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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Determine the properties of air from a psychometric chart and carry out basic calculation involving heat and mass transfer 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116695  Determine the properties of air from a psychometric chart and carry out basic calculation involving heat and mass transfer 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Air-conditioning Refrigeration and Ventilation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
9534  Determine the properties of air from a psychometric chart and carry out basic calculation involving heat and mass transfer  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Calculate the amount of heat and water added to or removed from the air or the water flowing in an air-conditioning or refrigeration system. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Carry out simple calculations involving multiplications, divisions. Manipulating of simple formulas. Understanding of elementary thermodynamics. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Properties of air:
    Barometric pressure, Dry bulb temperature, wet bulb temperature, dew point temperature, relative humidity, vapour pressure, humidity ratio, enthalpy, density and specific volume.
  • Charts to be used:
    As supplied by National Metrology Laboratory (M&M Tek), Tel: 012-841-4623 03 012-841-2102.
  • Properties of water:
    Density, specific heat capacity and specific latent heat of evaporation. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Define "Psychrometrics", name and define the properties of air and plot an air condition on the psychrometric chart. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The term "Psychrometrics" is defined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The composition of air is stated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The properties of the air are named and defined and their symbols stated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The psychrometric chart for the correct altitude and temperature range is selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The state point for the condition given is plotted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The properties of the air are determined and recorded using the correct SI units and symbols 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Calculate the amount of sensible heat (in kilowatt) added to or removed from the air by means of the sensible heat formula and the enthalpy formula. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The formulas required are stated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The mass flow of the air is calculated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The amount of sensible heat to be removed is calculated using the sensible heat formula. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The amount of sensible heat to be removed is calculated using the enthalpy formula. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Calculate the amount of sensible heat and latent heat and the total heat removed
    (in kilowatt) added to or removed from the air by means of the enthalpy formulas. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The formulas required are stated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The mass flow of the air is calculated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The amount of sensible heat removed is calculated using the enthalpy formula. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The amount of latent heat removed is calculated using the enthalpy formula. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The total amount of heat removed is calculated using the enthalpy formula. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Calculate the amount of moisture added to or removed from the air. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The formula required is stated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The amount of water added to or removed from the air is calculated in kilograms per second. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The amount of water added to or removed from the air is calculated in litres per hour. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Whether the moisture is added or removed from the air is stated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Calculate the amount of chilled water required for a cooling or heating application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The formula required is stated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The amount of chilled water required for cooling load is calculated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Calculate the amount of heat (in kilowatt) required to produce saturated steam. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The formulas required are stated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The amount of heat required for the process is calculated in kilojoules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The amount of heat required for the process is calculated in kilowatt. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any person wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, who may appoint a moderator to be present at the assessment.
  • The assessor must have knowledge and experience of air-conditioning or refrigeration. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Knowledge of the properties of air, water and water vapour
  • Purpose of psychrometrics as used in air-conditioning and refrigeration
  • Manipulation of formulas 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems
    Selecting the correct psychrometric chart and determining and using the correct parameters 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information
    Using the correct information and selecting the correct formulas 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
    Correctly report on results 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
    Use of psychrometric chart and psychrometric formulas 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Learner and societal development
    Understanding the effect of adding or removing heat or moisture to or from the air 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 9534, which is "Determine the properties of air from a psychometric chart and carry out basic calculation involving heat and mass transfer", Level 3, 7 credits.

    Supplementary information:
    One or two conditions of the air, together with the barometric pressure or the altitude to be indicated to the person being assessed
    (e.g. Barometric pressure or altitude plus WB and DB or DB and RH or DB and dew point
    Accuracy required:
    Dry bulb, wet bulb and dew point temperatures: 0,2K
    Relative humidity: 3%
    Humidity ratio: 0,0003 kg/kg
    Specific volume: 0,002 m/kg
    Vapour pressure: 25 Pa
    Density: 0,1 kg/m
    Enthalpy: 0,2 kJ/kg

    Candidate is to be assessed without being led to the required response. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  48963   National Certificate: Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-03-12  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  65509   Further Education and Training Certificate: Air-conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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. IFIHLILE TRAINING ACADEMY GAUTENG (PTY) LTD (Halfway House)(TP) 
    2. Industries Education & Training Institute (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    3. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE - PE TTC 
    4. Service Corps T/A Works Training School (ELANDSFONTEIN) (TP) 
    5. Shukela Training Centre 
    6. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP) 
    7. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    8. Wavelength T.T.I 
    9. Winters Business Enterprise T/A Winters Tradesman Technical Tuition (PRETORIA) (TP) 



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