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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Ensure sound quality 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114538  Ensure sound quality 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Music Industry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Music 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
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 
The purpose of this unit standard is to enable learners to:
  • Ensure sound source and signal flow quality in an acoustic environment.
  • Perform environmental and technical assessment and monitoring.

    The unit standard contributes to the competence of those learners who want to pursue a career in Sound Engineering, and contribute to greater levels of competence, and thus productivity and quality in the Music Industry. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following competencies are assumed for a learner embarking on the unit standard:
  • Communication and Literacy, NQF Level 4
  • Mathematics, NQF Level 4
  • Life skills, NQF Level 2 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify acoustic environment and initial impact of sound to assess potential sound quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Environment is assessed for impact it will have on sound, accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment is tested in the acoustic environment to identify any distortions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Remedial action is activated if the acoustic environment is expected to negatively effect the production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    New environments are negotiated with the customer if required, to ensure optimal sound production. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Setup equipment for optimal sound quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment type is selected from specifications and measurement meters specifications or manuals, accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment is selected and placed to meet specific requirements in acoustic environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Environmental effects on equipment`s sound generation is tested and remedial actions taken in the even of distortions, to ensure optimal sound for production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Equipment is installed in a way and position that will optimise the achievement of the desired sound and safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Technique is selected based on analysis of equipment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform room tuning and troubleshooting for sound quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Troubleshooting procedures are identified according to set procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sound distortions are recognised for their non-compliance to set standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment is adjusted to optimise sound in the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Assessment of sound quality is continuous to ensure a quality production. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Control sound pressure levels to ensure sound quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Noise levels are assessed for compliance to legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Noise levels are controlled according to regulations and National Noise Control. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sound distortions are identified and rectified to produce optimal sound quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sound pressure levels are adjusted to produce optimal sound quality. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Sound engineering concepts, acoustics, psychoacoustics, equipment types, specifications and terminology
  • The relevant safety legislations, fire safety and SABS / ISO code of practice
  • Specifications, installation, maintenance and care of equipment, media and tools
  • First Aid - Level 1
  • Noise and sound control regulations (Department of Environment and Cultural Affairs -Environment Conservation Act 1989 (Act 73 of 1989) 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when assessing and rectifying the impact of the environment on sound. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when controlling sound pressure levels. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Manage information when troubleshooting during set up of equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Employ self management when controlling noise levels. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when controlling sound pressure levels. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence when setting up sound engineering equipment in general. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand Contextual world -systems when controlling sound pressure levels. 

    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  48671   National Certificate: Music Industry: Sound Technology  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  67354   Further Education and Training Certificate: Piano Technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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.
     
    NONE 



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