School of Computing Short Learning Programmes (SLPs)

computer networks (70025)


This module introduces the fundamental building blocks that form a modern network, such as protocols, media, topologies, and hardware. It then provides in depth coverage of the most important concepts in contemporary networking, such as TCP/IP, Ethernet, wireless transmission, virtual networks, security, and troubleshooting. After completing this course and completing the exercises, students will be equipped to select the best network design, hardware and software. Students will also acquire the skills to build a network from scratch and maintain, upgrade, troubleshoot, and manage an existing network.

Target group

This course is suitable for students who need to learn the technical skills and industry know-how required to begin an exciting career installing, confguring, and troubleshooting computer networks.

Admission requirements

1. General

• Matriculation certifcate or equivalent qualifcation.

• Intermediate level experience in using computers and computer networks OR an introductory course in computer or telecommunication networks.

2. Web-based course:

• Permanent email address.

• Permanent Internet connection from home or work (NOT at an Internet Café).

3. Correspondence course:

• Postal address.

• Access to the Internet is desirable but not compulsory.


Year course

Language medium


Tuition method

MODE 1: Web-based course

• This course is presented in a paperless, web-based mode.

• Students require a permanent email address as well as a personal Internet connection, which may be at home or from work. An Internet Café solution is not a suitable Internet connection, since most of these types of connections do not allow for PDF readable formats, which is the basic format of all electronic notes of this course.

• Course notes are made available on the web and the download of the material is the responsibility of the student.

Kind of assessment

Note: Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA's formative assessment rules and policies.

Formative assessment: Two assignments per module throughout the year.

Summative assessment: One written examination per module in October/November.

Computer Networks (Web-based: CSNW1W8 and CSNW2WA)

HEQF Level of Module - 5

Credits of Module - 24

Syllabus/Course Content


• Introduction to Networking

• Networking Infrastructure and Documentation

• Addressing on Networks

• Network Protcols and Routing

• Network Cabling

• Wireless Networking


• Wireless Networking

• Virtualization and Cloud Computing

• Subnets and VLANs

• Network Risk Management

• Security in Network Design

• Network Performance and Recovery

• Wide Area Networks

Course Fee

• Web-based course (CSNW1W8 and CSNW2WA): R5 083 (full course fees payable on registration). The course fees include the textbook.

Study package

The prescribed book: Network+ Guide to Networks by Jill West, Tamara Dean & Jean Andrews, 8th Edition, 2019. Cengage Learning, ISBN-13: 978-1-337-56933-0, ISBN-10: 1-337-56933-X.

Start-up letter and Assignment Solutions to Correspondence Students

Course leader
Dr H.Abdullah

Programme administrator
Ms Pertunia Masalesa
School of Computing
GJ Gerwel Building, Floor 3, Office 05
Tel: (011) 670 9139/9189

Link to apply for the short course: