CCNA1 Discovery: Networking for Home and Small Businesses Description

Format: Online
This course is delivered online over 7 weeks, during which participants view online course materials and complete learning activities at a time that is convenient for the participant. Scheduled Live Instructor Coaching Sessions – optional, but participation is strongly suggested – provide direct interaction with the instructor.
Participants spend approximately 6 - 9 hours per week, on average, completing the various course activities in order to maximize the learning benefits. Approximately 80% of this schedule is determined by the participant and approximately 20% (the Live InstructorCoaching Sessions) is scheduled by the students and instructor during the orientation that is held on the first day of class.
The course includes:
  • Cisco online content, practice exams and labs
  • Complimentary Cisco textbook Networking for Home and Small Businesses CCNA Discovery Learning Guide. The book will be shipped during the week before the course's start date.

Shipping is included for students within the U.S. International students should contact Denise Beck at or 610-594-7312 to provide a credit card for the shipping cost. 

System Requirements: A high speed Internet connection (Cable or DSL) and Internet Explorer 6.0 or above
CCNA1: Networking for Home and Small Businesses is the first of four courses that may be used to prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam. CCNA 1 uses a SOHO network to introduce networking concepts such as cabling, addressing, wireless, and security, and teaches students how to plan, deploy, and troubleshoot a small network. The course focuses on the following:
  • Network terminology
  • Network protocols
  • Local-area networks (LANs)
  • Wide-area networks (WANs)
  • Open System Interconnection (OSI) model
  • Internet Protocol (IP) addressing
  • Network standards
Cisco Certification Exam Preparation
This CCNA1 course and the sequel, CCNA2: Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP, help individuals prepare to take Cisco's CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician) certification exam. CCENT certifies that students have developed the practical skills required for entry-level networking support positions. In addition, this certification is designed to assess a student's aptitude and competence for working with Cisco routers, switches and Cisco IOS™.
CCENT is an optional first step toward earning the Cisco CCNA® network associate certification, which is the foundational certification for networking careers. Students who complete all four CCNA Discovery courses - CCNA1, CCN2, CCNA3 and CCNA4 -  will be prepared for the industry-standard CCNA certification exam.
Completion of the courses is not required prior to taking the certification exams. The exams are administered through Pearson VUE (Virtual University Enterprises) and are not part of the course.
Target Audience:
The target audience is anyone who desires a practical and technical introduction to the field of networking. This includes headend technicians, network operations center (NOC) staff, network engineers, network administrators, and network help-desk staff.
Required Skills
The successful completion of this course requires the following:
  • Reading Age Level (RAL) of 13
  • Basic computer literacy and awareness of the Internet
The following skills are beneficial, but not required:
  • Prior experience with computer hardware, binary math, and basic electronics
  • Background in cabling
Seminar Objectives
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform tasks related to the following:
  • Identify the purpose and uses of personal computers and describe local and network applications.
  • Compare and contrast different types of computing devices.
  • Explain the binary representation of data.
  • Determine appropriate components and peripheral devices to meet requirements.
  • Install, verify, and upgrade computer components and peripherals.
Course Content Outline
  • Chapter 0 - Course Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Personal Computer Hardware
  • Chapter 2 - Operating Systems
  • Chapter 3 - Connecting to the Network
  • Chapter 4 - Connecting to the Internet Through an ISP
  • Chapter 5 -Network Addressing
  • Chapter 6 - Network Services
  • Chapter 7 - Wireless Technologies
  • Chapter 8 - Basic Security
  • Chapter 9 - Troubleshooting Your Network
  • Chapter 10 - Course Summary
Steve Harris, CCENT, CCNA, and CCIP 
Sr. Director, Advanced Network Technologies, SCTE
Requirements for Successful Course Completion
  • Minimum grade of 70% on Final Exam
  • Cumulative score of 70% on the course
  • You may take the final exam up to 2 times
  • Completion of Course Feedback Form
Upon Successful Course Completion You Will Receive
  • SCTE Course Certificate
  • 3 Recertification Units (RUs) toward SCTE certification renewal

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