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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Certificate: Broadcast Engineering|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|48792||Certificate: Broadcast Engineering|
|SGB Audio-visual Media Production|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|MICTS - Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language||Communication Studies|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||120||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
|The purpose of this Qualification is to build competencies required by learners in broadcast engineering to enable them to work as technicians in the broadcast industry. The acquisition of knowledge and skills will empower learners to respond to challenges in the broadcasting environment and the changing world of work where the Broadcast Technician is an important extension of the Engineering field. The learners will also acquire the attitudes and values required to operate confidently as individuals in the South African community.
This Qualification provides learners with not only a broad knowledge base and a critical understanding of terms, rules, concepts, principles and theories of Broadcast Engineering that will enable learners to be informed workers, but also develops specific competencies in the following streams: Radio, Television, Broadcast Contribution, Broadcast Head-end Systems, Broadcast Distribution or Broadcast Spectrum Management. Qualifying learners are able to use methods in Broadcast Engineering to install, set-up, operate, fault find, maintain and repair broadcasting equipment in one of the above mentioned disciplines. The qualification credits a learning experience that allows flexible access to life-long learning, higher education and employment in Broadcast Engineering as a career path.
Rationale of the qualification
The Certificate for Broadcast Engineering: Level 5 will bridge the gap between the National Diploma: Engineering: Electrical and the National Diploma: Engineering: Computer Systems and the BTech: Engineering: Electrical (interim registered qualifications). It reflects the workplace-based needs of the broadcasting industry. This qualification prepares learners that have achieved an academic qualification to pursue diverse careers in the broadcasting industry, namely, Television, Radio, Broadcast Contribution, Broadcast Head-end systems, Broadcast Distribution and Broadcast Spectrum Management.
The broadcasting sector recognises the need for learners to have a thorough understanding of all the principles involved in broadcasting in order to cope with the rapidly changing world of science and technology. The convergence of broadcast technologies requires from learners the acquisition of knowledge and skills in a variety of disciplines, and will enable them to continue on a path of life-long learning. The attainment of the qualification constitutes a step toward being registered as a Professional Technician with the Engineering Council of South Africa.
The Certificate in Broadcast Engineering NQF Level 5 should produce knowledgeable, multi-skilled workers who are able to enhance productivity and efficiency in the broadcast environment in the country. It should provide the means for current workers to receive recognition of prior learning, to upgrade their competence and achieve a nationally recognised Qualification. It should also assist newcomers to the broadcasting environment to pursue a career in Broadcast Engineering. The Qualification is structured in such a way that it exposes learners to different aspects of Broadcast Engineering so that there is scope for multi-skilling.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|The credits and design of this qualification assumes that the following competencies have already been attained:
Recognition of prior learning
This qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience and must adhere to the policies and procedures specified by the SETA/ETQA.
RPL process is critical, as many people have worked for years in the Broadcast field without a formal qualification.
Evidence can be presented in a variety of forms, including international or previous local qualifications, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practice and performance records.
All such evidence should be judged according to the general principles described in the note to assessors in section above, Assessors and Moderators.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
There are no prescribed Unit Standards for a NQF Level 5 Qualification. The purpose of the fundamental unit standards is to develop the learner skills in computer network systems, project management, health and safety regulations, effective working relationships and day-to-day technical administration, all of which are necessary to enable the learner to develop further in the Broadcast industry. All fundamental unit standards are compulsory.
The unit standards for the core are focused on the various streams. Learners select the unit standards in a particular broadcast stream as indicated in the unit standard matrix. This provides an opportunity for learners who have already gained this qualification in one stream to move across the streams for multi-skilling purposes, completing only the particular stream's core unit standards to be able to work within that field, since the fundamentals apply across all streams: Radio, Television, Broadcast Contribution, Broadcast Distribution, Broadcast Head-end Systems and Spectrum Management industries. All core unit standards per stream are compulsory.
The unit standards will enable the learner to gain knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship and basic business skills and/or the learner can select from the core unit standards of other broadcast streams to make-up the required number of credits.
This Qualification is made up of planned combination of learning outcomes that have a defined purpose and will provide qualifying learners with applied competence and a basis for further learning.
In this Qualification the minimum credits are allocated as follows:
Radio orTelevision Fundamentals: 38
Radio orTelevision Core: 66
Radio orTelevision Elective: 16
Broadcast Contribution Fundamentals: 38
Broadcast Contribution Core: 59
Broadcast Contribution Elective: 23
Broadcast Distribution Fundamentals: 38
Broadcast Distribution Core: 61
Broadcast Distribution Elective: 21
Broadcast Head-end Systems Fundamentals: 38
Broadcast Head-end Systems Core: 66
Broadcast Head-end Systems Elective: 16
Spectrum Management Fundamentals: 38
Spectrum Management Core: 54
Spectrum Management Elective: 28
Spread of Unit Standard credits across NQF levels in Fundamental, Core and Elective components:
Fundamentals Level 4: 4
Fundamentals Level 5: 34
Fundamentals TOTOL: 38
Core Level 5: 272
Core Level 6: 34
Core TOTAL: 306
Elective Level 3: 9
Elective Level 4: 38
Elective TOTAL: 47
TOTAL Level 3: 9
TOTAL Level 4: 42
TOTAL Level 5: 306
TOTAL Level 6: 34
The Unit Standards making up this Qualification are intended as building blocks for the further development of skills that will make the learner a more fulfilled, informed, efficient and cost effective worker. This Qualification will enhance the productivity and employability of the learner within the Broadcasting and Information and Communication Technologies sector as well as contribute to the quality, production rate and growth of the individual and the industry.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Apply the essential methods, processes and techniques to install broadcast equipment and manage the work according to a plan.
