CCNA1 ITN Module 4 - Physical Layer

Date Subject Lesson Plan
10/25/21 CCNA1

Discussion: Module 4 - The Physical Layer

Link: Module 4 Reading Organizer

Video: Multiple Choice Taking Strategies and Tips (3:36)

*** There are a lot of things to memorize in this module. Be prepared!! ***

Start Module 4 - Physical Layer

Start: Module 4, Section 0 - Introduction

Activity: Module 4 Tour

Read: 4.0.1 Why should I take this module?

Read: 4.0.2 What will I learn to do in this module?

Start Module 4, Section 1 - Purpose of the Physical Layer

Read: 4.1.1 The Physical Connection

Read: 4.1.2 The Physical Layer

Activity: 4.1.3 Check Your Understanding - Purpose of the Physical Layer

Assignment: Module 4 Reading Organizer questions 1-2


Discussion: M.2
Video: M.2 As Fast As Possible (6:14)

Read: Select a Media Reader

  • Secure digital (SD)
  • MicroSD
  • MiniSD
  • Compact Flash
  • Memory Stick
  • eMMC
  • xD

Read: Select External Storage

Activity: Check Your Understanding – Media Cards

Embedded Video: Connect the Internal Power Cables

Activity: Check Your Understanding – Identify the Power Connectors

Embedded Video: Connect the Internal Data Cables

Lab: Install Internal Cables

Embedded Video: Install the Front Panel Cables

Read: Install the Front Panel Cables

Activity: Check Your Understanding – Identify the Front Panel Cables

Lab: Install the Front Panel Cables

Embedded Video: Complete the Computer Assembly

Activity: Check Your Understanding – Identify the External Connectors

Lab: Complete the Computer Assembly

10/26/21 CCNA1

Class C Subnet Practice

Start Module 4, Section 2 - Physical Layer Characteristics

Read: 4.2.1 Physical Layer Standards

Read: 4.2.2 Physical Components

Read: 4.2.3 Encoding

  • Physical Components
    • NICs, cables, ports, interfaces
  • Encoding (16:54)

Read: 4.2.4 Signaling

Read: 4.2.5 Bandwidth

  • Bandwidth is measured in bits per second - bps
  • Limits depend on physical media & technology used: encoding/signaling method

Read: 4.2.6 Bandwdth Terminology

  • Throughput is bandwidth minus latency
  • Goodput - useable data
Activity: Speed Test:
Activity: Speed Test: Charter Communications
Activity: Speed Test: Comcast XFINITY
Activity: Speed Test: Frontier

Activity: 4.2.7 Check Your Understanding - Physical Layer Characteristics

Assignment: Module 4 Reading Organizer questions 3-10


Video: Jason Johnson: ITEv7 Chapter 2 Review (17:55)

Activity: Chapter 2 Terms and Concepts Practice

Activity: Chapter 2 Quiz (10 points)

Study: Chapter 2 Test

10/27/21 CCNA1

Start Module 4, Section 3 - Copper Cabling

Read: 4.3.1 Characteristics of Copper Cabling

Read: 4.3.2 Types of Copper Cabling
Video: Professor Messer: Copper Cabling (9:28)

  • Unshielded Twisted-Pair (UTP) - RJ45
  • Shielded Twisted -Pair (STP) - Shielded RJ45
  • Coaxial, Type 6 - F Connector

Read: 4.3.3 Unshielded twisted-pair (UTP)

Read: 4.3.4 Shielded twisted-pair (STP)

Read: 4.3.5 Coaxial cable

Activity: 4.3.6 Copper Cabling

Assignment: Module 4 Reading Organizer questions 11-25

  A+ Review: Chapter 2 PowerPoint
Review: Chapter 2 Exam Study Guide
8:30: Test: Chapter 2
10/28/21 CCNA1

Binder Projects due Friday (2021)

Subnet Practice (10 min) - We still need practice!!

Review Video: Professor Messer: Network Fundamentals (6:18)

Read: 4.4.1 Properties of UTP Cabling

Read: 4.4.2 UTP Cabling Standards and Connectors

Video: Professor Messer: Troubleshooting Copper Cables (6:19)

  • Inexpensive & easy to install
  • Attenuation (limits distance)
  • EMI & RFI - shielding
  • Crosstalk - twisting wire
  • Proper installation and routing of cable

Read: 4.4.3 Straight-through and Crossover UTP Cables
Video: Professor Messer: Wiring Standards (10:10)

