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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform operations on Internet Protocol networks 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246672  Perform operations on Internet Protocol networks 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Telecommunications 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  11 
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 will contribute to the full development of any learner within the Telecommunications environment, more specifically within the core Information and Communications technology (ICT) environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field. This skill forms the basis for the performance of duties in the day to day operations of network management in specific occupations at NQF Levels 5.

The knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated in this unit standard are essential for upliftment, social and economic transformation in the Telecommunications and ICT environment.

The qualifying learner is capable of demonstrating:
  • An in depth understanding of Internet Protocol concepts and principles.
  • The ability to configure IP networks.
  • The ability to use system related documentation.

    The learning outcomes in this unit standard contribute to the exit level outcomes which provide qualifying learners with access to a range of further learning in this field at NQF Level 5 and above, in the form of workplace based learning programmes for occupationally focused qualifications. Qualifying learners also have an understanding of the science and technology which underpins these activities. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The learning assumed to be in place should be on the same level of this unit standard or higher:
  • Principles of digital logic systems.
  • Telecommunication networks.
  • Communication and Language Studies.
  • Mathematics and Numeracy, Sciences.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Principles of Electricity and Electronics.
  • Analytical skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this unit standard includes but is not limited to:
  • Operations of IP networks. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of ICT IP networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    LAN and WAN are explained with reference to IP Network theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    VoIP is explained with reference to IP theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Data communications and data protocols are defined with reference to basic data communication theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    IP addresses are calculated with reference to IP theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    IP addresses are analysed with reference to IP theory. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Connect IP networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Network elements are connected on the physical layer in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Network elements are configured on the software layers of the network in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Network element performance/faults/alarms/anomalies are reported and recorded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Faults/anomalies and alarms are processed according to work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Records are kept of network element performance/faults/alarms/anomalies according to work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information is gathered for statistical purposes according to work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Faults/anomalies and alarms are prioritised according to work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Faults/anomalies and alarms are processed according to system response and requirements according to work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Procedures on the processing of faults/alarms/anomalies are described and explained according to work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Procedures on record keeping are explained and described according to work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The gathering of information for statistical purposes is explained and described according to work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Prioritising of faults/anomalies and alarms are explained according to work instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Track network related performance/faults/alarms/anomalies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Feedback records are kept according to work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Anomalies are analysed and corrected according to work instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Liaise, co-ordinate and communicate with internal clients, customer and/or vendors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Internal client/customer/vendor requirements are identified according to policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant information is communicated to internal clients, customer and/or vendors according to policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Manage daily activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Daily activities are prioritised and scheduled according to policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Records are maintained according to policies and procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Only ETQA registered assessors with specific expertise in IP Networks may assess a learner against this unit standard.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant SETA/ETQA.
  • 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 
  • Principles of IP networks.
  • Principles of IP hardware.
  • Principles of IP software.
  • Analysis of IP addresses.
  • Various condition of IP elements.
  • IP equipment performance parameters.
  • Reporting procedures and administration.
  • Prioritising principles.
  • Scheduling of daily activities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Learners are able to Identify and solve problems in a critical and creative way when maintaining IP networks. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Learners are able to work effectively with others as a member of a team in performing operations of IP networks. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Learners are able to organise and manage oneself and one's personal activities responsibly and effectively when dealing with IP networks. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Learners are able to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relevant to operations of IP networks. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners are able to communicate effectively when maintaining IP networks. 

    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 
    Comment on this unit standard should reach SAQA no later than 26 October 2007.
    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the learner:
  • Has basic knowledge of some main areas of a discipline/field.
  • Has basic understanding of a discipline/field's key term, rules, concepts, principles and theories.
  • Is familiar with some of the essential methods, procedures and techniques of the discipline/field.
  • Has the ability to use the above to solve routine problems within given frameworks.
  • Has a basic information gathering, analysis and presentation skill.
  • Has the ability to communicate information reliably and accurately in the required medium of instruction.
  • Has the capacity to operate within clearly defined contexts, with limited scope for personal decision-making and responsibility.
  • Learn within a well-structured and managed environment.
  • Evaluate own performance against given criteria.

    Legal Requirements:

    Compliance to the following legal requirements and standards are mandatory:
  • Employer's Policies and Procedures.
  • Environmental Management System.
  • Independent Communications Authority of South Africa.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • National and International Standards.
  • Local Metropolitan Council Regulations.

    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title.
  • Assessing outcomes related to the demonstration of the understanding of principles/concepts:
    > Develop a portfolio of evidence which uses prior evidence as produced in written examinations.
    > Develop additional written assessment tools to supplement undependable sources of evidence in the previous bullet.
  • Assessing outcomes related to "Demonstrate an understanding of and perform operations on Internet Protocol networks."; Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire Unit Standard range, wherever it applies:
    > Assessment activities should be as close to the real workplace practical performance as possible, and where classroom simulations are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
    > The assessment activities relating to configuration of systems should assess all basic configuration requirements.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Ensure that the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The task of the Assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means Assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.
  • Requirements for a portfolio are that it should be valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience, which serves to supplement the assessment of applied competence.

    The portfolio may not include:
  • Evidence older than 2 years prior to the date of assessment.

    The portfolio may include:
  • Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
  • Relevant certificates or awards.
  • Previous assessment records.
  • Journals/logbook. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59057   Further Education and Training Certificate: Telecommunication Network Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    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. TELKOM SA SOC LTD 
    2. Tira Telecoms 
    3. Triple Play Fibre Optic Solutions 



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