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FET Certificate – Information Technology – End User Computing Level 3 – 49077

QUALIFICATION RULES: Total credits 130

Fundamental Component
The Fundamental component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 47 credits all of which are compulsory.

Core Component
The Core component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 56 credits all of which are compulsory.

Elective Component
The Elective component consists of individual unit standards from which the learner must choose unit standards totalling a minimum of 27 credits.

Modular Outline of Learning Programme

Word Processing Application skills in the Workplace. MICROSOFT WORD

Unit Standard TypeUnit Standard CodeUnit Standard TitleLevelCredits
Core 117924 Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to format documents 
Core116942 Use a GUI-based word processor to create merged documents 
Core 119078 Use a GUI-based word processor to enhance a document through the use of tables and columns 3

Presentation Application skills in the Workplace. MICROSOFT POWERPOINT

Unit Standard TypeUnit Standard CodeUnit Standard TitleLevelCredits
Core 117923 Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based presentation application to prepare and produce a presentation according to a given brief 
Core 116930 Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based presentation application to enhance presentation appearance  

Spreadsheet Application skills in the Workplace. MICROSOFT EXCEL

Unit Standard TypeUnit Standard CodeUnit Standard TitleLevelCredits
Core 116937 Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to create and edit spreadsheets 
Core 116943 Using a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application, enhance the functionality and apply graph /charts to a spreadsheet 
Core 116940 Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to solve a given problem 

Electronic Mail Application skills in the Workplace. MICROSOFT OUTLOOK

Unit Standard TypeUnit Standard CodeUnit Standard TitleLevelCredits
Core 116945 Use electronic mail to send and receive messages 
Core 116935 Enhance, edit and organise electronic messages using a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based messaging application 

Web Browser Application skills in the Workplace.

Unit Standard TypeUnit Standard CodeUnit Standard TitleLevelCredits
Core 116931 Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based web-browser to search the Internet 
Core 115391 Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of the internet and the world-wide-web 

Communication Skills

Unit Standard TypeUnit Standard CodeUnit Standard TitleLevelCredits
Core 114076 Use computer technology to research a computer topic 
Fundamental 8968 Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication 
Fundamental 11241 Perform basic business calculations 
Fundamental 8973 Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes 
Fundamental 8970 Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  
Fundamental 110023 Present information in report format   

Mathematical Literacy in the Workplace

Unit Standard TypeUnit Standard CodeUnit Standard TitleLevelCredits
Fundamental 9010 Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations 
Fundamental 9013 Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts 
Fundamental 9012 Investigate life and work-related problems using data and probabilities 
Fundamental 7456 Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues 

Information Communications & Technology (ICT) in an organisation & the impact it has on societies.

Unit Standard TypeUnit Standard CodeUnit Standard TitleLevelCredits
Core 116936 Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based database application to work with simple databases 
Core 117925 Describe the concepts of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the use of its components in a healthy and safe manner 
Elective 114636 Demonstrate an understanding of preventative maintenance, environmental and safety issues in a computer environment 
Elective 14947 Describe data communications 
Elective 14912 Investigate the use of computer technology in an organisation 
Elective 117928 Describe the application and effect of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on society 

In addition to the above, unit standards will be utilised to provide depth of specification of the outcomes ranges and the assessment criteria and processes

Unit Standard TypeUnit Standard CodeUnit Standard TitleLevelCredits
Elective 7785 Function in a business environment 
Elective 13931 Monitor and control the maintenance of office equipment 
Fundamental 13915 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS in a workplace, and its effects on a business sub-sector, own organisation and a specific workplace 3

Qualification Outcome

  • Demonstrate an understanding of applying Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based Word Processing Application skills in the Workplace. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of applying Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based Presentation Application skills in the Workplace. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of applying GUI-based Spreadsheet Application skills in the Workplace. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of applying GUI-based Electronic Mail Application skills in the Workplace. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of applying GUI-based Web Browser Application skills in the Workplace. 
  • Improve communication by combining communication skills with End User Computing skills. 
  • Improve the application of mathematical literacy in the workplace, by better utilising End User Computing Applications. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of Information Communications & Technology (ICT) in an organisation & the impact it has on societies. 

International Comparability

  • This qualification and unit standards have been evaluated against, and are comparable to core knowledge and specialised knowledge elements found in the following International Qualifications Frameworks: New Zealand NQF, Australian NQF, British NVQs.
  • Furthermore input to the development of the qualification has been benchmarked against International sources, where the outcomes and assessment criteria, degree of difficulty and notional learning time has been compared, as described below.
  • For the core skills required, the following sources were referenced: International certifications like Microsoft MOUS, IC3 and ECDL/ICDL
  • We also confirmed that the above certifications are used in many African and SADC countries as benchmark for End User Computing skills in a business environment. Countries referred to include, but are not limited to: Mauritius, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

Articulation Options

  • 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.
  • This qualification was designed carefully to ensure vertical and horizontal articulation. It was developed to allow for further study in ICT and related fields at further education levels. The qualification was designed as part of a set of IT qualifications from NQF level 3 through to level 5 and higher. Two NQF level 4 qualifications (one in the systems support sub-area of IT and one in systems development) have recently been registered on the NQF. This new qualification addresses the learning assumed to be in place for the two NQF 4 qualifications mentioned, allowing learners articulation into the ICT field.
  • As described earlier, many of the competencies used in the IT profession has traditionally been acquired through short courses and on-the-job training, which did not provide formal recognition (at a national level) of the knowledge and skills acquired. This qualification attempts to address this by allowing articulation into formal fields of study, by recognising the skills acquired in various means and packaging it as a formal national qualification and encourage further study having acquired the qualification.
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