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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct solution assessment and validation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259297  Conduct solution assessment and validation 
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  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  15 
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 enable learners to assess Information Technology (IT) solutions to ensure that strategic business goals are met and agreed requirements are satisfied.

A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Determine conformance of solutions design options with requirements.
  • Allocate requirements to specific releases and/or solutions components.
  • Determine organisational readiness to effectively operate the new solution.
  • Validate that the deployed solution meets the business objectives.
  • Assess the value of the solution as deployed to the business. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Communication at NQF Level 5. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Determine conformance of solutions design options with requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Solution design options and requirements documentation are assessed to determine which design option will best meet the stated requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Various work products are used to assist with the solicitation and evaluation of different design options. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work products include but are not limited to Request For Information (RFI), Request For Proposal (RFP), internal designs, manual procedures.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A solution design assessment is produced to demonstrate how well the possible design solutions meet the stated requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The solution design assessment includes but is not limited to a recommendation of a particular solution, rejection of all solutions an assessment of possible trade-offs.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Allocate requirements to specific releases and/or solutions components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Various work products are analysed together with stakeholders in order to determine requirement priorities and allocate the requirements to a release schedule. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work products include but are not limited to solution design, agreed requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different release options are designed in a way that maximizes the possible business value given the options and alternatives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Different implementation approaches are planned and designed in a way that maximizes the possible business value given the options and alternatives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A recommended release/delivery strategy is produced to allocate requirements to a release schedule. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Determine organisational readiness to effectively operate the new solution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Various work products are analysed to determine the organisational readiness to implement the recommended solution. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work products include but are not limited to business architecture, solution design document.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An organizational readiness assessment is conducted to assess the organisation in terms of the recommended solution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An optimal deployment strategy is established to ensure effective implementation of the solution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Work products are produced to document the organisational readiness and deployment strategy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work products include but are not limited to organizational readiness assessment, organizational change recommendations, and implementation plan.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Validate that the deployed solution meets the business objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The deployed solution is compared to the validated requirements document to validate whether the verified and deployed solution meets the agreed business objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Acceptance criteria, including the level of conformance to requirements that is acceptable, are defined to determine how the deployed solution will be validated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Acceptance criteria include but are not limited to test strategy, test plan, test cases, performance and quality metrics.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Defects and shortcomings in the deployed solution are determined to identify where the solution does not meet the business requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The impact of the defects and shortcomings are analysed to determine their effect on the business. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Corrective actions are defined and established to fix defects and shortcomings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The implementation of corrective actions are validated to ensure that the defects have been fixed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Work products are produced to ensure that the solution has been validated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work products includes but are not limited to validated solution, defect impact analysis, validated corrective actions.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Assess the value of the solution as deployed to the business. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The deployed solution is measured against agreed metrics to assess whether business objectives have been met. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The actual project costs are compared to the originally estimated costs to highlight any additional costs that have been incurred. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The actual benefits of the deployed solution are compared to the originally estimated benefits to highlight whether the estimated benefits have indeed accrued. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A post-implementation review is conducted to assess the success of a project and provide benchmarks for continuous improvement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Solution impacts are communicated to all stakeholders to facilitate organisational learning and continuous improvement. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Techniques of how to assess proposed solutions to determine which solution best fits the business need are described.
  • Gaps and shortcomings in solutions are identified.
  • Necessary workarounds or changes to the solution are determined.
  • Techniques used to assess deployed solutions to see how well they met the original need in order to enable businesses to assess the performance and effectiveness of the project are described.
  • Solutions are assessed to ensure that strategic goals are met and requirements are satisfied. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Comparing possible solution options.
  • Recommending corrective action. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Allocation of requirements to a release schedule.
  • Determining validation criteria.
  • Identifying solution defects. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively through:
  • Producing required work products in the timeframes required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information:
  • Solution options.
  • Defining defect correction actions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Explaining solution defects. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science, technology and indigenous knowledge effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others through:
  • Negotiating solution and defect correction action options. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Defining acceptance criteria.
  • Defining defect correction actions. 

  • 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
    Core  63909   National Certificate: Business Analysis  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


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