PBL in Computer Networks or CCNA Discovery course, MCU

Course overview

The course builds basic networking knowledge. It equips students with the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level careers in IT. It deploys a hands-on approach to networking education that allows students to gain practical experience early in the curriculum. The knowledge developed is useful towards CCNA certification. CCNA discovery is a blended curriculum involving both on-line and classroom learning. The course is designed for students with basic PC skills and offers a hands-on, career-oriented approach to building networking knowledge that emphasizes practical experience. The course covers key networking concepts related to all types of practical network environments students may encounter in professional activities, ranging from small office or home office (SOHO) networking to more complex enterprise environments. Students engage in laboratory activities that help them understand the theory on building networks. The course closes with theoretical networking models.

Participants in piloting 

The course targets 3rd year students in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Mean Chey University. 14 students to attends the course in the 2020 – 2021 academic year.

Use of ALIEN services and tools

The students set up a PC system, including the operating system, interface card, and peripheral devices, designed and installed a home or small business network and connected it to the internet, and verified and troubleshot the network and internet connectivity. Students shared resources such as files and printers among multiple computers, developed understanding on the use of wireless technology, recognized and mitigated security threats to a home network, and troubleshoot problems using an organized, layered procedure. Students worked in groups in the ALIEN problem-based learning laboratory.