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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Select and undertake an approved research project in GISc 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258816  Select and undertake an approved research project in GISc 
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 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  30 
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 a qualification based on research work and unit standards. The unit standard is research-based and includes specified advanced study, under the guidance of a supervisor appointed for that purpose.

The unit standard is for persons who:
  • Meet the admission requirements.
  • Desire to undertake research and specified study at an advanced level.

    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 terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Prior experience in research.
  • Demonstrable competence in analytical thought at a level appropriate to the carrying out of independent research and advanced study.
  • Good communication skills. 

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

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify a problem in the GISc field that is viable and researchable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Acquired skills following exposure to epistemological issues and research methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Understanding of the principles of epistemological and methodological issues in drafting a dissertation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Provided prove that the learner in which he/she has done their research understands the problem in the GISc industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Familiarity with literature relevant to (selected) fields of research. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Familiarity with the relevant literature. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Analyse and set out the problem logically in order to arrive at logical conclusions or a diagnosis in the course of the research. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Their capacity for competent execution of the following research tasks:
  • Writing a research proposal.
  • Using literature to identify the theoretical issues pertaining to the proposal.
  • Formulating precise research questions.
  • Selecting or devising appropriate research methods.
  • Executing the research.
  • Critical analysis of the results and findings emanating from the research.
  • Writing up the research.
  • Undertaking advanced postgraduate study. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Introduce proposals for the improvement/elimination of the problem that was identified and researched. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Competence in conducting research, related to:
  • Writing a research proposal.
  • Conducting a critical literature review.
  • Structuring precise research questions.
  • Selecting or devising appropriate research methods.
  • Critical analysis of the results emanating from the research.
  • Writing up the research dissertation.
  • Application of recognised referencing methods.
  • Undertaking study at an advanced level.
  • Critical analysis of the results emanating from the research. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Above-average linguistic skills, including correct spelling, grammar, text formatting and presentation. 


    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:

    In the case of unit standard consisting of a dissertation:
  • The outcome of the unit standard is required to demonstrate competent understanding of theoretical principles which are prerequisite to undertaking research.
  • Both summative and formative evaluation methods are used for the unit standard (examinations and projects).
  • Evaluation of the dissertation is formative in character and synoptically assesses all outcomes.
  • Assessors/examiners submit formal reports on the dissertation that are made available to the candidate. 

  • 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   


    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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