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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Create a visual record of artefacts and features for archiving or publication 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119867  Create a visual record of artefacts and features for archiving or publication 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Archaeology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies Traditions, History and Legacies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 
This Unit Standard is intended for learners who work as laboratory assistants and learners in museums who do not have formal qualifications and who have access to digital and drawing equipment.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the conventions of drawing artefacts and archaeological features.
  • Demonstrating different scaling techniques.
  • Illustrating artefacts and archaeological features.
  • Photographing artefacts.
  • Archiving site records. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is recommended that learners should be competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This Unit Standard is for learners working under supervision as assistants in archives, museums and laboratories where artefacts are stored. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the conventions for drawing artefacts and archaeological features. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Conventions for drawing artefacts are described with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Conventions include, but are not limited to, shading, colour, surface texture, decoration, plan and site views, cross sections and scale.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Conventions for representing archaeological plans and sections are described with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Plans and sections include, but are not limited to, floor plans, section plans, stratigraphic sections, conventions for colour, texture, position of special finds, vertical and horizontal scale, orientation, location in section within the site and the key.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate different scaling techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of scale is explained and an appropriate scale is selected for the amount of detail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An artefact is drawn to an appropriate scale. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Problems that can occur if the scale is incorrect or omitted are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Techniques for up-scaling and down-scaling drawings and plans are demonstrated for a range of artefacts of different sizes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Illustrate artefacts and archaeological features. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate materials, tools and techniques are used to illustrate a range of artefacts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Art tools are cleaned and stored appropriately. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Photograph artefacts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different types of camera are compared in terms of their appropriateness for a specific task. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Comparison includes single reflex lens, lenses, aperture, pixels, tripods, flash, external light source.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The basic principles of photography are explained with reference to the photographing of artefacts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principles include film type, lighting and film speed.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Depth of field is explained with reference to focus. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Artefacts are photographed using different apertures, background lighting and distances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Photographs of artefacts are analysed in terms of photographic error and suggestions are made to correct future error. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Archive site records. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Photographs and drawings are labelled for efficient retrieval. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An archiving system is explained for a specific institution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Site records are archived correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The implications of technology for archive systems are discussed with reference to a specific archive. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists 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 or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, evaluate and organise information in drawing, photographing and archiving artefacts. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively in analysing the error in photographs and suggesting ways to improve future photographs. 

    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 
    Search words:
  • Artefacts; features; photographs; drawings; visual records; archives; archaeology, heritage. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  57712   Further Education and Training Certificate: Generic Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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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