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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Design and produce hard copy geo-information output under supervision 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116825  Design and produce hard copy geo-information output under supervision 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Geographical Information Sciences 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
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 will be useful to people who wish to have a basic level of competency in designing and producing hard copy geo-information output. This standard will be an entry-level education for someone entering the GIS field.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Collate specified input data from various sources and formats.
  • Select layer characteristics and Sequence as Specified.
  • Place Map Furniture According to Specifications.
  • Publish Hard Copy Output according to Specifications. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Basic spatial awareness.
  • Basic quality assurance.
  • Map projection and co-ordinate Systems.
  • Basic computer literacy at NQF level 3.
  • Basic knowledge of GIS Software Functions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Collate specified input data from various sources and formats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Spatial input data from different Sources are collated taking into consideration scale and accuracy differences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Spatial input data from different proprietary formats are combined. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Proprietary formats includes but not limited to Shape, DGN, MID/MIF, DXF, Geo Databases.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Spatial input data from different projections are correctly collated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Select layer characteristics and sequence as specified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Layer characteristics are defined according to specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Layer characteristics include but not limited to symbology, redraw sequence, layer selection.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Layer names are defined in a descriptive way. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Features on layers are labelled according to output specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Place map furniture as specified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specified map design template is selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Map furniture are placed according to output specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Map furniture includes but not limited to scale bar, north arrow, legend, title block and acknowledgement of sources.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Publish hard copy output according to specifications. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Hard Copy Output includes but not limited to printing, plotting and file output. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The paper size are defined and selected according to the output scales and requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The correct media type is selected according to the output requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct output device is selected according to the quality required and the paper size and media selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The final output product is evaluated to ensure compliance with specified user requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderation
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Numeracy and Literacy.
  • Graphicacy.
  • Concepts of maps and location. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems.
  • Spatial input data from different Sources are collated taking into consideration scale and accuracy differences.
  • Spatial input data from different proprietary formats are combined.
  • Spatial input data from different projections are correctly collated.
  • Specified map design template is selected. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/ group/ organisation or community.
  • None 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
  • None 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Spatial input data from different Sources are collated taking into consideration scale and accuracy differences.
  • Spatial input data from different proprietary formats are combined.
  • Spatial input data from different projections are correctly collated.
  • Layer characteristics are defined according to specifications.
  • Specified map design template is selected.
  • Map furniture are placed according to output specifications. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations.
  • Layer names are defined in a descriptive way.
  • Features on layers are labelled according to output specifications.
  • Specified map design template is selected.
  • Map furniture are placed according to output specifications. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others).
  • Spatial input data from different Sources are collated taking into consideration scale and accuracy differences.
  • Spatial input data from different proprietary formats are combined.
  • Spatial input data from different projections are correctly collated.
  • Layer characteristics are defined according to specifications. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Display an understanding of the world as a set of related systems.
  • Spatial input data from different Sources are collated taking into consideration scale and accuracy differences.
  • Spatial input data from different proprietary formats are combined.
  • Spatial input data from different projections are correctly collated.
  • Layer characteristics are defined according to specifications. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • 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  49063   National Certificate: Geographical Information Sciences  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    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.
     
    NONE 



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