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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Install, use and test hardware and software 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13138  Install, use and test hardware and software 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 
The skills, values and knowledge reflected in this unit standard are required by people in the field of mechatronics.
The learning outcomes in this unit standard also contribute to the exit level outcomes required for the mechatronics NQF level 3 qualification.

Qualifying learners can install, use and test hardware and software for mechatronics applications. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This unit standard has been designed as part of a progression. It is one of a series of unit standards for information technology.

The credits allocated to this unit standard assume that a learner has already learned to
  • Operate a personal computer system 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Discuss and explain the installation, use and testing of hardware and software. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Discuss and explain the installation, use and testing of hardware and software within the context of mechatronics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. An understanding of the installation, use and testing of hardware and software within the context of mechatronics is demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Hardware and software is installed and configured. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. System checks are carried out. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Install and configure hardware and software. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. An understanding of the installation, use and testing of hardware and software within the context of mechatronics is demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Hardware and software is installed and configured. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. System checks are carried out. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Check hardware and software interfaces. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. An understanding of the installation, use and testing of hardware and software within the context of mechatronics is demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Hardware and software is installed and configured. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. System checks are carried out. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Check compatibility of hardware components and system requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. An understanding of the installation, use and testing of hardware and software within the context of mechatronics is demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Hardware and software is installed and configured. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. System checks are carried out. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Carry out required changes to hardware and software. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. An understanding of the installation, use and testing of hardware and software within the context of mechatronics is demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Hardware and software is installed and configured. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. System checks are carried out. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Document changes made. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. An understanding of the installation, use and testing of hardware and software within the context of mechatronics is demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Hardware and software is installed and configured. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. System checks are carried out. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Hardware and software interfaces are checked as well as compatibility of hardware components and system requirements
    2. Required changes are carried out according to worksite procedures
    3. Any changes to hardware and software are documented

    Understanding confirmed:

    Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Types of hardware and software
  • System requirements
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the MERSETA Education and Training Quality Assuror who has jurisdiction over this field of learning. The assessor will (at the very least) be accredited and have a technical qualification in this learning area.

    The learner can be assessed in the language of his/her choice although s/he has to report incidents or conditions to someone else. The learner will be assessed on his/her ability to report in the language commonly used in his/her working environment.

    The learner will be assessed in the workplace but s/he can submit documents, projects, test results and assignments that were not produced in the workplace.

    The learner can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names and functions of:
  • Hardware components and software

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • System requirements

    Purpose of:
  • Installing, using and testing of hardware and software

    Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Implications of incompatibility of hardware and system requirements
  • Implications of failing to detect required changes in hardware and software

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Installation, use and testing techniques and procedures
  • Methods of checking hardware and software interfaces
  • Methods of checking compatibility between hardware components and system requirements

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Applicable company policies and procedures
  • Applicable regulations and standards related to hardware and software used

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Applicable systems and computer theory

    Relationships, systems:
  • The relationship between hardware, software and the system's requirements 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Related to hardware and software interfaces 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • To install, use and test hardware and software 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Related to the checking of hardware and software interfaces and the compatibility of hardware components and system requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Apply relevant computer and systems theory 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Explain the relationship between hardware, software and the system's requirements 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  67609   National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  22771   National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-07-29  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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.
     
    1. BMW SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    2. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    3. Siemens Ltd (HALFWAY HOUSE) (TP) 
    4. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP) 
    5. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC 
    6. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    7. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 



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