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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply process chemistry and related technology in the chemical industry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14782  Apply process chemistry and related technology in the chemical industry 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
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 standard is aimed at people who work or intend to work in the chemical industry in general and as applied in a specific chemical environment.

Those learners who acquire the outcomes of this standard will have the applied competence to be able to apply process chemistry and related technology in their work in industry.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Describe and explain physical and chemical factors that influence an activity or operation of a unit of equipment in a chemical process
  • Quantify factors that influence an activity or operation of equipment in a chemical process
  • Evaluate results
  • Act on information 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence against the following or the equivalent unit standard `Describe chemical process operations and related process chemistry used in the chemical industry` and relevant Maths at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • A specific chemical process and associated equipment is directly related to the workplace where learning takes place
  • Principles relevant to a chemical process include the three states of matter (solid, liquid, gas), changes between the three of states of matter and conservation of matter, energy related to the changes of matter (potential, chemical, kinetic, electrical, heat) and conversion and conservation of energy
  • Physical changes include state, temperature, volume, pressure, density, viscosity size, colour, conductivity
  • Chemical reactions include types of reactions (neutralisation, redox, exothermic, endothermic, decomposition, combustion), rates of reaction and conditions of equilibrium
  • Process-variables include pressure measurement, volumetric level measurement, flow measurement and temperature measurement
  • Chemical includes acids, bases, organic, inorganic, metallic substances, periodic nature of elements / periodic table, reactions
  • Material balance includes quantities required, quantities produced, effluent and wastage, production rates
  • Energy consumption and variations from the normal energy consumption
  • Factors influencing rate include temperature, concentration of chemicals, particle size and mixing
  • Extent of chemical reaction and production includes heat or reaction and equilibria
  • Formula and tables needed for calculations are provided
  • Selection of the appropriate method of calculation includes selection of a formula and checking the that units used are compatible and appropriate
  • Determination of information includes calculation from primary measurement including volume from linear measurements, power from amperage readings, quantities from concentration/density and mass or volume
  • Accepted tolerances and appropriate actions to be taken are provided in the standard operating procedures or other site (chemical process operation) specific instruction. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe and explain physical and chemical factors that influence an activity or operation. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Describe and explain physical and chemical factors that influence an activity or operation of equipment in a chemical process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    2. The purpose and desired result of a specific chemical process is explained using terminology and units accepted in the industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    1. The equipment used in a specific chemical process is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The operation of the equipment to achieve the desired result is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Physical changes and/or chemical reactions occurring in a specific chemical process are explained with reference to scientific principles. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Quantify factors that influence an activity or operation of equipment in a chemical process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Relevant process-variables are selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Relevant data is determined either by measurement, from records and or calculation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Appropriate methods of calculation are selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Calculations are carried out in accordance with the method selected. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The results determined by calculation are compared with measurements observed whilst carrying out work related duties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Results are compared with historical data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Possible reasons for the deviations from tolerances are stated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Comment is given regarding the similarities and differences between the factors quantified and observations and historical data that is appropriate to the information calculated and observed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Act on information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The results of evaluation and calculations are assessed against the accepted tolerances of a specific chemical process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Appropriate actions based on the assessment are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Actions as identified are taken. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The Educational Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA), for the Chemical Industry in consultation with GEN/FETQA will accredit providers offering learning towards this standard and will register assessors. They will also appoint the internal and external moderators. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The range statements.
  • The purpose of chemical process operations and related activities
  • The sub-sector or workplace specific process
  • Industry specific terminology associated with appropriate process and equipment
  • Operating principles of appropriate equipment
  • Working principles of appropriate equipment
  • Variables associated with to physical / chemical occurrences that take place in a chemical operation
  • Understanding of the relationship between heat, power and work done
  • Interpretation and use for scientific formulae
  • Selection and conversion of units
  • Determination of information needed (including calculation) from information measured. 


  • 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 towards identifying hazardous conditions, assessing and taking appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team and organisation to conduct, communicate and respond to accepting and interpreting work instructions correctly and to requesting assistance with making safe in an appropriate manner. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively, while making safe, indicating what tools and personnel protective equipment is required and communicating to fellow workers his / her intentions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information on reconciling the information from the visual examination and constantly evaluating the changing situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion, with regards to the reporting of hazards and sub-standard conditions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating and understanding of the world as a set or related systems by recognising that a specific action or decision taken has more than one effect. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    For the purposes of this unit standard a chemical process operation is understood to be a situation where chemical activities of adequate complexity to enable workplace learning as described above to take place.

    Alternative process and related technology related standards will be added to address industry specific requirements. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  24253   National Certificate: Batch Mixing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2006-12-03  Was CHIETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  48890   National Certificate: Chemical Liquid, Gas Storage and Transfer  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-10-13  CHIETA 
    Core  36156   National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2006-12-03  Was CHIETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Fundamental  48725   National Certificate: Explosives Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-04-07  Was CHIETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  22866   National Certificate: Chemical Equipment Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2005-10-09  Was CHIETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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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