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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply a range of research methodologies to support the design and implementation of (a) local economic development project(s) in own work context 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
110494  Apply a range of research methodologies to support the design and implementation of (a) local economic development project(s) in own work context 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Economics 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Finance, Economics and Accounting 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 intended for people who are, or seek to be, employed in the local economic development context in South Africa.

It provides the learner with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of research methodologies to local economic development project design and implementation to develop (a) project(s) in own work context.

People credited with this Unit Standard are able to:
  • Clarify the purpose of the research effort by identifying the local economic development questions to answer or problems to solve
  • Describe the ideal solved state, formulate a research proposition and select a research group
  • Write a research proposal to conduct local economic development research
  • Conduct the research, analyse the findings and write the research report to close the research effort. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Research methodologies include: surveys; questionnaires; interviews; focus groups; literature searches and reviews
  • Research participants include: people affected by the problem; people who might be affected by the solutions; subject matter experts; key stakeholders; people from different demographic groups; people from different geographical areas;
  • Quality criteria for research propositions include: does not contradict logic or proven knowledge; linked to the problem; simply worded; leads to many conclusions. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Clarify the purpose of the research effort by identifying the local economic development. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Clarify the purpose of the research effort by identifying the local economic development questions to answer or problems to solve. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The nature of the issue/problem/question is defined by referring to the specific circumstances in which it is occurring and its parameters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The distinguishing characteristics of the issue/problem/question are described with reference to the local economic development environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The expected deliverables of the research effort are explained to confirm and/or support the stated purpose of the research effort. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the ideal solved state, formulate a research proposition and select a research group. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The end result of the issue/problem/question were successfully resolved is described in terms how the local economic development environment would be changed and what indicators would be used to measure the achievements of the change. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. A research proposition is formulated that meets agreed quality criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. An appropriate research group is selected with specific reference to sample size (in relation to the size of the population) and representivity. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Write a research proposal to conduct local economic development research. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The use and value of a comprehensive research proposal are explained by referring to examples from the local economic development environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The appropriate research methodology is selected and reasons are given from own work context to justify the choice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. A clear, precise research proposal is produced for approval/sign off as appropriate including timeframes, a proposed budget for the research effort and an explanation of the value that this research will add to local economic development activities and interventions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct the research, analyse the findings and write the research report. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Conduct the research, analyse the findings and write the research report to close the research effort. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. A formal record is produced of all aspects of the implementation of the research proposal. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The information and data gathered through the research process are sorted and analysed with specific reference to the research proposition and within the context of the approved research proposal. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. A structured approach is followed and a research report is produced with reference to the specific target audience (i.e. reader), the key learning points from the research effort, conclusions and recommendations in the form of a plan of action including proposed timeframes, roles and responsibilities and a budget, if appropriate. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or will assess this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQ, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA .
    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA .
    4. Therefore, 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 or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Ethics in research
  • The research process including writing research proposals and reports
  • Research concepts such as validity, reliability, generalisability of the results; limitations of research. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by, e.g.
  • Clarifying the purpose of the research effort by identifying the local economic development questions to answer or problems to solve according to the assessment criteria for specific outcome:
    Clarify the purpose of the research effort by identifying the local economic development questions to answer or problems to solve 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization and community by, e.g.
  • Selecting an appropriate research group with specific reference to sample size (in relation to the size of the population) and representivity according to assessment criterion:
    An appropriate research group is selected with specific reference to sample size (in relation to the size of the population) and representivity. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organize and critically evaluate information by, e.g.
    Applying a range of research methodologies in the local economic development environment according to the assessment criteria for specific outcomes:
  • Clarify the purpose of the research effort by identifying the local economic development questions to answer or problems to solve.
  • Describe the ideal solved state, formulate a research proposition and select a research group
  • Write a research proposal to conduct local economic development research
  • Conduct the research, analyse the findings and write the research report to close the research effort. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/ or language skills in the modes of oral and/ or written presentation by, e.g.
  • Producing a clear, precise research proposal for approval/ sign off as appropriate including timeframes, a proposed budget for the research effort and an explanation of the value that this research will add to local economic development activities and interventions according to assessment criterion:
    A clear, precise research proposal is produced for approval/sign off as appropriate including timeframes, a proposed budget for the research effort and an explanation of the value that this research will add to local economic development activities and interventions.
  • Producing a formal record of all aspects of the implementation of the research proposal according to assessment criterion: A formal record is produced of all aspects of the implementation of the research proposal.
  • Following a structured approach and producing a research report with reference to the specific target audience (i.e. reader), the key learning points from the research effort, conclusions and recommendations in the form of a plan of action including proposed timeframes, roles and responsibilities and a budget, if appropriate according to assessment criterion:
    A structured approach is followed and a research report is produced with reference to the specific target audience (i.e. reader), the key learning points from the research effort, conclusions and recommendations in the form of a plan of action including proposed timeframes, roles and responsibilities and a budget, if appropriate. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation by e.g.
  • Clarifying the purpose of the research effort by identifying the local economic development questions to answer or problems to solve according to the assessment criteria for specific outcome:
    Clarify the purpose of the research effort by identifying the local economic development questions to answer or problems to solve. 

  • 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  36438   National Certificate: Local Economic Development  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 
    Fundamental  65030   National Certificate: Arts and Culture Development Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  66089   National Certificate: Human Settlements Development  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  61592   National Diploma: Human Resources Management and Practices  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


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