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CNAP – Semester 1 – Chapters 10-15

(A Story of “How Levii met Tara”)

The fifth and final of a the Semester 1 training series of material. I’d originally developed this material late at night … or the wee hours of the morning, depending on your perspective. All four Semesters were originally developed while living in Abilene, TX; with later revisions after I’d moved to: San Antonio, TX; O’Fallon, IL; and Sembach, DE. The last update was made around 2005-2006 as a final handoff of instructional material to the 21st OWS systems flight to help prepare them for the CCNA examination, and as part of an after-hours DoD 8570 study group I formed for the IT/IS airmen in the area.

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Much of the work that went into developing a curriculum, summarizing data for these slides, and spending countless hours with stacks of books from Cisco Press could certainly be considered preparatory to other courses I’ve taught, any number of papers that I eventually did write, and a foundation to my self-identity as a person that enjoys sharing their knowledge; that would miss a key outcome. Those that know me have likely heard the story on how one of my earliest managers (and current colleague BTW) “conned” me into moving to Abilene. It was the light nights studying and working on this material, however, that introduced me to meet Tara. She took an interest in this strange young guy that showed up to IHOP every night with a laptop and stack of books, and who would eat his dinner with a gallon of coffee. So while I certainly hope this material finds a use to someone else, the opportunity to go back through it reinvigorates the memories of that first Christmas away from home, working on these slides, and the period that I was making a new friend; who years later … would become my wife.

This presentation covers the concepts of routing and addressing. Likely one of the most difficult areas for many people to initially grasp, sub-netting/CIDR were the subject of a few hours practice and working through problems as a group. I would typically run through three different methods of solving the problem, with increasing levels of decomposition and explanatory description back to the other methods. It’s my experience that subjects like this, as with many others that involve: formulas, solutions, proofs, sequential problem breakdown, etc., that could be solved multiple ways are often picked up quickly by the first 10% of a population, and they tend to be comfortable with multiple methods. The next 65% or so of the students will pick up given a second round of detailed explanation, but this group (and the final 25%) can be thrown back “off track” when demonstrating alternate methods, or further decomposition of the problem. It’s at this point then, that once a student ad the “ah ha!” moment, I would typically advise a student to excuse themselves from the class for remainder of the day, and give the sample problems a practice run a few hours later.

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The assessments and practical exam were delivered at the end of the Semester and are available below for reference.

 
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CNAP – Semester 1 – Chapters 8 & 9

The fourth part of the inter-networking training material provides basic information on infrastructure and cabling standards.

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The assessments and practical exam were delivered at the end of the Semester and are available below for reference.

 
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CNAP – Semester 1 – Chapters 5-7

The third installment of the material developed, this presentation focuses on: media, network topologies, and introduces MAC addressing with basic Layer 2 & 3 functional knowledge.

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The assessments and practical exam were delivered at the end of the Semester and are available below for reference.

 
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CNAP – Semester 1 – Chapters 3 & 4

The second of five presentations used for background for the training programs I ran until around 2005. This deck provides basic information about LAN devices, network topologies, and the basics of electrical theory used for inter-networking communications.

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CNAP – Semester 1 – Chapters 1 & 2

These are the first chapters of the Semester 1 slides I developed for use in the Structured on the Job (SOJT) training program for the Air Force (AF) Cisco Networking Academy Program (CNAP), along with the background lab configuration and practical exam I required for course completion. The courses were taught over a 10 day period of four (4) hours per day.  The individual lab assignments, some of the graphics, and the reading material are (C) Cisco Systems 2003 and are utilized under the fair-use sections of Copyright for training and education purposes.  Feel free to use any material on this site, and attribution back is greatly appreciated.

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A Holiday Break

With the holiday season upon us, I’ll be taking a break from writing original posts and/or papers for a couple of weeks.  I won’t be taking this time to rest on my laurels, however.  I have plenty of projects to complete around the house, a decade of photos to sort and upload, and a number of older works that need dusted off and posted so that there is a possibility of others getting value from them.

Happy Holidays

I’ve continued the love of open collaboration, and strive to share my knowledge and expertise freely to those who ask of it. As every new cohort began, I opened with the same statement; which I still hold to be a positive truth:

Though I may be billed as your teacher, trainer, or as the course instructor; none of these are necessarily true. As a room of professionals, each of you have chosen to be here. I cannot teach those that don’t want to learn, nor can I instruct those that don’t wish to listen. I can guide, assist, advise, listen, and mentor. I will freely answer any question to which I’m familiar and certain, and research answers to those I am not. I’m a resource, coach, and your collaborator; and I look forward to the next 40 days we’ll spend here together.

It’s in this spirit that I’ve selected the training decks from the CNAP program to post over the next couple of weeks. The first series to follow this post will be the Cisco Networking Academy Program (CNAP) training material, slides, labs, and other handouts that I prepared as an instructor between 2000 and 2005.  They’ve been touched on from time-to-time, and although no longer relevant for the CCNA exam; the underlying technical concepts and theory aren’t the type of things that will age into irrelevance in the very near future.

In my opinion, the development, mentorship, and transparency in thought-processes are among the most defining characteristics of good leadership. Though I have largely moved out of the classroom, the lessons learned and training received in instructional design, pedagogy, and confidence in my subject-authority will undoubtedly stick with me; and be valuable in all aspects of my life. I hope any good information I might impart while republishing this series may be as valuable to you as it was to me.

Happy holidays to all, and I  look forward to our continued conversation.

//Levii

 
 
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