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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify seabed types by means of bottom sampling 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14254  Identify seabed types by means of bottom sampling 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Surveying 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard has been developed for the surveying occupational area and is intended for persons who aim to achieve career advancement by gaining surveying skills leading to a qualification based on unit standards. A person who has successfully completed this unit standard is able to Identify Seabed Types by means of Bottom Sampling in the hydrographic environment.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
o Plan and prepare a bottom sampling evolution.
o Obtain a bottom sample
o Complete the work sequence in accordance with survey standards 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
NQF Level 2 numeracy and literacy 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Range statements are included with specific outcomes as necessary. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Plan and Prepare a Bottom Sampling Evolution. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Tools, equipment and survey instruments required for the task are verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer's requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Personal protective equipment is verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer's requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Permission to commence is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not obtaining permission are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Details of the equipment and task are obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements and job instruction. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Hazardous and sub-standard conditions that may affect the accuracy of the survey are identified during continuous examination and if found, dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not identifying and dealing with hazardous and sub-standard conditions are explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Basic understanding of seamanship, geological applications and survey interpretations.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Applicable task specific legal and safety requirements are understood and explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Obtain a Bottom Sample. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Work related hazards and associated risks are explained, and if found, dealt with in accordance with legal and discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not dealing with work related hazards and associated risks are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Personal protective equipment is used in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer's requirements. The consequences of not using personal protective equipment as stipulated are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Equipment is set up and prepared for use in accordance with discipline specific requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Sample is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Sample is identified and recorded in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Basic understanding of geology and vessel procedure.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Complete the Work Sequence in accordance with survey standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Tools, equipment and survey instruments are collected and accounted for before leaving the work place. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Tools, equipment and survey instruments are maintained in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer's requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Tools, equipment and survey instruments found defective are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Reporting requirements are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. The importance of completing the work sequence is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Geological interpretation and vessel procedure.
 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or will assess this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA and register with FE / HE registrar.
3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
Essential embedded knowledge is dealt with under the specific outcomes section where "Display KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING" is required. 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Solve problems - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments required for the task are verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Personal protective equipment is verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Permission to commence is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not obtaining permission are explained.
  • Details of the equipment and task are obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements and job instruction.
  • Hazardous and sub-standard conditions that may affect the accuracy of the survey are identified during continuous examination and if found, dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not identifying and dealing with hazardous and sub-standard conditions are explained.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks are explained, and if found, dealt with in accordance with legal and discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not dealing with work related hazards and associated risks are explained.
  • Personal protective equipment is used in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements. The consequences of not using personal protective equipment as stipulated are explained.
  • Equipment is set up and prepared for use in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Sample is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Sample is identified and recorded in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments are collected and accounted for before leaving the work place.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments are maintained in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments found defective are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Reporting requirements are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • The importance of completing the work sequence is explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation or community - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments required for the task are verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Personal protective equipment is verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Permission to commence is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not obtaining permission are explained.
  • Details of the equipment and task are obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements and job instruction.
  • Hazardous and sub-standard conditions that may affect the accuracy of the survey are identified during continuous examination and if found, dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not identifying and dealing with hazardous and sub-standard conditions are explained.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks are explained, and if found, dealt with in accordance with legal and discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not dealing with work related hazards and associated risks are explained.
  • Personal protective equipment is used in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements. The consequences of not using personal protective equipment as stipulated are explained.
  • Equipment is set up and prepared for use in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Sample is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Sample is identified and recorded in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments are collected and accounted for before leaving the work place.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments are maintained in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments found defective are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Reporting requirements are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • The importance of completing the work sequence is explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments required for the task are verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Personal protective equipment is verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Permission to commence is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not obtaining permission are explained.
  • Details of the equipment and task are obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements and job instruction.
  • Hazardous and sub-standard conditions that may affect the accuracy of the survey are identified during continuous examination and if found, dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not identifying and dealing with hazardous and sub-standard conditions are explained.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks are explained, and if found, dealt with in accordance with legal and discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not dealing with work related hazards and associated risks are explained.
  • Personal protective equipment is used in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements. The consequences of not using personal protective equipment as stipulated are explained.
  • Equipment is set up and prepared for use in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Sample is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Sample is identified and recorded in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments are collected and accounted for before leaving the work place.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments are maintained in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments found defective are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Reporting requirements are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • The importance of completing the work sequence is explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organize and critically evaluate information - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments required for the task are verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Personal protective equipment is verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Permission to commence is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not obtaining permission are explained.
  • Details of the equipment and task are obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements and job instruction.
  • Hazardous and sub-standard conditions that may affect the accuracy of the survey are identified during continuous examination and if found, dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not identifying and dealing with hazardous and sub-standard conditions are explained.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks are explained, and if found, dealt with in accordance with legal and discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not dealing with work related hazards and associated risks are explained.
  • Personal protective equipment is used in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements. The consequences of not using personal protective equipment as stipulated are explained.
