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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of preventative maintenance, environmental and safety issues in a computer environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114636  Demonstrate an understanding of preventative maintenance, environmental and safety issues in a computer environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Information Systems and Technology 
QUALITY ASSURING BODY
-  
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 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2015-07-01  2018-06-30  SAQA 10105/14 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 designed to provide credits towards health and safety in the work environment, specifically applicable to the computer industry.

Qualifying learners are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of preventive maintenance measures and procedures of computer hardware;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of safety measures and procedures of a computer working environment;
  • Explain environmental protection measures and procedures of a computer working environment.

    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 is based on the assumption that people starting to learn towards this unit standard are:
  • Competent in Communications Literacy at NQF level 2
  • Able to describe basic concepts of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
  • Able to describe basic concepts of electricity
  • Able to identify basic computer components 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard covers:
    The health and safety requirements related to the computer environment. More detailed range statements are provided for specific outcomes and assessment criteria as needed. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of preventive maintenance measures and procedures. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of preventive maintenance measures and procedures of computer hardware. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The demonstration identifies the causes of computer hardware maintenance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Over heating, Dust, Electrical Spikes, Thermal creep.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The demonstration covers preventive measure for the causes of computer hardware maintenance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Ventilation, Liquid cleaning compounds, Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of safety measures and procedures. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of safety measures and procedures of a computer working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The demonstration explains safety measure for different types of fires and which applies to computer environments. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: A, B and C types of fires.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The demonstration covers potential hazards and safety procedures relating to the computer environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: High-voltage equipment, Power supply, Screens.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The demonstration cover Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) and precautions for it. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Conductive rubber mat with grounding cable, grounding wrist strap, Goggles.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain environmental protection measures and procedures of a computer working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation covers handling of computer components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Screens, Batteries.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation covers handling of computer peripheral components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Printer toner cartridges, Chemical solvents and cans.
     


    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 
    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that the possession or lack of the knowledge can be inferred directly from the quality of the candidate's performance against the standards.
  • The different hardware components of a computer, and their basic functioning
  • Peripherals used in a computer environment 

  • 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:
  • Identify hazards, plan contingencies and identify solutions to hazardous situations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information:
  • Gather, organise and interpret health and safety information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Use scientific solutions to problems, like rubber maps, grounding wrist strap etc. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to his/her full personal development and the social and economic development of the society at large:
  • Being aware of the potential environmental hazards of computer and computer-related equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:

    Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.

    Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.

    Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.

    The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgments should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.

    The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.

    All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary information:

