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  • There are 30 randomly selected multiple-choice questions, each worth five points, for a total of 150 points. 
  • There are five randomly selected essay questions, each worth 24 points, for a total of 120 points.
  • The Final Exam covers all course TCOs and Weeks 1-7.
  • The Final Exam contains three pages, which can be completed in any order.

·  This means that not everyone will have the same questions.  Even if you do have some of the same questions, they may not be in the same order. These questions are distributed amongst the TCOs. The entire exam is worth 270 points.

·  On the essay questions, your answers should be succinct, fully address each part of the question, and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding in a concise but complete answer. Most essay questions require answers consisting of a couple of paragraphs (not a couple of sentences) that directly speak to each part of the question. Some students opt to work on the essay questions first due to their higher point value and length of time needed to adequately address each question. This is entirely your choice.

·  Remember, always use proper citation when quoting other sources!  This means that ANY borrowed material (even a short phrase) is placed in quotation marks with the source (URL, author/date/page #) immediately following the end of the passage. Changing a few words in a passage does NOT constitute putting it in your own words, and proper citation is still required.  Borrowed material should NOT dominate a student’s work, but should only be used sparingly to support your own thoughts, ideas, and examples.  Heavy usage of borrowed material (even if properly cited) can jeopardize the points for that question.  Not citing material can jeopardize a passing grade on the exam. As a part of our commitment to academic integrity, your work may be submitted to, which is an online plagiarism-checking service. Therefore, please be VERY mindful of proper citation. 

7.  Some of the key study areas are detailed below. (While these are key areas, remember that the exam is comprehensive for all of the assigned course content, and this study guide may not be all inclusive.)

·  Switched LAN architecture

·  Hierarchical network mode

·  Converged network

·  Switch features

·  Switches for small- and medium-sized business (SMB)

·  Identify the contributions of a LAN switch to the Ethernet network.

·  Compare and contrast LAN switching modes.

·  Analyze the security features of a LAN switch.

·  Demonstrate successful basic configuration of a LAN switch per specifications.

·  Compare and contrast the effects of implementing VLANs on a network.

·  Describe the types of VLANs.

·  Compare and contrast the use of trunking as it applies to VLANS.

·  Demonstrate successful configuration of VLANs on a LAN switch per specifications.

·  Compare and contrast the use of VTP on two or more connected LAN switches.

·  Describe the operation of VTP.

·  Compare and contrast VTP modes.

·  Explain VTP pruning.

·  Demonstrate successful configuration of VTP on two or more connected LAN switches per specifications.

·  Explain the need for STP.

·  Describe how STP works.

·  Describe convergence with respect to STP.

·  Compare and contrast STP variants.

·  Demonstrate successful configuration of STP on two or more connected LAN switches per specifications.

·  Compare and contrast the different methods of routing between VLANs.

·  Explain the responsibilities of LAN switches and routers in inter-VLAN routing.

·  Demonstrate successful configuration of both LAN switches and routers to route between VLANs per specifications.

·  Compare and contrast wireless and wired LANs.

·  Discuss security as it applies to wireless LANs.

·  Describe the sequence of events that happen in connecting to a network through a wireless LAN.

·  Compare and contrast ad hoc and infrastructure mode of wireless LAN communications.

·  Demonstrate successful configuration of a wireless LAN so that a host can access a wired LAN by way of a wireless connection to an Access Point or Wireless router per specifications.

8. Areas that were discussed in the threads will be prime targets. 

9. Assignments will also be prime targets for revisiting. 

10. Reviewing the TCOs will also be a great preparation for the Final Exam, and they are listed below for your convenience.


Given a physical topology and projected traffic patterns, implement a hierarchical switched network design.


Given a switching topology and performance requirements, identify the appropriate framing method and trace the flow of data through the network switching fabric.


Given an Ethernet topology with multiple collision and broadcast domains, as well as specific performance and security requirements, implement a VLAN design and test critical functionality and connectivity.


Given an Ethernet topology requiring two or more broadcast domains across two or more switches, implement VTP and test critical functions and connectivity.


Given an Ethernet topology including two or more switches and requiring increased reliability or inter-device throughput, implement Etherchannel and/or the STP protocol.


Given an Ethernet topology with two or more switches and two or more broadcast domains, implement inter-VLAN routing and test connectivity.


Given an Ethernet topology requiring wireless access with specific end-user performance and security requirements, install and configure a Peer-to-Peer or access point network and test network functionality of those requirements.

Finally, if you have any questions for me, please post them to our Q & A or e-mail me. Good luck on the exam!

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