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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of process communication systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
113901  Demonstrate an understanding of process communication systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
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 is for persons in the Manufacturing Engineering and Technology field.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of process communication systems.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the Measurement Control and Instrumentation environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of Manufacturing Engineering and Technology. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the Measurement Control and Instrumentation environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and / or equivalent:
  • Safety procedures according to statutory and manufacturer requirements
  • Induction to industry
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic understanding of electricity
  • Basic digital electronics
  • Basic programmable logic controllers 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Type of media used includes but is not limited to: copper cables, optic cables, microwave, radio, infrared and power line.
  • The range of cables includes but is not limited to: open wire pairs, twisted pairs, unshielded twisted pairs, co-axial, bundled, individual, mono mode step index, multimode, wave guides.
  • The networks used include but are not limited to: modbus, profibis, foundation fieldbus, RS485, devicenet, CAN bus, data highway plus, remote IO, controlnet, eithernet, ASI bus.
  • Safety precautions include the use of personal protective equipment, electrical and fire protection, process isolation.
  • Statutory requirements include but are not limited to SABS, OSH Act and manufacturers specifications. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the hierarchical industrial network structure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The different levels of control are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The different industrial networks for each control level are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Hazards associated with the use of are recognised and necessary precautions taken according to work site procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of a network in conjunction with a control system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The condition of the network is explained by using status indicators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Cable continuity is correctly measured. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Correct use of terminators is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Transceivers or conversion devices are identified and correctly utilised. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of network addressing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Correct use of appropriate addressing is used to establish communications with specific equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The method of addressing is explained with the use of plant/equipment drawings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Faults are correctly diagnosed by utilising the indicator lights. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Communication status indicators are correctly identified and the status correctly explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of connecting a programming terminal to a processor via a network. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The appropriate connector and cable is selected for the network. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Correct address are selected to establish communications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Communications is established. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Control program is monitored from the remote terminal. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Workshop procedures including house keeping practices according to statutory requirements.
  • Specific work site safety practices relating to the use of power tools including the use of personal protective equipment, electrical and fire protection.
  • Names, locations and functions of pressure equipment and their accessories.
  • Hazards and preventive precautions associated with pressure equipment.
  • Company quality standards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identification and problem solving skills - faulty equipment identified and reported. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others - working under supervision. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication skills - reporting faulty pressure equipment and interpreting job requirements. 

    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
    Core  74531   Further Education and Training Certificate: Measurement, Control and Instrumentation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  48919   Further Education and Training Certificate: Measurement, Control and Instrumentation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-04-08  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  72052   Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2013-11-07  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  48474   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-02-18  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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.
     
    1. CIRCLEWAY TRAINING (PTY) LTD 
    2. ESKOM KOEBERG - RADIATION PROTECTION 
    3. False Bay College - Westlake Campus 
    4. MOVING AHEAD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY 
    5. PHAKGAMANG MATSIANA BUSINESS ENTERPRISE 
    6. The Water Training Institute of South Africa 



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