    Definitions:
    A, B and C type fires refers to standard industry known definitions of types of fires. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE QUALITY ASSURING BODY
    Core  78964   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MICTS 
    Core  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  61591   National Certificate: Information Technology: End User Computing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  24294   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2010-01-23  Was MICTS until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  78965   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2018-06-30  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 Quality Assuring Bodies 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 Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Abetech 
    2. Abongile Computer Co-operative Limited 
    3. Academy of Business and Computer Studies- PTA 
    4. Academy of Guilds ''design in the making'' 
    5. Academy of Learning IT 
    6. Act of Grace 97 
    7. Acts Bridges Community Development Programme 
    8. Added Advantage Academy (Durban) 
    9. Addskills 
    10. Affirmations Training 
    11. Agattu Trading 273 (Pty) Ltd 
    12. Anderson College (Pty) Ltd 
    13. Aspirations Communication Training CC 
    14. Awona Technologies cc 
    15. Azanian Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    16. Bantsho Marketing & Management Strategies 
    17. Believers Care Society 
    18. BESEK COLLEGE 
    19. Best Information Solutions 
    20. Bhekuza Leadership Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    21. Bill Dos Be Connected 
    22. Blazing Moon Corporate Training (Pty) Ltd 
    23. Bokamoso Competence (Pty) Ltd 
    24. Boland College 
    25. Bonalesedi Computer Training 
    26. Bophelo Tota ICT Driving Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    27. Bright Idea Projects 2082 CC 
    28. Broad Spectrum Training Div 
    29. Broadband College of Technology 
    30. Buhlebuyeta Training and Consulting 
    31. Bulamahlo Telecentre 
    32. Buzz-word Training College 
    33. Calandra Trading 523(PTY) 
    34. Calicom Trading 215 (Pty) Ltd 
    35. Cape Information Technology Initiative 
    36. Cape Town Society for the Blind 
    37. Careers IT 
    38. Careers IT (Pty) Ltd 
    39. CCS-IT Training 
    40. Certified Workforce Trainers cc. 
    41. Claas Illustration 
    42. College of Cape Town - City Campus 
    43. Come Again Printing Services cc 
    44. Commerce and Computer College of South Africa 
    45. Community Shakers Cc 
    46. CompEd IT Training 
    47. Compus training institution 
    48. CREATIVE MINDS - RANDBURG 
    49. Creative Minds: Graaff-reinet 
    50. Critical Skills Training 
    51. CYBER MINDS (PTY) LIMITED 
    52. Cyberfox 
    53. Daily Training Cc 
    54. Dantall 
    55. Das Information Technology College 
    56. DESTO (PTY) LTD 
    57. Diepsloot Youth Projects 
    58. Ditlotlo Trading Enterprise Cc 
    59. DL Trading Enterprise 
    60. DR BA Mthethwa College 
    61. DVG Property (Pty)Ltd 
    62. Dynamix Computer Training Centre 
    63. Eagle Computer Training 
    64. Eagle High IT Training 
    65. Edu-Fix Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    66. Egsibit Training and Development 
    67. Ekukhanyeni Community Development Centre 
    68. Ekurhuleni Computer College 
    69. Fakazani Management Services 
    70. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    71. Far-Ahead Computer Training Centre Cc 
    72. Fatlhogang Housing & Services Primary Co-Op Ltd 
    73. Fosuitektel Computer Training Institute 
    74. Four Stars Communication 
    75. Funanani Computer Centre 
    76. Futurevista cc 
    77. Gabasega Consulting and Training Centre 
    78. Gateway Academy and Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    79. GDE Science Education Centre 
    80. Gegana Computer Academy and Business Solutions cc 
    81. Gijima Ast 
    82. Giyatu Computers 
    83. Golden Step Campus (Pty) Ltd. 
    84. Great Height IT College 
    85. Great North Skills Training Centre 
    86. Green World Training College cc 
    87. Hascow Project Management and Services 
    88. Holy Cross Computer Training College 
    89. IALE School of Advanced Learning and Education (Pty) Ltd 
    90. Ict International Consulting Training Worx Pty Ltd 
    91. Igugulesizwe Projects NGO 
    92. Ikageng Technologies Co-operative 
    93. iLearn Training PTY LTD 
    94. Imbumba Technologies and Communications (Pty) Ltd 
    95. Imvana Training College 
    96. Information Technology Resource Centre 
    97. Inyanga Trading 415 (PTY) Ltd 
    98. IQRA Computer Institute of Excellence 
    99. iSolve Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    100. IT Solution on the Moving Edge CC 
    101. Ithemba Lentsha Skills Development Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    102. Itireleng Computer 
    103. Jonda Learnership Academy 
    104. Kaelo Computer Training cc 
    105. Keybase Training Solutions Cc 
    106. Kezla Investments 
    107. Khombindlela Skills Development Centre 
    108. Khuphulanani Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    109. KNOWLEDGE RESOURCE GROUP COLLEGE 
    110. Konani Training and Development Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    111. Kondi Computer Training 
