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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Determine the work required to accomplish the objectives and organise the scope of a simple to moderately complex project 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243811  Determine the work required to accomplish the objectives and organise the scope of a simple to moderately complex project 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Project Management 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Project Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 credited with this unit standard will be able to determine the work required to accomplish the objectives of a simple to moderately complex project. Learners will be able to compile a project scope statement that provides for project requirements, assumptions and constraints. Learners will also be able to determine an appropriate approach to ensure that the work of the project is decomposed to an appropriate level of detail. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Unit Standard: Develop a preliminary project scope statement for a simple to moderately complex project at NQF Level 5. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Simple to moderately complex project can be defined as projects that have:
  • A high degree of stability, few uncertainties or low rate of change with regard to expected deliverables, phase contents, organisational process and procedures, legislation and team members.
  • Limited range of different methods or approaches relating to the design and creation of deliverables and end products.
  • Low to moderate impact on the environment and or socio economic elements; Moderate to low need to comply with legislation; Moderate number of stakeholders affected by or interested in the project.
  • Low strategic importance to the organisation or organisations involved; Not necessary identified in strategic plans.
  • Stakeholders, that are in agreement about the characteristics of the product of the project; Benefits of the project well defined and agreed.
  • Low number of different organisations participating in the project; A low number; and or wide variety of interfaces between the project and other organisational entities in order to produce the end deliverable. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Refine the project scope statement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The preliminary scope statement as well as other relevant inputs are reviewed and understood in order to develop a more detailed project scope statement. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant inputs include but are not limited to the project brief, project charter, stakeholder expectations and requirements of the project.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Project requirements, assumptions and constraints are refined using project management principles to meet project objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The project scope statement is compiled so that it provides for the project requirements, assumptions and constraints. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The project scope statement is documented in the required format and agreed with relevant stakeholders in required timeframe. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Determine the approach for decomposing the work of the project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Components into which work needs to be decomposed (horizontal division) are determined using project management principles to support the planning and control of the project. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Components include but are not limited to project phases, disciplines, geographic areas and products.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The level of detail to which work is decomposed (vertical division) is determined using project management principles in order to support the planning and control of the project. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Decompose the work of the project into components to the required level of detail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The work of the project is decomposed into major deliverables or subprojects to support the planning and control of the project. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work may be broken down to multiple levels depending on aspects such as management control and risks.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Each component of work is coded in accordance with required organisational procedures to enable unique identification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Completion criteria is determined for each component to support the planning and control of the project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The decomposed work is documented in the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) format required by the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Details of the components are documented in the Work Breakdown Structure dictionary to explain and communicate the requirements and completion criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The Work Breakdown Structure is verified and approved in the required format by relevant stakeholders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Roles and responsibilities for work components are defined in required format and in accordance with project requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An 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.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor 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.
  • Moderation of assessment to be conducted by an accredited provider according to internal approved provider policy and the relevant ETQA guidelines.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • An understanding of the purpose of the project scope statement.
  • Knowledge of the components of the project scope statement.
  • An understanding of the purpose of the Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Knowledge of appropriate components to decompose work.
  • Knowledge of the appropriate level of detail to decompose work.
  • Knowledge of appropriate completions criteria for each component of work. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when determining the approach for decomposing the work of a project to support the panning and control of the project. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities when decomposing components of work. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information when reviewing the preliminary scope statement and other relevant inputs. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when including components and completion criteria into the Work Breakdown Structure dictionary. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when documenting the decomposed work in the Work Breakdown Structure format. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems whereby understanding that unless the work is included in the Work Breakdown Structure it is not considered part of the project scope, therefore will not be done. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. 

    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 
    Terms, techniques and processes referred to in this unit standard are based upon recognised best practice for generic project management reflected in industry standards such as:
  • Standards from Project Management Institute (PMI®) such as:
    > A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK Guide), 2000 and 2004 versions, from Project Management Institute (PMI®).
    > Extensions to PMBoK® Guide from PMI®.
    > Work Breakdown Structure.
    > Earned Value.
  • Body of Knowledge from Association for Project Management, UK.
  • ISO 10006.
  • British Standard 6079.
  • IPMA Competence Baseline from International Project Management Association.
  • Project Management role delineation studies from PMI® for CAPM and PMP.
  • Project Management Competency Development Framework from PMI® 2002.
  • Emerging global performance standards for project management personnel (GPSPMP - Global).
  • Australian National Competency Standards for Project Management 2003. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58395   National Certificate: Project Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Core  58309   National Diploma: Project Management  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Elective  65649   National Certificate: Official Statistics  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 


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