CIS153: LANS & INTERNETWORK DESIGN (a.k.a. LAN Switching ...

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(a.k.a. LAN Switching and Wireless)
Winter 2013: Course Syllabus
Term: Winter 2013
Credits: 4
Grading: A-F
Classroom: MKH-105A
Section 3: CRN: 47854 Time: MWF 1630-1950
Instructor: Mark Cantrell
How to contact me:
(Please include CIS-153 on subject line!)
2. Office: F-103 (during office hours only, or by appointment)
3. Office phone: 541-917-4278 (during office hours only – e-mail is more reliable)
Course Objectives:
The third course of a four-part sequence in a Cisco curriculum directed toward the Cisco Certified
Network Associate certification (CCNA). The course focuses on command-line interface configuration
of switches, Ethernet switching, Virtual LANs (VLANs), Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), VLAN
Trunking Protocol (VTP) and wireless network devices. Specific learning objectives include:
￿ Describe how hierarchical networks support voice, video and data needs of small and medium-sized businesses.
￿ Match the appropriate switch to each layer in the hierarchical network design model.
￿ Summarize the operation of Ethernet as defined for 100/1000 Mbps LANs in the IEEE 802.3 standard.
￿ Explain the functions that enable a switch to forward Ethernet frames in a LAN.
￿ Configure a switch for operation with basic security that will operate in a network designed to support voice,
video, and data transmissions.
￿ Explain the role of VLANs in a converged network.
￿ Explain the role of trunking VLANs in a converged network.
￿ Configure VLANs on the switches in a converged network topology.
￿ Explain the role of VTP in a converged switched network
￿ Describe the operation of VTP: VTP domains, VTP Modes, VTP Advertisements, and VTP Pruning.
￿ Configure VTP on the switches in a converged network.
￿ Explain the role of redundancy in a converged network
￿ Summarize how STP works to eliminate Layer 2 loops in a converged network
￿ Explain how the STP algorithm uses three steps to converge on a loop-free topology
￿ Implement rapid per VLAN spanning tree (rapid PVST+) in a LAN to prevent loops between redundant switches.
￿ Explain how network traffic is routed between VLANs in a converged network.
￿ Configure inter-VLAN routing on a router to enable communications between end-user devices on separate
￿ Describe, configure, and verify the components and operations of a basic Wireless LAN: topologies and security.
￿ Be able to troubleshoot switches, VLANs, VTP, and Wireless network software and hardware.
• CIS 151 Networking Essentials, with a minimum "C" grade and a "Pass" recorded in the Cisco
NetSpace or Networking Academy® global database.
The CCNA Program at LBCC:
• Fall term: CIS151 (4 units)
• Winter term: CIS152 (4 units)
• Spring term: Two intensive 5-week courses of 4 units each scheduled consecutively, resulting
in an 8-credit course load for the term:
o CIS153 (4 units)
o CIS154 (4 units)
• When feasible, CIS153 may also be offered as a 10-week course Spring Term, followed by
CIS-154 during Summer Term
Textbooks: The following books are relevant to this course and are highly recommended, although
not absolutely mandatory. Both should be available in the LBCC bookstore:
LAN Switching and Wireless, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide
ISBN 978-1-58713-273-5
LAN Switching and Wireless, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide
ISBN 978-1-58713-202-5
We will use the Internet extensively to search out background information and to answer questions.
Students are expected to be adept at digging information from the 'Net, and there will be plenty of
opportunities to practice this skill.
Differences between the organization of courses CIS151 and CIS153:
In the course schedule, and in this syllabus, you will notice some differences between how course
CIS153 is organized, compared to CIS151. These differences result from the fact that CIS153 is
much more heavily focused on hands-on lab work. Accordingly, lab work is much more heavily
weighted in grading and in terms of class time, while the on-line tests are less heavily weighted. The
5-week version of CIS-153 is also faster paced, covering 7 chapters in 5 weeks (vice 11 chapters in
10 weeks).
Lab and Study Guide work as recorded on Lab Companion pages and/or Packet Tracer submissions


