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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Evaluate animal anatomy and physiology systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116388  Evaluate animal anatomy and physiology systems 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
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 learner achieving this unit standard will be able to evaluate animals and their products anatomically, physiologically, physically and bio-chemically. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agriculture, animal husbandry 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 show competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 4: Functional Animal Anatomy and Physiology. 

  • 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 what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and understand the structures, composition, physical, bio-chemical and biological components and their interrelated activities pertaining to the various anatomical systems. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Products include but are not limited to blood, hormones, enzymes and other glandular secretions, ova, lymph, semen, sperm, digestive fluids, tears, sebum, slime, cochineal, silk, faeces, bee products, meat as relevant to the context of application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Animals are anatomically evaluated for physical, bio-chemical and systems attributes, according to criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The various structures, physical components, products and interrelated changes per anatomical system are evaluated and described using reports, diagrams, pictures, sampling, analysis and dissections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Understanding that the specific animal is a set of interrelated systems is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify, understand and evaluate symptomatic variations and abnormalities within living animals, in the various anatomical systems and their probable causes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Normal symptoms and variations pertaining to the various anatomical systems and their products are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Abnormal symptoms and variations pertaining to the various anatomical systems and their products and their probable causes are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A plan of action based on the perception of the symptoms and variations in anatomical systems and their products is designed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Utilise the knowledge about animal anatomy, morphology and physiology to determine opportunities for working with animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relationship that exists between the knowledge of animal anatomical systems and animal production systems is understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The knowledge is utilised to determine niches where such knowledge might be applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to apply the knowledge about animal anatomy and physiology to economic advantage is indicated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Utilise the knowledge about animal anatomy, morphology and physiology to create and develop animal production systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to design agricultural production systems to utilise the anatomical production of animal products is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to implement and maintain agricultural production systems based on anatomical information is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to provide assistance to animals in animal production systems is demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Assistance to animals may include but are not limited to the creation of humane animal production systems, humane slaughtering facilities, veterinarian support systems, etc. as relevant to the context of application.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The inherent business and personal risks involved in working with production animals are understood. 


    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 and formative assessment, portfolios, presentations and observations, etc.

    The assessments 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 and analysis techniques.
  • Laboratory Hygiene and good practices (GLP).
  • Detailed anatomical systems and the physical and chemical processes involved in each.
  • The rules, laws, regulations, principles and codes of practice involved in the handling, dissection and analysis of animals.
  • The first principles of animal pathology.
  • The first principles of basic animal health care relating to anatomical systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving: relates to specific outcomes:
  • Identify, understand and evaluate symptomatic variations and abnormalities within animals, in the various anatomical systems and their probable causes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: relates to specific outcomes:
  • Utilise the knowledge about animal anatomy, morphology and physiology to determine opportunities for working with animals
  • Utilise the knowledge about animal anatomy, morphology and physiology to create and develop animal production systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation: and management relate to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting information: relates to specific outcome:
  • Identify, understand and evaluate symptomatic variations and abnormalities within animals, in the various anatomical systems and their probable causes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Related systems: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development: relates to all specific 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  49011   National Diploma: Animal Production  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  63249   National Diploma: Agricultural Extension  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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.
     
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    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.