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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of business ethics in transport operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262262  Demonstrate an understanding of business ethics in transport operations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
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
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 for people who are required to facilitate transport operations within a framework of company specific policies, processes and procedures. They facilitate the movement of freight, including goods, passengers or livestock, from origin to destination in terms of stakeholder requirements. Facilitating transport operations include the carriage of freight and passengers into, through and out of organisations and their distribution channels.

This unit standard will recognise the essential knowledge and skills required to identify ethical issues in the transport environment and apply these in own working environment.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical context in transport operations.
  • Describe and explain ethical challenges facing transport operations.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the implications of unethical behaviour on transport operations.
  • Describe own role in the implementation of ethical practices. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical context in transport operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The context for heightened concerns with respect to corporate governance is explained with reference to the prevalence of corporate scandals, current legislation, and judicial enquiries into corporate governance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legislation includes but is not limited to:
  • Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act (2004), Companies Amendment Act [2004], Prevention of Organised Crime Act [1999].

    Judicial commissions include but are not limited to:
  • King Reports 1 and 2.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Parallel concerns in the public sector are explained with reference to the Public Finance Management Act and its implications for public service governance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Key areas of concern are identified and explained with reference to the basic principles of running corporate business, and the implications of contraventions of good governance principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principles include but are not limited to:
  • Conflict of interest of directors, procurement principles, independence of auditors, separation of duties of a managing director and chairperson.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The particular temptations evident on the transport sector are identified and described with reference to the size, nature and origin of contracts, and possibilities for corruption. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain ethical challenges facing transport operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ethical challenges in compiling loads are explained with reference to their legality and/or the attendant risks with respect to spoilage or crime. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legality includes but is not limited to:
  • Smuggling, overloading, illegal aliens, incompatible loads, declarations.

    Risks include but are not limited to:
  • Hi-jack, theft, spoilage, bribery.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The possibilities of conflict of interests at all levels of the business are identified and explained in terms of unfair or unethical competition with the employer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ethical considerations in the choice of routes are explained with reference to the composition of loads, delivery windows and local authority regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Regulations include but are not limited to:
  • Dangerous goods; mass and size limits.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Responses and legitimate alternatives to bribery as a means of facilitating operations are described with reference to personal integrity, business ethics and company policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Ethical considerations with respect to overloading are explained with reference to relevant regulatory aspects, unfair advantage, strain on infrastructure, and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Ethical considerations with respect to conditions of employment are explained with reference to cost, safety and fair practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Conditions include but are not limited to:
  • Driver shifts, working hours, rest time.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Challenges posed by theft within the transport sector are described with reference to the possibilities, personal integrity, preventative measures and the short and longer terms consequences for the individual, the company and the sector. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Theft includes but is not limited to:
  • Fuel theft (theft from pipelines, vehicles, stations, LPG tankers/ships), theft of cargo from customers, theft of vehicles and parts, theft of money, theft of time.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Ethical considerations with respect to passenger safety are described with reference to vehicle condition and poor and/or illegal practices. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate understanding of the implications of unethical behaviour on transport operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Concepts of responsibility and accountability are explained with reference to own role within the organisation, and obligations to expose the existence of corrupt or illegal practises. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of unethical behaviour is explained in terms of damage to the business as a whole and to own job and/or reputation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Damage includes but is not limited to:
  • Financial loss; discovery; customer perceptions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of ethical conduct in business is explained with reference to codes of conduct and the guidelines they provide, as well as company disciplinary codes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe own role in the implementation of ethical practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Own duties and functions of the workplace are identified and aligned to the principles of the work ethic and company codes of practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Duties and functions are described as consistent or inconsistent in relation to ethical codes in the workplace, sector or institution.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Individual conduct is evaluated against the organisational code of conduct, and inconsistencies identified together with proposed alternatives. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Alternatives include:
  • Alternate behaviours or recommended adaptations to the code.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Barriers or difficulties preventing or inhibiting ethical practice in own operation are identified, and strategies developed to promote ethical practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Barriers include but are not limited to:
  • Policies, management instructions, client expectations, temptation.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Possibilities for positively influencing ethical practice are identified and described in terms of own assigned responsibilities, scope of authority and legal accountability. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against the unit standard (including through RPL) may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA), or one with an appropriate memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard, or assessing this unit standard, must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    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:
  • Choices around ethical considerations involve problem solving at personal and corporate level. 

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

    Note:
  • Ethical choices will always involve others in the workplace. 

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

    Note:
  • Important: Understanding of responsibilities, awareness of own position, acting in compliance. 

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

    Note:
  • Awareness of compliance issues and ethical codes. 

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

    Note:
  • Accessing and sharing information. 

  • 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:
  • Essential: Impact of actions on others. 

  • 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  65529   Further Education and Training Certificate: Transport Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


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