SAQA 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.
SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Describe data communications 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14947  Describe data communications 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 fundamental knowledge of the areas covered
  • for those working in, or entering the workplace in the area of Data Communication & Networking
  • as additional knowledge for those wanting to understand the areas covered.

    People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe past, present and emerging developments in data communication.
  • Describe synchronous and asynchronous data communication.
    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 
    Open.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.)? Demonstrate competence to resolve technical computer problems (DC301/ 302). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe past, present and emerging developments in data communication. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Includes, but is not limited to: Signal characteristics, Components, Standards, Protocols, Media. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The description explains the origin of current data communications with an outline of past developments. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes, but is not limited to: Signal characteristics, Components, Standards, Protocols, Media.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The description provides a taxonomy for current systems. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes, but is not limited to: Signal characteristics, Components, Standards, Protocols, Media.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The description identifies and projects trends from emerging developments in data communications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes, but is not limited to: Signal characteristics, Components, Standards, Protocols, Media.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe synchronous and asynchronous data communications. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Includes, but is not limited to: Physical interface, Modes of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The description outlines the characteristics of each form of data communication. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes, but is not limited to: Physical interface, Modes of operation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The description explains the features of data communication equipment with respect to synchronous and asynchronous data communication. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes, but is not limited to: Physical interface, Modes of operation.
     


    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 Process: 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. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    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. 

    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: None.

    Sub-Sub-Field (Domain):Data Communications and Networking. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Fundamental  20907   National Certificate: Customer Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-02-19  Was SERVICES until Last Date for Achievement 
    Fundamental  20903   National Certificate: Marketing Communications  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-02-19  Was SERVICES until Last Date for Achievement 
    Fundamental  20899   National Certificate: Marketing Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-02-19  Was SERVICES until Last Date for Achievement 
    Fundamental  20894   National Certificate: Marketing Research  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-02-19  Was SERVICES until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  61591   National Certificate: Information Technology: End User Computing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  78964   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  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 