2. Conduct complex broadcast measurements, analyse information and draw conclusions, using a range of devices and applying it in a variety of contexts.
3. Operate complex broadcast equipment to support clients and test equipment performance.
4. Diagnose, analyse and solve diverse broadcast engineering problems creatively and innovatively using appropriate techniques.
5. Apply the essential methods, processes and techniques to maintain, fault-find and repair broadcast equipment.
6. Work with and support colleagues and clients using effective communication techniques.
Critical Cross-field Outcomes
The learners are able to:
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
The applied competence (foundational, practical and reflective competencies) of this qualification will be achieved if a learner is competent in terms of all of the unit standards. Identification and solving of known problems, team-work, self organisation and the processing of data must be assessed. This assessment can take place using any combination of practical, foundational and reflective competency assessment methods and tools to determine the development of the whole person and the integration of applied knowledge and skills. Competence will be assessed when conducting formative and summative assessment in the context of the broadcasting environment.
The assessment criteria for formative assessment are described in the various unit standards. Formative assessment takes place during the process of learning and assessors should use a range of assessment methods and tools that support each other to assess total competence.
The assessment method and or tools used by the assessor must conform to the following criteria:
Summative assessment is carried out at the end of the learning programme to assess the acquired competencies of the learner.
Assessment practices must be fair, transparent, valid and reliable and should ensure that no learner is disadvantaged.
The focus of the assessment must be on the assessment of the learning outcomes rather than learning outputs. The Specific Outcomes guide the learning and training process towards the outcomes on a continuous basis. The purpose is to determine whether the outcomes have been attained. Situations should present a wide range of options. Applications should require significant choices from a wide range of procedures and in a number of contexts.
|The SGB for Audio Visual Production could not locate an international qualification that encompasses all the outcomes identified by the National Association of Broadcasters in South Africa.
The United Kingdom has a qualification called Broadcast Engineer Level 3, approximately at our NQF Level 5-6, which mandatory units and some of their optional units are all the Core unit standards for this Qualification.
Australia has a Diploma in Broadcast Engineering and an Advanced Diploma in Broadcast Engineering, no indication of the level though. Some of their relevant unit standards were used for benchmarking.
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has an Endorsed Technicians Certificate :Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunications with only one subject that is closely related, namely television. No comparison could be made for there is too little information available.
|This qualification articulates vertically with the Bachelors Degree in Engineering: Electrical.
Exit points for learners who do not complete the Qualification:
However, should the substance of the Unit Standards change, the validity of the credit towards the Qualification may be reviewed.
Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA or a relevant accredited ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant SETA.
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|The Qualification will be internally assessed by the provider and moderated by a moderator registered as an assessor by the relevant ETQA. The mechanisms and requirements for moderation are contained in the document obtainable from the relevant ETQA.
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||115042||Add new services to conditional access systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||20|
|Core||115028||Calculate interferences for broadcast frequencies||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||115045||Conduct broadcast transmission measurements||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||20|
|Core||115051||Install and commission broadcast transmission equipment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||15|
|Core||115044||Install broadcast equipment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|Core||115047||Maintain and repair broadcast transmission equipment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||20|
|Core||115037||Maintain broadcast equipment within systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|Core||115048||Maintain broadcast head-end equipment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|Core||115050||Maintain broadcast head-end systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|Core||115040||Make audio, video and data cables||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||115046||Make broadcast transmission cables||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Core||115029||Measure, analyse and report on broadcast field strengths||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||115034||Modify an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) assignment plan||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||115025||Monitor, diagnose and repair service levels for conditional access pay television encryption systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||15|
|Core||115033||Perform routing and switching in a broadcast environment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|Core||115032||Predict broadcast signal coverage||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||15|
|Core||115039||Recover broadcast head-end faults||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|Core||115041||Repair or replace broadcast equipment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||115036||Research, analyse and evaluate regulatory discussion papers of the South African and International Regulatory environment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||15|
|Core||115038||Set-up and operate portable man pack microwave/RF links||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||15|
|Core||115030||Set-up and operate portable microwave links||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||20|
|Core||115043||Support users of audio and video equipment in the broadcast environment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||15|
|Core||115027||Understand the operational principles and circuit theory of satellite and digital television decoders||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||115049||Provide satellite broadcast contributions||Level 6||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6||24|
|Core||115031||Research, assess and propose technical solutions that meet broadcast requirements||Level 6||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6||10|
|Fundamental||12609||Contribute to effective working relationships||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Fundamental||115053||Administer local area computer networks||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|Fundamental||115054||Implement fault-finding techniques in electronic systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Fundamental||115035||Manage the administration of a technical workshop||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Fundamental||115056||Manage the health and safety of the production environment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Fundamental||115026||Measure electrical signals (with electronic instruments)||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||8000||Apply basic business principles||Level 3||NQF Level 03||9|
|Elective||13835||Contribute to project initiation, scope definition and scope change control||Level 4||NQF Level 04||9|
|Elective||13942||Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of a business strategy in managing a small business or a business unit||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||10385||Develop a business plan for a small business||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||10386||Investigate the possibilities of establishing and running a small business enterprise (SMME)||Level 4||NQF Level 04||3|
|Elective||10133||Schedule project activities to facilitate effective project execution||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||10135||Work as a project team member||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|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.||Ericsson South Africa (Pty) Ltd|
|2.||FACILITATORS ON CALL CC|
|3.||Footprint Media academy Pty ltd|
|4.||Gauteng City College|
|5.||HCBS Human Capital Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd|
|6.||Institute for the Advancement of Journalism|
|7.||Lamec Trading Pty Ltd|
|8.||LS Multi Copter Projects and Services Pty Ltd|
|10.||Nkoka Training Cc|
|11.||Three Brother Communication PTY LTD|