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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate multiple computer software packages exceeding the fundamental ones and practice varying production techniques 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115165  Operate multiple computer software packages exceeding the fundamental ones and practice varying production techniques 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Art, Craft & Design 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Visual Arts 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  20 
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 
The purpose of the learning credited in this unit standard is to enable learners to operate multiple computer packages relevant to their discipline of design. Learners are also able to practice a variety of alternative production techniques exceeding the core ones.
The unit standards that fall under electives allow learners to expand on their knowledge and abilities gained in the fundamental and core unit standards. These standards are relevant to all learners who will be pursuing careers as practising designers in any number of design fields and disciplines or people practising within the design sectors. People who pursue careers in these sectors contribute directly to the economic development of the country and to the social development of communities, region and the nation as a whole.

Credited learners are capable of:
1. Operating a wide variety of relevant computer software packages.
2. Producing designs using multiple and alternative software and hardware.
3. Contextualising computer technology within the design process, on a theoretical and practical basis.
4. Identifying and selecting alternative production technologies and techniques.
5. Using alternative production techniques to complete a design product.
6. Assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of alternative production processes, techniques and technologies. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners embarking on learning towards this Unit Standard have the following competencies:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 2
  • General creativity 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following statements provide a general guide to the scope and complexity of the competence expected of the learner:
    1. The depth, scope and context of this unit standard encompass a range and variety of alternative production technologies and techniques that are relevant to the specific field of design study. Alternative technologies and techniques refer to those that are not covered in the core unit standards, but are relevant to the discipline.
    2. The depth, scope and context of this unit standard encompass a range and variety of alternative software packages that are relevant to the specific field of design study. Software packages refer to those that are not covered in the fundamental unit standards, but are relevant to the discipline.
    3. Learners are expected to demonstrate industry-related competence in the operation of the software.
    4. Production techniques refer to the procedures and skills used in the production of design. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Operate a wide variety of relevant computer software packages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Operation is industry related in speed and efficiency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Computer production is professional and appropriate to the industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Operation is appropriate to the design and concept. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Operation is thorough in the relevant aspects of the software and hardware. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Produce designs using multiple and alternative software and hardware. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Final designs reflect the design concepts accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Final designs are produced quickly and efficiently. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Final designs are produced cost effectively within the given timeframe and budget. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Final designs reflect broad range of software skills and abilities exceeding the fundamental ones. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Contextualise computer technology within the design process, on a theoretical and practical basis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Contextualisation of technology within the design process is appropriate and relevant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Contextualisation of technology within the design process is substantive and valid. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Contextualisation defines the computer as a tool in the design process. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify and select alternative production technologies and techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Identification and selection of production methods and methodologies is relevant to contemporary theory and practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Identification and selection of production technologies is appropriate to industry level manufacturing and production processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Selection is appropriate to the context and to the brief. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Use alternative production techniques to complete a design product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Design product uses alternative production techniques appropriately and successfully. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Design product is enhanced by the selection of alternative production techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Use of alternative production techniques is diverse and varied. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Assess and evaluate the effectiveness of alternative production processes. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Assess and evaluate the effectiveness of alternative production processes, techniques and technologies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessment of the effectiveness of alternative production processes is accurate and substantiated within the context of the brief. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Assessment of the effectiveness of the alternative technological skills, methods and processes is contextualised in the use/consumption of the final design product by the end user. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Evaluation of the effectiveness of the alternative methods and processes is contextualised within historical convention and contemporary based design solutions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. The assessment of learner achievement takes place at providers accredited by the CHE (or the MAPPP SETA or another relevant ETQA) for the provision of programmes that result in the outcomes specified for the qualification that this unit standard forms part of. The CHE (or the MAPPP SETA or another relevant ETQA) is responsible for the moderation of achievement of those learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. Those assessing or moderating the outcomes of this unit standard must hold a qualification at NQF 6 in the relevant field.
    2. Learners need to demonstrate an ability, beyond the ones outlined the fundamental unit standards, to operate a wide variety of software applications in the production of a final design product.
    3. The production processes techniques are specific to the design discipline. Credited learners need to demonstrate that they are competent at using alternative production techniques and processes to the ones outlined in the fundamental unit standards. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
    1. Various design disciplines other than their own.
    2. Contribution of design to society on a theoretical and practical level.
    3. The interrelationship between design disciplines.
    4. Function of design.
    5. Role of designers within society and the economy.
    6. Structure of design companies.
    7. Variety of career opportunities for designers. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking
  • Solve design problems using alternative software/production techniques. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Work with others in the production process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage activities responsibly and effectively
  • Manage the use of software within the design process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse and critically evaluate information
  • Analyse and evaluate the use of alternative production techniques. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence
  • Operate a variety of computer software. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Contextualise the function and operation of the computer within the design process as a whole. 

  • 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
    Elective  79809   Bachelor of Design  Level 6  NQF Level 07  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  63711   Bachelor of Geographical Information Science (GISc)  Level 7  NQF Level 07  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30   


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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