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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Describe the purpose, sources and key elements of Christian doctrine 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115942  Describe the purpose, sources and key elements of Christian doctrine 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Christian Theology and Ministry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies Religious and Ethical Foundations of Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-08-07  2010-08-07  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2011-08-07   2014-08-07  

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 
This Unit Standard will be useful to learners who wish to understand and articulate their faith more effectively through the study of key Christian doctrines.

Learners credited with this Unit Standard are able to:
  • Describe the essential purposes of Christian doctrine
  • Describe some of the major sources of Christian doctrine
  • Describe the key teachings of the Christian Church and explain their significance 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners are assumed to be competent in Communication at Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole Unit Standard:
  • The broad range of doctrines accepted by the Christian Church generally and historically
  • The elementary purposes and sources of Christian doctrine. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the purpose of Christian doctrine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of Christian doctrine is explained and discussed with reference to the history the Church and the development of Christian faith. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The basic aims of Christianity are identified through an expression of the values of Christianity. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Aims may include but are not limited to:
    Giving coherent expression to the Christian faith, helping people give meaning to their life experiences, giving believers a sense of belonging and solidarity with the whole Christian Church, enhancing a sense of continuity with believers throughout the history of the Church.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The influence of Christian doctrine on Biblical life is identified by means of at least three examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least three examples are given.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The influence of Christian doctrine on contemporary life is identified by means of at least three examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe three sources of Christian doctrine and how they are used. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Sources must include the Bible and the Church's tradition. Other sources may include: reason, experience, denominational emphases. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Three examples of Christian doctrine are listed from reflection and interaction with others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The selected Christian doctrines are described, using the Bible and the Church's tradition as primary sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The origins of Christian doctrine are traced to place them in a Biblical or historical context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relevance of Christian doctrine in present-day society is discussed in interactions with others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The contribution of each selected source to one selected Christian doctrine is illustrated through examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Three examples from each source. Examples of Christian doctrines may include any aspect of the Nicene Creed, or other statements of faith, such as the Apostles' Creed.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    List and describe key Christian doctrines and explain their significance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Key Christian doctrines are listed based on the Church's teachings. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The doctrines could include teachings on God, creation, anthropology, sin, salvation, trinitology, christology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, death and eschatology.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Key Christian doctrines are explained and discussed with reference to the Church's teachings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Essential elements of the historical Christian faith are listed and discussed by extracting these from selected doctrines. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A credal statement such as the Nicene Creed or the Apostles' Creed may be used as a basis for the listing and descriptions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The significance of these doctrines is explained and discussed by relating them to their impact on present-day practices. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning towards this Unit Standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.

    The moderation requirements of the relevant ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this Unit Standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A full, although elementary, scope of the Christian Church's doctrines and beliefs.
  • A broad understanding of the doctrines of the learner's own faith community. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems: e.g. show how Christian doctrines provide significant responses to real life circumstances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively: through disciplined study planning and methods. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information: historical and creedal information about the Christian Church's history and beliefs. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual and language skills: through learning activities such as discussion with others within the church congregation and through sharing knowledge and insight gained in church groups, and teaching others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full development of oneself: through a more developed understanding of the learner's own faith and increased ability to express that faith in a contextually relevant way, and interpreting one's life experience in the light of Christian doctrine. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Definition of terms:

    Terms have been clarified as far as possible through the use of range statements. Further clarification of terms is provided as follows:

    Doctrine, in this Unit Standard, refers to a disciplined study of Christian understandings of God, humanity and the Christian faith in the context of history and the world. Other terms are defined as follows:
  • Creation - the Christian understanding that the world was created by God
  • Angelology - the Christian understanding of created bodiless spiritual powers, including angels, fallen angels and demons
  • Anthropology - the Christian understanding of human nature
  • Sin - the Christian understanding of the way in which evil operates in the world through human beings
  • Salvation - the Christian understanding of the way in which God acts to overcome evil in the world
  • Trinitology - the Christian understanding the nature of God as three persons in one essence
  • Christology - the Christian understanding of the nature and person of Jesus Christ (who he is, and what he is)
  • Pneumatology - the Christian understanding of the nature and work of the Holy Spirit
  • Ecclesiology - the Christian understanding of the nature and role of the Church (the Christian community)
  • Eschatology - the Christian understanding of the end of the present age (world), and its relation to the age to come. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48891   National Certificate: Theology and Ministry  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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