CISCO recently unveiled their latest CCNA curriculum keeping pace with developments in networking technology and the ICT manpower requirements of Industry. The growth and changes in communication technologies are taking place exponentially, and keeping in line with the vision and goals of AIUB to provide knowledge of cutting edge technology to future ICT manpower in Bangladesh, the CISCO Academy at AIUB is pleased to launch the new curricula of CCNA which are titled: CCNA DISCOVERY and CCNA EXPLORATION.
The Cisco Networking Academy at AIUB has been successfully operating since 2004, where over 1,000 CCNA students have been enrolled since inception. This figure overshadows the total achievements of all other academies in Bangladesh combined.
CISCO being the benchmark industry leader in networking technology, is pleased to announce general availability of the next generation of it’s popular CCNA curricula. CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration were designed to address a changing marketplace and respond to input from administrators, instructors, and students. These products are the result of Networking Academy's increased focus on providing the skills students need to pursue IT networking careers in a competitive global marketplace. AIUB is proud to be the only Cisco Academy in Bangladesh with four (4) CCAI certified instructors, and the first academy to launch the new CCNA Curricula.
The many benefits of CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue their dream careers with a ‘Mind Wide Open' to the possibilities.
CCNA Discovery 4.0
This curriculum presents basic networking education to equip students with knowledge and skills that can be applied toward entry-level careers in IT networking and CCNA certification. CCNA Discovery is a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning. CCNA Discovery has the following features:
- Designed for students with basic PC skills
- Can be delivered as an independent curriculum or integrated into broader courses of study at upper secondary institutions, career and technical schools, and colleges
- 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 practical network 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 IT or related fields, and help students prepare for entry-level IT careers
CCNA Discovery is primarily designed for students within the Cisco Networking Academy® Program who are looking for career-oriented, IT-skills instruction or a quick path to job entry and career exploration.
The CCNA Discovery curriculum 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, and Designing and Supporting Computer Networks. Networking for Home and Small Businesses is the first course and has no prerequisites. It is a prerequisite for the other three courses.
The courses should be taken sequentially.
The CCNA Discovery curriculum prepares students for two different Cisco certification exams, CCENT® or CCNA®. After completing the Networking for Home and Small Businesses and Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP courses, a student can choose to complete the CCENT® certification (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician) certification exam. CCENT certifies that students have developed the practical skills required for entry-level networking support positions. In addition, this certification is designed to assess a student’s aptitude and competence for working with Cisco routers, switches and Cisco IOS™.
CCENT is an optional first step toward earning the Cisco CCNA® network associate certification, which is the foundational certification for networking careers. Students who complete all four CCNA Discovery courses will be prepared for the industry-standard CCNA certification exam.
This curriculum helps students develop the skills needed to obtain entry-level networking jobs. It provides a hands-on approach to networking education that allows students to gain practical experience early in the curriculum. Students complete engaging instructional labs that help them understand the general theory needed to build networks. The curriculum encourages students to consider additional education in IT by teaching applied skills midway through the four-course series. CCNA Discovery was designed to be delivered as an independent curriculum or integrated into broader courses of study at upper-secondary institutions, career and technical schools, or colleges. It is for students with basic PC usage skills.
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 Linksys 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 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 and context of networking in our everyday lives
Discovery 1: Networking for Home and Small Businesses
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 provide 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.
Introduction to Computers and Applications, Personal Computer Software, Connecting to the Network, Connecting to the Internet Using an Internet Service Provider, Network Addressing, Network Services, Wireless Technology, Basic Security, Troubleshooting Your Network
Discovery 2: Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP
This course prepares students for jobs as network technicians. It also helps students 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 also learn about soft skills required for help desk and customer service positions. Network monitoring and basic troubleshooting skills are taught in context.
Prerequisites: Networking for Home and Small Businesses
The Internet and Its Uses, ISP Support, Planning a Network Update, Planning the Address Structure, Configuring the ISR, Routing, ISP Services, ISP Responsibility
Discovery 3: Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise
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 include configuration, installation, and troubleshooting.
Prerequisites: Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP
Networking in the Enterprise, Enterprise Network Infrastructure, Addressing in an Enterprise Network, Routing in an Enterprise Network, Implementing WAN Links, Switching in an Enterprise Network, Filtering Traffic Using Access Control Lists, Troubleshooting an Enterprise Network
Discovery 4: Designing and Supporting Computer Networks
Learners progress through a variety of case studies and role-playing exercises, which include gathering requirements, designing basic networks, establishing proof-of-concept, and performing project management tasks. Lifecycle services; including upgrades, competitive analysis, and system integration, are presented in the context of pre-sale support.
Prerequisites: Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise
Concepts of Network Design, Gathering Information from Clients, Impact of Various Applications on Network Design, IP Address Design Considerations, Creating a Network Design, Building and Testing a Prototype Network, Selecting Equipment and Planning for Installation
CCNA Exploration Version 4.0
This curriculum presents a comprehensive overview of networking; from fundamentals to advanced applications and services. It is based on a top-down approach to networking. The course emphasizes concepts and skills required to design networks, while providing opportunities for practical application and hands-on experience by teaching students how to install, operate, and maintain networks.
The target audience for CCNA Exploration includes students with sufficient problem solving and analytical skills.
CCNA Exploration is composed of four courses: Network Fundamentals, Routing Protocols and Concepts, LAN Switching and Wireless, and Accessing the WAN. Network Fundamentals is the first course and it has no prerequisites. It is a prerequisite for the other three courses. All course materials are in English.
