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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Explain the concept of air power 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253882  Explain the concept of air power 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Military Professional Development 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
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
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2008-02-06  2008-09-17  SAQA 0875/08 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-09-17   2012-09-17  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
257138  Explain the concept of Air Power  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners achieving this unit standard will have a fundamental understanding of the application of Air Power with particular reference to the concepts. Learners from other Military Services will be able to utilize the content of specific outcomes in the context of their approach to the execution of operations where Air Power is required.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Describe the evolution of Air Power.
  • Explain the core components of Air Power.
  • Explain the factors that influence or impact the application of Air Power. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the evolution of Air Power. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Air Power includes a fundamental knowledge of the genesis of flight and the use of aircraft and/or the ability to fly for the purpose of its use in war up to the present century. The concept of Space Power is excluded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The fundamental principles of flight are explained with reference to the concept of aerodynamics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principles include the forces acting against an aircraft in flight, control surfaces, aircraft attitudes and speed.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Key stages in the development of flight are identified and explained in terms of their importance for the development of Air Power. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Stages include:
  • Feathered flight hot air balloons, gliding, powered flight.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The development of an Air Power capability in South Africa is explained with reference to the history (historical role) of the South African Air Force and the (subsequent) integration of other statutory and non-statutory forces. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The macro-organization and design of the SA Air Force are explained with reference to their emerging roles and needs over time. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    The explanation must be supported using simple organigrams. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the core components of Air Power. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The nature of war and armed conflict are explained in accordance with SAAF doctrine using examples from a given conflict. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Air Power is explained from the perspective of the core capabilities, using examples from actual conflicts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The application of Air Power principles during operations is explained using examples from specific conflicts, and in line with SAAF doctrine. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the factors that influence or impact the application of Air Power. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role played by the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) in the application of Air Power is explained using particular scenarios, and the SAAF response to LOAC. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role of Air Power in Peace Support Missions is explained by using real-time theatres of activity that the SA Air Force has been involved in during the last decade. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    The description of the role of Air Power in Peace Support Missions draws on examples of SA Air Force involvement in real-time theatres of activity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The influence of the components and principles of Air Power are discussed in relation to the executive decisions and functions of Mobile Air Operations Teams (MAOT). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role Aviation Safety plays as a force multiplier in the context of Air Power is explained using examples, in line with SAAF doctrine. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The role includes serviceability, safety, availability of aircraft, types of aircraft, health of crews.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as an ETD Provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • This unit standard will be assessed by an assessor and moderated by a moderator registered with the relevant accredited ETQA.
  • An assessor should be in possession of a relevant qualification that is at least one level higher than the level of this unit standard.
  • Training Providers must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment should include both formative and summative assessments. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Military strategy, doctrine and tactics:
  • Elements that support airpower as used from a technical perspective are emphasized.

    The nature of war:
  • Historical offensive and defensive context.

    The capabilities of airpower:
  • Military equipment and application in missions (aircraft identification).

    The principles of airpower:
  • Types and levels of warfare planning and execution of plans (emphasis on the tactical level of thinking).

    Aerodynamics:
  • The theory of flight. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    The ability of the learner to identify the components of Air Power from film and video extracts and to comprehend weak or strong tactical application. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Learners are capable of articulating findings during group discussions following exposure to case scenarios. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Learners will need to organize themselves in order to prepare for discussions on related Air Power concepts during group sessions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by making use of analytical skills.

    Learners evaluate basic tactical advantages utilizing the principles and components of Air Power in a given situation. 

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

    Learners can view a film on a given conflict and be in a position to comprehend and write an essay or present a brief on the effectiveness of aircraft. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility for the environment and the health of others.

    An understanding of how aircraft fly will lead to a higher appreciation of the components of Air Power and the skill of military aviators in tactical and general scenarios. 

    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.

    Learners will realize the importance and value of assessing the ideas and inputs of others during related discussions. Brain storming following the observation of Air Power elements viewed during video clips. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 257138, which is "Explain the concept of air power", Level 4, 4 credits.

    Terminology:

    Terms used in this unit standard are generic to the military and aviation industries.

    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, focus assessment on each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Although this Unit Standard is very knowledge based, assessment activities should include the context of the CCFO's.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgments should be made. In most cases knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of demonstrated knowledge. As a guide based on the notional hours a candidate has to prepare for the assessment, a repeat assessment should be conducted only once. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59889   Further Education and Training Certificate: Military Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2010-01-25  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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. SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE COLLEGE 



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