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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain functional animal anatomy and physiology 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116285  Explain functional animal anatomy and physiology 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
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  2015-07-01  2018-06-30  SAQA 10105/14 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 learner achieving this unit standard will be able to evaluate and manage animals according to specific criteria related to various anatomical systems. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agriculture and veterinary science.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in animal anatomy and physiology and will be able to operate in an animal production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles.

They will be capacitated to gain access to the mainstream agricultural sector, in animal production, impacting directly on the sustainability of the sub-sector. The improvement in production technology will also have a direct impact on the improvement of agricultural productivity of the sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will demonstrate competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 3: Explain Animal Anatomy and Physiology.
  • NQF 3: Identify, collect and analyse agricultural data. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and understand in detail the processes active within the various anatomical systems in animals. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Anatomical systems include but are not limited to the following: external systems and covering, sensory systems, skeleton, musculature, nervous system, cardio-vascular system, digestive system, lymph, reproductive system and the endocrine and glandular systems as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Each process involved within various anatomical systems based on criteria are identified and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The interaction of anatomical systems are identified and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The biochemical substances involved with various anatomical systems and their origins are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The purpose of biochemical substances involved with the various anatomical systems is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and understand how anatomical systems within animals influence production of various animal products. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animal products include but are not limited to milk, eggs, meat, wool,blood, glandular secretions, ova, lymph, semen, sperm, cochineal, silk, faeces, bee products, meat as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant anatomical system influence on the production of specific animal products are identified, understood and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The anatomical origin of the various animal products are evaluated and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effect of the biochemical substances within anatomical systems of animals and their effects on animal production are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor and advise others on animal systems and production processes based on anatomical systems. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Methods of advising include but are not limited to verbal, presentations, and writing, the use of charts and diagrams and practical demonstrations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Animals are monitored and evaluated and further courses of action decide on. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The results of the monitoring and evaluation processes are communicated and advise are given where necessary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Advice on animal systems and production processes based on anatomical systems within animals are given. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Understand how animal health and nutrition affects animal anatomical systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of nutrition in terms of animal anatomy is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role of nutrition in terms of animal product production is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effects of malnutrition and other stress factors on animal anatomical systems is explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with 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 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • Dissection technique.
  • Presentation technique.
  • Scientific sampling technique.
  • Report writing skills.
  • Recording skills.
  • Detailed anatomical systems and the processes active within these.
  • The effect of the interaction of anatomical systems within animals on the production of various animal products.
  • Laws, regulations, rules and principles and codes of conduct pertaining to the evaluation, handling and dissection of animals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving: Relates to outcomes:
  • Identify and understand how anatomical systems within animals influence production of various animal products.
  • Monitor and advise others on animal systems and production processes based on anatomical system. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: Relates to outcomes:
  • Identify and understand how anatomical systems within animals influence production of various animal products.
  • Monitor and advise others on animal systems and production processes based on anatomical system. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-Management: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting Information: Relates to outcomes:
  • Identify and understand how anatomical systems within animals influence production of various animal products.
  • Monitor and advise others on animal systems and production processes based on anatomical system. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use Science and Technology: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The world as a set of related systems: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development: Relates to all outcomes. 

    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  48979   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2018-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Bathopele HR and Management Consultants 
    3. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    4. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    5. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    6. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    7. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    8. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    9. Mvelo Consultant 
    10. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    11. Setlakala Business Development 
    12. Skills Fusion 
    13. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    14. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    15. Tripple R Training Provider 
    16. Vari Consulting 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.