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Winter 2014 (Revised 1/5/14)
This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions,
components, and models of the Internet and computer networks. The
principles of IP addressing and fundamentals of Ethernet concepts,
media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the
remaining curriculum in the Cisco Networking Academy series of
Course Learning Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course you should:
Course Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course the student will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.
High-Speed, Broadband, Internet Access (wired or wireless)
Flash Memory Device (i.e. “Thumb” drive), 32 GB or larger, or an external USB Drive (any size – but 1 TB or larger is recommended), unused (i.e. “empty).
USB Headset (speaker and microphone)
Cisco 2600 Series 2610 Router for CCNA ($39.99 on eBay with 90-day warranty)
Cisco Catalyst 2950 Series WS-C2950T-24 Switch ($31.00 on eBay with 90-day warranty)
UTP cable fabrication equipment (i.e. stripping tool, crimping tool, RJ-45 connectors, CAT 5e bulk cable, etc.) - $29.99 online – http://tinyurl.com/m4dvam)
Cable Tester Kit ($6.95 - http://tinyurl.com/qxpbau)
Spare computer for host software (e.g. Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista, Windows 7, etc.)
If you desire to use a spare computer, but cannot afford one, you can check out a spare computer from the T-213 Lab for the duration of the quarter. See one of the T-213 Lab technicians or an instructor in order to complete the proper paperwork.
Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.6.0
Packet Tracer 6.0.1
Wireshark 1.10.5 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Optional Software: (available via download from DreamSpark™ and other sources)
VMware Workstation 7.1.6 for Windows (32-bit or 64-bit)
VMware Workstation 8.0.3 for Windows (64-bit only)
VMware Workstation 9.0.2 for Windows (64-bit only)
VMware Workstation 10.0.1 for Windows (64-bit only)
Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 (or Hyper-V)
Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 2 (32-bit)
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 2 (32-bit)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter (64-bit)
Optional software can be obtained from one of the following sources. See one of the T-213 Lab technicians or an instructor for assistance with obtaining course software at no additional cost to the student.
Microsoft Developer Network – Academic Alliance (MSDNAA/ELMS) –
The Cisco Networking Academy website –
VMware Academic Partner Program – VMAPP –
Wireshark – the world’s foremost network protocol analyzer
Course Materials (Required):
Course Materials (Optional):
This course will consist of 12 modules covering the following topics:
Chapter 1: Exploring the Network
Chapter 2: Configuring a Network Operating System
Chapter 3: Network Protocols and Communications
Chapter 4: Network Access
Chapter 5: Ethernet
Chapter 6: Network Layer
Chapter 7: Transport Layer
Chapter 8: IP Addressing
Chapter 9: Subnetting IP Networks
Chapter 10: Application Layer
Chapter 11: It’s a Network
Getting Started (Orientation)
Module 1: Chapter 1 - Exploring the Network
Module 2: Chapter 2 - Configuring a Network Operating System
Module 3: Chapter 3 - Network Protocols and Communications
Module 4: Chapter 4 - Network Access & Chapter 5 - Ethernet
Module 5: Chapter 6 - Network Layer
Module 6: Chapter 7 - Transport Layer
Module 7: Chapter 8 - IP Addressing
Module 8: Chapter 9 - Subnetting IP Networks
Module 9: Chapter 10 - Application Layer
Module 10: Chapter 11 - It’s a Network
Final Module: Course Wrap-up
Discussion Board & Chat Sessions:
Discussion is a very important component of this course. Just like in a traditional class, in this hybrid class you will be expected to participate in discussions with your instructor and fellow students about course learning objectives.
Discussion Board topics are tied to specific course learning objectives for each week of the 11-week session, and comprise a substantial part of your grade for this course. Discussion board participation is required and evaluated qualitatively by the Instructor. You are required to post original material for each Discussion Board (DB) assignment. Additionally, you will be graded upon your participation in responding to your classmates’ DB posts. Initial DB posts are due by Wednesday of the week in which they are assigned, in order to avoid a 5 point penalty (with the exception of week 1). Up to 2 points per response will be assigned to your responses to your classmates DB posts, up to a maximum of 10 total response points. Your initial DB post will be graded in accordance with the following rubric. Your responses to your classmates’ DB posts must be substantive and will be graded using the following rubric in a similar manner.
