Accessibility Statement for Cisco networking (CCNA) part 1 (TM257)
Mode of study
All of 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.
This module provides two online tutorials and a compulsory face-to-face day school/workshop. The face-to-face day school offers an online (or other) alternative (see Practical work section). Although not compulsory, tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.
Working with others
You will 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.
This module normally includes a compulsory face-to-face day school. Due to the continued uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to plan far in advance, we won’t be running face-to-face day schools for the module starting in October 2021. Instead, you’ll take part in an accessible online alternative activity designed to achieve the module learning outcomes and which will be linked to the end-of-module assessment. We plan to resume face-to-face day schools for the module starting in October 2022.
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.
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 submitted online. There are also two Cisco self-assessment exams: both will be taken online, with the second forming part of the alternative online day school activity and be linked to the end-of-module assessment.
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’ll need time-management skills to keep your studies on track. We’ll support you in developing these skills.
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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.