FET Certificate: IT: Systems Development (Computer Programming)

Certificate | Full Time

SAQA ID
78965

NQF
Level 4

Credits
165

The Further Education and Training Certificate in Information Technology: Systems Development level 4 is designed as an entry-level qualification in the software development field. This programme will equip learners with competency to develop and maintain software applications in most IT environments as a junior programmer. Learners will also be equipped with interpersonal and business skills.

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+Duration

1-year full time study according to the NQF notional hours

+Career fields

Learners could pursue a career as a:

  • Junior Computer System Developer
  • Junior Computer Programmer
  • Junior Computer System Analyst

+Certification

  • Upon successful completion of the whole programme, i.e. competence achieved in the summative assessments, the successful completion of the WIL component, and provided the learner’s PoE is found competent, the learner will receive a Damelin Results Letter outlining the unit standards covered.
  • Damelin will apply to MICT SETA on the learner’s behalf for the Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Development, SAQA ID 78965, NQF level 4, 165 credits to be awarded.

+Admission Requirements

  • Foundational skills in English and Mathematics at NQF level 3/Grade 11 or equivalent
  • Ability to use a personal computer competently
  • Competence in the unit standard, "Participate in formal meetings", NQF Level 2 (ID 14911), as completed in this learning programme

+Additional Costs

Additional assessment fees may be applicable. Refer to Academic Fee Schedule.

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+Programme Outline

A) INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
  • Describe problem analysis and program design techniques variables, constants, calculations
  • Describe different data representations used in computer programmes
  • Describe the basic principles of Computer Programming
  • Describe the principles used in designing a computer programme
  • Operate computer programming development tools
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different data representations used in computer programmes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental programming principles
  • Demonstrate an understanding of high level programming language concepts
B) INTRODUCTION TO NETWORKING
  • Describe data communication
  • Demonstrate knowledge of main features of LANs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of main features of WANs
C) CONCEPT OF COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE
  • Explain computer architecture elements
  • Explain the organisation of a computer
  • Describe the design constraints in the design of instruction sets for computers
D) INTRODUCTION TO WEB DESIGN
  • Plan the use of a multimedia/web-based authoring computer application with scripting
  • Design a multimedia/web-based computer application
  • Identify and save text, graphic elements and animation
  • Create multimedia/web-based computer application scripts
  • Assemble a multimedia/web-based application including scripts
  • Explain the network issues related to Internet applications
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different user interface methods used for Internet applications
  • Explain version control and security issues related to Internet Applications
E) INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEM ANALYSIS
  • Define and analyse the problem
  • Evaluate solutions
  • Implement the solution
  • Describe information systems analysis
  • Explain different systems analysis techniques used in the industry
  • Contribute to team problem solving
  • Contribute to group and/or team function
F) FUNDAMENTALS (REFER TO CAT)
  • English 1st language Level 4
  • South African 2nd language Level 3
  • Mathematical literacy Level 4
G) WORKPLACE LEARNING

This programme includes a compulsory Workplace Learning component. Workplace learning provides important opportunities for professional and personal growth. It addresses specific competencies identified for the acquisition of the qualification, which relates to the development of skills that will make the learner employable and will assist in developing his/her personal skills.