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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Construct a contour plan to determine the dip and strike of a plane 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
376159  Construct a contour plan to determine the dip and strike of a plane 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Fabrication and Extraction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 
This Unit Standard will be useful to people who are responsible to construct a contour plan utilising predetermined elevation data points to determine the dip and strike of geological planar feature.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding required to construct a contour plan utilising predetermined elevation points to determine the dip and strike of a plane.
  • Plan and construct a contour plan from predetermined elevation points.
  • Determine and document the dip and strike of a plane using the constructed contour plan. 

  • 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 an understanding to construct a contour plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The methodology is described to develop and compile a contour plan utilising predetermined elevation points. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The identification of anomalous and inadequate data points in terms of the effect on the reliability of a contour plan and the determination of accurate dip and strikes is explained in terms of the relevant procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Anomalous data points are dealt with and described according to sound geological principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Faulting.
  • Folding.
  • Intrusive bodies.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The orientation of a plane is explained in terms of its characteristics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Strike.
  • True dip.
  • Apparent dip.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The difference between true and apparent dip is explained in terms of their relevance in determining the dip and strike of a plane. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The legal aspects are described relating to safety and environmental considerations in terms of specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Construct a contour plan from predetermined elevation points. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The instruments that are required for the construction of a contour plan are selected, examined and verified in accordance with the work instruction received. Defective items are dealt with in accordance with laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The workplace details are determined and verified, all in accordance with the work instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The format of the elevation data supplied is confirmed, verified and corrected if applicable to the relevant datum, in accordance with sound geological practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Mean sea level.
  • Datum Line.
  • Coordinates.
  • Units of measure.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The elevation data are transferred manually onto the relevant plan at an appropriate scale in accordance with sound geological practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The point data is systematically and manually interpolated and contoured in accordance with the relevant method. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Anomalous data points, when found, are compared and confirmed with the original data and errors in the data is immediately marked in accordance with site-specific procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Sudden change in the gradient of the values between any two or more points.
  • Sudden change in the trend direction of the contour lines.
  • Specific data point and point value that is not consistent with the values of adjacent point data.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
  • The completed contour map is examined for any inconsistencies and anomalous data, as identified in 2.6, and corrected in accordance with site-specific requirements. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Determine and document the dip and strike of a plane. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The dip and strike of the identified plane is correctly determined and recorded according to laid down procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Strike.
  • True dip direction.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The instruments, materials and equipment are cleaned and ensured to be ready for future use and any defective items are reported in accordance with site-specific procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The necessary report(s) and/or plots are compiled in the required format and submitted to the relevant personnel in accordance with site-specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The completion of the work is communicated to the relevant personnel 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 construct a contour plan from data points.
  • The ability to determine and record the dip and strike from a contour plan.
  • The ability to identify and recognise anomalous conditions that affect the accuracy of measuring techniques. 

  • 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 cognitive ability of the learner to construct a contour plan to determine the dip and strike of a plane, contributes to his/her problem solving ability and will indicate the learner's problem solving capabilities by using critical and creative thinking to make decisions. 

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

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to accept and interpret work instructions indicates that he/she can work effectively as a team member in the bigger organisational environment. 

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

    Note:
  • The selecting of the appropriate plan and contour interval for the specific data set will indicate that the learner can manage and organise activities responsibly and effectively. 

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

    Note:
  • The correct formatting and plotting of data and determination of the contours will indicate that the learner can 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 construction of the contour plan and the recording and reporting of the results in the correct format will indicate the learner's efficiency in mathematical reasoning and written presentations. 

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

    Note:
  • The effective interpretation of contour plans in determining the dip and strike of a plane in accordance with accepted geological procedures would 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 identify anomalous data and to deal with this by applying problem solving techniques will indicate his/her proficiency in understanding that a specific action or decision taken have more than one effect. 

  • 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:

    Specific Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Legal:
    > Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health and Safety Act and Regulations, 1996 (Act 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act 50/1991).
    > Mandatory Codes of Practice.
    > SANS and other relevant Standards.
    > Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives/Instructions.
    > Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines.
  • Site Specific:
    > Working guides.
    > Training manuals.
    > Education manuals. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  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: 
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