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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Install large network elements 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246675  Install large network elements 
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 4  NQF Level 04  12 
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 large network element installation, 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 installation of large network elements in specific occupations at NQF Levels 4, 5 and 6.

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

The qualifying learner is capable to demonstrate:
  • An understanding of procedures to install large network elements.
  • An ability to prepare for the installation of large network elements.
  • An ability to install large network elements.
  • An ability to conclude an installation successfully.

    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 Electricity and Electronics.
  • Communication, Language and Literacy.
  • Computer Literacy.
  • Hardware layout requirements of system to be installed.
  • System Specific Engineering rules. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this unit standard includes but is not limited to:
  • Exchange Switching Equipment.
  • Telecommunication Equipment with a large footprint.

    The context of this unit standard is performed within structures where stationery, transportation, support structure, communication media, company policies and procedures, cultural ethics, business ethics, work environment, professional conduct, test instrumentation, tools, human resources, customer, engineering material (e.g. brackets, face plates, etc.), equipment, quality standards and anti-static procedures are applicable. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the installation procedures for large network elements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the system installation procedures by using the system installation procedures appropriately in a real life situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of floorplan layout, hardware layout, power requirements, building access requirements and termination of cables by using this information appropriately in a real life situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of acquisition/procurement procedures by using this information appropriately in a real life situation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for the installation of large network element. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Demonstrate the ability to obtain work order and installation documentation correctly in accordance with employer's policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Demonstrate the ability to interpret site location and work instruction correctly as per work order. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Demonstrate the ability to conduct a site inspection correctly in accordance with employer's policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Demonstrate the ability to successfully prepare site for installation as per work order and installation documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Demonstrate the ability to obtain the correct material, equipment and tools for the installation as per work instruction. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Install large network element. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Demonstrate the ability to schedule activities correctly according to priorities as per work order. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Demonstrate the ability to erect or haul cables and wiring into position correctly, as per work instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Demonstrate the ability to install and connect equipment, correctly as per work instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Demonstrate the ability to connect the power supply to the equipment correctly according to equipment/system specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Demonstrate adherence to Health and Safety requirements in accordance with statutory requirements and employer's policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conclude installation of large network element. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Demonstrate adherence to quality requirements in accordance with employer's policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Demonstrate the ability to complete all necessary documentation correctly in accordance with employer's policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Demonstrate the ability to conduct successful hand over of installation in accordance with employer's policies and procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Only ETQA registered assessors with specific expertise in network infrastructure installation 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 
  • Follow employer's policies and procedures.
  • Safety aspects of network element installation.
  • Use of correct tools.
  • Demonstrate project management principles.
  • Scheduling of activities.
  • Teamwork.
  • Principles of electricity. 

  • 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 installing network elements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Learners are able to work effectively with all stakeholders in order to install large network elements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Learners are able to organise and prioritise activities effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners are able to communicate effectively with all stakeholders to complete the installation of large network elements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Learners are able to demonstrate an understanding of the large network element installation procedures. 

    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.
    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 an assessment 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 "install large network elements"; 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.
    > The assessment activities relating to fault repairs on systems should assess all basic fault repair and test equipment usage 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 3 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.

    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 solve routine problems within given timelines.
  • 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. 

  • 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 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.