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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Identify and explain switches and/or triggering devices 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117483  Identify and explain switches and/or triggering devices 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Bomb Disposal and Explosives Control 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  13 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2004-12-02  2007-12-02  SAQA 1057/04 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-12-02   2011-12-02  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
257278  Apply knowledge of switches and triggering devices  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  11  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for learners in the field of bomb disposal who must be able to identify and explain switches and triggering devices in the bomb disposal field.

A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify and explain switches and triggering devices in the bomb disposal field.
  • Identify and understand the functioning of switches and triggering devices in the bomb disposal field.
  • Identify possible hazards associated with the various switches and triggering devices in the bomb disposal field.
  • Construct and neutralise various electronic, switches and triggering devices in the bomb disposal field. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Basic knowledge of electronics.
  • Unit Standard: "Demonstrate an understanding of the history and origin of explosives, the impact and effects of explosives and explosions"
  • Unit Standard: "Identify, apply and implement different blasting accessories, initiating systems and blasting techniques"
  • Unit Standard: "Identify and explain explosives"
  • Unit Standard: "Identify and explain explosive ordnance (EO)"
  • Unit Standard: "Dispose of explosives and munition"
  • Unit Standard: "Identify, explain and apply basic electronic relevant to bomb disposal field" 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and explain the various electronic, chemical and mechanical switches and /or triggering devices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different types and categories of electronic, chemical and mechanical switches and or triggering devices are identified and explained according to supplied documentation and practical examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and understand the functioning of various electronic, chemical and mechanical switches and or triggering devices 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The functioning of various types of switches, electronic, chemical and mechanical and / or triggering devices are identified and explained according to the supplied documentation and practical examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effects of various types of switches, electronic, chemical and mechanical and / or triggering devices are explained according to their specific functioning characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Instructions are adhered to according to specific safety measures 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify possible hazards associated with the various electronic, chemical and mechanical switches and or triggering devices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different hazards associated with various switches: electronic, chemical and mechanical and or triggering devices, are listed and explained according to the supplied documentation and practical examples provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of the different switches: electronic, chemical and mechanical and or triggering devices possible effects are identified and explained according to specialised publications and organisational policies and procedures 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Possible actions to be taken to limit and or eliminate identified hazards are explained according to specialised publications and organisational policies and procedures 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Construct and neutralise switches and / or triggering devices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A design for the construction of the various electronic, chemical or mechanical switches and / or triggering devices is compiled and presented 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The necessary equipment, tools and accessories are selected according to the required design 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The IED circuit, utilising the selected switches and / or triggering devices is constructed according to the design 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The improvised device must include various switches as triggers
    At least four IEDs must be constructed and must include the following:
  • Mechanical
  • Electronic
  • Chemical
  • And a combination of above mentioned switch categories.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The constructed circuits will be tested for functionality, through the use of recognised disruption techniques, taking into account safety precautions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Candidates are assessed against these assessment criteria. An assessor observes currently employed candidates carrying out their normal work duties. They may also be asked to carry out simulated tasks and to answer written and/or oral questions. Candidates studying towards a Unit Standard, and who are not currently employed, will also be assessed using variety of assessment tools.
  • 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 must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    The standard describes competent performance in doing physical techniques that will enhance their job performance, and lay down the criteria by which competence should be judged, as well as the range of circumstances in which competence should be demonstrated.

    Integrated assessment methods and tools will allow the candidate to demonstrate that she/ he has acquired knowledge of and can safely and effectively apply competence identified in this unit standard.

    These tools include the following:
  • In-site (on-the-job) observations.
  • Role-play simulations.
  • Structured group discussions.
  • Written reports (e.g. tests, exams, case studies, projects, registers, logbooks, workbooks).
  • Verbal report backs (presentations).
  • Portfolios of evidence.
  • Projects.
  • Experiential learning.
  • Working in teams.
  • Scenario sketching.
  • The selection of appropriate materials and the correct application thereof in the construction of the devices.

    These methods must be carefully selected, based on the purpose of the assessment (for example, the written method of assessing knowledge or on-job demonstration of practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.

    Level
    This unit standard should develop learners who demonstrate competence in:
  • A comprehensive knowledge base as indicated in the embedded knowledge component
  • An understanding of the discipline/field's fundamental terms, rules, concepts and principles
  • Familiarity with the essential procedures, operations and techniques of this field
  • An ability to use a range of procedures to solve routine problems
  • Basic information gathering, analysis and presentation skills
  • An ability to communicate and present information clearly and reliability following prescribed formats and conventions 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A basic understanding of the relevant legislation (Explosive Act 15 of 2003) and regulations, and procedures and practices.
  • A comprehensive understanding of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), electronics, switches and triggering devices, functioning of switches and triggering devices, possible hazards associated with the various switches and triggering devices, construction and neutralization of various electronic, switches and triggering devices in the bomb disposal field. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Decision-making must be developed in this standard during practical exercises. Learners must be left to make their own decisions and must be debriefed.
  • Creativity needs to be developed by measuring the learner's performance to the application principles, rather than the specific techniques.

    The following policing specific outcomes must be assessed:
  • Courage to take risk and even put own life at risks to safe others.
  • Discipline to accept instructions and policy.
  • Physical ability to do the job (includes fitness and health required to move in the field with the sections without putting themselves in danger).
  • Patriotism and loyalty to the country and its entire people. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    High emphasis is placed on problem solving ability during exercises. Exercises and scenarios have a variety to ensure problem-solving ability is developed and not stereotyped step that the person cannot apply in practice. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Ability to be a team player in order to establish synergy during joint operations and in teams. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise one's self and one's activities in the application of switches and/or triggering devices in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information on switches and/or triggering devices. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The technological ability of the learner in using and applying components such as switches. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a global village where a common use of switches or triggering devices in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) is utilized. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 257278, which is "Apply knowledge of switches and triggering devices", Level 5, 11 credits.

    Supplementary information:

    Specified requirements include legal and legislative specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Criminal Procedure Act.
  • Constitution Act.
  • South African Police Service Act.
  • Explosive Act 15 of 2003.

    Context specific:

    Organisational policies and procedures regarding bomb disposal and explosives control.

    Various specialised publications refer to, but not limited to:
  • RS components.

    Additional information
    Requirements of a portfolio
    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience, which serves to supplement the assessment of, applied competence.
    The portfolio may include inter alia:
  • Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner
  • Relevant certificates or awards
  • Previous assessment records
  • Journals/logbook

    Credits
    Classroom 30 Hours
    Structured learning in the workplace 60 Hours
    Coaching/mentoring 20 Hours
    Self study 20 Hours
    Other

    Total 130 Hours
    Credits 13 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49124   National Diploma: Bomb Disposal  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-12-02  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 


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