Introduction to Digital Networks

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Gain foundational digital network knowledge and skills

Understand how networks work, so you can identify defence mechanisms for your own network.

This course may be stacked into a Master degree. 


Key facts

Course category
Information Technology and Cybersecurity, Introductory Courses, Master Microcredentials, Networks and Technology

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There are no prerequisites for this short course
Digital Credential

Why this course?

Aimed at people without prior experince in networking, this fully online microcredential will give you an understanding of the fundamentals of networking and use this knowledge to solve networking problems and defend against cyber attacks.


Together with its companion course, Building Scalable Networks, this microcredential can be stacked into a subject for potential advanced standing in the Master of Cybersecurity.


Course content

Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of computer networking and how to solve network problems
  • The network as a platform:  types of networks and devices
  • Network communication and protocols that allow devices to transmit data freely
  • Learn the network layer of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model and the introductory communication and routing protocols. 
  • Network layer protocols and how they work in various contexts
  • IPv4 subnetting scheme:  the structure of an IPv4 address, including the network portion, the host portion and the subnet mask and calculate subnets with different prefixes.

On successful completion of this course, you wil be awarded a digital credential and earn 5 credit points that can be accumulated with its partner course, Building Scalable Networks, to stack into 'Network Engineering Fundamentals (CSE4001)', a subject within the Master of Cybersecurity.  

Credit for study in this course may be available. This recognises prior study or learning that can be credited towards a qualification, thereby reducing the number of subjects required to complete a course. For further information refer to the advanced standing requirements.

You’ll learn:

This microcredential will equip you with a sound knowledge of digital networks and basic skills in:

  • The fundamentals of networking and how to apply this knowledge to solve networking problems. 

  • The Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model and TCP/IP models and compare how the operation and performance of various layers in each.

  • Configuring and testing state-of-the-art industry networking devices that meet network requirements and achieve optimal performance.

Your study experience

This course is delivered online with live sessions, over a 2 week period.  The total time commitment for this course is 40 hours, which inlcudes the live sessions, extended reading and assessment.


The assessment for this course comprises an online quiz, with a pass rate of 80%.  


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