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Network Design Associate




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course provides an intensive workshop where the student will gain the hands-on experience in topics aligned to the CCDA: Cisco Certified Design Associate certification exam. Topics may include: understanding the methodology used to design a network; describing network structure and modularity; and designing enterprise campus networks, enterprise edge and remote network modules, IP addressing and routing protocols, and network services.



What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Document customer design requirements using the five-step network design process.
  • Perform a network audit to gather details about the network including items such as; topology, devices, configurations, business applications, and security.
  • Complete a high-level top-down structure design document.
  • Describe network architecture topologies and models.

Week 2

  • Recommend a modular network design that incorporates the functional area of the Cisco Enterprise architecture based on network challenge or scenario.
  • Describes best practices for the access, distribution, and core elements of hierarchical network design.
  • Document how a proposed network design demonstrates modularity, resiliency, and scalability for future growth.

Week 3

  • Design an effective IPv4 and IPv6 addressing scheme given proposed design requirements.
  • Design an effective routing domain with selected routing protocols.
  • Design individual enterprise network modules including LAN, WAN, Edge, and branch networks using the Cisco® design methodologies.
  • Illustrate the connections within enterprise network modules that complete a full enterprise network design.

Week 4

  • Develop a network security design and policy.
  • Synthesize datacenter network designs and security considerations.
  • Summarize a WLAN architecture that highlights key concerns regarding traffic management and security.

Week 5

  • Describe voice, video, and data converged collaboration network design considerations.
  • Recommend a network virtualization solution.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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