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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Plan, manage and communicate the train service 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14651  Plan, manage and communicate the train service 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2006-09-05  2009-06-17  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-06-17   2013-06-17  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
264382  Develop a train service  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A learner will be able to compile the Daily Train Service Plan and Next Week`s Train Service Plan by using various systems, e.g. Next Week`s Business, Late Requests, etc; and will be able to identify deviations pro-actively from the train plan to compile "Plan B" to ensure a predictable train service and contribute to safe movement on rail. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Recording of truck and locomotive movements (SPRINT - Spoornet Information Network) - NQF level 4
Plan, manage and execute occupation notices for maintenance of track and related infrastructure - NQF level 5
Execute train operating contingency plan - NQF level 3 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The level assigned to this standard is appropriate because performance must be carried out:
  • under different weather conditions,
  • during day and night time,
  • for different sections/corridors and different systems of train working methods
  • within a specific time span to adhere to predictable service

    This standard is inclusive of rules and procedures regarding:
  • different systems of train working methods
  • occupations (e.g. signals, permanent way and overhead)
  • different types of infrastructure e.g. electrified lines and non-electrified lines
  • network of lines and the topography of the corridor/section
  • crossing point working
  • crossings that can take place 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Gather, verify, analyse and record information on various programmes. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Gather, verify, analyse and record information on various programmes, e.g., Next Week`s Business, Service Management, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Information for truck requirements are gathered from clients and recorded on system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Information for truck requirements are verified with the client. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Information for truck requirements are verified and confirmed on the system. E.g. Next Week`s Business, Service Management, etc. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan a train service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The train service is planned by communicating with relevant depots to determine loads, availability of personnel, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The train service is planned by utilising SPRINT for locomotive, motor coaches, etc availability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The train service is planned by utilising SPRINT to determine empty wagon distribution, next weeks business, etc. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Utilise the DTSP tool to determine which trains should be "switched on". 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Utilise the Daily Train Service Plan (DTSP) tool to determine which trains should be "switched on" (scheduled to run) for each day of the week. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The Next Weeks Business information is used to plan the Daily Train Service Plan (DTSP). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The Next Weeks Empty Business information is used to plan the Daily Train Service Plan (DTSP). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Service codes are used to plan the Daily Train Service Plan (DTSP). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. No unplanned trains are allowed to be "switched on". 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Scheduled (planned trains) trains are activated on the system. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Communicate train plan to the relevant role-players for execution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The train plan is communicated to the relevant role-players for execution. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Monitor train service by means of a countdown procedure. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Monitor train service by means of a countdown procedure in accordance with company-specific procedures and/or software programs, e.g. ETA/ETD. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The train service is monitored by means of a countdown procedure in accordance with company-specific procedures and/or software programs, e.g. ETA/ETD, Advance Notice Display. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. An individual wishing to be assessed against this standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provided institution that has been accredited by the relevant ETQA.
    2. A learner specialising in Rail Operations through this elective standard will be assessed by an assessor who has been certified as competent against the National Certificate in Rail Operations NQF level 5, which must include this standard.
    3. Anyone assessing a learner against this standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant TRANSPORT SETA - ETQA.
    4. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this standard must be registered and accredited as a provider at SAQA.
    5. Moderation of assessment will be done by the relevant ETQA as prescribed. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners can understand and explain the following in a rail environment:

    1. Principles and theory related to all train working methods for the purpose of safe movement on rail
    2. Principles and theory related to specific track and equipment maintenance situations and procedures
    3. Communication process that is required for a specific situation
    4. Relevant elements of POSMOR
    5. Relevant elements of the OHS Act, Act 85 of 1993
    6. Application of computer software programmes
    7. Safety rules and regulations, procedures related to "Contingency Plan" - HAZMAT 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem-solving
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to solve problems by reacting to abnormalities, e.g. rearrangements of trains, locomotive planning, etc. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to work as a team for the safe and timeous movement of rail vehicles under normal and abnormal circumstances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and self-management
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to manage and organise themselves by arranging the train service, adhering and complying to company-specific train working rules/procedures under normal and abnormal circumstances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to critically analyse, evaluate and verify information to compile the Daily Train Service Plan. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to communicate continuously with all role players by utilising various communication media (verbal, radio, written, etc.). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to use modern computer systems and technology. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-related systems
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to understand that environment includes a set of related systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 264382, which is "Develop a train service", Level 5, 10 credits.

    ASSESSMENT PROCESS

    When conducting assessment, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the unit standards being assessed.

    They must ensure that assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge.

    Each environment/situation will be different, it will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the context in which the assessment will take place.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

    During formal training at the provider:
    1. Written tests
    2. Case studies.
    3. Simulation

    During on the job training:
    1. Oral test
    2. Observations
    3. Case studies.

    Integrated final on the job assessment:
    1. Observation
    2. Oral tests
    3. Case studies

    In the Rail Operations environment it will be more effective to assess a number of unit standards together and the assessor must evaluate each assessment request to determine the grouping of the standards for assessment.

    The on line computer system can be used to assess the learner. The learner must be able to "sign on" or "log out" on his own security code. All actual information must be dealt with according to the company specific procedures and the construction of the computer program. This will give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes and skills.

    The integrated assessment must take place in the environment where the learner will work independently on completion of final assessment.

    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience may serve to supplement the assessment of applied competence. The portfolio should include, inter alia:
    1. Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
    2. Relevant certificates or awards.
    3. Previous assessment records.
    4. Journal (Logbook).

    VALUES:

    In addition, the following values should be demonstrated:
  • Safety consciousness
  • Decisiveness
  • Co-operation
  • Sense of urgency (within limits)
  • Judgement
  • Trustworthiness
  • Integrity
  • Sobriety
  • Quality consciousness
  • Assertiveness 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  23893   National Certificate: Rail Operations (Functional Yard Operations)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-06-17  Was TETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  24498   National Certificate: Rail Operations (Train Control)  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-06-17  Was TETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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. PRASA T/A Metrorail Gauteng South 
    2. PRASA T/A Metrorail KwaZulu Natal 
    3. PRASA T/A Metrorail Western Cape 



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