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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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.

Gain in-demand digital skills to develop and manage networked systems.

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.

Develop your DevOps skills with the UK’s largest Cisco Networking Academy

Endorsed by Cisco Networking Academy, this microcredential is designed by leading experts and practitioners from The Open University’s multi award-winning Cisco ‘NetAcad’ academy.

You’ll access your learning via FutureLearn and by setting up a free account on Cisco’s NetAcad platform. Throughout the course, you’ll take part in weekly activities to support and consolidate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll submit an assessment which is marked and graded by academic experts from The Open University.

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 is 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

The course material does not assume learners are currently working. Past experiences will be just as relevant.

The course has a global focus and delivers transferable skills for diverse sectors and organisations.


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 information relating to your microcredential.

  • Course

    From 23 Oct 2023

    Cisco: DevOps using DevNet

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

    10 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • After learning

    Your submitted assessment will be marked and graded by academic experts from The Open University. You’ll continue to have ongoing access to the course materials.

What you will receive

10 UK credits at Undergraduate level from The Open University and a Certificate

Credits are awarded on passing the final assessment. These will be at undergraduate level 6 of the Framework for Higher Education (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) / level 10 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

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

A Certificate of Completion and Digital Badge from Cisco Networking Academy 

Passing the course at 70% or higher at first attempt will earn you a certificate of completion and a digital badge.

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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 (to be redeemed within 30 days).

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 multiple 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.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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    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 courses designed to meet specific learner and employer needs. Those awarded by The Open University have academic credit value at either undergraduate or postgraduate level, and, if appropriate, this may be used towards selected Open University qualifications. For more details, including eligible qualifications, visit The Open University’s Counting microcredentials towards OU qualifications page.

    The credit awarded may potentially be used at another university, subject to the agreement of the receiving institution.

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