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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct research specific to scripts being developed 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117964  Conduct research specific to scripts being developed 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Communication Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  12 
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 
The purpose of the learning is to enable learners to perform background research for a script. Such background research will enhance the credibility, authenticity and general quality of the script. The ultimate result of such research will be the increasing of the number of quality scripts, which is much needed in South Africa.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Gathering information that may be relevant to the script
  • Analysing information to identify aspect relevant to the script
  • Documenting and incorporate research findings into script
  • Establishing databases for future research 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credits and level assigned to this unit standard is based on the assumption that learners have already attained the following competency:
  • Short story script writing for an audio-visual medium 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The range of this Unit Standard is reflected in the Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria of the Unit Standard. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Gather information that may be relevant to the script. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information gathered is relevant for enhancing scripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information can be verified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Identified resources of information are relevant for the requirements of the script. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Professional ethics are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Analyse information to identify aspect relevant to the script. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Definition of research parameters is relevant for formulated research questions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information is analysed in manner best suited to the context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Analysed information is presented in a manner that best represents the research findings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Professional ethics are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Document and incorporate research findings into script. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Formulation of research questions is relevant for the specific contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information is interpreted in relation to the research question. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Research findings are documented in a manner that is best suited to the script. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Research findings are incorporated into the script in manner that enhances the script. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Establish databases for future research. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Templates are complied for the storage and easy access of information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information which is salient is identified and selected for capturing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information is accurately captured. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A database is compiled and maintained in a manner that allows for easy access to information. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Information gathering and analysis approaches, methods and techniques
  • Data gathering sources and their use (for example, the Internet)
  • Research documentation requirements
  • Database management
  • Genres 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when professional ethics are adhered to. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to formulate research questions relevant for the specific contexts. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when research findings are documented in a manner that is best suited to the script. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others to compile a database. 

    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 when definition of research parameters is relevant for formulated research questions. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the learner is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the learner can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • 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  49317   National Certificate: Scriptwriting  Level 7  Level N/A: Pre-2009 was L7  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    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.
     
    1. South African Film Institute 



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