Although the CCNA courses form part of VTDI’s proposed Applied ICT degree programme, as a unit they are referred to as the Cisco Networking Academy Program. The Cisco Networking Academy Program is a comprehensive e-learning program, which provides students with the Internet technology skills essential in a global economy. It delivers web-based content, online assessment, student performance tracking, support, and preparation for industry-standard certifications. It provides Internet technology skills for designing, building and maintaining networks.
Launched in 1997, there are over 10.000 networking academies in 149 countries. The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is a cornerstone of the Network Academy curriculum.
The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), is the first step in a Cisco career certification path. Particular emphasis is given to using decision-making and problem-solving techniques in the application of science, mathematics, communication and social studies concepts to solve networking problems.
Students will learn how to install and configure Cisco switches and routers in multiprotocol networks using local- and wide-area networks (LANs and WANs), provide troubleshooting service, and improve network performance and security. Additionally, instruction and training are provided in the proper care, maintenance, and use of networking software tools and equipment.
The CCNA curriculum has four (4) main parts, which, for the purpose of this degree programme, form four distinct courses. They are :-
- CCNA I: Networking Basics
- CCNA II: Routers and Routing Basics
- CCNA III: Switching Basics and Intermediate Routing
- CCNA IV: WAN Technologies
This curriculum is periodically reviewed and updated by Cisco, and instructors are kept abreast of the changes and updates through Cisco’s annual conferences. To continue to be eligible to deliver the curriculum, it is mandatory that the CCNA instructors demonstrate an understanding of the concepts/skills introduced in any newly added content (i.e. they are assessed).
Upon the successful completion of all four (4) courses, students are now prepared to sit the professional exams that lead to the internationally recognized CCNA certification. Please note that this is optional, not mandatory. These exams are offered externally*, and there are two options that students have:-
1. Students may opt to sit two professional exams – one after successfully completing CCNA II, and the other after successfully completing CCNA IV. (N.B. Both exams must be passed in order to be CCNA certified).
2. Another option is to take one comprehensive professional exam after completing CCNA IV.
* There is a cost associated with taking these exams. They can be done at any Pearson Vue or Prometric center. The centers recommended by the VTDI are:
v New Horizon Ltd
v Software Training Center
Students who pursue Cisco’s networking academy programme, such as this one, are given a discount if they pursue option two indicated above.
COURSE TITLE: CCNA I - NETWORKING BASICS
Networking Basics is the first of the four courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. CCNA I introduces students to the networking field. The course focuses on network terminology and protocols, local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), Open System Interconnection (OSI) models, cabling, cabling tools, routers, router programming, Ethernet, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing and network standards.
COURSE TITLE: CCNA II - ROUTERS AND ROUTING BASICS
This course introduces students to the networking field. The course focuses on networking terminology and protocols, local area networks, wide area networks, Open System Interconnection (OSI) models, cabling, cabling tools, routers, router programming, Ethernet, Internet protocol (IIP) addressing, and network standards.
COURSE TITLE: CCNA III - SWITCHING BASICS AND INTERMEDIATE ROUTING
This course focuses on advanced IP addressing techniques (Variable Length Subnet Masking VDSLM), intermediate routing protocol (RIPv2, single-area OSPF, EIGRP), command-line interface configuration of switches, Ethernet switching, Virtual LANs, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTDP)
COURSE TITLE: CCNA IV - WAN TECHNOLOGIES
This course focuses on advanced IP addressing techniques (Network Address Translation [NAT], Port Address Translation (PAT) and DHCP), WAN technology and terminology, PPP, ISDN, DDR, Frame Relay, network management, and introduction to optical networking. In addition, the student will prepare for the CCNA exam.