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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate industry related computer hardware and software for design 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115126  Operate industry related computer hardware and software for design 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Art, Craft & Design 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Visual Arts 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  14 
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 
The purpose of the learning credited in this unit standard is to enable learners to operate the appropriate computer technologies in order to develop and complete designs of a professional level of finish.
The fundamental unit standards will enable learners to plan, implement and monitor design projects and to produce designs using appropriate computer technologies. These standards are thus most relevant to all learners who will be pursuing careers as practising designers in any number of design fields and disciplines or people practising within the design sectors. People who pursue careers in these sectors contribute directly to the economic development of the country and to the social development of communities, region and the nation as a whole.

Credited learners are capable of:
1. Selecting appropriate hardware and software.
2. Operating appropriate software in the production of design.
3. Troubleshooting common computer related problems.
4. Contextualises the computer as a tool within the design process.
5. Producing final designs using relevant hardware and software. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners embarking on learning towards this Unit Standard have the following competencies:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 2
  • General creativity 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following statements provide a general guide to the scope and complexity of the competence expected of the learner:
    1. The depth, scope and context of this unit standard are based on the particular hardware and software skills used within the different design disciplines.
    2. Credited learners are capable of completing a design using computer technology that is relevant to the industry.
    3. Technological computer problems are also specific to the programmes and hardware common to the discipline. Learners should demonstrate an ability to perceive and troubleshoot problems within their chosen technology.
    4. Hardware and software problems can include software incompatibility, problems with file sizes and memory, network problems and printing problems. At this stage learners should not be solving conceptual or creative problems as these would have been solved earlier in the design process. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Select appropriate hardware and software. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hardware selection is appropriate and relevant to the brief and to the concept. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Software selection is industry related and appropriate to the context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Hardware and software selection is cost effective and efficient. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Operate appropriate software in the production of design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Operation is industry related in speed and efficiency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Computer production is professional and appropriate to the industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Operation is appropriate to the design and concept. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Operation is thorough in the relevant aspects of the software and hardware. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Troubleshoot common computer related problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Problems are predicted and identified accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Selected troubleshooting process is appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Technological skills are of an appropriate level and standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Technological solutions are appropriate and relevant. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Contextualise the computer as a tool within the design process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Computer operation is appropriate to the context of the brief and the concept. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Computer operation takes place at the most appropriate time in the design process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Computer operation is contextualised as one of many tools in the design process. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Produce final designs using relevant hardware and software. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Final designs reflect the design concepts accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Final designs are produced quickly and efficiently. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Final designs are produced cost effectively within the given timeframe and budget. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. The assessment of learner achievement takes place at providers accredited by the CHE (or the MAPPP SETA or another relevant ETQA) for the provision of programmes that result in the outcomes specified for the qualification that this unit standard forms part of. The CHE (or the MAPPP SETA or another relevant ETQA is responsible for the moderation of achievement of those learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. Those assessing or moderating the outcomes of this unit standard must hold a qualification at NQF 6 in the relevant field.
    2. Computer hardware and software is particular to the design discipline and may vary widely between disciplines. Learners need to demonstrate that they are competent at using the hardware and software fundamental to the specific discipline.
    3. Credited learners need to show appropriate levels of technological competence, skills and abilities.
    4. This unit standard is centred on computer skills and abilities. However, it is important that assessors do not omit any elements of creativity, and this should be demonstrated in the selection and execution stages. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
    1. Computer hardware relevant to the design discipline.
    2. Computer software relevant to the design discipline.
    3. A variety of troubleshooting processes and methods.
    4. Terminology used within the computer hardware and software for the design discipline.
    5. The design process.
    6. Theory of computer technology.
    7. Technological processes involved with the production of computer aided design. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking
  • Identify technological problems in the process of troubleshooting. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in a team, group, organisation or community
  • Work with others to learn the most appropriate software and hardware skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage activities responsibly and effectively
  • Manage the troubleshooting process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse and critically evaluate information
  • Solve common problems found in the specific hardware and software. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence
  • Demonstrate competence at using the relevant software and hardware. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation
  • Identifying problems and finding appropriate solutions for them. 

  • 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
    Fundamental  79809   Bachelor of Design  Level 6  NQF Level 07  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  58820   National Certificate: Advertising  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.
     
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