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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an ability to read maps 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258735  Demonstrate an ability to read maps 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Geographical Information Sciences 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2015-07-01  2018-06-30  SAQA 10105/14 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 be able to read and correctly interpret maps.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate an ability to conceptualise space.
  • Understand the characteristics of space.
  • Demonstrate an ability to think spatially.
  • Understand the difference between the real world and a map representation of the real world. Field-based and object-based views of geographical space.
  • Understand elementary spatial relationships. 

  • 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 at NQF Level 5.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 5. 

  • 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 
    Demonstrate an ability to conceptualise space in the real world and a map representation of the real world. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Objects in geographical space are described that you will find in the real world. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Example:
  • Describe the geographical objects you will encounter if you drove from home to the classroom/work.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A proportional map of objects in geographical space is created as a representation of the real world. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    This should be a paper based exercise and should be designed to focus on proportional relationships.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Objects in geographical space are analysed in terms of directional and distance relationships as a representation of the real world. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    This should also be a paper based exercise and should be designed to focus on relationships of displacement.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Objects in geographical space are related to each other in terms coordinates on a Cartesian grid as a representation of the real world. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Understand the characteristics of space in the real world and a map representation of the real world. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Geographical or spatial objects are understood in terms of their dimensionality. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    0, 1, 2 dimensional objects.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Geographical or spatial objects are understood in terms of their layered relationships. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    For example:
  • The idea that different networks such as water, sewerage and storm water networks can co-exist on the same flat map surface.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Geographical or spatial objects are understood in terms of more advanced dimensionality. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    2.5 and 3 dimensional objects.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an ability to think spatially in the context of the real world and a map representation of the real world. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Spatial problems are recognised, i.e. Identified and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Spatial problems are analysed, i.e. Understood in the context of its environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Spatial problems are solved within the context of the problem identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Understand the difference between the real world and a map representation of the real world, i.e. field-based and object-based views of geographical space. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The field- based view of geographical space (real world) is understood and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The object- based view of geographical space is understood and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The field and object based views of geographical space are related to each other and the differences are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Understand elementary spatial relationships within the real world and a map representation of the real world. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The intention here is to give learners exposure to spatial relationships, complex relationships will be dealt with at a more advanced level. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of a geographical object falling inside another is understood and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The concept of a geographical object falling outside another is understood and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The concept of geographical objects intersecting one another is understood and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The concept of geographical objects sharing a border with another is understood and explained. 


    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 is dealt with under the specific outcomes section where "Demonstrate knowledge and understanding" is required. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63689   Bachelor of Arts: Geographical Information Science  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2018-06-30   


    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.
     
    NONE 



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