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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Measure and record the dip and strike of a plane 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254499  Measure and record the dip and strike of a plane 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
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 
This unit standard is for persons who are responsible to measure and record the dip and strike of geological planar features. Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate the understanding required to measure and record the dip and strike of a plane.
  • Plan and prepare to measure and record the dip and strike of a plane.
  • Measure and record the dip and strike of a plane.
  • Document the dip and strike of a plane. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that people are competent in the following aspects before training towards this unit standard:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1.
  • Map reading skills at NQF Level 1.
  • Understanding of compass directions including magnetic declination at NQF Level 1.
  • Locate a surface or underground position or work place at NQF Level 1.
  • Identify hazards that may affect Occupational health and safety at NQF Level 1.
  • Understanding of the relevant legal requirements on Occupational heath and safety at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard is intended to cover the measuring and recording of the dip and strike of a geological planar feature in underground and surface environments. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate the understanding required to measure and record the dip and strike of a plane. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The orientation of a plane is explained in terms of its characteristics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Strike.
  • True dip.
  • Apparent dip.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The types of planes commonly encountered within the geological environment are identified in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Bedding plane.
  • Fault trace
  • Joint trace.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The difference between true and apparent dip is explained in terms of their relevance in measuring the dip and strike of a plane. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The difference between true and magnetic north, the magnetic declination is explained in terms of the effect on the accuracy of the measuring if the magnetic inclination is not corrected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The calculation method to calculate the current declination from published information, including annual change, is explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The legal aspects are described relating to safety and environmental considerations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan and prepare to measure and record the dip and strike of a plane. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Permission to enter the workplace, when required, is obtained in accordance with laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective equipment is selected and examined for any defects and used in accordance with legal and laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Defective personal protective equipment is dealt with in accordance with the laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The instruments, tools, materials and equipment that are required for the measuring and recording of the dip and strike of a plane are selected, examined and verified in accordance with the work instruction received. Defective items are dealt with in accordance with laid down procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include one or more of the following:
  • Suitable compass.
  • Clinometer.
  • Clinorule.
  • Stepladder.
  • Spirit level.
  • Hand held electronic measuring device.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The workplace details are determined and verified, all in accordance with the work instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The accessibility and suitability of the area for the measurement of a dip and strike is verified and actions to be taken in the event of encountering anomalies are dealt with in accordance with the laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Hazardous and sub-standard conditions found during examination of the workplace are dealt with in accordance with laid down procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include any one or a combination of the following:
  • Slippery surfaces.
  • Electricity in close proximity to water.
  • Excessive accumulation of surface water.
  • Poor visibility.
  • Excessive surface gradients.
  • Sharp edges (trays, boxes).
  • Improperly /incorrectly stacked trays/boxes, sharp core edges.
  • Operating machinery in close proximity.
  • Spillage of fluids.
  • Adverse weather conditions (lightning).
  • Dust.
  • Excessive vegetation.
  • Dangerous animals/reptiles/insects.
  • Chemical and/or solid waste material.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Measure and record the dip and strike of a plane. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The plane is correctly identified in accordance with sound geological principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Bedding plane.
  • Fault.
  • Joint trace.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate instrument/s are correctly chosen to measure the dip and strike of the identified plane in accordance with the work instruction. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Suitable compass.
  • Clinometer.
  • Clinorule.
  • Spirit level.
  • Hand held electronic measuring device.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The dip and strike of the identified plane is correctly measured and recorded according to laid down procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Strike.
  • True dip.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Work related hazards and associated risks are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Eye/facial injuries.
  • Hand and foot injuries.
  • Incorrect lifting procedures and spinal injuries.
  • Diseases, such as bilharzia, tick fever, typhoid.
  • Snake and insect bites.
  • Communication failure.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Document the dip and strike of a plane. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The instruments, materials and equipment are cleaned and ensured to be fit for future use and any defective items are reported in accordance to laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The necessary report(s) and/or plots are compiled in the required format and submitted to the relevant personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The completion of the work is communicated to the relevant personnel. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The following accreditation and/or moderation options are available to an individual wishing to be assessed:
  • 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.
  • Guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The candidate will acquire the following embedded knowledge during training to obtain this unit standard:
  • The cognitive ability to identify different geological planar features.
  • The ability to measure and record the dip and strike of a plane.
  • The ability to identify and recognise anomalous conditions that affect the accuracy of measuring techniques. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note: The cognitive ability of the candidate to identify and distinguish between the true and apparent dip and their relevance, contributes to his/her problem solving ability and will indicate the candidate's problem solving capabilities by using critical and creative thinking to make decisions. The identification of potentially hazardous conditions in the working area and the application of effective corrective measures will indicate the candidate's problem solving ability and the decision making process applied. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to accept and interpret work instructions correctly and to request permission to enter the work place (surface owners, restricted areas), when required, indicates that he/she can work effectively as a team member in the bigger organisational environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The effective preparation of the planned access route and the identification of potential constraints will indicate that the candidate can organise and manage activities in his/her work environment. The selecting of the appropriate measuring equipment, instruments and material for the specific measuring procedure will indicate that the candidate can manage and organise activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile actual features on surface or underground with map data will enable him/her to collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information. The correct plotting of collected data will indicate that the candidate can analyse and evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Note: The recording of dip and strike data and the reporting thereof in the correct format will indicate the candidate's efficiency in written presentations. The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to obtaining permission to enter the work place and the reporting of hazardous and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective oral communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note: The effective interpretation of map data and the correct identification of geological planes and use of instruments and equipment to measure correctly their dip and strike in accordance with accepted geological procedures would indicate that the candidate is proficient in the appropriate use of science and technology. The identification of hazardous and sub-standard conditions that can have an effect on the environment and the health of others indicate his responsible behaviour in these circumstances. 

    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.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify anomalous conditions and to deal with these conditions by applying problem solving techniques will indicate his/her proficiency in understanding that a specific action or decision taken have more than one effect. 

    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 
    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements and/or Laid Down Procedures Are contained in one or more of the following:
  • Managerial instructions, including work instructions.
  • Codes of practice.
  • Standard task procedures.
  • Risk assessment documentation.
  • Working guides.
  • Training manuals.
  • Education manuals.

    Legal Requirements are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Minerals Act and Regulations 50/1991.
  • Mines Health and Safety Act 29/1996.

    The area where the measurement of geological structural attitudes is taken; can be any of the following:
  • Underground and/or open pit mine.
  • Surface outcrop. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  60349   National Certificate: Mining Technical Support  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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. CADDIS TRADING CC 
    2. MATHOME TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    3. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 



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