CCNA Discovery is a 280 theory and practice curriculum taught in 4 semesters. Each semester lasts 3 months time of period. The courses are implemented twice per week for 3 hours per day.
*Days / Hours: Monday & Wednesday, 6:00pn-9:00pm
* Subject to change
CCNA Discovery is primarily designed for Cisco® Networking Academy® students who are looking for career-oriented, information and communication technology (ICT) skills instruction or a quick path to job entry and career exploration.
CCNA Discovery is composed of four courses:
- Networking for Home and Small Businesses
- Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP
- Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise
- Designing and Supporting Computer Networks
The curriculum has no prerequisites and the courses are taken sequentially.
The CCNA Discovery curriculum prepares students for two different Cisco certification exams.
After completing the first two courses of CCNA Discovery; Networking for Home and Small Businesses and Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP, a student has the option to take the CCENT™ certification exam for entry network technicians. CCENT certifies the practical skills required for entry-level ICT positions. In addition, this certification demonstrates a student’s aptitude and competence to work in an environment that features Cisco networking devices and software.
CCENT certification is an optional first step toward earning the industry-standard Cisco CCNA® certification for networking careers. After completing all four CCNA Discovery courses, students will be prepared to take the CCNA certification exam. Curriculum Goals and Objectives
The goals of CCNA Discovery are as follows:
- Help students recognize the significant impact of networking on their lives
- Teach students how to build and support a home or small business network with wireless equipment
- Instill a sense of awe in students and encourage them to learn more about how things work and to pursue careers in networking
- Prepare students for entry-level jobs in the industry by employing interactive and engaging instructional approaches that help them understand general theory and gain practical experience
- Teach students the fundamental concepts of networking
- Provide opportunities for extensive hands-on interaction with PC and networking equipment to prepare students for careers and certification exams
- Establish the relevancy of networking in our everyday lives
|Networking for Home and Small Businesses |
|Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP |
|Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise |
|Designing and Supporting Computer Networks |
| 1 ||Personal Computer Hardware ||The Internet and Its Uses ||Networking in the Enterprise ||Introducing Network Design Concepts |
| 2 ||Operating Systems ||Help Desk ||Exploring the Enterprise Network Infrastructure ||Gathering Network Requirements |
| 3 ||Connecting to the Network ||Planning a Network Upgrade ||Switching in an Enterprise Network ||Characterizing the Existing Network |
| 4 || Connecting to the Internet Through an ISP ||Planning the Addressing Structure ||Addressing in an Enterprise Network || Identifying Application Impacts on Network Design |
| 5 ||Network Addressing ||Configuring Network Devices ||Routing with a Distance Vector Protocol ||Creating the Network Design |
| 6 ||Network Services ||Routing ||Routing with a Link-State Protocol ||Using IP Addressing in the Network Design |
| 7 ||Wireless Technologies ||ISP Services ||Implementing Enterprise WAN Links ||Prototyping the Campus Network |
| 8 ||Basic Security ||ISP Responsibility ||Filtering Traffic Using Access Control Lists ||Prototyping the WAN |
| 9 ||Troubleshooting Your Network ||Troubleshooting ||Troubleshooting an Enterprise Network ||Preparing the Proposal |
| 10 ||Course Summary: Putting It All Together ||Course Summary: Putting It All Together ||Course Summary: Putting It All Together ||Course Summary: Putting It All Together |
This curriculum presents basic networking education to equip students with knowledge and skills that can be applied toward entry-level ICT careers and also CCENT and CCNA certifications. CCNA Discovery is a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning.
CCNA Discovery has the following features:
- Designed for students with basic PC usage skills
- Can be delivered as an independent curriculum or integrated into broader courses of study at secondary schools, technical schools, colleges, and universities
- Offers a hands-on, career-oriented approach to learning networking that emphasizes practical experience
- Maps more directly to everyday experiences with networks and covers key networking concepts according to the types of environments students may encounter; ranging from small office or home office (SOHO) networking to more complex enterprise environments and theoretical networking models later in the curriculum
- Includes activities that emphasize networking implementation
- Teaches applied skills midway through the four-course series to help make the course content relevant, encourage students to consider additional education in ICT or related fields, and help students prepare for entry-level ICT careers
Networking for Home and Small Businesses v4.0
This course teaches students the skills needed to obtain entry-level home network installer jobs. It also helps students develop some of the skills needed to become network technicians, computer technicians, cable installers, and help desk technicians. It provides a hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet using tools and hardware commonly found in home and small business environments. Instructors are encouraged to facilitate field trips and outside-the-classroom learning experiences. Labs include PC installation, Internet connectivity, wireless connectivity, file and print sharing, and the installation of game consoles, scanners, and cameras.
Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP v4.1
This course prepares students for jobs as network technicians and helps them develop additional skills required for computer technicians and help desk technicians. It provides a basic overview of routing and remote access, addressing, and security. It also familiarizes students with servers that provide e-mail services, Web space, and authenticated access. Students learn about the soft skills required for help desk and customer service positions, and the final chapter helps them prepare for the CCENT certification exam. Network monitoring and basic troubleshooting skills are taught in context.
Prerequisites: Networking for Home and Small Businesses
Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise v4.0
This course familiarizes students with the equipment applications and protocols installed in enterprise networks, with a focus on switched networks, IP Telephony requirements, and security. It also introduces advanced routing protocols such as Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Protocol. Hands-on exercises, including configuration, installation, and troubleshooting, reinforce student learning.
Prerequisites: Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP
Designing and Supporting Computer Networks v4.0
This course introduces students to network design processes using two examples; a large stadium enterprise network and a medium-sized film company network. Students follow a standard design process to expand and upgrade each network, which includes requirements gathering, proof-of-concept, and project management. Lifecycle services, including upgrades, competitive analyses, and system integration, are presented in the context of pre-sale support. In addition to the Packet Tracer and lab exercises found in the previous courses, there are many pen-and-paper and role-playing exercises that students complete while developing their network upgrade proposals.
Prerequisites: Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise