NATIONAL CERTIFICATE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: END USER COMPUTING: ID 61591 (130 CREDITS)

PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAMME:

The purpose of the qualification is to build the knowledge and skills required by learners in End User Computing. It is intended to empower learners to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to operate confidently in the End User Computing environment in the South African community and to respond to the challenges of the economic environment.


The qualification addresses the need in the workplace for nationally recognised qualifications, based on unit standards, which will allow learners with workplace experience in End User Computing to obtain recognition for prior learning.

The qualification provides a framework for learners to develop skills that will enable them to become competent in End User Computing. It introduces theoretical concepts of End User Computing and requires the application thereof, to develop a range of skills that will enable learners to be better-informed workers in their chosen industry. It provides a balanced learning experience that lays the foundation for access to further education, lifelong learning and to productive employment.

 

DEMAND:

The National Certificate in IT: End User Computing at NQF Level 3, is intended for learners already employed or new learners entering the workplace, requiring End User Computing skills. The unit standards of this qualification may be added to other industry qualifications to provide an End User Computing focus with comparison, choice, interpretation and the application of knowledge.

 

RATIONALE:

The National Certificate in IT: End User Computing - NQF Level 3, is designed to meet the needs of learners who require end user computing skills in all sectors of the economy, as End User Computing is an essential skill in any business today. The qualification is designed to accommodate both learners in formal education and learners already employed. It aims to develop informed and skilled learners that can apply the acquired skills in any industry and should contribute towards improved productivity and efficiency in the workplace.

The need for the qualification was highlighted by an IT sector study that was done and confirmed by ISETT SETA. The design of the qualification is unit standard based, to allow learners to qualify for a national qualification by accumulating the required credits via short learning programmes or workplace practical experience or both. It also allows learners to achieve the qualifications through recognition of prior learning, learnerships schemes or formal training.

The qualification at this level is foundational and generic, allowing maximum mobility between qualifications. Apart from the workplace needs the qualification will address, it is also designed as an entry-level qualification into most further education and training fields, because of the wide application of End User Computing in any environment. It will allow articulation into further qualifications in End User Computing or other IT qualifications, as well as entry into any other Further Education and Training where End User Computing is required. 

 

SCOPE

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW AND DETAIL:

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The Certificate is organised in 9 modules made up of a planned combination of learning outcomes that have a defined purpose and will provide qualifying learners with applied competence and a basis for further learning.

The qualification’s modules are made up of Unit Standards that are classified as Fundamental, Core and Elective. A minimum of 130 credits is required to complete the qualification. 

In this qualification the credits are allocated as follows:

The qualification consists of a minimum of 130 credits and has been designed in accordance with the SAQA regulations and rules of combination 

Rules regarding Fundamental, Core and Electives:

All fundamental unit standards are compulsory for this qualification. (47 credits)
All core unit standards are compulsory. (56 credits) 

Rules regarding Electives:

Elective unit standards totalling a minimum of 27 credits needs to be completed. 

 

MODULE 1: USING ICT IN THE ORGANISATION

  • Explain the principles of computer networks  (level 3; 5 credits)
  • Explain computer architecture concepts  (level 4; 7 credits)
  • Describe data communications  (level 3; 4 credits)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of preventative maintenance, environmental and safety issues in a computer environment (level 3; 6 credits)
  • Describe the concepts of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the use of its components in a healthy and safe manner (level 2; 3 credits)
  • Describe the application and effect of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on society (level 4; 5 credits)

 

MODULE 2: USING MICROSOFT OFFICE WORD 2013

  • Use a GUI-based word processor to create merged documents  (Level 3; 3 credits)
  • Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to format documents  (Level 2; 5 credits)
  • Use a GUI-based word processor to enhance a document through the use of tables and columns (Level 3; 5 credits)

 

MODULE 3: COMMUNICATION

  • Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  (Level 3, 5 credits)
  • Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  (Level 3; 5 credits)
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  (level 3; 5 credits)
  • Present information in report format  (Level 4; 6 credits)

 

MODULE 4: MATHEMATICAL LITERACY

  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  (level 3; 5 credits)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  (level 3; 2 credits)
  • Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  (level 3; 5 credits)
  • Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  (level 3; 4 credits)
  • Perform Basic Business Calculations  (level 3; 6 credits)

 

MODULE 5: USING A WEB BROWSER

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of the internet and the world-wide-web  (level 4, 3 credits)
  • Use computer technology to research a computer topic (level 4, 3 credits)

 

MODULE 6: USING MICROSOFT OFFICE POWERPOINT 2013

  • Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based presentation application to enhance presentation appearance  (level 3, 5 credits)
  • Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based presentation application to prepare and produce a presentation according to a given brief  (level 2, 5 credits)

 

MODULE 7: USING MICROSOFT OFFICE EXCEL 2013 LEVEL 1 AND LEVEL 2

  • Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to create and edit spreadsheets   (level 2, 4 credits)
  • Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to solve a given problem  (level 3, 6 credits)
  • Using a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application, enhance the functionality and apply graph /charts to a spreadsheet (level 4, 3 credits)

 

MODULE 8: USING MICROSOFT OFFICE OUTLOOK 2013

  • Enhance, edit and organise electronic messages using a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based messaging application  (level 2, 2 credits)
  • Use electronic mail to send and receive messages   (level 2, 2 credits)

 

MODULE 9: USING MICROSOFT ACCESS 2013

  • Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based database application to work with simple databases  (level 3, 3 credits)
  • Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based database application to solve a given problem (level 4, 6 credits)

 

Each of these modules represents specific Unit Standards. Any of the modules can be done alone and will bear the assigned credits. Accumulating all these modules’ credits will result in qualifying for the NATIONAL CERTIFICATE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY END USER COMPUTING (ID 61591) LEVEL 130 CREDITS)