Syllabus for ITS-240

ROUTING AND SWITCHING FUNDAMENTALS


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Routing and Switching Fundamentals is an introduction to the architectures, components, and operation of routers and switches and includes analysis, configuration, verification, and troubleshooting of the primary routing protocols such as RIPv1, RIPv2, EIGRP, and OSPF. The course explores a comprehensive theoretical and practical approach to learning the technologies and protocols needed to design and implement a converged switched network.

COURSE TOPICS

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Discuss the basic architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a network.

CO2        Implement, configure, and troubleshoot VLANs.

CO3        Describe and implement Spanning Tree Protocol for LANs and VLANs.

CO4        Configure and troubleshoot IPv4 services and routing protocols and IPv6 access control list and routing protocols.

CO5        Configure, verify, and troubleshoot different types of WANs.

CO6        Utilize proper routing and switching protocols while considering the security issues involved in routing and switching decisions.

COURSE MATERIALS

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

uCertify provides interactive online courses that help students prepare for various certification exams. In completing your coursework, you will be using parts of the uCertify course as an interactive textbook with chapters and lessons, quizzes, exercises, performance-based labs, and more to aid in learning about topics in cybersecurity.

Access to the uCertify course is provided through the CCNA Routing and Switching (ICND2 200-105) Official Cert Guide link located in the top section of the ITS-240 course website. When you click the link (LTI connector) for the first time, you will be redirected to a paywall that will ask you to buy an access code (click the Buy it now button). This is a one-time payment. Once you have made your payment, you will have access to the uCertify course and can navigate to specific chapters and lessons (uCertify uses these designations interchangeably) and all associated activities (quizzes, exercises, and labs) through the student dashboard.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Routing and Switching Fundamentals is a three-credit, online course consisting of six modules. Modules include overview of the topics covered, learning objectives, required study materials, and assignments. Assignments consist of quizzes from the uCertify materials, exercises, interactive activities such as discussion forums, a final project, and a final exam. The course is designed to help prepare for the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification exam. Module titles are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete quizzes and exercises, complete a final project, and take a proctored final exam. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

Routing and Switching Fundamentals has six graded online discussions. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1. Participation in class discussions is required and counts 30 percent toward your final grade in the course.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on a classmate's response. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement.

You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation, including your use of relevant course information and your awareness of and responses to the postings of your classmates. Remember, these are discussions. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

The rubrics that the mentor will be using to grade your discussion postings are available in the Evaluation Rubrics folder.

Quizzes

You are required to take nineteen quizzes, one for nearly each of the lessons. All quiz items are multiple-choice and you may use any materials that you like in taking the quizzes. There is no time limit for taking each quiz.

Most students find that quiz-taking is an excellent way to prepare for examinations. Therefore, you will be able to take each quiz an unlimited number of times, and the gradebook will record your most recent score.

This arrangement will allow you to go back and reread portions of the text that you need to review and then take the quiz again for further practice.

Additional Exercises

There are additional exercises in both Modules 5 and 6, designed to provide practice in troubleshooting IPv4 and IPv6 issues.

Final Project

For your final project, you will write a paper thoroughly analyzing a cybersecurity breach that was an attack related primarily to routers or switches. The paper should be between 1000 and 1500 words (4 to 5 pages) and should use APA style.

See the Final Project area of the course for a full description of this project.

Final Examination

The final exam is one and half hours and will consist of multiple choice questions and will cover all topics in the course.

For the final exam, you are required to use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the Examinations and Proctors section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course website) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. 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.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

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:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

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).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

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

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

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 www.tesu.edu.

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:

Plagiarism

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 and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

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 email.

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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