After completing CCNA Exploration, students will be prepared to take the CCNA Certification Exam.
This curriculum provides students with the skills needed to succeed in networking-related degree programs and helps them prepare for CCNA certification. It also helps students develop the skills necessary to fulfill the job responsibilities of network technicians, network administrators, and network engineers. It provides a theoretically-rich, hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet.
CCNA Course Outline
Exploration 1: Network Fundamentals
This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. It uses the OSI and TCP layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. Labs use a “model Internet” to allow students to analyze real data without affecting production networks. Packet Tracer (PT) activities help students analyze protocol and network operation and build small networks in a simulated environment. At the end of the course, students build simple LAN topologies by applying basic principles of cabling; performing basic configurations of network devices, including routers and switches; and implementing IP addressing schemes.
What are networks? - Quality of service (QoS) - Security - Communications with Data Networks and the Internet - Network models – Protocols - OSI Application Layer - OSI Transport Layer - OSI Network Layer and Routing - Addressing the Network – IPv4 - Overview of IPv6 - Subnetting - Testing the network layer - OSI Data Link Layer - Media Access Control - OSI Physical Layer – LAN Technology – Ethernet - Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) - Shared versus dedicated Ethernet - Planning and Cabling Your Network –
Network diagrams - Configuring and Testing Your Network - Configuring Cisco devices – Cisco IOS basics - Applying a basic configuration using Cisco IOS - Host configuration - Verifying connectivity - Monitoring and documenting networks
Exploration 2: Routing Protocols and Concepts
This course describes the architecture, components, and operation of routers, and explains the principles of routing and routing protocols. Students analyze, configure, verify, and troubleshoot the primary routing protocols RIPv1, RIPv2, EIGRP, and OSPF. By the end of this course, students will be able to recognize and correct common routing issues and problems. Each chapter walks the student through a basic procedural lab, and then presents basic configuration, implementation, and troubleshooting labs. Packet Tracer (PT) activities reinforce new concepts, and allow students to model and analyze routing processes that may be difficult to visualize or understand.
Prerequisites: Network Fundamentals
Introduction to Routing and Packet Forwarding - Inside the router - CLI configuration and addressing review - Routing tables - Path determination and switching functions - Router configuration labs - Static Routes - Summary and default static routes - Managing and troubleshooting static routes - Static route configuration labs - Dynamic Routing - Classifying dynamic routing protocols - Metrics - Administrative distances - Routing protocol and subnetting labs - Distance Vector Routing Protocol - Network discovery - Routing table maintenance - Routing loops - Basic RIPv1 configuration - Verification and troubleshooting - Automatic summarization - Default route and RIPv1 - Troubleshooting - RIPv1 configuration labs - Classless Routing Protocols, VLSM and CIDR - Variable-length subnet masking (VLSM) - Classless interdomain routing (CIDR) - VLSM and classless routing labs - Configuring RIPv2 - VLSM and CIDR with RIPv2 - Verifying and troubleshooting RIPv2 - RIPv2 configuration labs - Routing table structure - Classless routing behavior - Equal cost load balancing - Routing table lab - EIGRP - Basic EIGRP configuration - EIGRP metric calculation - Features of EIGRP - Establishing adjacencies - Diffusing Update Algorithm (DUAL) – More EIGRP configurations - Verifying and troubleshooting EIGRP - EIGRP configuration labs - Link-State Routing Protocols - Concept of link-state routing protocols - Link-state process - OSPF - Basic OSPF configuration - OSPF router ID - OSPF metric calculation - Establishing adjacencies - OSPF and multi- access networks - More OSPF configuration - Verifying and troubleshooting OSPF - OSPF lab configuration.
Exploration 3: LAN Switching and Wireless
This course helps students develop an in-depth understanding of how switches operate and are implemented in the LAN environment for small and large networks. Beginning with a foundational overview of Ethernet, this course provides detailed explanations of LAN switch operation, VLAN implementation, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), Inter-VLAN routing, and wireless network operations. Students analyze, configure, verify, and troubleshoot VLANs, RSTP, VTP, and wireless networks. Campus network design and Layer 3 switching concepts are introduced.
Ethernet Revisited - Switching Concepts – Cisco IOS Software and Cisco Discovery Protocol - Inside the Switch - Campus Network Design - Basic Switch Configuration - VLANs and IP Telephony Basics - Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol - Trunking and VLAN Trunking Protocol - Inter-VLAN Routing - Wireless Networks and Mobility - Campus LANs.
Exploration 4: Accessing the WAN
This course explains the principles of traffic control and access control lists (ACLs) and provides an overview of the services and protocols at the data link layer for wide-area access. Students learn about user access technologies and devices and discover how to implement and configure Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE), DSL, and Frame Relay. WAN security concepts, tunneling, and VPN basics are introduced. The course concludes with a discussion of the special network services required by converged applications and an introduction to quality of service (QoS).
Managing Traffic: Access Control Lists - Addressing Hosts: Network Address Translation, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, and IPv6 Basics – Security - Introduction to WAN Technologies - WAN Devices and Connections: CSU, Cable Modem, and DSL Modem - Connecting to the WAN: Leased Lines, Cable, and DSL - Point-to-Point Protocol and Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet - Frame Relay - QoS Considerations - Tunneling Concepts and VPN Basics - Converged Networks.