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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE:|
|National Diploma: Complex Procurement|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|49469||National Diploma: Complex Procurement|
|SGB Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain Mngt|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|-||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Diploma||Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies||Procurement|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||244||Level 5||NQF Level 05||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered"
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
|Purpose of the qualification
The purpose of the qualification is to build the knowledge and skills required by the defence and security related acquisition environment allowing learners to function as programme managers, engineering managers, logistical managers and quality assurance managers. It is intended to empower learners to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to apply business acumen, establish, validate and manage user requirements, programme management and to provide specialist expertise.
The qualification covers management and provides a framework for learners to develop competencies that will enable them to become competent acquisition managers within the defence and security related environment. It introduces a fundamental understanding of the key terms, rules, concepts and principles of acquisition management. It provides a balanced learning experience that allows flexible access to life long learning, higher education and to productive employment.
The unit standards included in the qualification are intended as building blocks for the further learning and development of skills that will make the learner a more fulfilled, informed, efficient and cost effective manager. The skills, knowledge, values and understanding demonstrated within this qualification are essential for a positive impact on social and economic transformation and upliftment within the democratic South African society.
The uniqueness of a programme manager in the defence sector, the highly regulated acquisition environment and the application of systems engineering, demands a unique and multi-disciplinary set of skills which led to the need for this qualification.
This qualification is intended to empower learners to operate efficiently within the defence and security related acquisition environment. It is envisaged that learners who complete this qualification will be engaged in multiple work roles in a variety of divisions and/or programmes and will be able to play a part, at their level, in contributing ultimately to the success of the defence and security related acquisition programme management.
The qualification allows for learners to complete all the unit standards in core and fundamental and then split out to specialised areas as a programme manager, a systems engineer, a logistical engineer and a quality assurance manager.
This qualification allows the learner to attain a nationally recognised qualification. It is flexible enough to accommodate both learners in formal education and learners already employed within the defence and security related environment. It aims to develop informed and skilled learners. The skills, knowledge, values and attitudes reflected in the qualification are building blocks that will be developed further at NQF level 5 and higher.
Anybody involved in the defence and security related acquisition process must adhere to national and international legislation, policies and procedures. Defence includes, but is not limited to South African Defence Force, South African Police and Correctional Services.
This qualification is particularly applicable to complex projects. Complex projects include:
The acquisition principles as embedded in the unit standards associated to this qualification may be tailored to less-complex projects.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It is assumed that learners have obtained level 4 project management skills and knowledge
It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication, Computer Literacy and Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 4
All competencies reflected in the learning assumed to be in place could be achieved through the recognition of prior learning
Recognition of prior learning
This qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the mechanism to be used and support and guidance should be provided. Care should be taken that the mechanism used provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence and is not so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option towards gaining a qualification.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The Qualification is made up of a planned combination of learning outcomes that have a defined purpose and will provide qualifying learners with applied competence and a basis for further training. The Qualification is made up of unit standards that are classified as Fundamental, Core and Elective in achieving its purpose. A minimum of 244 credits is required to complete the Qualification.
In this Qualification the credits are allocated as follows:
Note that 54% of the credits, therefore, relate directly to complex acquisition practices. The elective component allows the learner to select unit standards that are:
This is to ensure that while there is a strong complex acquisition practice focus, there is scope for learners to select additional unit standards that are relevant to their own situations and cement articulation and portability opportunities for the learner.
Motivation for number of credits assigned to fundamental, core and elective:
Unit standards to the value of 45 credits in business and interpersonal communication, 12 credits in social awareness and 22 credits in self management, team and leadership have been selected for the Fundamental component. These unit standards will add value to learners both socially and economically in terms of their ability to operate as well rounded team members and workers in a global economy. All the Fundamental unit standards are compulsory.
131 credits have been allocated to unit standards in the Core component of this qualification. This is to ensure that the qualification has a strong complex acquisition practice focus. The unit standards classified as Core reflect the compulsory aspects in complex acquisition practices that the learner needs to be fully competent in. The Core component covers competencies related to defence and security related acquisition in particular as well as business administration processes. The unit standards provide the knowledge, values and skills that all learners require in order to engage in complex acquisition. They also encourage the application of that knowledge, values and skills in real situations. All Core unit standards are compulsory.
There are unit standards totalling 148 credits in this component. Learners are required to select electives totalling a minimum of 34 credits. It is intended that the selected electives should allow learners to develop alternative career paths; or gain additional skills and knowledge that relate directly to the work of the learner and which will enhance the learner's work performance or introduce a learner to areas of specialisation in acquisitions, procurement or project management practice and study.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Apply business acumen.
