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Every day, more people around the world are working from home and attending school from home. This means that many people are using a variety of networks to connect to the internet. Do you know what it takes to connect multiple devices using a local network? Do you know how to connect the network to the internet? The Cisco Networking Academy’s Networking Essentials course provides learners with a broad foundational understanding of networking. It is suitable for anyone interested in a career in IT, or a related career pathway. The primary emphasis is on networking knowledge with a small number of basic skills that are useful for a home or SOHO network. 
Course Overview
This course covers the fundamentals of computer and mobile device hardware and software,
and advanced concepts such as security, networking, and the responsibilities of an IT
professional. Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal
components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install operating systems, and
troubleshoot them using software tools and diagnostics. Students will also be able to connect
to the Internet and share resources in a networked environment. New topics in this version
include DNS records, spam management, virtual LAN (VLAN), and privacy and gaming.
Operating System Upgrades, Windows Configuration, and IT Professional knowledge areas
have been greatly expanded.

Course Objectives
The course introduces students to computer hardware and software, as well as operating
systems, networking concepts, mobile devices, IT security, and troubleshooting. The online
course materials assist the student in developing the skills necessary to work as a technician in
the field of IT. The specific skills covered in each chapter are described at the start of each
Upon completion of the IT Essentials 8.0 course, students can perform the following tasks:
  • Select the appropriate computer components to build, repair, or upgrade personal
  • Install and configure components to build, repair, or upgrade personal computers.
  • Perform troubleshooting on personal computers.
  • Explain how computers communicate on a network.
  • Configure devices to communicate on a network.
  • Explain how to troubleshoot laptops and other mobile devices.
  • Install a printer to meet requirements.
  • Describe virtualization and cloud computing.
  • Install Windows operating systems.
  • Perform management and maintenance of Windows operating systems.
  • Explain how to configure, secure, and troubleshoot mobile, MacOS, and Linux operating
  • Implement basic host, data, and network security.
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of the IT Professional.
Course Overview
This course teaches the fundamentals of networking. It covers how devices communicate on a network, network
addressing and network services, how to build a home network and configure basic security, the basics of
configuring Cisco devices, and testing and troubleshooting network problems.

Course Objectives
The Networking Essentials 2.0 course is designed for people who want to learn the knowledge and skills they need to work in Information Technology (IT) and networking. These course materials will assist you in developing the skills necessary to do the following:
  • Explain the concept of network communication.
  • Explain the basic requirements for getting online.
  • Create a simulated network using Cisco® Packet Tracer.
  • Build a simple home network.
  • Explain the importance of standards and protocols in network communications.
  • Explain how communication occurs on Ethernet networks.
  • Create a fully connected LAN.
  • Explain the features of an IP address.
  • Explain the DHCP address assignment process.
  • Explain the principles of IPv4 and IPv6 address management.
  • Explain how clients access internet services.
  • Explain the function of common application layer services.
  • Configure an integrated wireless router and wireless client to connect securely to the internet.
  • Connect wireless PC clients to a wireless router.
  • Explain how to use security best practices to mitigate attacks.
  • Configure basic network security.
  • Explain how to create a console connection to a Cisco device.
  • Explain how to use the Cisco IOS.
  • Build a simple computer network using Cisco devices
Course Overview
The Cisco Networking Academy® CCNAv7 curriculum is designed for participants who are seeking entry-level jobs in the ICT industry, or hope to fulfill prerequisites to pursue more specialized ICT skills. The CCNAv7 curriculum is presented in three courses: Introduction to Networks (ITN), Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials (SRWE), and Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation (ENSA).
These three courses provide integrated and comprehensive coverage of networking topics including: IP routing and switching fundamentals, network security and services, and network programmability and automation, while providing learners extensive opportunities for hands-on practical experience and career skills development. The entire curriculum is appropriate for learners at many education levels and types of institutions, including high schools, secondary schools, universities, colleges, career and technical schools, and community centers.
There are no prerequisites for this offering. Learners are expected to have the following skills:
  • High school reading level
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic PC operating system navigation skills
  • Basic internet usage skills

Course Objectives
In this curriculum, Cisco Networking Academy™ participants develop workforce readiness skills and build a foundation for success in networking-related careers and degree programs. With the support of video and rich interactive media, participants learn, apply, and practice CCNA knowledge and skills through a series of in-depth hands-on experiences and simulated activities that reinforce their learning. Upon completion of all three course offerings, learners will be prepared to take the Cisco CCNA Unified certification exam.
CCNAv7 teaches comprehensive networking concepts and skills, from network applications to the protocols and services provided to those applications. Learners will progress from basic networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models later in the curriculum.
CCNAv7 includes the following features:
  • There are three offerings that make up the CCNAv7 curriculum.
  • The three offerings align to and cover the competencies outlined for the CCNA Certification Exam.
  • Students learn the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies to prepare for the Cisco CCNA exam, networking related degree programs, and entry-level networking careers.
  • The language used to describe networking concepts is designed to be easily understood by learners at all levels and embedded
    interactive activities help reinforce comprehension.
  • Assessments and practice activities are focused on specific competencies to increase retention and provide flexibility in the
    learning path.
  • Multimedia learning tools, including videos, games, and quizzes, address a variety of learning styles and help stimulate learning
    and promote increased knowledge retention.
  • Hands-on labs and Cisco® Packet Tracer simulation-based learning activities help students develop critical thinking and complex
    problem-solving skills.
  • Embedded assessments provide immediate feedback to support the evaluation of knowledge and acquired skills.