Who Should Attend

Have you ever wondered how data travels from your computer across the network to another system? Do you understand what the “OSI” model really is and how it works? Does the concept of IP sub-netting intrigue or baffle you? 

These and many more topics will be covered in The University of Alabama’s Introduction to Networks course, part of the Cisco Network Academy CCNA curriculum, now being offered by The University of Alabama.  However, it's not just for Network Engineers.  People in the following professions will also benefit from this detailed and comprehensive overview of how a network functions:

  • IT managers
  • Network Engineers
  • Security Engineers
  • Application Programmers
  • Desktop Support Personnel

The Introduction to Networks course will help you understand the basics of networking. Join us as we follow data from the OSI stack in your computer, across the network to the destination system and back.  Using interactive lectures, examining packet traces and working through labs with actual Cisco equipment, you will leave the Introduction to Networks course knowing how packets traverse the network.  Along the way, you will learn IP sub-netting and fully understand how IP addressing works. 

After completing this course, you may choose to continue CCNA education with a deep dive in our Routing, Switching and WAN courses.  For those who wish to just gain an understanding of what a network is and exactly how it works, the “Introduction to Networks” course is for you.

The CCNA curriculum is made up of the following blocks.  Block I: Introduction to Networks is a prerequisite for the remaining blocks. Based on your individual goals, you may choose to enroll only in Introduction to Networks, or you may choose to complete the entire CCNA curriculum.  For those wishing to complete the entire curriculum, these four courses will prepare you for the CCNA certification examination.

  • Block I: Introduction to Networks
  • Block II: Routing Protocols and Concepts
  • Block III: LAN Switching and Wireless
  • Block IV: Accessing the WAN