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The Cisco Networking Academy Programme in Romania

In Romania, there is a CATC Centre (Cisco Academic Training Centre) at RoEduNet Bucharest, and also 10 Regional Academies and 102 Local Academies (The Regional Academies are also Local Academies) which offer training for the CCNA certificate (Cisco Certified Networking Associate).

The Cisco company, the world-wide leader in the field of interconnecting computer networks, has established a partnership with the Ministry of National Education, and has agreed to adhere to the “ Cisco Networking Academy” programme. More than 50 countries joined this programme.

The Cisco Academy programme has a hierarchical organizational structure on several levels:

  • The Training Centre (Cisco Networking Centre), which trains the personnel (trainers) from the Regional Academies; it covers a cluster of countries, at present the Training Centre for Europe functioning at the University of Birmingham (England).
  • The Regional Academy, which trains and co-ordinates the personnel (trainers) from the Local Academies. In Romania there are only 4 Centres of this kind, in RoEduNet Centres from Cluj-Napoca, Bucharest, Târgu Mureş and Iaşi.

The Local Academy includes classes of students trained directly in the field of interconnecting computer networks.

The programme starts from the idea that organizations, irrespective of their level, do not have the necessary resources to design, build and maintain computer networks, the nowadays specialists having no access to the advantages of the modern technologies applied to computer networks.

The benefits of the established partnership are the following:

  • The students receive training in order to acquire the necessary abilities for the data communication professions
  • The member schools and universities, receive a significant amount of communication equipment and also the necessary resources to support the use of internal networks
  • The companies benefit by getting trained and properly qualified specialists in the field of information technology.

The Cisco Local Academy was founded in 2001 at “Lucian Blaga” University.

Courses offered by Cisco Local Academy LBUS:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate, 1-4 semesters (CCNA1, CCNA2, CCNA3, CCNA4)

Certificates issued at the end of the course:

At the end of each semester, CISCO will issue a certificate of attendance and completion of courses in a PDF format, for that particular semester.

At the end of the 4 semesters, after the final exam held in an examination Centre certified by CISCO, one will receive a CCNA certificate sent by mail.

When do classes begin?

15.01.2007: CCNA1, CCNA2, CCNA3 şi CCNA4
09.04.2007: CCNA1, CCNA2, CCNA3 şi CCNA4

One semester will last between minimum 6 and maximum 10 weeks, and it will consist of 2 meetings per week.

The semesters must be taken in order, that is CCNA1, CCNA2, CCNA3 and CCNA4, but they do not need to be approached continuously. After the end of each semester there is the possibility to choose between:

  • continuing the classes by applying for the next semester with the current group
  • interrupting attendance, but with the possibility to resume classes in the future, the already graduated semesters being acknowledged

Registration period. Fees

There are 4 categories of fees, which mean several options offered to the students doing a computer studies programme at LBUS as well as to the other students/pupils.

The fees are the following*:
2.500.000 lei (250 RON) / semester – for students majoring in computer studies at LBUS
3.250.000 lei (325 RON) / semester – for students/pupils
4.000.000 lei (400 RON) / semester – for other persons
5.500.000 lei (550 RON) / semestru / person – for corporate bodies

Nota:
CISCO Local Academy has the right to alter these fees, their altered values being applied starting with the next semester of the offered courses.

The above-mentioned fees may be paid as follows:

Minimum 50% at registration, and the rest of the amount will be paid at the end of the contract, that is, on the day mentioned in the signed contract.

After the contract has been signed and the first instalment paid, that particular student will be actually registered in the class opened on the CISCO site, where the student will have access to course-related materials, to grades, to information concerning the exams, by using the username and the personal password.

After the students register in the first semester (CCNA), a new account will be created on the CISCO site. They will be assigned via e-mail a username and a temporary password, that are necessary to fill in the online form with their personal data and also to specify the username and the password that they want.

Classes. Exams.