2. Apply engineering Management in acquisition processes.
3. Apply defence and security related acquisition programme management principles.
4. Provide specialist technical expert services.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
The applied competence (practical, foundational and reflexive competencies) of this qualification will be achieved if a candidate is able to explain the broad context and concept of management principles in South Africa and the greater environment. This will enable a learner to apply and maintain standard operating procedures and protocols in order to assist and support the achievement of the objectives of incident management.
Any combination of foundational, reflexive and practical competencies needs to be assessed with the appropriate methods and tools that will determine applied competence. A detailed portfolio of evidence is required to prove the applied competencies of the learner.
Assessors and moderators should develop and conduct their own integrated assessment by making use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.
|South Africa has a world class and highly sophisticated Defence and Security related acquisition system and operates within the framework of national and international legislation. It is imperative to keep develop a qualification for all Defence and Security related acquisition managers to ensure continuous economic development. It is also important to develop a qualification that will underpin the objectives of the NQF, especially with regards to economic and social development, as well as to compare this qualification with international sort like qualifications. In selecting countries for international comparison it is important to consider countries where the economic context in which the qualification is to be used is similar to the South African context. Ideally, the South African National Defence and Security related acquisition management qualification should be compared to qualifications from a country with a developed economy and a second developing country with an emerging economy in order to include contexts that have similarities to the South African situation.
The international comparison was conducted by means of soliciting information via the Internet from the following countries as reflected in the comparison below.
The Royal Military College of Science (Cranfield) offers a Diploma (parts 1 and 2) and a Masters in Defence Acquisition Management (parts 1, 2 and 3).
It has an educational rather than a training nature but has also been accredited by the British Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and by the Institute of Logistics & Transport. Thus it has vocational as well as academic credentials.
The course content is similar to that of the proposed National Diploma and provides a good benchmark from that point of view. The assessments of the Cranfield qualifications are set against British Masters level descriptors.
The course runs over 3 academic terms (45 to 48 weeks).
> Introductory Studies.
> Introduction to Strategic Management.
> Management Methods.
> Managing for Improvement.
> Defence Acquisition and Logistic Support.
> Purchasing and Supply Management.
> Research Methodology.
> Supply and Support Chain Modelling.
> EITHER: Logistic Engineering Management OR Logistics Operations Management.
> Strategic Management of the Supply and Support Chain.
> 15,000 - 20,000 word Research Dissertation Project.
> Teaching & Learning Strategy.
> Learning is based on lectures, syndicate work, seminars, case study analysis, management games, videos, presentations and interactive discussions.
The entry requirement for both the Master's Degree and the Diploma Course is a 1st or 2nd class honours degree. Exceptionally, lesser qualifications may be accepted if accompanied by compensatory experience, such as:
Australia does use Acquisition principles, but have not yet replied to the requests for education and benchmarking information.
New Zealand appears to make use of some Acquisition principles, but have not yet replied to the requests for education and benchmarking information.
These countries do not acquire materiel following specific acquisition processes such as SA. Instead, standard government procurement practices are used, and to this end Military officials are trained in aspects of public Administration, tendering and procurement to provide additional skills that may be relevant. Most of this training takes place in the local academic institutions relevant for that country, as well as in-house training.
They therefore do not have a course in Acquisition Management. Where this has been required learners are enrolled at the British, French or American institutions.
Many American training institutions are represented in these countries offering distance learning.
No information regarding Acquisition or Programme management was found.
Many USA colleges and universities offer non-degree, bachelor and masters degrees courses covering a very wide spectrum of acquisition topics from programme management, system engineering, logistics etc. These are covered at executive summary level through to specialisation. Institutions include the Defence Acquisition University (DAU, Wash and the Naval Post Graduate School (Monterey, California), ESI international and so on.
Detailed curriculum information for benchmarking is difficult to obtain because it is regarded as being highly confidential (the highly competitive situation that course providers in the USA experience). Also the acquisition practices of the USA differ substantially at the detailed level from SA practices and many American policies and procedures are embedded in these courses. These factors contribute to making articulation possibilities difficult to identify and unsuitable for SA learners.
The USA colleges and universities are used to complement the Canadian Command and Staff Courses at a degree level to provide the necessary acquisition skills.
Another avenue of international comparison was done with specific reference to standards which largely reflect procurement and other relevant competencies for comparative purposes.
The unit standards listed below were sourced from the SAQA website. The outcomes of the DACUM process were used to harvest these unit standards from the website for possible inclusion in the qualification. The DACUM process dealt with the following:
The following unit standards were sourced, compared and utilized for portability and articulation:
A diverse range of occupations at all skill levels has been analysed during the DACUM process. The chart that was developed to outline possible competencies for inclusion in the unit standards was used to evaluate the identified unit standards.
