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Scope and Sequence: CCNA Exploration
Last Updated April 7, 2011

Target Audience
The Cisco® CCNA® Exploration curriculum is designed for Cisco Networking Academy® students who are seeking entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) skills. CCNA Exploration provides an integrated and comprehensive coverage of networking topics, from fundamentals to advanced applications andservices, while providing opportunities for hands-on practical experience and soft-skills development. While primarily designed for postsecondary institutions, the curriculum is appropriate for students at many education levels if they have the required skills, and if the instructional approach complements their learning style and educational goals.

Network Fundamentals RoutingProtocols and Concepts LAN Switching and Wireless

Accessing the WAN

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Target Certifications
After completing all four courses of CCNA Exploration, students will be prepared to take the Cisco CCNA certification exam.

Curriculum Description
CCNA Exploration teaches networking based ontechnology, covering networking concepts using a top-down, theoretical, and integrated approach – from network applications to the network protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network. CCNA Exploration includes the following features:

Students learn the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies to prepare for Cisco CCNA certificationand entry-level networking careers The curriculum discusses networking concepts in depth and uses language that allows for integration with engineering concepts, providing a deep, theoretical understanding of networking concepts for experienced learners with advanced problem-solving and analytical skills.

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Courses emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and thepractical application of skills Rich multimedia content, including Flash-based interactive activities, videos, games, and quizzes, addresses a variety of learning styles and help stimulate learning and increase knowledge retention Hands-on labs and Packet Tracer simulation-based learning activities help students develop critical thinking and complex problem solving skills Innovative assessmentsprovide immediate feedback to support the evaluation of knowledge and acquired skills Provides students with the skills needed to succeed in networking-related degree programs

Curriculum Goals and Objectives
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 studentsdevelop the skills necessary to fulfill the job responsibilities of network technicians, network administrators, and network engineers. It provides a theoreticallyrich, hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet. Students who complete Network Fundamentals will be able to perform the following tasks:

Explain the importance of data networks and the Internet in supporting businesscommunications and everyday activities Explain how communication works in data networks and the Internet Recognize the devices and services that are used to support communications across an Internetwork Use network protocol models to explain the layers of communications in data networks Explain the role of protocols in data networks Describe the importance of addressing and naming schemes at variouslayers of data networks Describe the protocols and services provided by the application layer in the OSI and TCP/IP models and describe how this layer operates in various networks Analyze the operations and features of transport layer protocols and services Analyze the operations and feature of network layer protocols and services and explain the fundamental concepts of routing Design, calculate,...
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