CCNA Routing and Switching: Routing and Switching Essentials (Semester 2)

The second semester in CISCO training.


Why take this course?

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Participants learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPng for IPV6 Networks, single area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. 

What you will experience

Participants who complete the Routing and Switching Essentials course will be able to perform the following functions: 

  • Understand and describe basic switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches 
  • Understand and describe the purpose, nature, and operations of a router, routing tables, and the route lookup process 
  • Understand and describe how VLANs create logically separate networks and how routing occurs between them 
  • Understand and describe dynamic routing protocols, distance vector routing protocols, and link-state routing protocols 
  • Configure and troubleshoot static routing and default routing (RIP and RIPng) 
  • Configure and troubleshoot an Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) network 
  • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot access control lists (ACLs) for IPv4 and IPv6 networks 
  • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for IPv4 and IPv6 networks 
  • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot Network Address Translation (NAT) operations 
Student at a computer

Key facts

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements are successful completion of CCNA Routing and Switching: Introduction to Networks (formerly named CCNA Routing and Switching Semester 1).

What you will need

You will need a pen and paper for notes, the rest of the equipment is provided in the labs.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Students would benefit from buying the Routing and Switching Essentials companion guide, available here.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

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


Upon successful completion of the course the students can undertake the ICND 1 Exam from Cisco, the college recommends that any students wishing to take the ICND 1 course buy the CISCO exam book to prepare them for completion of the exam.

The ICND 1 exam could lead to a basic networking job upon completion.


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.

This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.