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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan a farm and select a site 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116324  Plan a farm and select a site 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
A learner achieving this unit standard will be able to determine the most appropriate and sustainable land-use for different parts of the land, supervise the comprehensive implementation and maintenance of the selected infrastructure and maintain the most appropriate land-use on a farm by continuously assessing the natural resource base. 

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 unit standard or equivalent:
  • NQF 4: Implement integrated farm layout and site selection. 

  • 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 use appropriate technology to determine sustainable farm layout and infrastructure placement. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Appropriate technology using a comprehensive approach may include but is not restricted to high and low technological applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to identify and apply appropriate and available technology to generate a land use plan is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to develop a sustainable and practical plan using appropriate and available technology is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify relevant service providers who can render specific services. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The service providers may include but are not limited to government and parastatal departments, laboratories, non-government organisations, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to identify relevant service providers is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to establish an effective database of service providers and planning partners is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Research information relevant to the natural resources of a site. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The researched information includes but is not restricted to soil, plants, animals, water, energy, topography and applicable legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to identify and evaluate soil properties is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to identify and assess the flow patterns of water over the landscape is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The wetlands and natural waterways of the landscape are accurately identified and demarcated. The climate patterns of the area are accurately identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The indigenous vegetation and appropriate cultivation species are accurately identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The applicable laws relating to changes in land-use and land use application are accurately identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The necessary soil conservation processes are accurately identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Implement necessary conservation and natural resource management and harvesting practices. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The land use options may refer to intensive and extensive crop and/or animal systems, as well as aqua-cultural and horticultural production systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate soil conservation plans, according to natural resource management principles, are recommended. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An understanding of the principles of rainwater harvesting is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The uses of in-field and upper catchment rainwater harvesting techniques are understood, and an ability to concentrate and use the harvested water productively demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A series of at least three swales are surveyed and erected, at appropriate intervals. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply the principles of sustainability in terms of the layout and infrastructure placement in an agricultural context. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Sustainability includes but is not restricted to the biophysical, social, economic and political factors involved. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An understanding of biophysical, social, economic and political factors relating to sustainable practices is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Infrastructure is placed, accurately and appropriately, in such a way that it does not lead to environmental degradation. 


    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:
  • The laws and principles applicable in comprehensive land use.

    Advanced Knowledge

    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • The inter-relationship between and the sustainable use of natural resources. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: relates to specific outcome:
  • Identify and use appropriate technology to determine sustainable farm layout and infrastructure placement. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-management: relates to specific outcome:
  • Identify relevant service providers who can render specific services. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting Information: relates to specific outcomes:
  • Identify and use appropriate technology to determine sustainable farm layout and infrastructure placement.
  • Identify relevant service providers who can render specific services. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: relates to specific outcomes:
  • Identify and use appropriate technology to determine sustainable farm layout and infrastructure placement.
  • Identify relevant service providers who can render specific services. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use Science and Technology: relates to specific outcomes:
  • Identify and use appropriate technology to determine sustainable farm layout and infrastructure placement.
  • Identify relevant service providers who can render specific services. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The world as a set of related systems: relates to specific outcomes:
  • Identify and use appropriate technology to determine sustainable farm layout and infrastructure placement.
  • Identify relevant service providers who can render specific services. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development: relates to specific outcomes:
  • Identify and use appropriate technology to determine sustainable farm layout and infrastructure placement.
  • Identify relevant service providers who can render specific services. 

  • 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  63249   National Diploma: Agricultural Extension  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2018-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  49011   National Diploma: Animal Production  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2018-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  49010   National Diploma: Plant Production  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2018-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  59409   National Certificate: Agricultural Extension  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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. Africa Land - Use Training 
    2. Agricultural Research Council 
    3. Skills Fusion 
    4. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 



    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.