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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Investigate options for improved environmental management and sustainable living 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13647  Investigate options for improved environmental management and sustainable living 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Environmental Educators 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 05 - Education, Training and Development Adult Learning 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16 
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 is a core unit standard in the National Diploma in Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice, NQF Level 5. In this qualification are a number of unit standards that require the learner to apply knowledge and demonstrate an understanding of environmental issues and sustainability. This unit standard provides learners with an opportunity to investigate a variety of environmental concepts relating to environmental management and sustainable living, so that they are able apply this knowledge in a range of contexts.

This unit standard provides learners with general knowledge about sustainability issues, and in-depth knowledge of a particular environmental issue or challenge. It requires them to use this knowledge to describe options for better environmental management and sustainable living within a variety of geographical, social and economic contexts.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of terms and concepts relating to environmental management and sustainable living
  • Present an in-depth analysis of a particular issue or challenge relating to environmental management or sustainable living
  • Describe options for better environmental management or sustainable living within a variety of geographical, social and economic contexts 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners will either have obtained a level 4 qualification in Natural Sciences, Social Sciences or Environmental Sciences, or will have completed unit standard: Demonstrate a knowledge of environmental systems and sustainability.

    In addition, this unit standard must be taken in conjunction with: Investigate options for improved environmental management and sustainable living. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    At level 5 the learner is required to understand a variety of terms and concepts relating to environmental management and sustainable living. Where appropriate, they should understand the origins of these terms and be aware of the contested nature of a number of environmental terms.

    The learner should be able to use and apply these terms and concepts when discussing environmental issues and challenges, whether local, national and global in nature.

    Candidates are required to analyse one sustainability issue in depth, demonstrating that they understand the implications of terms and concepts related to sustainability.

    They are also required to apply this knowledge by recommending options for greater sustainability in a variety of contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of terms and concepts relating to environmental management 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Demonstrate an understanding of terms and concepts relating to environmental management and sustainable living.

    Embedded knowledge:

    A variety of environmental terms and concepts, e.g. environment, development, sustainability, sustainable development, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Describe the meaning of a number of terms and concepts related to environmental management and sustainable living. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Explain the contested nature of a number of these terms and concepts, demonstrating an understanding of the origins of these terms and concepts. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Present an in-depth analysis of a particular issue or challenge relating to environmental management 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Present an in-depth analysis of a particular issue or challenge relating to environmental management or sustainable living.

    Embedded knowledge:

    Choose from a range of environmental concerns, e.g. resource use issues, poverty alleviation, mitigating the effects of pollution, energy sources and provision, food security, changing consumption patterns, etc. Consider biophysical, political, social and economic aspects of the issue or challenge. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Describe in detail the biophysical, political, social and economic aspects of an environmental management or sustainability issue or challenge. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Use relevant environmental concepts and terminology appropriately and correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Describe the role played by a variety of South African organizations in addressing the particular environmental management or sustainability challenge. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Choose at least three organizations; Cover a range of types of organizations, e.g. government departments, para-statal institutions, NGOs and CBOs, etc. working nationally or locally.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Find information on the particular environmental challenge from relevant sources. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe options for better environmental management or sustainable living 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Describe options for better environmental management or sustainable living within a variety of geographical, social and economic contexts.

    Embedded knowledge:

    Draw on options appropriate to the particular context, e.g. appropriate technologies, sustainable resource use (land, water, energy), food production, etc. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Consider at least three different contexts, whether familiar or unfamiliar. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Select a variety of contexts in which to analyse environmental practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least three different contexts, e.g. urban, rural, agricultural, industrial, conservation, commercial, subsistence, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Critically analyse current practices in the chosen contexts in terms of environmental management principles, and in terms of their sustainability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Propose ways of improving environmental management and sustainable living in the chosen contexts. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation and moderation options:

    Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.

    Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Refer to the specific outcomes contained in this unit standard. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, symbolic and/or language skills in various modes. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Reflect on and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49626   National Certificate: Landcare Facilitation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  22902   National Diploma: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  63249   National Diploma: Agricultural Extension  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  79808   National Diploma: Occupational Safety  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. Avenida (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    3. DELTA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE NPC 
    4. Hlaudi Assets Vanguard Consultancy 
    5. Josmap Training Institute 
    6. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    7. Mbimbini Training and Community Development 



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