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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Complete an original GIS project under supervision 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258660  Complete an original GIS project under supervision 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Geographical Information Sciences 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
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 has been developed for the GIS occupational area and is intended for persons who aim to achieve career advancement by gaining GIS skills leading to qualification based on unit standards. A person who has successfully completed this unit standard will be able to do a small GIS project.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Interpret a project scope.
  • Prepare a GI System to solve the problem.
  • Develop the project.
  • Develop spatial operations required for the project.
  • Develop map reports.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following:
  • Communication at NQF Level 5.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 5.
  • All unit standards in the ND: GIS Level 5. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are included with specific outcomes as necessary. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Interpret a project scope. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The project scope is explained in accordance with GIS standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    For more details on the project scope, see Notes to Assessors.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The proposed project solution is explained in terms of project scope. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The proposed GIS model is explained in terms of project scope. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to database design, data flow and cartographic models.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Display ranges are set up and used in terms of project scope. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare a GI System to solve the problem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Required data sets, scales and fitness for use are determined with relation to the GIS project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Data for the project is collected and assessed with relation to the problem and goals of the project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate software is selected and assessed with relation to the GIS project. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop the project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The project environment is set up with regard to the GIS project. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Spatial reference system, database tables and relationships, feature classes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Data is read into the system or captured where necessary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Spatial and attribute data are linked with regard to the GIS project. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Develop spatial operations required for the project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Spatial data are selected according to simple attribute criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A simple spatial buffer is created with regard to the project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Features are selected within the buffer polygon. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Develop map reports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A base map is designed and printed according to symbology standards provided with regard to the project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The distribution of data within a table is analysed and grouped in logical classes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least two attribute fields are to be analysed.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Thematic map reports are generated and printed with regard to the project. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least two map reports are to be created.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Display ranges are applied appropriately. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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 must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation or community. 

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

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Display an understanding of the world as a set of related systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large. 

    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 
    Notes to Assessors:
  • The selected project shall allow for each of the assessment criteria to be evaluated.
  • "Estimated hours" relates to the minimum time needed by learners to apply the concepts and be evaluated. Certain of the assessment criteria may take much longer due to repetitive nature of these tasks required to repeat the project.
  • This unit standard is intended as a final unit standard after all of the other unit standards in the Technician qualification have been achieved.
  • Please bear in mind that this unit standard is aimed at technicians, do not over-complicate this unit standard.
  • The selected project could typically be in the form of a two week project from within the learner's working area.
  • The project scope should be prepared and supplied to the learner. The scope should be limited to: 12 base feature layers from well-known available data sources (Including cadastral data, 1:50 000 map layer data), two layers that are project specific and at least one layer that is generated (such as a buffer). It should include at least one ASCII data set that needs to be linked to one of the feature layers. Finally it should include at least one raster data set. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63589   National Diploma: Geographical Information Science  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    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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