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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Analyse Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) and Electronic Support Measures (ESM) data 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123531  Analyse Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) and Electronic Support Measures (ESM) data 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Air Defence 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
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 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are required to analyse Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) and Electronic Support Measures (ESM) data in the context of the sovereignty of the state and government law enforcement through a structured scenario. SIGINT refers to collection of radar and communications data for purposes of strategic intelligence and ESM refers to providing support for tactical operations. This unit standard considers the skills and knowledge required to collate, record and evaluate data for a SIGINT and ESM operation.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Evaluate data.
  • Record data onto a database.
  • Evaluate data. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation for this unit standard is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Communication at NQF level 4.
  • Mathematics at NQF level 4.
  • Computer skills at NQF level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The structured scenario must be based in at least one of the following environments:
    > Ground.
    > Airborne.
    > Sea borne.
  • The structured scenario must also be based on at least one of the following types of operations:
    > Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) either Communication Intelligence (COMINT) and or Electronic Intelligence (ELINT).
    > Electronic Support Measures (ESM) either Communication Intelligence (COMINT) and or Electronic Intelligence (ELINT). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Evaluate data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Intercepted data is evaluated in terms of relevance to the operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Collated data is clustered in terms of its commonalities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Clustered data is prioritised in terms of the impact on operational objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Consequences of not collating data correctly are analysed in terms of the impact on the operation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Integrate data into a database. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Clustered data is categorised in terms of task requirements before recording. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Data is reformatted into required protocols where necessary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sufficient data or content is recorded for future analytical reference. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Databases are manipulated to provide required reports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Consequences of not recording data correctly are analysed in terms of the impact on integrity of the database. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate integrated data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Changes are identified through comparison of newly recorded data to stored data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Identified changes are evaluated in terms of the impact on the battle space. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Evaluation includes deductions and conclusions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The integrated data provided by the database is expanded through the use of additional resources. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Additional resources include but are not limited to subject matter experts, open literature and intelligence.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Consequences of drawing inaccurate conclusions are analysed in terms of the impact on future operations. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant SETA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider by the relevant SETA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • How to interpret and adhere to operational requirements.
  • How to interpret data.
  • How to prioritise data.
  • How to categorise data.
  • How to manipulate data in a database.
  • The effect of data on the battle space. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The ability of the learner to identify and solve problems through identifying correct data. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The ability of the learner to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group organisation, community is demonstrated through participating as a team member in the SIGINT and ESM operation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The ability of the learner to organise and manage him/her self responsibly and effectively is demonstrated through identifying when sufficient data has been collected. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The ability of the learner to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information is demonstrated through prioritising data. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The ability of the learner to communicate effectively in the modes of oral and/or written presentation is demonstrated through recording data. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The ability of the learner to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others is demonstrated through operating a database. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The ability of the learner to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems is demonstrated through describing the consequences of poor performance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The ability of the learner to contribute to own full personal development is demonstrated through working autonomously under stressful conditions. 

    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 
    Terminology
  • Systems means the platform, equipment, personnel and logistics.
  • Data includes COMINT and/or ELINT Data.
  • COMINT means communications intelligence.
  • ELINT means electronic intelligence.
  • Emissions refer to any emissions in the electro-magnetic spectrum.
  • Transmissions are limited to radio and radar frequencies. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50500   National Diploma: Electronic Warfare  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  SAS SETA 


    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.
     
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