Instructor Information

Patrick LowenthalAndy Hung, Ed.D.
Office Hours: by appointment
Phone: (208) 426-5542
Adobe Connect:

*Email is the best way to reach me. If I haven't responded within 48 hours, please email me again. Contact me in other ways as needed.

Course Description

This course is ideal for learners who have not obtained a CCENT or CCNA certificate. It is designed to provide students with reading and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technology that will prepare them for the CCENT, a part of the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) exam. The intention of the ICND 1 curriculum is to engage beginning students in the field of networking; to master certain basic concepts essential for success and to perform entry-level tasks in the planning, design, installation, operation and troubleshooting of Ethernet and TCP/IP networks. Instruction includes Networking Terminology and protocols, local area networks (LANs), wide-area networks (WANs), Open System Interconnection (OSI) models, cabling, cabling tools, routers, router programming (configuring), Ethernet, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing and network standards. All activities in this course were dumped from actual certification exam questions.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course the student will be able to:

Course Location and Login Information

This is an online course delivered in Moodle. The Moodle login page explains how to login to Moodle. Contact Moodle Support at if you have problems accessing MoodleIf you have forgotten your password, click the link below the login box, "lost password?" and you will be able to reset it. When you login Moodle look for a link to EDTECH 552-4201 (FA16).

Course Materials

Required Textbook


Non Designers Web Book Cover Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-101 Official Cert Guide (1st Ed.)
Authors: Wendell Odom
Date: 2013
Publisher: Cisco Press
ISBN-10: 1587143852

Two places to purchase the textbook: Boise State University Bookstore or Amazon.


* Note: Cisco just released ICND1 100-105 in June 2016. The major difference between 100-101 and 100-105 is to include RIPv2 as a new topic. The 100-105 also removed some older devices from contents. I will address these changes in this course.

Reference Books

Networking knowledge is required skills for technology coordinator. This course covers content of the Cisco CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) exam (ICND1 100-101). I strongly encourage you to get the certificate after finishing this course. If you need more books for exam preparation, I recommend the books below. You can also borrow the electronic version from Boise State's library.

HTML & CSSCCENT Study Guide: Exam 100-101 (ICND1)
Todd Lammle


Dreamweaver CS6Cisco CCENT ICND1 100-101
Michael Valentine & Keith Barker




Required Software

Cisco Packet Tracer

We will use Cisco Packet Tracer for all lab activities. It is a simulation application which allows users to configure and validate network architecture. Packet Tracer is only compatible with the following platforms: Windows, Windows XP; Vista (Vista Basic, Vista Premium); Windows 7; Windows 8; Windows 10; and Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora). Please make sure you have a machine with Windows or Linux OS installed for this course.

Assignment Policy and Grading Scale

Assignment Information

Detailed information about each assignment is posted in Moodle. Assignments are always due on Wednesdays. Check Moodle and your Boise State email regularly each week; announcements and course updates can be posted at any time.

  Assignments Points

Introduction to Networking (Module 2)

2 OSI Model (Module 3) 50
3 IPv4 Addressing & Routing (Module 4) 50
4 IPv6 Addressing & Routing (Module 5) 50
5 Special Topic: Apache Server (Module 6) 100
6 Switch Operation and Configuration (Module 7) 50
7 Router Operation & Configuration (Module 8) 50
8 IPv4 Services (Module 9) 50
9 Final Exam (Modules 2-9) 100
10 Participation in Online Discussions (Modules 1 - 7) 50
  Peer Support (extra credit)* (Modules 2 - 9) 50
  Course Evaluation (extra credit)** 20
  Total Points 600

*Earn up to 50 points extra credit for helping fellow classmates with technical & design problems.
**Earn 20 points extra credit by filling out the course evaluation.


The assignments in this course are aligned to the AECT standards

This table lists the assignments by number from the previous table and the associated standards

  Standard 1
Standard 2
Standard 3
Standard 4
Knowledge & Skills
Standard 5
Creating 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Using 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8  
Accessing/Evaluating 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8  
Managing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8        
Diversity of Learners          


Final grades are based on the following scale.

Grade Points Required
A+ 580 - 600
A 560 - 579
A- 540 - 559
B+ 520 - 539
B 500 - 519
B- 480 - 499
C+ 460 - 479
C 440 - 459
C- 420 - 439
F 0 - 419

Submitting Assignments: All assignments will be submitted via assignment dropboxs on Moodle by clicking on the submission links.

Asynchronous Discussions: You are encouraged to post questions, course notes, personal experiences, and study resources on discussion forums. In each module you will post your assignment answers online for discussion. Asynchronous discussions are worth 8% of your grade.

Grading Cycle

All assignments are graded together as a group to maintain a higher level of consistency. Grading begins on the first day after a due date and is typically completed before the next due date. You may track your progress through Grades in Moodle.


Feedback varies throughout the course. Because this might be your first network administration course, you are welcome to post questions to clarify concepts or look for further explanations (you are also welcome to answer questions from peers and extra credits will be granted for helping answer questions). I will provide feedback or supplementary resources in the discussion forums so that everyone can benefit from it.

Late Work

Due Dates: All assignment are due on Wednesdays. Assignments must be submitted by 11:59 pm Mountain time on scheduled due dates.

