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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Provide technical support for project planning and scheduling service functions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244566  Provide technical support for project planning and scheduling service functions 
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  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
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 
The learner credited with this unit standard will be able to provide the type of technical support required for planning and scheduling to be developed and maintained on projects. He will also be able to identify the data required, to gather and collate this data and provide the required information in the correct format so that the project plan and schedule can be developed and maintained.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the basic procedures for project planning and scheduling.
  • Explaining the concepts and implications of a critical path and the types of float present in a schedule.
  • Gathering and collating planning and scheduling activity data.
  • Gathering and collating activity resource requirements.
  • Gathering and collating progress information for updating schedule. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Computer Literacy and applicable software at NQF Level 3 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Where applicable, specific range statements are provided in the body of the Unit Standard where they apply to a specific outcome or assessment criteria.
  • Collate means assemble information from different sources, analyse and compare to identify points of agreement and difference, put in order, and verifying accuracy of record keeping. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate the application of the basic procedures for project planning and scheduling. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Basic Procedures will include but not be limited to Gantt/Bar Charts and Critical Path Analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The methods, components and applications of basic planning and scheduling techniques are described according to international definitions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A given Gantt/Bar Chart is interpreted to establish the level of progress against the baseline. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    To include the principle of a baseline.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods and uses of critical path analysis are described according to international definitions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Critical Path Analysis will include but is not limited to Arrow Diagramming Method and Precedence Diagramming Method.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The duration and earliest end date of a project are established from a given schedule, using basic procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and implications of a critical path and the types of float present in a schedule. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Float shall include "Free Float" and "Total Float" in accordance with International convention. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Free float is defined according to international definitions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Total float is defined according to international definitions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The critical path is defined and explained according to international definitions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The impact of a change to the critical path on the project duration is determined and described, using basic procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Gather and collate planning and scheduling activity data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Types and sources of relevant activity data are identified and explained within the project environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant activity data is gathered, collated and checked for accuracy and completeness in the required format and time frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The gathered planning and scheduling data is reviewed for completeness and accuracy with the relevant authority. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The sequence of activities is obtained and recorded in accordance with organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Gathered activity duration data is processed according to organisational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Gather and collate activity resource requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Data pertaining to the types and quantities of resources required is gathered according to organisational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Types of resource will include but not be limited to:
  • Labour, capital, equipment and materials.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Availability of resources within the required time frames is confirmed with the relevant authority. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relationship between resource availability and activity duration is explained using an example within the project environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Resource data is recorder according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Gathered resource data is reviewed for completeness and accuracy with the relevant authority. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Gather and collate progress information for updating schedule. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Types of progress information are identified and described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Progress information will include, but not be limited to:
  • Actual Start dates, percentage completion, Forecast or Actual end dates and resources expended.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Gathered progress data pertaining to the progress achieved on a project is processed according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Missing or erroneous progress data for the project is referred to the relevant authority for resolution within the stipulated time frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Collated progress information for the project is transmitted to the relevant parties within the stipulated time frame. 


    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 will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Date requirements for project scheduling.
  • Basic communication principles.
  • Basic understanding of the project work flow.
  • Basic knowledge of the nature of the business and project.
  • The application of commonly used information gathering techniques for obtaining planning and scheduling data.
  • Organisational requirements, processes and standards as these apply to project support services.
  • Documentation management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve issues relating to the quality, quantity and completeness of data for the provision of project planning and scheduling service functions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in order to source, gather and collate the relevant data for planning and scheduling purposes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities so that all required data is at hand as and when required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information pertaining to the planning and scheduling functions of a project. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with all project team members to identify and obtain the required data in order to provide the necessary level of support for project planning and scheduling. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to store and present data for project planning and scheduling. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where having and supplying the correct data leads to a more successful project outcome. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58800   Further Education and Training Certificate: Project Support Services  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Elective  65649   National Certificate: Official Statistics  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 


    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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