Course code InfT2037

Credit points 2

CISCO Networking Academy II

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for laboratory classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation25.10.2022

Responsible UnitDepartment of Computer Systems

Course developers

author Vadības sistēmu katedra

Ivars Mozga

Dr. sc. ing.

author lect.

Aldis Bērziņš

Mg. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

DatZ1004, Introduction in Computer Studies

DatZ2016, Operating Systems I

DatZ2017, Operating Systems II

DatZ2055, Computer Hardware I

DatZ2056, Computer Hardware II

DatZ2024, Computer Networks I

InfT2036, CISCO Networking Academy I

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to introduce students to switching technologies and router operations that support small and medium business networking and include wireless local area network (WLAN) and security concepts. Students learn the specifics and differences between the concepts of switching and routing. At the end of the course, students are able to perform basic network configuration and troubleshooting, identify and mitigate LAN security threats, and configure and secure basic WLAN networks.
The Computer Networks (CISCO) II course is a follow-up to the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching: Routing and Switching Fundamentals course. It is the second of three courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• students know the implementation of DHCP in routers, network address translation (NAT), use of access control lists (ACL), data transfer in routers based on routing table entries - theoretical test and practical work on the relevant topic
• students know how to implement static routing, configure Ethernet switch ports, implement VLAN networks - practical work
• students are able to independently use monitoring tools and network management protocols to troubleshoot data network problems. Configure monitoring tools available for small and medium business networks. Configure initial settings on network devices – theoretical test of the relevant topic, practical work, final test.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Basic device configuration. Device configuration using security best practices. Initial settings on Cisco switches. Switch port configuration. Secure management access. Configuring basic router settings using the CLI. Checking network connections – 2 h
2. Switching concepts. Use of switches in computer networks. Introduction to how layer 2 switches perform data transfer in small and medium-sized computer networks - 1 h
3. VLANs. Introduction Domains are used as VLAN segments in small and medium-sized computer networks. Implementing VLANs in computer networks. Configuring routing between multiple VLANs. Configuring dynamic channel protocols (DTP) – 2 h
4. Inter-VLAN Routing. Troubleshooting inter-VLAN routing issues on Layer 3 devices. Inter-VLAN routing configuration options. Inter-VLAN routing configuration using Layer 3 switches. VLAN configuration issues – 2 h
5. STP. Using STP to provide redundancy in a Layer 2 network. Common problems in a redundant, L2 switched network. Operation of STP in a simple switched network. Rapid PVST+ operation – 2 h
6. EtherChannel. Troubleshooting EtherChannel on switched connections. EtherChannel technology. Configuring EtherChannel. EtherChannel troubleshooting – 2 h
7. DHCPv4. Implementation of DHCPv4. Configuring the DHCPv4 server on the router. Configuring the DHCPv4 client on the router – 2 h
8. SLAAC and DHCPv6 Concepts. Configuring dynamic address assignment on IPv6 networks. Obtaining IPv6 configuration on hosts. Operation of SLAAC. DHCPv6 behavior. DHCPv6 server configuration – 2 h
9. FHRP Concepts. Provision of FHRP in default gateway services in a redundant network.
Purpose and operation of first step backup protocols. HSRP activity – 1 h
10. LAN Security Concept. LAN network security vulnerability threats.
The need for endpoint security to mitigate attacks. Use of AAA and 802.1x in authentication of LAN endpoints. Layer 2 vulnerabilities. MAC Address Table Attacks in LAN Security. LAN attacks in LAN security – 2 h
11. Switch Security Configuration. Implementing switch security to mitigate LAN attacks. Implementation of port security to mitigate MAC address table attacks. DTP and native VLAN configuration to mitigate VLAN attacks. DHCP snooping configuration to mitigate DHCP attacks. Configuring ARP inspection to mitigate ARP attacks. Configuring Portfast and BPDU Guard to mitigate STP attacks – 2 h
12. WLAN Concepts. Using WLAN in network connections. WLAN technology and standards. WLAN infrastructure components. Provision of wireless technology in WLAN operation. WLAN network channel management. Threats to WLANs. WLAN security mechanisms – 2 h
13. WLAN Configuration. Implementation of WLAN. WLAN configuration. Configuring WPA2 PSK authentication. Use and configuration of VLAN interfaces, DHCP server and WPA2 Enterprise authentication. The most common wireless configuration problems - 2 h
14. Routing Concepts. Using packet information in a router to make forwarding decisions. Determining the best routing path. Packet forwarding. Cisco IOS router basic settings configuration. Routing table structure. Concept of static and dynamic routing – 2 h
15. IP Static Routing. IPv4 and IPv6 static routing configuration. Default static routing configuration for IPv4 and IPv6. Backup connection configuration with floating static route – 2 h
16. Troubleshoot Static and Default Routes. Static and default routes configuration issues – 1 h
17. Practical exam – 2 h
18. Final test – 1 h

Requirements for awarding credit points

To award credit points for Computer Networks (CISCO) Part II:
• it is necessary to complete all the theoretical tests provided at the end of each module;
• it is necessary to perform practical tasks, if such have been created in the relevant module;
• it is necessary to pass the final test.
The grade is formed as an accumulative grade, taking into account the theoretical tests, practical tasks and the final test.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The organization of independent work during the semester is independently studying literature, using academic staff member consultations.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The mark of the course depends on the cumulative evaluation of the semester: 1. Assessment of theoretical tests (50%), 2. Final test (50%). The maximum number of % is 100%, which corresponds to mark 10 for the course.

Compulsory reading

Reģistrētajiem studentiem pieejamais oficiālais mācību materiāls Cisco Tīklu Akadēmijas vietnē:
Odom W. CCNA routing and switching ICND2 200-105: official cert guide: learn, prepare, and practice for exam success. Indianapolis, IN: Cisco Press, 2016. 876 p. ISBN 9781587205989.
Odom W. CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-105: official cert guide: learn, prepare, and practice for exam success.Indianapolis, IN: Cisco Press, 2016. 965 p. ISBN 9781587205804.
Santos O., Stuppi J. CCNA Security 210-260: official cert guide: learn, prepare, and practice for exam success. Indianapolis, IN: Cisco Press, 2015. 570 p. ISBN 9781587205668.

Further reading

Dye M. A., McDonald R., Rufi A. W. Network fundamentals: CCNA exploration companion guide. Indianapolis, IN: Cisco Press, 2008. 528 p. ISBN 9781587132087.
Graziani R., Johnson A. Routing protocols and concepts: CCNA exploration companion guide. Indianapolis, Indiana: Cisco Press, 2008. 606 p. ISBN 9781587132063.
Lewis W.. LAN switching and wireless: CCNA exploration companion guide. Indianapolis, IN: Cisco Press, 2008. 497 p. ISBN 9781587132070.
Vachon B., Graziani R. Accessing the WAN: CCNA exploration companion guide. Indianapolis, Indiana: Cisco Press, 2008. 668 p. ISBN 9781587132056

Periodicals and other sources


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