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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct an investigation in the natural science 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
7508  Conduct an investigation in the natural science 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Natural Sciences in GET and ABET   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences Life Sciences 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
ABET Level 4  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2012-07-01  2015-06-30  SAQA 0695/12 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2019-06-30  

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 
The purpose of this standard is to develop investigative skills and attitudes to study scientific phenomena .
On completion of this standard the learner will be able to investigate scientific phenomena by planning, gathering data and drawing conclusions. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Formulate a scientific hypothesis. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The phenomenon or the problem to be investigated is selected. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The phenomenon or the problem to be investigated is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Possible reasons for the phenomenon/problem are clearly stated. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Simple examples within the learners reach are investigated. Hypothesis is limited to simple statements. Examples could be focused investigations: e.g. are fizzy/cold drinks badly for teeth? Does cow dung improve plant growth?
Explorative investigations: e.g. what is the best way to clean water? (given equipment); changing plant and animal life with seasonal change; exploring weather changes; nutrients in food stuff; acids and bases in the home.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Devise a plan to implement a procedure to investigate phenomena. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. A procedure that indicates how the phenomenon or the problem will be investigated is clearly planned. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Generally, procedures should be simple using everyday or improvised equipment that is relevant to the day-to-day living of the learner. Existing knowledge could include indigenous knowledge or researched knowledge.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Safety precautions are identified where applicable. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
For example in trying to find the best way to clean a sample of water, learners might plan to select from a variety of equipment.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The plan relates the subject to existing knowledge. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. The plan shows how useful information that can answer the questions is to be obtained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. The plan reflects the best of several alternatives. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
They might choose cheesecloth over a sieve because they know smaller holes trap smaller particles.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Implement a plan to investigate a phenomenon or a problem. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Experiments and procedures are carried out according to plan. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
See range for specific outcome 2.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Collecting procedures are assessed and modifications suggested. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
For example, if cheesecloth is not effective in cleaning a sample of water further modifications are suggested.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Appropriate apparatus (equipment) is used. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Apparatus is used safely. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
However, learners would not be expected to display or utilise technical modifications such as, for example, "a vacuum filter", or "reverse osmosis".
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Accurate measurements are taken from apparatus. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Accurate measurements should be taken from calibrated apparatus that is standardised or can be improvised.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Gather and interpret data. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Data gathered is relevant. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
:
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Data gathered is appropriately and systematically recorded. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Ways to present information that clarify patterns are selected. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Information may be recorded roughly and presented in simple tables with categories and or simple graphs namely pie, bar, simple diagrams etc.
 



Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identify and solve basic scientific problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community in conducting the scientific investigation. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively in conducting the scientific investigation. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
Collect, analyse, organise and evaluate the scientific data. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
Communicate effectively using simple diagrams, tables, pie graphs, and bar graphs, to present results. 

QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
  ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE QUALITY ASSURING BODY
Core  24153   General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2008-09-13  Was ETDP SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
Core  48495   General Education and Training Certificate: Water Services  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2015-06-30  EWSETA 
Fundamental  22971   General Education and Training Certificate: Conservation  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2012-06-30  CATHSSETA 
Fundamental  58267   General Education and Training Certificate: Mining and Minerals Processes  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2015-06-30  MQA 
Fundamental  23253   National Certificate (GETC): Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Activities  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2015-06-30  MERSETA 
Fundamental  14891   National Certificate: Agricultural Machinery Technician  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-10-18  Was AgriSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
Fundamental  49014   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Underground Hard Rock  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-08-16  Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement 
Elective  71751   General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2015-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


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 Quality Assuring Bodies 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 Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
 
