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Course CIS 270 - Cisco I

Course Description:

Network Fundamentals is the first of four courses leading to the Cisco Certificated Network Associate (CCNA) Certification. The focus of this course is on learning the fundamentals of networking. You will learn both the practical and conceptual skills that build the foundation for understanding basic networking. First, you will examine human versus network communication and see the parallels between them. Next, you will gain an understanding of the "layered" approach to networks and examine the OSI and TCP/IP layers in detail to understand their functions and services. You will become familiar with the various network devices, network addressing schemes and, finally, the types of media used to carry data across the network.

In this course, you will gain experience using networking utilities and tools, such as Packet Tracer and WiresharkŪ, to explore networking protocols and concepts. These tools will help you to develop an understanding of how data flows in a network. A special "model Internet" is also used to provide a test environment where a range of network services and data can be observed and analyzed.

Course Learning Objectives:

Upon Completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Use acquired skills and knowledge to plan, design, implement and troubleshoot LAN/WAN logical and physical data communication topologies.
  • Document procedures employed in planning, designing, implementing and troubleshooting data communication topologies.
  • Collaborate with team members in planning, designing, implementing and troubleshooting data communication topologies.
  • Identify and describe the functions of each of the seven layers of the OSI reference model
  • Describe data link and network addresses and identify key differences between them
  • Define and describe the function of the MAC address
  • List the key internetworking functions of the OSI Network layer(s)
  • Identify at least three reasons why the industry uses a layered model
  • Describe the two parts of network addressing, and then identify the parts in specific protocol address examples
  • Identify the functions of each layer of the ISO/PSI reference model
  • Define and explain the five conversion steps of data encapsulation
  • Describe the different classes of IP addresses (and subnetting)
  • Identify the functions of the TCP/IP network-layer protocols


Course Learning Outcomes:

The student will be able to identify the seven layers of the OSI model and describe the functions of each; describe the proper selection of network cable and devices; perform structured cable installation; install a local area network (LAN) and configure network devices and nodes; define the five steps of data encapsulation; and identify the functions of the TCP/IP network-layer protocol suite.


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