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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Ensure sound source quality 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114539  Ensure sound source quality 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
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:
  • Ensure sound source
  • Ensure signal flow quality in a specific sound setup
  • Identify and select cabling and equipment
  • Perform checks and troubleshoot according to production requirements.

    The unit standard contributes to the competence of those learners who want to pursue a career in Sound Engineering, and contribute to greater levels of competence, and thus productivity and quality in the Music Industry. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    FET NQF Level 4:
    (Maths, Communication and Language literacy) 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Use cabling and connectors to ensure integrated sound. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Cabling types and connectors are identified, accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Cabling and connectors are selected according to requirements and specified equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Matching connectors were used to facilitate signal flow. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Length of cables are adequate for specified application to ensure connection and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Selected connectors facilitate signal flow. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Selected cables facilitate signal flow. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Faulty cabling and connectors are identified, appropriately dealt with, and replaced to ensure sound quality. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Set up specific equipment to ensure integrated, desired sound. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment type is selected according to specifications and measurement meters specifications or manuals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment is placed to meet specific requirements in acoustic environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment is installed in a way and position that will optimise the achievement of the desired sound and safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Technique is selected based on analysis of equipment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform line level or microphone checks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Signal flow is identified and traced to facilitate faultfinding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Patch bays and connection points ensure signal flow. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Trouble shooting is performed to ensure optimal signal flow. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Noise (buzzes, rattles) are troubleshooted and corrected, accurately. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform necessary soldering to promote optimal sound source. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Basic electronic components and connections are identified and traced for optimal application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Soldering tasks are performed according to set operating procedures, and safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Parts are dissembled carefully so as to minimise damage and in accordance with manufacturers` recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Parts are handled appropriately and according to manufacturers instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Parts are assessed for functionality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Parts are assembled carefully so as to minimise damage and in accordance with manufacturers` recommendations. 


    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 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Sound engineering concepts, equipment types, specifications and terminology
  • The relevant safety legislations, fire safety and SABS / ISO code of practice
  • Specifications, installation, maintenance and care of equipment, media and tools
  • First Aid - Level 1 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when demonstrating troubleshooting skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when setting up equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Manage information when troubleshooting while aiming to ensure sound quality. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Employ self management when performing line level or microphone checks. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when setting up equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence when ensuring sound quality in general. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand Contextual world -systems when ensuring sound quality in general. 

    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  48671   National Certificate: Music Industry: Sound Technology  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    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.
     
    NONE 



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