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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Source music for radio stations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117544  Source music for radio stations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
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 that learners are able to source music for radio stations. The sourcing of appropriate music is a fundamental activity of a radio station, which this unit standard addresses, together with preparatory and post hoc activities (for example knowing who the audience is and what their preferences are [preparatory] and controlling stock and further developing existing music programs [post hoc]) related to the sourcing of music.

The standard will contribute to the industry in general by providing a pool of competence crucial to both the survival radio stations and improvement of the overall quality of management within radio stations. Qualified learners are able to increase their earning capacity, thereby contributing towards the upliftment of the communities in which they live.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Assessing listener's music preferences according to station format and music policy
  • Sourcing music for radio stations
  • Controlling music stock in a radio station
  • Developing ideas that fit strategic program objectives 

  • 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 competencies:
  • Language and communication: NQF 4.
  • Computer literacy (word processing and spreedsheets end use) at NQF Level 3.
  • Achieving audience strategy objectives in radio at NQF Level 5.
  • Research analysis and implementation at NQF Level 4. 

  • 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 
    Assess listener's music preferences according to station format and music policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Identify listener's musical preferences by gathering the latest music research data, according to station's music policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Music trends are identified accurately from available resources. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Resources could include television, radio, music publications, Internet, radio station personnel, industry stakeholders and related sources.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Competitors are analysed regularly and possible music omissions and additions are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Personal opinions regarding music trends/preferences are gathered continuously from listeners, station personnel and industry stakeholders. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Source music for radio stations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Station's music policy and genre is accurately defined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Samples of new music releases are acquired regularly from music stakeholders companies in accordance with the station's music policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Good working relationships are maintained while liasing with station personnel, music production houses, artists, the music industry and record libraries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Lists of all new material are compiled for play list consideration in accordance with the station's music policy. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Control music stock in radio stations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Stock is controlled effectively. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Stock is backed up regularly according to music policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Lists of all music submitted are compiled and stored in manner that facilitates easy access. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The 'life' of all recordings played is tracked accurately. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Develop ideas that fit strategic program objectives. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Ideas can be generated by the learner or by others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ideas are developed that meet audience requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ideas have a style and context that meet specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ideas are developed in line with given station policies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Development of ideas is based on information from identified sources. 


    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:
  • Genres in music
  • Stock management
  • Idea generation techniques
  • Specified Procedures relevant to broadcasting
  • Time management for broadcasting 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems where responses to problems show that such critical and creative thinking has been used to make responsible decisions when good working relationships are maintained while liasing with station personnel, music production houses, artists, the music industry and record libraries. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community when personal opinions regarding music trends/preferences are gathered continuously from listeners, station personnel and industry stakeholders. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when developing ideas based on information from recognised sources. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when stock is controlled effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when personal opinions regarding music trends/preferences are gathered continuously from listeners, station personnel and industry stakeholders. 

    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 developing ideas that fit strategic program objectives, as well as the target audience. 

    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, then 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  49122   National Certificate: Radio Station Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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.
     
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