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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Bachelor of Agriculture: Sports Turf Management 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
81007  Bachelor of Agriculture: Sports Turf Management 
ORIGINATOR
University of KwaZulu-Natal 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National First Degree  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Generic Management 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  386  Level 6  NQF Level 07  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2021-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2022-06-30   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 qualification replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
15195  Bachelor of Agriculture: Sports Turf Management  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  386  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
To produce graduates that at the B.Agric level have a broad background and specialist knowledge and skills in the main discipline of Sports Turf Management. The programme qualification is designed to produce graduates with both the theoretical and practical skills required by the job market. Graduates will exit the qualification with both theoretical and practical skills appropriate to the NQF level of graduation (i.e.6). 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Rules of access and entry requirements for the programme (learning assumed to be in place prior to entry into the programme):

1. An adequate exposure to physical science or biology
2. An adequate level of development of knowledge and skills in mathematics.
3. Adequate literacy skills in English
4. Continuation in, or access into, programmes at level 7b or above presupposes completion of the exit level requirements at level 6 at the required standard.

These can be demonstrated in a number of ways:

a) Matriculation Exemption with at least 40 % at Higher Grade or at least 60 % at Standard Grade for Mathematics and at least 40% at Higher Grade or at least 60% at Standard Grade for Biology or Physical Science.
b) Alternative access programmes such as the Science Foundation Programme (SFP)

5. Students who have completed a diploma at an Agricultural College or Technikon may be admitted, provided they meet the criteria above.
6. The SFP provides access to students who do not have a formal or adequate matric exemption. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
The achievement of this qualification means that the learner can:

1.Understand the fundamentals of applied plant science, namely: soil/plant/atmosphere interactions and management; plant genetics, biochemistry and physiology; interactions of plants with pathogens/pests/weeds and management thereof; plant propagation; plant nutrition; crop production and utilization; and analysis and interpretation of statistical data.
2. Develop generalist to specialist knowledge of, and practical skills in, a chosen qualification or combination of qualifications available within the programme.
3. Through prescribed modules, develop effective: time management and organisational skills; interpersonal skills in order to work effectively in small to large groups; computer literacy skills (specific modules prescribed); data management, analysis and interpretation skills; information retrieval; management and critical synthesis skills; written and oral communication skills.
4. Appreciate the long tradition of the philosophy of scientific enquiry and discovery.
5. Have due regard and respect for the environment and the importance of conducting agricultural research and production in a sustainable fashion.
6. Have due regard and respect for the cultural and aesthetic values of human communities.
7. Be ethical, creative and critical scientists, managers and businessmen in agriculture.
8. Understand the basic principles involved in agricultural economics and business.
9. Be able to build on the fundamental principles and skills developed in their qualification in order to keep abreast (if not ahead) of developments in their field of expertise. Should also be able to adapt and apply the fundamental principles and skills of their qualification to other fields if necessary thereby demonstrating capacity for life-long learning. 

ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
Holistically across modules, learners will:
1. Demonstrate a satisfactory generalist to specialist understanding of the principles of the chosen qualification commensurate with the level of graduation
2. Demonstrate satisfactory generalist to specialist practical skills within the chosen qualification commensurate with the level of graduation.
3. Demonstrate satisfactory data analysis and interpretation skills commensurate with the level of graduation.
4. Demonstrate satisfactory written and oral skills commensurate with the level of graduation.
5. Demonstrate satisfactory creative problem solving skills, common sense, self-discipline, self-motivation, and intellectual curiosity commensurate with the level of graduation.

Integrated assessment:

The University of Natal is currently reforming its assessment strategies to include the assessment of applied competence for each qualification. In the meantime, a combination of continuous assessment and traditional written examinations serve to assess the integration of all/most of the learning outcomes for each module in a qualification. 

ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
Learners may shift into the programme at any level provided they meet all the prerequisite requirements for that level. Students from Agricultural Colleges and Technikons with completed Diplomas may carry credits into the programme. 

MODERATION OPTIONS 
The ETQA system for HE is not yet fully developed. Until such time as it is, procedures described under Assessor Criteria will suffice. 

CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
Until the HEQC establishes a registration system for assessors in the HET Band, the University of Natal assumes that, on the basis of its rigorous selection criteria for the appointment of academic staff (who also have opportunities for staff development in assessment), staffs are competent to assess students on the modules they teach. This assessment is quality assured via a university system of internal moderation and external examination. External examiners are appointed for their teaching and disciplinary expertise and subject to the approval of Faculty Boards. The University of Natal ruling is that 66 % of all assessments at exit level, i.e. leading to a qualification, are externally examined. 

REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2006; 2009; 2012; 2015. 

LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
 
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PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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. University of KwaZulu-Natal 



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.