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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan, research and organise design projects 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115117  Plan, research and organise design projects 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Art, Craft & Design 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Visual Arts 
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 credited in this unit standard is to enable learners to plan design projects as well as to do the appropriate research for projects. Learners are able to also organize their own as well as the design projects of others.
The fundamental unit standards will enable learners to plan, implement and monitor design projects and to produce designs using appropriate computer technologies. These standards are thus most relevant to all learners who will be pursuing careers as practising designers in any number of design fields and disciplines or people practising within the design sectors. People who pursue careers in these sectors contribute directly to the economic development of the country and to the social development of communities, region and the nation as a whole.

Credited learners are capable of:
1. Identifying all aspects of design projects.
2. Creating appropriate plans to implement a variety of design projects.
3. Evaluating the plans of design projects.
4. Conducting the appropriate research necessary to implement and organise design projects.
5. Organising a variety of design projects. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners embarking on learning towards this Unit Standard have the following competencies:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 2
  • General creativity 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following statements provide a general guide to the scope and complexity of the competence expected of the learner:
    1. The depth, scope and context of this unit standard are based on generic planning, organisational and management skills applied within specific design disciplines.
    2. Design projects have many and diverse dimensions that need to be identified appropriately in order to make relevant plans. These may include technological elements, production elements, the elements of the design process, and conceptual and creative elements.
    3. Research in this context refers to theoretical and practical based research, the results of which are used to inform many aspects of the design project Within this context research is conducted and applied to the organisation and planning of design projects. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify all aspects of design projects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Identification is accurate and appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Identification encompasses all aspects of design projects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Identification is relevant to the brief and to the context. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Create appropriate plans to implement a variety of design projects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Plans are appropriate to the brief and concept of the specific design project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Plans encompass all the necessary elements of a design project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Application of the results of the analysis of the design project is appropriate. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate the plans of design projects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Evaluations are substantiated and contextualised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Assessments of quality of plan are substantive and use historic and contemporary knowledge and practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Evaluations of plans are appropriately intuitive and valid. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct the appropriate research necessary to implement and organise design projects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Research is appropriate and relevant to the brief and concept. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Analysis and evaluation of research is appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Research results inform plans for design projects appropriately. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Organise a variety of design projects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Coordination of design projects is appropriate and successful. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Arrangements of the various components of the project are appropriate and relevant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Design projects are carried out efficiently. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Design projects conform to resource and time restraints. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. The assessment of learner achievement takes place at providers accredited by the CHE (or the MAPPP SETA or another relevant ETQA) for the provision of programmes that result in the outcomes specified for the qualification that this unit standard forms part of. The CHE (or the MAPPP SETA or another relevant ETQA) is responsible for the moderation of achievement of those learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. Those assessing or moderating the outcomes of this unit standard must hold a qualification at NQF 6 in the relevant field.

    2. The planning, research and organisation inherent in the management of design projects is a generic skill, but needs to be evaluated in the context of a specific design discipline.

    3. Credited learners need to demonstrate appropriate organisation and planning skills in the context of design projects.

    4. Design projects are varied and particular to a design discipline. These may include theoretical and practical based design projects, and the learner should demonstrate the ability to organise and plan their own design projects as well as design projects developed by others. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
    1. All aspects of a design project.
    2. Research methods and methodologies.
    3. Research involved in planning and organising.
    4. Terminology used within the particular discipline of design and relevant to the different components of design projects.
    5. Analyses and evaluation involved in the planning process.
    6. A wide variety of design projects pertinent to the discipline.
    7. Team dynamics and the organisation of a team and team members 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking
  • Plan and organise design projects successfully. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in a team, group, organisation or community
  • Plan and organise others in the completion of design projects. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage activities responsibly and effectively
  • Organise design projects. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse and critically evaluate information
  • Conduct research for plans and evaluate plans. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Plan and organise the various elements and components of design projects. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Communicate effectively
  • Organise and plan others in the completion of design projects. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence
  • Plan all aspects of design projects, including technological aspects. 

  • 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  90721   Certificate: Design Techniques  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Fundamental  79809   Bachelor of Design  Level 6  NQF Level 07  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.
     
    1. Artshub Institute 
    2. Bopang Consulting Services (PT 
    3. CREATIVE ARTS COLLEGE 
    4. CTU Training Solutions 
    5. Digital Media Arts College 
    6. iStudent Academy 
    7. Pracical Audio Solution 
    8. Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology Pty Ltd 
    9. TAG 443 
    10. The Open Window (Pty) Ltd 
    11. VSS College (Pty) LTD 
    12. WW.IT-IQ Training & Solutions 



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