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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manipulate data and ensure integrity 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258882  Manipulate data and ensure integrity 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 for people who need to produce and/or modify sophisticated spreadsheets in a variety of industry and economic sectors.

A person credited with this unit standard is capable of:
  • Validating and sorting data in a spreadsheet.
  • Applying security settings to a spreadsheet.
  • Using a range of functions within a spreadsheet.
  • Using formula, mixed references and named ranges to provide solutions to a problem.
  • Auditing formula to ensure data integrity.
  • Creating and edit scenarios. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in the following:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • This standard is applicable to any application that runs on any Graphical User Interface (GUI) operating systems.
  • Where wording is not exact for the chosen operating system or application, the learner can choose the equivalent item or option to demonstrate competence in the specific outcome or assessment criteria. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Validate and sort data in a spreadsheet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Data validation is applied to data in a spreadsheet to ensure consistency and integrity. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Data validation includes but not limited to text length (must be limited to at least ten [10] characters).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Validated data properties are edited in accordance with user requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Data validation is removed from data in accordance with changing spreadsheet requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A simple data sort is performed in order to organise information for ease access. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sorting includes but is not limited to ascending order, descending order.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Data is sorted by columns to organise information in accordance with user requirement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Data is sorted by months and weekdays in order to provide breakdown summaries. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply security settings to a spreadsheet. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Security settings include but not limited to password protect to open spreadsheet, password protect to modify spreadsheet, password protect to modify worksheet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Security settings are explained in terms of their use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Security settings are applied to restrict and/or limit access to information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Security settings are changed in accordance with user requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Security settings are removed in accordance with changing requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use a range of functions within a spreadsheet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Date and time functions are used to manipulate chronological data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Mathematical functions are used to facilitate the efficiency of calculations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Mathematical functions include but are not limited to SumIf, RoundDown, RoundUp, Even, Odd.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Statistical functions are used to analyse statistics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Statistical functions include but are not limited to CountIf, Counta, Trend, Large, Small.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Financial functions are used to facilitate the efficiency of monetary calculations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Financial functions include but are not limited to FV, NPV, PMT, IPMT, NPER, PV, Rate.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Subtotalling features are inserted and removed to provide data breakdown for analyses. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Subtotalling includes but is not limited to Individual subtotals, Nested subtotals.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Text functions are used to facilitate the formatting of data for reporting purposes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Text functions include but are not limited to Upper, Lower, Proper, Concatenate.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Lookup and Reference functions are used for retrieving data. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Functions include but are not limited to Lookup VLookUp, HLookUp.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Logical functions are used to select and organise data. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Logical functions include but are not limited to IF, AND, OR, NOT, TRUE, FALSE, nested IF function.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    A mixed reference is used in a formula in order to analyse data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    A named range is used in a formula to select a data source or sub-source. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Use formula, mixed references and named ranges to provide solutions to a problem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The input to a result is found in a formula by adjusting a value. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Scenarios are created to demonstrate different possible outcomes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Scenarios are edited to establish different outcomes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A scenario summary report is created to provide an overview of the implications of the data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Ranges are create and used to select specific data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Named ranges in a spreadsheet are analysed in terms of their use and impact. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Uses include but not limited to:
  • Cells, formula, labels.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    A named range is created to facilitate referencing of data. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range includes but is not limited to cells, formula, labels.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    A named range is deleted and/or edited in accordance with user requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    A named range is navigated in order to access named data. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Audit formula to ensure data integrity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An error in a formula is traced in order to identify the correct data to be required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An error in a formula is edited to rectify data in accordance with data integrity requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Precedent and dependent cells are traced for a selected cell in order to determine the value of other cells. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Trace precedent and dependent arrows are removed in accordance with user requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Formulae are displayed and viewed in order to ensure that the value required is accurately determined in a worksheet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Formula are hidden from view in a worksheet to facilitate focus on overall data presented. 


    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 
  • Policies, procedures and requirements of the organisations.
  • Ethical codes of relevant professional bodies.
  • Relevant legislative and/ or regulatory requirements.
  • Nature of electronic information.
  • What are Data validation, security settings, functions, formula, mixed references and named ranges, data integrity.
  • Preserving documents.
  • Locations and functions of menu items.
  • Implications of application and formatting settings.
  • Relevant application packages.
  • 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 behaviour.
  • Performance of all elements complies with the laws of South Africa, especially with regard to copyright, privacy, health and safety, and consumer rights.
  • Performance of all elements is to be completed within the normal range of time and cost that would be expected in a professional environment (e.g. in a commercial or government organisation). 

  • 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:
  • An error in a formula is traced in order to identify the correct data to be required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Text functions are used to facilitate the formatting of data for reporting purposes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Lookup and Reference functions are used for retrieving data. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information when:
  • Use formula, mixed references and named ranges to provide solutions to a problem. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Formula are displayed or viewed in order to ensure that the value required is accurately determined in a worksheet. 

  • 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:
  • Manipulating data and ensuring integrity. 

  • 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
    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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