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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Describe the types of computer systems and associated hardware configurations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14921  Describe the types of computer systems and associated hardware configurations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Information Systems and Technology 
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-Fundamental  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 
This unit standard is intended:
  • to provide conceptual knowledge of the areas covered
  • for those working in, or entering the workplace in the area of Information Systems & Technology Management
  • as additional knowledge for those wanting to understand the areas covered

    People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe past, present and future computer hardware configurations.
  • Describe categories of computer system applications.
    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 is based on a person having prior knowledge and skills to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental mathematics (at least NQF level 1)
  • Demonstrate PC competency skills (End-User Computing unit standards, at least up to NQF level 3). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe past, present and future computer hardware configurations. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Stand alone & networked PC's, Mid-range, Mainframes, Client-server, Emerging systems (at least 3). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The description lists the characteristics of the configurations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Single-user, Multi-user.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The description justifies categorisation of examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Single-processor, Multi-processor.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The description explains performance characteristics of the configurations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The description explains the environmental requirements of the configurations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe categories of computer system applications. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Includes, but is not limited to: Batch, Interactive, Real time, Process control, Scientific, Education, Home (at least 3). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The description identifies categories of computer system applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The description justifies categorisation of examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The description explains the performance characteristics of the categories. 


    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 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 
    1. 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.
    2. Performance of all elements complies with the laws of South Africa, especially with regard to copyright, privacy, health and safety, and consumer rights.
    3. 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. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage him/her self and his/her activities responsibly and effectively. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to his/her 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. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Sub-Sub-Field (Domain):
    Information Systems and Technology Management. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  78964   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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  20185   Further Education and Training Certificate: Banking  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  BANKSETA 
    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  2023-06-30  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 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.
     
    1. Academy of Training and Development 
    2. Afedile M Learning Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    3. Amitek Business College 
    4. Angie Technologies 
    5. Ankalite (Pty) Limited 
    6. Arise Business Centre 
    7. ATTI IT SOLUTIONS BLOEMFONTEIN 
    8. ATTI Nelspruit Pty Ltd 
    9. AUM IT Solutions 
    10. Awona Technologies cc 
    11. Believers Care Society 
    12. Bophelo Tota ICT Driving Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    13. Boston Technology Campus (Pty) Ltd 
    14. Broadband College of Technology 
    15. Bytes People Solutions A Division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd 
    16. Calandra Trading 523(PTY) 
    17. Careers IT (Pty) Ltd 
    18. Clean Heat Academy 
    19. Commerce and Computer College of South Africa 
    20. Competence computer and business management 
    21. Critical Skills Training (Pty) Ltd 
    22. CTU Training Solutions 
    23. Cyber College of Business and Technology 
    24. Daily Training Cc 
    25. Damelin 
    26. Damelin - Randburg 
    27. Damelin Correspondence College (Pty) Ltd 
    28. DC Dynamic College of Commerce & Further Training (Pty) Ltd 
    29. Delcom Training Institute 
    30. Delight Computer Training 
    31. Denwin's Computer & Business School 
    32. DVG Property (Pty)Ltd 
    33. Ekasi IT Solutions CC 
    34. EOH Abantu (Pty) Ltd 
    35. Fakazani Management Services 
    36. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    37. False Bay College 
    38. Forek Institute of Technology (Pty) Ltd 
    39. Foster-Melliar 
    40. Futurekids SA (Fochville) 
    41. Gabasega Consulting and Training Centre 
    42. Gauteng Central College PTY LTD 
    43. Gauteng College of Engineering and Technology (PTY) LTD 
    44. Gegana Computer Academy and Business Solutions cc 
    45. Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    46. Global Softech Skills Academy 
    47. Golden Step Campus (Pty) Ltd. 
    48. Henpro Solutions College 
    49. Hlanganani ICT (Pty) Ltd 
    50. IALE School of Advanced Learning and Education (Pty) Ltd 
    51. iLearn Corporate Services PTY LTD 
    52. Imvana Training College 
    53. In Excess Trading 22 T/A ATTI Polokwane 
    54. Information Technology Resource Centre 
    55. Intec College 
    56. INTERACTIVE COLLABORATIVE TRAINING WORX PTY LTD 
    57. iSolve Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    58. IT SA Computer Services Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    59. Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies 
    60. Johannesburg Institute of Engineering & Technology 
    61. Jonda Learning Academy 
    62. Kaelo Computer Training cc 
    63. Kezla Investments 
    64. Khuphulanani Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    65. King Sabata Dalindyebo TVET College 
    66. Konani Training and Development Institute 
    67. Leseding Computer Systems (Pty) Ltd 
    68. Limco Consulting and management (Pty) Ltd 
    69. M-cot Corporate Training 
    70. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    71. Modise Computer College 
    72. Mosadikago Trading Cc 
    73. Mpande Technologies cc 
    74. MSC Education Holdings Pty Ltd 
    75. National Computer College Carletonville 
    76. National Computer College Cc 
    77. NET2G Technologies (Pty) Ltd t/a IT SCHOOL 
    78. Nextgen Training Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    79. Ngubeni Corporation 
    80. Nyankwavi Inverstment 
    81. Ocule IT cc 
    82. On the Ball College Pty ltd 
    83. Overcomers Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    84. Phokophela Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    85. Prophesy Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    86. Qhakaza Management Services 
    87. Quantum Career Development (PTY) LTD 
    88. Rand Training College 
    89. Ricoh South Africa (Pty) Limited 
    90. Rivoni Training N Communications 
    91. SEBATA Institute of Consulting and Development 
    92. SEDIBENG 
    93. SILVER SOLUTIONS CC 1360 
    94. Sivile Housing Association RSA 
    95. Smart Byte Training Cc 
    96. Springfield Training (Pty) Ltd 
    97. Star Light Consulting 
    98. Taal-Net Training Institute 
    99. Technology Corporate Management (Pty) Ltd 
    100. Titan Trade Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    101. Torque Technical Computer Training (Pty) Ltd 
    102. Umzinyathi Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd 
    103. Victory Ticket 580 cc 
    104. Whitestone College 
    105. Work Skills Resources 
    106. Xtensive ICT Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    107. Xylo Trading 12 (Pty) Ltd 
    108. ZJ Africa Learn (Pty) Ltd 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.