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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of mineralization processes 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262198  Demonstrate an understanding of mineralization processes 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 will be useful to people who work or intend to work within a mining and minerals context.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of typical mineral deposits.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the mineralization processes within sedimentary rocks.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the mineralization processes within igneous rocks.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the mineralization processes within metamorphic rocks. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in the following:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Knowledge of rocks and minerals.
  • Knowledge of the stratigraphy of economic deposits within South Africa. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of typical mineral deposits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The fundamental characteristics of a typical economic deposit are explained according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principal economic mineral commodities exploited in the world are identified in terms of geological principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Coal.
  • Oil.
  • Gold.
  • Iron.
  • Manganese.
  • Platinum.
  • Chromium.
  • Aluminium.
  • Silicon.
  • Calcium.
  • Zinc.
  • Lead.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The location of the principal economic deposits in the world are identified and located on a world map in terms of geological principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Coal.
  • Oil.
  • Gold.
  • Iron.
  • Manganese.
  • Platinum.
  • Chromium.
  • Aluminium.
  • Silicon.
  • Calcium.
  • Zinc.
  • Lead.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The various historical theories of mineralization processes are identified and discussed in terms of geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Potential mineralization processes are identified, described and their role in generating economic mineral deposits discussed in the context of mining. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the mineralization processes within sedimentary rocks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The typical economic mineral commodities found within sedimentary rocks are identified in terms of geological principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Coal.
  • Oil.
  • Iron Ore.
  • Gold.
  • Diamonds.
  • Calcite.
  • Salt.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principal sedimentary rocks which host economic mineral deposits are identified and examples given in terms of geological principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The primary processes which result in the generation of economic mineral deposits within sedimentary rocks are identified and described in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Examples of primary sedimentary economic deposits are identified, described and located on a world map in accordance with geological classification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Examples of primary sedimentary economic deposits within South Africa are identified, described and located on a map of South Africa in terms of geological classification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The secondary processes which result in the generation of economic mineral deposits within sedimentary rocks are identified and described in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Examples of secondary sedimentary economic deposits are identified, described and located on a world map in terms of geological classification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Examples of secondary sedimentary economic deposits within South Africa are identified, described and located on a map of South Africa in terms of geological classification. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the mineralization processes within igneous rocks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The typical economic mineral commodities found within igneous rocks are identified in terms of geological classification. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Platinum.
  • Chrome.
  • Diamonds.
  • Copper.
  • Tin.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principal igneous rocks which host economic mineral deposits are identified and examples given in terms of geological classification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The primary processes which result in the generation of economic mineral deposits within igneous rocks are identified and described in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Examples of primary igneous economic deposits are identified, described and located on a world map in terms of geological classification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Examples of primary igneous economic deposits within South Africa are identified, described and located on a map of South Africa in terms of geological classification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The secondary processes which result in the generation of economic mineral deposits within igneous rocks are identified and described in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Examples of secondary igneous economic deposits are identified, described and located on a world map in terms of geological classification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Examples of secondary igneous economic deposits within South Africa are identified, described and located on a map of South Africa in terms of geological classification. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the mineralization processes within metamorphic rocks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The typical economic mineral commodities found within metamorphic rocks are identified in terms of geological classification. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Copper.
  • Zinc.
  • Andalucite.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principal metamorphic rocks which host economic mineral deposits are identified and examples given in terms of geological classification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The primary processes which result in the generation of economic mineral deposits within metamorphic rocks are identified and described in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Examples of primary metamorphic economic deposits are identified, described and located on a world map in terms of geological classification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Examples of primary metamorphic economic deposits within South Africa are identified, described and located on a map of South Africa in terms of geological classification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The secondary processes which result in the generation of economic mineral deposits within metamorphic rocks are identified and described in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Examples of secondary metamorphic economic deposits are identified, described and located on a world map in terms of geological classification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Examples of secondary metamorphic economic deposits within South Africa are identified, described and located on a map of South Africa in terms of geological classification. 


    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 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 unit standard 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 with 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.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge will be addressed in an integrated manner in the unit standard:
  • The characteristics, location and processes involved in the generation of typical mineral deposits.
  • The mineralization processes within sedimentary rocks.
  • The mineralization processes within igneous rocks.
  • The mineralization processes within metamorphic rocks. 

  • 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 ability of the learner to relationships between primary and secondary mineral deposits contributes to his/her problem solving ability. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Note: The ability of the learner to understand the need for a multipurpose approach to the study of mineral deposits indicates that he/she can work effectively as a team member in the bigger organisational structure. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Note: The ability of the learner to integrate the geological and geographical data indicates that the learner can organise and manage activities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Note: The ability of the learner to integrate geological data will enhance the learner's proficiency to collect, analyse, organise 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 ability of the learner to reconcile the data from written reports will indicate the learner's proficiency in effective communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Note: The analysis of the geological data pertaining to the various mineral deposits described and the understanding of the relationships between primary and secondary deposits will indicate the learners understanding of science and technology. 

  • 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 learner to identify the different mineral deposits and understand the processes involved in their generation will contribute to their understanding of the whole world. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Reflect on, and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively and to contribute to the full development of each learner to enhance the social and economic development of the society at large.
  • Note: The ability of the learner to explore more than one strategy to identify the mineral deposits and the processes involved in their generation can be applied inside and outside the work environment to enhance the socio-economic development of family-life and the community at large. 

  • 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:

    Specified requirements include legal and site specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act and Regulations, 1996 (Act no 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives and instructions.
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guide.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.
  • Training manuals.
  • Education manuals, including geological text books.
  • Geology maps. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  65549   National Certificate: Mining Technical Support  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


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