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Computer & Information Science Department:  CISCO

Cuyamaca College
Cisco Networking Academy


Spring 2013

Instructor: Steven Grishkowsky
Lectures: Monday - Room-E211
Lab: Room-E207

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

I. Course Description
 Open Entry-Open Exit

CCNP SWITCH is the sixth level of Cisco Networking Academy courses and one of three courses for the Cisco Certified Networking Professional designation.  The course covers topics that teach students how to implement, monitor, secure, and maintain network switching solutions in converged enterprise campus networks. The course also covers the secure integration of VLANs, WLANs, voice, and video into campus networks. Topics covered in the course include: Multilayer Switching, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Switch Security Techniques, Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN),  EtherChannel,  Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP), Inter-VLAN Routing, Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), Virtual Redundant Router Protocol (VRRP), Gateway Load Balancing Protocol (GLBP), Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs), Quality of Service (QoS), and IP Multicasting .  This is a lab-intensive course using Cisco networking devices with comprehensive labs that emphasize hands-on learning and practice to reinforce configuration skills.  


 II. Prerequisite

CIS-204, or successful completion of CCNA1 - CCNA4 at another Cisco Networking Academy, or possess a current CCNA certification. Note: if you haven't completed the Networking Academy courses and have a current CCNA certification it is assumed you have at least the equivalent knowledge and skills taught in the NetAcad CCNA1-CCNA4 classes.


 III. Course Goals 

This curriculum provides students with the skills needed to succeed in networking-related degree programs and helps them to prepare for the CCNP SWITCH certification (642-813). 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.

The goals of CCNP SWITCH are as follows:

  • Assess the structure and components used to build or expand an enterprise campus network
  • Implement VLANs in campus networks
  • Implement, monitor, and maintain spanning tree protocol in an enterprise campus network
  • Implement, monitor, and maintain interVLAN routing in an enterprise campus network
  • Configure and optimize high availability on switches to provide Layer 3 redundancy
    Describe and implement LAN security features
  • Plan and prepare for advanced services in a campus infrastructure

 By the end of the course each student will:

1)       Configure VLAN trunks and the VLAN Trunking Protocol in a campus network.

2)       Implement, monitor, and maintain spanning tree protocols in an enterprise campus network.

3)       Describe link aggregation using EtherChannel technologies: Port Aggregation Protocol (PAgP) and Link aggregation Control Protocol (LACP). 

4)       Design, construct, and configure bundled redundant links using EtherChannel  technology.

5)       Describe the characteristics of Spanning Tree Protocol, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol, Per-VLAN Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol, and Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol.

6)       Describe Inter-VLAN Routing on routing and multilayer switches.

7)       Implement, monitor, and maintain inter-VLAN routing in an enterprise campus network using routers and Multilayer switches.

8)       Describe high availability and redundancy campus network solutions consisting of Hot Standby Routing Protocol (HSRP), Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP), Gateway Load Balancing Protocol (GLBP), and/or Server Load Balancing (SLB).

9)       Describe the types of security threats and attacks along with methods to mitigate attacks relevant to network switches.

10)   Implement Switch security to protect against MAC-based attacks, VLAN attacks, Spoofing attacks, DHCP Threats, ARP threats, and Spanning-Tree disruptions.

11)   Describe tools used to monitor and analyze network traffic.

12)   Describe the impact of WLANs, voice, and video on campus infrastructure operations.

13)   Describe quality of service (QoS) in a campus infrastructure to support advanced services.

14)   Implement QoS on a simple Campus network to support IP Telephony using Cisco Auto-QoS.

15)   Describe basic Multicast characteristics consisting of multicast addressing, distribution trees, Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM), Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP).

16)   Describe the basic preparation requirements for integrating Autonomous WLAN and Controller-based WLAN solutions to a campus network.

17)   Install and configure a WLAN Controller onto a campus network.

18)   Describe the basic switch configuration steps for integrating VoIP and Video solutions to a campus network.


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

        1.         Pass the Cisco CCNP SWITCH Comprehensive Online final exam.

        2.         Pass the Cisco CCNP SWITCH Comprehensive Skills Based Exam

3.         Complete the Cisco Labs for each Chapter

4.           Pass the Cisco CCNP SWITCH Online chapter exams


V.  Text and Materials

Cisco Networking Academy
                   login id: your Cuyamaca student login ID and your Cuyamaca student login password 

Required Texts:    
Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) Foundation Learning Guide: Foundation learning for SWITCH 642-813 (Self-Study Guide) [Hardcover]; by Richard Froom , Balaji Sivasubramanian, Erum Frahim; 560 pages; Cisco Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2010); ISBN-10: 1587058847; ISBN-13: 978-1587058844

Optional Text:    
Portable Command Guide; by Scott Empson and Hans Roth; 208 pages; Cisco Press; 1 edition (April 8, 2010); English; ISBN-10: 1587202484; ISBN-13: 978-1587202483



       Recommended, 1 Flash drive

      Notebook, 3 ring binder or spiral bound notebook.



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. A grade of “Incomplete” at the end of the semester is not an option. 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 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.    Lab Assignments: 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 or placing lab documents in the trays in the classroom. 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. Lab assignments may be completed on routers and switches located in E-207 or using netlabs. At least 25% of lab assignments must be completed using equipment installed in E-207.

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:

  • Students present in the classroom have first priority for access to network equipment during class hours.
  • During class hours the lab equipment wiring will be pulled on any equipment that is not in use by a student present in the classroom.
  • When finished with a lab assignment, please delete router/switch configurations, disconnect equipment cabling, and power-off the equipment, including PCs, that you used for the lab assignment prior to leaving the lab.
  • Students may wire equipment for use at home during the last hour of class.

3.    Study Guides: During the course, 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 Security Certification exams.
Note: Handwritten study material, including the study guide, will be allowed as reference material during chapter exams.  The Comprehensive Online Final exam must be taken in the classroom with no notes or reference material available.

4.    Journal Entry: The journal is a private communication between the student and the instructor. Students are responsible for contacting the instructor once a week via the Blackboard Journal. The journal entry does not have to be extensive. The journal entry should at a minimum provide a list of the week's assignment progress. The journal is how you inform the instructor of extended absences. It can also be used to ask the instructor questions or request assistance. The journal can be used to provide feedback to the instructor about the course.



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.

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.

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 on 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 (60%) 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 and comprehensive online final exams to pass the class.

Grades will be assigned as follows: 

Final Exam (Comprehensive Online)

(Exam Grade%) X 15 pts

Final Exam (comprehensive Skills-Based)

(Exam Grade%) X 15 pts

Lab Assignments and Case Studies

(%Completion) X 50 pts

Chapter Exams

(Avg. Exam Grade%) X 20 pts

Total (possible maximum points)





93.4 - 100

A- 90.0 - 93.3
B+ 86.7 - 89.9


83.4 - 86.6


80.0 - 83.3


76.7 - 79.9

C 70.0 - 76.6


60.0 - 69.9


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.

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



01/28/13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Spring 2010 Regular Day and Evening Classes Begin

02/11/13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Last Day To Drop w/o a "W"

02/11/13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Last Day To Receive Refund

03/01/13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Last Day To Apply for CR/NC

04/26/13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Last day to drop Semester-Length classes

03/25/13-03/30/13 . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Recess

05/16/13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Last Day to submit assignments

05/20/13 - 05/23/13. . . . . . . . . . . Comprehensive Skills Exam

05/28/13 - 06/03/13. . . . . . . . . . . Comprehensive Knowledge Exam

06/03/13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . Close of Fall Semester

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



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