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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Create and manage an environment that promotes innovation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252020  Create and manage an environment that promotes innovation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Management 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Generic Management 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
15216  Create opportunities for innovation and lead projects to meet innovative ideas  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is intended for managers in all economic sectors. These managers would typically be second level managers such as heads of department, section heads or divisional heads, who may have more than one team reporting to them.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Analysing own unit in terms of opportunities for innovation.
  • Demonstrating understanding of the techniques that promote creativity.
  • Developing a plan for creating an environment conducive to innovation.
  • Leading a team through a creative thinking process. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4.
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The learner is required to apply the learning in respect of this/her own area of responsibility.
  • Unit refers to the division, department or business unit in which the learner is responsible for managing and leading staff.
  • Entity includes, but is not limited to, a company, business unit, public institution, small business, Non-Profit Organisation or Non-Governmental Organisation.
  • Innovation is the bringing into being of something that did not exist before, i.e. a product, process or idea. Innovation happens when two or more ideas merge, that have never been merged before.
  • Techniques for encouraging creativity include brainstorming, mind mapping, lateral thinking and problem solving techniques.
  • Steps for solving problems include defining and analysing the problem, generating solutions, analysing solutions, selecting the best solution and developing an action plan.
  • Stakeholders include team members, managers, customers, suppliers and interest groups. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Analyse own unit in terms of opportunities for innovation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Identify features of an environment that promotes innovation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The features of an environment conducive to innovation include openness, creative thinking, questioning, encouragement of risk-taking, rewards for innovation, as well as a culture of enquiry, challenging the status quo and learning from mistakes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Analyse own unit in relation to the features of an environment conducive to innovation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The findings of the analysis are interpreted to determine whether the current environment promotes innovation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Areas for improvement are identified on the basis of the analysis conducted. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate understanding of the techniques for promoting creativity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Creativity and innovation techniques are identified in terms of generally accepted theory and practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Three techniques for promoting creativity are explained with practical examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop a plan for creating an environment conducive to innovation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of the unit manager in creating an environment conducive to innovation is described with reference to continuous improvement and innovation of the unit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The processes, actions and approaches necessary to create an environment conducive to innovation are recorded in the plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The plan could include the activities, techniques, approaches, processes, role players, reward systems, measurement, potential risks and benefits, and skills development of the unit manager and team members.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The implementation of the plan is described with reference to the environment and availability of resources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The plan is promoted within the unit in order to encourage commitment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Lead a team through a creative thinking process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Techniques for promoting innovation and creativity are applied to generate ideas for a new or improved process, project or product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A number of alternative solutions are generated in relation to the process, project or product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The best alternative is selected from the solutions generated on the basis of evaluation criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A concept is developed for implementation in accordance with the entity's policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The concept is recorded and communicated for implementation. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Features of an environment conducive to creativity and innovation.
  • Features of a culture of enquiry and risk taking.
  • Creative thinking techniques.
  • Problem solving techniques.
  • Management practices that inhibit creativity, risk taking and innovation. 

  • 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 order to generate innovative solutions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when generating new ideas. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities when participating in creative and innovative processes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information when generating ideas. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with stakeholders on innovative ideas generated. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to assist with idea generation and to record ideas. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems and how innovations in one area could impact on another. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of:
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • 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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 15216, "Create opportunities for innovation and lead projects to meet innovative ideas", Level 5, 4 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59201   National Certificate: Generic Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  65030   National Certificate: Arts and Culture Development Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  63769   National Certificate: Business Analysis Support Practice  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  65050   National Certificate: Music  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  50060   National Certificate: Public Administration  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Elective  80066   National Certificate: Strategic Road Traffic Operations  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  67460   National Diploma: Public Administration  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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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