CCNA Discovery

The Cisco® CCNA® Discovery curriculum provides the experience needed to help meet the growing demand for IT professionals. The courses help prepare students for entry-level career opportunities, continuing education, and globally recognized Cisco certifications.

CCNA Discovery teaches networking based on application, covering networking concepts within the context of network environments students may encounter in their daily lives – from small office and home office (SOHO) networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models later in the curriculum. CCNA Discovery includes the following features:

  • Courses emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and the practical application of skills.

  • Rich multimedia content, including Flash-based interactive activities, videos, games, and quizzes, addresses a variety of learning styles and help stimulate learning and increase knowledge retention.

  • Packet Tracer simulation-based learning activities promote the exploration of networking concepts and allow students to experiment with network behavior and ask “what if” questions.

  • Hands-on labs through CWA’s remote, hands-on labs help students develop critical thinking and complex problem solving skills.

  • Innovative assessments provide immediate feedback to support the evaluation of knowledge and acquired skills.

  • Case studies provide critical and strategic thinking scenarios to help students develop soft skills such as analyzing business objectives, planning timelines and resources, and delivering customer presentations.

  • Networking concepts are explained using language that works well for learners at all levels and embedded interactive activities break up reading of the content and help reinforce understanding.

Course Description

CCNA Discovery provides general networking theory and the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies using a spiral approach, where concepts are presented in the context of the types of practical networks students may encounter; from home and small offices, to more complex enterprise models.

The curriculum helps students prepare for the industry-standard CCNA certification exam. The first two courses of CCNA Discovery also prepare students for the ­­­Cisco CCENT™ certification for entry network technicians, an optional first step toward earning the CCNA certification.

Each course includes a troubleshooting chapter and advanced technologies (voice, video, wireless, and security) are introduced throughout the curriculum.

Course Name
TNE 111D
Campus Networks I

Networking for Home and Small Businesses
Uses a SOHO network to introduce some basic networking concepts such as cabling, addressing, wireless, and security, and teaches students how to plan, deploy, and troubleshoot a small network. Premise Technician
Help Desk Technician
Network Support Technician
Network Operations
Field Technician
TNE 121D
Campus Networks II

Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP
The second and third courses use small and medium business and enterprise sized networks to take concepts such as IP addressing, switching, routing, WAN technologies, and security to the next level. Central Office Technician
Technical Support Engineer
E-NOC Technician
TNE 235D
Internet Routing
Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise
As the complexity and size of the network grows, associated concepts such as advanced routing protocols, enterprise switching, and network performance are introduced. Digital Home Technology
Premise Technician
Dish Installer
Home Networking Hobbyist
TNE 242D
Data Network Design

Designing and Supporting Computer Networks
Consolidates many of the concepts and introduces elements of network design, equipment selection and configuration, and LAN and WAN addressing. An integrated case study presents critical thinking scenarios to help students develop skills such as analyzing business objectives, determining technical requirements and constraints, planning timelines and resources, and preparing and delivering customer presentations. Premise Technician
Help Desk Technician
Network Support Technician
Field Technician

Course Brochure

For more informatio on the CCNA Discovery program, download the course brochure here.
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