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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Develop and implement specifications to achieve the desired product or service 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116779  Develop and implement specifications to achieve the desired product or service 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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 
In order to run a sustainable business, a technically qualified learner will ensure that the products or services are consistent, meet customer expectations and conform to any standards required for that product or service. In order to do this effectively, a qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Convert general and specific requirements into specifications
  • Develop processes and procedures to ensure that the product or service conforms to the specifications
  • Evaluate the specifications.

    In doing this, a learner will also know and understand:
  • Concepts, issues and conventions relating to standards and specifications
  • Procedures and techniques to develop specifications
  • Approaches to acquiring and managing assets, stock and raw materials.

    Learners can be assessed against this unit standard in any of the following contexts:
  • A small or micro business
  • A semi-autonomous business unit within a larger organisation.

    The skills, the knowledge and the values reflected in this unit standard form part of the exit level outcomes required for the National Diploma in Master Craftsmanship NQF Level 5. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credits for this unit standard assume that learners have an NQF Level 5 certificate qualification in a technical occupation or a Certificate in Master Craftsmanship at NQF level 5. They also assume that learners are working towards their qualification as part of a learning programme which integrates all the required unit standards.

    Learning time will increase if learners do not have:
  • A relevant NQF Level 4 qualification
  • Experience in a relevant field.

    Learning time will be decreased if they have experience in this field because:
  • Their learning programmes will be adjusted to build on what they already know
  • They can apply to have that prior learning recognised.

    Specifically, learners are assumed to be competent in the following:
  • Control logistical flow of components and materials at NQF Level 5
  • Production optimisation techniques at NQF Level 4 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specifications include parameters, drawings, procedures and any associated data.

    Additional ranges are reflected under the relevant item within the unit standard 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Gather and classify information on activities, material or process for selected product or service. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Information includes customer needs, specifications for generic products, materials or services, manufacturer's specifications, end-use requirements, legal and regulatory requirements, etc 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information gathered is sufficient, accurate and relevant 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Consequences of missing aspects or information are explained and discussed 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify potential options for the specification of the product or service and develop the best specification option. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Specification includes parameters, drawings, procedures and any associated data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Choice of the best specification option is motivated 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Choice reflects the latest technology and local and international regulations 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Choice is practical and cost-effective 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All aspects of product or service are specified 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Consequences of poor or inadequate specification are explained 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop or adjust processes and activities to meet the new specification, monitor impact and collect data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Products or service meet new specification 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Adjustment process is systematic and planned 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Data is used to optimise processes and activities 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All related documentation is completed and available 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Monitor external and internal environment, identify changing requirements and revise specifications when necessary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Product or service still meets criteria in changed environment 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Documentation is updated 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Techniques used are current and reliable 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of a relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body, which has jurisdiction over this field of learning. The assessor will be accredited and have a Degree in Master Craftsmanship at NQF Level 6 or an equivalent NQF Level 6 qualification with experience of running a small or medium business or autonomous business unit within a larger organisation. Since it is unlikely that there will be sufficient qualified people in the early stages of the life of this qualification, ETQAs should be allowed to make interim arrangements such as:
    1. Assessor panels
    2. People experienced in the field but without formal qualifications, eg current or retired owners of successful businesses or respected managers in organisations.

    Learners can be assessed in the language of their choice although if they have to report incidents or conditions to someone else, they will be assessed on their ability to report in the language commonly used in the working environment.

    They will be assessed in a workplace but can submit documents, projects, test results and assignments that were not produced in the workplace.

    They can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The activities in this unit standard require an extensive practical experience integrated with a thorough knowledge and understanding of theory and the options related to the technical field. It is assumed that the learners being assessed will have participated in formal structured learning processes to acquire the relevant knowledge. What follows are broad guidelines to the kind of content of such structured learning processes.

    1. Concepts, names & functions of:
  • Materials
  • Products or services
  • Specifications related to materials, equipment, product, services

    2. Purpose of:
  • Materials
  • Products or services
  • Standards and specifications

    3. Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Materials, products or services
  • In-service or end-use requirements
  • Data

    4. Processes and events:
  • Data collection and control
  • Technical development and implementation to a specification

    5. Causes and effects, implications of:
  • Out-of-specification products or services
  • Customer dissatisfaction, in-service failure
  • Litigation, damages, fines and imprisonment
  • Cost implications of out-of specification products

    6. Procedures and techniques:
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Development and implementation of product or service specification

    7. Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Industry-wide product or services specifications
  • Related regulations and legislation

    8. Theory, rules, principles, laws:
  • Product or service specifications

    9. Relationships, systems:
  • End-use requirements, customer needs, standards and specifications 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    1. Identify and solve problems
  • In terms of developing and implementing specifications 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    2. Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information
  • Related to the development of specifications to achieve the desired product/service
  • Capturing or recording specifications in appropriate formats and styles 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary information

    How credits were determined

    Activity - Hours - Notes
    Classroom learning - 40 Hours
    On-the-job learning - 45 Hours
    Self directed learning - 10 Hours - Assignments, projects
    Coaching required - 2 Hours - One-to-one passing on of tips and expert practice
    Other - 3 Hours - Preparation of portfolios
    Total -100 Hours
    Credits - 10 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63769   National Certificate: Business Analysis Support Practice  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Core  58977   National Certificate: Publishing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Core  49059   National Diploma: Master Craftsmanship (Electrical)  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Bytes People Solutions A Division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Jumpco (Pty) Ltd 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.