Special Network Topics (CCNA) 2


  • Course Code: 1973
  • Semester: 9th
  • Course Type: Specialization - Skills Development (SP-SD)
  • Course Category: Optional (OP)
  • Scientific Field: Communications and Networks (CN)
  • Lectures: 2 hours/week
  • Lab teaching: 4 hours/week
  • ECTS units: 6
  • Teching and exams language: Greek
  • The course is offered to Erasmus students
  • Recommended prerequisite courses: (1872) Special Network Topics (CCNA) 1
  • Coordinator: Vitsas Vasilis
  • Instructors: Sarigiannidis Antonis

Educational goals

The course aims to provide the student with advanced knowledge and skills in designing and implementing complex and demanding mid-scale networks. This course is a continuation of the course on Special Network Topics (CCNA) 1. During the course the student will gain a thorough understanding of the operation of complex networking protocols and technologies but will also have the opportunity to gain extensive experience in using and managing network devices (2nd and 3rd layer), implement complex networking scenarios and tackle all the problems encountered under realistic conditions. By the successful completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • Understanding the operation of VTP and DTP protocols
  • Know and evaluate the need of use and operation of the STP protocol
  • Analyze and categorize the dynamic routing protocols
  • Know and implement the EIGRP, OSPF and eBGP protocols
  • Know the technologies of wide area networking
  • Analyze and evaluate the operation and usefulness of the cloud and VPN technologies
  • Understand and implement the advanced security configuration in the 3rd and 4th layers
General Skills
  • Applying theoretical knowledge to practice. This is achieved in practice with laboratory exercises and various implementation scenarios.
  • Search, analyze and synthesize data and information by using the necessary technologies
  • Independent work when solving laboratory exercises
  • Cooperation in the preparation of the exercises of each day
  • Searching for data and information online
  • Criticism and self-criticism ability
  • Adaptation to new situations since students are asked to adapt their knowledge and skills to new implemented scenarios

Course Contents

– The VTP and DTP protocols for switched networks
– The STP protocol
– Dynamic routing protocols (link state – distance vector)
– The EIGRP and OSPF protocols
– Technologies and security of Wide Area Networks (WANs)
– Control Access Lists
– The cloud and VPN technologies

Teaching Methods - Evaluation

Teaching Method
  • Face to face lectures
  • Discussion of the studied issues and scenarios
  • Resolving problems in practical scenarios
Use of ICT means
  • Use of the on-line platform netacad.com for the instruction of the course.
  • Use of presentation software.
  • Use of learning platform (Moodle).
  • Communication with students through electronic means (email, announcement dashboards).
Teaching Organization
Activity Semester workload
Practice training at home26
Laboratory exercises52
Total 180
Students evaluation

The student's evaluation includes the assessment of the laboratory part on a week basis and the final written examination.

- Assessment of the laboratory part (40%)
The evaluation is performed by using the on-line platform netacad.com and it includes multiple choice questions, exercises, troubleshooting as well as implementation of protocols and technologies for use scenarios. The language of the assessment is English.

- Final written examination (60%)
It includes the assessment of both the theoretical and the practical parts of the course. It includes questions that require short answers, multiple choice questions and exercises. The language of the final examination is Greek/English.

The evaluation criteria are listed in the course’s webpage in the learning platform (Moodle) and are explained to the students in the classroom.

Recommended Bibliography

Recommended Bibliography through "Eudoxus"
  1. Wendell Odom, "Δίκτυα Υπολογιστών: Το Πρώτο Βήμα ", Εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος, 2006, ISBN: 960-209-940-2, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 13653
  2. Steve McQuerry, "CCNA Αυτοδιδασκαλία : CCNA Αυτοδιδασκαλία : Διασύνδεση Συσκευών Δικτύου Cisco (ICND)", Εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος, 2006, ISBN: 960-209-914-3, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 13529
Complementary greek bibliography
  1. Συλλογικό έργο , Doherty Jim , Anderson Neil , Della Maggiora Paul, "Ο οδηγός της Cisco για τη δικτύωση", Εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος, 2006, 960-209-914-3, 2010, 9789604613960
  2. Steve McQuerry, "CCNA Αυτοδιδασκαλία : CCNA Αυτοδιδασκαλία : Διασύνδεση Συσκευών Δικτύου Cisco (ICND)", Εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος, 2006, 960-209-914-3
  3. Tanenbaum Andrew S. , Wetherall David J., "Δίκτυα Υπολογιστών", Εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος, 2012, 9789604614479
Complementary international bibliography
  1. Cisco Networking Academy, Allan Johnson, "Connecting Networks v6 Labs & Study Guide", Cisco Press, 2017, 1-58713-429-2
  2. Cisco Networking Academy, "Scaling Networks v6 Companion Guide", Cisco Press, 2017, 1-58713-434-9
  3. Wendell Odom, Sean Wilkins, "CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-105 Pearson uCertify Course, Network Simulator, and Textbook Academic Edition Bundle", Cisco Press, 2017, 1-58720-668-4
  4. Ramon Nastase, "Cisco CCNA Command Guide (Volume 2)", CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018, 1721913246 9781721913244
  5. Wendell Odom, Sean Wilkins, "CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 Official Cert Guide and Network Simulator Library", Cisco Press, 2017, 1-58720-610-2
Scientific journals
  1. Jayaprakash, R., & Saroja, K. (2015). RIP, OSPF, eigrp routing protocols. International Journal of Research in Computer Applications and Robotics, 3(7), 72-79.
  2. Sirika, S., & Mahajan, S. (2016). Survey on dynamic routing protocols. International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology, 5(1), 10-14.
  3. Savage, D., Ng, J., Moore, S., Slice, D., Paluch, P., & White, R. (2016). Cisco's Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) (No. RFC 7868).
  4. Rathi, B., & Singh, E. F. (2015). Performance Analysis of Distance Vector and Link State Routing Protocols. International Journal of Computer Science Trends and Technology (IJCST), 3(4), 23-32.
  5. Archana, C. (2015). Analysis of RIPv2, OSPF, EIGRP Configuration on router Using CISCO Packet tracer. International journal of Engineering science and innovative technology (IJESIT) volume, 4.
  6. Rathi, B., & Singh, E. F. (2015). Performance Analysis of Distance Vector and Link State Routing Protocols. International Journal of Computer Science Trends and Technology (IJCST), 3(4), 23-32.