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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Use electronic navigation systems other than radar to maintain safety of navigation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261097  Use electronic navigation systems other than radar to maintain safety of navigation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Maritime 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 is intended for learners within the Maritime Sector who work/wish to work as an officer on the bridge of a ship. This Unit Standard meets the needs of the sub-field and of the society by providing competent maritime officers who are able to apply navigation systems other that radar and therefore contribute to a safer environment on the ship and at sea. The learner successfully completing this Unit Standard will gain essential knowledge and practical skills required for planning and executing a safe navigational passage.

The competencies achieved by the learner in this Unit Standard will, in the case of the Merchant Navy and the Fishing Industry, contribute to the economic upliftment of the country, and in the case of the South African Navy, contribute the preservation of human life and the defence of South African warships, territorial waters and/or area of responsibility, thus providing a safer and secure society for South African citizens.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Use a radio direction finder to obtain a bearing of a transmitting station.
  • Use an echo sounder to navigate safely.
  • Use speed logs to determine the speed of the ship on passage.
  • Obtain the ship's position by using satellite navigation equipment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of electronic chart information when navigating. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Use a radio direction finder to obtain a bearing of a transmitting station. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The radio direction finder is applied according to its principles and limitations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A designated radio beacon is identified using the correct methods and reference material. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Reference materials include but not limited to the Admiralty List of Radio Signals Volume II.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The bearing taken to the beacon is plotted on the relevant chart. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Bearings include sky waves, semi-circular error, quadrantal error and coast effect.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An explanation is given of the use of a direction finder when tuning in to distress frequencies or "homing" on to a casualty. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Use an echo sounder to navigate safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the basic principles of ship-borne echo sounders with reference to the main components of echo sounding equipment and the types in use at sea. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Basic information from the echo sounder is interpreted for referencing to the appropriate hydrographic chart. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation of precautions to be observed in the use of the echo sounder is given with reference to implications for accuracy. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use speed logs to determine the speed of the ship on passage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A ship-borne speed log is applied according to its basic principles of operation while taking into consideration frequency, wavelength, and the Doppler effect. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information from a typical log is interpreted to determine speed within the constraints of precautions to be observed and expected accuracy. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Obtain the ship's position by using satellite navigation equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the basic principles of satellite navigation systems. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The explanation includes major components, theory of satellite orbits, types of orbits, sources and causes of errors, corrections and expected accuracy, coverage areas and augmentation systems.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The position of the ship is determined using satellite navigation equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The position of the ship is plotted on the appropriate hydrographic chart. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An explanation is given of the principle and operation of the Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacons with reference to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate knowledge of electronic chart information when navigating. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the components of an Electronic Chart Display and Information System with reference to the International Hydrographic Organisation performance standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of compliance with performance standards with reference to Raster and Vector formats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of the feature of an electronic chart display and information system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An explanation is given of how an electronic chart display and information system is used to pre-plan a passage and/or to test the overall route for validity and hazards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    An explanation is given of the use of a radar picture with reference to chart overlays. 


    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 
    Embedded knowledge includes:
  • Seafarer's Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Convention, as amended.
  • International Hydrographic Organization Specification for Chart Content and Display of Electronic Chart Display and Information System.
  • International Hydrographic Organization Transfer Standard for Digital Hydrographic Data. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Using a radio direction finder to obtain a bearing of a transmitting station.
  • Using an echo sounder to navigate safely.
  • Using speed logs to determine the speed of the ship on passage.
  • Obtaining the ship's position by using satellite navigation equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Using a radio direction finder to obtain a bearing of a transmitting station.
  • Using an echo sounder to navigate safely.
  • Using speed logs to determine the speed of the ship on passage.
  • Obtaining the ship's position by using satellite navigation equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Using a radio direction finder to obtain a bearing of a transmitting station.
  • Using an echo sounder to navigate safely.
  • Using speed logs to determine the speed of the ship on passage.
  • Obtaining the ship's position by using satellite navigation equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Using a radio direction finder to obtain a bearing of a transmitting station.
  • Using an echo sounder to navigate safely.
  • Using speed logs to determine the speed of the ship on passage.
  • Obtaining the ship's position by using satellite navigation equipment. 

  • 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 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • Seafarer's Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code - Table A-II/1 and South African Maritime Safety Authority Code: South African Maritime Safety Authority - Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Amendment Regulations, 2006 - Part 2AA Electronic Navigation Systems. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  64929   National Certificate: Vessel Safety Practices  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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