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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain basic water quality 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116168  Maintain basic water quality 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
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 
Learner must demonstrate an ability to observe and maintain basic water quality and the ability to work with the technical systems that control certain quality factors in water. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of water management and agriculture.

Learners will gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural practices as applied in the animal-, plant and mixed farming sub fields. This unit standard focuses on the application of water quality practices in primary agriculture.

They will be able to participate in, undertake and plan farming practices with knowledge of their environment. This unit standard will instill a culture of maintenance and care for both the environment as well as towards farming infrastructure and operations. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will show competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 1: Collect Agricultural Data. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate a basic ability to sample and observe water quality. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Quality factors for water include but are not limited to temperature, dissolved gasses such as oxygen and carbon dioxide, COD, water insoluble solids and dissolved minerals and organic load. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The use of the recalling of tasks associated with the control of water quality is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Water quality sampling techniques is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The maintenance of water sampling equipment is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information on the sampling of water quality is recorded and provided. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    An ability to perform maintenance tasks on certain operational technical systems is demonstrated. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Including but not limited to water aeration, inlet and outlet screening, inlet and outlet level and flow control, degassing and filtration and temperature. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An ability to perform basic maintenance tasks on certain operational technical systems that control and maintain specific water quality is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to identify the need for the maintenance work to be done is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information regarding the maintenance task being performed on water quality systems is recorded and provided. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    The ability to handle systems to maintain water quality is demonstrated. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Quality factors for water include but are not limited to temperature, dissolved gasses such as oxygen and carbon dioxide, COD, water insoluble solids and dissolved minerals and organic load. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tasks associated with the maintenance of systems that control water quality are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Water systems maintenance is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information on the maintenance of water quality control systems is recorded and provided. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Record basic observations and applications regarding water quality. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Including but not limited to water aeration, inlet and outlet screening, inlet and outlet level and flow control, degassing and filtration and temperature. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to record all necessary data regarding water quality management is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to report on the recording of water quality observations and data is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An understanding for the need to record and report data on water quality is demonstrated. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • 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 of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • The names and terms related to water quality.
  • Attributes and properties of water related to its quality.
  • Sensory cues related to water quality and water quality maintenance systems.
  • The purpose of sampling water and maintaining water quality.
  • Implications related to water quality on the operation.
  • Rules related to the sampling of water quality measurements.
  • Recording techniques.
  • Basic reporting skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving refers to specific outcome:
  • Record basic observations and applications regarding water quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team Work refers to specific outcome:
  • Record basic observations and applications regarding water quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self Management refers to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation refers to specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform maintenance tasks on certain operational technical systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to handle systems to maintain water quality.
  • Record basic observations and applications regarding water quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication refers to specific outcome:
  • Record basic observations and applications regarding water quality. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and Technology refers to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter relatedness refers to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self development refers to specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate the ability to handle systems to maintain water quality.
  • Record basic observations and applications regarding water quality. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48970   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48971   National Certificate: Mixed Farming Systems  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48972   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 1  NQF Level 01  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.
     
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