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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply basic Biomedical Electronics 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
386097  Apply basic Biomedical Electronics 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Electronics 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences Information Technology and Computer Sciences 
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 
This unit standard is intended for those persons working within the medical field entrusted with the responsibility to repair and maintain biomedical equipment. This unit standard reflects the industry need for skilful biomedical electronics technicians thus providing learners with competencies needed to operate as biomedical electronics technicians.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Biomedical Electronics.
  • Repair and maintain biomedical electronics equipment.
  • Generate technical documentation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4.
  • Physical Science at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of Biomedical Electronics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Basic medical and biomedical terminologies are explained in terms of their relationship and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Biomedical equipment is described in terms of its relationship to the human anatomy/physiology and biopotentials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Basic functions of biomedical instrumentation are explained in terms of their specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Functions include but are not limited to monitoring, measurement and analysis.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Basic knowledge of biophysical electrodes and transducers is demonstrated when connecting the different parts of the system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Principles of imaging equipment are explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Imaging equipment includes but not limited to ultrasound, MRI, PET, Mammography, CT, radiology and nuclear medicine.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Repair and maintain biomedical electronics equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different biomedical electronics equipment are identified and explained in terms of their functions and application. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Different equipment includes but is not limited to imaging equipment, surgical instrumentation, clinical laboratory and hemodialysis equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Biomedical electronics measuring instruments are used for calibration following manufacturer's manuals and troubleshooting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Leakage current measurements are adjusted according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Procedures for maintaining/repairing the biomedical electronics equipment are explained according to manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Medical equipment and facility's structural environment are examined to protect patients and staff from electrical or mechanical hazards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Malfunctioning equipment is disassembled to remove, repair and replace defective parts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Defective parts include but not limited to motors, clutches or transformers.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Preventative maintenance or service is performed in terms of operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preventative maintenance or service include but is not limited to cleaning, lubricating and adjusting.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Generate technical documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Customer documents used for removal, repair and reinstallation of a biomedical electronic equipment/component or system are prepared in accordance with organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Records of maintenance, repair and required updates for equipment are kept for future reference. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Possible engineering changes or modifications are documented for future reference or use. 


    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners should have a knowledge and understanding of:
  • Manufacturer's specifications and manuals.
  • Occupational Health and Safety laws and regulations.
  • Environmental regulations.
  • Testing instruments.
  • Maintain, repair and testing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems relating to faulty equipment and apply troubleshooting techniques. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a work team by helping others and contributing towards performing a specific task. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Planning, organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by using a checklist or written instructions to carry out the task within set timeframes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information relating to the functioning of biomedical electronics equipment in order to record information needed to maintain and/or repair equipment or to choose the best solution. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of written or oral presentation pertaining to the end product. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and others by applying safety measures and apply electronic or electrical principles. 

    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 by using current technology to test and measure electronics components. 

    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. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  83446   National Certificate: Electronics  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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