Syllabus for ITS-240



Routing and Switching Fundamentals explores basic network operations as they pertain to routing and switching technologies. The course and labs explore the fundamentals of networking, LAN switching technologies, IPv4 and IPv6 routing technologies, WAN technologies, infrastructure services, infrastructure security, and infrastructure management.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1   Explain how network traffic operates at various layers of the OSI model.


CO2   Differentiate networking protocols within the TCP/IP protocol suite, including routing and switching protocols.    


CO3   Implement network addressing on different devices.


CO4   Use the Cisco IOS to configure, verify, and troubleshoot devices on the network.


CO5   Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VLAN routing.


CO6   Configure, verify, and troubleshoot interswitch connectivity.


CO7   Configure, verify, and troubleshoot WAN interfaces and connectivity.


CO8   Perform network management tasks.


CO9   Design, implement, and administer networks in a secure manner.


The following TestOut course will serve as your virtual textbook for the course:

TestOut Routing and Switching Pro

TestOut provides interactive online courses that help you prepare for various certification exams. In completing your coursework, you will be using parts of the TestOut course as an interactive textbook with chapters, sections, practice questions, simulated labs, and more, to aid in learning about topics in cybersecurity.

Access to these TestOut resources is provided in the TestOut Course Materials section of your course site. When you click the TestOut Network Pro link for the first time, you will need to enter your product code. Use the instructions found in the same section of the course to purchase access. Once you have made your payment and entered the product code, you will have access through the same TestOut Course link.

Other Resources

You will find links to other resources, such as articles and websites, listed in individual modules. These resources are required reading for the modules.


Routing and Switching Fundamentals is a three-credit, online course consisting of seven modules, two practice exams, and a final project. Each module includes instructional text, videos, and practice questions as well as the opportunity to apply new concepts and skills in online lab activities. In a final project, students will work with a simulated network.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Promoting Originality

One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.

Discussion Forums

You are required to complete five discussion forums. The discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Lab Activities

You are required to complete ten lab activities. The lab activities are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete two written assignments. The written assignments are on topics associated with the course modules.

Module Practice Activities

There are seven module practice activities. The questions are similar to the practice questions at the end of each section of a chapter. Thus, it is highly recommended to try TestOut section-end practice questions before you attempt the module practice activity. These activities can be taken multiple times for additional practice, with the result of your most recent attempt appearing in your gradebook.

Practice Certification Exams

There is no proctored exam for the course. You are required to take the ICND1 Certification Practice Exam and the ICND2 Certification Practice Exam. A direct link to the exam can be found in the Moodle course. For more detailed information, please refer to the Module 7 details in the course website.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exams. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

Final Project

Your final project will involve simulating and testing network configurations with the Packet Tracer simulation tool from Cisco.

See the Final Project area of your course website for a full description.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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