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Unit Standard 116931 Learner Guide

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Unit Standard Title

Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based web-browser to search the Internet

NQF Level: 2

Credits: 4


This unit standard is intended for people who need to use a GUI-based web browser to search for information on the Internet either as a user of computers or as basic knowledge for a career in the ICT industry.

The performance of all elements is to a standard that allows for further learning in this area.

Learning assumed to be in place

The credit value of this unit standard is calculated assuming a person has the prior knowledge and skills to:

  • Read, write, communicate and comprehend at least at GET level.
  • Operate a personal computer system
  • Managing files in a GUI environment.
  • Use generic functions in a GUI-environment.

Unit standard range

This standard is applicable to any browser application that operates in a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based environment

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Specific Outcome 1: Understand the concepts and terms of the Internet.

Assessment Criteria

  1. The concepts are explained in terms of their meaning and relation to the use of the Internet as a whole.
  2. The structure of a web address (URL – Universal Resource Locator) is explained using an example
  3. Web Browsers are explained in terms of their purpose and use
  4. Examples of Web Browsers are given
  5. Search Engines are explained in terms of their purpose and use
  6. Examples of Search Engines are given
  7. Cookies are explained in terms of their purpose and use
  8. Internet Cache is explained in terms of its purpose and use
  9. The benefits of using the Internet are explained
  10. The limitations of using the Internet are explained

Specific Outcome 2: Explain legal and ethical issues in relation to Internet use.

Assessment Criteria

  1. The explanation includes the implications of various acts, in terms of using information from the Internet
  2. The explanation includes implications of providing Internet access to individuals in terms of security of information, and virus protection
  3. The explanation includes security considerations of using the Internet

Specific Outcome 3: Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based browser to display a given Web Page.

  1. A connection is made with the World Wide Web
  2. A browser application is opened
  3. The given Web Page is displayed
  4. A Web Page is saved as a file
  5. A Web Page is stopped from loading
  6. A Web Page is refreshed
  7. The browser Home Page is changed
  8. The browser application is closed

Specific Outcome 4: Adjust settings to customise the view and preferences of the browser application

  1. Adjust settings to customise the view and preferences of the browser application
  2. Toolbars are displayed and hidden
  3. Images on a Web page are displayed and hidden
  4. Previously visited URLs are listed
  5. The list of previously visited URLs is deleted

Specific Outcome 5: Navigate on the Internet

  1. Links are activated and control is past back to the original page
  2. Control is past backwards and forwards through pages of a website
  3. Text is extracted from a web page and copied into a file
  4. An image on a web page is saved to a file
  5. Web pages are bookmarked
  6. Bookmarks are deleted

Specific Outcome 6: Use a Search Engine to locate given information specifications

  1. Search Engines are identified and opened
  2. A simple search locates information that matches the given information specifications
  3. A complex search locates information that matches the given information specifications

Specific Outcome 7: Obtain information from a Web site

  1. Web site information is saved to a local storage device
  2. Information is downloaded to a local storage device

Specific Outcome 8: Print a Web Page.

  1. A web page is previewed in print format
  2. Web page is formatted for printing
  3. A web page is printed to the connected printer
  4. The results of a search are printed

Unit Standard Essential Embedded Knowledge

  • Proficient in relevant application packages.
  • Performance of all elements is to be carried out in accordance with organisation standards and procedures, unless otherwise stated. Organisation standards and procedures may cover: quality assurance, documentation, security, communication, health and safety, and personal behaviour.
  • Performance of all elements complies with the laws of South Africa, especially with regard to copyright, privacy, health and safety, and consumer rights.
  • All activities must comply with any policies, procedures and requirements of the organisations involved, the ethical codes of relevant professional bodies and any relevant legislative and/ or regulatory requirements.
  • Performance of all elements is to be completed within the normal range of time and cost that would be expected in a professional environment (e.g. In a commercial or government organisation).
  • The explanation of issues includes key features of an organisation`s policy and procedures for Internet use, including their rationale.

Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO)

  • Unit Standard CCFO Identifying Identify and solve problems in which responses display that decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made
  • Unit Standard CCFO Organising: Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively
  • Unit Standard CCFO Collecting: Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information
  • Unit standard CCFO Communicating: Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when engaging with the subject
  • Unit Standard CCFO Science: Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others