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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate and apply an understanding of sensing in a mechatronics environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
377008  Demonstrate and apply an understanding of sensing in a mechatronics environment 
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  NQF Level 05 
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 
Learners accredited with this unit standard will be able to explain the concept of sensing, the use and operation of the various types of sensors, the integration of senses into a control system, the application and calibration of sensors and the safety aspects pertaining to sensors.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Explain sensors and sensing.
  • Apply knowledge of sensing and sensors in a mechatronics environment.
  • Discuss safety as it pertains to sensing. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that Learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain sensors and sensing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Various types of sensors are discussed in terms of their differences, working principles and uses in the manufacturing industry. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Types of sensors include photo-electric, inductive proximity, capacitive, inductive, encoders, vision sensors and/or systems, safety sensors.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The different aspects of sensors are discussed in terms of the purposes they serve. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Aspects include but are not limited to colour, label, transparent, fibre-optic, laser, ultra sonic, size and patterns.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relationships between sensing, control and correction are discussed using examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Image processing in various contexts is described and the advantages of vision comparison in enhancing quality of production and analysis are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply knowledge of sensing in a mechatronics environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The match between sensors and their applications is discussed with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The match should include aspects like limitations, advantages.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sensors are discussed in terms of their integration into various systems. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Systems include digital, analogue, networks.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The calibration and calculation related to application of sensors is performed as per manufacturer's instruction manual. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The factors that influence the optimisation of the application and the measurement of various variables are discussed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Discuss safety as it pertains to sensing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The use of sensors is discussed in terms of maintaining the safety personnel in a mechatronics or related environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effectiveness of a control system is maintained by simulation and physical testing in order to ensure the safety of operators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The operation of a light curtain and its integration into a manufacturing process is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Details pertaining to maintenance and safety are recorded in a maintenance document in accordance with the Occupational Act and Safety Act (1993) as amended. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Various types of sensors and their applications.
  • Integration of sensors into a control system and their calibration.
  • Working principles and uses of sensors in the manufacturing industry.
  • The relationships between sensing, control and correction.
  • Image processing.
  • Optimisation of the application.
  • Use of sensors in safety. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Distinguishing between various types of sensors and their applications. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
  • Integrating sensors into a control system.
  • Matching sensors and their applications.
  • Calibrating sensors and performing related calculations.
  • Maintaining quality through the use of image processing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
  • Integrate sensors into a control system. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to:
  • Integrating sensors into a control system.
  • Ensure the safety of a control system. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
  • Using equipment according to manufacturer's specifications. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that the problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when integrating sensors into a control 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 
    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  79627   National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  MERSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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