Cisco networking (CCNA) part 1
As a Cisco Networking Academy Support Centre, The Open University offers the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) version 6 curriculum that provides the foundational knowledge, understanding and skills needed to configure a small scale LAN/WAN using Cisco equipment. As part of your studies, you’ll complete CCNA 1 Introduction to Networks and CCNA 2 Routing and Switching Essentials and gain hands-on experience of configuring networks at a compulsory day school.
What you will study
The full Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum consists of four parts, sometimes referred to as CCNA 1–4. This module covers CCNA 1–2.1
Part 1: Introduction to Networks (CCNA 1)
This part will provide you with a strong theoretical and practical grounding in all aspects of networking, with a particular focus on local area networks (LANs). It will introduce you to the key networking hardware and software, and give you your first insight into the importance of internet addressing.
Part 2: Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA 2)
Routers and switches are used extensively in wide area and local area networks. Their basic function is to forward data packets across networks and between networks. Part 2 focuses on how you can configure routers to operate in computer networks as well as their switch counterpart.
Each part consists of a number of chapters. Most chapters have an online exam, and each of the two parts has an online final exam.
1Module Cisco networking (CCNA) part 2 (TM357) covers CCNA 3-4.
You will learn
This module will:
- help you develop an understanding of how computer networks work, and the principles behind them
- help you develop the practical skills needed to configure network devices such as routers and switches
- provide you with an opportunity to go on and gain an industry-recognised qualification (CCENT/CCNA certification).
Those within the networking technician and engineering discipline consider Cisco certification professional recognition and personal accreditation. CCNA certification is an invaluable entry accreditation for the network engineering profession.
There are no formal entry requirements to study this module.
However, as this is an OU level 2 module you’ll need a good knowledge of the subject area obtained through any of the following:
- OU level 1 study
- equivalent work at another university
- experience as an IT professional
Introduction to computing and information technology 1 (TM111) and Introduction to computing and information technology 2 (TM112) would be ideal preparation for this module.
When you register on TM257, we’ll send you details of a free course – Packet Tracer 101. This short (2-hour) course offers you:
- some familiarisation with the Packet Tracer network simulation software used on the module
- exposure to some basic networking principles and practices
- the opportunity to reflect on networking as a potential pathway and career choice; and the opportunity to consider the demands of the Cisco modules.
You'll have access to a module website, which includes:
- a week-by-week study planner
- course-specific module materials
- assessment details and submission section
- online tutorial access.
You'll also have access to:
- the Cisco NetAcad study materials forever (so long as you maintain your NetAcad profile
- the Cisco Packet Tracer Network Simulator software (versions for Windows, Linux and Mac.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either an up-to-date version of Windows or macOS.
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).
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