CIS 270 meets 4 ½ hours per week in the Tech 213 classroom lab. Each week the instructor will use the classroom time to introduce or review internetworking concepts. Additional online time will be needed for research and study activities, group or partner work, submission of assignments, and assessments.
This hybrid course includes mandatory enrollment in the corresponding “lab” course which provides you with the opportunity to work with various servers, test equipment, cable-making tools, and other special resources of the T-213 Lab. This component requires your actual presence in the T-213 Lab.
The instructor delivers four and one-half hours of classroom lecture time scheduled during the week. Classroom attendance is not mandatory; your participation in the classroom is not graded and will not be included in the course grade. Nevertheless, you are encouraged to attend as many of the classroom sessions as your schedule will allow, as opportunity for hands-on labs and real-time discussions allow for the greatest potential for learning. You are responsible for all information covered during normally scheduled class sessions, whether you are present or not.
· Tuesdays 1:00 PM to 3:15 PM (T-213 Classroom)
· Thursdays 1:00 PM to 3:15 PM (T-213 Classroom)
The 1-credit lab which accompanies this course, CIS 201 - Networking Lab, allows the student up to 30 hours of lab time in the T-213 to work with the routers and switches in that location. Also, special software is contained on the powerful workstation in the T-213 Lab which is designed to support most of the lab work required for this course. Be sure to sign up for this lab during the first week of the quarter. This lab course will be especially important if you do not feel that you have adequate equipment and software at home to support your lab needs.
Virtual Classroom Sessions and Chat Sessions:
This hybrid course includes no live, “on-line,” class sessions.
Other Course Components –
Online testing will conducted via the Cisco Networking Academy website (Netspace) – https://cisco.netacad.com .
LabSim Purchase and Account Setup
Before starting your online/hybrid course, you should purchase your TestOut! LabSim software from the Olympic College Bookstore or you should purchase your LabSim software online via the TestOut! website.
To access the student discount pricing you will need to go to http://www.testout.com and enter the promotional code 14-232ta in the “Enter Promotion Code:” field on the lower right-hand side of that web page. This will take you to a page similar to what you are accustomed to. Here you will need to enter the school name Olympic College. This will check with our database to verify the school is authorized to purchase at this price. Because of this, it needs to be entered EXACTLY as above (including capitalizations). You will also need to enter the instructor’s name. Then proceed as normal.
Do NOT choose your own account name or create a random account name for using the LabSim software. An account has already been setup for you by your instructor. Please contact your instructor to find out which account name you should be using BEFORE you register your product code for the LabSim title for this course, otherwise any work that you do in LabSim may be wasted and not count towards your grade in this course.
If you are a continuing student from a previous quarter and you have used LabSim before (and you already have a “managed” account), then simply use the same account name and password that you’ve used previously to log into the TestOut! LabSimOnline website – http://labsim.testout.com – and register your new product code and unlock your training content for this course.
If you are a student who is new to LabSim, then a “managed” account has already been setup for you to use. The default account name is your FirstInitial+LastName (all in lower-case) and your default password is “labsim” (without the parentheses). Here is an example.
If your name if Joseph Smith, then your account name is jsmith.
If your name is fairly common, then I may have had to add a single digit number after your standard account name (e.g. jsmith2, or jsmith3, of jsmith4, etc.) to avoid a conflict with another student who is already using the standard account name that would have been assigned to you. If you get up to the number “9” added to the end of your standard account name and you still haven’t figured out what your account name is, or if you cannot login for any other reason, then just use the Canvas “Inbox” to send me a message and I’ll look up your account name, verify that it was created, or create it if you registered “late.”
The LabSim training courses for CCNA (200-120) include almost 90 simulated lab exercises that let you work in a simulated environment where you can practice the skills required to become certified. These simulations allow you to demonstrate your understanding while building real-world skills.
In addition to TestOut’s leading lab simulations, the CCNA (200-120) training courses also average over 70 instructor-led training videos and 60 demonstrations that fully prepare you for your certification exam. LabSim will capture your attention with slides, graphics, and white board images that will explain complex concepts in a personable and easy to understand way.
LabSim Study Guides:
The LabSim CCNA (200-120) CBT training course also provides you with more than 150 study guides and fact sheets that you can read to gain further understanding of the concepts covered in all of the training videos, demonstrations, and lab exercises.