  • Equipment is set up and prepared for use in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Sample is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Sample is identified and recorded in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments are collected and accounted for before leaving the work place.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments are maintained in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments found defective are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Reporting requirements are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • The importance of completing the work sequence is explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments required for the task are verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Personal protective equipment is verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Permission to commence is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not obtaining permission are explained.
  • Details of the equipment and task are obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements and job instruction.
  • Hazardous and sub-standard conditions that may affect the accuracy of the survey are identified during continuous examination and if found, dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not identifying and dealing with hazardous and sub-standard conditions are explained.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks are explained, and if found, dealt with in accordance with legal and discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not dealing with work related hazards and associated risks are explained.
  • Personal protective equipment is used in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements. The consequences of not using personal protective equipment as stipulated are explained.
  • Equipment is set up and prepared for use in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Sample is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Sample is identified and recorded in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments are collected and accounted for before leaving the work place.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments are maintained in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments found defective are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Reporting requirements are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • The importance of completing the work sequence is explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others) - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments required for the task are verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Personal protective equipment is verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Permission to commence is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not obtaining permission are explained.
  • Details of the equipment and task are obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements and job instruction.
  • Hazardous and sub-standard conditions that may affect the accuracy of the survey are identified during continuous examination and if found, dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not identifying and dealing with hazardous and sub-standard conditions are explained.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks are explained, and if found, dealt with in accordance with legal and discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not dealing with work related hazards and associated risks are explained.
  • Personal protective equipment is used in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements. The consequences of not using personal protective equipment as stipulated are explained.
  • Equipment is set up and prepared for use in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Sample is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Sample is identified and recorded in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments are collected and accounted for before leaving the work place.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments are maintained in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments found defective are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Reporting requirements are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • The importance of completing the work sequence is explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments required for the task are verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Personal protective equipment is verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Permission to commence is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not obtaining permission are explained.
  • Details of the equipment and task are obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements and job instruction.
  • Hazardous and sub-standard conditions that may affect the accuracy of the survey are identified during continuous examination and if found, dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not identifying and dealing with hazardous and sub-standard conditions are explained.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks are explained, and if found, dealt with in accordance with legal and discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not dealing with work related hazards and associated risks are explained.
  • Personal protective equipment is used in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements. The consequences of not using personal protective equipment as stipulated are explained.
  • Equipment is set up and prepared for use in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Sample is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Sample is identified and recorded in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments are maintained in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments found defective are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Reporting requirements are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • The importance of completing the work sequence is explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large - refer to the following assessment criteria:
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments required for the task are verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Personal protective equipment is verified in accordance with discipline specific and manufacturer`s requirements.
  • Permission to commence is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not obtaining permission are explained.
  • Details of the equipment and task are obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements and job instruction.
  • Hazardous and sub-standard conditions that may affect the accuracy of the survey are identified during continuous examination and if found, dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not identifying and dealing with hazardous and sub-standard conditions are explained.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks are explained, and if found, dealt with in accordance with legal and discipline specific requirements. The consequences of not dealing with work related hazards and associated risks are explained.
  • Equipment is set up and prepared for use in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • Sample is obtained in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Sample is identified and recorded in accordance with discipline specific requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained.
  • Tools, equipment and survey instruments found defective are dealt with in accordance with discipline specific requirements.
  • The importance of completing the work sequence is explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of 2 (two) years` practical, relevant occupational experience
  • Declared competent in all the outcomes of the National Assessor Unit Standards as stipulated by SAQA
    Detailed documentary proof of educational qualification, practical training undergone, and experience gained by the applicant must be provided (Portfolio of Evidence). 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary Information:

    The relevant information for Theory and Principles are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Training manuals
  • Survey Codes of Practice
  • Managerial Instructions
  • Manufacturers` manuals
  • Standard Task Procedures
  • Risk Assessment Documentation
  • Working Guides
  • Manufacturers` Manuals and Specifications
  • Professional Publications
  • United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association guidelines
    The appropriate Statutory and Legal sections are contained in one or more of the following documents:
    * Surface Surveying
  • Land Survey Act and Regulations
  • Professional and Technical Surveyor`s Act
    * Minerals Surveying
  • Mine Health and Safety Act 29/1996
  • Mineral Act (Act 50 of 1991)
  • Personal protective equipment means, but is not limited to, overall, hard hat, safety footwear, hand protection and harness or lifelines.
  • Hazardous and sub-standard conditions mean, but are not limited to, strong wind, rough sea, low visibility and low temperature.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks mean, but are not limited to, water on deck, slippery deck, cluttered deck, ropes and lines stored on deck, heavy moveable objects, power points, running rigging, wire ropes under load and anything that might compromise good seamanship.
  • Survey point means, but is not limited to, survey station, beacon, stakes, marks, topography, features, transponder, transducer, responder or combinations of these.
  • Communicated means, but is not limited to, verbal communication, radio transmission, telephone and hand signals.
  • Tools and equipment mean, but are not limited to, grabs, winches, steel wire ropes and rigging, davits, cranes.
  • Observations mean, but are not limit to, type of sample.
  • Recorded means the storage of observations in a fieldbook (manually) or in a data logger (electronically). 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  20487   National Certificate: Hydrographic Surveying  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    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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