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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify the internal structures of ornamental plants 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264241  Identify the internal structures of ornamental plants 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Horticulture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
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 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify the various root types and their components.
  • Describe the components and structures of stems and leaves and the functions that they perform.
  • Explain the process of photosynthesis and the essential role that this plays in the growth of plants.
  • Describe the components and structures of flowers and seeds and the role that they play in the reproduction of ornamental plants. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the root structures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Monocotyledonous roots are described with regard to their identifying characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Dicotyledonous roots are described with regard to their identifying characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Fibrous root systems are described with regard to their identifying structures and characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A tap root system is described with regard to its identifying structure and characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The function of xylem is explained with regard to the conducting of water and mineral salts in the roots. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The function of phloem is explained with regard to the translocation of food material in the roots. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The role that root hairs perform is described within the context of the process for water and nutrient absorption. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe stem structures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The differences between herbaceous and woody stems are explained within the context of their primary and secondary components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The major components found in typical stems are identified and their positioning within a typical stem is indicated according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The roles of xylem and phloem in a stem are described in terms of their translocation of water carbohydrates and nutrients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The functions of cambium are described with regard to the division between primary and secondary structures in the stem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Nodes and internodes are described in terms of their characteristic structure and positioning on a stem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The typical structures of monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous stems are described with regard to their structures and growth habits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The function that buds perform is explained in terms of their characteristic structure and the role that they have in the emergence of new growth on a stem. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe leaf structures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The structural differences between the leaves of monocotyledon and dicotyledon plants are described and typical examples of these are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The function of petioles is described with regard to its supportive role for the leaf. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Simple leaves are described with regard to their budding and blade characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Compound leaves are described with regard to their budding and leaflet characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The process of photosynthesis is described in terms of the gaseous exchange and synthesizing of carbohydrates through the use of the energy in sunlight. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The role that chlorophyll plays in the process of photosynthesis is explained in terms of the absorption of light energy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The function of stomata is explained with regard to the opening of pores to allow for transpiration and gaseous exchange to occur. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The function of xylem in the leaves is described with regard to the provision of water for the processes of transpiration and photosynthesis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The function of phloem in the leaves is described in terms of the translocation of synthesised carbohydrates from the process of photosynthesis. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe flowers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The differences between monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous flowers are described in terms of their distinguishing characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The functions of sepals are described with respect to their characteristics and their positioning in a flower is identified according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role that petals have in a flower's life cycle is explained and the various types of petals are identified according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role that stamens play in the process of pollination is explained and their position within a flower is identified according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The roles that the stigma play in the process of pollination is explained and their position within a flower is identified according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The roles that the ovaries have in the fertilisation process is explained and their position within a flower is identified according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The function of the peduncle is described in terms of its supportive role for the flower. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Describe seeds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The differences between the seeds of monocotyledons and dicotyledons are described in terms of their varying structures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The function of the seed's testa is explained in terms of the protection that it provides according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The functions of cotyledons are explained with regard to the absorption of water and provision of initial nutrition to the plant according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The functions of the plumule are explained in terms of the initial shoot or stem growth from a seed according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The functions of the radicle are explained with regard to the primary root growth from a seed according to given theory. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification 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 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the Assessment Criteria for each Specific Outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by:
  • Identifying the differences between the seeds of monocotyledons and dicotyledons. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Planning the examination of various plants to ascertain the varieties. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation by:
  • Discussing the stages of growth through which a seedling matures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Understanding the interrelationships between plants and the need to preserve an ecological balance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to contribute to the full personal development of themselves and the social and economic development of the society at large.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    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  66649   National Certificate: Landscaping  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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. DHM Consulting Pty Ltd 



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