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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply basic principles of requirements-related modelling 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258839  Apply basic principles of requirements-related modelling 
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 
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 explain the basic principles of requirements-related modelling. The learner will be able to explain how this information is used to clarify business problems, propose solutions and how recommendations could be formulated addressing specific business related problems.

A learner credited with this Unit Standard will be able to:
  • Illustrate the principles of modelling various dimensions of a business system.
  • Explain how models are used to understand business problems.
  • Apply models to form business solutions and recommendations. 

  • 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 
    Illustrate the principles of modelling various dimensions of a business system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Modelling is explained to reflect its uses in clarifying business systems in various disciplines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of modelling is demonstrated through documenting business systems in accordance with organisational practices and policies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The use of modelling is explained to reflect ways in which to communicate the structure of business systems to various audiences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The use of integrated modelling is explained to reflect how the different dimensions of business systems are integrated and linked. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain how models are used to understand business problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The various dimensions of a business problem are explained in terms of how models are used to clarify a specific problem. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Dimensions include but not limited to organisation structure, context, scope, process and information flows, functional behaviour, and business rules.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Modelling techniques are utilised to explain the different dimensions of a business problem. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Models and diagrams include but not limited to domain, organisation, functional, value chain, context, use case, process.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Modelling notation is explained to reflect how standards facilitate communication between different stakeholders. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Notations include but not limited to Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN), Unified Modelling Language (UML), Integrated Definition Methods (IDEF).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Models of the different dimensions of the business are discussed to show their integration in defining a specific business problem. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply models to form business solutions and recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The various dimensions of the system are interpreted in terms how models are used to specify the recommended solution. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Dimensions include but not limited to process and information flows, functional behaviour, business rules, data, human computer interfaces, technical interfaces, networks.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Modelling techniques are employed to specify the different dimensions of the recommended solution using examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Models and diagrams include but not limited to use case, process, entity relationship, class, state transition, sequence, and prototype.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Modelling notation is assessed to specify the different dimensions of the recommended solution. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Notations include but not limited to Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN), Unified Modelling Language (UML), Integrated Definition Methods (IDEF).
     


    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 
  • Performance of all elements is to be carried out in accordance with organisational standards and procedures, where organisations have defined standards for the use of such models.
  • Performance of all elements complies with the laws of South Africa, especially with regard to the intellectual property rights where proprietary modelling standards or vendors, professional bodies and other stakeholders are employed.
  • 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.
  • Performance of all elements should be performed with a solid understanding of the use of modelling tools needed in the areas applicable to the unit standard. Examples of such tools include, but are not limited to, modelling applications distributed by software vendors.
  • Performance of all elements should make use of International standards models used for Requirements Specification. Examples of such models include (but are not limited to) the BA Body of Knowledge, the Object Management Group (OMG) and other standards-setting bodies. 

  • 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:
  • Analysing precisely how a component of a business systems should be modelled, defined or specified. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Group facilitation sessions, where consensus on models, problems or specifications must be reached.
  • Information gathering activities where essential information about business systems is gathered. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively through:
  • Independently modelling and documenting requirements specifications. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and articulation of:
  • Conflicting information gathered from diverse stakeholders.
  • Producing integrated models of different dimensions of 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:
  • Delivering presentations, producing models and facilitating stakeholder workshops. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science, technology and indigenous knowledge effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others through:
  • Effective use of appropriate technologies to produce models of business systems. 

  • 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:
  • Validating integrated models against the business context as defined by divers stakeholders. 

  • 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 
    Abbreviations:
  • BABOK: Business Analysis Body of Knowledge.
  • OMG: Object Management Group.
  • BPMN: Business process modelling notation.
  • UML: Unified modelling language.
  • IDEF: Integrated definition methods. 

  • 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: 
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