In addition to the labs, videos, and study guides, you also get fully integrated section quizzes and practice certification exams. With 700 exam questions, the CCNA (200-120) practice certification exams will provide you with a realistic experience of what the actual certification exam will be like.
Cisco CCENT ICND1 100-101 Complete Video Course:
CCENT Video Mentor is a unique video product that provides you with more than two hours of personal visual instruction from best-selling author and instructor Wendell Odom. In the 12 videos presented on the CD-ROM, Wendell walks you through common Cisco router and switch configuration topics.
Communicating through Canvas:
Please be aware that the best way to communicate with your instructor is to use the internal Conversations (https://olympic.instructure.com/conversations) system within the Canvas website. Just click on the “Inbox” button to the right of your name in the upper right-hand corner of the Canvas website. From within Canvas always address your email first to the course, and then the teacher(s) for that course, using the “Select All” button to address your email message to all of your teachers, if you have more than one for a particular course. In this way, all instructors will receive the email message and thereby increase your chance of a timely response, in the case where two or more instructors are “team-teaching” a course.
Optionally you can use your Olympic College-provided student email address (e.g. email@example.com and the Outlook Web Access – OWA – website – https://mail.student.olympic.edu/owa/), but the preferred, and most reliable, method of communication will be thru Canvas. If you use external email (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, MSN, Hotmail, etc.), then please be sure to add your [real] name and class number to your email so your instructor will know who it is from. If you prefer not to use the internal Canvas email system, then you should use only your OC email address for online classes, because other external email tends to get filtered-out as it attempts to navigate its way through the Olympic College junk e-mail (S*PAM) filters. If there is something specific to you and your grades please send me an email otherwise, generally speaking, post a message to the Ask Questions Here discussion forum for your course.
E-mail Etiquette (for email originating outside of Canvas – e.g. OWA) – The following guidelines should be adhered to in order to assure a fast, accurate and meaningful response from e-mail sent by the student to the instructor (outside of the [internal] Canvas Conversations system – e.g. via Outlook Web Access [OWA]). Remember, the instructor has many students in many classes. Incorrectly formatted e-mail may hinder/delay a response back from your instructor. Always try to use the [internal] Canvas Conversations system for course related matters. If that doesn’t work, use your OC Webmail by going to the following URL in your favorite browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, IE10, etc.) – https://mail.student.olympic.edu/owa/.
Only use the e-mail address at the bottom of the syllabus for corresponding with your instructor about non-course related matters (or, if the Canvas Conversations system appears to be inaccessible or not working).
The subject line should always include your course number and the student’s name. Cryptic e-mail addresses are too hard to correlate with “real” student names. If you don’t put an appropriate subject line on your e-mail, you may not get a response.
Subject Line: CIS_270, Blackwell, Kevin – This is what I need help with
File naming standards for CIS 270 – The following naming standards must be used when submitting assignments via the “Submit Assignment” button within Canvas.
Lab – Course name, followed by the Module Number, Last Name, First Name, abbreviation for the Assignment type and Assignment number
Titling your homework for CIS 270 – The following information must appear at the top of each and every one of your homework assignments (at least at the top of the first page) in order not to lose points for improperly submitted homework.
Name: (e.g. Joe Smith)
Date: (e.g. January 6, 2014)
Course Number: (e.g. CIS 270)
Assignment Number: (e.g. Module 1 Homework)
Course Evaluation -
Every Module has from 3 to 4 graded assignments. Instructions for each graded assignment are provided within the Module for each week. Each graded assignment concludes with one or more deliverable products. Deliverable products may range from a discussion board post, the results of a “hands on” lab, a Microsoft Word document with a screenshot of your completed LabSim assignment, or a group project, to the results of an online quiz or a short examination. These deliverable products are evaluated using the course evaluation methods.
Module assignments will be turned in weekly. This includes Discussion Board posts, Discussion Board replies, screenshots of completed TestOut LabSim assignments, Cisco Networking Academy Curriculum Labs, and the results of your online Cisco Networking Academy Curriculum assessments. Not all modules have all types of assignments. Incomplete homework assignments will have deductions accordingly, receiving only partial credit.
*NO WORK will be accepted after the end of the quarter . . . NO EXCEPTIONS.
