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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Evaluate a specified code of ethics and/or code of conduct 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116484  Evaluate a specified code of ethics and/or code of conduct 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ethical Foundations of Society World of Ideas 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
This Unit Standard is designed to assist learners in understanding the meaning of the definition, mission, and code for professional ethics implemented to establish and assure high standards of ethical conduct for the sector, profession and/or career. With this understanding, learners will be able to monitor consistent application of ethical codes in the workplace.

It is also intended to empower learners to regulate their own moral conduct based on the ethical code and a moral standard by which each profession, career, and /or sector regulates its individual and corporate actions.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe factors that influence the development of a code of ethics
  • Formulate a code of ethics in a professional context
  • Evaluate a code of ethics
  • Compare existing workplace duties and functions with the principles of the code of ethics 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Learners applying to enter a learning programme for this Unit Standard - or applying to be assessed against this unit standard - are assumed to have communications at NQF 4 or equivalent competence.
  • It is recommended that learners should complete the Unit Standard EF-01: "Identify the basis for distinctions between morally acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in society" before attempting this Unit Standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. More generally, the following applies:

    1. Universal ethical approaches and theories include: Theories of Justice, Theories of Caring, Consequential Theories, Rights and Duties and Theories of Human Good.
    2. Potential sources of information include but are not limited to national, regional and local newspapers, local bulletin boards, personal contacts, Internet and networking. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe factors that influence the development of a code of ethics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different codes of ethics are identified and described in terms of their key elements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The rationale for ethical codes within professions is explained with reference to internal and external regulation, and moral responsibility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role ethics plays in informing professional ethical codes is described in terms of generally accepted literature on ethical approaches and theories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Key influences in the formation of a code of ethics are identified and described in terms of a variety of social, interpersonal, moral and environmental factors. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Influences include: history, components principles, objectives, work ethic and policies.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Own perspectives of ethical actions are analysed in relation to a specified professional ethical code. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Formulate a code of ethics in a professional context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relationship between a code of ethics and a code of conduct is described in terms of the purpose and role of each, and the need for consequences in self-regulating systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Key ethical concepts in forming a code of ethics are explained in terms of the history and context of the particular profession. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Concepts include: work ethic, problematic cases, watershed cases.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A code of ethics is formulated in terms of norms that govern ethical behaviour in relation to the particular profession. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The required behaviour of members of a particular profession is described in terms of the elements that constitute the code of ethics in that particular sector. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Elements include: strategies, programmes and skills that foster a particular work ethic.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate a code of ethics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A code of ethics is evaluated in terms of its strengths and weaknesses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Problems in the functioning of codes of ethics are identified and explained in terms of the needs it was intended to address and changes evident in the current context. Strategies are developed to minimise the effect of problems in the functioning of codes of ethics, and to strengthen effective functioning of the code. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A code is benchmarked against international codes of ethics, gaps identified and recommendations forwarded for improvement. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Cases and precedents relevant to the specified code of ethics are captured and disseminated to inform interpretation and application of the code.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The influence of world views on a particular code of ethics, and its resulting code of conduct, is identified and analysed in terms of the key ethical concepts of the particular world view or presupposition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The impact of a code of conduct for a specified context is identified and described in relation to its intended and actual outcomes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Compare existing workplace duties and functions with a specified code of ethics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Individual conduct is evaluated against the code of conduct and inconsistencies identified, together with proposed alternatives. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Alternatives include: alternate behaviours, or recommended adaptations to the code.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Current duties and functions of the workplace are identified and aligned to the principles of the work ethic. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Duties and functions are described as consistent or inconsistent in relation to the work ethic in the workplace, sector or institution.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment of this Unit Standard should be contextual, practical and be conducted in the workplace as far as possible.
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with the appropriate ETQA.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the appropriate ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA.
  • The mechanisms and requirements for moderation should be applied as per the SAQA criteria.
  • Assessment should include both formative and summative assessment.
  • Training providers must be accredited by the appropriate ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems by identifying underlying causes of actions that reflect deviations from professional ethics, and pursuing ways of dealing with situation(s), investigating unethical practices that are detrimental to the career/profession. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working as a team by cooperating with own colleagues and those of related professions on basis of mutual respect and understanding, and respecting and discussing perspective of that which is considered to be right and why. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself by ensuring that the accepted code for professional ethics is understood and that implementation of the accepted professional ethics is developed as part of each learner's characteristic traits as well as part of the profession. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information and behaviour by identifying and analyzing the extent to which the ideas of the selected philosopher are causally related to high standards of conduct still relevant for the profession currently, and examining whether duties and functions are in accordance with ethical principles. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, such as when planning development programmes that address the needs of learners in respect of ethical and unethical practices in the profession/career/sector. 

    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  20188   National Certificate: Real Estate  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Core  49277   National Diploma: Braille Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  58802   National Diploma: Disability Employment Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SABPP 
    Core  49087   National Diploma: Orientation and Mobility Practice for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-07-29  Was ETDP SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Fundamental  49086   National Certificate: Auctioneering Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2011-02-16  Was SERVICES until Last Date for Achievement 
    Fundamental  48888   National Diploma: Hiring Operations Management  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  SERVICES 
    Fundamental  50023   National Diploma: Legal Interpreting  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  59201   National Certificate: Generic Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  48908   National Certificate: Sanitation Project Co-ordination  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    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. IMPILONHLE TRADING & PROJECTS 8 
    2. INFRASTRUCTURE CONSULTING ENGINEERS CC 
    3. JUSTICE COLLEGE 
    4. Khula Nonke Training & Development 
    5. MOTHEO SKILLS ENTITY ( PTY) LLTD 
    6. PRAXIS TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY (PTY) LTD 
    7. South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind 
    8. TAG TEC TRAINING 
    9. TALENT SCULPTURE ACADEMY 



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