CCNA 4 Introduction
The Cisco CCNA certification is the most well known computer networking certification in the industry. I recommend a Cisco course of study and the Cisco Academy Curriculum in particular to anyone who wants to learn about computer networking. It is the best foundation to teach how networks communicate, the protocols that are involved, network addressing, subnetting, routing, switching, VLANs and more!
As a Cisco Networking Academy instructor I have taught the Cisco CCNA curriculum for over 12 years. The Cisco Academy offers 4 classes that together map to the Cisco CCNA certification exam. The current exam is the 200-120 CCNA, which has a stronger emphasis on IPv6. All students that are enrolled through the college will qualify to be enrolled in the Cisco Academy, and all Cisco Academy students will have access to online curriculum materials as well as the latest version of Packet Tracer (6.1), a great tool for creating simulated networked environments, complete with functioning routers, switches, and hosts.
In fall 2013, the Cisco Academy released an updated version of their CCNA curriculum. This updated curriculum coincides with the new 200-120 CCNA exam and includes many new area of study including a much stronger empahasis on IPv6.
All of the course materials are available through the Cisco Academy website through their learning management system. This includes the complete text, the Packet Tracer software program, interactive activities, multiple choice exams, and plenty of labs with complete instructions. If you prefer a paper copy of the text you can purchase one online from Cisco Press or Amazon. Make sure you order a current version of the text. I have provided a link to the text at Cisco Press and the ISBN number:
Connecting Networks Companion Guide – Print: 9781587133329 / eBook: 9780133476521
- How can I enroll in a class?
I teach the Cisco CCNA through Central Oregon Community College. To sign up for the class and attend remotely online, look for new student registration at http://www.cocc.edu
- Where can I do my labs?.
Some labs will be done in class, some labs will be done at home using Packet Tracer, and some labs can be done by remotely by connecting to the CIS Department Netlab+ server.
- What if I am an online student, and I can’t come to the lab?
If you are an online student, I recommend that you login to Blackboard and attend the class online through the Blackboard video conferencing tool. The is always available through video conference and it will also be recorded and available for watching later.
- How will I turn in assignments?
Exams will be taken online through the Cisco Academy website and learning management system. Labs will be turned into me directly.
- What are the assignments and how will I be graded?
I grade on a point system. Every week you will have the opportunity to
earn points from chapter exams and chapter labs. At the end of the class there is a cumulative multiple choice final exam and a cumulative lab final.