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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Evaluate basic external animal anatomy and morphology 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116173  Evaluate basic 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 1  NQF Level 01 
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 
The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to visually evaluate animals externally with respect to their basic anatomical characteristics and morphological systems. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of animal production, ensuring efficient and effective 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 
No learning assumed. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Anatomical systems include but are not limited to the following: external systems and covering, sensory systems, skeleton, musculature, nervous system, cardio-vascular system, digestive system, lymph, reproductive system and the endocrine and glandular systems. It is assumed that this learner operates under supervision.

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 the class, species and type of animal according to criteria and under supervision. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
This identification includes, but is not limited to fish, birds, mammals, insects, crustaceans, reptiles, molluscs and amphibians. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Animal nomenclature, class, type and gender are discussed, named and identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The specific animal is evaluated according to basic morphology and external characteristics. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The specific animal is classified according to the standard animal nomenclature. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Identify and name the components and the externally visible divisions or parts of an animal and identify gross abnormalities therein. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Animal main body parts are identified, named and understood. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Main body parts include but are not limited to external sensory organs and gross body parts such as head thorax, abdomen, back, as relevant to the context of application.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Animal appendages are identified, named and understood. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Appendages include but are not limited to legs, fins, horns, udders, antennae, feet, hooves, claws, wings, beaks, as relevant to the context of application.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Gross abnormalities are identified according to criteria. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Abnormalities include but are not limited to breaks, deformities, scarring and damage.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Understand the basic concepts of further anatomical systems within animals according to criteria. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
This description includes but is not limited to fish, birds, mammals, insects, crustaceans, reptiles, molluscs and amphibians, as relevant to the context of application.

Further anatomical systems include but are not limited to: external systems and covering, skeleton, musculature, digestive system and reproductive system. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Anatomical systems are named and their structure described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The purpose of anatomical systems is briefly described according to criteria. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Portions of anatomical systems visible externally are identified and indicated. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Identify and describe the morphological attributes of animals by which they are classified. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
The morphological attributes of animals include but are not limited to the length, shape, size, angulations, thickness and other attributes of specific body parts of the animal. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Anatomical and body parts used for morphological evaluation are identified and shown. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Morphological attributes of various anatomical parts are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Animals are evaluated and classified according to morphological attributes. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Identify and describe the animal's life cycle. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The various steps in the life cycle of the animal 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 various attributes of the various steps in the life cycles are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The reasons 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:
  • Applicable biological and morphological names and terminology.
  • Applicable external characteristics and properties of animals and their components.
  • Various applicable sensory cues regarding gross abnormalities in animals.
  • The purpose of the anatomical, morphological and physiological evaluation of animals.
  • Actions to be taken in the event of various cues and symptoms being perceived during the evaluation of external anatomical, morphological and physiological parts of animals.
  • The appropriate codes of practice and procedures relating to the handling and evaluation of animals and the implications of contraventions.
  • The effects of the various gross abnormalities and their timeous perception on the well being of the animal.
  • Classification of animals based on their anatomy and morphology 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: Relates to all outcomes. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpreting Information: Relates to outcome:
  • Identify and name the components and the externally visible divisions or parts of an animal and identify gross abnormalities 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 all outcomes. 

    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  48970   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 1  NQF Level 01  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. AVCASA 
    2. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    3. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    4. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    5. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    6. Centurion Akademie (Pty) Ltd 
    7. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
    8. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    9. Escay Catering and other Services 
    10. Heedmorine Training 
    11. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    12. Interactive Trading 747 ( PTY) LTD 
    13. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    14. KMK Training Services (PTY) Ltd 
    15. Knowledge For Ever 
    16. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    17. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    18. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    19. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    20. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    21. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    22. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    23. Mpontshe Training 
    24. Mvelo Consultant 
    25. Ngwato Wa Mphela Agriculture Training Services 
    26. Nophelo Training Centre 
    27. Novi General Services 
    28. Peritum Agri Institute 
    29. Retsogile Education and Training 
    30. Scientific Roets (Pty) Ltd 
    31. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    32. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    33. Setlakala Business Development 
    34. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    35. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    36. Skills Fusion 
    37. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    38. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    39. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    40. Tripple R Training Provider 
    41. Tshenkeng's Consulting 
    42. Vari Consulting 
    43. Voyano Project Management 



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