The Open University - Introduction to Networks

Build the foundations in infrastructure networking and boost your career as a network engineer with Cisco and The Open University.
  • The Open University, England
  • 504 $
  • 3 Months
  • Online
  • 24 October 2022

Course Information

This microcredential is endorsed by Cisco and designed by leading experts and practitioners from The Open University’s award-winning Cisco ‘NetAcad’ academy.

Networked systems form the backbone of modern information systems. They’re rapidly evolving and adapting to changing infrastructure, consumer, and cybersecurity demands. As networks expand, so has the demand for people with infrastructure networking expertise within computing, digital technologies, and infrastructure engineering. On this ten-week microcredential from Cisco and The Open University, you’ll lay the groundwork for the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification, building your knowledge and skills in infrastructure networking.

For digital technologists and network engineers wanting a solid foundation in networking basics, this course will prepare you for a range of technology routes, including the Cisco Certified Network Associate.

A unique pathway to obtaining the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification in Routing and Switching. This course is the start of a three-part microcredential pathway, preparing you for the CCNA certification (content formerly covered in the CCNA Routing and Switching certification).

Part 1: CCNA - Introduction to Networks

Part 2: CCNA - Switching, Wireless and Routing Essentials (coming soon)

Part 3: CCNA - Enterprise Networking, Automation and Security (coming soon)

The subsequent two microcredentials will explore the extensive range of technologies that form current networks, such as the Internet, corporate networks or domestic broadband, and WiFi connections.

By the end of the three-part microcredential pathway you’ll be fully prepared to take the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification, setting you up for a career in networking.



About the University / School

The Open University is a public research university and with more than 170,000 students it is the University with the largest number of students in the UK. Worldwide The Open University has more than 2 million students. They offer flexible part-time study, supported distance and open learning for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and qualifications. With more than 50 years of experience in delivering part-time flexible education, the University has broadened its range of programmes to suit all needs.


Learning Format

Your learning, your rules- this course is split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like.

Join a global classroom- Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners.

Map your progress- Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control.

You’ll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to read any announcements relating to your microcredential.

Prior to starting, if you want to gain a basic knowledge of networking, we recommend The Open University’s free OpenLearn short course Discovering Computer Networks.

This microcredential consists of a single course of 10 week length. You are supposed to dedicate 10 study hours per week.

Once you’ve successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive your academic credits from The Open University. You’ll also have ongoing, unlimited access to the course materials.

You’ll also be ready to progress to the CCNA - Switching, Wireless and Routing Essentials course.


Entry Requirements

You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to enrol on this undergraduate microcredential. If you don’t have basic knowledge of networking, exposure to introductory networking courses, such as The Open University’s free OpenLearn course Discovering Computer Networks would be beneficial.

Please note: From October 2021 some of the content of this microcredential will be duplicated within the longer and more in-depth module, Cisco networking (CCNA) part 1.

Apply before:

24 October 2022

Enquire for this programme

The Open University - The Open University - Introduction to Networks