A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.
Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.
When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.
What is the refund policy?
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
This specialization consists of 5 courses that are each 4 weeks long.
What background knowledge is necessary?
Learners need to be able to access the Internet and have access to a Windows PC.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Yes. The course is designed so that each course provided needed knowledge for the next course.
Is there any special equipment needed for this course?
No equipment needed. You will, however, need to download the network simulation and modeling tool, Cisco Packet Tracer to complete and maximize learning in these courses.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
Upon completion of the Cisco Networking Basics specialization, students will be able to perform the following tasks:
● Explain how end-user devices and local networks interact with the global Internet.
● Explain the requirements for network connectivity.
● Build a small network using an integrated network router.
● Explain the importance of IP addressing.
● Explain how the protocols of the TCP/IP suite enable network communication.
● Configure an integrated wireless router and wireless clients to connect securely to the Internet.
● Configure basic network security.
● Build a simple computer network using Cisco devices.
● Troubleshoot common network issues found in home and small business networks.
Will I have enough knowledge and practice to obtain a Cisco certification?
No. These courses are intended to expose non-networking professionals to the exciting world of networking. As such, they are not aligned to any specific Cisco certification. The courses in this specialization cover the foundational concepts that allow you to begin on the certification path. More extensive training and practice will be needed to obtain a certification.
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