Literally, there are hundreds of videos in this course, somewhere around 250 and the whole course is about 16 – 18 hours. That is a lot of information.
As the name implies, the course is preparing you only for ICND1 exam.
The course is split into 4 four major parts and each part has several modules where different topics are discussed. There is another level of hierarchy where each module is split into lessons.
The parts are Networking Concepts, LANs, Routing and Services and Security.
The author, Kevin Wallace is a great teacher and I know this from the Video Mentor courses that he did a few years ago. He has the ability to clearly explain things and make his teachings understandable. Complex things are explained in a manner that makes you believe that they are almost a piece of cake.
You have everything in this course.
There are practice exercises available for some of the lessons like the one for IPv4 Subnetting where author will show the best practice when it comes down to subnetting.
Some of the lessons have interactive exercises which uses simple flash based programs meant to test your knowledge with regards to the information shared previously by Kevin. They might be a drag-and-drop type like for instance for NAT lesson or waiting for user input like for IPv4 subnetting lesson.
Also, some of the modules have something that is called a DEMO lesson. This is hands-on router and switch configuration and troubleshooting. There are only two such demos and you can watch how the author is configuring a router or how he is troubleshooting an OSPF routing problem explaining at the same time the logic behind his actions while he is performing those actions.
Each module has a short summary section where a review of all lessons is done and what has been learned during that module.
The module ends with a Quiz and a Glossary Quiz. The Quiz mimic exam questions with multiple choices. Obviously, the topics covered are from the previously finished module. The Glossary Quiz is another thing that will test your knowledge under a matching type applet. You will have to match the term from the left with its definition from the right side.
There is the last section of the material called Exam Preparation which I find very useful if it is your first time attempting a Cisco exam. You are shown how to register for an exam by using the Pearson Vue website. Study tips, how to allocate your study time for different topics based on a day/week schedule. Also, there are references to other materials that can help you in achieving your goal of passing the CCNA exam, like the network simulators, also available from Cisco Press. There are even advices on how to plan your exam day.
I find it easier to follow up the material from this course instead of going through the certification guide. It covers all the exam topics and sometimes is more comfortable just to sit on your chair and watch the videos.
But personally, I wouldn’t use only this material for my CCNA ICND1 certification.
You don’t get the same amount of information like you get from a certification guide. You have more routers or switch outputs and most of the time, a picture worth more than 1000 words.
Also, this product is a little bit pricy and it might not be accessible to everyone.