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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct surface geological surveys 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
376142  Conduct surface geological surveys 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Fabrication and Extraction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
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 
People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate the knowledge required to lay out an elementary grid and to use basic measuring instruments.
  • Prepare to lay out a grid on surface.
  • Lay out a grid.
  • Compile and present completion report. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of elementary grid and the use of basic measuring instruments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The various recognised methods and the use of the appropriate equipment when laying out an elementary grid are described in terms of standard geological practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The contents of the work instruction and the consequences of non-compliance with the requirements are described in terms of the potential impact on the reliability of the geological information that will be obtained from the grid points. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The potential effect on the reliability of the geological information if the grid layout is incorrect is described in the context of mining operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Geophysical surveys.
  • Geochemical surveys.
  • Geological mapping.
  • Drilling.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Lay out a grid on surface. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Permission to enter the work area, when required, is obtained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective equipment is selected and examined for any defects and used in accordance with legal and site specific requirements. Defective personal protective equipment is dealt with in accordance with laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The tools, materials and equipment required to lay out the grid are selected, examined and verified in accordance with the work instruction received. Defective tools, materials and equipment are dealt with in accordance with site specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Potential and actual hazardous and sub-standard conditions found during the examination of the work area are dealt with in accordance with legal and site-specific requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include any one or a combination of the following:
  • Slippery surfaces.
  • Electricity in close proximity to water.
  • Poor visibility.
  • Broken rock.
  • Excessive accumulation of surface water.
  • Excessive surface gradients.
  • Operating machinery in close proximity.
  • Adverse weather conditions (lightning).
  • Dangerous reptiles/animals.
  • Poisonous insects.
  • Chemical and solid mineral matter contamination.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The grid starting point is correctly located and verified in accordance with the work instruction received. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The terrain is assessed in terms of its suitability for laying out the required grid and any unsuitable conditions encountered are dealt with in accordance with the work instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The tools, materials and equipment required to lay out the grid are used in accordance with the laid down procedures and manufacturer's specifications, when required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The base line is laid out from the starting point in accordance with the requirements of the work instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The grid lines are laid out from the base line in accordance with the required grid pattern and the grid line intersection points are demarcated in accordance with the work instruction. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Compile and present completion report. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The tools, materials and equipment are cleaned and ensured to be ready for future use in accordance with site-specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The work area place is cleaned to comply with documented and recognised good housekeeping practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The completion reports are submitted in the required format and in accordance with site specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Completion of the work is communicated to the relevant personnel, when required, in accordance with site-specific requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the context of the unit standard:
  • The ability to use basic survey equipment correctly.
  • The legal requirements pertaining to the correct use of personal protective equipment and the effect on the health and safety of the individual.
  • The ability to identify and recognise anomalous conditions that affect the accuracy of the grid pattern.
  • An understanding that the learner's output can have a significant effect on the processing of geological data if the grid pattern is incorrectly laid out. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to identify and verify various potential anomalous conditions and deviations that can affect the grid pattern and positioning/demarcation of the grid intersections contributes to his/her problem solving ability. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note:
  • The ability and willingness of the learner to accept and interpret work instructions correctly and to request assistance, when required, in an appropriate manner indicates that he/she can work effectively as a team member in the wider organisational structure. Other personnel will use the grid and the standard of work performance will affect the efficiency of the team or group as a whole. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note:
  • The correct laying out of the grid within set legal and time constraints will indicate that the learner can organise and manage activities in his/her work environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to select and correctly apply the appropriate technique to lay out a grid and to deal with anomalous conditions to an acceptable standard will enhance his/her proficiency to collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Note:
  • The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazardous and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective oral communication. The compilation and submission of the completion report to the required format and standard will indicate his/her proficiency in effective written communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note:
  • The correct use of equipment and technology will indicate that the learner is proficient in the appropriate use of science and technology. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to understand that a specific problem cannot be solved in isolation, and that external factors need to be considered. 

  • 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 
    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Minerals Act and Regulations 50/1991.
  • Mine Health and Safety Act 29/1996.
  • National Water Act, 36/1998.

    Site Specific:
  • Managerial instructions, including work instructions.
  • Codes of practice.
  • Standard task procedures.
  • Risk assessment documentation.
  • Working guides.
  • Training manuals.
  • Education manuals .
  • Geological textbooks.

    Tools, Material and Equipment can include the following:
  • Tapes.
  • Measuring wheels.
  • Cables and ropes.
  • Compasses.
  • Sighting instruments.
  • Optical square, levelling instruments and ranging rods.
  • Global Positioning System. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  77963   Further Education and Training Certificate: Mining/Exploration Geology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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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