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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain how data is stored on computers 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14944  Explain how data is stored on computers 
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  2015-07-01  2018-06-30  SAQA 10105/14 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 and Technology Management
  • as additional knowledge for those wanting to understand the areas covered

    People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe the roles of IS departments in organisations
  • Describe the structures of IS departments in organisations
    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 3).
  • Demonstrate PC competency skills (End-User Computing unit Standards, at least up to NQF level 3). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of computer data types. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The demonstration distinguishes between data types and includes examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Bits (0,1) , Bytes, Numbers , Integers (+- values, whole items), Floating point (temperature, voltage, etc), Boolean (0/1 on/off).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The description of the use of coding systems in a business environment distinguishes categories of coding systems and includes examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    BCD, EBCDIC (IBM mainframes), ASCII (micro & mini computers), UNICODE.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The demonstration illustrates how data manipulation operations are performed on data types. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe computer data structures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The description distinguishes types of computer data structures and identifies examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Bits, Bytes, Characters, Fields, Records, Files, Databases.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The description distinguishes types of computer files and identifies examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Master, Transaction, Temporary, Document , Serial, Sequential, Indexed, Direct.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The description distinguishes types of computer databases and identifies examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hierarchical, Network, Relational, SQL (Completeness, Non-redundancy, Structure).
     


    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.
    4. 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 is not limited to CASE tools, programming language editors with syntax checking, program source version control systems systems.
    5. Performance of all elements should make use of International capability models used for Software Development. Examples of such models include (but is not limited to) the ISO SPICE model as well as the CMM model for Software Development. 


    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 DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exists in isolation. 

    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):
    Systems Development 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  78965   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MICTS 
    Core  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 
    Core  78964   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2018-06-30  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  50479   Further Education and Training Certificate: Advertising  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2018-06-30  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 Business and Computer Studies 
    2. Afedile M Learning Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    3. Amitek Business College 
    4. Arise Business Centre 
    5. Artshub Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    6. ATTI Nelspruit Pty Ltd 
    7. AUM IT Solutions 
    8. Avuxeni Computer Academy 
    9. Awona Technologies cc 
    10. Basfour 2730 (Pty) Ltd 
    11. Bophelo Tota ICT Driving Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    12. Boston Technology Campus (Pty) Ltd 
    13. Broadband College of Technology 
    14. Bytes People Solutions A Division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd 
    15. Calandra Trading 523(PTY) 
    16. Careers IT (Pty) Ltd 
    17. Cell C 
    18. Claas Illustration 
    19. Clean Heat Academy 
    20. Commerce and Computer College of South Africa 
    21. Competence computer and business management 
    22. CTU Training Solutions 
    23. Daily Training Cc 
    24. Dantall 
    25. DC Dynamic College of Commerce & Further Training (Pty) Ltd 
    26. Delight Computer Training 
    27. DESTO PTY LTD 
    28. DVG Property (Pty)Ltd 
    29. Ekasi IT Solutions CC 
    30. EOH Abantu (Pty) Ltd 
    31. Fakazani Management Services 
    32. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    33. False Bay College 
    34. Footprint Media academy Pty ltd 
    35. Forek Institute of Technology (Pty) Ltd 
    36. Futurekids SA (Fochville) 
    37. Gabasega Consulting and Training Centre 
    38. Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    39. Global Softech Skills Academy 
    40. Golden Step Campus (Pty) Ltd. 
    41. Henpro Solutions College 
    42. Hlanganani ICT (Pty) Ltd 
    43. IALE School of Advanced Learning and Education (Pty) Ltd 
    44. In Excess Trading 22 T/A ATTI Polokwane 
    45. Information Technology Resource Centre 
    46. iSolve Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    47. IT SA Computer Services Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    48. Johannesburg Institute of Engineering & Technology 
    49. Jonda Learning Academy 
    50. Kaelo Computer Training cc 
    51. Kezla Investments 
    52. Khuphulanani Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    53. Kingsway College of Computing and Business Studies Pty (Ltd) 
    54. Konani Training and Development Institute 
    55. Kuhle Projects Cc 
    56. Leseding Computer Systems (Pty) Ltd 
    57. Limco Consulting and management (Pty) Ltd 
    58. M-cot Corporate Training 
    59. Magnifica (Pty) Ltd 
    60. Malope IT Solutions 
    61. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    62. MasterGrade IT 
    63. Masungulo Electronics and IT Solutions 
    64. Modise Computer College 
    65. Mosadikago Trading Cc 
    66. MSC Education Holdings Pty Ltd 
    67. National Computer College Carletonville 
    68. National Computer College Cc 
    69. NEMISA 
    70. NET2G Technologies (Pty) Ltd t/a IT SCHOOL 
    71. Nextgen Training Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    72. Ngubeni Corporation 
    73. Ocule IT cc 
    74. Overcomers Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    75. Phokophela Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    76. Picawood Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    77. Prophesy Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    78. Qhakaza Management Services 
    79. Quantum Career Development (PTY) LTD 
    80. Rand Training College 
    81. Rivoni Training N Communications 
    82. SEBATA Institute of Consulting and Development 
    83. SEDIBENG 
    84. SILVER SOLUTIONS CC 1360 
    85. Simation (Pty) Ltd 
    86. Sivile Housing Association RSA 
    87. Skills Information Technology UP 
    88. Smart Byte Training Cc 
    89. Sonke Technologies 
    90. Springfield Training (Pty) Ltd 
    91. St Austins College (Pty) Ltd 
    92. STANFORD COMPUTER AND BUSINESS COLLEGE 
    93. Star Light Consulting 
    94. Success Christian Training Centre 
    95. Technology Corporate Management (Pty) Ltd 
    96. Titan Trade Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    97. Torque Technical Computer Training (Pty) Ltd 
    98. TSD Business Solutions 
    99. Tshwane College of Commerce and Computer Studies 
    100. Umzinyathi Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd 
    101. Victory Ticket 580 cc 
    102. Whitestone College 
    103. Work Skills Resources 
    104. Xtensive ICT Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    105. Xylo Trading 12 (Pty) Ltd 



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