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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain the principles of computer networks 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14913  Explain the principles of computer networks 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Information Systems and Technology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences Information Technology and Computer Sciences 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 is intended:
  • to provide fundamental knowledge of the areas covered
  • for those working in, or entering the workplace in the area of Data Communication & Networking
  • as additional knowledge for those wanting to understand the areas covered

    People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe data communication.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of main features of LAN`s
  • Demonstrate knowledge of main features of WAN`s.
    The performance of all elements is to a standard that allows for further learning in this area. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Open.
    The credit value of this unit is based on a person having prior knowledge and skills to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental mathematics (at least NQF level 3).
  • Demonstrate PC competency skills (End-User Computing unit Standards, at least up to NQF level 3.)
  • Demonstrate competence to resolve technical computer problems (SGB-ID=DC301/ 302).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of local and wide area networks, and their installation. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe data communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The description explains the roles of key elements in data communication. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Computer, Sender, Receiver, Transmission media.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The description differentiates between LAN's and WAN's. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Speed, Control, Access, Media, Cost, Distance.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of main features of LANs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The demonstration identifies the uses of LAN's with respect to current practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Local sharing of data, programs, peripherals and communications.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The demonstration identifies the main types of LAN media. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Twisted pair, Coaxial, Optic fiber, Wireless.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The demonstration describes the main LAN configurations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Star, Bus, Ring.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The demonstration describes LAN bandwidth. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Baseband, Broadband.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The demonstration describes LAN protocols. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Ethernet, Token ring, TCP/IP.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge of main features of WANs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The demonstration explains the uses of WAN's with respect to current practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Remote sharing of data, programs, peripherals and communications.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The demonstration explains the uses, hardware requirements and advantages of WAN's. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Voice, Data, Packet switched, ISDN.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The relevant Education and Training Quality Authority (ETQA) must accredit providers before they can offer programs of education and training assessed against unit standards.
    Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    1. Performance of all elements is to be carried out in accordance with organisation standards and procedures, unless otherwise stated. Organisation standards and procedures may cover: quality assurance, documentation, security, communication, health and safety, and personal behavior. An example of the standards expected is the standards found in ISO 9000 Certified Organisations.
    2. Performance of all elements complies with the laws of South Africa, especially with regard to copyright, privacy, health and safety, and consumer rights.
    3. All activities must comply with any policies, procedures and requirements of the organisations involved, the ethical codes of relevant professional bodies and any relevant legislative and/ or regulatory requirements.
    4. Performance of all elements should be performed with a solid understanding of the use of development tools needed in the areas applicable to the unit standard. Examples of such tools are, but is not limited to CASE tools, programming language editors with syntax checking, program source version control systems systems. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of an organisation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage him/her self and his/her activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exists in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to his/her full personal development and the social and economic development of the society at large by being aware of the importance of: reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively, exploring education and career opportunities and developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

    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:
    1. "LAN" refers to a single network of personal computers within the same area,such as an office or building.
    2. "Industry Recommended Procedure" refers to a procedure used and recommendedby an organisation involved in the computer industry.

