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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Describe the properties of materials found in the workplace and describe their impact on the environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13165  Describe the properties of materials found in the workplace and describe their impact on the environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
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 1  NQF Level 01 
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 skills, values and knowledge reflected in this unit standard are required by people in the field of manufacturing, engineering and technology.

The learning outcomes in this unit standard contribute to the exit level outcomes which provide access to workplace based learning programmes for occupationally focused qualifications in this field, and provide qualifying learners with access to a range of further learning at NQF level 2.

Qualifying learners are able to recognise materials related to their workplace, to understand their physical properties and how these relate to their applications, to describe and discuss issues related to the handling and storage of materials, and to describe their impact on the environment in terms of their sources, waste management and recycling. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This unit standard has been designed as a basic introduction to the skills, values and knowledge it embodies, and does not assume any prior learning or experience of materials or their impact on the environment. The credits allocated to this unit standard assume that a learner is already competent in communication and numeracy at ABET Level 3. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The scope and level of this unit standard is determined by the ranges as indicated under the specific outcomes. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Recognise the various materials related to the work process 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Materials: metal, plastic, glass, gasses, solvents, ceramics, etc, related to the manufacturing, assembly or engineering process in a specific working environment.

Recognition includes identification of containers and/or transport mechanisms for materials, eg gas lines and gas cylinders. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The role of materials in the workplace is understood. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators and understanding confirmed

1. Explanations are accurate
2. Explain and discuss the reasons for using a particular material for a specific application
3. Describe the impact of incorrect disposal of waste or scrap
4. Discuss recycling opportunities
5. Describe the correct handling and storage procedures for various materials and explain the consequences of incorrect handling and storage 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Understand the physical properties of the materials, relate them to the way the materials are used. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Understand the physical properties of the materials and relate them to the way the materials are used. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Physical properties: electrical (conductor / non-conductor), heat / thermal (conductor / non-conductor), hardness, chemical solubility, optical, magnetic, tensile strength, degradability, etc. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The role of materials in the workplace is understood. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators and understanding confirmed

1. Explanations are accurate
2. Explain and discuss the reasons for using a particular material for a specific application
3. Describe the impact of incorrect disposal of waste or scrap
4. Discuss recycling opportunities
5. Describe the correct handling and storage procedures for various materials and explain the consequences of incorrect handling and storage 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Describe and discuss the handling and storage of materials in the workplace 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Handling of materials: transporting, use of personal protective clothing and equipment.

Storage: appropriate storage of gasses, volatile liquids, corrosive chemicals, raw materials (plastic, glass, steel) etc. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The role of materials in the workplace is understood. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Indicators and understanding confirmed

1. Explanations are accurate
2. Explain and discuss the reasons for using a particular material for a specific application
3. Describe the impact of incorrect disposal of waste or scrap
4. Discuss recycling opportunities
5. Describe the correct handling and storage procedures for various materials and explain the consequences of incorrect handling and storage 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Describe the environmental impact of the materials in terms of 
OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Source of the material (renewable / non-renewable)
  • End product
  • By-products 
  • OUTCOME RANGE 
    Environmental impact relates to: pollution, waste management, recycling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The role of materials in the workplace is understood. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators and understanding confirmed

    1. Explanations are accurate
    2. Explain and discuss the reasons for using a particular material for a specific application
    3. Describe the impact of incorrect disposal of waste or scrap
    4. Discuss recycling opportunities
    5. Describe the correct handling and storage procedures for various materials and explain the consequences of incorrect handling and storage 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the MERSETA Education and Training Quality Assuror (ETQA) who has jurisdiction over this field of learning.

    The assessor will (at the very least) be accredited and have a technical qualification in this learning area.

    The learner can be assessed in the language of his/her choice although if s/he has to report incidents or conditions to some one else, s/he will be assessed on his/her ability to report in the language commonly used in the working environment.

