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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Provide design input to transport infrastructure 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255799  Provide design input to transport infrastructure 
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 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 
This unit standard will be useful for people who are required to ensure that freight, including goods, passengers or livestock, is moved from origin to destination in terms of stakeholder requirements, and in compliance with legislative requirements and international codes and practices.

This unit standard will recognise the essential knowledge and skills required to grasp the essential design requirements for a particular transport infrastructure, and provide realistic and informed input into planning and design.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of legislation governing transport infrastructure for a particular mode of transport.
  • Determine needs from an operational perspective.
  • Provide input to infrastructure design.
  • Evaluate transport infrastructure from a design perspective. 

  • 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:
  • Communications and Mathematical Literacy 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 an understanding of legislation governing transport infrastructure for a particular mode of transport. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different types of transport infrastructure are identified and described in terms of their typical location and use. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Infrastructure includes:
  • Terminals, depots, warehouses, stations, yards, pipelines, rails.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Legislation and regulations governing ports and harbours is identified and described in terms of its provisions and restrictions, and the implications for the design and erection of the infrastructure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legislation and regulations include:
  • International Safety and Port Security code, National Ports Authority requirements, Health and Safety Act, environmental considerations (pollution and noise), rental agreements.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Legislation affecting access to ports and terminals is identified and described with reference to its impact on turn around times. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Legislation and regulations governing safe operations and the safety and security of personnel is identified and described in terms of its implications for infrastructure design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Grasp and understanding of provisions and restrictions is accurate, and input into planning and decision making is constructive, informed, and in compliance with the current legislative framework. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Determine needs from an operational perspective. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Prospective locations are investigated for accessibility and proximity to major operational areas and/or routes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Design and layout possibilities are considered in terms of the nature and mode of the transport operation, and the particular operational requirements and imperatives. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Nature of operations includes:
  • Mode, bonded, dangerous goods, perishables.

    Operational imperatives include:
  • Safety of operations, space requirements, loading and unloading requirements, turnaround time, security.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The need for specialised facilities, machinery, equipment and/or skills is determined in relation to the type and mode of operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specialised equipment includes:
  • Weighbridges, weight gauges, switchers, cranes.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Access and egress to the infrastructure, and manoeuvring space within the infrastructure, is carefully considered in terms of the size, manoeuvrability, and capabilities and limitations of transportation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Access to storage facilities or passenger access points within the infrastructure is determined in relation to the docking requirements of the particular vehicle, vessel or craft. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Layout and design is considered in terms of the projected traffic flow through the site and possibilities for congestion. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Design and layout possibilities are investigated for their possible impact on the environment and the surrounding communities, where applicable. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Provide input to infrastructure design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Recommendations for design and layout are consistent with health and safety requirements, and promote best practice with regards to safety and security of freight and personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Recommended access and egress to the infrastructure, and allowance for manoeuvring space within the infrastructure, meets vehicle, vessel or craft requirements, as well as that of support vehicles or vessels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Recommended access to storage facilities or passenger access points is consistent with the docking requirements of the particular vehicle, vessel or craft, and provides for smooth transfer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Recommended layout and design facilitates the projected traffic flow through the site and minimises possibilities of congestion. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Recommended design and layout minimises negative impact on the environment and the surrounding communities, where applicable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Recommended locations for infrastructure are convenient to major operational areas and/or routes, as well as to water, power and communications and are suitable to the type of infrastructure and transport use. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Suitable s include:
  • Ground/clay/swamp land (drainage, piles).
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Recommendations for specialised facilities, machinery, equipment and/or skills are consistent with the type and mode of operation, and appropriate in terms of organisational constraints. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Special needs include:
  • Weighbridges, weight gauges, switchers, cranes, stevedores, loading and unloading equipment, refrigeration, secure storage, dangerous goods stores (curtains).
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Location of service and maintenance facilities provides easy access, without interfering with transport operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Facilities include:
  • Vehicle yard, wash bays, fuel pumps, workshops.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate transport infrastructure from a design perspective. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Existing infrastructure is evaluated in terms of its user-friendliness, with particular reference to ease of access, manoeuvring space, loading points and suitability of storage facilities, for a particular transport operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information gathered from key users of the infrastructure identifies particular strengths and weaknesses from a variety of perspectives for use in future design considerations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Features of the infrastructure which inhibit manoeuvrability are investigated for modification possibilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Changes in technology and/or equipment which invalidate previous design decisions are identified in terms of the impact on the efficiency of the infrastructure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Infrastructure design is benchmarked against emerging best practice. Where modification is not cost effective, features are noted for future design input. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation Options:
  • Providers of learning towards this unit standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation Option:
  • The moderation requirements of the relevant ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following 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.
  • Design principles.
  • Working knowledge of transport infrastructure. 

  • 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:
  • Identifying potential problems and planning to make provision for these is important in this standard. 

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

    Note:
  • By definition, this standard implies working with others making a contribution. 

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

    Note:
  • Essential understanding work, and the way things need to be organised for maximum efficiency is critical. 

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

    Note:
  • Input will depend on accurate information gathered from experience of actual transport related problems and what works and what does not. 

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

    Note:
  • Will be essential in communicating input for design purposes. 

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

    Note:
  • Used in gathering information; benchmarking; and presenting. 

  • 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:
  • Very important must understand the bigger picture when considering all the factors that impact on transport operations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 

    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 general 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 that 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.

    The following particular issues should be taken into consideration when assessing against this unit standard:
  • Assessment may be based on detailed case study information.

    Definition of Terms:
  • Terms have been clarified as far as possible through the use of range statements. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  61489   National Certificate: Transport Operations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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. Diversity technology Training Institute 
    2. Ikusasa Lethu Projects and Training (Pty) Ltd 



    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.