Program Schedule

CCNA EXPLORATION 4.0: Network Fundamentals

Course Outline: This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components and models of the Internet and other computer networks. It uses the OSI and TCP layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link and physical layers. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. At the end of the course, students build simple LAN topologies by applying basic principles of cabling; performing basic configurations of network devices, including routers and switches; and implementing IP addressing schemes.

Prerequisites: None

Course Chapters:
Living in a Network-Centric World

1.0 Chapter Introduction
1.1 Communicating in a Network-Centric World
1.2 Communication: An Essential Part of Our Lives
1.3 The Network as a Platform
1.4 The Architecture of the Internet
1.5 Trends in Networking
1.6 Chapter Labs
1.7 Summary

Communications over the Networks
2.0 Chapter Introduction
2.1 The Platform for Communications
2.2 LANs, WANs, and Internetworks
2.3 Protocols
2.4 Using Layered Models
2.5 Network Addressing
2.6 Chapter Labs
2.7 Chapter Summary

OSI Application Layer Functionality
3.0 Chapter Introduction
3.1 The Interface Between the Networks
3.2 Making Provisions for Applications and Services
3.3 Application Layer Protocols and Services Examples
3.4 Chapter Labs and Activities
3.5 Chapter Summary

OSI Transport Layer
4.0 Chapter Introduction
4.1 Roles of the Transport Layer
4.2 The TCP Protocol: Communicating with Reliability
4.3 Managing TCP Sessions
4.4 The UDP Protocol: Communicating with Low Overhead
4.5 Lab Activities
4.6 Chapter Summary

OSI Network Layer
5.0 Chapter Introduction
5.1 IPv4
5.2 Dividing Devices into Groups
5.3 How Our Data Packets are Handled
5.4 Routing Processes: How Routes are Learned
5.5 Labs
5.6 Summary

IP Addressing
6.0 Chapter Introduction
6.1 IPv4 Addresses
6.2 Addresses for Different Purposes
6.3 Assigning Addresses
6.4 Is It On My Network?
6.5 Calculating Addresses
6.6 Testing the Network Layer
6.7 Labs and Activities
6.8 Chapter Summaries

Data Link Layer
7.0 Chapter Introduction
7.1 Data Link Layer – Accessing the media
7.2 Media Access Control Techniques
7.3 Media Access Control Addressing and Framing Data
7.4 Putting it All Together
7.5 Labs and Activities
7.6 Chapter Summary

OSI Physical Layer
8.0 Chapter Introduction
8.1 The Physical Layer - Communication Signals
8.2 Physical Signaling and Encoding: Representing
8.3 Physical Media Connecting Communication
8.4 Media Connectors
8.5 Chapter Summary

9.0 Chapter Introduction
9.1 Overview of Ethernet
9.2 Ethernet - Communication through the LAN
9.3 The Ethernet Frame
9.4 Ethernet Media Access Control
9.5 Ethernet Physical Layer
9.6 Hubs and Switches
9.7 Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
9.8 Chapter Labs
9.9 Chapter Summary

Planning and Cabling Networks
10.0 Chapter Introduction
10.1 LANs – Making the Physical Connection
10.2 Device Interconnections
10.3 Developing an Addressing Scheme
10.4 Calculating the Subnets
10.5 Device Interconnections
10.6 Chapter Labs
10.7 Chapter Summary

Configuring and Testing Your Network
11.0 Chapter Introduction
11.1 Configuring Cisco Devices:  IOS basics
11.2 Applying a Basic Configuration Using Cisco IOS
11.3 Verifying Connectivity
11.4 Monitoring and Documenting of Networks
11.5 Lab Activity
11.6 Summary