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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Carry out watch keeping operations in the Operation Room 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259537  Carry out watch keeping operations in the Operation Room 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Maritime Defence 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
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 is intended for learners within the Sovereignty of the State sub-field who wish to work in the maritime environment as a warfare operations officer on a warship. The learner successfully completing this Unit Standard will gain essential knowledge and practical skills in operation room watch keeping, which is needed to operate with confidence onboard a warship during a mission.

The competencies achieved by the learner in this Unit Standard will contribute to the preservation of human life and the defence of South African warships, territorial waters and/or area of responsibility, thus providing a safer and secure society for South African citizens.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Prepare to carry out watch keeping operations in the operations room.
  • Direct vessel and fleet operations in the operations room.
  • Control the action information organisation.
  • Gather intelligence during an operations room watch. 

  • 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.
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare to carry out watch keeping operations in the operations room. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Operations Room equipment is used according to its purpose, operation, capabilities and limitations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Liaison takes place with the weapons engineer so as to ensure that the operations room equipment is serviceable, available and at required levels of readiness for the particular stage of the mission. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment testing is coordinated and supervised at each handover of the watch. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An Operations Room readiness report is submitted to the appropriate authorities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Watch keeping arrangements and procedures are established among operations room personnel according to the required state of readiness for the disposition to threat. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Watch handover between personnel is managed according to standing orders and standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Direct vessel and fleet operations in the operations room. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safe navigation is supported by monitoring the passage and obtaining from and providing to other vessels information in this regard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The tactical picture is monitored and maintained within the constraints of the emission control policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Contacts are designated and the tactical picture updated and shared with the whole force to facilitate appropriate responses in terms of assigned roles and responsibilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Assets are directed in accordance with mission requirements and the specific orders of the fleet commander. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Assets include maritime aircraft, helicopters and ships in company.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Weapon movement is monitored and controlled in line with the requirements of the mission plan and so as to ensure safety is applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A sustainability assessment is conducted in terms of capacity to achieve the mission aim. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The sustainability assessment includes all vessels, aircraft and resources.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Control the action information organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of action information organisation personnel routines, procedures, roles, responsibilities and scope of authority. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The emission control plan is executed so as to promote the safety of the vessel from detection. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The information gathering process is managed and information processed to build and maintain a coherent tactical picture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Decisions and responses to the information are made which are appropriate to the particular context and the objectives of the mission plan. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Gather intelligence during an operation room watch. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sensor equipment is set to settings appropriate to the required intelligence information, expected targets and promote a more focused and specific search. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Vessels in the vicinity are identified and classified by means of electronic warfare information with respect to the possible threat they pose. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Electronic warfare information includes radar, radio and other electronic transmissions.
  • Classification of information includes bearing of contact and type of vessel.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Visual contact of contacts is requested in order to confirm intelligence information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A real maritime picture is established in terms information gathered and processed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The tactical picture is communicated to the fleet. 


    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 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Gathering intelligence during an operations room watch. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Watch keeping operations in the operations room.
  • The controlling of the action information organisation.
  • The gathering of intelligence. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Directing vessel and/or fleet operations in the operations room.
  • Gathering intelligence during an operations room watch. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Intelligence gathering during an operations room watch. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Preparing to carry out watch keeping operations in the operations room.
  • Directing vessel and/or fleet operations in the operations room.
  • Controlling the action information organisation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Directing vessel and/or fleet operations in the operations room.
  • Gathering intelligence during an operations room watch. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  64129   National Certificate: Warship Operations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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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