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Ipv6 Course Development For Information Technology Curriculums

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Emerging Information Technologies

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Information Systems

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12.988.1 - 12.988.11



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John Pickard East Carolina University

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John Pickard has more than 15 years in the Technical training profession and 9 years experience in the information technology field. John has held various positions and has experience involving management, designing, testing and teaching of data networks, enterprise networking systems, digital switching systems and transmission systems. Currently, John is a faculty member at East Carolina University and holds an instructor position in the Department of Technology Systems. John is also a senior trainer at Network Training and Consulting and teaches courses in networking, project management, and Cisco systems networking solutions. He holds a MBA from Wayland Baptist University. He also holds various industry certifications to include; A+, Network+, MCSE, MOUS, and CCNP.

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Philip Lunsford East Carolina University

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Phil Lunsford received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is a registered professional engineer and is currently an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University. His research interests include system simulation, telemedicine applications, and information assurance.

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Chip Popoviciu Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Dr. Ciprian Popoviciu, CCIE, is a Technical Leader at Cisco Systems with over nine years of experience in data and voice over IP communications technologies. As part of Cisco's Network Solution Integration Test Engineering (NSITE) organization, he currently focuses on the architecture, design and validation of large IPv6 network deployments in direct collaboration with Service Providers and Enterprises worldwide. Ciprian is a regular speaker or chair at conferences and industry events and contributes to various technology publications. He is an active contributor to the IETF standards, he is a Senior member of IEEE and member of several academic advisory boards. Ciprian is co-author of the "Deploying IPv6 Networks" book.

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IPv6 Course Development for Information Technology Curriculums


The integration of the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) into networks and interest in its capabilities are picking up pace yet most networking courses in Universities currently present only a brief overview of the new protocol. We present a case study of a special topics course on IPv6 taught during the summer semester of 2006. Issues that are addressed include instructor training, textbook selection, equipment compatibility, lab exercise development, student projects, and student feedback. The course emphasized a hands-on approach to IPv6 deployment in a network. Cisco routers were used as the primary networking devices with updated, advanced IP Services IOS. Topics covered include IPv6 address structure and architecture, relevant RFCs, IPv6 header format, stateless auto-configuration, tunneling, IPv6 routing protocols, and IPv6 security considerations. Suggestions for future development and course enhancement include integrating Linux-based networking devices, Quagga, performance measurements on dual stacked routers, and Windows Vista. The success of this special topics summer course has led to the integration of IPv6 topics in other information systems courses.


This is a case study of the success of an IPv6 course that is currently taught in the College of Technology and Computer Science at East Carolina University as part of a Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Technology degree program. The course was piloted in the 2006 summer semester, repeated in the 2007 Spring semester, and is scheduled for the 2007 Fall semester. The IPv6 course discussed in this case study emphasized a hands-on approach to teaching IPv6 network deployment. Extensive use of a remote access system developed at our university allowed remote students to access the console ports of Cisco routers, Linux Workstations and Microsoft Workstations running Windows XP and Server 2003. Remote access to equipment allowed students to perform configuration and troubleshooting tasks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Lectures for the course were conducted on campus in the College’s Global Classroom where students could attend in person, view real-time web casts, or watch achieved versions of the lecture.

The foundation for the lab portion of the class is the Cisco 2800 series and 2600 series routers that are part of a standard Cisco Networking Academy CCNP equipment bundle.

Students had to meet one of the following prerequisites in order to attend this pilot course; CCNA certification, Network + certification, or completion of Cisco Networking Academy CCNA semesters 1 – 4. In other words, students needed a solid understanding of general network issues and IPv4.

Pickard, J., & Lunsford, P., & Popoviciu, C. (2007, June), Ipv6 Course Development For Information Technology Curriculums Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2561

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