Advanced routing - CCNP 1
As a Cisco Academy, we can offer you the opportunity to study the Cisco Certified Network Professional course Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE). This module will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to deploy and manage a range of internal and external routing protocols for a large scale internetwork using Cisco equipment. You will also be expected to undertake individual research to contextualise Cisco in the broader networking environment. You will be provided with hands-on lab experience via Netlabs™ and at the compulsory day school. If you successfully complete this module you can progress to CCNP ROUTE certification.
02 May 2015
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07 May 2016
Registration closes 31/03/16 (places subject to availability)Click to register
This module is expected to start for the last time in May 2020.
What you will study
Cisco Systems are global market leaders in supplying networking equipment for the internet, large, medium and small organisations as well as the home user. They also have a long-established international networking academy programme aimed at educating networking professionals. Cisco qualifications are highly regarded in the networking industry, offering certification holders and their employers a commercial and technical advantage.
In this module you will study the latest version of the CCNP curriculum using an online virtual learning environment provided by Cisco through its academy programme, supported by the Ciscopress ROUTE book. Once you have completed this module you will be well prepared to take the CCNP ROUTE certification examination. This can be taken at many examination centres internationally, by your own arrangement. You do not need CCNA certification to successfully complete this Open University module. However, there is a Cisco requirement that to become fully CCNP certified, you must already have CCNA certification. The CCNA curriculum is taught on Cisco Networking (T216).
The module has a compulsory day school that is run at an accredited Cisco CCNP academy. This day school will enable you to develop your practical and technical skills using real networking equipment to enhance and underpin the learning gained from the study materials.
The module focuses on advanced practical and skills development: you will be expected to configure routers with a range of addressing and routing technologies. The practical activities will be available via the online Netlab™ system, simulation and in group work at the day school.
You will cover OSPF, EIGRP, Address Management, IPv6, BGP, Route Optimisation, redistribution between routing protocols and IP Multicasting.
This 30-credit module is studied over six months and you will need to spend at least 12 hours a week studying over this period.
This is the foundation module for the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Networking (E51) and normally should be studied first. See the qualification description for details of study order.
For queries on module content, you may contact the module team directly by sending an email.
For full details of the Cisco academy programme see the academy website.
Compulsory day school
Satisfactory attendance at the compulsory day school is required if you want to gain credit for this module and gain the completion certificates from Cisco. There will be a choice of dates for the day school and we currently expect these to be on Saturdays. The cost of attendance at the day school is included in the module fee but you will be expected to make your own travel and accommodation arrangements.
In exceptional circumstances an alternative learning experience (ALE) can be provided according to specific learner needs. Venues for the day schools will depend on student numbers.
Upon completion of the Cisco CCNP® curriculum you’ll be in a position to take the associated CCNP certification, a widely recognised advanced work-based qualification.
This is a postgraduate module, where we assume you have relevant academic, employment or commercial certification experience. The module provides additional Cisco-specific access material based on CCNA. However, students who have completed Cisco networking (CCNA) (T216), or have experience of the CCNA as a commercial certification or at another Cisco academy will be at an advantage.
Although the main study material is provided as a printed book, the supplementary material is online and so you should be confident in the use of a computer to access the Web and be prepared to spend much of your study time online. Broadband access is essential. The study material contains active content, which means that you will need to set up your firewall to allow pop-ups from the Cisco and OU sites.
Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
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This module can also count towards C02, F05, and F37, which are no longer available to new students.
Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. These qualifications allow most postgraduate modules to count towards them. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because the structure and requirements may change from time to time.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are
available on our Essential documents website.
If you have a disability
The module is delivered through the Cisco and OU virtual learning environments, and some of the materials are available online.
Some components may not be fully accessible using a screen reader. If you use specialist software or hardware to access the internet and have concerns about accessing this type of material, it is recommended that you contact us by email before you register for the module to discuss it further.
You should visit the Cisco accessibility pages on the Cisco website for further information on accessibility and using ‘JAWS for Windows’ screen reading software.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.
Access to the Cisco online networking material and additional supplementary material supplied via the dedicated website, a printed book containing the main study material, and access to the University’s extensive collection of online journals.
You will need
You must have a broadband connection to the internet as there is a large quantity of study material which has to be accessed online.
You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as the study materials and activities are accessible via a web browser. Any other computer-based activities you will need to carry out, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment, are specified in the module materials. If any additional software is needed for these tasks it will either be provided or is freely available.
We recommend either of the following:
Windows desktop or laptop computer running Windows 7 or later operating system
Macintosh desktop or laptop computer running OS X 10.7 or later operating system.
A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. The screen size should be at least 1024 (H) x 768 (W) pixels. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop computer in case you are unable to carry out all the module activities on your mobile device.
We recommend a minimum 1 Mbps internet connection and any of the following browsers:
Internet Explorer 9 and above
Apple Safari 7 and above
Google Chrome 31 and above
Mozilla Firefox 31 and above.
Note: using the latest version for your browser will maximise security when accessing the internet. Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.
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Teaching and assessment
Support from your tutor
You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material, mark and comment on your written work and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. Your tutor is the first point of contact for any queries on the module.
Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.
The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.
You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) recognises the CCNP as a membership criterion and a milestone towards Chartered Engineer status. For further information about the IET, visit their website.
Students also studied
Students who studied this course also studied at some time:
The details given here are for the module that starts in May 2016. We expect it to be available once a year.
How to register
To register a place on this course return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.
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