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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
SGB Natural Sciences in GET and ABET 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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  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 
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. 

REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
Life and Living: This theme deals with organisms and their interdependence and interactions within their respective environments, how life processes are sustained and how these processes are affected by human activity and other 

QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
  ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
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  2018-06-30  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  2018-06-30  MQA 
Fundamental  23253   National Certificate (GETC): Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Activities  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2018-06-30  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  2018-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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1. Adcorp Technical Training 
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3. ASSMANG LTD 
4. BAFOKENG RASIMONE MANAGEMENT SERVICES PTY LTD 
5. Barberton Mines (pty) Ltd 
6. Black Eagle Training (PIETERMARITZBURG) (TP) 
7. BMW SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
8. Career Pathing Solutions (Pty) Ltd (KRUGERSDORP) (TP) 
9. College of Production Technology 
10. CREATIVE FOUNDATION TRAINING 
11. CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE (PTY) LTD 
12. De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd - Kimberley 
13. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
14. Eastcape Training Centre 
15. ERGO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY 
16. Exxaro Coal Pty Ltd 
17. Finsch Diamonds Mine 
18. First Car Care (Pty) Ltd T/A STi Autobody Repairers (GOODWOOD) (TP) 
19. Fundisa Zonke Training Academy 
20. Glencore Operation South Africa (Pty) Ltd 
21. Goodyear SA (Pty) Ltd (UITENHAGE) (TP) 
22. Impala Platinum Limited 
23. IMPALA PLATINUM LIMITED - RUSTENBURG 
24. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
25. JESUA CONSULTANTS (Hartenbos) (WA) 
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28. KHUTALA COLLIERY 
29. MAREMATLOU TRADING CC 
30. Marula PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
31. Masiqhame Trading 81 cc T/A Kim's Welding School (AUSTERVILLE) (TP) 
32. MATLA COLLIERY 
33. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (CENTURION) (TP) 
34. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (EAST LONDON) (TP) 
35. MESSINA PLATINUM MINES 
36. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
37. MINTEK 
38. Nissan SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
39. NKOMATI MINE 
40. Northlink College - Wingfield Campus 
41. NTHUSENG TECHNICAL TRAINING CENTRE (East End)(TP) 
42. NWK Beperk 
43. Palabora Copper Pty Ltd 
44. Planet Waves 237 (Pty) Ltd T/A Occupational Learning Centre (OLC) (PRE 
45. Polyoak Business School (Pty) Ltd (DIEP RIVER) (TP) 
46. PRETORIA PORTLAND CEMENT CO_LTD (HEAD OFFICE) 
47. Production Management Institute 
48. Production Management Institute of Southern Africa (PMI) - Johannesburg 
49. Production Management Institute of Southern Africa - Durban 
50. PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE SA PTY LTD (PORT ELIZABETH) 
51. Protea Tyres (Nelspruit) (TP) 
52. Rand Uranium (Pty) Ltd 
53. Redpath mining (SA) Pty Ltd 
54. RICHARDS BAY MINERALS 
55. Richtrau No 177 Pty Ltd t/a Bokoni Platinum Mines (Lebowa Platinum Mines) 
56. Rustenburg Platinum Mines - Union Section 
57. Scaw Metals Group (Pty) Ltd T/A Scaw Metals (DINWIDDIE) (TP) 
58. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
59. Sibanye Gold Limited - Beatrix division 
60. Sibanye Gold Limited - Kloof division 
61. SIYEMBA MINING 
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63. Swift Skills Academy (SASOLBURG) (TP) 
64. Technology Risk Solutions 
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66. Tshwane South Public FET College - Odi Campus 
67. Tsoho Training & Development T/A Tsoho Training (BRITS) (TP) 
68. TWO RIVERS PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
69. VENETIA MINE 
70. Westdawn Investments (Pty) Ltd. trading as JIC Mining Services 
71. WESTERN PLATINUM KAREE MINE 
72. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 
73. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
74. XSTRATA COAL 
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