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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of sources for spatial data 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258655  Demonstrate knowledge of sources for spatial data 
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 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
116824  Demonstrate knowledge of sources for spatial data  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

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 a basic understanding of potential data sources within the SA context.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Identify the different sources for the core data sets as defined by South Africa's Committee for Spatial Information (CSI).
  • Identify the different sources for other vector data sets.
  • Identify the different sources for other raster data sets.

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

  • 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 following:
  • Communication at NQF Level 5.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 5.
  • Knowledge of Scale and Projections.
  • Knowledge of Vector and Raster data models.
  • Understand data quality and metadata.
  • Assess fitness for use of data in a geo-information context.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of data structures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are included with specific outcomes as necessary. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the different sources for the core data sets as defined by South Africa's Committee for Spatial Information (CSI). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sources for the core data as well as their data holdings are listed and are understood in the context of the CSI. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Core data types as identified by the CSI. Data custodians include but are not limited to:
  • Departments of: Transport, Water Affairs and Forestry, Education, Communications, Health, Justice and Agriculture; Chief Directorate of Surveys and Mapping, Surveyors General, Registrar of Deeds, Municipal Demarcation Board, Independent Electoral Commission, Statistics South Africa.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Knowledge of officially recognised Value Added Resellers (VAR) of core data sets, and their holdings, is demonstrated in terms of the sources for spatial data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Knowledge of core data service maintenance agreements and update frequencies is demonstrated in terms of the sources for spatial data. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the different sources for other vector data sets. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Prominent sources for other vector data sets are listed and their data holdings are understood in terms of spatial data. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sources include but are not limited to:
  • NSIF Clearinghouse, Science Councils, Utilities, Local Authorities, Private companies, Non-Government Organisations.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Knowledge of vector data service maintenance agreements and update frequencies is demonstrated in terms of the sources for spatial data. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify the different sources for other raster data sets. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Prominent sources for other raster data sets are listed and their data holdings are understood in terms of spatial data. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sources include but are not limited to:
  • NSIF Clearinghouse, Satellite Applications Centre, Science Councils, Utilities, Local Authorities, Private companies, Non-Government Organisations.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Knowledge of raster data service maintenance agreements and update frequencies are demonstrated in terms of the sources for spatial data. 


    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. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 116824, "Demonstrate knowledge of sources for spatial data", Level 4, 1 credit.

    Terminology:

    Clearinghouse:
  • A central collection place where metadata of spatial data are stored and can be discovered. 

  • 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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