Centre for Software Engineering (CENSE)

short course: designing and implementing telecommunication networks (70157)

Balancing the most technical concepts with practical everyday issues, this course provides thorough coverage of the basic features, operations, and limitations of different types of computer networks, making it the ideal resource for future business managers, computer programmers, system designers, as well as home computer users. Offering a comprehensive introduction to computer networks and data communications, this course includes coverage of the language of computer networks as well as the effects of data communications on business and society. Additionally, this course covers the latest trends, developments, and practices from the field by offering full coverage of wireless technologies, industry convergence, compression techniques, network security, LAN technologies, VoIP, and error detection and correction. This course also discusses near field communications, updated USB interface, lightning interface, IEEE 802.11 ac and ad wireless standards, firewall updates, router security problems, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, zero-client workstations and Internet domain names.

Target group
This course is intended for people who want to learn about telecommunication as well as those who want to formalise their Computer Network knowledge.

Admission requirements
Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF qualification

Semester 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.  Students require 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.  Students require 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 throughout the semester.
Summative assessment: One written examination at the end of the semester.

Designing and Implementing Telecommunications Networks (Correspondence: CSTC1DB) (Web-based: CSTC1WW)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 12

Syllabus/Course Content
Introduction to Computer Networks and Data Communications
Fundamentals of Data and Signals
Conducted and Wireless Media
Making Connections
Making Connections Efficient: Multiplexing and Compression
Errors, Error Detection, and Error Control
Local Area Networks: Part 1
Local Area Networks: Part 2
Introduction to Metropolitan Area Networks and Wide Area Networks
The Internet
Voice and Data Delivery Networks
Network Security
Network Design and Management

Course Fee
Web-based course:  R3 400 - textbook included
Correspondence:      R3 600 - textbook included

Study package
The prescribed book: Data Communications & Computer Networks by  C M White, 8th Edition, 2016.  Cengage Learning,  ISBN-13: 978-1-305-11663-4, ISBN-10: 1-305-11663-1.
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