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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of and provide assistance for risk analysis functions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123461  Demonstrate an understanding of and provide assistance for risk analysis functions 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Project Management 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Project Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to provide the type of assistance required for risk analysis to be carried out on projects. They will also be able to identify the data required, to gather and collate this data and provide the required information in the correct formats.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the types of risk that may occur within the project environment.
  • Gathering and collating the data required for performing risk analysis on a project.
  • Contributing to the risk analysis process for a project.
  • Contributing to the maintenance of a historical risk databank. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 2 or equivalent.
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Unit Standard: Understand the project and project support services environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Where applicable, specific range statements are provided in the body of the Unit Standard where they apply to a specific outcome or assessment criteria.
  • Projects will include all types of projects including but not limited to: technical, developmental and business related projects.
  • Types of risk will include but are not limited to personal health and safety risk; project management risks; schedule risk; financial risk; organisational risk, technical, quality and performance risks; environmental risk; external risk; force majeure risk. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the types of risk that may occur within the project environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The risks to personal health and safety while undertaking a project are described, within the context of the project, or organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The types and basic implications of environmental risk are explained with examples relevant to the project context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The basic principles of schedule risk are explained with simple examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The concept of financial risk is described within the context of the project, company or enterprise. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Gather and collate the data required for performing risk analysis on a project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Identified sources of risk events are recorded in accordance with organisational policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sources of data relating to the likelihood and severity of risk outcomes are identified and recorded according to organisational policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Data pertaining to the risk elements that may occur on a project is gathered, collated and recorded within required format and time frames. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Risk elements will include but are not limited to risk event, likelihood of occurrence, impact, severity, and response and risk owner.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Contribute to the risk analysis process of a project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Data pertaining to risk elements is maintained in accordance with organisational systems, policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Collated data pertaining to risk elements is reviewed with project personnel and comments incorporated in required format and time frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Collated data pertaining to risk likelihood and impacts is reviewed with project personnel and comments incorporated in required format and time frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Contingency actions recommended by project personnel are recorded and referred to the relevant authorities in line with organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Risk elements that cannot be successfully mitigated are recorded and the report distributed in accordance with organisational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Contribute to the maintenance of a historical risk databank. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    A databank is any collection of relevant data which may be in any form including electronic database, hard copies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relevance and purpose of developing and maintaining a historical risk databank is explained with examples in the context of the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The uses and application of the historical risk databank are described within the context of the project or organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The types of data required in the risk databank are identified and recorded in terms of organisational policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Risk data is collated, indexed and stored in the databank in accordance with organisational policy, and within the required timeframes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The information being prepared for storage in the risk databank is checked for completeness and compliance according to organisational policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Remedial action is taken as directed in accordance with organisational procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Methods and technologies for gathering and collating data for project risk analysis.
  • Basic communication principles.
  • Basic understanding of the project work flow.
  • Basic knowledge of the nature of the business and project.
  • The application of commonly used information gathering techniques for obtaining risk related data.
  • Organisational and project policies, systems and procedures for working on risk analysis. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to the quality, quantity and completeness of risk analysis data for the provision of project support services. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in order to source, gather and collate the relevant data for risk analysis purposes and in the provision of assistance for the risk analysis function. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities so that all required risk analysis data is at hand as and when required in order to provide the correct level of assistance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information pertaining to the risk elements and analysis function on a project. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with all project team members in order to provide the necessary level of support for project risk analysis. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to store and present data for project risk analysis. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where having and supplying the correct risk analysis data leads to a more successful project outcome. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50398   National Certificate: Project Support Service  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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