Cisco Networking

What is the Course About?

This Cisco Certified Network Associate preparation course covers basic networking theory, the devices used in networks, and how they are configured and secured. The course is split into three separate courses which are taught concurrently and it is expected that students will take between one and two academic years to complete all three courses.

Most students in a class will be starting with the Semester 1 course 'Introduction to Networking' while some students will be working on later parts of the course. The course blends conventional teaching with extensive support materials available online, the use of network simulation software and hands on practical work. You are able to work at your own pace so some students may progress much more quickly than others.

Introduction to Networking(Course 1) looks at the protocols and technologies that support modern networks. Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials(course 2) looks at how networks are connected securely. Enterprise Networking, Security and Automation(Course 3) applies routing, examines further security, and aspects of network management.

What subjects will I study?

  • Course 1 – Basic configuration of routers and switches, network models, protocols, IP addressing and basic security.

  • Course 2 - Switch concepts, virtual LANs, routing concepts, routing protocols, redundancy, further security, DHCP and wireless networks.

  • Course 3 – OSPF routing protocol, ACLs, further security, WANs, network design and management, automation and network virtualization.

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What are my progression and career options?

Successful completion of the first course will demonstrate to an employer you have an understanding of networking theory.

By successfully completing all three courses you should be ready to take the Cisco CCNA exam (not included in the course fee) which is widely recognised and sought after by the IT industry.

How will I be assessed?

On-line multiple choice exams are used to check your progress and understanding. At the end of each course there is a longer online assessment and a practical skills test.

Entry requirements

Candidates are expected to have a good understanding of general computer technology and some experience with networks in a commercial setting.