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, 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


Registration periods

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

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.

MODE 2: Correspondence course

• This course is presented in a paper-based format.

• Students require a permanent postal address from where students can collect the course notes that will be sent to them.

• Having an email address and temporary Internet access through an Internet Café or a friend can be benefcial 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.

Computer Networks (Correspondence: CSNW1Dj and CSNW2DL) (Web-based: CSNW1W8 and CSNW2WA)

HEQF Level of Module - 5

Credits of Module - 24

Syllabus/Course Content


• 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


• 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

Course Fee

• Web-based course (CSNW1W8 and CSNW2WA): R4 400 (full course fees payable on registration). The course fees include the textbook.

• Correspondence (CSNW1DJ and CSNW2DL): R4 600 (full course fees payable on registration). The course fees include the textbook and tutorials.

Study package

The prescribed book: Network+ Guide to Networks by Jill West, Tamara Dean & Jean Andrews, 7th Edition, 2016. Cengage Learning, ISBN-13: 9781305090941, ISBN-10: 1305090942.

Start-up letter and Assignment Solutions to Correspondence Students

Course leader

Ms H.Abdullah

E-mail: cense@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