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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct desktop publishing 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335956  Conduct desktop publishing 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Public Relations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Public Relations 
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
117666  Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, tools and process of desktop publishing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is intended for learners who are required to use desktop publishing tools and/or applications in the execution of their duties. Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to apply desktop publishing resources and software to create layouts in line with the brief and which are suitable for the stakeholders. Learners are able to test the product to ensure it meets with original objectives, the brief, and present the final product to relevant stakeholders.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of desktop publishing.
  • Apply the desktop publishing process.
  • Evaluate the completed work.
  • Prepare the completed layout for review or print. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of desktop publishing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the principles of desktop publishing using the accepted industry terminology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Desktop publishing tools and resources are explained according to their function and application. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tools and resources include Adobe Creative Suites and QuarkXPress.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of the desk top publishing process. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply the desktop publishing process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A layout is created using the chosen software according to the brief and in line with applicable rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Images are selected and placed in the layout according to their suitability to the content and in line with the brief. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The completed layouts are reviewed and altered to ensure consistency with the original project requirement. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate the completed work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of pre-flighting processes to find and solve layout problems. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pre-flighting refers to the automatic detection of layout errors including widows and orphans, rivers and streams, overflow, image depth and colour space, layout colour space and font integrity.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The completed layout is tested using pre-flight methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Layout errors are identified and corrected in line with the test results. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Prepare the completed layout for review or print. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of formats appropriate for the creation and use as a means of sending of reviews and prints. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Appropriate formats may include but is not limited to Portable Document Format (PDF).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The completed layout is converted into an appropriate format for review and print at the applicable resolutions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • 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.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Applying the desktop publishing process.
  • Evaluating the completed work.
  • Preparing the completed layout for review or print. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community during:
  • The desktop publishing process.
  • The evaluation of the completed work.
  • The preparation of the completed layout for review or print. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Applying the desktop publishing process.
  • Evaluating the completed work.
  • Preparing the completed layout for review or print. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Desktop publishing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Applying the desktop publishing process.
  • Evaluating the completed work.
  • Preparing the completed layout for review or print. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Applying the desktop publishing process.
  • Evaluating the completed work.
  • Preparing the completed layout for review or print. 

  • 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 117666, "Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, tools and process of desktop publishing", 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  73129   National Diploma: Public Relations Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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