    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. Abetech 
    2. Academy of Training and Development 
    3. AccTech Systems (PTY)LTD 
    4. Acol Computer Training PTY LTD 
    5. Act of Grace 97 
    6. Added Advantage Academy (Durban) 
    7. Afedile M Learning Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    8. Affirmations Training 
    9. AFRICALEADS ACADEMY 
    10. All Connections cc 
    11. Amitek Business College 
    12. Anderson College (Pty) Ltd 
    13. Angie Technologies 
    14. Ankalite (Pty) Limited 
    15. Arise Business Centre 
    16. Artshub Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    17. ATTI IT SOLUTIONS BLOEMFONTEIN 
    18. ATTI Nelspruit Pty Ltd 
    19. AUM IT Solutions 
    20. Bantsho Marketing & Management Strategies 
    21. Believers Care Society 
    22. Best Information Solutions 
    23. Beth Horner & Associates 
    24. Birnam Business College (Pty) Limited 
    25. Bokamoso Competence (Pty) Ltd 
    26. Bonalesedi Computer Training 
    27. Bophelo Tota ICT Driving Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    28. Broadband College of Technology 
    29. Bytes People Solutions A Division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd 
    30. Calandra Trading 523(PTY) 
    31. Cape Innovation Technology Initiative 
    32. Cape Town Society for the Blind 
    33. Careers IT (Pty) Ltd 
    34. Centretech Broadcasting 
    35. Certified Workforce Trainers cc. 
    36. Clean Heat Academy 
    37. College Africa Group (Pty) Ltd 
    38. Columbus Consulting Pty Ltd 
    39. Commerce and Computer College of South Africa 
    40. CompEd IT Training 
    41. Competence computer and business management 
    42. Computer Technology Dev Institute 
    43. Critical Skills Training (Pty) Ltd 
    44. CTU Training Solutions 
    45. CYBER MINDS (PTY) LIMITED 
    46. Daily Training Cc 
    47. Damelin 
    48. Damelin - Randburg 
    49. DC Dynamic College of Commerce & Further Training (Pty) Ltd 
    50. Delcom Training Institute 
    51. Delight Computer Training 
    52. Denwin's Computer & Business School 
    53. DIGMAC PTY LTD 
    54. Ditlotlo Trading Enterprise Cc 
    55. DVG Property (Pty)Ltd 
    56. Eagle Computer Training 
    57. Eagle High IT Training 
    58. Eastern Cape Academy of Technology 
    59. Egsibit Training and Development 
    60. Ekasi IT Solutions CC 
    61. Ekukhanyeni Community Development Centre 
    62. Ekurhuleni Computer College 
    63. Elchees Software Solutions 
    64. EOH Abantu (Pty) Ltd 
    65. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    66. False Bay College 
    67. Far North Education & Training Trust (FNETT) 
    68. Far North Youth Development Initiative 
    69. Far-Ahead Computer Training Centre Cc 
    70. Forek Institute of Technology (Pty) Ltd 
    71. Fort Hare Solutions (PTY) LTD 
    72. Foster-Melliar 
    73. FURNITURE BEDDING UPHOLSTERY INDUSTRY BARGAINING COUNCIL 
    74. Futurekids SA (Fochville) 
    75. Gabasega Consulting and Training Centre 
    76. Gauteng Central College PTY LTD 
    77. Gauteng College of Engineering and Technology (PTY) LTD 
    78. Gegana Computer Academy and Business Solutions cc 
    79. Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    80. Golden Step Campus (Pty) Ltd. 
    81. Goldfields TVET College 
    82. Goodwill Institute Of Technology 
    83. Gurandbuilt Management Development 
    84. Hazyview Computer College 
    85. Hlanganani ICT (Pty) Ltd 
    86. I.C.E Computer College 
    87. iLearn Corporate Services PTY LTD 
    88. Imvana Training College 
    89. In Excess Trading 22 T/A ATTI Polokwane 
    90. Indonsa Consulting and Training cc 
    91. Information Technology Resource Centre 
    92. Institute of Training and Education for Capacity Building 
    93. INTERACTIVE COLLABORATIVE TRAINING WORX PTY LTD 
    94. ISAMON VOCATIONAL COLLEGE OF EXCELLENCE 
    95. iSolve Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    96. IT Certification Academy 
    97. IT SA Computer Services Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    98. IT Schools Innovation (Pty) Ltd 
    99. Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies 
    100. Johannesburg Institute of Engineering & Technology 
    101. John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust 
    102. Jonda Learning Academy 
    103. Kaelo Computer Training cc 
    104. Keybase Training Solutions Cc 
    105. Kezla Investments 
    106. Khuphulanani Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    107. King Sabata Dalindyebo TVET College 
    108. Konani Training and Development Institute 
    109. Kondi Computer Training 
    110. Kumani Computer College 
    111. Kylix Information Systems 
    112. LA Gomme Training Centre 
    113. Leading Edge Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    114. Leanco Business Services & Training Centre CC 
    115. Lephalale Core Skills Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    116. Lesedi Consulting 
    117. Leseding Computer Systems (Pty) Ltd 
    118. LGIT Smart Solutions 
    119. Limco Consulting and management (Pty) Ltd 
    120. Loja Trading cc 
    121. Loxtion Server CC 
    122. M-cot Corporate Training 
    123. Mackeys Computing (Pty) Ltd 
    124. Madzahisi College 
    125. Makau Tours and Skills Development 
    126. Makhophila Business Enterprise 
    127. Masana Brainstorm Conferencing cc 
    128. Mash Computer Training 
    129. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    130. Mkoneni Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    131. Modise Computer College 
    132. Mokk Consultants Cc 
    133. Mosadikago Trading Cc 
    134. Motheo TVET College 
    135. Mourema Computer Training Centre 
    136. Mpande Technologies cc 
    137. Mpisholo Training Solutions 
    138. Mpondo Zengwenya Trading Cc 
    139. MSC Education Holdings Pty Ltd 
    140. Mthonyama Technologies cc 
    141. Mveelaphanda Development and Projects cc 
    142. National Computer College Carletonville 
    143. National Computer College Cc 
    144. Ndabezitha Life Skills Training Institute 
    145. NET2G Technologies (Pty) Ltd t/a IT SCHOOL 
    146. NetCampus (Pty) Ltd. 
    147. Nextgen Training Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    148. Ngubeni Corporation 
    149. Nicoflora Computers & PC Engineering (Pty) Ltd 
    150. Nyankwavi Inverstment 
    151. Ocule IT cc 
    152. On the Ball College Pty ltd 
    153. Overcomers Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    154. Parkton College of Catering & Tourism Studies 
    155. Pillays Computer and Careers 
    156. Prompt It Solutions 
    157. Prophesy Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    158. Protech Business and Computer College Pty Ltd. 
    159. Pulakgadi Training Consulting 
    160. Qhakaza Management Services 
    161. Rand Training College 
    162. Regent-Comp 
    163. Rivoni Training N Communications 
    164. Ron and Becky Trading 
    165. Rorisang Computer (Pty) Ltd 
    166. Sankin Computer Training Pty Ltd 
    167. Sas Institute Pty Ltd 
    168. Sed General Trading Enterprise 
    169. SEDIBENG 
    170. Setlagole Telecentre 
    171. Silulo Ulutho Technologies 
    172. Sivile Housing Association RSA 
    173. Siyabonga Multi - Purpose Centre 
    174. Siyafunda Community Technology Centre 
    175. Smart Byte Training Cc 
    176. Software Support And Training 
    177. South Africa Advanced Skills Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    178. Southern Africa Youth Project NPC 
    179. Sovereign Skills Development Institute (Pty) 
    180. Speccon (Pty) Ltd 
    181. Springfield Training (Pty) Ltd 
    182. Star Light Consulting 
    183. T Mabuya and Associates 
    184. Taal-Net Training Institute 
    185. Taballos Business Services 
    186. Technology Corporate Management (Pty) Ltd 
    187. Terry Computer Services cc 
    188. The Graduate Institute of South Africa 
    189. The Ulwazi Computer Training Center 
    190. Tira Telecoms 
    191. Titan Trade Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    192. Torque Technical Computer Training (Pty) Ltd 
    193. Tshedza Training Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    194. Tshiredo Training Academy Cc 
    195. Turnstone Trading 183 (Pty) Ltd 
    196. Umbrella Training and Development 
    197. Umzinyathi Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd 
    198. Vukani Solutions 
    199. Vuthlari Marketing Consulting (PTY)LTD 
    200. Waterberg TVET College 
    201. Whispers ETD Consulting 
    202. Whitestone College 
    203. Work Skills Resources 
    204. Xtensive ICT Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    205. Xylo Trading 12 (Pty) Ltd 
    206. Y2K COLLEGE 
    207. Zealot Business College cc 
    208. Zinjiva Trading 
    209. 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.