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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Interpret spatial information from maps and other sources 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119893  Interpret spatial information from maps and other sources 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Geography 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies General Social Science 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 are required to apply geographical knowledge and skill in authentic situations. It will be useful for tour guides and other learners in travel and tourism, fieldworkers and learners who use maps and other spatial sources in the course of their work.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Exploring different ways of representing information on maps.
  • Locating information on maps.
  • Applying knowledge of scale to interpret maps.
  • Using maps and other sources to describe landscape. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Information from a variety of maps, and photographic images.
  • The National Mapping Series including, but not limited to 1:10 000 orthophoto maps, 1:50 000 topographic maps, 1:250 000 topo-cadastral maps, 1:500 000 topo-admin edition, 1:2 000 000 wall map and provincial maps.
  • The Aeronautical edition (ICOA symbols) including; 1:1 000 000 world aeronautical chart (ICAO), 1:1 000 000 South Africa (4 sheets), 1:2 000 000 South Africa (2002 Edition), 1:2 500 000 topographical (Southern Africa), 1:2 500 000 magisterial districts and provinces (South Africa), Provincial Map, South Africa, maps of the Regional Series (various scales). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explore different ways of representing information on maps. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different types of maps and other forms of spatial information are identified and appropriate sources are selected for a specific purpose. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Maps and forms of spatial information include, but are not limited to, maps , street guides, atlases, aerial photographs, satellite images, orthophotos, digital, thematic, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), topographical, topo-cadastral, physical and political maps synoptic charts, and plans.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The use of colour on spatial images is explained with reference to what different colours represent on different images. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The use of different lines, points and shaded areas as symbols on maps is explained with reference to the kind of information represented by each. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A key/legend/reference list is used to read a map. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Locate information on maps. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A map is orientated in order to relate the landscape to the map. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The eight cardinal points of the compass are used to describe the relative position of different features and places on the map. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An alpha-numeric grid is used to describe and locate position on a map. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Geographic co-ordinates are used to describe and locate position on a map. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Co-ordinates include, degrees, minutes and seconds.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply knowledge of scale to interpret maps. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The scale on a map is identified and explained in relation to ground distance and area. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Scales include line, ratio or word scales.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Point to point distance is measured on a map to determine distance on the ground. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Measurement includes, straight, curved and irregular lines.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Dimensions on a map are used to determine area on the ground. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Use maps and other sources to describe landscape. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The 3-dimensional landscape of a selected area is described from information on a map. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The 3-dimensional landscape of a selected area is described from information on a photographic image. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Images include, but are not limited to, aerial, horizontal or terrestrial photographs and satellite images.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Different sources of spatial information are compared to enhance a description of the landscape for a specific purpose. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessors for this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the appropriate ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the appropriate ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the appropriate ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA. 

  • 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 IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in defining a purpose and selecting appropriate spatial sources to achieve the purpose. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage him/herself and his/her own activities responsibly and effectively in selecting appropriate spatial sources. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information in accessing information from a variety of spatial sources for a specific purpose. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively in describing landscape using spatial sources. 

    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 
  • Map Reference: Notice 896 of 2005, Department of Land Affairs in the Government Gazette, 17 June 2005 No. 27664 page 77.
  • Map Reference: National Mapping Organisation for Spatial Information Products. Chief Directorate: Surveys and Mapping, Private Bag X10, Mowbray, 7705.

    Search words:
  • Tourism; map work; map use; map interpretation; aerial photographs. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49772   National Certificate: Archaeology  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  57613   Further Education and Training Certificate: Short-Term Risk Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  INSETA 


    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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