Point Deduction for Late Work: Ten points may be deducted for each day an assignment is late. For example, an assignment that is two days late can lose 20 points as a late penalty.

Emergency Pass: If you have a major event such as a death in the family, illness, hospitalization, or you are out of town, you may turn in one assignment under the emergency pass. This assignment may be up to one week late and still qualify for full credit. After the one week extension has passed ten points per day can be deducted until the assignment is no longer worth any credit.

Your Responsibility with Late Work: If you are going to be late turning in an assignment for any reason, please e-mail the instructor at on or before the scheduled due date. When the assignment is completed you must send a follow-up email to let the instructor know it is ready to grade. This is how the late work penalty is calculated. Failure to notify the instructor could lead to a grade of zero.

Avoid End of Course Late Work: Please note that there are University deadlines for submitting grades at the end of the semester. All work must be turned in at least a week before grades must be posted.

Technical Difficulties

On occasion, you may experience problems accessing Moodle or class files located within Moodle, Internet service connection problems, and/or other computer related problems. Make the instructor aware if a technical problem prevents you from completing coursework. If a problem occurs on our end, such as Moodle failure, then an automatic due date extension is granted.

Reasonable Accommodations

Any student who feels s/he may need accommodations based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss specific needs. You will also need to contact the Disability Resource Center to schedule a meeting with a specialist and coordinate reasonable accommodations for any documented disability.

The Disability Resource Center is located on the first floor of the Lincoln Parking Garage, on the corner of Lincoln Ave. and University Dr. at Boise State University. They are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.


Privacy Inormation

EDTECH courses involves online delivery and for some courses public display of assignments on websites or social media spaces. In the online course, your name, email address, and Moodle profile may be visible to others who have logged into Moodle. You are advised to familiarize yourself with privacy settings on Moodle or social media sites associated with the course. Privacy settings can sometimes be adjusted to restrict certain types of information. Please contact your instructor if you have questions or concerns.

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to create original work for each assignment. Students must follow the Boise State Student Code of Conduct as well as observe U.S. copyright laws in this course.

Please adhere to the following guidelines:

In the event of academic dishonesty, a complaint is filed with the Boise State Student Conduct Office with supporting documentation. This complaint remains on file and actions may be taken against the student (e.g., loss or credit, grade reduction, expulsion, etc.).

Policy for Incompletes

Incompletes are not guaranteed. However, when they are given incompletes adhere to Boise State University
as follows:

Instructors can enter a grade of I?or incomplete?f both of the following conditions are present:

In order to receive an incomplete, you and your instructor must agree to a contract stipulating the work you must do
and the time in which it must be completed for you to receive a grade in the class. The terms of this contract are
viewable on my.BoiseState under Your Student Center To Do List. The contract time varies as set by the instructor
but may not exceed one year. If no grade other than incomplete has been assigned one year after the original
incomplete, the grade of F will automatically be assigned. The grade of F may not be changed without approval of the
University Appeals Committee. You may not remove the incomplete from your transcript by re-enrolling in the class
during another semester. A grade of incomplete is excluded from GPA calculations until you receive a final grade in
the course.

Course Schedule

Detailed information about assignments is posted in Moodle. The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the schedule as needed. Readings and videos have been identified for each module to help you learn the key concepts to successfully complete each assignment.


Students are expected to spend 9-12 hours per week during the regular semester on each EdTech course. However, some students spend more time than others because they have difficulty in understanding technical jargons and contents. You might watch videos before reading the textbook and welcome to post questions during the learning process. However, please do not skip readings and reply on instructional videos only. You will miss key contents which are required for later sections.

I also recommend completing any reading and videos at the beginning of each module in order to give you enough time to complete each assignment (as well as enough time for any troubleshooting).

Major Assignments

Readings & Videos

Module 1: Introduction to the Course (8/22 - 8/31)

  • Read course syllabus

  • Bio and Introductions


Read course syllabus & introductions

Module 2: Introduction to Networking (8/29 - 9/7)
  • Assignment 1


Read ICND1 Ch2 & Ch3

Module 3: OSI Model (9/5 - 9/14)
  • Assignment 2




Read ICND1 Ch1 & Ch5

Module 4: IPv4 Addressing & Routing (9/12 - 9/28)
  • Assignment 3


Read ICND1 CH4, Ch11,CH12, CH13, & CH14

Module 5: IPv6 Addressing & Routing (9/26 - 10/12)
  • Assignment 4


Read ICND1 Ch25 & Ch26


Module 6: Special Topic: Apache Server (10/10 - 10/26)
  • Server project





Module 7: Switch Operation and Configuration (10/24 - 11/9)
  • Assignment 5


Read ICND1 CH6, CH7, Ch8, & Ch9

Module 8: Router Operation & Configuration (11/7 - 11/23)
  • Assignment 6


Read ICND1 Ch15, CH16, CH17, CH18

Thanksgiving (11/21 - 11/27)

No class during the break

Module 9: IPv4 Services (11/28 - 12/7)
  • Assignment 7


Read ICND1 Ch22, Ch23, & Ch24

Final Exam (12/5 - 12/11)
  • Final exam



  • Last day to submit discussion posts and final assignments is December 11


Boise State University Academic Calendar

Refer to the Boise State Academic Calendar for University dates and deadlines (e.g., the last day to drop).

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