BCS 209: Routing and Switching Essentials

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPng, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Cisco routers and switches are used for hands on learning. Credits: 3.00


BCS 208 with a grade of C or higher

Course Objectives

  • Students who complete the Routing and Switching Essentials course will be able to perform the following functions:
  • Understand and describe basic switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches
  • Understand and describe the purpose, nature, and operations of a router, routing tables, and the route lookup process
  • Understand and describe how VLANs create logically separate networks and how routing occurs between them
  • Understand and describe dynamic routing protocols, distance vector routing protocols, and link-state routing protocols
  • Configure and troubleshoot static routing and default routing (RIP and RIPng)
  • Configure and troubleshoot an Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) network
  • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot access control lists (ACLs) for IPv4 and IPv6 networks
  • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for IPv4 and IPv6 networks
  • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot Network Address Translation (NAT) operations


Please contact your professor for the required text book for this class. The reading materials (Companion Guide as well as the Labs) are online through students' Cisco NetSpace accounts.

Recommended books:

  • Routing and Switching Essentials Companion Guide By Cisco Networking Academy  Published Feb 18, 2014 by Cisco Press. ISBN-10: 1-58713-318-0  ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-318-3
  • Routing and Switching Essentials Lab Manual By Cisco Networking Academy Published Oct 17, 2013 by Cisco Press. ISBN-10: 1-58713-320-2 ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-320-6

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