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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manage factory performance figures 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114326  Manage factory performance figures 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
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 
A learner who has achieved this unit standard will be competent in: Calculating and interpreting factory performance figures and parameters, and using them to recommend actions for improvement. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
To enter a learning programme for this unit standard or to be assessed against this unit standard, the learner is assumed to have:
  • Literacy and communications NQF 4
  • Numeracy NQF 4
  • Computer Literacy at NQF 4
  • Knowledge of sugar processing unit operations and processes
  • Knowledge of quality assurance systems at NQF 4 or equivalent
  • Knowledge of safety practices at NQF 4 or equivalent 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The learner is expected to perform the specific outcomes as reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision, but with access to standard operating procedures. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the source of and need for factory perfomance figures. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Explaining the reasons for the calculations of such figures
  • Deriving formulae used to calculate factory figures and performance parameters
  • Using raw factory and laboratory data to calculate factory performance figures 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

    Understanding of:
  • Mass and energy balances
  • Sampling procedures
  • Laboratory analyses

    Reasons for:
  • Calculating and monitoring of factory performance figures
  • Deviations of factory performance figures from typical or expected values

    Consequences of not:
  • Ensuring correct collection of data and calculation of figures
  • Reporting abnormal deviations to the relevant parties
  • Determining reasons for deviations and taking corrective actions when figures deviate significantly from expected values
  • Liasing with the relevant parties 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Evaluate factory performance figures. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Comparing factory performance figures with those of previous time periods and other factories
  • Examining possible reasons for changes (expected and unexpected) in these figures 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

    Understanding of:
  • Mass and energy balances
  • Sampling procedures
  • Laboratory analyses

    Reasons for:
  • Calculating and monitoring of factory performance figures
  • Deviations of factory performance figures from typical or expected values

    Consequences of not:
  • Ensuring correct collection of data and calculation of figures
  • Reporting abnormal deviations to the relevant parties
  • Determining reasons for deviations and taking corrective actions when figures deviate significantly from expected values
  • Liasing with the relevant parties 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Co-ordinate calculation of performance figures. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Liasing with the relevant parties to ensure that required data have been correctly gathered and are available by set deadlines
  • Liasing with the relevant parties to ensure that adjustments and reconciliations are applied correctly to factory figures
  • Reporting abnormal deviations to the relevant parties 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

    Understanding of:
  • Mass and energy balances
  • Sampling procedures
  • Laboratory analyses

    Reasons for:
  • Calculating and monitoring of factory performance figures
  • Deviations of factory performance figures from typical or expected values

    Consequences of not:
  • Ensuring correct collection of data and calculation of figures
  • Reporting abnormal deviations to the relevant parties
  • Determining reasons for deviations and taking corrective actions when figures deviate significantly from expected values
  • Liasing with the relevant parties 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Optimise factory operations. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Instructing relevant parties to change set points of unit operations when required
  • Recommending modifications to factory operations to improve performance figures
  • Recommending modifications to factory operations to keep to the cane crush plan 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessors will observe, confirm and evaluate evidence that will indicate that learners have demonstrated competence in each of the specific outcomes. In this unit standard the following specific criteria should be used:

    Understanding of:
  • Mass and energy balances
  • Sampling procedures
  • Laboratory analyses

    Reasons for:
  • Calculating and monitoring of factory performance figures
  • Deviations of factory performance figures from typical or expected values

    Consequences of not:
  • Ensuring correct collection of data and calculation of figures
  • Reporting abnormal deviations to the relevant parties
  • Determining reasons for deviations and taking corrective actions when figures deviate significantly from expected values
  • Liasing with the relevant parties 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessor accredited by SETASA.
    Any training provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited by SETASA.
    Moderation of assessment will be done by SETASA in its ETQA capacity at its discretion. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Construction and interpretation of chemical process flowsheets and simple P&I diagrams. Determination of elementary material and energy balances.
  • Understanding of Mathematical modelling and optimisation techniques in terms of formulation of optimisation problems, numerical techniques of unconstrained minimisation, linear programming and constrained optimisation and nonlinear programming with constraints.
  • Elementary statistics including linear regression and ANOVA.
  • Specialised understanding of factory performance figures and parameters
  • Specialised knowledge of major factory unit operations and processes
  • Interrelationships between factory unit operations 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to calculation of factory performance figures and the correct action to be taken to report those depending on the urgency 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work as a member of a team to ensure the optimisation of factory operations 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s own activities to meet deadlines set for procedures to be followed 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Organise sets of information to ensure the optimisation of factory operations 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using oral and written means to optimise factory operations and to report on operational matters 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between one unit operation and other unit operations in the optimisation of factory operations 

    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 
    Values

    All learners should demonstrate:
  • An application of company ethics, values as well as general safety and customer care principles
  • An awareness of expectations and obligations of basic worker / management relationships 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48395   National Certificate: Sugar Technology  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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. RCL Foods-Sugar & Milling (MP) 



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