Course Description



    Prerequisite: None

    Length: Year course

    Grade Level: 11

    Credit: 3 credits (3 periods)

    The Cisco curriculum provides an integrated and comprehensive coverage of networking topics, from fundamentals to advanced applications, while providing opportunities for hands-on experience and soft-skills development through simulation-based learning activities, and online assessments. The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and the practical application of skills in a real world environment. All courses include embedded, highly interactive edoing activities that stimulate learning and improve knowledge retention. Cisco Networking helps prepare students for entry-level career opportunities, continuing education, and the globallyrecognized Cisco CCNA certification. In addition, the courses help provide learning pathways from secondary to post-secondary institutions. This course helps students advance their technical knowledge and skills for academic success and career readiness. The curriculum encourages students to continue their education in networking-related degree programs and also prepares students for entry-level networking careers. It is designed for students who want to pursue additional technology or engineering education and prepares students for entry-level IT careers upon the completion of the four-course curriculum.

    IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software

    PC Hardware and Software provides a comprehensive overview of computer fundamentals and an introduction to advanced concepts. It is intended for individuals who want to pursue careers in IT and gain practical knowledge of how a computer works. This portion of the course provides an excellent introduction to the IT industry and interactive exposure to personal computers, hardware, and operating systems. Students participate in hands-on activities and lab-based learning to become familiar with various hardware and software components and discover best practices in maintenance and safety. Students who complete IT Essentials will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. They will also be able to connect computers to the Internet and share resources in a networked environment.

    CCNA Routing and Switching: Introduction to Networks

    This portion of the 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 such as routers and switches, and implementing IP addressing schemes.

    CCNA Routing and Switching: Routing and Switching 

    The final portion of the 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. Students complete a basic procedural lab, followed by basic configuration, implementation, and troubleshooting labs in each chapter. Packet Tracer activities reinforce new concepts, and allow students to model and analyze routing processes that may be difficult to visualize or understand. Students must successfully complete Network Fundamentals to move on to this section. 


    Prerequisite: Cisco Networking I&II

    Length: Year course

    Grade Level: 12

    Credit: 2 credits (2 periods)

    CCNA Routing and Switching: Scaling Networks

    This course provides a comprehensive, theoretical, and practical approach to learning thetechnologies and protocols needed to design and implement a converged switched network. Students learn about the hierarchical network design model and how to select devices for each layer. The course explains how to configure a switch for basic functionality and how to implement Virtual LANs, VTP, and Inter-VLAN routing in a converged network. The different implementations of Spanning Tree Protocol in a converged network are presented, and students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network.

    CCNA Routing and Switching: Connecting Networks

    This course discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in enterprise networks. The course uses the Cisco Network Architecture to introduce integrated network services and explains how to select the appropriate devices and technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to implement and configure common data link protocols and how to apply WAN security concepts, principles of traffic, access control, and addressing services. Finally, students learn how to detect, troubleshoot, and correct common enterprise network implementation issues. Additional prerequisite: successful completion of LAN Switching and Wireless Industry Recognized Certification As a CompTIA Authorized Quality Curriculum, PC Hardware and Software v4.0 will help prepare students for the new CompTIA A+ Essentials and job-skills certification exams. After becoming certified, students will be qualified to work as computer support professionals and technicians in a variety of work environments and industries. After completing all four courses of CCNA Exploration, students will be prepared to take the Cisco CCNA certification exam. Students learn the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies to help them prepare for the Cisco CCNA® certification exam. The CCNA certification is highly valued in the global networking industry and provides validation of the skills and knowledge required for entry-level networking careers. Students who complete all four CCNA Exploration courses will be prepared for the industry-standard CCNA certification exam.

    Students are responsible for membership dues of approximately $40 for SkillsUSA

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    Class Rules:


    Computer usage and Internet access is a requirement for this course. If student privileges are revoked for any reason due to disciplinary action, it has a direct impact on student performance and grades due to ALL course material being online.   



    Products (Quizzes, Tests, Projects)                                     85% of grade

    Process (Daily activities, classroom assignments

        and participation)                                                  15% of grade


    For all tests, daily projects and labs, the grading scale will be as follows:

    A         100-90

    B         89-80

    C         79-70

    D         69-60

    F          59-0

    Grades are kept in Pinnacle Grade Reporting software; students or parents may request a grade printout from the teacher, or may be accessed on-line.


    Since most work is performed in class, attendance each day IS VERY IMPORTANT. Student absences will require makeup time at the beginning of the day or the end of the school day. Any student missing class is RESPONSIBLE for seeing the teacher and for completing makeup work.



    Any student caught cheating on a test or project/.lab will receive a "0" grade. The student who allows cheating to take place will also get a 0. Per student handbook policy, parents will be notified.   A record of the incident will be forwarded to Administration for any disciplinary action.  Teacher discretion will be used to evaluate students' grades at the end-of the grading period. 



    1.     All students will have a positive attitude for this class.

    2.      All students will show respect to everyone.

    3.     AIl students will be in their assigned seats when the tardy bell rings.

    4.     Attendance and tardy policies are the same as outlined in the student handbook.

    5.     AIl students enrolled in computer classes will sign and return the Acceptable Use & Internet Safety Policy.

    6.     All students are required to clean their computer area before leaving, and return classroom materials to the appropriate place.

    7.     All students are required to log off properly before leaving the room.

    8.     AIl students will respect classroom equipment and materials with NO desktop changes.

    9.     All students must receive permission from the teacher to use the equipment for other school work.

    10.  The use of personal technology equipment (including cell phones) may only be used with prior permission from the instructor and will follow the guidelines outlined by our school administration.



    NO FOOD or DRINK in the classroom.

    2.     NO non-related E-Mail use of any kind.


    Internet use is restricted to specific computer class assignments.

    4.     Username and Password must be kept private.

    5.     NO unauthorized downloading, external memory device use, or printer use.

    NO unauthorized GAMES of any kind.

    7.     Classroom software ONLY will be opened on the desktop.

    8.     Desktop background may not be changed.

    9.     No tampering with any equipment.

    10.  All files are school property and are monitored.

    11.  Students who choose not to complete class assignments will receive a zero, and will be requested to log off their computer and sit quietly.





    Certification Tests are about $100 each.  We are Preparing for 3 exams.