam

(Exam Grade%) X 5 pts

Total (possible maximum points)








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 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, completing the reading assignment is necessary. 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




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





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