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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Analyse environmental impacts in rural areas 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119905  Analyse environmental impacts in rural areas 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Geography 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies General Social Science 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 is intended for learners who have not studied geography and who are required to apply geographical knowledge and skill in authentic situations. It will be useful for learners in Local Government who are responsible for implementing change, District Municipalities, Extension Officers, Health Workers in rural clinics, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and learners who are required to understand Environmental Impact Reports (EIAs).

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Describing how humans impact on the physical environment.
  • Explaining how humans have impacted on the physical environment of selected places.
  • Analysing the changes in selected rural areas. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe how humans impact on the physical environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Human activities in a rural environment are explained in terms of the potential impact on the physical environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Positive and negative impact.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Activities that impact positively and negatively on the physical environment are described with reference to changing attitudes and values. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Attitudes and values include conventional and indigenous knowledge systems.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The impact of population growth on the physical environment is explained with reference to how people use land. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain how humans have impacted on the physical environment in selected places. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The practice of overgrazing is explained with reference to the effect on the physical environment, the water table and the long-term economic implications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The practice of deforestation is explained with reference to the effect of the water table, unsustainable harvesting and the long-term economic implications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The problems associated with pollution in a local area are explained with reference to changes in lifestyle and waste management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Problems related to the introduction of alien vegetation are explained with reference to the effect on the nutrient value of the soil, the water supply and local ecosystems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The positive and negative impact of veld fires on the local environment is explained with reference to how they change economic practice and the local environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The positive and negative impact of dam construction on the local environment is explained with reference to local ecosystems, biodiversity, habitat destruction. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Analyse the changes in selected rural areas. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The positive changes in a rural environment as a result of human habitation are analysed with reference to improved infrastructure and initiatives by local inhabitants. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Changes include, but are not limited to, primary healthcare facilities, schools, basic services, potable water, electricity and roads.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The negative changes in a rural environment as a result of human habitation are analysed with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Changes include, but are not limited to, poverty, migration, breakdown of family systems, pollution, erosion, social and cultural breakdown and disease.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Changes in lifestyle as a result of change in selected rural areas are described with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Changes includes, but are not limited to, networking methods, social changes, changing attitudes and values, employment and the use of the environment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Implications of changes in transport networks and infrastructure are analysed with reference to the potential for economic activities, health and general wellness, education and the impact on the rural environment. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessors for this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the appropriate ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the appropriate ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the appropriate ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information in investigating the impact of human habitation on selected natural environments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively in explaining changes in rural environments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • The learner is able to demonstrate cultural sensitivity in investigating the changes in selected areas as a result of human habitation.
  • The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems in recognising the role of humans in changing the natural environment. 

  • 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 
    Search words:
  • Rural development
  • Human impact
  • Environment
  • Environmental impact assessment 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49836   Further Education and Training Certificate: Gender Practice  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  65989   Further Education and Training Certificate: Human Settlements Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    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.
     
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