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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Develop a project that provides an audit and recommendations with respect to diversity issues peculiar to a selected organisation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116920  Develop a project that provides an audit and recommendations with respect to diversity issues peculiar to a selected organisation 
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-Fundamental  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  18 
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 
A person credited with this Unit Standard is able to demonstrate an understanding of the various diversity issues, ways of auditing the status of diversity in a particular organisation, and the ability to recommend actions to respect and manage diversity in a workplace, as a way to support the bringing about of transformation in South Africa.

In particular, on completion of this Unit Standard, the learner is able to:
  • Conduct research into diversity.
  • Analyse and report on the diversity status of a particular company.
  • Focus on ways to incorporate diversity into an organisation.
  • Discuss issues of discrimination and designated groupings.
  • Present a business case for implementing an effective diversity programme.
  • Clarify assumptions, expectations and fears related to "isms".
  • Discourse on various "isms" such as racism, sexism etc.
  • Review the representation levels of groups often discriminated against in a particular workplace.
  • Identify barriers to increasing representation in these areas.
  • Suggest methods to promote a culture of acceptance and equality and how to reduce barriers to achieving this.
  • Discuss group identity, stereotyping, discrimination, exclusion and cultural differences.
  • Identify legislation related to discrimination and diversity.
  • Relate the learning gained in achieving this Unit Standard to Organisational Transformation and Change Management (OT&CM). 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners should be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Present the case for implementing an effective diversity programme in a workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A report providing feedback on how a selected organisation has implemented diversity programmes in the workplace is delivered to interested parties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect of a selected company's management's capacity, or lack thereof, to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds is demonstrated and contrasted against the benefit of harnessing diversity effectively, as well as of entrenching good governance, with the concomitant benefits thereof for all stakeholders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The merits of adopting a triple bottom-line approach are presented to decision-makers in the elected organisation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Facilitate actions to clarify assumptions, expectations and fears surrounding racism,
    sexism, disability and other "isms" within a workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A survey regarding stereotyping the various "isms" within a selected organisation is conducted and the findings recorded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Workshops are developed and facilitated to sensitise participants on the various "isms" found within a particular workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The way in which employees have adapted in terms of their assumptions, expectations and fears surrounding the "isms" in a particular workplace as a result of the workshops is documented in a written report. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify how various "isms" have resulted in competent persons, being under-represented in a workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A report is delivered on an audit undertaken, indicating if and to what extent persons representing stereotypes often discriminated against are under-represented on a selected workforce. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The extent to which designated groups having particular characteristics, which are sometimes discriminated against, appear to be under-represented on a particular workforce is established as accurately as personal privacy and confidentiality would allow; causes of any under-representation are analysed and corrective or preventative action recommended. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Barriers to successful implementation of diversity management are identified and investigated in a particular company, and an approach in terms of the removal of such barriers is recommended. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Provide recommendations on how under-representation by designated, groups in a workforce can be rectified or overcome. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Feedback or evidence is provided of how various "isms" can be negated, with reference to current HRD legislation in South Africa, as well as on a selected company's social responsibility policies, procedures and
    practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Skills Development Act, Employment Equity Act and others are Included.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Learning programmes aimed specifically at persons in designated, or often discriminated against, groups, to improve or develop management, leadership, inter-personal, team-building and related skills, as well as the ability to function effectively in a collaborative environment, are incorporated into the Workplace Skills Plan of a selected organisation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Develop measures to work towards a fully integrated, diverse, work environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A report on an audit conducted in a particular organisation regarding the different "isms" prevalent is delivered, indicating how the learner has adapted his/her own behaviour as a result of the experience. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Support structures intended to sensitise staff and management on gender, race and disability issues are established and effectively utilised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Best practice standards are set, in conjunction with key stakeholders, and the "management of diversity" is monitored, assessed and evaluated against the set standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A presentation is developed of the roles of group identity, stereotyping, discrimination, exclusion and cultural differences in progressing toward, or acting as barriers to, a fully integrated, diverse workforce. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation for this Unit Standard shall be obtained from the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body, through summative and formative assessment by a registered assessor.
  • Assessors must be registered as an Assessor with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Training providers must be accredited by the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The knowledge underpinning the above specific outcomes is:
  • An overview of the South African Constitution.
  • An overview of South Africa's Bill of Human Rights.
  • The Employment Equity Act.
  • Types of discrimination.
  • Features of diversity management.
  • The concepts of businesses as going concerns and the profit motive.
  • The fundamentals of OT&CM.
  • A basic knowledge of South African history. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem identification and solution in creative ways in order to develop means of improving diversity and equality in a company. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team and group work are utilised to facilitate workshops to clarify the various "isms", such as racism, which may exist in an organisation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing self to enable the presentation of a business case for implementing a diversity programme in a workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Critically collecting, evaluating and analysing information in order to identify how "isms" such as racism can result in the under-representation of various groups in a workforce. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    An understanding of related systems, as found in the range of South African HRD legislation, can improve diversity in an organisation, for example through skills develop and employment equity. 

    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
    Elective  49076   National Diploma: Organisational Transformation and Change Management  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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