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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain and operate echo sounders, speed logs, global navigation satellite systems and electronic plotters 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244002  Explain and operate echo sounders, speed logs, global navigation satellite systems and electronic plotters 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Maritime Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
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 person credited with this unit standard will be able to describe the purpose of and use an echo sounder, speed log, global navigation satellite system and electronic plotters onboard a vessel. They will able to explain the usefulness of the systems as navigational tools.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Explaining navigational aids.
  • Using a Global Navigation Satellite systems.
  • Using Electronic Plotters as an aid to navigation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will be assumed competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • This unit standard involves the basic skills and knowledge required to use specific electronic navigation aids and equipment.
  • Work must be carried out in accordance with the relevant maritime regulations.
  • The vessels involved are fishing vessels.
  • The aids to navigation can either be operational instruments or simulated utilizing drawn pictures or computer simulation.
  • This unit standard refers to:
    > SAMSA's Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) (Fishing and Marine Motorman Qualifications) Regulations - 2006 and any amendments thereafter.
    > SAMSA's Code for South African Maritime Qualifications; Study matrices and syllabuses for fishing and marine motorman qualifications, Electronic Navigation Systems, Module 1 Introduction, any amendments or equivalent. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain navigational aids. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Basic principles of ship borne echo sounders are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The equipment is switched on and set up according to manufacturers instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Precautions to be observed in use and accuracy to be expected from the navigational aid are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Uses of the navigational aid are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Use a Global Navigation Satellite System. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Typical receivers in use on board ships are pointed out. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The global navigational satellite system is set in accordance with manufacturers specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Uses of the navigational satellite system are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use electronic plotters as an aid to navigation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The basic principles of electronic plotters are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A Plotter is set in accordance with manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    How the plotter can be used as a navigational aid is explained. 


    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.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor 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.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Knowledge underpinning this unit standard includes: Boat handling theory specific to this category of vessel and relevant sections of associated legislation.
  • Guidance in correct operation of equipment is provided in The Code of Safe Working Practices for Fishermen.
  • Use of an echo sounder, speed log, global navigation satellite system and electronic plotters for this particular category of vessel in terms of operational and current legislated requirements.
  • Know the usefulness of the systems as navigational tools for this particular category of vessel in terms of operational and current legislated requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with other team members when determining the position using ones of the information systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information gathered from echo sounders, speed logs, global navigation systems and electronic plotters. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to when using echo sounders, speed logs, global navigation systems and electronic plotters. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the inadequate or incorrect plotting of a vessel on a course could result in putting the vessel and it crew in danger and the financial implications of the detour. 

    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
    Elective  58433   National Certificate: Fishing Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  TETA 


    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. Limadi Industrial Projects 
    2. Siyaloba Training Academy 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.