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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Reproduce imprints by means of plaster casts in and around a crime scene 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120472  Reproduce imprints by means of plaster casts in and around a crime scene 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Visible Policing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
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 is for learners in the field of Safety in Society who produce imprints by means of plaster casts.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Describe the uses of the Plaster of Paris case.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the identification and protection of imprints found on crime scenes.
  • Prepare imprint for reproduction.
  • Reproduce imprint according to organizational needs and manufacturing specifications in a controlled scenario.
  • Prepare a court chart. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication NQF Level 4
  • Mathematical Literacy NQF Level 4
  • Computer Skills NQF Level 3 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the uses of the Plaster of Paris case. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The components of the Plaster of Paris equipment are described according to their types and functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The use of types of equipment is demonstrated according to manufacturing specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The use of types of chemicals utilised in reproduction of imprints are described according to manufacturing specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate understanding of the identification and protection of imprints found on crime scenes. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Imprints refer to but is not limited to foot, hand, vehicle and animal prints. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Imprints are identified within the context of a crime scene. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods in which imprints are secured and protected in a crime scene are demonstrated in order to facilitate future use in an investigation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reasons why possible entry points to a crime scene are identified and analysed are explained in order to protect imprints. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare imprint for reproduction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Imprint reproduction procedures are described in terms of a crime scenario. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Imprint reproduction procedures include but are not limited to securing the imprint.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Imprint reproduction equipment is described according to operating principles and uses. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Reproduce imprint according to organizational needs and manufacturing specifications in a controlled scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Imprint reproduction equipment is used in a controlled scenario. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment may include but is not limited to: steel strips, mediums and fluids.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Book entries and particulars of plaster cast are compared to ensure that both correspond. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Plaster cast equipment is cleaned and stored according to manufacturers specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Evidence of reproduction process at crime scene is protected in order to ensure the chain of evidence. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Prepare a court chart. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Court charts are mainly used when reproduction of imprints is used as evidence in a court of law. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Reproduced imprint is photographed according to organizational prescripts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Organizational prescripts refer to the place where photographs is taken, e.g. LCRS (Local Criminal Record Center).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Control sample (actual exhibit) is photographed according to organizational prescripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Identical marks on the photo of the reproduced imprint are indicated on a court chart with exact correspondence to the control sample (actual exhibit). 


    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.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Different uses of the Plaster of Paris case.
  • Components of the Plaster of Paris equipment
  • Different types of equipment
  • Use of different types of chemicals
  • Manufacturing specifications.
  • Identification of imprints
  • Crime scene.
  • Methods in which imprints are secured and protected
  • Entry points to a crime scene
  • Imprint reproduction procedures
  • Reproduce imprint
  • Maintenance of Plaster cast equipment
  • Evidence of reproduction process at crime scene
  • Chain of evidence
  • Court chart
  • Control sample
  • Identical marks on the photo of the reproduced imprint
  • Criminal Procedure Act, No. 51 of 1977 (section 20-23, 25-28, 30, 39-40, 43, 48-50)
  • Constitution of South Africa Act, No. 106 of 1996 (section 10, 12, 14, 21, 25, 205(3))
  • Judicial matter second amendment Act 122 of 1998 (which replace section 49 of the CPA, No. 51 of 1977) 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organize 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 presentation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  50102   National Certificate: Dog Handling  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.