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CompTIA Network+


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CIT CompTIA – Network+ overview

The CompTIA Network + run under the Cork Institute of Technology CompTIA CAPP programme offers an excellent theory and practical based networking course at a fundamental level for all participants interested in entering the workplace as a network technician, network administrator or technical support engineer.

The CompTIA Network+ course builds on your existing user-level knowledge and experience with personal computer operating systems and networks to present fundamental skills and concepts that you will use on the job in any type of networking career. The programme is an excellent primer in networks and will provide the student with excellent foundational skills from a theoretical and practically perspective so that they may pursue more advanced accreditations in the networking area such as the Cisco Certified Network Associate (also offered by Cork Institute of Technology) and the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

The programme addresses core areas of networking such as the OSI and TCP/IP models, IP Addressing, Subnetting, Physical Network Topologies, Cabling, Router, Switches, Firewalls, Wireless Technologies and LAN/WAN environments.

The CompTIA Network + certification will prepare students for the CompTIA Network + certification exam which is an industry wide respected certification of competency in Networking technologies.

Resources and Materials

All learning resources required to successfully complete this programme are included. Students are also provided with as much personal tuition and support from CIT’s experienced instructors/lecturers as they require throughout the programme.

The course is delivered using CIT’s Cloud Education services such as Adobe Connect (Virtual Classroom), vCloud (Virtual Lab Environment) and Blackboard (Learning Management System).

Entry Requirements

None specifically but the course is best suited to someone in IT Support, Network Administration or a PC Technician. It would also benefit someone who has already achieved the CompTIA A+ certification.

Course Outline

1. Network Theory and Communications

  • Networking Terminology
  • Network Building Blocks
  • Standard Network Models
  • Physical Network Topologies
  • Logical Network Topologies
  • Transmission Methods
  • Media Access Methods
  • Signaling Methods

2. Network & Cable Media

  • Data Addressing and Delivery
  • Delivery Techniques
  • Bounded Network Media
  • Unbounded Network Media
  • Noise Control
  • Network Connectivity Devices
  • Wiring Distribution Component

3. Network Implementations

  • The OSI Model
  • Ethernet Networks
  • Token Ring Networks
  • Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) Networks
  • Wireless Technologies and Standards

4. Networking with TCP/IP

  • Families of Protocols
  • The TCP/IP Protocol
  • IP Address Basics
  • Custom IP Addresses
  • The IP Version 6 Protocol
  • The TCP/IP Protocol Suite

5. TCP/IP Services

  • IP Address Assignment Methods
  • Host Name Resolution
  • TCP/IP Utilities
  • TCP/IP Upper-Layer Services
  • TCP/IP Interoperability Services

6. Local Area Network Infrastructure

  • Bridges and Switches
  • IP Routing
  • Static IP Routing
  • Dynamic IP Routing
  • Control Data Movement with Filters and VLANs

7. WAN Infrastructure

  • WAN Switching Technologies
  • WAN Transmission Technologies
  • WAN Connectivity Methods
  • Voice Over Data Systems

8. Network Security

  • Computer Security Basics
  • Authentication
  • Data Encryption
  • Protect Network Traffic with IP Security (IPsec)
  • Internet Security
  • Local Security
  • Common Threats
  • Threat Mitigation Techniques
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention
  • Educate Users

9. Remote Networking

  • Remote Network Architectures
  • Remote Access Networking Implementations
  • Virtual Private Networking
  • Remote Control Computing

10. Disaster Recovery

  • Examine Configuration Management Documentation
  • Plan for Disaster Recovery
  • Fault Tolerance Methods
  • Data Backup

11. Network Management

  • Monitoring Tools
  • Network Baseline
  • Network Optimization

12. Network Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting Models
  • TCP/IP Troubleshooting Utilities
  • Hardware Troubleshooting Tools

Course Delivery

This course is delivered over 12 weeks (Two evenings a week usually Tuesday & Thursday 6:30pm – 9:30pm); during the academic year at the following times;

  • Semester 1: September 2016
  • Semester 2: February 2017

The course can be delivered full contact (on campus) or blended (mixture of online lectures and classroom based labs).

Course Costing

The cost of the CompTIA A+ is €1400 per student, this includes course notes, lab manuals, online materials and the cost of both exams are included as part of the price.


Computer Trade and Industry Association and Cork Institute of Technology.

Course Dates

The next session of CompTIA Network+ will begin in February 2017.


Pat McCarthy
Department of Computer Science
T: +353 (21) 433 6015

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