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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of applied communications technology 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259142  Demonstrate knowledge of applied communications technology 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electronics 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences Information Technology and Computer Sciences 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 is intended for persons involved with the installation of electronics communications systems. It will provide learners with knowledge and skills to successfully identify and install suitable hardware and/or software in specific environments.

Learners credited with this unit standard are capable of:
  • Identifying and discussing the different kinds of communications technology and their application.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of hardware and/or software installation.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of the use of communications software and hardware.
  • Interfacing different kinds of communications technology. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 3.
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Interferences include but are not limited to weather, satellite positioning, congestions and software alterations and maintenance.
  • Software refers to but is not limited to broadcast software, broadband software, telephony software, Short Messaging Software (SMS) and E-mail.
  • Hardware refers to but is not limited to satellite dish, antennas and terrestrial aerials. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and discuss the different kinds of communications technology and their application. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Different kinds of technology refer to wireless and wired technology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The difference between wireless and wired technology is identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Wireless technology include but are not limited to Bluetooth, Infrared, Radio Frequency (RF) and Satellite dish.
  • Wired technology include but are not limited to fibre optic and copper cables.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different kinds of communications technology are identified and described in terms of their uses in various contexts. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of hardware and/or software installation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specific hardware and/or software is identified and described for application in a specific context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Hardware and/or software is installed in a communication system/network in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Installed hardware and/or software is tested in order to determine the required functionality. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the use of communications software and hardware. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different communications products are identified and explained in terms of their characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Various applied communications technology are identified and explained in terms of their application in different environments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of securing software and hardware against interferences and/or distortions is explained in the context of protection from viruses through the installation of security products. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Security products include but are not limited to anti-virus products and firewall.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Interface different kinds of communications technology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A small programming script is produced by means ofa computer programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment used in interfacing is identified and described in terms of their characteristics and features. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Various software products are identified and explained in terms of their application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Interfacing is done in accordance with applicable international standards in different kinds of communications technology. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    International standards include but are not limited to ISO 9000, ISO 9003.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners should have a knowledge and understanding of:
  • e-Mail.
  • SMS.
  • Computer components.
  • Software and hardware.
  • Bluetooth.
  • Infrared.
  • Cables. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to interferences and/or distortions in communications systems which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by applying suitable fault-finding principles. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a work team to identify and analyse fault reports pertaining electronic systems for proper repair work. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Plan, organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by identifying and acquiring appropriate electronics instruments needed for installation and interfacing. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relating to conditions of the communication systems in order to report for maintenance purposes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of oral and/or written presentation in respect of the conditions of the system with immediate supervisors or team leader for decision-making. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and others by applying safety rules and regulations and correct use of equipment. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  80306   Further Education and Training Certificate: Electronics  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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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