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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Deploy and recover underwater positioning transporters 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14435  Deploy and recover underwater positioning transporters 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Surveying 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 deploy and recover underwater positioning transponders in any working environment.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Prepare Acoustic Positioning Transponders for deployment
  • Deploy Acoustic Positioning transponders
  • Recover Acoustic Positioning transponders
  • Report on beacon status 

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

    Recognition of prior learning:
    Any learner wishing to be assessed may arrange to do so without having to attend additional education and training. The learner and assessor will decide jointly on the most appropriate assessment procedure 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Deploy Positioning Transponders 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Job instruction received and understood from appropriate personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Confirm transponder numbers for deployment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Ensure transponder communications loops are correctly placed over transducer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Carry out pre-deployment checks in accordance with instructions from senior surveyor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Visually inspect transponder for damage or defect and report status. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Inspect release mechanism and insert anchor shackle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Check rope and knots at connections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Assist the deck personnel in streaming the transponder and release when notified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Apply operational safety rules and standard or operational procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A thorough understanding of the deployment of underwater acoustic beacons and the dangers involved is demonstrated.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. Applicable task specific legal and safety requirements are understood and explained 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Recover Positioning Transponders 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Ensure vessel is in the correct position before confirming that release can go ahead. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Confirm transponder number for release. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Communicate to senior surveyor that transponder has been sighted and commence with recovery. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Confirm transponder number, return transponder to vessel and ensure that transponder is correctly handled and cleaned. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Apply operational safety rules and standard or operational procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    An understanding of acoustic telemetry and the affects of weather in beacon recovery is demonstrated.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Transponder post recovery checks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Ensure transponder communications loops are correctly placed over transducer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Carry out visual examination of transponder. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Report any defects to senior surveyor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Carry out post-deployment checks in accordance with instructions from senior surveyor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Inform senior surveyor of any abnormalities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Apply operational safety rules and standard or operational procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A thorough understanding of the status of underwater acoustic beacons and the dangers involved is demonstrated.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Report on Beacon Status. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Obtain correct Deployment / Recovery log sheet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Record the Pre and Post deployment checks carried out on the transponder. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Record the telemetry responses of the transponder to commands given. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Inform relevant personnel of any abnormalities. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A thorough understanding of the importance of good record keeping for prevention of damage to, or loss of equipment.
     


    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 registered with the 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 
    1. Essential embedded knowledge is dealt with under the specific outcomes section where Display KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING" is required.
    2. Range statements are included with specific outcomes as necessary.
    3. The following critical cross-field outcomes are covered in this unit standard under the specific outcomes section. They are not assessed directly, but are assessed holistically through the outcomes as indicated in the following tabulation. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation or community 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others) 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large 

    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 
  • *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 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 and telephone.
  • Transducer is a hybrid Latin word meaning to "lead across". These are devices that convert two forms of energy into each other. In the hydrographic environment they convert between sound and electric or mechanic energy. Types of Transducer include Transponder, Projector and Hydrophone.
  • Projector converts electric or mechanic energy into sound energy. (See Transducer.)
  • Hydrophone converts sound energy into electric or mechanic energy. (See Transducer.)
  • Transponder converts electric or mechanic energy into sound energy and the reverse. (See Transducer.)
  • Telemetry is the transmission of signals in a medium. In this case sound waves through water.
  • Loop: A metal link specifically designed to connect the weight strop to the release mechanism of the underwater beacon. 

  • 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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