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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain the planning and scheduling of tasks in a production environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116218  Explain the planning and scheduling of tasks in a production environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
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 learner achieving this unit standard will be able to understand the use of day to day planning and scheduling for optimal production in the agricultural processing environment. The learner will also be able to make useful inputs in the planning and scheduling process. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agriculture and management, creating a valuable human resource within the agricultural sector.

Learners will understand the importance of the application of business principles in agricultural production with specific reference to production/conversion.

They will be able to operate farming practices as businesses and will gain the knowledge and skills to move from a subsistence orientation to an economic orientation in agriculture. Farmers will gain the knowledge and skills to access mainstream agriculture through a business-orientated approach to agriculture. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will demonstrate competence against the unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 2: Define and understand production systems and production management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain production planning and the different levels of planning that can be used in production planning activities. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Production planning refers to but is not limited to the choices between enterprises and processes, inputs, processing processes, markets and standards, etc. to which the final product should comply. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different levels of planning encountered in the agricultural production process is described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Types of planning referred to include but are not limited to short- (operational), medium- (tactical), and long-term (strategic) production planning.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Enterprise and product options are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Enterprise refer to but is not limited to the different products that can be produced.
  • Products refer to but is not limited to the end results after the conversion process.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Factors influencing the planning process are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relationship between income and expenditures, costing, budgeting are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Only the basic definitions and relations need to be address.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of scheduling. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Scheduling refers to but is not limited to the day-to-day activity planning of the various production processes. Activities refer to but are not limited to the timely usage of the specific inputs, processes and outputs scheduled such as planting dates, fertilising, pruning, harvesting, feeding, mating periods, vaccinations, selling, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Scheduling is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The different scheduling techniques are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Forward and backward scheduling is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of control over schedules is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate production optimisation techniques. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Optimising techniques include but are not limited to the recording of parameters related to inputs, processes and output, basic analysis and adaptation thereof. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An understanding of the recording of agricultural inputs and the measurement against parameters and goals are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An understanding of the recording of agricultural production and process data and the measurement against goals is demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Data include but are not limited to process and production environmental data such as temperature, growth ratios, feed and fertiliser conversion schedules, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to record agricultural production output data and measure it against parameters and goals is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The basic ability to statistically analyse recorded data and to analyse productivity of agricultural processes based on the analysis is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The ability to adapt agricultural inputs and processes to achieve required output is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate the ability to make meaningful comments on the planning and scheduling process. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Comment may be made but is not limited to the timely usage of the specific inputs, processes and outputs scheduled such as planting dates, fertilising, pruning, harvesting, feeding, mating periods, vaccinations, selling, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An understanding of production planning is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An understanding of scheduling by making useful inputs with regard to the activities and timeframes, in the planned schedule is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The implementation of various management decisions regarding planning, implementing and optimisation agricultural production processes is demonstrated. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then thy should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant 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 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • The procedures to follow with production planning and scheduling.
  • The purpose of production planning and scheduling.
  • The various production methods encountered in agricultural processing.
  • Basic statistics.
  • Basic presentation skills.
  • Basic meeting procedure.
  • Scheduling techniques.
  • Planning methodologies.
  • Interpersonal relations.
  • The purpose of learning about production / conversion planning.
  • Data recording and analysis techniques. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and management relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development relates to all specific outcomes. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49048   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  57877   National Certificate: CNC Production Machining  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  49052   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  58785   National Certificate: Production Technology  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  58862   National Certificate: Electro-Mechanical Winding  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  59365   National Certificate: Freight Forwarding and Customs Compliance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  91926   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  58779   Further Education and Training Certificate: Production Technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Barloworld South Africa (Pty) Ltd T/A Barloworld-Equipment (ISANDO) (T 
    3. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    4. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    5. Centre for Logistics Excellence Pty Ltd 
    6. Circleway College 
    7. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    8. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Umbumbulu Campus 
    9. College of Production Technology 
    10. DB Schenker Logistics Campus NMEA Pty Ltd 
    11. ELSENBURG AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE 
    12. Fantique Trade 664 Cc 
    13. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Fundi Training Centre (BENONI) (TP) 
    14. Global Maritime Legal Solutions Pty Ltd 
    15. Heedmorine Training 
    16. Ikusasa Lethu Projects and Training (Pty) Ltd 
    17. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    18. Institute for Telling Development T/A ITD Training (MENLYN PARK) (TP) 
    19. Interocean School of Shipping 
    20. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    21. JESUA CONSULTANTS (Hartenbos) (WA) 
    22. Jesua Consultants (Pty) Ltd (MOSSEL BAY) (TP) 
    23. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    24. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    25. Learning Exchange Pty Ltd 
    26. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    27. MacSteel Services Centres SA (WADEVILLE) (TP) 
    28. Maishamalema Development Training 
    29. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    30. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    31. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    32. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    33. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    34. Mvelo Consultant 
    35. National Institute For The Deaf - NID 
    36. Nautical Star Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    37. Northlink College - Wingfield Campus 
    38. OPTIMUM LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES PTY LTD 
    39. Organisation Development International (Pty) Ltd (CENTURION) (TP) 
    40. Organisational Development International (TP) 
    41. P and R Development and Training (Pty) Ltd 
    42. Peritum Agri Institute 
    43. Production Management Institute 
    44. Production Management Institute of Southern Africa (PMI) 
    45. Production Management Institute of Southern Africa (PMI) - Johannesburg 
    46. Production Management Institute of Southern Africa - Durban 
    47. PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE SA PTY LTD (PORT ELIZABETH) 
    48. QTE Training & Consulting cc T/A QTE (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    49. Quantum Leap College Pty Ltd 
    50. Rema Tip Top SA (Pty) Ltd (BENONI) (TP) 
    51. Royal Impression Academy 
    52. Sabela Learning Academy 
    53. Scaw Metals Group (Pty) Ltd T/A Scaw Metals (DINWIDDIE) (TP) 
    54. School of Shipping 
    55. SEDIBENG TRAINING CENTRE 
    56. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    57. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    58. Setlakala Business Development 
    59. Sharp Edge Consulting and Training 
    60. Southern Seas Institute CC 
    61. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    62. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    63. THE NEW RECLAMATION GROUP (PTY) LTD (Prospecton) (TP) 
    64. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC 
    65. The Skills Development Hub (Pty) Ltd 
    66. Tompi Seleka Agricultural College 
    67. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    68. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    69. Training Consultant and SD College 
    70. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    71. Training Force (Pty) Ltd (Durban) (TP) 
    72. Tripple R Training Provider 
    73. UKWAKHILE TRAINING 
    74. Vari Holdings (Pty)Ltd 
    75. Wavelength T.T.I 
    76. Westco Agri Training 
    77. WHSE Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    78. Wide Horizon Advanced Training (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    79. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    80. World Focus 382 cc T/A Richards Bay Technical Training & Assessment Centre (ZCBF) (RICHARDS BAY) (TP) 



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