School of Business and Technology
Short Learning Programmes - 2009
This short learning programme is certified by the Independent Institute of Education
Personal computers occupy space in offices, in towns and cities around the world. Moreover, personal computers
are now finding their way into most private homes. But computers need to be maintained and repaired. This has
created a demand for skilled individuals who can troubleshoot and build computers and has created job opportunities
not only in the corporate, medium and small business environment, but also for entrepreneurs who want to start
their own business.
This short learning programme enables students to master the hardware components of a PC including the building,
upgrading and troubleshooting of problems. Software components, including the operation and troubleshooting
of popular operating systems, are also covered.
Who Should Attend
• Those wishing to explore the technical aspects of computers.
• Those who wish to provide hardware support in a corporate environment and/or pursue a career involving
the technical aspects of the IT industry.
The Computer Architecture Certificate is a short learning programme (SLP) that is certified by the Independent
Institute of Education. On completion, students can consider writing the external CompTIA Certification at an
authorised testing centre.
Students enrolled in this short learning programme can apply, on successful completion, to be awarded credit for the
equivalent full qualification module when registering for a full qualification with The Independent Institute of Education.
Short Learning Programmes
All programmes that are available through Varsity College’s School of Business and Technology are short learning
programmes (SLP’s) that have been specifically designed for working adults. These SLP’s differ from the full
qualifications that are also available through Varsity College and which are registered on the National Qualifications
Framework. Before you register you must ensure that the programme that you select best suits your individual
learning and workplace objectives.
Varsity College is a division of The Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd., Reg. no. 1987/004754/07, which is registered
with the Department of Education as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration
certificate no. 2007/HE07/002.
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• Basic computer service concepts.
• The fundamentals of PC and PC Memory architecture.
• Understanding the Disk system architecture and PC Bus architecture.
• Understanding and using peripheral devices and printers.
• Understanding networking fundamentals.
• Being able to install and upgrade Hardware.
• General troubleshooting techniques.
• Introduction to computer operating systems.
• Using the Microsoft® Operating System GUI (Graphical User Interface).
• Application, installation, configuration and utilisation of various relevant operating systems.
• Using and configuring additional peripherals like scanners, video cameras and digital cameras.
• Being able to perform preventative maintenance.
• Configuring network software so that people can work and share information across a network.
• Troubleshooting Windows® and other applications.
Classes are held twice a week in the evening or on a Saturday morning over 15 weeks.
The short learning programme fee includes all programme material, which becomes the property of the student.
This material constitutes a valuable source of on-going reference.
The programme assessment involves tests, assignments and a formal examination at the close of the programme.
Should a student fail to achieve the required mark (or be unable to complete the programme), he or she may repeat
the programme or re-write the examination at no additional charge (subject to certain reasonable provisos).