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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Evaluate acoustics 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114533  Evaluate acoustics 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Music Industry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Music 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 purpose of this unit standard is to enable learners to be competent in sending sound source and signal flow quality in an acoustic environment, and includes setting up equipment optimally for an acoustic environment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Learners should have attained the outcomes of NQF Level 3 outcomes regarding mathematics, literacy, computers and music in the Further Education and Training (FET) Band, before embarking on learning towards this Unit Standard (since this Unit Standard builds on these competencies). Life Skills level 2 is recommended. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Acoustic sound separation can be performed by placement and/or acoustic screens 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Identify sound in an acoustic environment. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The impact of reflections on acoustic materials is evaluated for effect on sound quality 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Materials are manoeuvred to compensate acoustically live or dead rooms 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Acoustically designed rooms are identified and assessed for effect on sound quality 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Acoustic applications are used to optimise sound quality 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Delay is determined and implications of delay analysed to assess effect on sound quality 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Choose and setup specified equipment and instruments in an acoustic environment. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Microphones selected and are positioned for optimal room acoustics 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Acoustic sound is separated to ensure the achievement of desired sound 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Phasing problems are absent to optimise sound quality 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Cable runs are neatly laid and out of the way to ensure possible damage to cables and safety of persons 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Acoustic instrument/s are selected to facilitate the amplification process 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Select an acoustic instrument and microphone appropriate to the sound source. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Microphones are positioned to ensure optimal sound source quality 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Microphone stands and holders are secure to ensure stability 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Polar pattern selected ensures required source input direction 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Setup is in accordance with the needs of others and does not disrupt instrumentalists playing ability 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Selected acoustic instrument tuning is ensured for optimal sound quality 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
Microphone is selected to assure signal compatibility and appropriate to instruments` tonal qualities 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
Sources of interference and/or unwanted noise are eliminated to ensure sound quality 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Microphone the sound source from an amplified speaker in an acoustic environment. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Amplification source is set appropriately to specific requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Sound quality in direct close microphone technique is ensured to optimise sound quality 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Microphone and speakers are placed to secure, stable and safe for people and equipment 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Room microphones are positioned to capture room acoustics 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Feedback is enabled and controlled to optimise sound quality 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
Ears are safeguarded to prevent long term damage 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Sound engineering concepts, equipment types, specifications and terminology? Installation, maintenance and care of equipment, materials and tools
  • The relevant safety regulations imposed.
  • Fire safety
  • First Aid - Level 3
  • Noise and sound control regulations 

  • 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 identifying and controlling feedback. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in a team when setting up equipment and instruments in an acoustic environment, ensuring that the equipment and instruments are optimally positioned for the given acoustics 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management when controlling feedback 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information when choose and setting up specified equipment for example, when positioning microphones. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively throughout the evaluation of an acoustic environment 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate basic technological competence when using and setting up sound engineering equipment, whilst controlling acoustics. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Understand contextual world-systems when identifying sound and considering the impact of reflections and acoustic materials is evaluated. 

    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  67462   Further Education and Training Certificate: Music Industry: Sound Technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  61450   Further Education and Training Certificate: Film and Television Production Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  67354   Further Education and Training Certificate: Piano Technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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.
     
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