Enrolments: 239,622

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 7,138

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: 232,484

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.

Please note that this short course ran in September-October 2013. The course materials and examination are still available for those who wish to complete the course at their own pace, however certificates of completion are no longer being issued for this course.

■■■■ 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
Enrolled16,505 students

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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.

Q1: What was the aim of this short course?

Answer: The aim of the short course was to give you a ‘taster’ of what it is like to undertake postgraduate study via Online 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  

Question 3: Do I get a certificate if I complete the course?

As the official sitting period has now lapsed, no more certificates are able to be issued. You are still able to complete the exam for your own benefit and test your knowledge.

Question 4: Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Successful completion of 3 live University Short Courses will award credit for an elective subject. Please note this course is NOT LIVE and will not qualify you for credit.