Describe the purpose and functions of various network devices Describe the operation of data networks

    • Select the components required to meet a given network specification
    • Use the OSI and TCP/IP models and their associated protocols to explain how data flows in a network
    • Describe common networking applications including web applications
    • Describe the purpose and basic operation of the protocols in the OSI and TCP models
    • Describe the impact of applications (Voice Over IP and Video Over IP) on a network
    • Interpret network diagrams Determine the path between two hosts across a network
    • Describe the components required for network and Internet communications
    • Identify and correct common network problems at layers 1, 2, 3 and 7 using a layered model approach
    • Differentiate between LAN/WAN operation and features

    Implement a small switched network

    • Select the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect switches to other network devices and hosts
    • Explain the technology and media access control method for Ethernet technologies
    • Explain network segmentation and basic traffic management concepts
    • Explain the operation of Cisco switches and basic switching concepts Perform, save and verify initial switch configuration tasks including remote access management
    • Verify network status and switch operation using basic utilities (including: ping, traceroute,telnet,SSH,arp, ipconfig), SHOW & DEBUG commands
    • Implement and verify basic security for a switch (port security, deactivate ports)
    • Identify, prescribe, and resolve common switched network media issues, configuration issues, autonegotiation, and switch hardware failures

    Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP services to meet network requirements for a small branch office


    • Describe the need and role of addressing in a network create and apply an addressing scheme to a network Assign and verify valid IP addresses to hosts, servers, and networking devices in a LAN environment
    • Explain the basic uses and operation of NAT in a small network connecting to one ISP
    • Describe and verify DNS operation
    • Describe the operation and benefits of using private and public IP addressing
    • Enable NAT for a small network with a single ISP and connection using SDM and verify operation using CLI and ping
    • Configure, verify and troubleshoot DHCP and DNS operation on a router.(including: CLI/SDM)
    • Implement static and dynamic addressing services for hosts in a LAN environment
    • Identify and correct IP addressing issues

    Implement a small routed network

    • Describe basic routing concepts (including: packet forwarding, router lookup process)
    • Describe the operation of Cisco routers (including: router bootup process, POST, router components)
    • Select the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect routers to other network devices and hosts
    • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot RIPv2
    • Access and utilize the router CLI to set basic parameters Connect, configure, and verify operation status of a device interface
    • Verify device configuration and network connectivity using ping, traceroute, telnet, SSH or other utilities
    • Perform and verify routing configuration tasks for a static or default route given specific routing requirements Manage IOS configuration files (including: save, edit, upgrade, restore)
    • Manage Cisco IOS
    • Implement password and physical security
    • Verify network status and router operation using basic utilities (including: ping, traceroute,telnet,SSH,arp, ipconfig), SHOW & DEBUG commands

    Explain and select the appropriate administrative tasks required for a WLAN

    • Describe standards associated with wireless media (including: IEEE WI-FI Alliance, ITU/FCC)
    • Identify and describe the purpose of the components in a small wireless network. (including: SSID, BSS, ESS) Identify the basic parameters to configure on a wireless network to ensure that devices connect to the correct access point
    • Compare and contrast wireless security features and capabilities of WPA security (including: open, WEP, WPA-1/2)

    Identify common issues with implementing wireless networks

    • Identify security threats to a network and describe general methods to mitigate those threats
    • Explain today’s increasing network security threats and the need to implement a comprehensive security policy to mitigate the threats
    • Explain general methods to mitigate common security threats to network devices, hosts, and applications
    • Describe the functions of common security appliances and applications
    • Describe security recommended practices including initial steps to secure network devices

    Implement and verify WAN links

    • Describe different methods for connecting to a WAN Configure and verify a basic WAN serial connection

    Funding Available:

    This course is FREE (SAAS part-time funding) to anyone who is on benefits or earning £25,000 or less, given that they have not used SAAS/ILA funding towards any other course/training in the last 12 months.

    Those in receipt of following benefits are automatically eligible:

    • Jobseekers allowance
    • Income support
    • Incapacity Benefit/Employment Support Allowance
    • Child Tax Credit (minimum rate)
    • Pension Credit

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    Our Courses are fully funded by SAAS: Student Awards Agency for Scotland

    Please visit the SAAS website www.saas.gov.uk to see your eligibility.

    Download: SAAS Part Time Funding Guide, Part Time Forms

    Read: Part Time Students Eligibility Criteria, Disabled students’ allowance (DSA)

    For Students who don’t qualify for the above fundings:

    How much this course will cost?

    If for any reason you do not qualify for SAAS funding our fees are as follows for students living  in UK or the European Union:



    Vender Neutral (can be paid in instalments) £390+ VAT
    SQA Accredited (PDA) (can be paid in instalments) £390

     Fees are payable in advance at the start of course unless otherwise agreed.

    We also provide flexible fee instalments to help students in paying their fee.

    There are a number of other funding opportunities available to UK and EU students to help them to pay for their studies. Contact the college for more details.

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