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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of fluid mechanics 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244708  Demonstrate knowledge of fluid mechanics 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
The skills, values and knowledge reflected in this unit standard are required by people in the field of Fluid Power Engineering who are required to analyse fluid flow, pressures in fluid power systems. The learning outcomes in this unit standard also contribute to the exit level outcomes required for the fluid power certificate NQF Level 5 qualification.

Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of forces and pressures within a fluid.
  • Demonstrate understanding of viscosity and fluid flow.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pressure, mass flow and velocity of dynamic fluids within fluid conveyances. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that a person is already competent in terms of the following outcomes when starting to learn toward this unit standard:
  • Maintain and troubleshoot hydraulic systems at NQF Level 4.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of physics relevant to fluid power at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of forces and pressures within a fluid. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Force, pressure and area are described in terms of their relationship within a fluid. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Density and volume of objects are described in accordance with physics principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Power is described in terms of the relationship between force, volume displacement and time. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Formulae are selected as appropriate for the calculations required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Formulae are manipulated in accordance with given information and required resultant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Results are calculated to the required level of accuracy. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate understanding of viscosity and fluid flow. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Flow includes laminar, turbulent and transitional within fluid conveyance systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Viscosity is described in terms of fluid power principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect of temperature on viscosity of fluids is explained in relation to the fluid power system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effect of viscosity on frictional flow losses and pressure drops across components is explained in relation to the fluid power system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Formulae are selected as appropriate for the calculations required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Formulae are manipulated in accordance with given information and required resultant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Results are calculated to the required level of accuracy. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge of pressure, mass flow and velocity of dynamic fluids within fluid conveyances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relationship between pressure, mass flow and velocity is explained in terms of fluid power principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect of net positive suction head on the system is explained in terms of potential equipment damage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Changes in cross-sectional diameter of fluid conveyance is explained in terms of the effect on fluid flow and velocity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Formulae are selected as appropriate for the calculations required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Formulae are manipulated in accordance with given information and required resultant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Results are calculated to the required level of accuracy. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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 must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • 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:
  • Understanding and interpreting of laws of hydrostatics and hydrodynamics in relation to hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  • Translating given requirements into systems within the bounds of physics, hydrostatics and hydrodynamics.
  • Fluid flow.
  • The effect of pressure within a system.
  • The relationship between flow, area and velocity. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify criteria and utilize laws hydrostatics and hydrodynamics to evaluate them. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: This outcome is not met in this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to gather relevant information relating to the work function and work autonomously. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to gather relevant information relating to the work function and work autonomously. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to communicate physical criteria and relationships to relevant personnel. 

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

    Note: The ability of the candidate to integrate the theory of hydrostatics and hydrodynamics in hydraulic and pneumatic design. 

    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.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to apply the various laws of physics into a functional hydraulic/pneumatic system. 

    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 
    Notes to Assessors:

    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. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58883   National Certificate: Fluid Power  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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