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Enrolments: 149,202

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 6,538

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: 142,664

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.

The short course was run over 5 weeks in September-October 2013. Recordings of the Webinars and other additional material are available immediately once you sign up. 

Enter your details to sign up for the Cisco CCNA free short course:

Course Schedule

Unit 1

Basic Networking 

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

Unit 2

IP Addressing

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

Unit 3


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

Unit 4

IP Services & Security 

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

Unit 5


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


Course Information Q&A.

Q1: What is the aim of this short course?

Answer: The aim of the short course is to give you a ‘taster’ of what it is like to undertake postgraduate study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Q2: Who presented the Webinars?

Answer: These webinars were presented 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  

Q3: Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Completion of the course will not qualify for credit but completing your Cisco CCNA certification will qualify you for credit into the Master of Networking and Systems Administration or Master of Management (IT) degrees at Charles Sturt University.  To find out how much credit you would qualify for, fill out the Eligibility form at     

Q4: Will the sessions be recorded, posted and accessible later if I was unable to attend a lecture?

Answer: Yes – the sessions will be recorded and you will be able to access them if you miss the live event.

Q5: Is there a final exam?

Yes – there will be a CCNA certification practice exam at the end of the course.  The exam will be a timed, open book exam that you will sit at your computer. Please note that this test itself will not provide you with CCNA certification, but will help test your preparedness for the real thing.