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CISCO Networking at Langley Park School for Boys

Course description

In consultation with staff, this course may only be taken alongside three other courses as an additional fourth subject.

The Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum teaches comprehensive networking concepts and skills, from network applications to the protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network. Students progress from basic networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models later in the curriculum.

The CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum is designed for students who are seeking entry-level jobs in the ICT industry or who hope to fulfil prerequisites to pursue more specialised ICT skills. CCNA Routing and Switching provides extensive coverage of networking topics, from fundamentals to advanced application and services, with plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on practical experience and develop career skills. In each course, students learn technology concepts with the support of interactive media and apply and practice this knowledge through the series of hands-on and simulated activities that reinforce learning.

Course content

Year 1 - Leading to CCNET qualification

Unit 1: Introduction to Networks
This unit 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 curriculum. By the end of the course, students will be able to buy simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

Unit 2: Routing and Switching Essentials
This unit describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-are and multi-are OSPF, virtual LANs , and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

Year 2 - Leading to the CCNA qualification

Unit 3: Scaling Networks
This unit describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a large and complex network. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of the course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches, and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, STP, and VTP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement DHCP and DNS operations in a network.

Unit 4: Connecting Networks
This unit discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.

Assessment

All Units: Nine End of chapter on-screen examinations, 1 hour. Average 70% pass mark.
End of unit practical exercise, 1 hour. 70% pass mark.
End of unit on-screen exercise, 1 hour. 70% pass mark.

Future opportunities

The course leads to two possible professional qualifications:-CCNET and CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate). While these qualifications do not qualify for UCAS points, they are highly respected by employers in the IT business world. These qualifications are taught at some universities as part of both under- and post-graduate level courses, and can be used as entry qualifications leading to a shortened degree course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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