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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Construct and test basic electronic circuits 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264996  Construct and test basic electronic circuits 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  16 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
12218  Construct and test basic electronic circuits  Level 2  NQF Level 02  16  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to construct and test a variety of basic working electronic circuits from electronic circuit diagrams. Learners will be able to read and interpret circuit diagrams and understand the components used in electronic circuits. Learners will also be able to select electronic components for an electronic circuit and check the components for defectiveness. Learners will also be able to construct and test the electronic circuit in accordance with safety standards. Learners will also be able to explain the types of incidents and problems which may occur in the production of electronic circuits and then take appropriate action.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Discussing and explaining the principles of electronics.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the operation of basic electronic circuits.
  • Selecting electronic and related components for circuit construction.
  • Constructing basic electronic circuits.
  • Testing electronic circuits for short circuit and open circuit conditions.
  • Reporting incidents and problems related to electronic work. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    All work is performed under supervision. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Discuss and explain the principles of electronics. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Principles of electronics may include but are not limited to electron theory, power sources, internal resistances, Ohms law, Kirchoff`s laws, series/parallel theory of resistance and batterie, power calculations, principles of electro-magnetic inductance, capacitance, terminal voltage and potential difference. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The use of electronics is explained in terms of specific workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Electronic symbols are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Electronic circuit diagrams are read and interpreted according to the application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The applicable scientific laws are described in terms of their impact on electronics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safety practices and procedures are explained for working with electronic circuits. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the operation of basic electronic circuits. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Basic electronic circuits may include but is not limited to the simple electric circuit, series and parallel circuits, rectifying circuits, diode protection circuits, indication circuits, voltage/current regulating circuits, transistor switching circuits, on/off circuits, basic power supply circuits, simple speed control circuits, Schmitt trigger circuits, flip-flop circuits, time delay circuits, dimmer circuits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different types of electronic circuits are explained with examples of their use and operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The components used in the different electronic circuits are identified and explained in terms of their operation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Select electronic and related components for circuit construction. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Electronic components may include but is not limited to diodes, resistors, LED`s, Zener Diodes, transistors, thyristors, switches, relays, transformers, capacitors, motors, fuses, there related function, characteristics and nominal values as well as basic connectors, holders and wire. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Type of electronic circuit to be constructed is explained in terms of its use and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Components are selected to match electronic circuit being constructed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of selecting incorrect components are explained in terms of the impact on safety and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All defective components are marked, removed, and reported in accordance with production procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Construct basic electronic circuits. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Basic electronic circuits must be constructed on breadboards, by means of plug in components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Electronic circuit diagrams and related symbols are read and interpreted in order to construct the electronic circuit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Electronic circuit is constructed according to its function and specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of poor construction practices are explained in terms of the operation of the electronic circuit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant safety practices and procedures are applied when working with electronic equipment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Electronic safety includes electrical safety, component safety and electro-static discharge (ESD) safety.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Test electronic circuits. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Measuring equipment may include but is not limited to digital and analogue multi-meters, and the oscilloscope to test voltage, current, and resistance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Reasons for testing electronic circuit are explained in terms of its impact on the safety and use of the electronic circuit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Test equipment is selected according to electronic circuit being tested. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Power source configuration is chosen to conduct the test according to electronic circuits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Electronic circuit and/or components are tested and diagnosed according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    All defective components are marked, removed and reported in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Report incidents and problems related to electronic work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of reporting incidents and problems are explained in terms of its impact on safety, health and operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Types of incidents and problems which may occur in electronic circuits are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Incidents and problems are recorded and communicated according to standard operating procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place 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 an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names and functions of:
  • Electronic and related components.
  • Electronic test equipment.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties:
  • Electronic and related components.
  • Electronic test equipment.

    Sensory cues:
  • Use of senses to detect faulty component in a circuit.
  • Use of sight to read circuit diagrams and test equipment.

    Purpose of:
  • Reading circuit diagrams.
  • Testing of circuits and components.
  • Applying electronic safety.
  • Diagnosing fault conditions.

    Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Causes of damage and injury.
  • Implications of incorrect source voltages.
  • Implications incorrect testing applications.
  • Implications of incorrect component selection.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Safety procedures.
  • Fault finding procedures for components and circuits.
  • Diagnostic techniques for fault location.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Safety regulations when working with light current.

    Theory: rules, principles and laws:
  • Basic principles of electricity.
  • Electron theory.
  • Ohms law.
  • Kirchoff`s law.
  • Lenz`s law.
  • Flemming`s law.
  • Applicable mathematical concepts.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship between electricity, components and outputs in a basic electronic circuit.
  • Relationship between testing and fault finding.
  • Relationship between circuits and electronic units.
  • Relationship between electronic units and connectors.
  • Relationship between safety and electronics. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems by recognising situations that require action and correct when necessary. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others by contributing to the work group's efforts to maintain cleanliness, safety and quality. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities in order to ensure that a work and time schedule is followed and adjusted when necessary to allow for unexpected interruptions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when using common names for components, common names for test equipment, common names for circuits, and the filling in and use fault reports and requisition forms. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when using and applying scientific principles to electronic circuit functioning. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems in order to relate the use of electronics to other units and equipment. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 12218, "Construct and test basic electronic circuits", Level 2, 16 credits.

    Performance of skills includes the following indicators:
  • Appropriate components are chosen.
  • Appropriate voltage source is chosen.
  • Test equipment is used correctly.
  • Safe working practices are adhered to while carrying out activities.
  • Appropriate fault finding procedures are used.

    Understanding confirmed:
  • Respond to `what if` and `why` questions covering:
    > Basic principles of electricity.
    > Voltage sources.
    > Selection and use of components.
    > Diagnosis and testing of components.
    > Consequences of not applying the relevant safety practices and procedures.
    > Electronic manuals.
    > Applicable scientific laws. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  67569   National Certificate: Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  67629   National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  78923   National Certificate: Autotronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  49795   National Certificate: Rail Construction and Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


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