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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of the planning process at the operational level 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
118027  Demonstrate an understanding of the planning process at the operational level 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Military Professional Development 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
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
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 
On completion of this unit standard persons will be able to manage and execute the planning process at the operational level.

Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of operational concepts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of warfare.
  • Distinguish between the operational concepts, the principles of warfare and the levels of war.
  • Analyse the influence of operational level operating systems on operational warfare.
  • Explain the operational level problem solving method.
  • Explain the operational level planning cycle. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Prior to commencement with this unit standard, the assumption is made that learners have previous experience in the following:
  • The ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal English (NQF level 4). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Doctrine refers to any warfare doctrine, manuals, campaigns, battles, history of warfare, etc.
  • Scenario and case studies refers to information from warfare doctrine, manuals, campaigns, battles, history of warfare, etc. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of operational concepts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Historical sequence of activities regarding operational concepts is explained based on interpretations by historians. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Operational concepts are explained in terms of doctrine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The influences of operational concepts on tactical battles are explained based on case studies. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of warfare. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles of warfare are explained in terms of doctrine and a given scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The influence of principles of warfare is explained based on a given scenario. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Distinguish between the operational concepts, the principles of warfare and the levels of war. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The difference between the types of operational concepts is analysed based on a given scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relationship between operational concepts and the principles of warfare is explained based on a given scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The levels of war, its interaction and its applications are analysed based on a given scenario. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Analyse the influence of operational level operating systems on operational warfare. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The types of operational level operating systems are analysed in terms of doctrine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The operational level operating systems are described in terms of a given scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The influence of the operational level operating systems on planning and execution is analysed in terms of doctrine. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain the operational level problem solving method. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The phased of the problem-solving method are explained in terms of the sequence, content (input and output) and significance of each phase. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The content of the commander's concept and the process leading to the formulation thereof are explained based on doctrine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The responsibilities of the different role players during the problem solving process are explained in terms of a given scenario. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Explain and apply the operational level planning cycle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The stages of the operational planning cycle are examined and applied in terms of the sequence, content, rationale, input and output. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The planning activities of the planning cycle are explained and applied according to a given scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The responsibilities of the different role players during the planning cycle are explained in terms of contemporary studies. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard (including RPL) may apply to be assessed by a relevant provider institution, which is accredited by the relevant ETQA.

    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • Subject matter experience at or above the level of this unit standard and experience in operational policy and planning at strategic level.
  • The assessor needs to be competent in the unit standard "Conduct Standard Based Assessment" NQF level 5 and "Design and Develop Assessment Criteria" NQF Level 5.
  • The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.

    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 essential embedded knowledge is included within the unit standard and will be assessed through the assessment of the specific outcomes and critical cross field outcomes in terms of the assessment criteria. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team by participating in a fictitious command cadre structure as a planning group to solve given problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively by issuing guidelines for planning and implementation, liasing continuously, rehearsing and presenting presentations to an exercise command group. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by following the prescribed and proven problem-solving method, utilising facts, factors, deductions, conclusions, main conclusions and integrated main conclusions to facilitate conceptualisation. The problem-solving method allows for accumulation, incubation, enlightenment and verification to be utilised in the processing of information leading to problem-solving. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using or language skills in the modes of oral/written presentation by optimising the utilisation of improvised presentation aids. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related system by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation by considering external and internal determinants as part of the problem-solving method that can influence the desired 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 
    Supplementary information

    Credits: 13

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve required outcomes
  • Classroom learning: 41 hours
  • Structured learning in the workplace/simulated exercises: 27 hours
  • Self directed learning: 41 hours
  • Coaching required: 21 hours
  • TOTAL: 130 hours 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49337   National Certificate: Multi-National Safety and Security Operations Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Core  58783   National Certificate: Warship Command and Control  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  50500   National Diploma: Electronic Warfare  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  58784   National Diploma: Geospatial Image Analysis  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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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