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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply the principles of creating batch and interactive computer programs using a procedural programming language 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115386  Apply the principles of creating batch and interactive computer programs using a procedural programming language 
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  10 
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:
  • Explain batch and interactive computer program concepts.
  • Create batch computer programs to perform commercial tasks using a procedural programming language.
  • Create interactive computer programs to perform commercial tasks using a procedural programming language.
  • Test computer programs that demonstrate procedural programming language skills.
  • Document computer programs that demonstrate procedural programming language skills.

    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 standard is calculated assuming a person has the prior knowledge and skills to:
  • Demonstrate computer-programming skills using a procedural programming language. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain batch and interactive computer program concepts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation distinguishes batch and interactive programs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation justifies decisions on when to use a batch program and when to use an interactive program for given situations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Describing the advantages and disadvantages of batch versus interactive programs.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation identifies the characteristics of file access methods for batch and interactive programs, and outlines their limitations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Serial and sequential, relative record calculation, indexed sequential access method (ISAM), virtual sequential access method (VSAM).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Create batch programs for commercial tasks using a procedural language in a text-based environment. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Create batch computer programs to perform commercial tasks using a procedural programming language in a text-based environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Reports with multi-level control breaks, exception reports, controlled terminations for critical errors, maintenance of files (serial, sequential). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The programs fulfil the specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The programs use algorithms that make efficient use of computer resources without complicating the program logic. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Input and output, processor, memory, code optimised to reduce redundancy.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Create interactive programs for commercial tasks with procedural language in text-based environment. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Create interactive computer programs to perform commercial tasks using a procedural programming language in a text-based environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Screen management, user input, data validation, user error messages, file maintenance (direct access). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The programs fulfil the specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The programs use algorithms that make efficient use of computer resources without complicating the program logic. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Input and output, processor, memory, code optimised to reduce redundancy.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    User error messages are polite and meaningful. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Test computer programs that demonstrate procedural programming language skills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Testing checks all program logic paths. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The program code is corrected to eliminate errors identified through testing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Testing verifies that the program functions according to the design requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A real-time source-level debugging tool is used to diagnose program errors. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Document computer programs that demonstrate procedural programming language skills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The layout of the program code provides a visual guide to the logical structure of the program. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Comments embedded in the program code enhance the understanding of the program code for all readers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Programmer-supplied names contribute to the self-documenting attributes of the program code. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The documentation complements the self-documenting attributes of the program code. 


    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 
  • 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.
  • Performance of all elements complies with the laws of South Africa, especially with regard to copyright, privacy, health and safety, and consumer rights.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Performance of all elements should make use of International capability models used for Software Development. Examples of such models include (but are 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 environments. 

    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 CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to one's 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 person being assessed against this unit standard must be provided with program requirements specifications.
  • The business rules of the program requirements specifications must be accurately expressed in the program.


    Definitions:
  • Structured use of language and pseudo code have equal meaning.
  • Procedural Computer Programming - a generic name used for structured programming, sometimes also referred to as legacy systems (E.g. COBOL, BASIC, C).
  • CASE - stands for Computer Aided Software Engineering.
  • Computer Program (also called component) - Program code written in any specified computer language to automate a coherent part of a business process.
  • Procedural Programming and Structured Programming have equal meaning. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58820   National Certificate: Advertising  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  61589   National Certificate: Banking  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    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. Absa Learning & Development 
    2. Academy of Training and Development 
    3. Accenture Learning Solution (Pty) Ltd 
    4. African Bank Ltd 
    5. ATTI Nelspruit Pty Ltd 
    6. Broadband College of Technology 
    7. Bytes People Solutions A Division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd 
    8. Careers IT (Pty) Ltd 
    9. Chartall Business College 
    10. DVG Property (Pty)Ltd 
    11. Ekasi IT Solutions CC 
    12. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    13. Far-Ahead Computer Training Centre Cc 
    14. Imbalenhle Learning Academy 
    15. iSolve Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    16. IT Certification Academy 
    17. Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies 
    18. Johannesburg Institute of Engineering & Technology 
    19. Leseding Computer Systems (Pty) Ltd 
    20. Limco Consulting and management (Pty) Ltd 
    21. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    22. National Computer College Cc 
    23. NetCampus (Pty) Ltd. 
    24. Plumb Line Risk Alignment 
    25. PROSERV SA (PTY) LTD 
    26. Qhakaza Management Services 
    27. Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology Pty Ltd 
    28. Springfield Training (Pty) Ltd 
    29. The Facilitation Workshop 
    30. The Institute of Literacy Advancement 
    31. Titan Trade Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    32. Torque Technical Computer Training (Pty) Ltd 
    33. Xtensive ICT Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    34. Xylo Trading 12 (Pty) Ltd 



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