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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Demonstrate an understanding of igneous rocks 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115705  Demonstrate an understanding of igneous rocks 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2004-08-11  2007-08-11  SAQA 0655/04 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-08-11   2011-08-11  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
261797  Demonstrate an understanding of igneous rocks  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for persons who work or intend to work within a mining and minerals context. Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the processes that result in the derivation of igneous rocks.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the principle characteristics of fine grained igneous rocks.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the principle characteristics of medium grained igneous rocks.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the principle characteristics of coarse grained igneous rocks.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Numeracy and literacy skills equivalent to Level 4.
  • Basic understanding of rock and mineral types.
  • Basic understanding of geological processes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate understanding of the processes that result in the derivation of igneous rocks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The processes involved in the derivation of igneous rocks are identified, defined and discussed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Crystallisation from magma.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The common classification systems for igneous rocks are discussed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Grain size.
  • Colour/mineralogy
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The position of the common igneous rocks within the Earth's crust is identified and discussed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Plutonic.
  • Hypabyssal.
  • Extrusive.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The common sites for the derivation of igneous rocks are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Subduction zones.
  • Mid-oceanic ridges.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate understanding of the principle characteristics of fine grained igneous rocks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The common classification systems for the fine grained igneous rocks are discussed and applied to a range of typical samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Typical sites for the formation of fine grained igneous rocks are identified and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The mineralogy of typical fine grained igneous rocks is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The textures of typical fine grained igneous rocks are described and defined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The structures of typical fine grained igneous rocks are described and defined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The principle forms of mineralisation associated with fine grained igneous rocks are identified and examples from South Africa provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The typical landforms associated with fine grained igneous rocks are identified, described and their association with the fine grained igneous rocks defined. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate understanding of the principle characteristics of medium grained igneous rocks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The common classification systems for the medium grained igneous rocks are discussed and applied to a range of typical samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Typical sites for the formation of medium grained igneous rocks are identified and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The mineralogy of typical medium grained igneous rocks is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The textures of typical medium grained igneous rocks are described and defined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The structures of typical medium grained igneous rocks are described and defined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The principle forms of mineralisation associated with medium grained igneous rocks are identified and examples from South Africa provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The typical landforms associated with medium grained igneous rocks are identified and described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate understanding of the principle characteristics of coarse grained igneous rocks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The common classification systems for the coarse grained igneous rocks are discussed and applied to a range of typical samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Typical sites for the formation of coarse grained igneous rocks are identified and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The mineralogy of typical coarse grained igneous rocks is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The textures of typical coarse grained igneous rocks are described and defined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The structures of typical coarse grained igneous rocks are described and defined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The principle forms of mineralisation associated with coarse grained igneous rocks are identified and examples from South Africa provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The typical landforms associated with coarse grained igneous rocks are identified and described. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The following accreditation and/or moderation options are available to an individual wishing to be assessed:
  • 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 in 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 and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The candidate will acquire the following knowledge during training to obtain this unit standard:
  • The mineralogy of igneous rocks.
  • The textures of igneous rocks.
  • The classification of igneous rocks.
  • The structures of igneous rocks.
  • The sites of formation of igneous rocks.
  • The types of mineralisation common to different igneous rocks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify characteristics of individual igneous rock types, textures, structures and mineralisation contributes to his/her problem solving ability. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to integrate the geological data to provide a coherent model of the igneous rock indicates that the candidate can organise and manage activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to integrate the geological data pertaining to igneous rocks, their textures and structures into a model will enhance the learners proficiency to collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile the data from various sources will indicate the candidate's proficiency in effective communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
    Note: The analysis of the geological data pertaining to the various igneous types described will indicate the candidates understanding of science and technology. 

    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.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to understand the relationship between different igneous rock types, their structures, textures, mineralogy and mineralisation will contribute to their understanding of the whole world. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Reflect on, and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively and to contribute to the full development of each learner to enhance the social and economic development of the society at large.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to explore more than one strategy to analyse the different igneous rock types, textures and structures can be applied inside and outside the work environment to enhance the socio-economic development of family-life and the community at large. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Notes to assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 261797, which is "Demonstrate an understanding of igneous rocks", Level 3, 6 credits.

    Terminology

    Specified Requirements and/or laid down procedures are contained in one or more of the following:
  • Training manuals.
  • Education manuals, including recent geological text books.
  • Geological illustrations.

    Unit Standard Justification

    Attribute, level & Justification:

    Nature of Processes:
  • Skills (Level 4.2): The skills required for correctly identifying the various igneous rock types, their structures and textures have significant variety where the learner must reconcile observations with known features.
  • Procedures (Level 4): The procedures to apply in identifying the characteristics of an igneous rock, its texture or structure are established and rarely deviate from the norm. The physical procedure is familiar with many alternative methods to employ. The learning procedure leaves no choice to apply alternative procedures.
  • Context (Level 3.5): The context in which the learner operates is routine and familiar, within a closely defined work environment.

    Scope of Learning:
  • Knowledge (Level 4.5): The required knowledge component entails the correct identification of wide ranging and/or specific mineralogical, structural and textural characteristics. The above is reconciled with known data as an on-going process.
  • Information processing (Level 4): Limited data processing is required.
  • Problem solving (Level 4): Documented information is available to the learner in the form of text books.

    Responsibility:
  • Orientation of activities (Level 4): To attend relevant classes to obtain the information.
  • Application of responsibility (Level 3.5): The learner will perform his/her activities under general supervision.
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility (Level 4): The learner will have the responsibility for the accuracy of their determinations. Incorrect determinations can have significant consequences on the future learning and associated activities.

    Average Level: 3.91; Actual Level Assigned: 4

    Credits:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcome:

    Classroom Teaching: 32 hours
    Workplace Training: 8 hours
    Mentoring: 8 hours
    Research: 16 hours

    Total: 64 hours

    Credits achieved: 6 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  50082   Further Education and Training Certificate: Minerals Surveying  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  MQA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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