Enrolments: 456,246

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 8,865

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 447,381

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a taster of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: Cisco CCNA

This short course is free to undertake and there are no required textbooks – however you will need access to either physical or virtual Cisco gear to test your knowledge.

This short course covers each specific area of the official Cisco CCNA blueprint. During each session we will cover the basic technologies & theories you need to understand to successfully complete the CCNA exam. In addition readings and practice questions will be provided to help you on your way.

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■■■■ Intermediate
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Moderate-level short course where some prior knowledge or concepts may be assumed. Content may be aimed at late-undergraduate or early-Masters students
Duration5 Weeks
Enrolled27,114 students

Course Schedule

Week 1:

Basic Networking

  • Network devices
  • Common applications
  • The OSI Reference model
  • Media, cables, ports, and connectors
  • VLANs

Week 2:

IP Addressing

  • IP Addressing IPv4/v6
  • Using private and public IP addresses
  • Describing IPv6 addresses

Week 3:


  • Basic routing concepts
  • Router configuration and network connectivity
  • Differentiate methods of routing and routing protocols
  • OSPF
  • interVLAN routing
  • SVI interfaces

Week 4:

IP Services & Security

  • DHCP (IOS Router)
  • ACLs
  • NAT
  • NTP
  • Network device security
  • Switch port security

Week 5:


  • Common IP addressing problems
  • VLAN problems
  • Trunking problems
  • ACL issues
  • Layer 1 problems

Course Information Q&A.

What is the aim of this short course?

This short course gives a ‘taster’ of what it is like to undertake postgraduate study via Online Learning with Charles Sturt University.

Who presents the Webinars?

This short course was developed by our senior industry based Cisco Lecturer: Matt Constable.  Matt’s experience and qualifications include:

  • 14 years as a network engineer, cyber security analyst and communications engineer
  • Managed a team of engineers who provided L3 support on a network with 110 remote sites and 7000 users
  • Designed, developed and delivered the Cisco certification subjects in the Master of Networking and Systems Administration at Charles Sturt University
  • Has a total of 6 academic qualification including a Master of Computer Security, a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Extensive experience as a sports coach and martial arts instructor

Is there a final exam?

Yes — the short course exam will be a timed, open book exam that you will sit at your computer.

Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for course assessment, which comprises the exam and any available participation marks.

Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Yes — successful completion of three or more of our short courses will qualify you for one credit for an industry elective subject in our postgraduate courses. Click here for further details.

Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No — all essential materials will be supplied.

Will the webinars be recorded?

Yes — all webinars are recorded and you will be able to access them, and all other free course materials, by registering for the course.