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2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Computer Networking Hardware Operations I (8542/18 weeks, 70 hours)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Exploring the Network

  1. Draw your concept of the Internet.
  2. Research network collaboration tools.
  3. Identify network component representations and functions.
  4. Research converged network services.
  5. Identify network architecture requirements.
  6. Identify network security terminology.
  7. Research information technology (IT) and networking career opportunities.

Configuring a Network Operating System

  1. Describe Cisco IOS operating system.
  2. Compare access methods.
  3. Navigate the IOS.
  4. Establish a console session.
  5. Configure initial switch settings.
  6. Demonstrate basic connectivity.
  7. Design a simple network.
  8. Configure a switch management address.

Exploring Network Protocols and Communications

  1. Explain network protocols and standards.
  2. Identify protocols and layers.
  3. Research networking standards.
  4. Illustrate the encapsulation process.

Accessing the Network

  1. Describe the data-link layer.
  2. Identify network devices and cabling.
  3. Identify network media.
  4. Build an Ethernet crossover cable.
  5. Determine wired and wireless network interface card (NIC) information.
  6. Identify frame fields.
  7. Design physical facility layout.

Examining the Ethernet

  1. Analyze network device MAC addresses.
  2. Explain the switch MAC address table.
  3. Identify MAC and IP addresses.
  4. Analyze the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) table.

Examining the Network Layer

  1. Identify IP characteristics.
  2. Identify elements of a routing table entry.
  3. Identify router components.
  4. Describe Internetworking devices.
  5. Describe physical characteristics of routers.
  6. Configure a Cisco router.
  7. Connect a router to a LAN.
  8. Troubleshoot default gateway issues.

Setting IP Addresses

  1. Perform network mathematics.
  2. Analyze unicast, broadcast, and multicast.
  3. Identify IPv4 addresses.
  4. Practice IPv6 address representations.
  5. Identify types of IPv6 addresses.
  6. Configure a global unicast address.
  7. Identify IPv6 addresses.

Subnetting IP Networks

  1. Calculate the subnet mask (basic).
  2. Determine number of bits to borrow.
  3. Calculate IPv4 subnets.
  4. Demonstrate Variable-length Subnet Masking (VLSM).
  5. Implement a subnetted IPv6 addressing scheme.

Examining the Transport Layer

  1. Identify Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) characteristics.
  2. Identify TCP and UDP traffic.

Examining the Application Layer

  1. Identify the application and presentation (protocols and standards) layers.
  2. Research peer-to-peer file sharing.
  3. Configure Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) servers.
  4. Describe File Transfer Protocol (FTP).
  5. Establish a multiuser Packet Tracer connection.

Building a Small Network

  1. Identify network security threats.
  2. Examine telnet and SSH in Wireshark.
  3. Secure network devices.
  4. Manage device configuration files.
  5. Demonstrate password recovery procedures.
  6. Perform network latency test with ping and traceroute.
  7. Perform show commands.
  8. Use the CLI to gather network device information.