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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Complete a basic GIS project 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258765  Complete a basic GIS project 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Geographical Information Sciences 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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  16 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2015-07-01  2018-06-30  SAQA 10105/14 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 person credited with this unit standard is able to design, develop and present a Geographical Information science and technology project.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Define the project requirements.
  • Define and implement the project environment and technical parameters.
  • Define the models needed to fulfill the project.
  • Execute the project analysis successfully.
  • Complete the project. 

  • 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 outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Communication at NQF Level 5.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 5.
  • All of the unit standards under the Core of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • Learners should preferably undertake this unit standard as a member of a team of fellow learners and/or work colleagues.

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

    Range statements are included with specific outcomes as necesssary. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Define the GIS project requirements in terms of the scope, user requirements, deliverables and costs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The user requirements specification is developed in accordance with prescribed requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A functional outline of the project deliverables is designed and approved by the assessor, taking into account the minimum project requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    It is important to ensure that learners do not specify a project that is too big or too small. At the same time, projects should at minimum require the need for cartographic models, raster analysis, vector analysis and database manipulations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The technical scope of the document is developed and approved by the assessor, taking into account the minimum project requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including a detailed technical analysis of the functional requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A cost analysis of the project is designed and approved by the assessor. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to data, software, hardware, peripherals, human resources.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Define and implement the project environment and technical parameters that will meet the requirements of the project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hardware requirements of the project are defined terms of the scope, user requirements, deliverables and costs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Software requirements of the project are defined terms of the scope, user requirements, deliverables and costs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to:
  • Raster software, Vector software, analytical software and RDBMS software.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Project parameters are defined in terms of the scope, user requirements, deliverables and costs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Learners must supply reasons for parameter selection. Parameters include but are not limited to:
  • Data Sets.
  • Datum.
  • Projection.
  • Spatial extents.
  • Data scale requirements.
  • Attribute measurement scale requirements.
  • Metadata.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Define models needed to fulfill the GIS project requirements successfully. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A cartographic model for the project is defined and assessed critically by the assessor in terms of standard cartographic principles used for a GIS project. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to:
  • Output mediums.
  • Cartographic production flow.
  • Map design and cartographic furniture.
  • Templates.
  • Metadata presentation.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Spatial data models for the project are define in the context of the GIS project selected. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to:
  • Spatial data requirements.
  • Preferred spatial data models (Raster, Vector), Hybrit, Spaghetti, topological.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Attribute Data models for the project are defined and presented that wil meet the requirements of the GIS project. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including:
  • ER Model.
  • Entity Attributes.
  • Detailed design.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Execute the project analysis successfully in order to meet the requirements and objectives of the GIS project selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required project analysis is specified and approved within the context of the GIS project selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The input data sets are cleaned as well as integrated and prepared for analysis within the context of the GIS project selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The models are executed and the output data sets are generated within the context of the GIS project selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The output data sets are assessed and validated within the context of the GIS project selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The results are assessed and conclusions are drawn within the context of the GIS project selected. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Complete the GIS project selected in terms of the following criteria: outputs, procedures, metadata and analyse the results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The cartographic outputs are produced and assessed using the GIS project criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The processes followed are evaluated using the GIS project criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Proposals for improvements or further analysis are made and assessed using the GIS project criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The metadata are documented in compliance with the metadata standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The project is presented in its entirety to the assessor for assessment using the GIS project criteria. 


    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 is dealt with under the specific outcomes section where "Demonstrate KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING" is required. 

    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 
    Notes to Assessors:
  • This unit standard aims to incorporate all of the learning for this qualification and should therefore be the final deliverable for the Qualification.
  • Educators must assist learners to select projects that test knowledge thoroughly. This implies modelling, database analysis, raster manipulation and Vector manipulation. 

  • 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  Reregistered  2018-06-30   


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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