Cisco Introduction to Networks

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 141

       Course Name: Cisco Introduction to Networks

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommend CNS 105 or consent of instructor, coordinator, or program chair

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. Content includes the principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations. Students will build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes. Course presents most recent release of the Cisco curriculum.  This is the first course in the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching sequence of four courses.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the devices and services used to support communications in data networks and the Internet
  2. Describe the role of protocol layers in data networks
  3. Describe the importance of addressing and naming schemes at various layers of data networks in IPv4 and IPv6 environments
  4. Design, calculate, and apply subnet masks and addresses to fulfill given requirements in IPv4 and IPv6 networks
  5. Build a simple Ethernet network using routers and switches
  6. Use Cisco command-line interface (CLI) commands to perform basic router and switch configurations
  7. Utilize common network utilities to verify small network operations and analyze data traffic

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • Introduction to Network
  • Configuring a Network Operating System
  • Network Protocols and Communications
  • Network Access
  • Ethernet
  • Network Layer
  • Transport Layer
  • IP Addressing
  • Subnetting IP Networks
  • Application Layer
  • It’s a Network

VII.  Methods of Instruction

A combination of lectures, lab, and on-line activities will be used to master the material.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

All Cisco lessons and chapter tests must be completed as well as the assigned laboratories. Reading material from supplemental sources as assigned must be read and a structured journal is kept.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Cisco curriculum current CCNA books.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

All assigned work must be completed and the Cisco on-line final examination must be passed.  Failure to pass the Cisco final exam will keep the student from being able to register for the next course in the sequence.

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

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Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.