Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Networking
Cisco Systems are the market leader in the supply of networking equipment for the internet. They also have a well-established Academy programme aimed at educating network professionals. Cisco qualifications are highly regarded in the networking industry and their position at the leading edge of network development means that their academy programme is up to date. As a Cisco Academy, The Open University can offer you the opportunity to study the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) programme using the latest CCNP curriculum.
This postgraduate diploma course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to install, configure and maintain local and wide area networks. You will be provided with hands-on experience of configuring networks at day schools and using online tools. On completion of this diploma you will be able to go on and gain the industry recognised certification by taking the CCNP examinations.
Simultaneously, the additional Open University materials, assessment and tutorial support provided will enable you to broaden your understanding beyond the Cisco domain and to gain a recognised postgraduate diploma.
This postgraduate diploma enables you to gain multiple competencies in computing, networking and telecommunications at the level required by the Qualifications and Credit Framework for Postgraduate Diplomas. It forms a basis for further study leading to an MSc within the Postgraduate ICT and Computing Programme and provide the required skills to further a career in computing.
This qualification is aimed at computer professionals, technical managers and other professionals in IT related jobs and aims to update, broaden and provide a coherent overview of the field to serve as a firm foundation for your career developments.
It aims to:
- Equip you with knowledge, understanding and professional skills, to enable them to participate in the design, building, troubleshooting, assessment or management of advanced data communications networks.
- Develop your ability to analyse and evaluate problems and draw on the theoretical and technical knowledge to develop solutions and systems.
When you have completed the programme you will have the opportunity to go on and gain the Industry recognised CCNP certification by taking the associated Cisco examinations.
Teaching, learning and assessment methods
You will acquire knowledge and understanding mainly from the online Cisco study materials, with supporting material provided via reference texts, resources on the Open University website, and online discussion forums. Formal assessment of the modules is by way of continuous assessment in the form of the tutor-marked assignments (submitted at fixed points in the module) and an examination for each module.
Cognitive skills are also assessed in the assignments and examinations of the various modules. You will be provided with practical activities to develop technical and cognitive skills. Assignments are carefully designed, complex pieces of work which require the skills of analysis, evaluation and integration.
Professional skills are covered specifically in all four modules, and implicitly as part of the continuous assessment on each taught module. All teaching and assessment strategies will help you develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to your workplace, and the programme encourages a problem-solving approach to professional tasks in the assignments.
Key skills (some of which you will may already have gained in your workplace) can be further demonstrated and developed by this programme through the in-module assignments.
Cisco systems are the market leader in the supply of networking equipment for the internet. They also have a well-established Academy programme aimed at educating network professionals. Cisco qualifications are highly regarded in the networking industry and their position at the leading edge of network development means that their academy programme is up to date. On completion of this diploma course you will be able to go on and gain the industry recognised certification by taking the CCNP examination.
You must be prepared for postgraduate study. You must be suitably prepared for study at professional postgraduate level. You are expected to have studied to at least HNC/HND level, or to have had equivalent practical experience. Individual module descriptions will tell you more about the requirements.
Advanced routing – CCNP 1 (T824) is the foundation module for the diploma and should normally be studied first. If you are taking one module each presentation, it is normally best to study the modules in the order:
- Advanced routing – CCNP 1 (T824)
- Network security (T828)
- Multilayer switching – CCNP 3 (T826)
- Optimising networks – CCNP 4 (T827).
However, you are permitted to take T824 (the Cisco component ROUTE), T828 and T826 (the Cisco component SWITCH) in any order. You cannot participate in the Cisco component of T827 (TSHOOT) unless you have successfully completed both ROUTE and SWITCH (or their predecessors BSCI and BCMSN) via T824 and T826 at The Open University or at any other Cisco recognised CCNP academy.
- Your study of the diploma must be completed within four years from the start of the first module to sitting the examination of the last.
- How soon you complete the diploma will depend on the time you have available for study and the order in which you study the modules. If you study one module at a time (which is what we recommend) you can obtain the diploma in two years. We cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available.
You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 40 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.
You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.
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