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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Research, assess and propose technical solutions that meet broadcast requirements 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115031  Research, assess and propose technical solutions that meet broadcast requirements 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Communication Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be essential to technically-skilled people who work in the broadcasting environment and need to use sophisticated methods and equipment to install, set-up, operate and fault find professional microwave and satellite broadcasting equipment.

Learners are required to systematically analyse a range of problems and isolate and diagnose their causes. The problems emanate from the complexities and pressures of the broadcast environment in which immediate and appropriate responses are needed to solve technical problems.

People credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Research technical solutions for broadcast requirements
  • Evaluate solutions
  • Develop installation plans for technical solutions
  • Propose solutions 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value is based on the assumption that people starting to learn towards this unit standard are already competent in:
  • Making audio, video and data cables.
  • Installing broadcast equipment.
  • Operational routing and switching in a broadcast environment.
  • First line maintenance.
  • Operating audio and video equipment in a broadcast environment.
  • Fault finding in the broadcast system to board level.
  • Day-to-day technical administration in broadcasting. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Research technical solutions for broadcast requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements for technical solutions or client's needs are interpreted and verified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    User needs are formulated in accordance with applicable standards, codes of practice and legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Complete solutions are researched that will satisfy user needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A extensive range of available solutions and/or equipment specifications are gathered. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Special attention given to Balanced/unbalanced requirements, termination and impedance principals. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Evaluate solutions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All information gathered is assessed and compared for suitability against client's requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The benefits, weaknesses and implications of proposed solutions are identified and discussed with the client and colleagues. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Functional, operational, technical, physical, safety, health, environmental, timescale(s), financial, quality and/or ergonomic requirements/implications.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Solutions selected are compatible with the system or facility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Solutions are practical, effective, meet requirements and satisfy the client's needs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Requirements include: technical, maintenance, operational, budget, legal and environmental.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop installation plans for technical solutions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The installation requirements are evaluated and assessed from plans, documentation or drawings. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment, system and resource requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Installation plans reflects accurately all tasks, budget, timelines, materials required, logistics back-out and contingencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Details of installation plans are verified with appropriate personnel for accuracy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Approval of the installation plan is gained from line management and client prior to commencement of work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Project budgets are approved by relevant personnel. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Budget includes: capital equipment purchase, specifications of equipment, budget and quotes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Documentation of project includes plan, installation, test requirements, project monitoring, verification, control and review processes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Propose solutions. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Client, technical personnel and end-users. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Where client's requirements cannot be met in full, it is clearly pointed out before solutions are suggested. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The timelines for implementation, which are most convenient for all parties, are negotiated and agreed upon. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The impact of implementation plans are clearly described and communicated to all parties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Solutions and possible alternative solutions are formulated in line with client's needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Recommendations are communicated clearly to client, end-user and budget holder in accordance with organisational requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Providers of learning towards this unit standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.


    Moderation Option:
  • The moderation requirements of the relevant SETA's ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Broadcast equipment and its application
  • Safety precautions and safe working practices in the broadcast environment
  • Own responsibilities and accountabilities in the workplace
  • Sources of technical information and specifications
  • The interrelation of different broadcast systems
  • Analysis techniques and their application for identifying broadcast solutions
  • Policies and procedures when presenting technical solutions
  • Risk assessment and how to plan for contingencies
  • Negotiation techniques when dealing with clients, end-users and colleagues
  • Knowledge and application of research techniques 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking when identifying broadcast solutions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others (clients, end-users and colleagues) as a member of a team, group, organisation to achieve the required end-result. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves in the work areas and their activities responsibly and effectively to complete tasks within deadlines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect and analyse engineering information and critically evaluate the effect of it on possible broadcast solutions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with clients and colleagues, using visual and / or language skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology (broadcast equipment) effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment (work areas and venues) and health of others (clients and colleagues). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding that the engineering world is a set of related systems and that problem-solving does not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriate, fair, manageable, integrated into work or learning, valid, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48792   Certificate: Broadcast Engineering  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


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