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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of agriculture as a challenging and applied system 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13354  Demonstrate an understanding of agriculture as a challenging and applied system 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
ABET Level 4  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
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 
A learner credited with this competence will be capable of: discovering the nature of agriculture; differentiating between the various agricultural disciplines; and observing and analysing the geographical distribution and economic impact of agriculture. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Open 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Investigate the nature of agriculture as an applied science and relate it to other sciences 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The nature of agriculture as an applied science is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Agriculture is clearly defined. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The relationship between agriculture and the natural sciences is established. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. The significance of the relationship between agriculture and other sciences is discussed. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Agriculture in relation to physics, chemistry, biology
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Identify various agricultural disciplines and describe how they are linked 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Examples of agricultural disciplines include crop science; soil science; agricultural economics; agricultural engineering; animal science; horticultural science; agricultural forestry and agricultural extension. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Various agricultural disciplines are identified. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Narrative description, labelling; diagrams
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Agricultural disciplines are described and listed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Agricultural disciplines are compared and contrasted. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Relationships between the disciplines are discussed. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Analyse the geographical distribution of agriculture and its socio-economic impact. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The links between agricultural and other economic activities are explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Agricultural activities that form the basis for manufacturing- and service-based activities.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Maps to show the type and distribution of agricultural production are labelled, interpreted, summarised and presented. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
local, provincial and national
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Information which summarises and demonstrates the significance of agriculture in society is collected and presented. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
learners can do this as a group; projects; collection of resource material e.g. newspaper and magazine articles
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Information which demonstrates the significance of agriculture in the society is summarised and presented. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
learners can do this as a group; projects; collection of resource material e.g. newspaper and magazine articles
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Link between society and agriculture is established and clarified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Link between economy and agriculture is established and clarified. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Describe agricultural technology and its link to applied agriculture. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Agricultural technology as a field in agriculture is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The principles of appropriate agricultural technology are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Applications of agricultural technology are given. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
explained by way of appropriate real life examples. Tools, technology, methods
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. The link between agricultural technology and applied agriculture is shown. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
explained by way of appropriate real life examples.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Investigate the opportunities and challenges of agriculture in developing society. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The role of agriculture in food security is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
From household security to national self-sufficiency.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The significance of commercial agriculture for social development is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The significance of commercial agriculture for economic empowerment is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
The progression from subsistence agriculture to commercial agriculture; different challenges and opportunities
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Study options in agriculture for are investigated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Employment opportunities in agriculture are explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
In relation to agricultural education and training - the three bands of learning: GETC, FET, HET
 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
Primary Agriculture Education and Training Authority, Elgin College, Mtimba College and Fortcox College. 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
The introduction of agricultural technical language 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made; 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively; 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information; 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation; 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
Developmental Outcomes:

1. Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively;
2. Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities;
3. Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts;
4. Exploring education and career opportunities; and
5. Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
  ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
Elective  71751   General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
Elective  73249   General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training: Academic Curriculum  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2021-06-30  UMALUSI 
Elective  23193   GETC in Ancillary Health Care  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2005-02-13  Was HW SETA until Last Date for Achievement 


PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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