    112. Kuhle Projects Cc 
    113. Kumani Computer College 
    114. Kundi Computer Training Centre 
    115. Kwahlwa Kwasa Multimedia Centre 
    116. Kylix Information Systems 
    117. Leading Edge Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    118. Leanco Business Services & Training Centre CC 
    119. Lephalale Core Skills Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    120. Leseding Computer Systems (Pty) Ltd 
    121. LGIT Smart Solutions 
    122. Li Hills Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    123. Limco Consulting and management (Pty) Ltd 
    124. Limptech Computer Training Centre 
    125. LMoss Trading cc 
    126. Loja Trading cc 
    127. Lompec Commercial Centre 
    128. Lwazi Lwethu Training Centre and Trading Enterprise 
    129. M-cot Corporate Training 
    130. Magnifica (Pty) Ltd 
    131. Makau Tours and Skills Development 
    132. Malope IT Solutions 
    133. Mamelodi Community Information Services 
    134. Masana Brainstorm 
    135. Mash Computer Training 
    136. Mason Call Centre Solutions CC 
    137. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    138. Masungulo Electronics And It Solutions 
    139. MEGRO LEARNING LOWVELD 
    140. Mini Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    141. Mmashiko Community Projects 
    142. Mokk Consultants Cc 
    143. Mont De Dieu 
    144. Mosadikago Trading Cc 
    145. Moshi Computer College 
    146. Mourema Computer Training Centre 
    147. Mpande Technologies cc 
    148. MSTC Business College 
    149. National Computer College 
    150. National Computer College Carletonville 
    151. NCM Computer and Business Academy 
    152. Ndabezitha Life Skills Training Institute 
    153. Nduku Information Tech Services 
    154. Neo Technologies (pty) Ltd 
    155. New Africa Higher Education Academy 
    156. New Arizona Communications & Training 
    157. New Life Computer College 
    158. Ngubeni and IT Trading and Projects 
    159. Nicoflora Computers & PC Engineering (Pty) Ltd 
    160. NIIT ANTILLES N.V. (INCOPORATED IN CURACAO N.A.) 
    161. NZ Business and Technology Training 
    162. ODU COMPUTER SKILL TRAINING CENTRE 
    163. On the Ball Computers 
    164. Osma Computer Training & Printing 
    165. PC Administrators Trust 
    166. PC Training & Business College 
    167. Peak Training Hazyview 
    168. Pelox Trading 62 T/A NBCC Staff Solutions 
    169. Perfect Graphic Art & Design 
    170. Phangami Technologies 
    171. Phokophela Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    172. Pillays Computer and Careers 
    173. Power rush trading 6 
    174. Prime -Tec Computer Centre 
    175. Procomp Computer Services cc 
    176. Progressive College of Technology (Pty) Ltd 
    177. Prompt It Solutions 
    178. Pz Security Services (pty) Ltd 
    179. Quantum Career Development (PTY) LTD 
    180. Rainbow Nation Skills Development (Pty) Ltd. 
    181. Regent-Computer 
    182. Rivoni Training N Communications 
    183. Ropzide Training Centre 
    184. Rorisang Computer (Pty) Ltd 
    185. Rotondwa Communit Development Projects 
    186. SABHIBA Computer Training 
    187. Sankin Computer Training CC 
    188. SEBATA Institute of Consulting and Development 
    189. Security and Property Services Cc 
    190. Sed General Trading Enterprise 
    191. Setlagole Telecentre 
    192. Shuma Computer Training Centre 
    193. Silulo Ulutho Technologies 
    194. Silver Solutions 940 
    195. Simlau Biztec Academy 
    196. Sivile Housing Association RSA 
    197. Siyabonga Multi - Purpose Centre 
    198. Siyamukela IT cc 
    199. Skills House (Pty) Ltd 
    200. Sonke Technologies 
    201. South Africa Advanced Skills Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    202. St Austins College (Pty) Ltd 
    203. Success Christian Training Centre 
    204. Sunset beach trading 433 cc 
    205. T Mabuya & Associates (Pty) Ltd 
    206. Targagenix Training Center (Pty) Ltd 
    207. Technology Corporate Management (Pty) Ltd 
    208. Terrantshonga General Trading 
    209. Terry Computer Services 
    210. Thalita Koume Directions (Pty) Ltd 
    211. The e-Junction cc 
    212. The Orbital ICT Centre Cc 
    213. The Ulwazi Computer Training Center 
    214. Thekwini Technologies 
    215. Tiso Coaching Services 
    216. Titan Trade Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    217. Toli Computer School and Other Services 
    218. Toppro Training 
    219. Torque Technical Computer Training (Pty) Ltd 
    220. Tshiredo Training Academy Cc 
    221. Tshwane North College for FET - Mamelodi Campus 
    222. TSS MANAGED SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    223. Tumelo Education and Training 
    224. Turfloop Training Services Cc 
    225. Victory Ticket 580 cc 
    226. Virtual Afrika Business Solutions cc 
    227. VR Computers 
    228. Vukani Solutions 
    229. Vuthlari Marketing Consulting 
    230. Wise Training Centre 
    231. Work Skills Resources 
    232. Xantium Trading 304 
    233. Xtensive ICT Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    234. Xylo Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    235. Youmessi Trading cc 
    236. Young Angels Centre for Technology 
    237. Youth Life Skills Development 
    238. Zealot Business College cc 
    239. Zinjiva Trading 



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