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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Locate a surface geographical position by employing map-reading techniques 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262264  Locate a surface geographical position by employing map-reading techniques 
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 are responsible for locating a surface geographical position.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate the knowledge required for locating a surface geographical position.
  • Plan and prepare to locate a surface geographical position.
  • Locate a surface geographical position.
  • Clean up and compile a report. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Map reading and photo interpretation skills, such as, topographical maps, geological maps. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard covers the locating of any surface geographical position within and outside mining lease areas or boundaries by employing basic map-reading skills and elementary survey equipment, excluding the use of a Global Positioning System (GPS). 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate the knowledge required for locating a surface geographical position. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The legal aspects are described relating to safety and environmental considerations when travelling to and locating a surface geographical position. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The techniques and equipment are described that can be utilised to locate a surface geographical position. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include the following:
  • Geological maps, topographical maps, aerial photographs.
  • Measuring wheels/tapes.
  • Internet/intranet.
  • Compass.
  • Stereoscope.
  • Elementary survey equipment.
  • Transportation methods.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The topographical and geographical features that are indicated on the maps are described in terms of their geometry and effect on accessibility to a specific geographical position. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include the following:
  • Valleys, ridges and rivers.
  • Wetlands, pans.
  • Gradient.
  • Major and secondary roads.
  • Surface infrastructure.
  • Prohibited areas.
  • Distance determination.
  • Fences and access routes.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The contents and requirements of the work instruction and the consequences of non-compliance with the requirements are described in terms of the potential impact on the accuracy of the surface position. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan and prepare to locate the surface geographical position. 

    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 specified requirements. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The tools, materials and equipment that are required for locating the surface geographical position are selected, examined and verified in accordance with the work instruction received. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The necessary maps and aerial photographs required for locating the position are selected and examined to identify potential access routes and the most appropriate route is planned. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The actions to be taken in the event of encountering anomalies are in accordance with the laid down procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Locate the surface geographical position. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The planned route to the required geographical position is followed and any anomalies encountered are dealt with in accordance with contingency plans. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Potential and actual hazardous and sub-standard conditions found during the location of the geographical position are dealt with in accordance with laid down procedures and occupational health and safety regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include any one or a combination of the following:
  • Slippery surfaces.
  • Power lines.
  • Electricity in close proximity to water.
  • Adverse weather conditions.
  • Dangerous animals and reptiles.
  • Adverse and hazardous surface conditions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Salient topographical and geographical features are verified to confirm the correct geographical position. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The tools and equipment required for positioning are used in accordance with accepted procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Work related hazards and associated risks that have an effect on a safe and healthy work environment are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include any one or a combination of the following:
  • Eye/facial injuries.
  • Hand and foot injuries.
  • Incorrect lifting procedures and back injuries.
  • Snake and insect bites.
  • Communication failure.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The surface geographical position is marked, if required, in accordance with the accuracy required and the work instruction and laid down procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include one of an approved kind of the following:
  • Stacked beacon with location identification.
  • Wooden peg with location identification.
  • Metal rod with location identification.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Clean up and compile a report. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The tools, materials and equipment are cleaned and ensured to be ready for future use in accordance with site-specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Defective equipment is dealt with in accordance with laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The workplace is tidied-up to comply with documented and recognised good housekeeping practices within the constraints of any relevant environmental regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessary report(s) are compiled in the required format and submitted to the relevant personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The completion of the work is communicated to the relevant personnel in accordance with site-specific requirements. 


    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 is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • The cognitive ability to read and interpret geological and topographical maps and aerial photographs.
  • The ability to recognise surface geological and topographical features from aerial photographs and ortho-photographs.
  • The legal requirements regarding access and positioning, if siting a mining operation.
  • The ability to identify and recognise anomalous conditions that effects the accuracy of the surface geographical position. 

  • 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 learner to identify various potential access routes by employing map-reading skills contributes to his problem solving ability. The ability to effectively identify and reconcile deviations between the information on a map and actual conditions on the ground will indicate the learner's problem solving capabilities by using critical and creative thinking to make decisions. 

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

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to accept and interpret work instructions correctly and to request permission to enter the work place (surface owners), when required, in an appropriate manner 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 learner can organise and manage activities in his/her work environment. 

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

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to reconcile actual topographical features on surface with map data will enhance his/her 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 recording of anomalous conditions and the reporting thereof in the correct format will indicate the learner's efficiency in written presentations. The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to obtain permission to enter the work place, 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 use of tools and equipment to accurately locate the surface geographical position in accordance with the relevant legislation will indicate 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 learner to identify anomalous field 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:

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

    Legal:
  • Minerals Act and Regulations 50/1991.
  • Mine Health and Safety Act 29/1996.

    Site Specific:
  • Managerial instructions, including work instructions.
  • Codes of practice.
  • Standard task procedures.
  • Risk assessment documentation.
  • Working guides.
  • Training manuals.
  • Education manuals.

    Surface Geographical Position can be any one or a combination of the following types:
  • New borehole position.
  • Existing borehole position.
  • Drill rig.
  • Outcrop.
  • Specific infrastructure, such as, buildings, bridges and beacons.

    Elementary Survey Equipment can include the following:
  • Hand held distance meter, such as laser or radio wave transmitters.
  • Tri-pod mounted distance meter and reflectors. 

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


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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