Enrolments: 511,888

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 8,865

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 503,023

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a taster of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: Computer Network Fundamentals

This course heavily focuses on the fundamentals of computer networking.

Join our resident networking and cyber security expert, Matt Constable, to develop your practical skills and begin preparation for the CompTIA Network+ industry certification.

During this online short course you will learn how to:

  • Design and implement functional networks
  • Configure, manage, and maintain essential network devices
  • Use devices such as switches and routers to segment network traffic and create resilient networks
  • Identify benefits and drawbacks of existing network configurations
  • Implement network security, standards, and protocols

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Entry-level short course, suitable for those with no or little prior knowledge. May provide foundation knowledge for higher, Masters-level short courses, or for CSU Masters subjects
Duration4 Weeks
Enrolled15,463 students

Course Schedule

Module 1:

Introduction & Networking Basics

  • Ports & protocols
  • Devices, applications, protocols and services
  • OSI layers
  • Routing and switching
  • IP addressing components
  • Network topologies, types and technologies
  • Wireless technologies and configurations
  • Cloud concepts
  • Network services

Module 2:


  • Cabling solutions
  • Networking devices install/configure
  • Advanced networking devices
  • Virtualization and network storage techniques
  • WAN technologies

Module 3:

Network Operations

  • Documentation and diagrams to manage the network
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Common scanning, monitoring and patching processes
  • Remote access methods
  • Policies and best practices

Module 4:

Network Security

  • Physical security devices
  • Authentication and access controls
  • Secure a basic wireless network
  • Common networking attacks
  • Network device hardening
  • Common mitigation techniques



  • Exam Pass Mark: 50%
  • Time Limit: 1 Hour
  • Attempts allowed: One
  • Format: 40 multiple choice questions

Course Information Q&A

Who will present the webinars?

These webinars were presented by our senior industry based networking and cyber security lecturer, Matt Constable. Matt’s experience and qualifications include:

  • 15 years as a network engineer, cyber security analyst and communications engineer
  • Managed a team of engineers who provided L3 support on a network with 110 remote sites and 7000 users
  • Designed, developed, and delivered the subjects in the Master of Networking and Systems Administration at Charles Sturt University
  • Has a total of 6 academic qualifications including a Master of Computer Security, a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Extensive experience as a sports coach and martial arts instructor

Why a Computer Network Fundamentals Short Course?

This course is a primer for studying some of our IT industry subjects, preparing students to sit the CompTIA Network+ industry certification, and developing practical skills.

Is there a final exam?

Yes — the short course exam will be a timed, open book exam that you will sit at your computer.

Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for course assessment, which comprises the exam and any available participation marks.

Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Yes — successful completion of three or more of our short courses will qualify you for one credit for an industry elective subject in our postgraduate courses. Click here for further details.

Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No — all essential materials will be supplied.

 Will the webinars be recorded?

Yes — all webinars are recorded and you will be able to access them, and all other free course materials, by registering for the course.