On-Line Chapter Tests 20%

Hands-on Skills-Based Assessment (completed during lab time) 5%
Final Exam 25%



Tentative grade ranges: A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, and F=0-59%
The following policies regarding "Y" and "Incomplete" grades are standards in the LBCC
Computer Systems Department:
• "Y" grades: "It is the responsibility of the student to withdraw from the course if they do not wish to receive a
letter grade. The last day to withdraw is listed in the current schedule of classes. There will be no "Y" grades
given for this course."
• "Incomplete" grades: "If a student has satisfactorily completed most of the course work, but has encountered an
emergency which, in the instructor's judgment, is sufficiently serious, the instructor will prepare an Incomplete
Agreement specifying the work that the student needs to complete, by the end of the following term, to earn the
remaining credit for the course. The Agreement will specify a default grade based on the work which the student
has completed to date. In case the student does not fulfill the Agreement, the default grade will automatically be
assigned at the end of the following term."
Course Requirements:
Lab, Packet Tracer, and Study Guide work (50% of course credit):
• Hands-on lab work is the heart of the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum!
• Hands-on lab work with actual networking hardware must be accomplished during the portion
of class time which is set aside for lab work
• Packet Tracer labs (i.e. simulations) will also be assigned in order to practice or demonstrate
skills using network topologies which may be impractical in the physical lab.
• Specific Hands-On Labs and Packet Tracer assignments will be announced in class.
• Results of Hands-On Labs and Packet Tracer activities must be submitted to the instructor,
using procedures to be announced in class.
• Assignments turned in late will receive reduced or no credit unless arrangements are made
with the instructor in advance.
The Cisco Networking Academy regards the confidentiality of online tests and other course materials very
seriously. So please do not share or publicly post test questions or answers. In addition to inviting legal
problems with Cisco, copyright infringement, or cheating on internet-hosted exams, may subject students to
disciplinary action (including course failure and other actions, per LBCC academic regulations).
On-Line Tests (20% of course credit):
• On-Line Tests will be accessed via Internet from the Cisco NetSpace assessment server.
Other than the Final Exam, class time will not be used for on-line tests. Instead, the instructor
will enable access to each test for a specified time (usually one week), and students take the
test at a convenient time during this period (from any Internet-connected computer). Each
student's score on each test will be recorded by the Cisco Networking Academy server. In
most cases, you will have the opportunity to take a failed test again (the last score is kept, so
try to improve!). The time limit for each test attempt is usually 2 hours.
• Note: Students are responsible for accessing the NetSpace assessment server via the
Internet. If you are in any doubt about the reliability of an off-campus Internet connection, you
are advised to access the NetSpace assessment server from on-campus. Please also note
that occasionally the NetSpace server goes off-line for short periods. Therefore, you should
access it early during the time during which each test is enabled.
Final Skills-Based Assessment (5% of course credit): The Final Skills-Based Assessment is part
of the Academy assessment program. A passing score must be achieved in order to pass the
Academy Course and be approved for advancement to the next course in the CCNA curriculum (CIS-
154 at LBCC; to be offered Spring or Summer Term).

Final Exam (25% of course credit):
The Final Exam must be taken in person. No books, notes, calculators, Internet, etc. are
allowed. As soon as you finish the exam, it will automatically be graded by the Cisco Networking
Academy server.
Class attendance:
Class attendance is mandatory. Every class session will involve a graded lab or other graded
activity. And missed labs are difficult to make up because they generally require equipment that is
only available in the scheduled classroom. So please attend regularly, and make arrangements with
the instructor if you need to miss a particular class session due to unavoidable circumstances.
Academic Honesty Policy:
All students are encouraged to discuss assignments and course materials in general terms with other
students. If you need help with the exercises, you are encouraged to ask the instructor. Please note,
however, that each student is expected to complete every assignment independently. In other words,
the work you turn in to be graded must be your own work. Representing another person's work as
your own constitutes academic fraud, and has no place at LBCC. No credit will be given for
assignments which, in the instructor's judgment, were not created by the student submitting them.
And cheating on a graded event can result in disciplinary action, including a failing grade in the
Skills required for success in this course:
1. Time management and Self-Discipline: You will need to keep up with the course schedule,
plan ahead, start assignments on time, ask for help as needed, and submit properly completed
assignments by the appropriate deadline.
2. Skill in analytical and logical problem-solving: You will need, or must develop, the ability to
look calmly at a problem, diagnose it correctly, analyze how best to solve it, and plan a
3. A sense of humor: Working with computers humbles a person every day. Learn not to take it
personally when the technology does not cooperate. Also, be patient and polite with your
fellow humans as they struggle with the same stubborn systems.
Note about cell phones in class:
Please set your cell phone ringer to "Vibrate Only" mode (or turn it off) before you enter the
classroom. If you need to answer or place a call, please step outside the classroom while you do so.