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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply the principles of creating computer programs containing advanced algorithms using a procedural programming language 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115382  Apply the principles of creating computer programs containing advanced algorithms using a procedural programming language 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Computer Sciences and Information Systems 
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 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  12 
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 
People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain computer program advanced algorithm concepts.
  • Create computer programs containing advanced algorithms using a procedural programming language.
  • Test computer programs containing advanced algorithms programmed using a procedural programming language.
  • Document computer programs containing advanced algorithms using a procedural programming language.

    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 standard is calculated assuming a person has the prior knowledge and skills to:
  • Demonstrate procedural programming language computer programming skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain computer program advanced algorithm concepts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation allows the best algorithm to be identified in terms of computer processing efficiency and program code complexity. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sorting, searching, hashing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation compares static and dynamic memory allocation to program variables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation identifies the characteristics of file access methods and outlines their limitations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hashing, B-tree (Binary-tree).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Create computer programs containing advanced algorithms using a procedural programming language. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The programs fulfil the specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The programs use algorithms that make efficient use of computer resources without complicating the program logic. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Input and output, processor, memory, code optimised to reduce redundancy.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The data types and structures make efficient use of computer resources without complicating the program logic. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Integer, real, string, multi-dimensional array, linked list.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Test programs containing advanced algorithms programmed using a procedural programming language. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Test computer programs containing advanced algorithms programmed using a procedural programming language. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Testing checks all program logic paths. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A real-time source-level debugging tool is used to diagnose program errors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The program code is corrected to eliminate errors identified through testing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Testing verifies that the program functions according to the design requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Document programs containing advanced algorithms programmed using procedural programming language. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Document computer programs containing advanced algorithms programmed using a procedural programming language. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The layout of the program code provides a visual guide to the logical structure of the program. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Comments embedded in the program code enhance the understanding of the program code. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The documentation complements the self-documenting attributes of the program code. 


    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

    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 
  • 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.
  • Performance of all elements complies with the laws of South Africa, especially with regard to copyright, privacy, health and safety, and consumer rights.
  • 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.
  • Performance of all elements is to be completed within the normal range of time and cost that would be expected in a professional environment (e.g. In a commercial or government organisation).
  • Legislation relevant to this unit standard includes but is not limited to:
    - Occupational Health &Safety Act 1993; Labour Relations Act 1995;
    - Promotion of Access to Information Act 2000; Public Service Act;
    - Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act.6.
  • Performance of all elements should be performed with a solid understanding of the use of development tools needed in the areas applicable to the unit standard. Examples of such tools are, but are not limited to CASE tools, programming language editors with syntax checking, program source version control systems.
  • Performance of all elements should make use of International capability models used for Software Development. Examples of such models include (but are not limited to) the ISO SPICE model as well as the CMM model for Software Development. 

  • 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 in relation to the current environments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when engaging with the subject. 

    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. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to one's 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:
  • The person being assessed against this unit standard must be provided with program requirements specifications.
  • The business rules of the program requirements specifications must be accurately expressed in the program.


    Definition:
  • Structured use of language and pseudo code have equal meaning.
  • Computer Program (also called component). Program code written in any specified computer language to automate a coherent part of a business process.
  • Procedural Programming and Structured Programming have equal meaning. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  48872   National Certificate: Information Technology (Systems Development)  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  63689   Bachelor of Arts: Geographical Information Science  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30   
    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: 
    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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