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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Develop disc jockey ability 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243606  Develop disc jockey ability 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Music 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Music 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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 this Unit Standard is to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to perform as a disc jockey. This includes the ability to operate the requisite equipment and demonstrate the techniques for a successful basic disc jockey performance.

Learners accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Understanding the development of disc jockey music and genres.
  • Operating disc jockey equipment
  • Operating turntable and Compact Disc players.
  • Demonstrating advanced disc jockey techniques. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Language and Communication at NQF level 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF level 2 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand the development of disc jockey music and genres. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Current practitioners of disc jockeying are researched and how they evolved according to organisational records. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Identified disc jockeys and their contributions to the development of disc jockeying are described as per organisational sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Arrangement of disc jockey music is described as per provider specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Advanced styles and structure of disk jockey music is defined as per provider specification. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Operate disc jockey equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Disc Jockey sound equipment is connected according to manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Technical trouble-shooting skills are demonstrated according to organisational processes and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sound wave and responses are explained in relation to their application to disc jockeying. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Housekeeping rules are maintained according to local and international disc jockeying practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Operate turntable and Compact Disc players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Advanced backtracking technique is recognised and applied using a turntable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The use of slip mat is applied on turntable as per specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Advanced techniques and methods of cueing and catching the first beat are applied as per industry practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Controls of the turntable and/or compact disc player are fully operated according to manufacturers' instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate advanced disk jockey techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Advanced sampling techniques are practised and demonstrated according to industry practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Proficient use of control pitch is ensured and used to pace tracks according to desired speed as per industry practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Set lists to suit a gig are compiled and demonstrated according to provider requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Advanced scratching to suit specific dance music is demonstrated according to provider specifications. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed (including 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 an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must hold a minimum of level 4 qualification in the sub-field of music.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessment of this Unit Standard, must be accredited as a provider with 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 in the relevant qualification and ETQA guidelines. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The embedded knowledge underpinning this unit standard is:
  • Background and development of Disc Jockey music and genres.
  • Function and connection of all Disc Jockey equipment.
  • Advanced backtracking and sampling techniques. 

  • 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 in operating disc jockey equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as member of the team in setting disc jockey list for a gig. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly in operating turntable and compact disc players. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively by using language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion in promoting disc jockey music and genres. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by demonstrating an understanding of the handling and usage of disc jockey equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of musical contexts. 

    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 
    Supplementary Information:
  • "Basic" refers to NQF Level 2 music related competence.
  • "Intermediate" refers to NQF Level 3 music related competence as described in this unit standard.
  • "Advanced" relates to skills and knowledge related to NQF Level 4 music related competencies. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58143   National Certificate: Music Industry Practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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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