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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate understanding of chemicals in a processing environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244077  Demonstrate understanding of chemicals in a processing environment 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
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 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
Learners who demonstrate competence as described in the outcomes of this unit standard will be able to understand basic chemistry and its application in the process industry.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Balance basic chemical reactions.
  • Describe the three phases of matter and the properties and process applications of selected substances in each of the phases. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence against numeracy and literacy at ABET Level 3 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical context of this unit standard includes any processing environment, for example chemical-, minerals- or beverage processing.

    Range statements, which are applicable to the unit standard titles, specific outcomes and assessment criteria are found beneath the applicable assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the role of sulphurous compounds in the process industry. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Sulphurous compounds include elemental sulphur (S), hydrogen sulphide (H2S), sulphur dioxide (SO2), sulphur trioxide (SO3) and sulphuric acid (H2SO4). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The occurrence and forms in which sulphurous compounds appear in nature is described based on the major sources of sulphurous compounds used in industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The properties and structure of sulphurous compounds are described based on current scientific theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Testing for sulphurous compounds is described using simple laboratory equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The occurrence and role of sulphurous compounds in the process industry are described in terms of actual applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reactions of sulphurous compounds with a range of different chemicals are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The environmental role of sulphurous compounds is discussed with specific emphasis on the potential risk these compounds pose and the removal methods used in the process industries. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the role of nitrogen bearing (nitrogenous) compounds in the process industry. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Nitrogenous compounds include nitrogen gas (N2), ammonia (NH3), ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3), ammonium chloride (NH4Cl), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), nitrous oxide (N2O), nitric acid (HNO3) and metal nitrates (KNO3 and NaNO3). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The occurrence and forms in which nitrogen appear in nature is described based on the major sources of nitrogenous compounds used in industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The properties and structure of nitrogenous compounds are described based on current scientific theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Testing for nitrogenous compounds is described using simple laboratory equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The occurrence and role of nitrogenous compounds in the process industry are described in terms of actual applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reactions of nitrogenous compounds with a range of different chemicals are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The environmental role of nitrogenous compounds is discussed with specific emphasis on the potential risk these compounds pose and the removal methods used in the process industries. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the role of halogens and halides in the process industry. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Halogens include fluorine (F), chlorine (Cl), bromine (Br) and iodine (I) and halides include any of the metal salts formed from these halogens. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The occurrence and forms in which halogens and halides appear in nature is described based on the major sources of halogens used in industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The properties and structure of halogens and halides are described based on current scientific theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Testing for halogens and halides is described using simple laboratory equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The occurrence and role of halogens and halides in the process industry are described in terms of actual applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reactions of halogens and halides with a range of different chemicals are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The environmental role of halogens and halides is discussed with specific emphasis on the potential risk these compounds pose and the removal methods used in the process industries. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe the role of organic compounds in the process industry. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Organic chemicals include alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, haloalkanes, alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The occurrence and forms in which organic chemicals appear in nature is described based on the major sources of organic chemicals used in industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The properties and structure of organic chemicals are described based on current scientific theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Testing for organic chemicals is described using simple laboratory equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The occurrence and role of organic chemicals in the process industry are described in terms of actual applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reactions of organic chemicals with a range of different chemicals are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The environmental role of organic chemicals is discussed with specific emphasis on the potential risk these compounds pose and the removal methods used in the process industries. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 1 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Only an assessor with considerable first hand experience in process operations will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions is required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in the following areas, which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made:
  • Balancing basic chemical reactions.
  • Identifying process applications associated with chemical principles.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Describe the role of sulphurous compounds in the process industry.
  • Describe the role of nitrogen bearing (nitrogenous) compounds in the process industry.
  • Describe the role of organic compounds in the process industry. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Maintaining sound relations with co-workers/learners.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Logically categorising the disciplines within chemistry.
  • Logically categorising the processing industry.
  • Displaying a logical framework of chemical models and principles.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Describe the role of sulphurous compounds in the process industry.
  • Describe the role of nitrogen bearing (nitrogenous) compounds in the process industry.
  • Describe the role of halogens and halides in the process industry. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations during:
  • Use of chemical symbols, formula and terminology.
  • Explanation of chemical principles and models.
  • Interpreting the periodic table of elements.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems. This is evident in:
  • Interpreting fundamental chemical principles in terms of the process industry applications and everyday products.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  78527   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  72051   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2013-11-07  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  58720   National Certificate: Engineering Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  59669   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  91926   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  59750   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Pipe-Fitting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  59730   National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  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.
     
    1. Africa International Training Facilities T/A AITF (BREDELL) (TP) 
    2. Belique Training Centre cc (ALBERTON) (TP) 
    3. Bevline Mechanical Projects (Pty) Ltd (PROSPECTON) (TP) 
    4. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu 
    5. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    6. Customised Training Specialists Trust T/A CTS (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    7. Eastcape Training Centre 
    8. Enstra Learning and Development Centre (Pty) Ltd (SPRINGS) (TP) 
    9. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    10. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Fundi Training Centre (BENONI) (TP) 
    11. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    12. Jericho Safety Consultants (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    13. Lesedi Skills Academy (TP) 
    14. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    15. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 
    16. Mopani South East FET College - Phalaborwa Campus 
    17. MSC Artisan Academy (Pty) Ltd T/A Master Artisan Academy SA (EAST LOND 
    18. Mthetana Trading & Construction T/A Multi Skill Training Centre (DURBA 
    19. Northlink College - Bellville Campus 
    20. Northlink College - Wingfield Campus 
    21. S & S Training & Construction (SPRINGS) (TP) 
    22. Scaw Metals Group (Pty) Ltd T/A Scaw Metals (DINWIDDIE) (TP) 
    23. Sedibeng Artisan Skills Training Centre (VEREENIGING) (TP) 
    24. SEDIBENG TRAINING CENTRE 
    25. Shine The Way 281 cc T/A Industrial Training Centre (NEW GERMANY) (TP) 
    26. Shukela Training Centre 
    27. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    28. Steinmuller Africa (Pty) Ltd T/A Steinmuller Technical Training Academ 
    29. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP) 
    30. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC 
    31. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    32. Umfolozi FET College 
    33. Umfolozi FET College - Central Office 
    34. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    35. USIZO SKILLS ACADEMY 
    36. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 
    37. West Coast Public FET College - Vredenburg Campus 
    38. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    39. World Focus 382 cc T/A Richards Bay Technical Training & Assessment Centre (ZCBF) (RICHARDS BAY) (TP) 



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