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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Use generic functions in a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117902  Use generic functions in a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-environment 
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-Fundamental  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-11-20  2010-11-20  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2011-11-20   2014-11-20  

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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
7547  Operate a personal computer system  Level 2  NQF Level 02   
7548  Use personal computer operating system  Level 2  NQF Level 02   

This unit standard is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
258883  Use generic functions in a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-environment  Level 1  NQF Level 01   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for people who need to produce and edit documents using a GUI-based word processor either as a user of computers or as basic knowledge for a career needing this competency, like the ICT industry.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Use the desktop of a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based operating system.
  • Use the features of a GUI Window.
  • Use of the Help facility in a GUI environment.
  • Use a pointing device in a GUI environment.
  • Use generic print options in a GUI environment.

    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 is competent in:
  • Communication skills at least at General Education and Training (GET) Level.
  • Operate a personal computer system (ID 116932 - NQF Level 1). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • This standard is applicable to any application that runs on any Graphical User Interface(GUI) operating systems.
  • Where wording are not exact for the chosen operating system, the learner can choose the equivalent item or option to demonstrate competence in the specific outcome or assessment criteria. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Use the desktop of a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based operating system. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Any GUI applications available to the learner can be chosen for this outcome. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based operating systems are defined and an example of a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based operating system is given. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The main components of a "desktop" of a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based operating system are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Any two of:
  • ICONs, Taskbar (or action bar), Background, Themes, Display settings, Activation button (Start).
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The term "ICON" is described and standard icons identified on the GUI "desktop". 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Any two of:
  • My Computer, My Documents, Network Neighbourhood/My Network Places.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    ICONS are rearranged on the "desktop", showing the different options. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Any two of:
  • Auto arrange, manual, by file type, aligned.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A desktop short-cut (ICON) is created. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    One of:
  • Text document, presentation file, spreadsheet file.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The elements on the Start Menu are described in terms of their purpose. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Any two of:
  • Programs, Documents, Settings, Find, Help, Run.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Use of the features of a GUI Window. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Any GUI applications available to the learner can be chosen for this outcome. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different types of windows are described and an example given for each one described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Any 3 of:
  • Modal/Non-Modal, pop-up, warning, error, information, application.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An application is started from the Start Menu. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The parts of a window are described in terms of their features and use. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Any 4 of:
  • Title Bar, Minimize Button, Maximize Button, Restore Button, Close Button, Menu Bar, Toolbar, Status Bar.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    GUI application windows are manipulated on a GUI desktop. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Opened, minimized, maximized, moved and closed.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Implications of having more than one window open at the same time are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Active and inactive windows, impact on speed, switching between open windows.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Multiple applications are started. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The "active" window is changed between applications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Keyboard, mouse.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use of the Help facility in a GUI environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different methods to launch the HELP facility in a GUI application are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Menu option, key.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The HELP facility is launched. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Different methods of finding information within the HELP facility are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Any 2 of:
  • Content, Index and Seach.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Different methods of finding information within the HELP facility are demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Any 2 of:
  • Content, Index and Seach.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Use a pointing device in a GUI environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Any one of:
  • Mouse, trackball, touchpad, touchscreen. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different methods to select objects by using the device are demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Single-click, Double-click, Alternate click.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different methods to select groups of objects by using the device are demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Device + (Range), Device + (Multiple individual).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A method of displaying device setting is demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Any 2 of:
  • Content, Index and Seach.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A method of changing device setting is demonstrated, but changing the settings to allow alternate hand settings. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    From right- to left-handed users, and back.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Different methods to use the "drag-and-drop" concept are demonstrated in a GUI environment, allowing graphical objects to be moved around on in a GUI environment and explaining the difference between the methods being demionstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Drag with SELECT button, drag with ALTERNATE SELECT button.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Use generic print options in a GUI environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An object is previewed in print format. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    How to change various print options before printing an object are demonstrated, explaining the effect of each. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Select the printer, number of copies, collate sequence.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Different methods of altering various printer properties are demonstrated, to allow formatting of printing output. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods are:
  • From within Print Options or "Page setup".
  • Printer properties are: Paper size, orientation, paper source, resolution.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Different methods of printing within any chosen application package are demonstrated, to allow formatting of printing output to a desired requirement. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods are:
  • Printing all information or only selected information, printing in different sequences.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    An object is printed to the connected printer selected, resulting in a print job queue for the selected printer. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A whole object, a selected part of an object.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Print job progress status in a print queue is viewed in the print queue manager software of the operating system. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Progress status includes:
  • Paused, busy printing, being deleted.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Print jobs are manipulated in the print queue, to get the required result. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Manipulation includes:
  • Pause, re-start, delete, refresh.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The relevant Education and Training Quality Authority (ETQA) must accredit providers before they can offer programmes 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.
    This cover but is not limited to: quality assurance, documentation, security, communication, health and safety, and personal behaviour.
  • Performance of all elements complies with the laws of South Africa, especially with regard to copyright, privacy, health and safety, and consumer rights. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by understanding a Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively made by using generic functions a Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information by understanding the different parts of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by using generic functions a Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment effectively and responsibly. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 258883, which is "Use generic functions in a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-environment", Level 1, 4 credits.

    This unit standard has replaced:
  • 7547, which was "Operate a personal computer system ", Level 2, 6 Credits.
  • 7548, which was " Use personal computer operating system", Level 2, 3 Credits.

    Supplementary Information:

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

    Assessor Notes:
  • The learner must demonstrate skills for an object that spans multiple pages, where applicable.

    Definitions:
  • Modal - A window that can be sized, moved, and does not force the focus on the screen (typically any application window).
  • Non-Modal - A window that cannot be sized and forces the focus on the screen to it. Other windows cannot be used until this window is closed (typically any error msg window that forces an answer).
  • Print job - Any object that is printed is sent to a print facility of a printer as a print object referred to as a print job.
  • Print Queue - Any object that is printed is sent to a print facility as a print job, and is being placed on a print queue, allowing multiple printouts to be send to a printer before other printing has completed.

    Abbreviations:
  • PC - Personal computer.
  • GUI - Graphical User Interface.

    Notes:

    Generic GUI functions like printing, using a pointing device and using the HELP facility are covered in this standard and should not be assessed as part of other standards using these facilities. Learners can choose any applicable software package being assessed to demonstrate the required outcomes listed. This allows both the generic and specific parts to be covered in a integrated manner, without repeating the assessment of such competencies. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  61755   General Education and Training Certificate: Business Practice  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Core  65809   National Certificate: Automotive Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  49689   National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2008-11-30  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  67569   National Certificate: Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  57804   National Certificate: Public Administration  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Elective  71751   General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  73249   General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training: Academic Curriculum  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2028-06-30  UMALUSI 
    Elective  66029   General Education and Training Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  59300   General Education and Training Certificate: Transport  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  50307   National Certificate: Bread and Flour Confectionery Baking  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  FOODBEV 
    Elective  58722   National Certificate: Engineering Fabrication  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  64029   National Certificate: Food Processing: Plant Baking  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  FOODBEV 
    Elective  59689   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  58718   National Certificate: Metals Processing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  74229   National Certificate: Milk and Cream Handling and Storing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  FOODBEV 
    Elective  50083   National Certificate: Milk and Cream Handling and Storing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-12-02  Was FOODBEV until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  65510   National Certificate: Piano Restoration  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  58010   National Certificate: Piano Restoration  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-04-08  Was CATHSSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  64909   National Certificate: Small Scale Mining  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  57881   National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  50228   National Certificate: Wool and Mohair Handling  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  22490   National Certificate: General Security Practices  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2007-11-28  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 


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