CCNA Routing and Switching: Networks (Semester 1)

The first semester in our CISCO course offering, focusing on routing and switching.


Why take this course?

This course provides you with the opportunity to develop key hands-on skills relating to the CISCO CCNA Routing and Switching syllabus. Certification is awarded by the Cisco Networking Academy upon successful completion.

By the end of this course, you will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes


What you will experience

As the course title states, the focus of this course is on learning the fundamentals of networking. You will learn the practical and conceptual skills that build the foundation for understanding basic networking. You will do the following:

  • Examine human versus network communication and see the parallels between them

  • Be introduced to the two major models used to plan and implement networks: OSI and TCP/IP

  • Gain an understanding of the "layered" approach to networks

  • Examine the OSI and TCP/IP layers in detail to understand their functions and services

  • Become familiar with the various network devices and network addressing schemes

  • Discover the types of media used to carry data across the network.


It is recommended that you purchase the CISCO Companion Guide for Introduction to Networks.

Available from Cisco Press

The College Library+ also has copies of the books that students can borrow.

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At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College.


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Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

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