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Accessibility Statement for Cisco networking (CCNA) part 2 (TM357)

Mode of study

All this module’s study materials are online using both the OU VLE and Cisco Networking Academy website (Netacad). Online materials are composed of pages of text with images; audio/video clips of 3–10 minutes (all with transcripts/subtitles); diagrams; interactive media; animations; and multiple-choice self-assessed quizzes. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms.

Tuition strategy

This module provides two online tutorials and a face-to-face day school/workshop. The face-to-face tutorial offers an online (or other) alternative. Although not compulsory, tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You’ll be required to work with other students and we assess this. This includes looking at, and commenting on, others’ work; reflecting on others’ comments on your work; and/or working together with fellow learners on a project/task.

Practical work

TM357 includes a compulsory day school. Day schools are held at a range of venues around the UK and Ireland and all meet OU physical and educational accessibility requirements. However, students who are registered disabled or the carers of disabled persons may choose to take the ALE (if they wish) and should contact Residential Schools (phone 01908 653235 or email for more information and also to register for the ALE.

Day school laboratory-based practical work forms a required component of assessment. This includes some collaborative group work. An online alternative learning experience (ALE) will be available for students unable to attend which is based on the same experience as the day school.

Diagrams and other visual content

The study materials contain –a significant number of diagrams. Producing your own version of one of these of these is an important part of the module assessment. Figure descriptions are provided for all figures by Cisco as part of their content – there is a ‘switch’ to access these within the online content context menu.

Finding information

You will be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online and we assess this. We can provide alternatives for required/assessed research material to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module.


This module has two tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), which you must submit online via the OU electronic TMA system, and an end-of-module assessment (EMA) submitted online. There are also two Cisco self-assessment exams: one taken at the day school, and the other online.


You’ll receive feedback from your tutor on your submitted tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). This will help you to reflect on your TMA performance. You should refer to it to help you prepare for your next assignment.


We structure all University modules to a set timetable and you will need time-management skills to keep your studies on track. We’ll support you in developing these skills.

Specialist software

The module materials and assessment ask you to use the following specialist software: Packet Tracer network simulator, and may not be fully accessible as a result. The curriculum has been adapted to enable students to complete the content; however, the type of screen reader that works with the content and the network simulator is very specific and requires pre-configuration.

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