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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of hardware components for personal computers or handheld computers 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14934  Demonstrate an understanding of hardware components for personal computers or handheld computers 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Information Systems and Technology 
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-Fundamental  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:
  • To provide a competent knowledge of the areas covered.
  • For those working in the area of Hardware, Infrastructure Maintenance and Support.

    People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe the characteristics of personal computer hardware components.
  • Compare and select personal computer hardware components.
  • Test personal computer hardware components.
    The performance of all elements is to a standard expected in a professional environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value of this unit standard is based on the a person having prior experience or equivalent competence to:
  • Demonstrate PC competency skills (End-User Computing unit standards, at least up to NQF Level 3). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the characteristics of personal computer hardware components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The description identifies the purpose of a component by means of examples, as well as by outlining its functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The description outlines the operating principles of a component. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The description outlines the relationship between components by describing the interaction between them. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The description ensures that the resources required for the installation are available at the time of the installation and are in working order. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Compare and select personal computer hardware components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The comparison allows for performance measures of components to be identified and compared. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The comparison outlines the relationship between performance and system use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The comparison of available options justifies the selection of personal computer hardware components for a given situation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Test personal computer hardware components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Tests are completed according to an industry recommended practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Testing identifies faulty components. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers must be accredited by the relevant Education and Training Quality Authority (ETQA) before they can offer programs 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 
    1. 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.
    2. Performance of all elements complies with the laws of South Africa, especially with regard to copyright, privacy, health and safety, and consumer rights.
    3. 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.
    4. Performance of all elements is to be completed within the normal range of time and cost that would be expected in a professional environment (eg. 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 
    Identify, solve problems and make decisions in relation to the current systems development environments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and or language skills in the modes of oral and/ or written persuasion when engaging with systems development. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to his/her full personal development and the social and economic development of the society at large by being aware of the importance of: reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively, exploring education and career opportunities and developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

    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 
    Sub-Sub-Field (Domain):
    Hardware, Infrastructure Maintenance and Support. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  78964   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  24293   National Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2010-01-23  Was MICTS until Last Date for Achievement 
    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.
     
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    5. ATTI Nelspruit Pty Ltd 
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    7. BARBERTON MINES (PTY) LTD 
    8. Bophelo Tota ICT Driving Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    9. Broadband College of Technology 
    10. Bytes People Solutions A Division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd 
    11. Calandra Trading 523(PTY) 
    12. Careers IT (Pty) Ltd 
    13. Claas Illustration 
    14. CTU Training Solutions 
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    16. DC Dynamic College of Commerce & Further Training (Pty) Ltd 
    17. Denwin's Computer & Business School 
    18. DVG Property (Pty)Ltd 
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    39. Khuphulanani Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    40. KHUTALA MINING SERVICES PL 
    41. King Sabata Dalindyebo TVET College 
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    61. Overcomers Training College (Pty) Ltd 
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    63. Prophesy Training College (Pty) Ltd 
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    65. Qhakaza Management Services 
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    67. RICHARDS BAY MINING PTY LTD 
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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.