Most 2nd and 3rd world countries do not use acquisition practices and the training for procurement of materiel is usually offered as electives or as an extension of Command and Staff courses. These are often in the form of public administration for which they generally provide in house or have joined forces with their colleges and universities. Where acquisition practices are required, these countries generally make use of British or American courses.
The proposed South African qualification compares favourably with the British programme. From a South African perspective, the Cranfield course therefore articulates well with the proposed National Diploma for those learners wishing to gain further insight into this subject by progressing to master's level.
|This qualification will enable the qualifying candidate to progress to other related qualifications. This qualification articulates horizontally with all related learning in the Higher Education and Training band for example:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|The elective unit standard category is open ended to allow the learner to choose the 34 credits associated to the elective unit standards from any discipline that would add value to the purpose of the qualification or the learners own development on a learning pathway.
Systems Engineering is the engineering design discipline associated with the development of large and complex engineering projects such as modern transport systems e.g. aircraft, spacecraft, cellphone networks, power stations. It differs from the usual engineering activities that may be associated with the design of a kettle or a pump in the formality required to manage the complexity, number of stakeholders and technical scope.
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||119210||Define and apply the policy and procedure for the acquisition of armaments||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Core||119855||Analyse and apply engineering management in an acquisition programme||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Core||119854||Apply configuration management as a subset of the system engineering process||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||15137||Apply contract documentation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||119856||Apply logistics engineering principles in the acquisition management process and during operations of a system||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||119853||Apply system engineering processes to an acquisition programme life cycle||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||119852||Apply System Engineering Technical Management to system development projects||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||119851||Apply technological capability establishment principles to programmes in the defence and security industry||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Core||114051||Conduct a technical practitioners meeting||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||12999||Contribute to the management of costs and the enhancement of value||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||15238||Devise and apply strategies to establish and maintain relationships||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Core||114050||Explain the principles of business and the role of information technology||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||15225||Identify and interpret related legislation and its impact on the team, department or division and ensure compliance||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||114601||Identify, select and co-ordinate value engineering project life cycle phase||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||119213||Manage an integrated complex acquisition programme||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||20|
|Core||119212||Manage complex acquisition contracts||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||119857||Plan and implement Quality Management Systems in corporate and project context||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||110526||Plan, organise, implement and control record-keeping systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Fundamental||8662||Analyse and communicate workplace data||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Fundamental||14522||Analyse and explain the impact of one`s personal interactive style on one`s relationship with a client||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Fundamental||110525||Apply a range of skills to facilitate workshops, community meetings and planned sessions in the local economic development environment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Fundamental||15234||Apply efficient time management to the work of a department/division/section||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Fundamental||8043||Applying advanced business principles||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||20|
|Fundamental||15237||Build teams to meet set goals and objectives||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Fundamental||10622||Conduct communication within a business environment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Fundamental||15096||Demonstrate an understanding of stress in order to apply strategies to achieve optimal stress levels in personal and work situations||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Fundamental||15219||Develop and implement a strategy and action plans for a team, department or division||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Fundamental||15215||Identify and interpret Best Practice guidelines, and plan for and implement Best Practice within the team, department or division||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Fundamental||11911||Manage individual careers||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Fundamental||14609||Participate in management of conflict||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Fundamental||15214||Recognise areas in need of change, make recommendations and implement change in the team, department or division||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Elective||119207||Manage the process of obtaining of an offer for a complex acquisition||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||119208||Process a complex acquisition order||Level 4||NQF Level 04||12|
|Elective||114599||Apply Functional Value to Engineering Design||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||11273||Apply Fundamental Concepts of Supply Chain Management Optimisation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||15216||Create opportunities for innovation and lead projects to meet innovative ideas||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Elective||110508||Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of the concept of facilitation and a range of facilitation skills||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||119215||Develop acquisition requirements to meet stakeholders' needs||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||15144||Develop and manage quality systems and procedures on a construction project||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||12|
|Elective||119209||Develop functional specification for complex acquisition programmes||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||12458||Develop the skills of a work team||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Elective||14214||Evaluate and improve the project team`s performance||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||15148||Manage financial aspects of a construction project||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||119214||Manage requirements within a complex acquisition programme||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||11274||Negotiate International Contracts of Purchase and Sale||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||10147||Supervise a project team of a technical project to deliver project objectives||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||14|
|Elective||10149||Support the project environment and activities to deliver project objectives||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||14|
|Elective||12432||Use mathematical and statistical techniques effectively||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||20|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|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.