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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply operations research principles and tools in the management of project activities and resources 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119343  Apply operations research principles and tools in the management of project activities and resources 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Public Administration and Management 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Public Administration 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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 
Learners working towards this standard will be working within a Public Sector environment, specialising in Public Finance Management and Administration, where the acquisition of competence against this standard will add value to one's job. This standard will also add value to public officials who are seeking to develop a career pathway towards becoming an accomplished public finance management and administration specialist.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Discussing the impact of macro-economic decisions on the economy and a business environment
  • Discussing the impact of macro-economic decisions on investment strategies in a business environment
  • Using economic indicators to determine the current economic cycle and possible future directions
  • Applying trends in the economic environment to a specific financial organisation
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the financial world of public finance management and administration
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the nature and importance of debt in financing public capital projects 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this Unit Standard must be in possession of a Further Education and Training Certificate or equivalent qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of project management principles as they relate to the public finance management and administration context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Project management concepts and frameworks are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Project needs are identified in the context of public finance and administration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Recommendations are made for the adaptation of project management concepts to the identified project needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The project management life cycle is explained in the context of identified needs. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and apply a range of project management tools to support research in the management of project activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Operational research tools are identified and applied for solving transportation, inventory and other service delivery problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Selected statistical and project management software are used to enhance project management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Work packages are developed and further elaborated to systematically present an overall view of the project scope. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A work breakdown structure is developed and documented within agreed time frames. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Initiate and manage specific projects within the public finance management and administration context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A project management plan is compiled based on identified project needs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The project management plan includes but is not limited to a comprehensive project life cycle, scoping of project, project schedule, GANT charts, PERT charts, project costs, project resource allocation, selected evaluation measurement tools, strategy for team allocation and management.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Project plan is initiated and all parties to project are informed of roles, expectations, time frames and feedback tools for reporting on progress. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Team dynamics relating to project are monitored and managed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate projects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Project evaluation and review techniques are applied to simulated situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Deviations from scope are evaluated and opportunities for corrective action or improvement are identified and initiated with relevant individuals/teams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Project costs are evaluated in line with budgeted costs in original scope. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Project management tools are used effectively to monitor and report on project progress. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any 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 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 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 
    The learner must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • Principles, methods and techniques for scoping a project
  • Project management tools
  • Managing project teams
  • Work breakdown structures
  • The use of computerized tools for specific project applications
  • Project measurement tools 

  • 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 processes to compile and manage project plans. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community to ensure all project criteria are met. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in order to ensure that project is manage within given timeframes and on budget. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organize and crtically evaluate facts relating to projects. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to convey project progress and changes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility to the environment and health of others to ensure that project management tools are effectively utilised to enhance project productivity. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognising that project management contexts not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities by ensuring that projects are effectively managed. 

    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  49554   National Diploma: Public Finance Management and Administration  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 
    Elective  64670   National Certificate: Public Financial Oversight and Accountability  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 


    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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    3. Africa Corporate Training Institute and HR Consulting 
    4. Africa Institute For Public Administration 
    5. All Access Holdings 
    6. Amabamba Recruitment 
    7. Ashley Maloka Consulting 
    8. Asiphokuhle Training and Research Institute 
    9. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    10. AVC Corporate Advisory Services (PTY) LTD. 
    11. Bantubanye Skills 
    12. Bavuse Trading Enterprises cc 
    13. Blue Poplar 
    14. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    15. Break The Chains Development Services 
    16. Buena Vista Learning Academy 
    17. Camissa Institute 
    18. Chuma Development Consultants 
    19. Cool Ideas 1016 (Pty) LTD t/a ESP Consulting 
    20. CTC College(PTY) LTD. 
    21. Dean Institute Of Learning (Pty) Ltd 
    22. Deloitte & Touche 
    23. Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) 
    24. Elective Training Institute Enterprise CC 
    25. Execuprime Business College (Pty) Ltd 
    26. Express Model 405 
    27. Glere Skills and Consultants 
    28. GOBELA CONSULTING 
    29. Growth Management Consulting 
    30. Hamonate Consulting 
    31. Hlombe and Associates 
    32. HS GLOBAL SKILLS BUSINESS SOLUTIONS 
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    34. Ilinge Labantu Debt Solution 
    35. Imani 
    36. Institute of Health and Social Care Studies 
    37. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    38. Isipho Equiping (Pty) Ltd 
    39. Jobafrik Consulting 
    40. Josmap Training Institute 
    41. Kalideen Management 
    42. Kamanga Skills Projects 
    43. Kgolo Institute 
    44. Kgotla Trading Enterprise 
    45. Kia Chuma 
    46. KYM MANAGEMENT CONSULTING 
    47. Leronsa Trading Enterprise 
    48. Letlhokoa Management Services CC 
    49. Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) 
    50. Mangalani Business Enterprises 
    51. Marcado Human Resources Strategies 
    52. Maritime Business Institute 
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    54. Mgwezane Training and Events Management CC. 
    55. Miczo's Enterprise 
    56. Mission Point Consulting 
    57. MJ Mafunisa Consulting (PTY) LTD 
    58. Mmalethabo Consulting 
    59. Mod-Mosh Projects and Consulting (PTY) LTD 
    60. Motheo Skills Entity 
    61. Nemalale Eagles Consultancy CC 
    62. Nhlahle Development Agency 
    63. NJ & L Trading Enterprise CC. 
    64. Nkqubela Community Developers 
    65. NORKEM LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    66. NS Global Academy 
    67. Ntsangalala Business Enterprise 
    68. Nyankwavi Investment CC. 
    69. Outeniqua Leadership Institute 
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    71. PanAfrican Supply Chain Academy 
    72. Pebetse Training and Consulting 
    73. Power Rush Trading 170 CC. 
    74. Powernexus 
    75. Sasalethu Consulting and Associates 
    76. Solstice Networks CC. 
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    78. Summat Training Institute 
    79. SWARANANG MANAGEMENT CONSULTING CC 
    80. Thuto-Boswa Education and Training Solution 
    81. Tlaletso Consultants 
    82. Tradesman Consulting and Training Solutions 
    83. Tsebong Training Centre 
    84. Ukhamba Quality Skills 
    85. Umqondo Consultancy 
    86. University of North West 
    87. University of Pretoria 
    88. University of Venda 
    89. Vicmat Consultants 
    90. Vuselela FET College - Klerksdorp Campus 
    91. Wits University 
    92. Ya Hina Management Consulting and projects 



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