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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply Maritime Geography 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117685  Apply Maritime Geography 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
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
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 
People credited with this unit standard will be able to know and apply maritime geography as it pertains to the shipping industry. This shall include the relative position of the continents, seas and oceans, waterways and ports; the effect of tides, currents, climate, seasons, and weather; and global positioning in terms of latitude and longitude
This unit standard will be useful to people in the wider shipping industry, and in particular to the ships brokering industry. 

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:
  • Literacy NQF 3
  • Numeracy NQF 3
  • Geographical studies NQF 3 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The applied competence expressed in this standard covers the knowledge and understanding of maritime geography necessary for learners to work in the ships agency industry. The range includes innovative responses to concrete but sometimes unfamiliar problems, using basic analytical interpretation of information.
    The level assigned to this Unit Standard is appropriate because a narrow range of knowledge and cognitive skills is applied. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify continents, major countries and ports on a map of the world. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The continents on a map of the world are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Major countries on a map of the world are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Major ports on a map of the world are identified and their basic characteristics can be explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the oceans, seas, sea currents and waterways on a map of the world. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All oceans and seas on a map of the world are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The major sea currents on a map of the world are identified and the effects there-of for shipping and trade routes are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The major waterways on a map of the world are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reason for the major canals (Panama and Suez) and their economic benefits are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the effects of climate, seasons, weather and tides on the shipping industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The effect on shipping of the different climatic regions, weather and seasons is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect of the tides on shipping are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate global positioning by means of latitude and longitude. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different locations on the planet using latitude and longitude is demonstrated 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An understanding of global positioning using latitude and longitude is demonstrated. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited by any relevant ETQA.
    2. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
    3. Moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in both individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the Specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated Assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the Specific outcomes, to the standards described in the Assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, Assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
    1. Basic knowledge of global geography.
    2. Basic understanding of global climates, weather and seasons.
    3. Basic understanding of oceans, seas, waterways and associated currents.
    4. Basic understanding of global positioning using longitude and latitude. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information concerning shipping movement and position. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, numerical and/or language skills - orally or written - in terms of shipping activities. 

    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, particularly with regard to the ships agency industry. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    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
    In presentation of this Unit Standard, the training approach should be proportioned as follows:

    1. Theory: 70%
    2. Tutorial: 30% 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Accreditation process (including moderation):
    Methods and tools of assessment:
    The following methods of assessment have been identified as the preferred measurement and assessment of learner competence in the above-mentioned Performance Assessment Criteria

    1. In-situ (on the job) observations OR simulation
    2. Oral assessment methods (e.g. presentations)
    3. Written tests/case studies/projects
    4. A portfolio of evidence - valid, reliable and authentic evidence from past achievements and experience may serve to supplement the assessment of applied competence.
    These methods must be carefully selected based on the purpose of the assessment (For example, the written method could be used to assess knowledge or on-job demonstration for practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods (no less than two of those detailed above) in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes

    The following tools may be used to supplement the above minimum assessment methods:
    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience may serve to supplement the assessment of applied competence. The portfolio should include inter alia:

    1. Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner
    2. Relevant certificates or awards
    3. Previous assessment records
    4. Journals/logbook

    Conducting assessments
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA and be familiar with the full text and subject matter content of the Unit Standard being assessed.
    2. The assessor must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49155   Further Education and Training Certificate: Shipping  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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. Aldabri 106 Institute for Quality Pty Ltd 
    2. SA Maritime School and Transport College 



    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.