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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify, locate and record evironmental elements using a geographical positioning system (GPS) 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115102  Identify, locate and record evironmental elements using a geographical positioning system (GPS) 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 requires learners to be able to locate environmental elements by means of geographical positioning systems. Learners credited with this Unit Standard are capable of:
  • Accurately distinguishing between man-made and natural environmental elements.
  • Identifying environmental elements using a Geographical Positioning System (GPS) in specified contexts.
  • Locating environmental elements using a Geographical Positioning System (GPS) in specified contexts.
  • Recording environmental elements in specified contexts using a Geographical Positioning System (GPS). 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The ability to read, write and communicate in one of the official languages at NQF Level 2, and Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent will facilitate better understanding and proficiency in this Unit Standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Natural and man-made environmental elements are included. Natural elements include animals, plants, water sources, soil and minerals. Man-made elements include buildings, roadways, dams, waste collection areas, treatment plants etc.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the Unit Standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Accurately distinguish between man-made and natural environmental elements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Elements that comprise the natural environment in specified contexts are accurately described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Elements that comprise the man-made environment in specified contexts are accurately described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Distinction between man-made and natural elements are explained in terms of differences. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify environmental elements using a Geographical Positioning System (GPS). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Identification of environmental elements is accurate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of identifying natural environmental elements in specified contexts for environmental assessments is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of identifying man-made environmental elements in specified contexts for environmental assessments is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Locate environmental elements using a Geographical Positioning System (GPS) in specified contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The location of identified elements in specified contexts is accurately determined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of locating natural environmental elements in specified contexts for environmental assessments is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of locating man-made environmental elements in specified contexts for environmental assessments is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Record environmental elements in specified contexts using a Geographical Positioning System (GPS) in specified contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The locations of identified elements of the natural environment in specified contexts are recorded using a GPS and plotted on area maps. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of recording natural environmental elements in specified contexts for environmental assessments is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of recording man-made environmental elements in specified contexts for environmental assessments is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reporting of data to relevant designated persons meets specified requirements. 


    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 programmes 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 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Learners are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the learner's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the Unit Standard.

    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • The importance of knowing the location and form of environmental elements for environmental assessment processes
  • Elements that comprise the natural environment
  • Elements that comprise the man-made environment
  • Distinction between man-made and natural elements
  • The importance of identifying natural environmental elements in specified contexts for environmental assessments
  • The importance of identifying man-made environmental elements in specified contexts for environmental assessments
  • The importance of locating natural environmental elements in specified contexts for environmental assessments
  • The importance of locating man-made environmental elements in specified contexts for environmental assessments
  • The importance of recording natural environmental elements in specified contexts for environmental assessments
  • The importance of recording man-made environmental elements in specified contexts for environmental assessments 

  • 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 to identify natural and man-made environmental elements that impact on environment management programmes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively for the identification, location and recording on of environmental elements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information from the assessments with importance for environmental protection. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations with relevant persons with regard to the reporting of environmental elements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use GPS science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others and plot locations on area maps. 

    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 to identify environmental elements, and explain the importance of identifying, locating and recording environmental elements. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this Unit Standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the learner competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the learner is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this Unit Standard, that the learner can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • 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 include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal requirements
  • The Occupational Health & Safety Act, No. 85 of 1993.
  • Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
  • National Environmental Management Act 1998.
  • The Environmental Conservation Act 73 of 1989
  • The Water Act 54 of 1956
  • EIA Regulations, 1998.
  • Minerals Act 50 of 1991
  • The Mine Health & Safety Act 29 of 1996
  • The Minimum Requirements for Waste Disposal (DWAF)
  • Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Act, 45 of 1965

    Site- Specific requirements
  • Managerial instructions
  • Codes of Practice
  • Company Standards
  • Standard Task Procedures
  • Risk Assessment Documentation
  • Working Guidelines
  • Workplace Environmental Management Program 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48804   National Certificate: Occupational Safety, Hygiene and Environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-11-26  Was HW SETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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