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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plot and extrapolate geological information on a geological map or plan 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
376163  Plot and extrapolate geological information on a geological map or plan 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 plot and extrapolate geological information on a geological map or plan.

People credited with this unit standard can:
  • Demonstrate the knowledge required to plot and extrapolate geological information on a geological map or plan.
  • Prepare to plot and extrapolate geological information on a geological map or plan.
  • Plot and extrapolate geological information on a geological map or plan.
  • Compile and present the completed plan and reports. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of plotting and extrapolating geological information on a geological map or plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The potential and actual implications are described of inaccurately plotted data, in terms of sound geological practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Geological interpretation.
  • Future mine planning.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The sources of potential data are described in terms of sound geological practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Geological plans and databases.
  • Borehole logs.
  • Geological mapping.
  • Survey plans and data bases.
  • Sampling plans and data bases.
  • Topographical sheets.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of non-compliance are explained in terms of the possible and probable impact on the subsequent safety, geological interpretation, mine planning and exploitation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The different data types are described in terms of the source of each data type, the contents of each data type and the relationship with other data types. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The theoretical principles required to plot geological data are discussed, described and demonstrated in terms of sound geological practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The means to plot geological data on various geological plans and maps are discussed and demonstrated in terms of sound geological practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The methods used to reduce raw geological data to data that can be plotted on geological plans or maps are described and demonstrated in terms of sound geological practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The potential errors that may be encountered during a geological data collation and validation programme are identified and the means to correct them are described and demonstrated in terms of sound geological practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to plot and extrapolate geological information on a geological map or plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Permission to enter the workplace, when required, is obtained in accordance with laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The sources of geological data are ascertained, accessed and confirmed to be complete in terms of sound geological practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Geology data base.
  • Survey data base.
  • Sampling data base.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The raw data is obtained, confirmed to be complete and organised into the different data types in accordance with the relevant procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Anomalous data are noted and recorded and corrective measures applied within the constraints of the level of responsibility and authority in accordance with the relevant procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Incomplete data.
  • Non-sorted/random data.
  • Non-standardised data.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The tools, materials and equipment that are required for the procedure are selected, examined and verified in accordance with the work instruction received. Defective tools, materials and equipment are dealt with in accordance with the laid down procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Hazardous and sub-standard conditions found during examination of the workplace are dealt with in accordance with laid down procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Include any one or a combination of the following:
  • Slippery surfaces.
  • Electricity in close proximity to water.
  • Poor illumination.
  • Faulty wiring.
  • Excessive dust.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plot and extrapolate geological information on a geological map or plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Work related hazards and associated risks that have an effect on a safe and healthy work environment are dealt with in accordance with the laid down procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include any one or a combination of the following:
  • Eyestrain.
  • Incorrect posture.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The raw data are listed in terms of the data type and relevant fields in the required format and anomalous data in accordance with the laid down procedures and requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Data from different sources are integrated into a single data base in accordance with laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The data are validated in accordance with the work instruction and laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Basic calculations are performed on the data in accordance with the work instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The tools, materials and equipment required for the plotting procedure are used in accordance with the laid down procedures and manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Data are plotted on the relevant geological plans or maps and anomalous data, when encountered, are recorded in accordance with the laid down procedures and requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Compile and present reports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The collated and validated data are dealt with in accordance with the work instruction and laid down procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Stored on site.
  • Transferred to a central or temporary database.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The original data are returned and archived in accordance with laid down procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The workplace is cleaned in accordance with documented and good housekeeping practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The tools, materials and equipment are cleaned, examined and stored and defective equipment is reported in accordance with site-specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The required completion reports and geological plans or maps are submitted in the required format in accordance with laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    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 read and identify raw geological data in a spatial context.
  • The ability to correctly identify the most appropriate sources of data and integration procedures to decrease workload and to increase productivity.
  • The ability to plot and extrapolate different geological data sets on a geological map/plan.
  • The ability to identify and recognise anomalous data that affect the integrity of geological interpretation modelling. 

  • 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:
  • The ability of the learner to identify anomalous data values and data types and the correcting of gross errors contributes to his/her problem solving ability. The ability to effectively identify and correct errors during the validation process 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:
  • Other personnel will use the output of the learners work and the effective interaction with these personnel will indicate 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:
  • The effective organisation and sorting of the raw data by data type and within data types and the consequent integration of the data to derive a finished geological plan will indicate that the learner can organise and manage activities in his/her work environment. The selecting of the appropriate calculation methods for the specific procedure will indicate that the learner can manage and organise activities responsibly and effectively. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • The ability of the learner to obtain/collect and organise actual raw data and to critically evaluate this data for gross errors will enhance him/her proficiency to collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information. The correcting of errors that were detected during the plotting process will indicate that the learner can critically evaluate his/her work output prior to submitting the data to other personnel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations:
  • The recording of anomalous raw data identified during the plotting process, the outcome of error reports and the reporting thereof in the correct format will indicate the learner's efficiency in written presentations. The reporting of hazardous and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective oral communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others:
  • The correct application of mathematical formulae to accurately analyse the data and determine data points for plotting will indicate that the learner is proficient in the appropriate use of science and technology. The identification of hazardous and sub-standard conditions that can have an effect on the environment and the health of others indicates his/her responsible behaviour in these circumstances. 

  • 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;
  • The ability of the learner to identify anomalous raw data and the correcting thereof and to deal with these conditions by applying problem solving techniques will indicate his/her proficiency in understanding that a specific action or decision taken have more than one effect. The plotting of the various data sets, their extrapolation into areas of little or no data and the completion of the geological map/plan will indicate that the learner understands the relationship between data types. 

  • 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 and/or laid down procedures are contained in one or more of the following:
  • Managerial instructions, including work instructions.
  • Codes of practice.
  • Standard task procedures.
  • Risk assessment documentation.
  • Working guides.
  • Training manuals.
  • Education manuals.

    Legal requirements are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & 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.

    Raw data can be any one or a combination of:
  • Laboratory data.
  • Geological and/or survey maps/plans.
  • Geology reports.
  • Borehole logs.
  • Sampling data base. 

  • 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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