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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge and attainment of the principal soil types and their characteristics 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254506  Demonstrate knowledge and attainment of the principal soil types and their characteristics 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Mining and Minerals   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
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  2012-07-01  2015-06-30  SAQA 0695/12 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2019-06-30  

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 for persons who work or intend to work within a mining and minerals context.

Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principle soil types.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in the derivation of the principle soil types.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of the principle soil types.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the soils of South Africa.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for the social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and demonstrating understanding of the principle soil types and their characteristics in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the principal soil types. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Provide a general definition of a soil in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principle soil types are identified and defined in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principle horizons within a typical soil are identified and defined in the mining context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • A horizon.
  • B horizon.
  • C horizon.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The difference between transported and residual soil is explained in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The economic and social importance of soils and their conservation are explained in the mining context. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in the derivation of the principal soil types. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principal processes involved in the generation of a typical soil are identified and explained in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relationship between bed rock, climate and derived soil types is explained in the mining context. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of the principal soil types. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The typical characteristics used to describe soils are identified and defined. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Colour.
  • Grain size.
  • Bedding.
  • Density.
  • Strength.
  • Organic content.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The typical characteristics of the principal horizons within a typical soil are identified and defined. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • A Horizon.
  • B Horizon.
  • C Horizon.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of the soils of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principal soil types in South Africa are identified and defined in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The typical characteristics of the principal soil types in South Africa are identified and defined in the mining context. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The following accreditation and/or moderation options are available to an individual wishing to be assessed:
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • The physical characteristics of the principle soil horizons and common soil types.
  • The processes involved in the derivation of a soil.
  • The principle soils of South Africa and their characteristics. 

  • 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.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify characteristics of individual soil types contributes to his/her problem solving ability. 

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

    Note: The ability of the candidate to integrate the geological data indicates that the candidate can organise and manage activities. 

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

    Note: The ability of the candidate to integrate geological data will enhance the learners proficiency to collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information. 

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

    Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile the data from various sources will indicate the candidate's proficiency in effective communication. 

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

    Note: The analysis of the geological data pertaining to the various soil types described will indicate the candidates understanding of science and technology. 

    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.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to understand the physical properties of individual soil types, their social and economic importance and need for conservation will contribute to their understanding of the whole world. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE QUALITY ASSURING BODY
    Elective  60349   National Certificate: Mining Technical Support  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2015-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  65490   National Certificate: Arboriculture: Tree Preservation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2015-06-30  FPMSETA 


    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 Quality Assuring Bodies 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 Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Mathome Training & Development 



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