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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding and apply physical science and chemistry in construction materials testing 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116766  Demonstrate an understanding and apply physical science and chemistry in construction materials testing 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
The purpose of the learning is:

Learners who are assessed as competent against this unit standard will be able to demonstrate competence in the understanding and application of physics and chemistry science in a construction materials testing laboratory -working under supervision.

This unit standard will enable Learners to make physical measurements, read various instruments, record scientific information, mix various chemicals and operate laboratory equipment like scales, ovens and burners - working under supervision.

This competence is fundamental - that is this competence is required to enable learners to successfully master the core and elective unit standards that form an integrated part in construction materials testing.

Its contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners would be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience. The employability and career prospects of learners can therefore be enhanced by this qualification.

Previously disadvantaged individuals with this qualification can progress to the level 4 qualification - this will enable them to start their own businesses supplying a construction materials testing service - a process that will accelerate economic transformation and give economic empowerment 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
NQF Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy competencies 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The typical scope of this unit standard is:
  • Physical Science Concepts:
    Length, area, volume, weight, density, perimeter, surface area, specific gravity, temperature, co-efficient of expansion, force, pressure, compressive strength, tensile strength, light , electricity, gas, liquid, solid.
  • Units of measure for: Length, area, volume, weight, density, perimeter, surface area, specific gravity, temperature, co-efficient of expansion, force, pressure, compressive strength, tensile strength.
  • Alternative units of measurements:
    Fahrenheit / centigrade. Kilogram / pound. Feet & inch / meters. Miles / kilometre.
  • Application of physical science concepts:
    Weight, length and volume measurement.
  • Chemistry concepts: Acid, alkaline, ph, salt, chemical reaction.
  • Properties of chemical compounds / materials: bitumen, emulsion, cutbacks, cement, lime, tar, solvents, modifiers.
    Application of chemicals: Acids, alkaline, solvents 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of physical science concepts in construction materials testing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Physical science concepts are explained 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Length, area, volume, weight, density, perimeter, surface area, specific gravity, temperature, co-efficient of expansion, force, pressure, compressive strength, tensile strength, light, electricity, gas, liquid, solid.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The different metric units of measurement for the physical science concepts are explained 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Length, area, volume, weight, density, perimeter, surface area, specific gravity, temperature, co-efficient of expansion, force, pressure, compressive strength, tensile strength
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Alternative units of measurements are explained with an understanding of conversion calculations 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Farenheit / centigrade. Kilogram / pound. Feet & inch / meters. Miles / kilometre.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply physical science concepts during construction materials testing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Weight measurements using different types of scales are performed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Balance scales, electronic scales.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Temperature readings are done. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Linear measurements are executed using different measuring devices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tape measure, micrometer, vernier
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Volumetric measurements are done. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of chemistry in construction materials testing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Chemistry concepts are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Acid, alkaline, ph, salt, chemical reaction
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The properties of chemical compounds / materials encountered in laboratory work are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Bitumen, emulsion, cutbacks, cement, lime, tar, solvents, modifiers.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply chemistry during construction materials testing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The safe handling and applications of chemicals and compounds are demonstrated 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Acids, alkaline, solvents, cement, lime, bitumen, tar
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The correct application of chemicals is demonstrated 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Acids, alkaline, solvents
     


    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 for this unit standard or a similar unit standard at a higher NQF Level.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA
  • The relevant ETQA, or other ETQA's who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with relevant ETQA, would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    I can understand and explain:
  • The physical science concepts and their respective units of measure of Length, area, volume, weight, density, perimeter, surface area, specific gravity, temperature, co-efficient of expansion, force, pressure, compressive strength, tensile strength, light, electricity, gas, liquid, solid.
  • The procedure to determine weight using scales, measure length and volume.
  • Chemistry concepts: Acid, alkaline, ph, salt, chemical reaction,
  • The safe and correct application of acids, alkaline and solvents.
  • The properties of cement, lime, tar and bitumen. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems

    Evident in the following specific outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Apply physical science concepts during construction materials testing
  • Execute the correct weight and type measurements and temperature readings. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management

    Evident in the following specific outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Apply chemistry during construction materials testing
  • The safe handling and applications of chemicals are demonstrated 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information

    Evident in the following specific outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Apply physical science concepts during construction materials testing
  • Correctly recording various measurements and readings 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence

    Evident in the following specific outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Apply physical science concepts during construction materials testing
  • Execute the correct weight and type measurements and temperature readings 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand Contextual world-systems

    Evident in the following specific outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Apply chemistry during construction materials testing
  • The safe handling and applications of chemicals are demonstrated 

  • 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
    Fundamental  49058   National Certificate: Construction Materials Testing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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