    The learner can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    1. Names and functions of:
  • Materials
  • Containers
  • Transport systems

    2. Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Colour coding for gas bottles / lines
  • Raw materials and final product of a chemical process
  • Terminology to describe properties
  • Attributes, properties and characteristics of various materials
  • Relative hardness (including metals, ceramics, etc)
  • Optical properties (refraction / reflection)
  • Exothermic / endothermic processes
  • Electrical and magnetic properties

    3. Sensory cues:
  • Related to leaks or spillage

    4. Processes and events:
  • Exothermic / endothermic processes

    5. Cause and effect, implications of:
  • Spillage
  • Incorrect disposal of waste
  • Incorrect choice or use of materials

    6. Procedures and techniques
  • For handling and storage of various materials

    7. Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards
  • Legal requirements relating to environmental issues, pollution, storage, etc

    8. Theory: rules, principles, laws
  • Rules and principles relating to, for e.g.:
  • Safety symbols
  • Electricity e.g. current flow / conduction
  • Temperature, including heat conduction / insulation
  • Hardness
  • Strength
  • Changes of state
  • Expansion and contraction
  • Magnetism

    9. Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship between the properties of the materials and their applications
  • Relationship between the properties of materials and the appropriate handling and storage methods and conditions
  • Exothermic / endothermic processes 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Environmental implications of use of materials 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Recognise materials on the basis of physical appearance or packaging
  • Categorise materials in terms of their properties 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Use the names of materials and the terminology to describe their properties 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Understanding of material properties and their implications for the environment
  • Relate scientific concepts to the properties of the materials 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Relate the physical properties of materials to their applications 

  • 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  49753   General Education and Training Certificate: General Technical Practice  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 
    Core  23253   National Certificate (GETC): Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Activities  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  66029   General Education and Training Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  66512   National Certificate: Foundry Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2013-11-07  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. Alvern Cables (Pty) Ltd (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    2. BMW SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    3. Bridgestone South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Brits Plant (BRITS) (TP) 
    4. Bridgestone South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Isando Branch (ISANDO) (TP) 
    5. Bridgestone South Africa (Pty) Ltd - PE Plant (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    6. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    7. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Umbumbulu Campus 
    8. College of Production Technology 
    9. Continental Tyres SA (Pty) Ltd (NEW BRIGHTON) (TP) 
    10. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    11. Eastcape Training Centre 
    12. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    13. First Car Care (Pty) Ltd T/A STi Autobody Repairers (GOODWOOD) (TP) 
    14. Goodyear SA (Pty) Ltd (UITENHAGE) (TP) 
    15. HT MARKTECH 
    16. Industries Education & Training Institute (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    17. INSTITUTE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT: FLORIDA 
    18. INTEGRATED ADULT TRAINING 
    19. INTERACTIVE TUTOR (PTY) LIMITED 
    20. ISAZI TRAINING 
    21. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    22. JESUA CONSULTANTS (Hartenbos) (WA) 
    23. Jesua Consultants (Pty) Ltd (MOSSEL BAY) (TP) 
    24. JMC TECHNICAL TRAINING (Bloemfontein)(TP) 
    25. Masiqhame Trading 81 cc T/A Kim's Welding School (AUSTERVILLE) (TP) 
    26. MT & HR Training Consultants (Pty) Ltd (DURBAN) (TP) 
    27. Nissan SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    28. Northlink College - Wingfield Campus 
    29. Port Elizabeth Draughting Academy & Trading cc T/A PE Draughting Acade 
    30. Production Management Institute 
    31. Production Management Institute of Southern Africa (PMI) 
    32. Production Management Institute of Southern Africa (PMI) - Johannesburg 
    33. Production Management Institute of Southern Africa - Durban 
    34. PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE SA PTY LTD (PORT ELIZABETH) 
    35. QTE Training & Consulting cc T/A QTE (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    36. Sabela Learning Academy 
    37. Scaw Metals Group (Pty) Ltd T/A Scaw Metals (DINWIDDIE) (TP) 
    38. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    39. Swift Skills Academy (SASOLBURG) (TP) 
    40. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP) 
    41. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    42. Training Force (Pty) Ltd (Durban) (TP) 
    43. Triple E Training Holdings (Pty) Ltd (KRUGERDORP) (TP) 
    44. TRY EASY ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    45. Wide Horizon Advanced Training (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    46. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    47. WISPECO ALUMINIUM (Alrode)(Project Site NVC)(TP) 



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