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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Read hard copy maps 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258636  Read hard copy maps 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Geographical Information Sciences 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 was developed as a fundamental unit standard to be used by any discipline. A person who has successfully completed this unit standard will understand how to interpret hard copy maps.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Understand what maps are.
  • Understand how to orientate a map.
  • Relate the map to the real world. 

  • 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. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Are included with Specific Outcomes as necessary.

    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 
    Understand what maps are. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Symbology is understood and explained in terms of hard copy maps. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The legend is understood and features on the map are interpreted and related to the real world. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Orientational indicators are understood and explained in terms of hard copy maps. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to north arrow, magnetic declination.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Scale is understood and explained in terms of hard copy maps. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The learner identifies different types of printed maps. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to street maps, topographical maps, thematic maps, aeronautical charts.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The learner understands and explains maps as selective and generalised representations of the real world. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Different views of the real world is understood and explained as they are illustrated in on maps. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Plan view (bird's eye view), Field view (sketch), Perspective view, Artistic representation (tourist maps).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Understand how to orientate a map. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The features on the map are identified in the real world. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Coordinates and grids on maps are understood and explained in relation to map orientation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The map is turned so that it correctly lines up with the surroundings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relative location of different features in relation to each other can be described as read from hard copy maps. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Example:
  • A is south west of B.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Relate the map to the real world. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Distances and directions between known points are calculated from the map. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A hike route is planned by generating a series of consecutive points with the distances and direction between each. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An orientational route is plotted on the map using point directions and distances given. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A cross section indicating the height profile of the route is drawn from the map. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Features at given coordinates are identified in terms of hard copy maps. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Coordinates of specific points are calculated from the map. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Heights and contours are used to understand and explain the relief of the land. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Shape of contours, spot height, trigonomical beacons, valley, hill, plain.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively. 

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

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

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Display an understanding of the world as a set of related systems. 

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

    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 
    Notes to Assessors:
  • This unit standard is intended for a wide variety of learners and could be applied in a variety of contexts. However, a copy of the official South African 1:50 000 map within which the learners find themselves geographically will make the ideal map for the purpose of this unit standard. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63589   National Diploma: Geographical Information Science  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    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. ESRI South Africa 



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