Teaching, learning and assessment methods
You will acquire knowledge and understanding mainly from the online Cisco study materials, with supporting material provided via reference texts, resources on The Open University website, and online discussion forums. Formal assessment of the modules is by way of continuous assessment in the form of the tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) (submitted at fixed points in the module) and an examination for each module.
Cognitive skills are also assessed in the TMAs and examinations of the various modules. You will be provided with practical activities to develop technical and cognitive skills. TMAs are carefully designed, complex pieces of work which require the skills of analysis, evaluation and integration.
Professional skills are covered specifically in all four modules, and implicitly as part of the continuous assessment on each taught module. All teaching and assessment strategies will help you develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to your workplace, and the programme encourages a problem-solving approach to professional tasks in the TMAs.
Key skills (some of which you will may already have gained in your workplace) can be further demonstrated and developed by this programme through the TMAs.