Cisco Routing and Switching Essentials

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 142

       Course Name: Cisco Routing and Switching Essentials

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

CNS 141; a passing grade must be registered on the Cisco Assessment Server

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Content includes how to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches for basic functionality. Students will learn to resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.  This is the second 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 basic switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches
  2. Understand and describe enhanced switching technologies such as VLANs, VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Per VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol (PVSTP), and 802.1q
  3. Configure and troubleshoot basic operations of a small switched network
  4. Understand and describe the purpose, nature, and operations of a router, routing tables, and the route lookup process
  5. Configure and verify static routing and default routing
  6. Understand and describe how VLANs create logically separate networks and how routing occurs between them
  7. Understand and describe dynamic routing protocols, distance vector routing protocols, and link-state routing protocols
  8. Configure and troubleshoot basic operations of routers in a small routed network:
  9. Routing Information Protocol (RIPv1 and RIPv2)
  10. Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol (single-area OSPF)
  11. Configure and troubleshoot VLANs and inter-VLAN routing
  12. Understand and describe the purpose and types of access control lists (ACLs)
  13. Configure, monitor, and troubleshoot ACLs for IPv4 and IPv6
  14. Understand and describe the operations and benefits of Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) for IPv4 and IPv6
  15. Understand and describe the operations and benefits of Network Address Translation (NAT) Configure and troubleshoot NAT operations.

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

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • Introduction to Switched Networks
  • Basic Switching Concepts and Configuration
  • Implementing VLAN Security
  • Routing Concepts
  • Inter-VLAN Routing
  • Static Routing
  • Routing Dynamically
  • Single-Area OSPF
  • Access Control Lists
  • DHCP
  • Network Address Translation for IPv4

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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.