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Cisco CCNA1 Introduction to Networks (Distance Learning)

Part Time

Course Overview

The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 1 certificate covers the foundations of computer networks and their role in everyday life. The course also covers the concepts behind the operation of IP networks, including IP Addressing structures and the protocols that are commonly used. This course culminates in understanding how to configure Cisco equipment to make a simple IP network. This course follows the structure set out by Cisco Systems and is expected to be completed between 12 and 14 weeks via distance learning.

Course Content

The course consists of 11 chapters:

Chapter 1 - Explore the Network

This chapter examines some of the history behind computer networks, their current and common usage, including sizes, network media, connection types, and the common network types. This chapter also covers how IP networks are being developed through technologies such as the Internet of Things.

Chapter 2 - Configure a Network Operating system

This chapter introduces you to Cisco IOS, not to be confused with Apple iOS. This covers the basics of how an operating system functions and what it is used for. This also covers how Cisco IOS is configured, the various configuration modes, and the keyboard shortcuts that may be useful when navigating the operating system. As this is a command line system, being comfortable working with a text only interface is beneficial

Chapter 3 - Network Protocols and Communication

This chapter looks at the various protocols that are implemented on an IP network, including the ways in which communication occurs. This chapter examines how data is transferred across an IP network and the rules and models that surround this. The standards agencies that are involved with IP networks are also explored.

Chapter 4 - Network Access

Having covered some of the media, how the devices work, and how the different devices can all have standard ways in which that they communicate, this chapter examines the methods that networks can be accessed and how the data is structured for transmission.

Chapter 5 - Ethernet

This chapter examines the characteristics and operation of Ethernet as it has evolved from a shared media, contention-based data communications technology to today's high bandwidth, full-duplex technology. This covers some of the media access methods that are present within an Ethernet.

Chapter 6 - Network Layer

This chapter explores the network layer protocols and how these support communication across data networks, as well as the concepts behind routing and packet switching.

Chapter 7 - IP Addressing

Forming the core of identifying hosts on an IP network, this chapter looks at the current implementations of IP addresses, using IPv4, and future implementations of IP addresses, using IPv6. This chapter also examines some of the special addresses that can be found in both schemes.

Chapter 8 - Subnetting IP Networks

At times, the need for large networks presents an inefficient use of the space afforded by the addressing scheme. Subnetting this, allows far greater control of the available space and, by proxy, presents a simple method of security.

Chapter 9 - Transport Layer

This chapter covers the protocols responsible for creating and maintaining a temporary connection between two hosts on a network. This explores how the protocols keep track of the different requests and how connections can be established.

Chapter 10 - Application Layer

This chapter deals with some of the more commonly known application protocols that are found within an IP network, exploring how they interact with applications to provide network services, such as email, web sites and file sharing.

Chapter 11 - Build a Small Network

With all the theory of the networks complete, now begins the application. Skills are developed around provisioning a computer network and implementing some simple network security. Students can interact with either physical equipment or use software emulation to practice with this.

Entry Requirement

No entry requirements required, however having an understanding of computer networks would be advantageous


Each chapter is assessed via an online multiple choice exam. These chapters are rounded off with two final exams. One is a multiple choice exam, covering the theory of all the previous chapters, the other is a skills assessment, where a network has to be made to meet specific criteria. These must be completed under supervision, so a time will need to be arranged for these to be taken if they are not part of a planned lesson. Completion of these will then form part of the CCNA 1 Certification.<o:p></o:p>

How to Enrol

To find out more information or to enrol please email michael.oliver@bcot.ac.uk.

Course Outline

Course Code: CDFC000
Study Mode: Part Time
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 14 Weeks
Start Date: TBC.
Day & Time: Distance Learning
Tuition Fees: TBC (previously £350.00)
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