Centre for Software Engineering (CENSE)

short course: computer networks (70025)


This course provides students with the fundamentals in protocols, topologies, hardware, and network design. After exploring TCP/IP, Ethernet, wireless transmission, and security concepts, as well virtual networks, students can increase their knowledge with the practical "on-the job" stories, review questions, hands-on projects, and case projects. The emphasis on real-world problem solving provides students with the tools they need to succeed in any computing environment. 

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, configuring, and troubleshooting computer networks.

Admission requirements
Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification. Intermediate level experience in using computers and computer networks or the successful completion of an introductory course in computer or telecommunication networks. 

Year course

Language medium

Registration periods
See http://cs-cert.unisa.ac.za/register.html

Tuition method 
This course has two modes namely a web-based mode and a correspondence mode. Students can follow any one of these two modes but cannot interchange between the modes as the semester proceeds.  MODE 1: Web-based course This course is presented in a paperless, web-based mode. It requires a permanent e-mail address as well as a personal Internet connection, which may be at home or from work. An Internet Cafe 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.  MODE 2: Correspondence course This course is presented in a paper-based format. It requires a permanent postal address from where students can collect the course notes that will be sent to them. Having an e-mail address and temporary Internet access through an Internet Cafe or a friend can be beneficial but is not compulsory. 

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 

Short course: Computer Networks
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 12

Syllabus/Course Content
Computer Networks I (Correspondence - CSNW1DJ) (Web-based - CSNW1W8)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 12
Syllabus/Content Topics
An Introduction to Networking. 
Networking Standards and the OSI Model. 
Transmission Basics and Networking Media. 
Introduction to TCP/IP Protocols. 
Topologies and Ethernet Standards. 
Network Hardware, Switching, and Routing. 
Wide Area Networks 
Computer Networks II (Correspondence - CSNW2DL) (Web-based - CSNW2WA)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 12
Syllabus/Content Topics
Wireless Networking. 
In-Depth TCP/IP Networking.
Virtual Networking and Remote Access. 
Network Security. 
Voice and Video Over IP. 
Troubleshooting Network Problems. 
Ensuring Integrity and Availability. 
Network Management.

Ms H Abdullah BSc (Computer Science) (UNISA) Hons (Computer Science) (UNISA) MSc (Computer Science) (UP) 
Office: Block C 4-62, Cnr Christiaan de Wet and Pioneer Avenue, Florida Campus, UNISA 
Tel: 011 670 9100 
E-mail: abdulh@unisa.ac.za 

Programme administrator
Ms Pertunia Masalesa
School of Computing
GJ Gerwel Building, Floor 3, Office 05
Tel: 011 670 9139/9189
Fax: 011 670 9174/9274
E-mail: cense@unisa.ac.za