  • Straight-through
  • Crossover
  • Rollover

Activity: 4.4.4 Activity - Cable Pinouts

Assignment: Module 4 Reading Organizer questions 26-31


Start Chapter 3 - Advanced Computer Hardware

Activity: Chapter 3 Tour

Read: Welcome
Video: BIOS, CMOS, UEFI - What's the difference? (5:36)

Video Demonstration: BIOS - UEFI Menus

Read: POST

  • Know what a "beep code" is and how it is used

Read: BIOS and CMOS
Video: Professor Messer: BIOS (5:25)

Read: UEFI

Activity: Check Your Understanding - BIOS and UEFI Terminology

10/29/21 CCNA1
Section 1

Last day of 1st grading period (2021)

Binder Projects due today! Leave binders on your desk with self-assessment. (2021)

If you are:

  • Not paying attention in class
  • Not reading the text in/out of school
  • Not studying/practicing/reviewing
  • Thinking that "showing up" is good enough
    • You won't do well here because you won't be aquiring the skills and knowledge needed

Subnet Problem Class B Practice #1

Start Module 4, Section 5 - Fiber-Optic Cabling

Read: 4.5.1 Properties of Fiber-Optic Cabling

Read: 4.5.2 Types of Fiber Media

  • Single Mode
    • Small core: 9 microns
    • Less dispersion
    • Long distance
    • Lasers
    • Backbone
    • Thousands of meters
  • Mutimode
    • Larger core: 50/62.5 microns
    • Greater dipersion
    • Shorter distance
    • LEDs
    • LANs
    • Hundreds of meters

Read: 4.5.3 Fiber-Optic Cabling Usage


None today

11/01/21 CCNA1

Subnet Practice: Class B #2

Read: 4.5.4 Fiber-Optic Connectors
Video: Professor Messer: Network Connectors (6:10)

  • ST, SC, LC, Duplex LC
  • Yellow for single mode
  • Orange for multimode

Read: 4.5.5 Fiber Patch Cords

Read: 4.5.6 Fiber versus Copper

Activity: 4.5.7 Check Your Understanding - Fiber-Optic Cabling

Assignment: Module 4 Reading Organizer questions 32-40


Video Demonstartion: Configure BIOS - UEFI Settings

Video: Professor Messer: BIOS and UEFI - CompTIA A+ 220-901 (7:29)

Lab: Investigate BIOS or EUFI Settings
Note: Some of the questions can't be answered. Use link below:

Link: Simulated BIOS

Read: BIOS and UEFI Security
Video: Professor Messer: BIOS Security - CompTIA A+ 220-1001 (4:12)

Read: Update the Firmware

Activity: BIOS and UEFI Configuration Terminology

11/03/21 CCNA1

Subnet Practice: Class B #3

Start Module 4, Section 6 - Wireless Media
Video: Professor Messer: Wireless Network Technologies (10:46)

Read: 4.6.1 Properties of Wireless Media

Read: 4.6.2 Types of Wireless Media
Video: Professor Messer Wireless Standards (6:22)

Read: 4.6.3 Wireless LAN

Activity: 4.6.4 Check Your Understanding - Wireless Media

PT: 4.6.5 Connect a Wired and Wireless LAN (30 minutes)

Assignment: Module 4 Reading Organizer questions 41-45 (end)


Video: Tech Deals: Update Your BIOS in 5 Minutes (7:47)

Lab: Search for BIOS or UEFI Firmware Updates

11/04/21 CCNA1

Subnet Practice: Class B #4

Lab: 4.6.6 View Wired and Wireless NIC Information


Install Oracle VirtualBox on local machine

Copy OS Windows 10 to your desktop

Lab: Install Windows (Start)

11/05/21 CCNA1
Section 2

Video: Ethernet Cables, UTP vs STP, Straight vs Crossover, CAT 5,5e,6,7,8 Network Cables (7:06)

Start Module 4, Section 7 - Module Practice and Quiz

PT: 4.7.1 Physical Layer Exploration
((Walk thru w/students Part 1 through Part 2 b. 40 min.) about 60 min total)

Optional: Visual Traceroute Installation:

Install Java using this link

Install Visual Traceroute using this link


Finish installing Windows 10 to your new virtual computer

Install as though it is your computer - you may have to create a Microsoft Account

Lab: Install Windows (Finish)

11/08/21 CCNA1

Video: What is SFP Transceiver and How Does It Work (2:57)

PT: 4.7.2 Connect the Physical Layer (30 minutes)

Read: 4.7.2 What did I learn in this module?

Activity: 4.7.3 Module Quiz - Physical Layer

Review Video: Jason Johnson CCNA1, Module 4 (29:44)

Test: Module 4

Start Chapter 5 - Number Systems