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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manually construct an underground geological plan of a geologically simple area from given data 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261758  Manually construct an underground geological plan of a geologically simple area from given data 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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  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 will be useful to people who are responsible for manually constructing an underground geological plan of a geologically simple (minor deformation) area from supplied data.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding required to manually construct an underground geological plan of a geologically simple area (minor deformation) from supplied data.
  • Prepare to construct an underground geological plan of a geologically simple area.
  • Construct an underground geological plan of a geologically simple area.
  • Present an underground geological plan. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy.
  • Collate geological and survey data.
  • Measuring skills.
  • Understanding of plotting data onto a scale plan.
  • Geological knowledge.
  • Understanding of general legal requirements on health and safety matters.
  • Knowledge of geological hazards.
  • Understanding of dip and strike.
  • Knowledge of the local stratigraphy.
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written, and proficiency in compiling reports in accordance with scientific principles and the use of the appropriate nomenclature. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding required to manually construct an underground geological plan of a geologically simple area (minor deformation) from supplied data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The methodology to manually construct an underground geological plan is described in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The methodology to extrapolate supplied data into areas with no data on an underground geological plan is described in terms of site-specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The identification of anomalous and inadequate data is explained in terms of the effect on the reliability of the geological plan and the distribution of individual geological units. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The means of dealing with anomalous data are described according to sound geological principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Sudden changes in strike.
  • Sudden changes in dip.
  • Incompatible lithologies.
  • Unconformities.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The orientation of a plane is explained in terms of its characteristics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Strike.
  • True dip.
  • Apparent dip.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The difference between true and apparent dip is explained in terms of their relevance in determining the dip and strike of a plane. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The legal aspects relating to occupational health and safety and environmental considerations are described in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The regional geology of the area under investigation is described in terms of the expected stratigraphic sequence and geological features. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The means to identify stratigraphic and structural relationships from an underground geological plan are explained in terms of geological practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The contents of the work instruction and the consequences of non-compliance with the requirements are described in terms of the potential impact on the future development and interpretation of the geological model and potential future exploitation of the ore body. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to construct an underground geological plan of a geologically simple area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The instruments that are required for the construction of an underground geological plan are selected, examined and verified in accordance with the work instruction received. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Defective items are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The workplace details are determined and verified, all in accordance with the work instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The format of the data supplied is confirmed, verified, sorted into different sets and corrected in accordance with geological principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Mean sea level.
  • Datum Line.
  • Coordinates.
  • Units of measure.
  • Stratigraphic units.
  • Thickness of stratigraphic units.
  • Dip and strike.
  • Structural features.
  • Igneous features.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Anomalous data, when found, are compared and confirmed with the original data and errors in the data are immediately marked in accordance with geological practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Sudden change in the dip, strike and thickness of individual stratigraphic units.
  • Specific data that is not consistent with that of adjacent data.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Construct an underground geological plan of a geologically simple area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The data are transferred manually onto the relevant base plan at an appropriate scale. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The data are systematically and manually interpolated in accordance with geological practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The completed geological plan is examined for any inconsistencies and all anomalous data identified are corrected in accordance with geological practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The dip and strike of the identified stratigraphic units, if not supplied, is correctly determined and recorded according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The relationship between the individual stratigraphic units is explained in geological terms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The true thickness of the individual stratigraphic units is correctly determined and recorded according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The structural features are identified, marked and their dip and strike, if not supplied, is correctly determined and recorded according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Potential geological hazards are identified and marked according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Work related hazards and associated risks that have an effect on a safe and healthy work environment are dealt with in accordance with the specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Eyestrain.
  • Injuries as a result of incorrect posture.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Present an underground geological plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The instruments, materials and equipment are cleaned and ensured to be ready for future use and any defective items are reported in accordance with site-specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The workplace is cleaned in accordance with documented procedure and good housekeeping practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The necessary report(s) and/or plots are compiled in the required format, submitted to the relevant personnel and archived if required in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The completion of the work is communicated to the relevant personnel, and anomalous conditions emphasised in accordance with site-specific requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard 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 unit standard 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 with 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.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge will be addressed in an integrated manner in the unit standard:
  • The ability to construct an underground geological plan in a geologically simple area.
  • The ability to extrapolate data into areas with no data.
  • The ability to determine stratigraphic relationships from an underground geological plan.
  • The ability to identify and recognise anomalous conditions that affect the accuracy and interpretation of the geological plan. 

  • 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 learner to identify anomalous data will indicate that the learner is proficient in problem solving and in the use of creative thinking processes. The ability of the learner to construct an underground geological plan contributes to his/her problem solving ability and will indicate the learner's problem solving capabilities by using critical and creative thinking to make decisions. 

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

    Note: The ability of the learner to accept and interpret work instructions indicates that he/she can work effectively as a team member in the bigger organisational environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage himself/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The selecting of the appropriate data series from the supplied data set will indicate that the learner can manage and organise activities responsibly and effectively. 

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

    Note: The correct formatting and plotting of data and completion of the geological plan will indicate that the learner can collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information. The identification of anomalous data that can affect the reliability of the final product will enhance the learner's ability to critically evaluate geological data. 

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

    Note: The construction of the geological plan and the recording and reporting of the results in the correct format will indicate the learner's efficiency in mathematical reasoning and written/oral presentations. 

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

    Note: The effective interpretation of stratigraphic relationships from geological plans in accordance with accepted geological procedures would indicate that the learner is proficient in the appropriate use 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 learner to identify anomalous data and to deal with this by applying problem solving techniques will indicate his/her proficiency in understanding that a specific action or decision taken has more than one effect. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Reflect on, and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively and to contribute to the full development of each learner to enhance the social and economic development of the society at large.

    Note: The ability of the learner to explore more than one strategy to solve actual and potential problems that can affect the reliability of the exercise, to communicate effectively and to organise his/her work, contributes to the development of the learner. The correct preparation of the geological plan will indicate that the learner accepts responsibility for the implications of his/her actions. This will enhance the learning curve of the individual to contribute to his/her own personal growth, socio-economic development and the community 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 
    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act and Regulations, 1996 (Act 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives/Instructions.
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.

    A Geologically Simple Area implies an absence of folding and major faulting. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  65549   National Certificate: Mining Technical Support  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  77963   Further Education and Training Certificate: Mining/Exploration Geology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


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