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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate techniques for gathering and presenting fieldwork data 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119894  Demonstrate techniques for gathering and presenting fieldwork data 
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 involved in gathering information on behalf of a researcher or organisation as part of a research project. It is assumed that the learner is not responsible for designing questionnaires or for analysing and presenting the final findings. It is It will be useful for learners who are required to apply geographical knowledge and skill in an authentic situation including, but not limited to, field workers, learners in rural land reform and community field projects, field rangers, market researchers, archaeological fieldworkers, learners in development projects, police, mountain rescue and environmental officers and learners in insurance and travel and tourism.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining own role in fieldwork investigations.
  • Demonstrating different ways of gathering information in the field.
  • Demonstrating techniques for documenting spatial data in the field.
  • Reporting field data. 

  • 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 
  • Collection of data in the field, under supervision as part of a larger research project. Information may be qualitative and/or quantitative.
  • 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 
    Explain own role in fieldwork investigations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The outcomes of a fieldwork investigation are outlined and an indication is given of the individual's role in contributing to the outcome. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of careful, accurate data gathering is explained and an indication is given of the consequences of bias and misrepresenting information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ethical issues relating to fieldwork investigations are discussed with reference to a specific investigation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate different ways of gathering information in the field. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different techniques for gathering information in the field are described and an indication is given of when each is appropriate. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Techniques include, but are not limited to, surveys, guided questionnaires, open-ended questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, sampling, enumerations, measuring, photographs, sketches and sketch maps.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Two different techniques for gathering and recording information from the environment are demonstrated with due regard for accuracy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Two different techniques for gathering and recording information from people are demonstrated with due regard for impartiality and cultural sensitivity. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate techniques for documenting spatial data in the field. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different ways of describing the location of data collection sites are identified and reasons why location is important are explained with reference to follow up and verification procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range: Ways of describing location include Global Positioning System (GPS), maps, photographs and other spatial information.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A sketch map of a selected site is drawn from observation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Information of the map includes, title, direction, key, approximate size or scale.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The use of electronic devices for documenting information in the field is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Report field data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information is collated for submission to the researcher, supervisor or organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A report on the fieldwork investigation is drafted indication own problems, personal observations and recommendations. 


    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 solve problems in handling problems and crises as they arise in conducting research in the field. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community in gathering data as part of a larger research team. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage him/herself and his/her own activities responsibly and effectively in knowing own role in the fieldwork investigation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect and organise information in gathering data in the field and collating the information for submission. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively in gathering and documenting information and reporting back to the researcher, supervisor or organisation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively in explaining the use of electronic devices for gathering information in the field. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by understanding the consequences of bias and misreporting and understanding own role in an investigation.
  • The learner is able to demonstrate cultural sensitivity in gathering information from people in an investigation. 

  • 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. 

  • 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  66610   Further Education and Training Certificate: Short Term Insurance  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    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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