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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of computer network communication 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14942  Demonstrate an understanding of computer network communication 
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 fundamental knowledge of the areas covered
  • for those working in, or entering the workplace in the area of Data Communication & Networking
  • as additional knowledge for those wanting to understand the areas covered

    People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain computer network transmission security and integrity problems and solutions.
  • Describe public switching computer network protocols.
  • Monitor a computer network.
    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 is based on a person having prior knowledge and skills to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental mathematics (at least NQF level 1).
  • Demonstrate PC competency skills (All End-User Computing unit Standards.)
  • Demonstrate competence to resolve technical computer problems (DC301/ 302). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain computer network transmission security and integrity problems and solutions. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Analog and Digital networks; Modems; Bandwidth; Quality; Noise; Group Delays;
    Transmission media; Packet-Switching; Protocols. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The explanation outlines current problems. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Analog and Digital networks; Modems; Bandwidth; Quality; Noise; Group Delays;
    Transmission media; Packet-Switching; Protocols.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The explanation identifies the requirements to address the problems. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Analog and Digital networks; Modems; Bandwidth; Quality; Noise; Group Delays;
    Transmission media; Packet-Switching; Protocols.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The explanation outlines strategies to address the problems and provides examples used in the industry. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Analog and Digital networks; Modems; Bandwidth; Quality; Noise; Group Delays;
    Transmission media; Packet-Switching; Protocols.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe public switching computer network protocols. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    As per Assessment Criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The description outlines the features of typical data link protocols. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes, but is not limited to : Physical level; Link level; Packet level.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The description outlines the features of a data link protocol. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes, but not limited to: Frame format;Transparency;Error control;Frame analysis.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The description outlines the features of a network layer protocol. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes, but not limited to : Packet format; Routing methods; Packet analysis.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor a computer network. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    As per assessment criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Monitoring is performed by using computer network monitoring tools. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A minimum of 2 tools are used to monitor performance, security and integrity.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Monitoring describes activities by means of a report. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes, but not limited to: Usage patterns; Response times; Traffic volumes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Monitoring identifies common network problems. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes, but not limited to: Performance; Integrity; Security.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The relevant Education and Training Quality Authority (ETQA) must accredit providers 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 ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage him/her self and his/her activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exists in isolation. 

    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 
    Supplementary information:
    1. "LAN" refers to a single network of personal computers within the same area,such as an office or building.
    2. "Industry Recommended Procedure" refers to a procedure used and recommendedby an organisation involved in the computer industry.Sub-Sub-Field (Domain):Data Communications and Networking.

    Sub-Sub-Field (Domain):
    Data Communications and Networking. 

    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  60549   National Diploma: Aeronautical Information Management Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 


    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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    3. Amitek Business College 
    4. Arise Business Centre 
    5. ATTI Nelspruit Pty Ltd 
    6. AUM IT Solutions 
    7. Bophelo Tota ICT Driving Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    8. Broadband College of Technology 
    9. Bytes People Solutions A Division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd 
    10. Calandra Trading 523(PTY) 
    11. Careers IT (Pty) Ltd 
    12. Claas Illustration 
    13. CTU Training Solutions 
    14. Daily Training Cc 
    15. DC Dynamic College of Commerce & Further Training (Pty) Ltd 
    16. Denwin's Computer & Business School 
    17. DVG Property (Pty)Ltd 
    18. Ekasi IT Solutions CC 
    19. Fakazani Management Services 
    20. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    21. Forek Institute of Technology (Pty) Ltd 
    22. Foster-Melliar 
    23. Gabasega Consulting and Training Centre 
    24. Gegana Computer Academy and Business Solutions cc 
    25. Golden Step Campus (Pty) Ltd. 
    26. iLearn Corporate Services PTY LTD 
    27. Information Technology Resource Centre 
    28. iSolve Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    29. IT SA Computer Services Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    30. Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies 
    31. Johannesburg Institute of Engineering & Technology 
    32. Jonda Learning Academy 
    33. Kezla Investments 
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    44. National Computer College Carletonville 
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    62. Torque Technical Computer Training (Pty) Ltd 
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    64. Umbuso Training Services (Pty) Ltd. 
    65. Umzinyathi Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd 
    66. Xtensive ICT Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    67. Xylo Trading 12 (Pty) Ltd 
    68. ZJ Africa Learn (Pty) Ltd 



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