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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct a guided birding experience 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335814  Conduct a guided birding experience 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Guiding 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Hospitality, Tourism, Travel, Gaming and Leisure 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
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 conduct a guided birding experience.

On achievement of this unit standard the learner will understand and be able to:
  • Conduct a tour to locate, identify and interpret birds.
  • Discuss avian behaviour.
  • Describe seasonal changes in distribution and behaviour of important species.
  • Use a bird field guide. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Conduct a tour to locate, identify and interpret birds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Bird species in the field are located and identified within the area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Interesting features of birds in the region including are described in terms of their characteristics flight patterns, calls and sounds. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Characteristics include flight patterns, calls, sounds, breeding patterns, habitat, cultural myths and uses of birds and their ethnic names.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The distribution patterns of birds are discussed with special reference to local endemics, near endemics and specials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An identification is made of any important or interesting bird sites in the area. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Breeding colonies; drinking places; roosting sites and seasonal wetlands.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Discuss avian behaviour. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A discussion and interpretation is given in the field, of avian behaviour. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Interpretation of obvious behaviour:
  • Signs and sounds made by these birds; flight patterns; life cycles and development; nesting; parenting; territories and home ranges; migration and seasonal movements and social behaviour.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A selection is made of aspects of avian behaviour that are likely to appeal to a particular audience. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ecological interactions between birds and their environment are interpreted in the field. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe seasonal changes in distribution and behaviour of important species. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    General seasonal changes in bird populations are described as applicable to a specific area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A brief discussion is provided of general and local seasonal movements of "flagship" species. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Seasonal patterns of behaviour of "flagship" species are described in terms of breeding, migration and appearance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Use a bird field guide. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Species are located in a field guide. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The field guide is used in the wild environment to assist with the identification of unusual or difficult species or species in obscure plumage conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The field guide is used to communicate descriptive information to participants. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard for the purposes of achieving credits, including through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution recognised for assessment purposes by the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA), or one with an appropriate Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard, or assessing this unit standard, for the purposes of achieving credits must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/AN/AN/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving is reflected in locating and identifying birds in a specific area and discussing and interpreting avian behaviour. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork is demonstrated when organizing and managing tour groups during the course of conducting a guided birding experience with participants. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The collation and interpretation of data is shown by the use of field guides. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The use of technology is show by the use of binoculars. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal development through responsible citizenship is shown by adhering to laws, rules and regulations pertaining to conservation areas and when guiding in 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  71549   Further Education and Training Certificate: Tourist Guiding  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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.
     
    NONE 



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