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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of a flowering plant's reproductive cycle 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264191  Demonstrate an understanding of a flowering plant's reproductive cycle 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 the various stages in the reproductive cycle of a flowering plant.
  • Explain how each stage develops from the previous one.
  • Recognise all the major physiological components that are involved in the reproductive cycle.
  • Utilize knowledge of the reproductive cycle in the propagation of ornamental plants. 

  • 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 NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the role that pollination plays in the reproductive process of a flowering plant and the functions of the various parts of a flower. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pollination is explained in terms of the role that it plays in the reproductive process of flowering plants. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The various parts of the flower that are involved in pollination are described in accordance with their contribution in the transference of pollen. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The different agents that facilitate pollination are described in terms of the methods in which each assists the process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The different types of pollination are described in accordance with the manner in which pollination is achieved. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The different modifications involved in flower pollination are explained in terms of the role that outside agents play in assisting pollination. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the fertilization process in flowering plants. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Fertilisation is explained in terms of the role that it plays in the reproductive process of flowering plants. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The functions that fertilisation performs are explained in terms of the results of pollination and the process for the development of seeds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role that fruit performs is described in terms of its functions for the dispersal and establishment of a new plant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Examples of various fruit types are described in accordance with the various methods of achieving seed dispersal. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the types of seeds that flowering plants produce. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The components of a seed are identified and a description of the role that each performs in the establishment of a new plant is given according to theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The various parts of the embryo are identified and a description of the role that each has in the establishment of a new plant is given according to theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The types of cotyledons are described in terms of their differing forms and characteristics. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    A plant's need for seed dispersal is describe and the various methods of achieving this explained according to theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The objectives of seed dispersal are explained in accordance with the reasons why plants need to broadcast their seeds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Seed dispersal is explained in terms of the methods that are used to transport the seeds. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Describe the process of seed germination and the environmental factors that are required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The process of germination is explained in terms of the initiation of growth in the seed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The conditions for successful germination are explained in accordance with the environmental factors that are necessary to sustain the process. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Describe the requirements that are necessary to initiate plant growth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The onset of growth from a seed is explained in terms of the factors that initiate the process and their contribution to the growth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The process of radicle growth is explained in respect of its root development. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Plumule growth is explained in respect of its resultant stem development. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sexual reproduction is explained in terms of the roles that the various structures of a flower perform. 


    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 and 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 and 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 and 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 reproductive stages of a flowering plant to successfully propagate these. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Preparing to hand pollinate the flowers for production. 

  • 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:
  • Participating with others in the treatment of seeds to ensure a good germination. 

  • 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:
  • Utilising a knowledge of the reproductive cycle to successfully propagate 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: 
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