A student assessment is included for every Module. When two or more chapters are covered during one Module, two or more assessments will be used to cover all chapters. The Cisco Networking Academy online curriculum assessment tool will be utilized for this student Self-Assessment. True/False, Multiple Choice, Yes/No, or Matching are used for students to evaluate their own knowledge acquisition for each Unit’s identified course outcomes.
Course Evaluation Grading Scale:
The Attendance Policy requires students to participate in their hybrid course at least three out of seven days during each Module week. Participation is defined as uploading homework assignments, completing online assessments, classroom attendance (taking part in hands-on lab which can only be completed during class), or discussion board posting. A student not attending the first week will be dropped from the course. If an instructor believes a student’s absences have been excessive and unjustified, the instructor may request that the student be withdrawn from the course.
Participation Policy expects students to participate in the virtual classroom at least three out of seven days during each Module week. This standard is a MINIMUM REQUIREMENT. It is suggested that students participate on a daily basis during the course.
Participation is measured by a student’s contribution to the online classroom discussion board. A student’s contribution must add value to the course. A posting is considered to be of substance by the standards laid out in the Grading Rubric located in this syllabus (see above). Postings such as “good job,” “very good job,” “me too” or “I agree” or too many postings that are off of target with the ongoing discussions in the appropriate thread are not considered substantive for purposes of participation.
Important Note: Participation is the same as attendance, and attendance is only measured by participation. The Canvas® system does allow students to read the postings of others without actually posting a reply. It is only when a student replies to the discussion on the discussion boards that attendance will be measured.
The expectations for participation and attendance are very high. They have been outlined in total in the Participation Rubric in this syllabus (see rubric above). It is expected that you will make at least one original contribution and at least two comments to the discussion board at a level of quality outlined in the Participation Rubric. In order to get anything out of the class, you must participate in the classroom discussion and you must “think outside the box” in terms of bringing new information to the class. It is expected that you will be involved and active in the construction of knowledge with the group. Bringing new ideas is as important of an element as assisting others in developing their knowledge.
You need to know that Canvas® accurately records your every movement in your on-line course. Therefore, please spare me the stories of you having attended on particular days but not having posted. Canvas® records will reflect what you have and have not done. To eliminate any confusion attendance is only counted by what you actually post to the discussion board.
The nature of this course is sequential and comprehensive; your regular participation and communication will inevitably reflect in your performance.
If you experience difficulty with the material, contact me immediately; do not fall behind and disappear.
If you are having problems or feel you are lagging behind, please contact your instructor, so that he/she may explore options to find a solution.
If you wish to withdraw from this course, please inform your instructor of your decision and file the appropriate paperwork with the college’s administration.
A sample rubric has been posted in this syllabus (see the participation rubric - below). It outlines exactly what the criteria are for writing, participation and reflections.
Feedback on module assignments for the week:
The instructor (or his/her teaching assistant) will send feedback on all graded assignments within 7 days (or less) after the assignment is submitted. If you submit an assignment late it will be graded together with the following week’s work. Please see sample grading rubric so you understand the grading process.
The instructor reserves the right to deduct 10% of the points from the total points possible for an assignment, for each week an assignment is late.
Similarly, the instructor reserves the right to refuse to accept any late assignments after two weeks in which it is due, if the instructor and the student have not negotiated and mutually agreed upon an alternative submission plan -- in advance (at least 48 hours before the assignment due date/time).
If you submit any late assignments (i.e. after the grading “cycle” has been completed), you will not receive any late credit for that assignment unless you send an email message to your instructor ASKING that the assignment be considered for “late grading.” No credit will be assigned otherwise. Unless you adhere to this premise, the score of “0” will remain in the course grade book for any assignments that miss the assignment due date.
Discussion Board (i.e. the “Assignment Board”) assignments can only be done during the week that they are assigned. No points will be given for late Discussion Board (DB) assignments (including initial posts and replies). If you want to receive credit for your DB assignment, it must be done in an interactive way, while the discussion thread is active, during the week that is has been assigned. Late submissions to the DB will be ignored and receive NO CREDIT, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Because your grade is dependent on participation and discussions, DO NOT submit all your week's work on the final day. You will not receive credit for your participation if you do.
There will be no make-up tests unless previously arranged with the instructor.