    Sub-Sub-Field (Domain):
    Data Communications and Networking 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  67609   National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  78965   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Core  24294   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2010-01-23  Was MICTS until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  78964   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Core  24293   National Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2010-01-23  Was MICTS until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  20184   National Certificate: Banking  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  BANKSETA 
    Elective  61591   National Certificate: Information Technology: End User Computing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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    5. Academy of Training and Development 
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    7. Acol Computer Training PTY LTD 
    8. Act of Grace 97 
    9. Addskills Computer Training 
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    12. All Connections cc 
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    19. Aspirations Communication Training CC 
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    22. AUM IT Solutions 
    23. Awona Technologies cc 
    24. Bantsho Marketing & Management Strategies 
    25. Believers Care Society 
    26. Best Information Solutions 
    27. Beth Horner & Associates 
    28. BMW SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    29. Bokamoso Competence (Pty) Ltd 
    30. BOLAND COLLEGE 
    31. Bonalesedi Computer Training 
    32. Bophelo Tota ICT Driving Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    33. Boston Technology Campus (Pty) Ltd 
    34. Broadband College of Technology 
    35. Bytes People Solutions A Division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd 
    36. Cape Town Society for the Blind 
    37. Careers IT (Pty) Ltd 
    38. Centretech Broadcasting 
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    42. Come Again Printing Services cc 
    43. Commerce and Computer College of South Africa 
    44. Community Shakers Skills Development 
    45. CompEd IT Training 
    46. Competence computer and business management 
    47. Computer Technology Dev Institute 
    48. Critical Skills Training (Pty) Ltd 
    49. CTU Training Solutions 
    50. CYBER MINDS (PTY) LIMITED 
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    55. Delcom Training Institute 
    56. Delight Computer Training 
    57. Denwin's Computer & Business School 
    58. DIGMAC PTY LTD 
    59. Ditlotlo Trading Enterprise Cc 
    60. DVG Property (Pty)Ltd 
    61. Eagle Computer Training 
    62. Eagle High IT Training 
    63. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    64. Eastern Cape Academy of Technology 
    65. Egsibit Training and Development 
    66. Ekasi IT Solutions CC 
    67. Ekukhanyeni Community Development Centre 
    68. Ekurhuleni Computer College 
    69. Elchees Software Solutions 
    70. Enviroparks Riverlea 
    71. Fakazani Management Services 
    72. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
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    74. Far North Youth Development Initiative 
    75. Far-Ahead Computer Training Centre Cc 
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    77. Fort Hare Solutions (PTY) LTD 
    78. Fosuitektel Computer Training Institute 
    79. Four Stars Communication 
    80. FURNITURE BEDDING UPHOLSTERY INDUSTRY BARGAINING COUNCIL 
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    83. Gabasega Consulting and Training Centre 
    84. Gauteng Central College PTY LTD 
    85. GDE Science Education Centre 
    86. Gegana Computer Academy and Business Solutions cc 
    87. Giga Skills Training 
    88. Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    89. Global Softech Skills Academy 
    90. Go Computer Cash and Carry 
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    95. Hlanganani ICT (Pty) Ltd 
    96. I.C.E Computer College 
    97. IALE School of Advanced Learning and Education (Pty) Ltd 
    98. iLearn Corporate Services PTY LTD 
    99. Imvana Training College 
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    101. Indonsa Consulting and Training cc 
    102. Information Technology Resource Centre 
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    105. ISAMON VOCATIONAL COLLEGE OF EXCELLENCE 
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    114. Kaelo Computer Training cc 
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    116. Kezla Investments 
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    119. Kingsway College of Computing and Business Studies Pty (Ltd) 
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    140. Madzahisi College 
    141. Magnifica (Pty) Ltd 
    142. Magnitude College of education 
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    144. Makhophila Business Enterprise 
    145. Malope IT Solutions 
    146. Masana Brainstorm Conferencing cc 
    147. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    148. MasterGrade IT 
    149. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (CENTURION) (TP) 
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    151. Mkoneni Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    152. Modise Computer College 
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    155. Mosadikago Trading Cc 
    156. Mourema Computer Training Centre 
    157. Mpande Technologies cc 
    158. Mpisholo Training Solutions 
    159. Mpondo Zengwenya Trading Cc 
    160. MSC Education Holdings Pty Ltd 
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    162. National Computer College Carletonville 
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    166. Nebsol IT Solutions 
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    168. NetCampus (Pty) Ltd. 
    169. New Era Computer Training Centre (Hidobyte CC) 
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    174. Ocule IT cc 
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    176. Overcomers Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    177. Parkton College of Catering & Tourism Studies 
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    179. Pillays Computer and Careers 
    180. Prompt It Solutions 
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    182. Protech Business and Computer College Pty Ltd. 
    183. Qhakaza Management Services 
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    185. Rainbow Nation Skills Development (Pty) Ltd. 
    186. Rand Training College 
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    188. Riakona Computer Training Centre 
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    199. Simation (Pty) Ltd 
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    202. Siyafunda Community Technology Centre 
    203. Smart Byte Training Cc 
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    207. Sovereign Skills Development Institute (Pty) 
    208. Speccon (Pty) Ltd 
    209. Springfield Training (Pty) Ltd 
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    218. Tfutfukani Technology Training Centre 
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    220. Thasullulo F.E.T College (Pty) Ltd 
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    224. The Ulwazi Computer Training Center 
    225. Tira Telecoms 
    226. Titan Trade Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    227. Torque Technical Computer Training (Pty) Ltd 
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    230. Tshedza Training Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
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    234. UBUHLE TECHNOLOGY & MULTIPURPOSE PRIMARY CO-OPERATIVE LIMITED 
    235. Umbrella Training and Development 
    236. Umzinyathi Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd 
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    238. Virtual Afrika Business Solutions cc 
    239. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 
    240. Vukani Solutions 
    241. Vuthlari Marketing Consulting (PTY)LTD 
    242. Waterberg TVET College 
    243. Whispers ETD Consulting 
    244. Whitestone College 
    245. Work Skills Resources 
    246. Xtensive ICT Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    247. Xylo Trading 12 (Pty) Ltd 
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    251. Zealot Business College cc 
    252. Zinjiva Trading 



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