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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform basic spatial and hybrid queries under supervision 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258644  Perform basic spatial and hybrid queries under supervision 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Geographical Information Sciences 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  11 
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 has been developed for the GIS occupational area and is intended for persons who aim to achieve career advancement by gaining GIS skills leading to qualification based on unit standards. A person who has successfully completed this unit standard will have an understanding of how to perform spatial and hybrid GIS queries.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Create and execute a simple vector spatial query under supervision.
  • Create and execute a simple raster spatial query under supervision.
  • Create and execute a combination of simple spatial queries under supervision.
  • Create and execute hybrid queries under supervision. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following:
  • Skills and competencies associated with core unit standards required for National Certificate: GISc at NQF Level 5.
  • Basic alphanumeric queries.
  • Communication at NQF Level 5.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 5. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • Re-categorisation, Overlay, Booleans, Buffering.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Create and execute a simple vector spatial query under supervision. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Identify, buffer, coincidence, adjacency, proximity, measurement, intersection, union, overlay, containment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Queries are created, executed and stored for identifying and measuring feature instances. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to identify query, Euclidean distance.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Queries are created, executed and stored under supervision for coincidence, adjacency, containment and intersection feature instances. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Point; line; polygon.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Queries are created, executed and stored under supervision for buffering and proximity feature instances. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Single buffer of point, line and polygon; identify feature instances within a specified distance from point, line or polygon.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Union and overlay queries for identifying and measuring feature instances are created, executed and stored under supervision for feature instances. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Point, line, polygon.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Create and execute a simple raster spatial query under supervision. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Identify pixels, position of pixel, filters, edge detection. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pixel position and band value(s) are determined in order to create and execute a simple raster spatial query. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Image coordinates, projected coordinates.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Simple filters are applied to single images under supervision to create and execute a simple raster spatial query. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Filter size (3x3, 5x5); smoothing filters (mean, moving spatial average, mode, average); edge-detection filters; etcetera.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Queries for binary buffering of raster data are created, executed and stored under supervision. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Queen's case, rook's case.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Raster data is overlaid to create and execute a simple raster spatial query under supervision. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Create and execute a combination of simple spatial queries under supervision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Multiple simple vector queries are created, executed and stored under supervision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Multiple simple raster queries are created, executed and stored under supervision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Combined simple vector and raster queries are created, executed and stored under supervision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Boolean queries are created, executed, stored and used to combine selection queries under supervision. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Create and execute hybrid queries under supervision. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Alphanumeric, spatial. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Combined simple alphanumeric and simple vector queries are created, executed and stored under supervision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Combined simple alphanumeric and simple raster queries are created, executed and stored under supervision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Combined simple alphanumeric, simple vector and simple raster queries are created, executed and stored under supervision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Shading and draping techniques are performed under supervision. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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 must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Display an understanding of the world as a set of related systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large. 

    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 
    Terminology:
  • Hybrid: A composite of mixed origin (both alphanumeric and spatial data).
  • Spatial data: Both raster and vector. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63689   Bachelor of Arts: Geographical Information Science  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30   
    Elective  63589   National Diploma: Geographical Information Science  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    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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