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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Design a local area computer network for a departmental office environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114075  Design a local area computer network for a departmental office environment 
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  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 proficient 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:
  • Review user requirements for a local area computer network
  • Prepare a design for a local area computer network
  • Locate components for a local area computer network
  • Produce a proposal for a local area 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 3).
  • Demonstrate PC competency skills (All End-User Computing unit Standards up to MQF level 3.).
  • Demonstrate competence to resolve technical computer problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of local and wide area networks, and their installation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Review user requirements for a local area computer network. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The review identifies and explains the feasibility of the requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The review identifies user objectives and critical performance factors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The review estimates the resources required so that the cost may be estimated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The review adopts a review procedure which ensures that the final outcome meets user requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare a design for a local area computer network. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The preparation ensures that the design fulfils user requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The preparation ensures that the LAN topology makes efficient use of network resources. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Network devices; Carrier services.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The preparation ensures that the design meets the computer network equipment manufacturer`s requirements and the support provider`s requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Locate components for a local area computer network. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The location identifies suppliers for LAN components, which fulfil user requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The location ensures that the LAN components meet user requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Function; Performance; Capacity; Compatibility; Reliability; Cost; Availability.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Produce a proposal for a local area computer network. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The production explains the scope and objectives of the network. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The production allows the user to judge whether their requirements will be met. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The production allows implementation time and costs to be estimated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The production identifies costs, benefits and assumptions for alternative solutions so that a choice may be made. 


    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 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. An example of the standards expected is the standards found in ISO 9000 Certified Organisations.

    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 WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of an organisation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage him/her self and his/her activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information. 

    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. In the context of this unit standard, a "LAN" refers to a single network of personal computers within the same area, such as an office or building.

    2. An "office environment" refers to a typical business work group (department or section),
    within the same area. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48573   National Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Support  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    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.
     
    1. 2KO AFRICA 
    2. Academy of Training and Development 
    3. All Connections cc 
    4. Arise Business Centre 
    5. ATTI IT SOLUTIONS BLOEMFONTEIN 
    6. ATTI Nelspruit Pty Ltd 
    7. Boston Technology Campus (Pty) Ltd 
    8. Broadband College of Technology 
    9. Bytes People Solutions A Division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd 
    10. Careers IT (Pty) Ltd 
    11. Critical Skills Training (Pty) Ltd 
    12. CTU Training Solutions 
    13. Damelin Correspondence College (Pty) Ltd 
    14. Delcom Training Institute 
    15. Delight Computer Training 
    16. Denwin's Computer & Business School 
    17. EAST LONDON MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE 
    18. Ekasi IT Solutions CC 
    19. EOH Abantu (Pty) Ltd 
    20. Fakazani Management Services 
    21. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    22. False Bay College 
    23. Global Softech Skills Academy 
    24. Go Computer Cash and Carry 
    25. Henpro Solutions College 
    26. IALE School of Advanced Learning and Education (Pty) Ltd 
    27. Imbalenhle Learning Academy 
    28. In Excess Trading 22 T/A ATTI Polokwane 
    29. Intec College 
    30. iSolve Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    31. IT Certification Academy 
    32. IT SA Computer Services Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    33. Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies 
    34. Jonda Learning Academy 
    35. Kaelo Computer Training cc 
    36. Kezla Investments 
    37. Konani Training and Development Institute 
    38. Madzahisi College 
    39. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    40. NET2G Technologies (Pty) Ltd t/a IT SCHOOL 
    41. NetCampus (Pty) Ltd. 
    42. Nextgen Training Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    43. Ngubeni Corporation 
    44. On the Ball College Pty ltd 
    45. Phokophela Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    46. Qhakaza Management Services 
    47. Quantum Career Development (PTY) LTD 
    48. Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology Pty Ltd 
    49. SEBATA Institute of Consulting and Development 
    50. Technology Corporate Management (Pty) Ltd 
    51. The Graduate Institute of South Africa 
    52. Titan Trade Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    53. Torque Technical Computer Training (Pty) Ltd 
    54. Umzinyathi Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd 
    55. Whitestone College 
    56. Work Skills Resources 
    57. Xtensive ICT Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    58. Xylo Trading 12 (Pty) Ltd 



    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.