CCNA 1: Introduction to Networking

Enrollment Message:

This course has specific, unique technology and device requirements; please see the full syllabus for details. Students will receive additional information by email about accessing their course content in NetAcad within 24 school day or business hours after their enrollment is approved in the Student Learning Portal (SLP).

This is the first of a three-course series designed to prepare you for the 200-301 Cisco® Certified Network Associate (CCNA®) exam.

Begin preparing for a networking career with this introduction to how networks operate. This includes learning the architecture, structure, and functions needed to support the operations and priorities of Fortune 500 companies to small innovative retailers. You will even get the chance to configure a network yourself, such as a simple LAN (Local Area Network). After completing this course, you will have a working knowledge of routing, switching, network applications and protocols. This course is offered in partnership with the Pinckney Cyber Training Institute. Prerequisites:None

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Explain network technologies.
  • Explain how devices access local and remote network resources.
  • Explain how devices access local and remote network resources.
  • Describe router hardware.
  • Explain how switching operates in a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Design an IP addressing scheme to provide network connectivity for a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Configure initial settings on a network device.
  • Implement basic network connectivity between devices.
  • Configure monitoring tools available for small to medium-sized business networks.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Explore the Network

Module 2: Network Protocols and Communication

Module 3: Ethernet

Module 4: IP Addressing

Module 5: Transport Layer

Module 6: Build a Small Network

Module 7: Configure a Network Operating System

Module 8: Network Access

Module 9: Network Layer

Module 10: Subnetting IP Networks

Module 11: Application Layer

Resources Included: Students will have access to the Cisco Networking Academy (Netacad) curriculum and course resources (Labs, Packet Tracer Activities, Reading Guides, Assessments, etc.). Pinckney Cyber Training Institute (PCTI) has been a Cisco Networking Academy for nearly 20 years. PCTI is offering the Cisco Networking Academy Program in an asynchronous e-learning environment to enable students to learn valuable information and skills for increased access to opportunities in the global economy.

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual and PCTI do not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. A final score earned will be submitted to your school mentor for conversion to their own letter grading system. The final score will be calculated through total points earned within the following weighted categories: Chapter Reading Guides (10%); Curriculum Activities (10%); Lab Assignments (15%); Packet Tracer Activities (15%); Chapter Quizzes (20%); Skills-Based Exam (15%); Final Exam (15%).

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements:

  • A computer with either Windows (7 or later), Linux, or Macintosh operating system
  • Reliable Internet Access
  • Ability to download and install Packet Tracer, a stand-alone program that is required for all Cisco NetAcademy Courses
  • Ability to download/upload PDF files as well as Packet Tracer files (.pka)
  • Up to date Chrome and/or Firefox Web Browser to access the curriculum
  • Java (JRE) to access Packet Tracer testing environment
  • A PDF reader to complete assignments (Recommend: Adobe Reader); Note: All Reading Guides/Labs are fillable PDF files
  • Access to YouTube

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments, including labs/lab reports, Packet Tracer Activities and Skills-Based Assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer, including downloading of programs/files.

Additional Information:Students who successfully complete CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks will receive a certificate of completion for each course. Students who successfully complete the next two courses in the series (CCNA 2: Routing and Switching Essentials; CCNA 3: Networking, Security and Automation) will be eligible to sit for the CCNA Exam. While Michigan Virtual and Pinckney CTI prepare students for this exam, the certification exam is not part of this course. It is the responsibility of the student or parent to register for the CCENT exam. For more information about certification exams, go to:  Note: Students who earn a final score of 85% or higher in CCNA 1, CCNA 2, and CCNA 3 may be eligible for a discounted price when registering for the certification exam.

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School Level: High School
Standards: Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education
NCAA Approved: N/A - Non-Core
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 10104
MDE Endorsement Code: NR - Computer Science
MMC Minimum Requirements: EDP/Career Interest Elective

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Pinckney Cyber Training Institute
Instructor Provider: Pinckney Cyber Training Institute

Course Type: PCTI