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School of Administration & Management

The Rise of Social Media

Qualification / Course Information

Minimum Duration:

Self-study within 2 weeks. Minimum focused learning time required: approximately 24 hours.

Minimum Credits:

Certificate of Completion

NQF Level:

Successful completion of this short course can be included to your portfolio of evidence for RPL consideration


Unassisted Online Learning



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Learn how social media popularity has given rise to many different social sharing platforms, each with a unique slant in terms of users and ways of being used, for individuals and for brands. The Short Learning Programme is ideal for any individual wishing to make sense of the global rise in social media platforms and uses of social media in various spheres of life and business.


  • Chrome browser

  • A desktop / laptop computer (this product is not mobile-friendly)

  • A reliable internet connection with continuous access and a minimum speed of 4MB (this product is not available offline)

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this Online Short Learning Programme.

However, it is recommended that the applicant has achieved English language competence at a level that is equivalent to Grade 12.


At the end of this Short Learning Programme, you should be able to:
  • Differentiate between new media and social media

  • Discuss the features of the first social media sites

  • Outline the development of social media in the modern world

  • Discuss current global trends in social media



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