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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of the mineralisation of a relevant economic deposit 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
376221  Demonstrate an understanding of the mineralisation of a relevant economic deposit 
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 work or intend to work within a mining and minerals context.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the location and economic importance of a relevant economic deposit.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the geological characteristics of a relevant economic deposit.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the mineralisation of a relevant economic deposit.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the geological characteristics of similar economic deposits elsewhere in the world. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard covers the demonstration of basic understanding pertaining to the geological characteristics of a relevant economic deposit, its stratigraphy and the distribution of the principal economic horizons within the relevant economic deposit.

    Must include one relevant deposit from a specific commodity type:
  • Gold Deposits:
    > Free State Gold Field.
    > Klerksdorp Gold Field.
    > Carletonville Gold Field.
    > West Rand Gold Field.
    > Central Rand Gold Field.
    > East Rand Gold Field.
    > Evander Gold Field.
    > Barberton Greenstone Belt.
    > Murchison Greenstone Belt.
  • Coal Deposits:
    > Witbank Coal Field.
    > Springbok Coal Field.
    > Natal Coal Field.
    > Molteno Coal Field.
    > Ellisras Coal Field.
    > Free State Coal Field.
    > Limpopo Coal Field.
  • Layered Igneous Intrusives:
    > Western Bushveld Complex.
    > Eastern Bushveld Complex.
    > Northern Bushveld Complex.
    > Rooiberg Tin Field.
  • Alkaline Magmatic Deposits.
  • Phalaborwa District.
  • Kimberlite Deposit.
  • Metaliferous Iron and Manganese Deposits:
    > Sishen Deposit.
    > Kalahari Deposit.
  • Heavy Mineral Deposits:
    > Alluvial Deposit.
    > Marine Deposit.
  • Coastal Deposit.
  • Oil and Gas Reservoirs.
  • Mesozoic Basins. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the location and economic importance of a relevant economic deposit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The geographical position of the relevant economic deposit is defined in terms of sound geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The history of prospecting and mining activities within the relevant economic deposits are explained in terms of sound geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The economic commodities exploited within the relevant economic deposit are identified in terms of sound geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The economic importance of the relevant economic deposit is explained in terms of sound geological principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Government.
  • Industry.
  • Labour.
  • Local community.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The historical importance of the relevant economic deposit is explained in terms of sound geological principles. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the geological characteristics of a relevant economic deposit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The age of the relevant economic deposit is defined in terms of sound geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relationship between the relevant economic deposit and its basement is explained in terms of sound geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relationship between the relevant economic deposit and its overlying cover rocks is explained in terms of sound geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The regional stratigraphy of the relevant economic deposit is discussed in terms of sound geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The principal economic horizons within the relevant economic deposit are identified in terms of sound geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The lithology comprising the principle units within the relevant economic deposit are identified in terms of sound geological principles. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the mineralisation of a relevant economic deposit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The nature of the mineralisation within the relevant economic deposit is discussed in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relationship between the mineralisation and the formation of the relevant economic deposit is identified and discussed in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effect of subsequent geological events on the mineralisation within the relevant economic deposit is discussed, explained and specific examples identified in the context of mining economics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The regional distribution of individual economic commodities within the relevant economic deposit is discussed and explained in the context of mining economics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The nature and source of the economic commodities within the relevant economic deposit is discussed and explained in the context of mining economics. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the geological characteristics of similar economic deposits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The locations of similar economic deposits present elsewhere in the world are identified on a standard world map in terms of sound geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ages of the identified economic deposits are defined in terms of sound geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relationships between the identified economic deposits and their basement are explained in terms of sound geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relationships between the identified economic deposits and their overlying cover rocks are explained in terms of sound geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The regional stratigraphies of the identified economic deposits are discussed in terms of sound geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The principal economic horizons within the economic deposits are identified in the context of mining economics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The lithologies comprising the principal units within the identified economic deposits are identified in the context of mining economics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The economic commodities exploited within the identified economic deposits are identified in the context of mining economics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The natures and sources of the economic commodities within the identified economic deposits are discussed and explained in the context of mining economics. 


    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 principle characteristics of the mineralisation of the relevant economic deposit.
  • The regional distribution of the principle economic commodities within the relevant economic deposit.
  • The origins and forms of the mineralisation within the relevant economic deposit.
  • The effect of subsequent geological events on the mineralisation within the relevant economic deposit.
  • The geological characteristics of similar economic deposits elsewhere in the world. 

  • 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 mineralisation characteristics within individual economic deposits and the effect of subsequent geological events on the economic potential of a specific commodity and contributes to his/her problem solving ability. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively:
  • The ability of the learner to integrate the geological data indicates that the learner can organise and manage activities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • The ability of the learner to integrate geological data to provide a model of the mineralisation within the economic deposit will enhance the learners 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:
  • The ability of the learner to reconcile the data from various sources will indicate the learner's proficiency in effective communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others:
  • The analysis of the geological data pertaining to the various commodities within the economic deposit described will indicate the learners understanding 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:
  • The ability of the learner to understand the relationship between individual commodities, economic horizons and the individual economic deposit and to relate these to similar deposits found elsewhere in the world will contribute to their understanding of the whole world. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Reflect on, and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively and to contribute to the full development of each learner to enhance the social and economic development of the society at large:
  • The ability of the learner to explore more than one strategy to analyse the mineralisation of the economic deposit can be applied inside and outside the work environment to enhance the socio-economic development of family-life and the community at large. 

  • 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 
    Specified 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 no 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives and instructions.
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH and S Risks.
  • Working Guide.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.
  • Training manuals.
  • Education manuals, including geological text books.
  • Geological illustrations. 

  • 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 


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