I just went back to school and am currently taking a Network Routing and Switching class. Here is the course description:
This course focuses on the major concepts of Network Routing and Switching. The course begins with discussions of how to build Local and Wide Area Networks. Discussions of the TCP/IP suite of data transport protocols as well as the RIP, OSPF, and BGP suite of Router and Layer 3 Switch protocols will form the basis of understanding of how traffic flows over LAN and WAN inter-networks. The hands-on lab exercises will consist of building LAN/WAN networks comprising Cisco Routers and Switches with Ethernet and T1 transport links. Concepts of redundancy, reliability, and serviceability will be highlighted. Laptops will be provided; however, students are encouraged to bring their own laptop PC’s for use in the network if they choose. The course focuses on mastering material necessary to take the Cisco Certified Networking Associate exam. Additional topics will be covered as time permits.
There are 3 students in the class. We have met for one class period, and we have a packet of reading on an intro to Internet Protocol (IP). The class got a bunch of Cisco routers and equipment, and we will be using them to build networks. I will post more later on how the class is going.