Cisco Connecting Networks

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 144

       Course Name: Cisco Connecting Networks

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

CNS 143; a passing grade must be registered on the Cisco Assessment Server

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course focuses on the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. Content includes the selection criteria for network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.  Course presents most recent release of the Cisco curriculum.  This is the last 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. Understand and describe different WAN technologies and their benefits
  2. Understand and describe the operations and benefits of virtual private networks (VPNs) and tunneling.
  3. Configure and troubleshoot serial connections
  4. Configure and troubleshoot broadband connections
  5. Configure and troubleshoot IPSec tunneling operations
  6. Monitor and troubleshoot network operations using syslog, SNMP, and NetFlow
  7. Design network architectures:
    1. Borderless networks
    2. Data centers and virtualization
    3. Collaboration technology and solutions

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

  • Hierarchical Network Design
  • Connecting to the WAN
  • Point-to-Point Connections
  • Frame Relay
  • Network Address Translation for IPv4
  • Broadband Solutions
  • Securing Site-to-Site Connectivity
  • Monitoring the Network
  • Troubleshoot the 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.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

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.