1. Adcorp Technical Training 
2. Aldabri 106 (PTY) Ltd 
3. All-Rite Services cc (AUSTERVILLE) (TP) 
4. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
5. ASSMANG LTD 
6. BAFOKENG RASIMONE MANAGEMENT SERVICES PTY LTD 
7. Barberton Mines (pty) Ltd 
8. Barberton Mines (pty) Ltd (16/MQA/0049/AC3/041005) 
9. Barloworld Equipment (Pty) Ltd (BELLVILLE) (TP) 
10. BEATRIX GOLD MINE 
11. BMW SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
12. Bridgestone South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Brits Plant (BRITS) (TP) 
13. Bridgestone South Africa (Pty) Ltd - PE Plant (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
14. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Central Office 
15. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
16. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Umbumbulu Campus 
17. COLLEGE OF CAPE TOWN 
18. College of Production Technology 
19. Continental Tyres SA (Pty) Ltd (NEW BRIGHTON) (TP) 
20. DAMELIN TECHNICAL DIVISION (Cape Town)(TP) 
21. De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd - Kimberley 
22. DE BEERS CONSOLIDATED MINES LTD FINSCH MINE OFFICE 
23. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
24. DILOKONG CHROME MINE PTY LTD 
25. Dorbyl Automotive Systems (NEAVE INDUSTRIAL) (TP) 
26. DRIEFONTEIN CONSOLIDATED (PTY) LTD 
27. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Charles Good Year Campus 
28. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
29. Eastcape Training Centre 
30. ERGO MINING (PTY) LTD 
31. Exxaro Coal Pty Ltd 
32. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
33. First Car Care (Pty) Ltd T/A STi Autobody Repairers (GOODWOOD) (TP) 
34. Fundisa Zonke Training Academy 
35. Gert Sibande Public FET College - Standerton Campus 
36. GFBLA 
37. Goodyear SA (Pty) Ltd (UITENHAGE) (TP) 
38. Greenside Colliery/Anglo Operations Limited 
39. Hansing Engineering (Pty) Ltd (SALDANHA) (TP) 
40. Impala Platinum Limited 
41. IMPALA PLATINUM LIMITED - RUSTENBURG 
42. INSYGHT TECHNOLOGY TRAINING CENTRE (Durban)(TP) 
43. Iphimbo Training Centre (DURBAN) (TP) 
44. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
45. JESUA CONSULTANTS (Hartenbos) (WA) 
46. KHUTALA COLLIERY 
47. KLOOF GOLD MINING CO LTD 
48. KUMBA IRON ORE (SISHEN) 
49. Kumba Sishen HRD Centre 
50. LAFARGE SOUTH AFRICA PTY LTD 
51. LEBOWA PLATINUM MINES LTD- 
52. Marula PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
53. Masiqhame Trading 81 cc T/A Kim's Welding School (AUSTERVILLE) (TP) 
54. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (EAST LONDON) (TP) 
55. MESSINA PLATINUM MINES 
56. Metals Mining Training Intervention 
57. MINTEK 
58. Mopani South East FET College - Phalaborwa Campus 
59. MURRAY & ROBERTS CEMENTATION PTY LTD 
60. NALITHUBA EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT T/A NALITHUBA TRAINING SOLUTIONS 
61. Nissan SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
62. NKOMATI MINE 
63. Northlink College - Bellville Campus 
64. Northlink College - Goodwood Campus 
65. Northlink College - Wingfield Campus 
66. Palabora Copper Pty Ltd 
67. PDNA Academy (Pty) Ltd (JOHANNESBURG) (TP) 
68. Planet Waves 237 (Pty) Ltd T/A Occupational Learning Centre (OLC) (PRE 
69. Polyoak Business School (Pty) Ltd (DIEP RIVER) (TP) 
70. PRETORIA PORTLAND CEMENT CO_LTD (HEAD OFFICE) 
71. Primeserve Technical Training Pretoria 
72. Production Management Institute of Southern Africa 
73. Production Management Institute of Southern Africa (PMI) 
74. Protea Tyres (Nelspruit) (TP) 
75. PS Productive Services (WESTVILLE) (TP) 
76. Rand Uranium (Pty) Ltd 
77. Red Coral Investment 176 (Pty) Ltd T/A Acorn City College (DURBAN) (TP 
78. Redpath mining (SA) Pty Ltd 
79. RICHARDS BAY MINERALS 
80. Richtrau No 177 Pty Ltd t/a Bokoni Platinum Mines (Lebowa Platinum Min 
81. Russ Projects T/A Academy Workplace Development (AWD) (HARRIETDALE) (T 
82. Rustenburg Platinum Mines - Union Section 
83. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
84. Seoposengoe Training Consultancy 
85. Shukela Training Centre 
86. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
87. SIYEMBA HOLDINGS 
88. SIYEMBA MINING 
89. SOUTH AFRICAN QUALITY TRAINING ACADEMY 
90. Spring Lights 141 (Pty) Ltd T/A MPC College (DURBAN) (TP) 
91. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
92. Technology Risk Solutions 
93. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP) 
94. Tisand PTY Ltd t/a RICHARDS BAY MINERALS (320) 
95. Triple E Training Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
96. Tsb Sugar RSA Ltd 
97. Tshwane South Public FET College - Centurion Campus 
98. Tshwane South Public FET College - Odi Campus 
99. Tshwane South Public FET College - Pretoria West Campus 
100. Tsoho Training & Development T/A Tsoho Training (BRITS) (TP) 
101. TWO RIVERS PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
102. Umfolozi FET College 
103. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
104. VENETIA MINE 
105. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 
106. Vuselela FET College - Matlosana 
107. Wessies Brokerage T/A WI Training (PRETORIA) (TP) 
108. Westdawn Investments (Pty) Ltd. trading as JIC Mining Services 
109. WESTERN PLATINUM KAREE MINE 
110. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 
111. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (BLUFF) (TP) 
112. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
113. World Focus 382 cc T/A Richards Bay Technical Training 
114. XSTRATA COAL 
115. XSTRATA SA Pty Ltd - Alloys (Head Office) 
116. XSTRATA SOUTH AFRICA (PTY)LTD MINING DIVISION (RUSTENBURG) 
117. Xstrata South Africa Pty Ltd - Alloys t/a Xstrata Rhovan Mine and Oper 
118. Xstrata South Africa t/a CHROME DIVISION-RUSTENBURG PLANT 
119. Xtrata SA Pty Ltd t/a Xstrata Alloys Business Unit Western mines 



All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.