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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Test a computer program against a given specification 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115384  Test a computer program against a given specification 
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:
  • Test a computer program against given specifications according to test plans
  • Record the results from testing a computer program
  • Review the testing process for a computer program against organisation policy and procedures.

    The performance of all elements is to a standard that allows for further learning in this area. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value of this unit is based on a person having the prior knowledge and skills to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental mathematics (at least NQF level 3)
  • Apply the Principles of Computer Programming 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Test a computer program against given specifications according to test plans. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Black box testing - functional, data driven, I/O testing.
  • White box testing - logic-driven, structural, glass box testing.
  • Screen layout, Forms design, Data controls, Input validation, Ranges. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The testing executes operational steps identified in the test plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    From Specific Outcome range statement as applicable to the test situation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The testing uses input data as specified in the test plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    From Specific Outcome range statement as applicable to the test situation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The testing outlines deviations from the test plan, with explanations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    From Specific Outcome range statement as applicable to the test situation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The testing follows the standards and procedures specified in the test plan for testing and re-testing. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    From Specific Outcome range statement as applicable to the test situation.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Record the results from testing a computer program. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Test log, Test incident report, Error flags, Schedule of tests. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The records are provided for all tests executed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The records identify variations from expected test results and gives reason where available. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The recorded results are reproduced if the tests are repeated under the same conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The recorded results are recorded in a way that allows the results to be reviewed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Review the testing process for a computer program against organisation policy and procedures. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Test deliverables, Review of test incident report, Pass/Fail criteria, Contingencies, QA Approval. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The review allows improvements to be made to the application testing process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The review follows organisation policy and procedures. 


    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 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 is not limited to CASE tools, programming language editors with syntax checking, program source version control systems systems.
    5. 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. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify, solve problems and make decisions in relation to the current systems development environments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of an organisation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage him/her self and his/her activities responsibly and effectively. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    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 CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to his/her full personal development and the social and economic development of the society at large by being aware of the importance of: reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively, exploring education and career opportunities and developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

    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:

    The term "computer application" refers to any significant computer application, e.g. an accounting system, commercial quality entertainment, or graphics manipulation program.

    Sub-Sub-Field (Domain):
    Systems Development 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  83026   National Certificate: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Software Testing  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Core  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. Careers IT (Pty) Ltd 
    7. CTU Training Solutions 
    8. DVG Property (Pty)Ltd 
    9. Ekasi IT Solutions CC 
    10. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    11. Far-Ahead Computer Training Centre Cc 
    12. Imbalenhle Learning Academy 
    13. intelliscient Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    14. iSolve Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    15. IT Certification Academy 
    16. Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies 
    17. Johannesburg Institute of Engineering & Technology 
    18. Leseding Computer Systems (Pty) Ltd 
    19. Limco Consulting and management (Pty) Ltd 
    20. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    21. National Computer College Cc 
    22. NetCampus (Pty) Ltd. 
    23. PROSERV SA (PTY) LTD 
    24. Qhakaza Management Services 
    25. Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology Pty Ltd 
    26. Springfield Training (Pty) Ltd 
    27. Time Quantum (Pty) Ltd 
    28. Titan Trade Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    29. Torque Technical Computer Training (Pty) Ltd 
    30. Xtensive ICT Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    31. Xylo Trading 12 (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.