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

Understand electromagnetic and particle radiation principles and applications 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119806  Understand electromagnetic and particle radiation principles and applications 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Measurement, Control and Instrumentation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
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
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2005-10-12  2008-10-12  SAQA 0662/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-10-12   2012-10-12  

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 
This unit standard is for persons in the Manufacturing Engineering and Technology field.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Explain the different types of radiation.
  • Know the statutory and safety aspects w.r.t electromagnetic and particle radiation.
  • Identify the types of detectors and know their theory of operation and application.
  • Understand radiation theory w.r.t ionisation and photon generation.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the Measurement Control and Instrumentation environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of Manufacturing Engineering and Technology. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the Measurement Control and Instrumentation environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and / or equivalent:
  • Safety policies and procedures according to statutory and manufacturer requirements.
  • Knowledge of equipment according to range statement.
  • Interpret instrumentation and process drawings and sketches.
  • Fault finding techniques on Instrumentation.
  • Induction to industry.
  • Basic electrical safety.
  • Use and care of relevant testing, measuring equipment and hand tools.
  • Induction to industry# Understanding and measurement of high tension electricity.
  • Understanding of electronics. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Licence Documents and Guides and the Operating Technical Specifications pertaining to electromagnetic and particle radiation.
  • The range of units applicable to measuring radiation and dose-rate are REM, Curie, Sievert, Grays and Roentgen.
  • The range of electromagnetic and particle radiation sensing devices includes, but is not limited to GM tubes, ionisation chambers, scintillators, solid state detectors etc.
    > Safety precautions include the use of personal protective equipment, dose metering, electrical and fire protection, process isolation, and radiation protection.
  • Requirements include but are not limited to Statutory requirements, National Standards and manufacturers specifications. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of electromagnetic and particle radiation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Knowledge and differentiation of different types of electromagnetic and particle radiation e.g. Alpha, Beta, Gamma and x-rays etc is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Environmental effects of electromagnetic and particle radiation are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the types of radiation detectors and their application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The type of detector associated with different types of radiation measurement is correctly selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Knowledge of the operation and use of detectors are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The applications of different types of detectors are correctly explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of radiation theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Half-life calculations are correctly performed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Shielding calculations are correctly performed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Dose and dose rate calculations are correctly performed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The effect distance has with relation to source strength is correctly explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Ionisation and photon generation are correctly explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Maintenance procedures including house keeping practices according to statutory requirements.
  • Specific work site safety practices relating to electromagnetic and particle radiation, including the use of personal and radiation protective equipment, electrical and fire protection.
  • Locations and functions of Certification documents.
  • Hazards and preventive precautions associated with electromagnetic and particle radiation.
  • Company policies, procedures and standards.
  • Analysis of interrelation of process variables.
  • Knowledge of mathematics. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Physical radiation principles explained and use of periodic table demonstrated. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    An understanding of radiation theory is vital to the protection of human life and the environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    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  49746   National Certificate: Measurement, Control and Instrumentation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    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.
     
    NONE 



    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.