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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan and produce two dimensional (2D) Computer Aided Drawings (CAD) 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
263024  Plan and produce two dimensional (2D) Computer Aided Drawings (CAD) 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
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 4  NQF Level 04  15 
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
14471  Plan drawing layout  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 
14473  Develop and produce computer aided drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will provide a qualifying learner with the knowledge and skills to produce a two dimensional (2D) Computer Aided Drawing in accordance with job requirements. The software programme used to generate the computer aided drawings is neither prescribed nor suggested. The qualifying learner will demonstrate competence in applying the functions of the software programme to represent the job/client requirements. This unit standard encompasses all disciplines of draughting.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Preparing the computer environment for using CAD software.
  • Preparing to produce a (2D) computer aided drawing.
  • Verifying the interpretation of job requirements .
  • Producing a detailed a computer aided drawing. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Engineering Science at NQF Level 3.
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare the computer environment for using CAD software. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Computer aided drawing software programme is selected and activated in accordance with the job, software manufacturer's instructions and hardware requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Programme is customized and configured in relation to available peripherals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Preparation of the drawing area suits the task in terms of size, scale, parameters, paper size and orientation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to produce a 2D computer aided drawing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    CAD commands are applied to perform drawing operations in accordance with software functionality. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of CAD commands to perform 2D drawing operations includes, but is not limited to:
  • Creation of various drawing display levels on the screen; drawing of various line-types; drawing of geometrical figures, drawing of tangential lines, sectioning of sectional views, insertion of dimensions, stretch, mirror and alterations/amendments to drawn views, insertion of fillets, chamfers and radii, enlarging and reducing, erasing, deletions and undeletions, repetition of repeated detail, grouping and blocking of portions of a drawing on the screen ("patterns" or "blocks"), insertion and manipulation of text, copy, move and rotate, measurement of lengths, angles and areas, change the scales of drawings, dividing an entity into an equal number of parts, zoom in and out, trimming of line segments, break-out defined entities such as lines, arcs and circles, reading and retrieving of files, reference and merging of files - read and write commands, conversion of files into different formats (e.g. ASCII or DXF), cleaning up a completed drawing, moving and scaling drawings to fit various sheet sizes, plotting of drawings, exit CAD program and return to the operating system.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Views, Elevations and parameters are drawn to scale and projected according to the requirements of the job. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant dimensions and assemblies are constructed in accordance with final design requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Components selected from manufacturer's catalogue and specifications comply with codes of practice for engineering drawing and meet job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Multiple sheet drawing layouts are cross-referenced according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Drawing title block, layout, number, type of views and reference data are selected to suit the job. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Verify the interpretation of job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Job and worksite drawing requirements are identified and verified in accordance with instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Interpretation of job requirements is verified with all stakeholders according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Drawing requirements are altered, if required, according to the verification and confirmation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Produce a detailed computer aided drawing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Drawing notes, symbols and presentation detail are identified, produced and positioned where required to comply with code of practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Drawing is saved to file according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Draft copy is printed, checked and modified where necessary to ensure compliance and completeness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Final copy is printed and verified to meet job requirements within agreed time frames. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of final copies includes, but is not limited to:
  • PDF and printing to various plotters.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Final administrative and office procedures are carried out according to organizational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of procedures include, but are not limited to:
  • Quality Assurance processes, authorization, approval and archiving.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in the specific outcomes of the unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the purpose of the unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner will be able to understand and explain relevant aspects of the following:
  • Computer minimum hardware requirements.
  • CAD software operation.
  • Drawing principles, techniques, procedures and regulations.
  • Computer Aided Drawing office procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to the practice of Computer Aided Drawing in which responses display that critical thinking is used for responsible decision making. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community in planning, preparing for and producing a Computer Aided Drawing according to a brief. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in the provision of Computer Aided Drawing services according to the job requirements and within time-frame. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information given in the brief to plan the drawing layout and verifying the interpretation of the brief or client requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in dealing with all internal and external role-players to achieve the desired construction drawing. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology in a responsible and environmentally sensitive manner to produce a working drawing using the available CAD software and prescribed computer hardware. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces the following unit standards:
  • ID 14471, "Plan drawing layout", Level 4, 6 credits.
  • ID 14473, "Develop and produce computer aided drawings", Level 4, 4 credits. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  66071   Further Education and Training Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice (CAD)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  77963   Further Education and Training Certificate: Mining/Exploration Geology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  78003   Further Education and Training Certificate: Visual Arts  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  78864   Further Education and Training Certificate: Yacht and Boat Building  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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.
     
    1. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 



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