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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate fourth generation language computer programming skills 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115360  Demonstrate fourth generation language computer programming skills 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Computer Sciences and Information Systems 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fourth generation languages (4GLs).
  • Create a program using a multi-user 4GL.
  • Test a program using a multi-user 4GL.
    Performance of all elements is to a standard that allows for further learning. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value of this unit standard is calculated assuming a person has the prior knowledge and skills to demonstrate an understanding of database management systems (COD001). 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of 4GLs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The demonstration includes a description of 4GLs that compares their principles with those of procedural techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The demonstration includes a description of 4GLs that identify examples and compares their features. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The demonstration includes decisions on the use of 4GLs for given situations that are justified by describing the advantages and disadvantages of the compared techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The demonstration includes a discussion of the integration of 3GL and 4GL programs that identify the factors that necessitate integration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The demonstration includes a description of current developments in 4GLs that outlines the features of those developments. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Create a program using a multi-user 4GL. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The program implements the program design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The program input screens and printed output conforms to an industry recommended format for layout. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Test a 4GL program created using a multi-user 4GL. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The test checks all program logic paths. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The test ensures that the program code is corrected to eliminate errors identified through testing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Testing verifies that application requirements have been fulfilled. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The relevant Education and Training Quality Authority (ETQA) must accredit providers before they can offer programs of education and training assessed against unit standards.

    Moderation Process:
    Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    1. Performance of all elements is to be carried out in accordance with organisation standards and procedures, unless otherwise stated. Organisation standards and procedures may cover: quality assurance, documentation, security, communication, health and safety, and personal behaviour. An example of the standards expected is the standards found in ISO 9000 Certified Organisations.

    2. Performance of all elements complies with the laws of South Africa, especially with regard to copyright, privacy, health and safety, and consumer rights.

    3. All activities must comply with any policies, procedures and requirements of the organisations involved, the ethical codes of relevant professional bodies and any relevant legislative and/ or regulatory requirements.

    4. Performance of all elements is to be completed within the normal range of time and cost that would be expected in a professional environment (e.g. In a commercial or government organisation).

    5. Legislation relevant to this unit standard includes but is not limited to:
  • Occupational Health &Safety Act 1993; Labour Relations Act 1995.
  • Promotion of Access to Information Act 2000; Public Service Act.
  • Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act.

    6. Performance of all elements should be performed with a solid understanding of the use of development tools needed in the areas applicable to the unit standard. Examples of such tools are, but are not limited to CASE tools, programming language editors with syntax checking, program source version control systems.

    7. Performance of all elements should make use of International capability models used for Software Development. Examples of such models include (but is not limited to) the ISO SPICE model as well as the CMM model for Software Development.

    Definitions:
  • Structured use of language and pseudo code have equal meaning.
  • Computer Program (also called component) - Program code written in any specified computer language to automate a coherent part of a business process.
  • Computer (or Business) Application - A set/suite of business transactions interfacing with each other to address/support a suite of business processes (E.g. A Banking current account system, Customer Relationship System). 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when engaging with the subject. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

    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 
    Supplementary Information:
  • A program specification that is suitable to a 4GL must be provided to the person being assessed against this unit standard. The specification should include a minimum of three tables, data input, validation and file update, user interaction, data import or export, and a report with control breaks. Examples of simple applications include: a video rental system, or a student roll system. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  48872   National Certificate: Information Technology (Systems Development)  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    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. Academy of Training and Development 
    2. Accenture Learning Solution (Pty) Ltd 
    3. ATTI Nelspruit Pty Ltd 
    4. Broadband College of Technology 
    5. Bytes People Solutions A Division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd 
    6. DVG Property (Pty)Ltd 
    7. Ekasi IT Solutions CC 
    8. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    9. Far-Ahead Computer Training Centre Cc 
    10. iSolve Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    11. Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies 
    12. Leseding Computer Systems (Pty) Ltd 
    13. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    14. National Computer College Cc 
    15. NetCampus (Pty) Ltd. 
    16. PROSERV SA (PTY) LTD 
    17. Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology Pty Ltd 
    18. Titan Trade Technologies (Pty) Ltd 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.