Faculty of Information Technology

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology


South Africa

  • Summer semester B 2016 (Day)


This unit introduces students to fundamentals of computer systems and networks. It provides basic knowledge of computer organisation and architecture, operating systems, and networking architecture, technology and operation.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the internals of a basic computer structure and its operations;
  2. describe the internal operation of the CPU and explain how it is used to execute instructions;
  3. identify factors that affect computer performance;
  4. explain the basics of operating systems, system software and networking concepts and apply them in simple programs;
  5. describe communication and networking models such as TCP/IP and OSI and develop simple solutions to network problems.


Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources.

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours of personal study per week for completing tutorial questions, private study and revision.

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