BCS 320: Scaling Networks

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network. Cisco routers and switches are used for hands on learning. Credits: 3.00


BCS 209 with a grade of C or higher

Course Objectives

Students who complete the Scaling Networks course will be able to perform the following functions:

  • Understand, configure and troubleshoot enhanced switching technologies such as VLANs, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Per VLAN Spanning Tree Plus Protocol (PVST+), and EtherChannel
  • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot first hop redundancy protocols (HSRP) in a switched network
  • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot wireless routers and wireless clients
  • Configure and troubleshoot routers in a complex routed IPv4 or IPv6 network using single-area OSPF, multiarea OSPF, and Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
  • Manage Cisco IOS® Software licensing and configuration files


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:

  • Scaling Networks Companion Guide By Cisco Networking Academy Published Mar 30, 2014 by Cisco Press. ISBN-10: 1-58713-328-8 ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-328-2
  • Scaling Networks Lab Manual By Cisco Networking Academy Published Dec 24, 2013 by Cisco Press. ISBN-10: 1-58713-325-3  ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-325-1

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