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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Create a Standard Operating Procedure for GI Data capture 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258802  Create a Standard Operating Procedure for GI Data capture 
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 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 develop a basic standard operating procedure to be used by an operator for data capture.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to define operational environment settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply prescribed standards.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relevant data models.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and document a standard operating procedure.
  • Demonstrate the ability to define operational templates. 

  • 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:
  • Unit standard on data capture.
  • Knowledge about projections.
  • Databases.
  • All introductory spatial awareness unit standards.
  • GISc Software Knowledge.
  • Knowledge on how to complete a basic GIS project. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • Environment settings/default parameters, attributes, code/lookup tables, naming conventions, feature types, standards, symbology.

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

    Range statement are included with specific outcomes as necessary. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate the ability to define operational environment settings and apply prescribed standards. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Including but not limited to datum, projections, precision, map units, data units, geo extent, scale, naming conventions, data structures, symbology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Environment settings and the implications of getting it incorrectly are understood and explained in the context of GISc best practices and standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Default parameters are set according to prescribed standards and the implications of setting it incorrectly are understood and explained in the context of GISc best practices and standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Naming conventions are designed in accordance with prescribed conventions and standards defined in the context of GISc best practices and standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to:
  • Field names.
  • Table names.
  • File names.
  • File extensions.
  • Unique identifiers.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Data structure standards are adhered to in accordance with prescribed conventions and standards defined in the context of GISc best practices and standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Symbology standards are correctly applied in accordance with prescribed conventions and standards defined in the context of GISc best practices and standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of relevant data models that can be used in the Geographical Information Science study fields and related information systems. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Including but not limited to attribute structures, spatial structures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate table structures are selected and used in accordance with prescribed conventions and standards in compliance with GISc best practices and standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate spatial structures are selected and used in accordance with prescribed conventions and standards that adhere to GISc best practices and standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Data Model integration is understood and explained in accordance with prescribed conventions and standards associated with GISc best practices and standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate the ability to design and document a standard operating procedure in accordance with client/workplace requirements associated with a GISc practice. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Including but not limited to process models, standards, characteristics of input and output. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Standard operating procedure outcome is understood and explained in accordance with client/workplace requirements in compliance with GISc best practices and standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Input sources are correctly determined in accordance with client/workplace requirements in compliance with GISc best practices and standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Input sources used for designing the procedure including but not limited to:
  • Paper.
  • Images.
  • Layers.
  • Diagrams.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Procedures to create the desired outcomes from the input sources is designed in accordance with client/workplace requirements in compliance with GISc best practices and standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Logical deduction.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Documentation for the operating procedure is compiled in accordance with client/workplace requirements in compliance with GISc best practices and standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate the ability to define and implement operational templates in a GISc environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Templates for capturing spatial data are defined and their use implemented in accordance with client/workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Templates for capturing attribute data are defined and their use implemented in accordance with client/workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Templates for assessing captured spatial data are defined and their use implemented in accordance with client/workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Templates for assessing captured attribute data are defined and their use implemented in accordance with client/workplace requirements. 


    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:
  • See Cartographic modelling or map algebra.
  • Dana Tomlin (reference to author).

    Terminology:
  • Cartographic Model: Model used to illustrate spatial process models, also known as Map Algebra. See Dana Tomlin.
  • Process Model: Schematic diagram illustrating the steps to be followed.
  • SOP: Standard Operating Procedure. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63711   Bachelor of Geographical Information Science (GISc)  Level 7  NQF Level 07  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30   


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