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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of e-business as a competitive tool 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14504  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of e-business as a competitive tool 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Financial Services 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Finance, Economics and Accounting 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2003-08-13  2006-08-13  SAQA 0249/03 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2007-08-13   2010-08-13  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
230076  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of e-business as a competitive tool  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is intended for learners who are required to have a sound knowledge of the impact of e-business on a business sector and/or an individual business organization in outside the financial services. It will be useful for all employees who communicate with internal and/or external clients and who use e-business as a tool in the-business organization.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining different types of e-business and their impact on a business environment.
  • Investigating key aspects of a good e-business strategy.
  • Explaining the use of e-business as a means of communication.
  • Explaining the interrelationships between e-business and globalisation.
  • Applying the use of e-business as a competitive tool in a specific organisation.
  • Investigating issues relating to trust, ground rules, enhancing infrastructure, and maximising benefits in the South African context. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    There is open access to this Unit Standard. Learners should be competent in Communication, Mathematical Literacy and Financial Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • E-business refers to electronic commerce and includes, but is not limited to shared data bases, downloading marketing and support information, online-business to business links, on line transactions, email, websites, video cafes, video conferencing, sending pictures and information and multimedia, government to nation links.
  • Tools include, but are not limited to electronic tracking, merging information, single identification numbers, credit reporting, transactional data, personal profiling, caller identification and smart cards.
  • Issues of intellectual property include, but are not limited to, copyright, trademarks, contractual issues, legal issues, tax on tariffs, trade facilitation and customs modernisation. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain different types of e-business and their impact on a business environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Five forms of e-business are analysed in terms of their application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The hardware, software and middleware needed to run five applications are identified and the relationship between the components of an e-business environment is illustrated graphically. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The potential impact of e-business on a business environment is explained and an indication is given of the consequences of using or not using aspects of e-business. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Investigate key aspects of a good e-business strategy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The key aspects of an e-business strategy are analysed in terms of focus, cost, research and development, balance between volume of information and accessibility, security, access and speed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The consequences of a poor e-business strategy are explained with reference to issues relating to business security, efficient use of resources and lost opportunities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. A business proposal is analysed to ascertain the suitability of introducing e-business in a specific situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. At least five websites are accessed and evaluated and an indication is given of the characteristics of a good website as a competitive tool. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the use of e-business as a means of communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Reasons why organisations use e-business as a competitive tool are explained with reference to decision making and cost control. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Three-business communications are analysed and an indication is given of the intended audience and purpose of each. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Different ways of advertising a site are explored with reference to the use of search engines, high turnover sites, pop-ups and old economy communications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the inter-relationships between e-business and globalisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The inter-relationship between e-business and globalisation is analysed in terms of opportunities and threats to local business. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The role of e-business in accelerating the rate of globalisation is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply the use of e-business as a competitive tool in a specific organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Three possible applications of e-business in a specific industry are researched for a specific organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The pros and cons of three possible applications are analysed with reference to a specific organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The use of e-business in a specific industry is investigated and suggestions are made as to how a specific business could achieve a competitive advantage using e-business. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Investigate issues relating to trust, ground rules, enhancing infrastructure & maximizing benefits. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Investigate issues relating to trust, ground rules, enhancing infrastructure and maximizing benefits in the South African context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The concepts of protection of users and privacy are explained and a comparison is drawn on the importance of privacy in e-business in South Africa and two other countries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Five tools relating to e commerce are explained with examples of how each can be used in a business and the implications for the consumer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Encryption as a means of ensuring security, privacy and authenticity of information is investigated and an indication is given of how encryption may be used in an organisation to ensure the rights of the individual or organisation to privacy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Issues of intellectual property are investigated and the need for regulation is explained with reference to potential abuse if e commerce is not regulated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The concepts of shrink-wrapping and click wrapping agreements are explained with reference to the requirements for a contract to be legally binding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The Electronic Commerce Act is analysed in terms of how it builds trust, establishes ground rules, enhances infrastructure and maximises benefits. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    This Unit Standard will be internally assessed by the provider and moderated by a moderator registered by INSQA or a relevant accredited ETQA. The mechanisms and requirements for moderation are contained in the document obtainable from INSQA (INSQA framework for assessment and moderation). 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses show that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made in analysing a business proposal and assessing suitability and in suggesting uses of e-business to achieve a competitive advantage. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information in investigating applications of e-business. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively in analysing key aspects of a business strategy and explaining the use of e-business in a specific organization. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use technology effectively and critically in accessing websites and illustrating the relationship between hardware, middleware and software. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems in explaining the interrelationship between e-business and globalisation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 230076, which is "Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of e-business as a competitive tool", Level 6, 8 Credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Fundamental  36437   National Certificate: Local Economic Development  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 
    Fundamental  20909   National First Degree: Customer Management  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30   
    Fundamental  20905   National First Degree: Marketing Communication  Level 6  NQF Level 07  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Fundamental  20901   National First Degree: Marketing Management  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30   
    Fundamental  20897   National First Degree: Marketing Research  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30   
    Elective  49860   National Diploma: Financial Services: Long-Term Risk Assessment  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  INSETA 
    Elective  23679   National Diploma: Fossil Power Plant Process Control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-02-18  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  23736   National Diploma: Hydro Power Plant Process Control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-02-18  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  48967   National Certificate: Business Advising Operations  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    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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    2. BW Khuzwayo Consulting CC 
    3. CKP Development Agency (Pty) Ltd. 
    4. CTC College(PTY) LTD. 
    5. Dean Institute Of Learning (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) 
    7. Edutraining Business College 
    8. Execuprime Business College (Pty) Ltd 
    9. Express Model 405 
    10. GOBELA CONSULTING 
    11. IMITHENTE DEVELOPMENT HOLDINGS 
    12. Jobafrik Consulting 
    13. Josmap Training Institute 
    14. Kalideen Management 
    15. Kgolo Institute 
    16. Kia Chuma 
    17. Letlhokoa Management Services CC 
    18. Lewerb Holdings (PTY) Ltd 
    19. Manpower Skills Academy 
    20. Masemase Consultancy CC. 
    21. Mgwezane Training and Events Management CC. 
    22. Mortarboard Training Solutions 
    23. PanAfrican Supply Chain Academy 
    24. Tembe Service Providers 
    25. Thubelihle Graduate Institute 
    26. Thuto Lere Community Empowerment Programme 
    27. Umqondo Consultancy 
    28. University of Venda 
    29. Vantage Training 
    30. Vicmat Consultants 
    31. Ya Hina Management Consulting and projects 



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