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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Describe the application and impact as well as social implications of information technology 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
7546  Describe the application and impact as well as social implications of information technology 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Information Systems and Technology   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY
-  
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-Fundamental  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2003-12-03  2004-12-02  SAQA 1351/03 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2005-12-02   2008-12-31  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
117925  Describe the concepts of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the use of its components in a healthy and safe manner  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 
117928  Describe the application and effect of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on society  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
People credited with this unit standard are able to describe Information Technology (IT), describe the use of IT in local organisations, describe the IT occupations in an organisation, and describe the social implications of IT. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Understanding, use and operation of personal computers. 

UNIT STANDARD OUTCOME HEADER 
Describe Information Technology 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Describe Information Technology. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The term "Information Technology" is defined in lay terms. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Equipment use in IT is identified with respect to current practice. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Computers, Printers, Facsimile, Photocopiers, Video and Telecommunications.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Examples and the use of range of current IT applications are stated. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Data Processing, Electronic Office, Computer Aided Design, Multimedia and Telecommunications
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Describe the uses of IT in organisations. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. A description of the functional areas of an organisation identifies their purpose. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. A description of an organisation identifies the IT activities of the organisations. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. A description of personnel involved in IT within an organisation identifies their purpose. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Describe IT occupations in an organisation. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. A description of an organisation identifies its goals and activity. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The functions of IT occupations are described with respect to the functions of the organisation. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Identify the social implications of IT. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The social impact of IT is identified. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Work, employment, finance, education, crime, security, privacy and education.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Social controls over the use of computer data are identified. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Copyright, access and privacy
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Sources of information about future trends in IT are identified. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Describe the past impact of information technology on various aspects of society. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The discussion identifies trends in information technology that have had a significant social impact and identifies this social impact. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The discussion proposes the social outcomes if the past trends in information technology have not occurred. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Discuss the future implications of information technology on aspects of society. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The discussion proposes current trends in information technology that seem likely to have a significant social impact in the future, and the social impact of these trends. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The discussion proposes future trends in information technology that seem likely to occur and the social impact of these trends. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
Describe ergonomic principles for computer workstations. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The description outlines the purpose of ergonomic principles. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The description outlines the symptoms of health problems that may be caused by poor ergonomic design. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The description is consistent with the current South African Government occupational safety and health guidelines. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 8 
Operate a computer workstation according to ergonomic principles. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The workstation arrangement conforms to South African Government occupational safety and health guidelines. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The position of the operator conforms to South African Government occupational safety and health guidelines. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The operation of the keyboard conforms to South African Government occupational safety and health guidelines. 



QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
  ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE QUALITY ASSURING BODY
Fundamental  20418   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2004-02-10  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
Elective  14657   National Certificate: Insurance Administration  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2004-04-18  INSETA 
Elective  22439   National Certificate: International Trade  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-11-28  Was TETA until Last Date for Achievement 
Elective  48736   National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2015-06-30  FASSET 


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