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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply principles of creating computer software by developing a complete programme to meet given business specifications 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115392  Apply principles of creating computer software by developing a complete programme to meet given business specifications 
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  12 
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 is intended:
  • To provide a expert knowledge of the areas covered
  • For those working in, or entering the workplace in the area of Systems Development
  • To demonstrate an understanding of how to create (in the computer language of choice) a complete computer program that will solve a given business problem, showing all the steps involved in creating computer software

    People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Interpret a given specification to plan a computer program solution
  • Design a computer program to meet a business requirement
  • Create a computer program that implements the design
  • Test a computer program against the business requirements
  • Implement the program to meet business requirements
  • Document the program according to industry standards

    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:
  • Apply the principles of Computer Programming
  • Design, develop and test computer program segments to given specifications 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Interpret a given specification to plan a computer program solution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The plan proposes a description of the problem to be solved by the development of the computer program that is understandable by an end-user and meets the given specification. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Functions, input and output requirements
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The plan integrate the research of problems in term of data and functions 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least two different possible solutions
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The plan includes an evaluation of the viability of developing a computer program to solve the problem identified and compares the costs of developing the program with the benefits to be obtained from the program. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least two different possible solutions
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The plan concludes by choosing the best solution and documenting the program features that will contain the capabilities and constraints to meet the defined problem. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Design a computer program to meet a business requirement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The design incorporates development of appropriate design documentstion and is desk-checked. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Documented with the appropriate design tool
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The design of the program includes program structure components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Either of: structure charts or UML structure notations
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The design of the program includes program logical flow components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Decision trees, flowcharts, pseudo code, decision tables
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The design of the program includes data structures and access method components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least one of: direct access files, indexed files, database tables
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Create a computer program that implements the design. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Programming language of choice 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The creation includes coding from design documents, to meet the design specifications 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    According to industry or company standards for the language chosen
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Names created in the program describe the purpose of the items named 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    According to industry or company standards for the language chosen
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The creation includes conformance with the design documentation, and differences are documented with reasons for deviations 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Performance, Maintainability
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Test a computer program against the business requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The testing includes assessment of the need to develop a testing program to assist with stress testing 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The testing includes the planning, developing and implementing a test strategy that is appropriate for the type of program being tested. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Cycle 1(new data) and cycle 2 (existing data) testing
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The testing includes the recording of test results that allow for the identification and validation of test outcomes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Cycle 1(new data) and cycle 2 (existing data) testing
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Implement the program to meet business requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The implementation involves checking the program for compliance with user expectations and any other applicable factors 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The implementation involves training of users to enable them to use the software to their requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The implementation involves planning of installation of the program that minimises disruption to the user 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Depending on program type (on-line or batch or Internet)
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Document the program according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The documentation includes annotation of the program with a description of program purpose and design specifics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    According to industry or company standards for the language chosen
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The documentation includes the layout of the program code including indentation and other acceptable industry standards 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    According to industry or company standards for the language chosen
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The documentation includes full internal and external documentation, with a level of detail that enables other programmers to analyse the program 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    According to industry or company standards for the language chosen
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The documentation reflects the tested and implemented program, including changes made during testing of the program 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    According to industry or company standards for the language chosen
     


    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 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 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.
  • 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 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 COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and or language skills in the modes of oral and/ or written persuasion when engaging with systems development 

    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 exists 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:

    1. Where not specified otherwise, all options in the range statement must be covered to confirm that a learner is competent in the specific outcome

    Definitions:

    1. Structured use of language and pseudo code have equal meaning
    2. CASE Tools - This is not limited to traditional Computer Aided Software Engineering tools, but can include normal office productive tools, like word processing and presentation tools
    3. Industry Standards include company standard done to industry specification

    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  83446   National Certificate: Electronics  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 
    Fundamental  83026   National Certificate: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Software Testing  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    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  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


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