Everyone experiences technical difficulties including the Canvas website, the K-20 network, your Internet service provider, and even Bill Gates. You should have an alternate plan in the event of technical difficulties. Please notify me immediately if this is happening to you. You may call me, send an email or use a school computer.
Do you want real hands-on?
If you are interested in having real hands-on experience, you are invited to T-213 to view and use the equipment in that lab. There are machines to network, open up and routers and switches to observe. Please let your instructor know you are coming so one of the instructors or technicians is available to help you.
Everyone deserves to have a good learning environment. I will follow the rules of the college in the classroom. Please see the Student Handbook for the Student Conduct Code. All forms of dishonesty will be subject to immediate disciplinary action (see the section below on Academic Honesty). Sometimes there may be a lecture section being conducted while you are in the T-213 lab performing your lab work. Classroom disruptions such as talking during lecture and cell phone use are not acceptable during your lab hours. Repeated infractions will be referred to the Vice President of Student Services. Please turn off your cell phone before entering the classroom/lab.
At Olympic College, students are expected to demonstrate academic
integrity by completing their own work assignments and assessments.
Effective planning and progress must be accomplished for students to
be successful in their degree program of study. Submission of work
from another person, whether it is from printed sources or someone
other than the student, previously graded papers, papers submitted
without proper source
citation, or submitting the same paper to multiple courses
without the knowledge of all instructors involved can result in a
failing grade or be reported to the Olympic College Vice Principle
of Student Services for appropriate sanctions or disciplinary
actions. All students are expected to adhere to the standards as set
forth in the Student Code of Conduct and Statement on Academic
Additional policies can be found at:
The Canvas file submission tool will be the primary means of submitting “graded” homework for this course.
You are responsible for doing all online assignments, reviewing the online materials for that week, participating in the group activity for the week (case study), and turning in all assignments on time. You will also have a weekly reading assignment, which will support that week's learning objectives, and which you are encouraged to complete ahead of time. Post any questions that you may have to either the common area of your class, where the questions may be answered by any students, or post them directly to me. Please bring your questions that cannot be answered online to class each Tuesday and Thursday.
Lab homework will require “screenshots” that must be submitted in a file format that is compatible with the latest version of Microsoft Word (i.e. .doc, .docx, etc.).
This may be different from what you are accustomed to doing as experienced by the work that you’ve done in previous quarters. Be aware of this change.
In the vast majority of all cases, you will submit your homework in a single Word-compatible document to Canvas for the appropriate Module. A single submission is always preferable. While it is possible to upload multiple files via the file submission tool in Canvas, most of the time a single submission, consisting of a single Word-compatible file, is recommended. When the assignment calls for a Cisco Packet Tracer (.pkt) file, then you can optionally upload two files (e.g. a Microsoft Word-compatible file AND a “compressed/archived” Cisco Packet Tracer file) or you can “embed” the compressed Cisco Packet Tracer file inside of the Microsoft Word file and upload the composite file as a single entry to the file submission tool in Canvas.
Students are encouraged to make use of the Olympic College Writing Center. The Writing Center is located in the new Humanities and Student Services Building, Room 312, open from 9 – 5 Monday & Tuesday, and 9 – 2 Wednesday – Friday. Students are encouraged to make appointments, but may also drop in. The phone # is 475-7318.
If you have a disability and will need special services, please call or visit Access Services as soon as possible. They are in new Humanities and Student Services Building (HSS), Room 204 (360) 475-7540.
Can I Help?
I want you to do well in this class and in college. If you have a problem or situation that is affecting your schoolwork, please let me know. Olympic College has many services to help students be successful. You can contact me by e-mail, voice mail, or talk to me right before or after class.
THE INSTRUCTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE ANY PORTION OF THIS SYLLABUS AT ANY TIME.
Instructor/Co-Instructor Information -
Name: Kevin Blackwell
MSN Messenger: Kevin_Blackwell@msn.com
(There is an “underscore” character between my first and last name)
Phone: (W) 360-475-7379
Instructor Office Hours:
Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. (T-215)
Online (via Blackboard Collaborate), By Arrangement Only
Name: Todd Webster
Phone: (W) 360-475-6555
Instructor Office Hours:
By Appointment Only
Olympic College 1600 Chester Ave Bremerton WA 98337-1699