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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify the different organisms of the plant kingdom 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264177  Identify the different organisms of the plant kingdom 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Horticulture 
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 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify various organism of the plant kingdom.
  • Indicate the unique characteristics of the different organisms.
  • Describe the environmental conditions that are best suited to these organisms.
  • Explain the various reproductive methods used by the organisms. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the basic structure and function of fungi and the roles that they play in the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The factors that define and classify fungi are explained in accordance with their characteristics and food requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Examples of common fungi are identified, including a basic description of their structure and the environments in which they are normally found. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Examples of harmful fungi are named and their roles are described in terms of the functions that they perform in ecosystems and food webs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Examples of beneficial fungi are named and their roles are explained in terms of the functions that they perform in ecosystems and food webs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The conditions in which fungi thrive are described in relation to their environmental requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the basic structure and function of algae and the roles that they play in the ecosystem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The factors that define and classify algae are explained in accordance with their characteristics and general structure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Examples of commonly found algae are identified, including the typical habitats in which they occur. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role that algae play is explained in terms of the important contribution that they make in the ecosystem. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the basic structure and function of moss and the roles that they play in the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The factors that define and classify moss are explained in accordance with their characteristics and structure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ideal situations in which moss thrive are described in terms of their preferred environmental conditions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe the basic structure, function and reproduction of ferns. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The factors that define and classify ferns are explained in accordance with their characteristics and general structure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Examples of common ferns are identified, including the typical habitats in which they occur. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role that ferns play in the environment is explained in terms of the contributions that they make in the ecosystem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reproduction of ferns is explained in accordance with the various methods that they employ. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Describe the basic structure and function of gymnosperms and their methods of reproduction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The factors that define and classify gymnosperms are explained in accordance with their characteristics and unique features. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Examples of gymnosperms are identified, including the typical habitats in which they occur according to organisms theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role that gymnosperms play is explained in terms of the important contribution that they make in the ecosystem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reproduction of gymnosperms is explained in terms of the various methods that they employ. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the Assessment Criteria for each Specific Outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by:
  • Applying knowledge of the environmental requirements of the various organisms prior to using them. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Preparing the propagation media according to the individual organism's requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation by:
  • Participate with others in the preparation of suitable growing media. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Utilise knowledge of the various harmful bacteria to prevent infestation and damage to ornamental plants. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to contribute to the full personal development of themselves and the social and economic development of the society at large:
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

  • 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
    Core  66589   National Certificate: Horticulture  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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.
     
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