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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain broadcast equipment within systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115037  Maintain broadcast equipment within systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Communication Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
This unit standard will be essential to technically skilled people who work in the broadcasting environment and need to use sophisticated methods and equipment to install, set-up, operate and fault find professional broadcast equipment. Learners would be able to do first line maintenance of broadcast equipment within systems as opposed to equipment that can be maintained in a workshop.

Learners need to identify, analyse, evaluate and reformat a wide range of information to maintain equipment. Learners' competence will come with repetition and practice.

People credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Prepare for maintenance activities
  • Maintain equipment within broadcast systems
  • Comply with workplace health and safety requirements
  • Report and feedback on maintenance activities
  • Solve maintenance problems 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value is based on the assumption that people starting to learn towards this unit standard already understand:
  • Audio, video and data principles
  • Electronic principles

    And are already competent in:
  • Using hand and power tools
  • Soldering and wiring
  • Using test equipment
  • Making audio, video and data cables
  • Installing broadcast equipment
  • Doing operational routing and switching in a broadcast environment 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for maintenance activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Maintenance activities are planned and negotiated to cause minimum disruption to the workflow. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Materials, equipment and tools needed for the maintenance activities are obtained in accordance with the employer's procedures before the maintenance session begins. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Maintenance methods and procedures are explained and described in terms of their effectiveness. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Maintain equipment within broadcast systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The maintenance schedule is completed in the specified sequence and in an agreed timescale. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The planned maintenance procedure is carried out in accordance with manufacturer's and/or company procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    In-situ performance check, replacements of parts, alignment or calibration and measurement. Software upgrade or software re-installation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The test/measurement equipment/techniques are used effectively and used in accordance with their design. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Multimeter, automatic measuring equipment, video waveform monitor, test signal generator, computer, oscilloscope, audio test set, digital analysis equipment or RF measurement test set.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Systems/equipment are critically tested and assessed for satisfactory performance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Critically tested against manufacturer's data/specifications, company specific performance criteria and/or relevant industry.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Comply with workplace health and safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safe access and working arrangements for the maintenance area is planned before the maintenance started. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Maintenance is carried out safely at all times, complying with the relevant heath and safety regulations and guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Waste and debris is removed from maintenance site and disposed of in accordance with environmental requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tools and equipment are cared for and stored as per worksite practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Potential health hazards are correctly identified and action appropriate for the context is taken. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Action can include removal, reduction and/or reporting.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Report and feedback on maintenance activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Maintenance records or other relevant documentation are accurate, complete and filed in accordance with company requirements and procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Details of activities undertaken, measurements and test results, item that are out of specification and items that need further work or repair.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Where maintenance activities cannot be met fully, they are reported to the relevant person. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Defects that were identified and fall outside the planned schedule are reported to the relevant person. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Clients are informed of problems and solutions on completion of the job. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reporting procedures are explained in terms of effective reporting and the extend of own responsibilities when feedback is given to line management. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Solve maintenance problems. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Technical, work related, tangible or conceptual problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potential maintenance problems are identified and evaluated for impact. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate responses are formulated to deal with potential maintenance problems effectively. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Technical maintenance problems are identified, diagnosed and solutions formulated that are appropriate and effective. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tangible and conceptual problems within own area of responsibility, standard or non-standard procedures.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Problems that cannot be resolved are reported to relevant persons. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Providers of learning towards this unit standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.


    Moderation Option:
  • The moderation requirements of the relevant SETA's ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Broadcast equipment and its application
  • Know safety precautions and safe working practices
  • Know own responsibilities and accountabilities in the workplace
  • Reporting and feedback procedures
  • Know broadcast standards, formats and interfaces
  • Understand equipment parameters and tolerances
  • Understand test equipment
  • Documenting procedures
  • Report writing
  • How to identified, diagnosed and formulated solutions
  • Know the Standard Operating Procedures of the company 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking to take remedial action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others (clients and colleagues) as a member of a team, group, organisation to achieve the required end-result. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves in the work areas and their activities responsibly and effectively to complete tasks within deadlines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect and analyse engineering information and critically evaluate the effect of this on work performance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively (with clients and colleagues), using visual and / or language skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology (broadcast equipment) effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment (work areas and venues) and health of others (clients and colleagues). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding that the engineering world is a set of related systems and that problem-solving does not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriate, fair, manageable, integrated into work or learning, valid, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • 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  48792   Certificate: Broadcast Engineering  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.
     
    1. Footprint Media academy Pty ltd 
    2. Nkoka Training Cc 



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