Diploma Program in Computer Hardware Engineering and Networks

At some stage most IT professionals will have to set up and customize a computer system or systems. To do so effectively they will need to understand the components that make up computer systems. The operating system interacts with the hardware and software components in order to make a functioning machine. In this course learners will consider a range of hardware and networks to understand the technical specifications of components. There are a number of different operating systems, despite the dominance of the Microsoft operating system, and learners will explore at least one other. In terms of software, the operating system itself often provides utility programmes that assist the user in managing the machine. Other third party software utility programmes such as virus checkers are also used extensively. This unit considers both types of utility software.

Who Should Attend?

Any learner who wants to understand the components of computer systems and develop the skills needed to recommend appropriate systems for business purposes and set up and maintain computer systems and networks can join this course

Course benefits:

On successful completion of this unit students will gain knowledge and skills to in Computer hardware and successfully install, operate and troubleshoot a small network; and the operation of IP data networks, router, switching technologies, IP routing technologies, IP services and basic troubleshooting. Students will develop skills such as communication literacy, critical thinking, analysis, reasoning and interpretation, which are crucial for gaining employment and developing academic competence


1. Hardware & Computer Systems

a. Understand the components of computer systems

b. Be able to recommend computer systems for a business purpose

c. Be able to set up and maintain computer systems.

2. Networking

a. Networking principles and their protocols.

b. Networking devices and operations.

c. Design efficient networked systems.

d. Implement and diagnose networked systems.

3. Transport Network Design

a. Explore LAN design principles and their application in the network design process.

b. Implement a network using LAN design principles based on a predefined set of requirements.

c. Produce an appropriate WAN solution to a set of organizational requirements.

d. Solve a range of network related problems using appropriate troubleshooting techniques and methods.

4. Network Security

a. Examine Network Security principles, protocols and standards.

b. Design a secure network for a corporate environment.

c. Configure Network Security measures for the corporate environment.

d. Undertake the testing of a network using a Test Plan.