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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Dissect animals 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116399  Dissect animals 
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 
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 meaningfully and purposefully dissect animals. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of animal husbandry and veterinarian science.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in practical animal dissection 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 5: Evaluate Animal Anatomy and Physiology systems.
  • NQF 4: Explain animal classification and natural history. 

  • 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 
    Demonstrate the use and understanding of humane animal killing techniques and methods. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Killing methods includes only those controlled by the appropriate animal welfare legislation, and includes all animals in all communities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Animals are to be killed humanely where appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Animal killing equipment is to be demonstrated and handled appropriately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The necessity for humanely killing animals is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate the use and understanding of how to use dissection equipment and implements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Every implement and piece of equipment required for dissections is described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment and implements include but are not limited to scalpels, tweezers, saws, knives, and microscopes (monocular and binocular.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The correct use and handling of every implement and piece of equipment required for dissections are understood and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Preparation, cleaning and packing and clearing away of dissecting equipments and implements are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge of what is to be dissected. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    All appropriate animals are included in this range. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An understanding of the handling of the specific animal while alive and when dead is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An understanding of the anatomical systems pertaining to the specific animal is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Correct dissecting technique is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Understanding of the need for the dissection of the specific animal is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge of how to dissect a specific animal. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    All appropriate animals are included in this range. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An animal dissection procedure including all equipment and implements required are planned. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An understanding of and ability to dissect a specific animal according to requirements and criteria is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Anatomical systems so dissected are evaluated and information based on the observations made is provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Data related to the dissection process, the observations made and the opinions formed or diagnoses made during the process is captured. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reports are provided in appropriate formats including diagrams, pictures, graphs, photographic evidence, samples appropriately preserved and presented wherever appropriate. 


    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 techniques and procedures.
  • Names and functions of various anatomical systems within the appropriate animals.
  • The details of the implements, equipment and instruments used during the dissection process.
  • Diagnosis of the various anatomical systems within animals.
  • Purposes of dissections.
  • Legislation, laws, bylaws, rules, and codes of conduct relating to dissection and the killing of animals.
  • Characteristics of the various types of animals to be dissected.
  • Good Laboratory practices (GLP). 

  • 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 outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: relates to all outcomes. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting Information: relates to all outcomes. 

    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  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.