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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Evaluate external animal anatomy and morphology 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116117  Evaluate external animal anatomy and morphology 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
A person achieving this unit standard will be able to evaluate animals externally with respect to their internal and external anatomical systems and morphology. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of animal production.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in animal anatomy and physiology and will be able to operate in an animal production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles.

They will be capacitated to gain access to the mainstream agricultural sector, in animal production, impacting directly on the sustainability of the sub-sector. The improvement in production technology will also have a direct impact on the improvement of agricultural productivity of the sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will demonstrate competence against the following unit standard or equivalent:
  • NQF 1: Evaluate Basic External Animal Anatomy and Morphology. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and name various levels of the standard nomenclature of the animal kingdom. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    This includes, but is not limited to fish, birds, mammals, insects, crustaceans, reptiles and amphibians as relevant to the context of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The standard biological classification nomenclature is identified, levels are named and examples of each level are given. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Animals are named and grouped according to the naming system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Animal attributes are identified to group and classify them. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and understand the names and purposes of the external divisions or parts of animals and identify and evaluate gross abnormalities and their probable causes therein. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Parts include but are not limited to external sensory organs and gross body parts such as head, thorax, abdomen, back, legs, fins, horns, udders, antennae, feet, hooves, claws, wings, beaks, etc. as relevant to the context of operation.

    Abnormalities include but are not limited to breaks, deformities, scarring and damage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Animal body parts are identified and demonstrated pictorially, practically or diagrammatically. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Gross abnormalities and their possible causes are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The purpose of animal body parts are identified and demonstrated pictorially, practically or diagrammatically. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and understand the composition and structure of the external divisions or parts of animals and identify and evaluate gross abnormalities and their probable causes therein. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Parts include but are not limited to external sensory organs and gross body parts such as head, thorax, abdomen, back, legs, fins, horns, udders, antennae, feet, hooves, claws, wings, beaks, etc. as relevant to the context of operation.

    Abnormalities include but are not limited to breaks, deformities, scarring and damage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The composition of each of the external divisions of the animal is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The structure of each of the external divisions or parts of animals is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Gross abnormalities in animal body parts are identified and evaluated and their possible causes are identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify and name the basic composition and structures of further anatomical systems according to criteria. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Anatomical systems include but are not limited to external systems and covering, skeleton, musculature, nervous system, cardio vascular system, digestive system, lymph, reproductive system and the endocrine and glandular systems as relevant to the context of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Anatomical systems are identified and their structures, purpose and components are named and described according to criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The structures of anatomical systems are demonstrated pictorially diagrammatically or practically according to criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    External parts of further anatomical systems are identified practically. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    External parts of internal anatomical systems include but are not limited to nostrils, anus, muzzle, etc.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Identify and describe the life cycles of the specific animal. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The various steps in the life cycle of the animal and their descriptions are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    This includes but is not limited to animals with complete life cycles or incomplete life cycles according to class.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The morphology of the various steps in the life cycles is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The environmental or habitat preferences for the various steps in the life cycle and the vulnerability of the animal, where appropriate are identified. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor 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.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • Dissections technique.
  • Biological names, concepts and terminology
  • Various applicable external characteristics and properties of animals and their components.
  • Various applicable sensory cues regarding gross abnormalities in animals.
  • Various applicable abnormalities in animals and their probable causes.
  • Actions to be performed in the event of the perception of various sensory cues in the external anatomy and physiology of animals.
  • The appropriate procedures and codes of practice regarding the handling and evaluation of animals.
  • Basic technical drawing or sketching or verbal communications techniques.
  • The effect of the identification of gross abnormalities on the well being of the animal.
  • Theory regarding the basic composition and structure of various external and internal anatomical systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving: Relates to outcomes:
  • Identify and name various levels of the standard nomenclature of the animal kingdom.
  • Identify and understand the names and purposes of the external divisions or parts of animals and identify and evaluate gross abnormalities and their probable causes therein.
  • Identify and understand the composition and structure of the external divisions or parts of animals and identify and evaluate gross abnormalities and their probable causes therein. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: Relates to outcomes:
  • Identify and name various levels of the standard nomenclature of the animal kingdom.
  • Identify and understand the names and purposes of the external divisions or parts of animals and identify and evaluate gross abnormalities and their probable causes therein.
  • Identify and understand the composition and structure of the external divisions or parts of animals and identify and evaluate gross abnormalities and their probable causes therein. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-Management: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting Information: Relates to outcome:
  • Identify and understand the names and purposes of the external divisions or parts of animals and identify and evaluate gross abnormalities and their probable causes therein. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use Science and Technology: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The world as a set of related systems: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development: Relates to outcome:
  • Identify and name the basic composition and structures of further anatomical systems according to criteria. 

  • 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  48976   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries 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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Afrivet Business Management 
    2. AVCASA 
    3. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    4. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    5. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    6. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    7. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
    8. Escay Catering and other Services 
    9. Heedmorine Training 
    10. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    11. Knowledge For Ever 
    12. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    13. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    14. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    15. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    16. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 
    17. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    18. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    19. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    20. Mpontshe Training 
    21. Mvelo Consultant 
    22. NFS Services (Pty) Ltd 
    23. Nophelo Training Centre 
    24. Novi General Services 
    25. Remoshomong Trading Enterprise 
    26. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    27. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    28. Setlakala Business Development 
    29. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    30. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    31. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    32. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    33. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    34. Tripple R Training Provider 
    35. University of Limpopo 
    36. Vari Consulting 



    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.