Online Microcredential in IT & Computer Science

Cisco: DevOps using DevNet 

Gain industry-focused DevOps skills to develop and manage networked systems with Cisco and The Open University

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The Open UniversityThe Open University

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Cisco Networking AcademyCisco Networking Academy

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Upskill to adapt to the converging roles of coders and network engineers

Cloud computing, the internet of things, cybersecurity and infrastructure networking have become more complex. The disciplines of coding and network engineering have converged to offer a route for either ‘network engineers’ or ‘coders’ to develop DevOps focussed skills, within the discipline of network automation. This has led to DevOps becoming one of the current essential growth areas within the computing/coding, digital technologies and infrastructure engineering disciplines.

It is often cited and sought for career entry as well as personal development by many computing professionals. Cisco, through The Open University’s Cisco Networking Academy, offers this course as a route to gain their internationally recognised certification while studying remotely.

Develop in-demand digital skills

Positioned for both coders (software developers) as well as network engineers, this course converges the two disciplines and presents a significant digital skillset for the future. Networked systems must adapt to changing infrastructure, consumer and cybersecurity demands, so developers require coding experience to ensure the system can deliver the service it is designed for. 

Within the course, you will develop industry-focussed skills, knowledge, and experience using Python to code a range of data formats, using code, the DevOps methodology, and various microservices deploying applications as container-based solutions for Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) pipelines. 

Prepare for the Cisco DevNet Associate certification examination 

This course will prepare you for the Cisco DevNet Associate certification examination. If you pass the final Cisco course-based assessment with 70% or higher at the first attempt, you will get a significant discount on the optional Cisco DevNet Associate exam, a Cisco digital badge and a certificate of completion.

What skills will you learn?

  • Network automation  
  • Coding APIs  
  • Using common data formats  
  • DevOps methods  
  • Using microservices  
  • Application deployment  
  • Using CI/CD pipelines  
  • Critical thinking  
  • Using virtualisation   

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Experiment with different coding resources to create a network automation solution  
  • Evaluate different coding methodologies to ensure a secure implementation  
  • Design a DevNet coding and network automation solution based on a given scenario  
  • Justify your design and coding solution based on a given DevNet scenario  
  • Produce a DevNet coding and network automation solution, based on your design  
  • Investigate current secure DevOps practices within a network infrastructure context

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To study this undergraduate microcredential you will ideally have prior coding experience and ability. Although language is not a specific requirement, Python coding capability will be an advantage. Having a broad understanding of Networking technologies is also recommended (e.g. CompTIA Network+, Cisco ItN).  

It is essential that you’re able to access a device capable of running a virtual machine - please check this before registering. Please note: From October 2021 the content within this microcredential will be fully duplicated within the larger OU module Cisco networking (CCNA) part 2.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential would benefit anyone currently working in a comprehensive range of globally relevant Digital Technologies disciplines, all using DevOps, including:  

  • Software Developer  
  • Infrastructure Network Engineer  
  • Cloud Technician  
  • Cybersecurity Professional


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

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

  • Course

    From 28 Mar 2022

    Cisco: DevOps using DevNet

    Gain industry-focused DevOps skills to develop and manage networked systems with this Cisco-endorsed course.

    10 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • After learning

    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.

What you will receive

10 UK credits at Undergraduate level from The Open University

Credits are awarded on passing the final assessment. 

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

A Certificate from The Open University and a Certificate of Completion from Cisco Networking Academy 

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Additional benefits

Passing the Cisco final course-based assessment with 70% or higher at the first attempt grants a significant discount on the optional Cisco DevNet Associate examination.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over 12-16 weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by The Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

  • Established

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

This microcredential is endorsed by Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco are a global manufacturer of infrastructure networking and cybersecurity focussed technologies, with their own internationally CSR-based education programme (NetAcad).

Delivered by experts

Dr Amel Bennaceur is an engineer, researcher, and educator in Computing. She is an Associate Professor at The Open University. She published 30+ papers in top journals and conferences.

Enthusiastic about teaching digital, network engineering & cybersecurity - been doing it for a very long time. Also: iconoclast, herder of geeks, nerds & enthusiasts.

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You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. You can find more information in our cancellation and refund policy.

Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

Microcredentials are stand-alone products, designed to meet specific learner and employer needs and offer a credential in their own right. Those awarded by The Open University have a credit value at either undergraduate or postgraduate level, and this may in the future be used towards qualifications (for example, a Bachelor’s Degree, Diploma of Higher Education or Postgraduate Certificate) at The Open University, or potentially at another university (subject to the agreement of the receiving institution).

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