Cisco networking (CCNA) part 2
As a Cisco Networking Academy Support Centre, The Open University offers the Cisco Certified Networking Associate – Routing and Switching version 7 curriculum that provides the foundational knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to configure a larger scale LAN/WAN using Cisco equipment. As part of your studies, you’ll complete CCNA 3 Enterprise Networking, Security and Automation and DevNet and gain simulated hands-on experience of 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 3–along with DevNet.1
Part 1: Enterprise Networks, Security and Automation (CCNA 3)
This part describes the architecture, components and operations of routers and switches in a small network. You’ll learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this part, you’ll be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1 and RIPv2; single-area and multi-area OSPF; virtual LANs; and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.
Part 2: DevNet
Following on from the CCNA Routing and Switching content, you will explore how coding is used to automate the management of infrastructure networking technologies via the DevNet associate certification content. You will explore how application development and coding applies within the context of network automation, use a range of developer tools and environments to solve automation challenges, apply API’s to automate network device management and set up an automated solution for a given problem.
Each part consists of a number of chapters. Most chapters have an online exam, and both Part 1 and Part 2 have online final exams.
You will learn
This module will:
- make you understand to a greater level of detail, the concepts and algorithms underlying switching and routing protocols
- provide you with further practical skills for implementing switching and routing protocols in real-world scenarios
- make you aware of best practices for securing LAN (Local Area Networks) and WAN (Wide Area Networks)
- teach you the fundamental and systematic processes for troubleshooting larger networks
- teach you the fundamental and systematic processes for network automation
- provide you with an opportunity to go on and gain two industry-recognised qualifications (CCNA and DevNet certifications).
Those within the networking technician and engineering discipline consider Cisco certification professional recognition and personal accreditation. Cisco CCNA R&S and DevNet certifications are invaluable entry accreditations for the network engineering profession.
There are no formal entry requirements to study this module.
However, as this is an OU level 3 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
- Cisco networking (CCNA) part 1 (TM257) or Cisco networking (CCNA) (T216) – discontinued
- Cisco NetAcad Introduction to Networks (CCNA 1) and Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA 2).
Introduction to computing and information technology 1 (TM111) and Introduction to computing and information technology 2 (TM112) would give you the required familiarity with the basic computing.
We will assume you’ve studied Cisco Introduction to Networks (CCNA 1) and Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA 2), so strongly recommend you’ve passed one of the following:
- OU module Cisco networking (CCNA) part 1 (TM257)
- discontinued OU module Cisco networking (CCNA) (T216)
- Cisco Introduction to Networks (CCNA 1) and Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA 2) from somewhere else.
When you register on TM357, 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 being a potential pathway and career choice; and the opportunity to consider the demands of the Cisco modules.
- Access to the Cisco study materials, and additional supplementary material, via the website.
You'll need a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of 64-bit Windows 10 (note that Windows 7 is no longer supported) or macOS and broadband internet access.
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.