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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based web-browser to search the Internet 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116931  Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based web-browser to search the Internet 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Computer Sciences and Information Systems 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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-Fundamental  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
7573  Demonstrate ability to use the World Wide Web  Level 2  NQF Level 02   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for people who need to use a GUI-based web browser to search for information on the Internet either as a user of computers or as basic knowledge for a career in the ICT industry.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Understand the concepts and terms of the Internet.
  • Explain legal and ethical issues in relation to Internet use.
  • Use a GUI-based browser to display a given Web Page.
  • Adjust settings to customise the view and preferences of the browser application.
  • Navigate on the Internet.
  • Use a Search Engine to locate given information specifications.
  • Obtain information from a Web site.

    The performance of all elements is to a standard that allows for further learning in this area. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value of this unit standard is calculated assuming a person is competent in the following:
  • Mathematical literacy and communication skills at least at NQF Level 1.
  • ID 116932: Operate a personal computer system, NQF Level 1.
  • ID 117902: Use generic functions in a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-environment, NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • This standard is applicable to any browser application that operates in a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based environment.
  • Where wording are not exact for the chosen operating system, 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 
    Understand the concepts and terms of the Internet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concepts are explained in terms of their meaning and relation to the use of the Internet as a whole. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least three of the following:
  • WWW (World Wide Web), Uniform Resource Locator (URL), HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Internet Service Providers (ISP), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Hyperlink, HyperText Markup Language (HTML), limitations, control, navigation, frames.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The structure of a web address (URL-Universal Resource Locator) is explained using an example. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Web Browsers are explained in terms of their purpose and use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Examples of Web Browsers are given. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Minimum of two Web Browsers, including, but not limited to: Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Firefox.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Search Engines are explained in terms of their purpose and use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Cookies are explained in terms of their purpose and use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Internet Cache is explained in terms of its purpose and use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The benefits of using the Internet are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least three of the following which may include but not limited to:
  • Information access, 24-hour access, own website for others to access, efficient provision of customer service information, use of multi-media, computer supported collaborative work.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The limitations of using the Internet are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least three of the following which may include but not limited to:
  • Identifying authoritative sources, currency of information, accuracy of information, security, staff time involved in using the Internet, download speed, spreading viruses.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain legal and ethical issues in relation to Internet use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation includes the implications of various acts, in terms of using information from the Internet. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The implications of current legislation on the use of information from the internet need to be included in explanations with reference to national and international practice. At least two laws need to be included.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation includes implications of providing Internet access to individuals in terms of security of information, and virus protection. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation includes security considerations of using the Internet. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least two of:
  • Protected Website, Digital Certificate, Encryption, Viruses, Credit Card fraud, Firewall.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based browser to display a given Web Page. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A connection is made with the World Wide Web. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least one of the following connection types are used:
  • Via an Internet Service Provider, LAN or WAN.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A browser application is opened and closed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The given Web Page is displayed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A Web Page is saved as a file. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A Web Page is stopped from loading. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A Web Page is refreshed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The browser Home Page is changed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Adjust settings to customise the view and preferences of the browser application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Toolbars are displayed and hidden. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Images on a Web page are displayed and hidden. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Previously visited URLs are listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The list of previously visited URLs is deleted. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Navigate on the Internet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Links are activated and control is passed back to the original page. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hyperlink, Image Link.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Control is past backwards and forwards through pages of a website. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Text is extracted from a web page and copied into a file. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An image on a web page is saved to a file. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Web pages are bookmarked. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Bookmarks are deleted. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Use a Search Engine to locate given information specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Search Engines are identified and opened. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Minimum of two Search Engines.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A search locates information that matches the given information specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A complex search locates information that matches the given information specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A simple and complex search needs to be completed. Complex means the use of common logical operators such as AND, OR, AND NOT, as well as the use of a wild card like "*". At least one operator should be included in a complex search.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Obtain information from a Web site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Web site information is saved to a local storage device. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Text format, HTML format.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A web site object is downloaded to a local storage device. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least one of the following: Graphics, sound, software.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The relevant Education and Training Quality Authority (ETQA) must accredit providers before they can offer programmes of education and training assessed against unit standards.

    Moderation Process:
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • 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 the country operating in, especially with regard to copyright, privacy, health and safety, and consumer rights.
  • 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by locating information on the internet. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively by organizing information in a web browser. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information by locating and analyzing information using a web browser. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others, by locating information using a web browser. 

    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 
    This unit standard has replaced 7573, which was "Demonstrate ability to use the World Wide Web", Level 2, 3 Credits.

    Supplementary information:

    Definitions:
  • "Internet" refers to a global network connecting millions of computers. More than 100 countries are linked into exchanges of data, news and opinions.
  • "Web Browser" refers to a software application used to locate and display web pages. The popular browsers are Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Both of these are graphical browsers, which means that they can display graphics as well as text.

    Assessor Notes:
  • Common GUI functions like printing, using a pointing device and using the HELP facility are covered in a generic unit standard (ID 117902) and should be assessed as part of the mentioned standard.
  • This unit standard is not suitable for assessment by simulation.
  • Possible laws applicable to this standard could include acts like Access to Information Acts; Copyright Acts, Constitution of the Country being assessed in.

    Abbreviations:
  • PC-Personal computer.
  • CD-Compact disk.
  • GUI-Graphical User Interface.
  • LAN-Local area network.
  • WAN-Wide area network.
  • ISP-Internet Service Provider.
  • URL-Uniform Resource Locator.
  • WWW-World wide web (Internet).
  • HTML-HyperText Markup Language. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  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 
    Elective  61755   General Education and Training Certificate: Business Practice  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Elective  50307   National Certificate: Bread and Flour Confectionery Baking  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FOODBEV 
    Elective  59015   National Certificate: Gas Installations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 
    Elective  61929   National Certificate: Pulp and Paper Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Elective  77063   National Certificate: Construction Health and Safety  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49602   National Certificate: Construction: Geotechnical  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  58308   National Certificate: Informal Small Business Practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  W&RSETA 
    Elective  72049   National Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


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