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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct Air Visual Reconnaissance operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120038  Conduct Air Visual Reconnaissance operations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Air Defence 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
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 utilised by learners who will be required to work in an Air Visual Reconnaissance operational environment and conduct Air Visual Reconnaissance (AVR) operations.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Plan an AVR flight route on a map.
  • Conduct AVR mission brief.
  • Detect, recognise, identify and retain information on objects observed from an aerial platform.
  • Report AVR flight results. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF level 4
  • Mathematics at NQF level 4
  • Map Reading at NQF level 4 

  • 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 
    Plan an AVR flight route on a map. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Locations are plotted on a map by means of grid references. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Grid references include Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM), latitude and longitude and arbitrary grids.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Routes are plotted and drawn on a map in terms of bearing, distance, speed, height, altitude, way points and flying patterns. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Initial Points on route to the target area are selected as a reference point in terms of identifiable visual features. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Visual features must be visible from the air.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The route is planned taking into account the limitations and threats which impact on the AVR mission. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The planned route meets the criteria of the AVR mission and target type planning in a given scenario. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan and conduct an AVR mission brief. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information on target surroundings is evaluated in terms of the mission requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Target information is emphasized in terms of geographical surroundings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The brief is conducted in accordance with the pre-prepared briefing chart. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Understanding of the brief is confirmed in terms of responsibilities, threats and limitations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct air visual reconnaissance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The target is identified in accordance with the mission plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Objects observed from an aerial platform are identified and described in terms of the mission requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Objects observed are described in terms of actual features and the mission requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information provided is comprehensive in terms of the requirements of the mission plan. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Report AVR flight results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Reporting methods selected are applicable to the situation and information. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    In-flight and post-flight.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The target audience is identified in terms of information collected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Results are recorded in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reports are completed and disseminated in accordance with agreed timeframes. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding 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 or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • How to plot locations on a map
    > The various map reference system formats
  • How to indicate routes on a map
    > The concepts of magnetic headings and aeronautical terminology
  • How to identify a target from the air
    > Optical components and processes
    > Scanning patterns
    > Target characteristics
  • Limitations and threats impacting on AVR missions
    > AVR Mission types
    > Own aircraft specifications
    > Enemy anti-aircraft weapons

    Tactical counter measures
  • How to disseminate mission reports
    > Basic military (intelligence) command and control structures
    > Report types
    > Reporting methods
    > Reporting tools
  • How to report information observed from the air
    > Basic radio procedures and security (in-flight reports)
    > Evaluation of observed objects/situations 

  • 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. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and / or language skills in the modes of oral and / or written presentations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    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 
    Terminology
  • Terms used in this unit standard are generic to the military and aviation industries.

    Notes to assessors

    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: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49852   National Diploma: Applied Military Intelligence  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    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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