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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics in the field of explosives 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258015  Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics in the field of explosives 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Bomb Disposal and Explosives Control 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
117463  Demonstrate an understanding of the history and the impact of explosives and explosions  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for learners within the bomb disposal, explosives, pyrotechnics, demolitions and blasting environment who are required to show an understanding of the development and origins of explosives and the legal framework that controls the use of explosives in South Africa. Further this unit standard will enable learners to understand the impact and effect of explosions in order to inform future actions and decisions when utilising explosives. The competencies achieved in this Unit Standard will lead to a safer society for South African citizens.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of explosives.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of legal prescripts pertaining to explosives and explosives control.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of explosions. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Physical Science at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the history of explosives. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    History also includes the origin and use of explosives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of the early development and use of explosives from 600 BC to the early 1900s. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A description is given of the development and use of explosives during the Nobel era. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is given of the development and use of explosives after the Nobel era up to present. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the legal framework pertaining to explosives and explosives control. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of the development of legislation pertaining to the control of explosives in order to better understand explosives control within the South African context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Legislation is identified which has bearing on legal control measures and restrictions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legislation refers but is not limited to the Explosives Act 15 of 2003, the Explosives Act 26 of 1956, the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 and the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of the legal control measures and restrictions of the legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of explosions. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Explosions refer to nuclear, mechanical and chemical explosions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the dynamics of an explosion from initiation to termination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect of explosions is explained on terms of their impact on the immediate environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Effect refers but is not limited to fragmentation, air blasts [positive and negative phases], shockwaves, fire and poisonous gasses.
  • The environment refers but is not limited to targets, people and structures.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Types of explosions are identified. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Definitions of detonation.
  • Deflagration.
  • Explosions.
  • Burn.
  • Noise.
  • Smoke.
  • Dust.
  • Vibrations.
  • Falling glass and falling debris.
  • Fire hazards.
  • Structural damage. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • An understanding of explosions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Demonstrating an understanding of explosions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the history of explosives.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of legal prescripts pertaining to explosives and explosives control. 

  • 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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 117463, "Demonstrate an understanding of the history and the impact of explosives and explosions", Level 5, 3 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  90652   National Certificate: Ammunition Fitting  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Fundamental  63229   National Diploma: Bomb Disposal  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    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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