Course Summary
Credit Type:
Self-paced, 24 hours
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 2 Networking Engineering or Computer Networking


The course objective is to help prepare learners for the Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) (200-310) certification exam.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Implement a Cisco network design, including the use of the top-down approach, piloting, and prototyping
  • Describe traditional switches and routed network designs using the LAN network as an example
  • Describe the role fault domains in a network and where they fit in network design
  • Describe OSPF expansion and considerations, and BGP expansion using route reflectors and confederations
  • Describe campus design best practices and essential tools
  • Describe basic network design principles of the branch office, including design considerations and best practices
  • Describe wireless LAN requirements, including those for controller-based wireless networks, and how to set up redundancy for wireless LAN
  • Describe voice and video considerations in Cisco network design, including capacity, convergence, and service placement
  • Describe data center considerations such as load balancing, block vs. non-blocking at Layer 2, and using DCI across multiple data centers
  • Describe general network technologies and design principles including design lifecycle phases, benefits, and documentation, as well projectization
  • Perform network discovery audits
  • Ensure a network design is scalable and describe equipment design, logical design, and connectivity design
  • Describe the components of an IP addressing scheme, as well as the scope, the use of subnetting, summarization, scalability, and the use of NAT
  • Describe external gateway protocols and methods for accomplishing network efficiency and scalability
  • Describe campus design best practices and essential tools

General Topics:

  • DESGN 3.0: Enterprise Architecture
  • DESGN 3.0: Design Lifecycle
  • DESGN 3.0: Design Methodology
  • DESGN 3.0: Networking Information Gathering and Auditing
  • DESGN 3.0: Implementing Network Design
  • DESGN 3.0: Design Modularity
  • DESGN 3.0: Design Hierarchy
  • DESGN 3.0: Design Scalability
  • DESGN 3.0: Design Resiliency
  • DESGN 3.0: Fault Domain Design
  • DESGN 3.0: Scalable Addressing and IP Addressing Schemes
  • DESGN 3.0: Routing Protocol Scalability
  • DESGN 3.0: IGP Expansion
  • DESGN 3.0: OSPF and BGP Expansion
  • DESGN 3.0: Campus Design
  • DESGN 3.0: Campus Design Part 2
  • DESGN 3.0: Enterprise Network WAN and Edge
  • DESGN 3.0: Branch Network Design
  • DESGN 3.0: Wireless LAN Design
  • DESGN 3.0: Wireless LAN Requirements
  • DESGN 3.0: Security Control Considerations
  • DESGN 3.0: Voice and Video Design Considerations
  • DESGN 3.0: Virtualization in Network Design
  • DESGN 3.0: Network Programmability and Data Center Component Design
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Computer Based Training
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials