Cisco networking (CCNA) part 1
The Open University is a Cisco Networking Academy Support Centre. We offer the Cisco Certified Networking Associate version 7 curriculum, which provides the foundational knowledge, understanding and skills to configure small-scale LAN/WAN using Cisco equipment. As part of your studies, you’ll complete CCNA Introduction to Networks and CCNA Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials and gain simulated hands-on experience configuring networks through online activities.
What you will study
The full Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum consists of three parts, sometimes referred to as CCNA 1–3. 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: Switching, Wireless and Routing 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 and Cisco DevNet.
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 (CCNA Routing and Switching 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.
The TM257 module website will include a link to a free Linux Unhatched course. This short course is an optional preparation opportunity; it is not compulsory. The Cisco IOS (internetworking operating system) has many associations with the Linux family of operating systems.
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.
You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11) or macOS (11 'Big Sur' or higher).
Any additional software will be provided or is generally freely available.
To join in spoken conversations in tutorials, we recommend a wired headset (headphones/earphones with a built-in microphone).
Our module websites comply with web standards, and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.
Our OU Study mobile app will operate on all current, supported versions of Android and iOS. It’s not available on Kindle.
It’s also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook. However, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you’ll also require a desktop or laptop, as described above.