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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.

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Career relevance and employability

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.

There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU's Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Modules

For this postgraduate diploma you require:

120 credits from the following compulsory modules:

Postgraduate compulsory modules Credits Next start
Advanced routing - CCNP 1 (T824)

This course provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to deploy and manage internal and external routing protocols for large scale inter-networks using Cisco equipment.

See full description.

30 May
Network security (T828)

This course will give youthe knowledge,understanding and practical experience of managing a secure communication across a large-scale inter-network using Cisco equipment.

See full description.

30 Nov
Multilayer switching - CCNP 3 (T826)

This course will give you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to deploy reliable, scalable and secure multilayer-switched campus LANs using Cisco equipment.

See full description.

30 May
Optimising networks - CCNP 4 (T827)

This course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills to optimise communication on large-scale data networks using Cisco equipment.

See full description.

30 Nov

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued module T825

Educational aims

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.

Learning outcomes

The qualification provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding to:

  • routing protocols and their implementation in enterprise networks
  • switching protocols and VLAN design
  • network security
  • broadband network architectures
  • quality of service
  • voice over IP
  • wireless networks
  • Internet protocols including V6.

Cognitive skills

To enable you to:

  • integrate knowledge and skills from various sources into a coherent whole, making the appropriate abstractions
  • deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, making informed judgements in the absence of complete data
  • critically evaluate and reflect upon your own work
  • solve problems using network modelling tools and real equipment.

Practical and/or professional skills

  • able to prepare cases advocating the appropriate use of advanced network technologies
  • prepared to gain industry-recognised certification.

Key skills

To enable you to:

  • able to develop your problem-solving skills and apply them independently to professional or equivalent level tasks/projects/functions
  • competent to build and maintain advanced networks using Cisco equipment
  • able to work with others to refine your ideas, leading to an improved understanding of key concepts within the computing systems context.

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