At the first meeting, the students will receive a CD containing all the necessary materials for that semester. Practical activities and free discussions on the matters that have been dealt with throughout the course will be the main focus.

Each student will have to study the theoretical part individually, outside meetings. During classes, only the major issues from the current chapter will be dealt with, namely the debatable issues one has come across during individual study. Depending on the clarifications, practical activities or exercises will be again the focus of interest.

The grading and examination system is structured and supported by CISCO. Thus, all the exams will be taken online on the CISCO site. In this respect, the particular exam needs to be activated by the trainer. Then, by using the individual password and the username, the students will be able to take the activated exams, obtaining a score under the form of percentage.

The grids are divided into two categories:

  • MCMA (Multiple Choice Multiple Answers) – grids with choices (all correct answers have to be selected in order to get the highest score)
  • MCSA (Multiple Choice Single Answer) – grids with only one correct answer

Students will be assigned a project, a case study, for each semester, and the students will be graded according to this case study by the trainer. The reference material needed for the project, can be found either on CD or in the course-book, at the respective chapter.

The equipment available at the CISCO Local Academy affiliated with LBUS consists of:


Routers:
- 1 x Cisco 805
- 1 x Cisco 1610
- 1 x Cisco 1720
- 2 x Cisco 2520
- 2 x Cisco 2610

Catalyst Switches
- 2 x Cisco Catalyst 2950
- 1 x Cisco Catalyst 2924XL

Other equipment:
- 1 x Switch 24 ports
- 2 x Switch 16 ports
- 2 x Switch 8 ports
- 2 x Hub 16 ports
- 2 x Hub 12 ports
- network tools (pliers, testers, punchdown-tool, etc.)
- 9 PCs connected to the internet

The Teaching Staff of the Academy

Associate Professor Remus Brad, Eng. Ph.D.
Local Academy Main Contact
Curriculum Lead

Eng. Daniel Ghisoiu
Local Academy Instructor
Cisco Certified Network Associate
Cisco Certified Academy Instructor

Syllabus

CCNA1: NETWORKING BASICS v3.1

  • An Introduction to Networks
  • Computer Networking Basics
  • Communication Tools
  • Cable Testing
  • LAN (Local Area Network) and WAN (Wide Area Network) Cabling
  • Ethernet Basics
  • Ethernet Technologies
  • Ethernet Switching
  • TCP/IP Protocol Sequence and IP Addressing
  • Routing and Sub-Networking Basics
  • TCP/IP Carry and Application Layers
  • Case Study – Structured Cabling
CCNA2: ROUTERS AND ROUTING BASICS v3.1  
  • WAN Networks and Routers
  • Preliminary Information on Routers
  • Router Configuration
  • Other Devices
  • CISCO IOS Administration
  • Routing and Routing Protocols
  • Routing Protocols Based on The Distance Vector
  • TCP/IP Carry Layer
  • Control Lists of ACL Access
  • Case Study – Routing
CCNA3: SWITCING BASICS AND INTERMEDIATE ROUTING v3.1
  • Preliminary Information On Non-Oriented Routing
  • Single Area OSPF
  • EIGRP
  • Concepts About Switching
  • Switches
  • Switch Configuration
  • Spanning – Tree Protocol
  • VLAN Virtual Local Networks
  • VLAN Trunking Protocol
  • Case Study – ACL Access Control Lists
CCNA4: WAN TECHNOLOGIES v3.1
  • IP Address Scaling
  • WAN Technologies
  • PPP
  • ISND and DDR
  • Frame Relay
  • Preliminary Information On Network Management
  • Case Study – WAN Networks

 



Contact Information

Address: 10, Victoriei Bd., Sibiu, 550024, România
Tel: +40-(269) 21.60.62, ext.207, 143
Fax: +40-(269) 21.04.92

E-mail: cisco.academy@ulbsibiu.ro
Web: http://ciscoacademy.ulbsibiu.ro

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