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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of business applications and systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258837  Demonstrate an understanding of business applications and systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Computer Sciences and Information Systems 
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  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 
This Unit Standard will enable learners to demonstrate an understanding of business application systems through engagement in various activities related to business analysis.

A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Describe different business systems and their interdependence within an organisation.
  • Describe the alignment of the business system to the business strategy and objectives.
  • Explain an organisation with respect to linkages and interdependencies of its business systems. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe different business systems and their importance within an organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose and characteristics of a current business system within a specific area of operation are defined utilising examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The components of current business systems within a specific area of operation are documented so as to reflect current practice and their importance within an organisation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Components include but are not limited to typical transactions, processes, information and data, technology components.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The disruptive impact of breakdown of a business system is explained to illustrate the inter-dependence of business and its systems. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the alignment of the business system to the business strategy and objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The business strategy is analysed and its key elements are elaborated within the context of the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The business systems are explained in terms of their purpose and their relationship to the vision and mission of the organisation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    A definition of the terms "vision" and "mission" are clearly given. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The key elements of the business strategy are examined to reflect how it informs/impacts on the day to day operations of the company. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A business system is examined with a view to documenting its contribution to the strategy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Business system elements that are counter-productive to the achievement of the organisations strategy and objective are assessed with an indication given of their negative impact. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to specific processes, policies, procedures, functionality, measurements, Key Performance Indicators (KPI's).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The ways in which a specific business process impacts on the business strategy is explained in order to illustrate the areas of alignment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the linkages and interdependencies of business systems in an organisation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The business systems within the learners` specific environment are identified within the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information is presented in a way that outlines linkages between business systems specific and the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An analysis is conducted to show the interdependence between business systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The linkages between different business systems are described in terms of how they relate to the functioning of an organisation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Linkages includes but are not limited to, supply chain systems, customer resource planning systems, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, financial systems, workflow and human resource systems.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The way in which information is exchanged between the business systems is explained and documented so that their interdependence is highlighted in accordance with organisational procedure. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The concepts of businesses as going concerns and the profit motive.
  • The concepts of business systems and their interdependencies.
  • The history and fundamental concepts of Business Systems.
  • An overview of the operational components of an business system.
  • The concepts of Business Process, business transactions, business information, business functions.
  • The concepts of vision, mission, strategy, value chain and their importance to the success of the business enterprise.
  • Understanding of organisation structures and roles. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Understand inter-dependence of business systems and the consequences of failure. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Building and maintaining organisational relationships. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively through:
  • Conducting evaluation and research. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and articulation of:
  • Describing the inter-dependencies within a business system. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Describing business systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science, technology and indigenous knowledge effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others through:
  • Doing research. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Understand inter-dependence of business systems and the consequences of failure. 

  • 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 
    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  63769   National Certificate: Business Analysis Support Practice  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    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. Cape Innovation Technology Initiative 
    3. INTER CHANGE ENTERPRISES (PTY) LTD 
    4. 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.