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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain personal and social responsibility in decision making 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116486  Explain personal and social responsibility in decision making 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 for people who need to understand ethical behaviour to assure high standards of ethical conduct for individuals, the sector, workplace or institution and where the acquisition of competence against this unit standard will add value to the learners working situation and/or professional performance and expertise. It applies particularly to the regulation of their own moral conduct based on the principles of self-governance and integrity.

The Unit Standard aims to empower learners to regulate their own moral conduct based on ethical principles and resulting moral standards by which each sector, workplace or institution regulates its individual and corporate actions.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe and explain key concepts relating to personal and social responsibility
  • Identify and distinguish self-governance and integrity in various contexts.
  • Exercise personal and social responsibility in independent decision-making contexts 

  • 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:
  • Communications at NQF Level 3, or equivalent.
  • Learners would benefit from the foundation offered by the Unit Standard: "Identify the basis for distinctions between morally acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in society". 

  • 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:
  • Components of self-governance include: self-discipline, responsibility, self-conscious and self-critical adoption of a set of rules for ethical behaviour.
  • The concept of integrity is explored, based on the basic ethical frameworks that have guided human understanding of integrity, and its impact on society.
  • Principles of integrity include honesty, truth telling, promise keeping, respect for others, temperance, compassion, as well as accountability for failures, oversights, mistakes, and progress. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe and explain key concepts relating to personal and social responsibility in decision-making. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Concepts include: self-governance, integrity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Self-governance is described and explained in terms of what constitutes human nature and the capacities of human beings. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The description and explanation is consistent with established philosophies of the human being or person.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Components of self-governance are identified and explained in terms that are in line with generally accepted literature and definitions current in the field. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Components include: psychology, sociology.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Integrity is defined and explained in terms of its importance for human interaction and relationships in the workplace, sector or institution. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The explanation is consistent with accepted concepts and frameworks of ethical human behaviour.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Decision-making contexts are identified and described by referring to external and internal motivation, and consequences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Moral responsibilities relating to expertise and expert opinions are described and explained by referring to their impact on independent decision-making and the possible consequences of decisions based on expert input. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The importance of self governance and integrity for individuals acting within communities is explained by referring to the individual's personal and social responsibility for community life and well-being. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and distinguish between self-governance and integrity in various contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Individual choices and actions that reveal social and individual responsibility are identified and described by showing the ways in which they follow accepted ethical ideas and frameworks relevant to human behaviour. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Behaviour that demonstrates integrity and lack of integrity is distinguished and explained in terms of accepted ethical principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relevance of integrity for personal and social responsibility is described and evaluated in relation to the workplace, sector or institution or broader community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hindrances to personal and social responsibility are identified and described in terms of personal and social pressures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pressures include: costs, time, workplace pressure to save materials, cut corners.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain personal and social responsibility in independent decision-making contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Practices and procedures within workplaces which stimulate and foster or impede social and personal responsibility are identified in terms of their key features and underlying ethical concepts and frameworks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal decision making and choices are analysed in terms of the external and internal factors impacting on the decision-making process. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • External factors include: advice, coercion, workplace schedules and pressures.
  • Internal factors include: motivation, personality.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Particular internal factors are identified and explained in terms of their impact on decision-making and moral implications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Options chosen as possible personal responses to specified contexts display moral responsibility, and are in line with own worldview and its key ethical concepts. 


    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, interpreting and distinguishing between ethical and non-ethical behaviour of self and others that stimulates/damages own development of self-governance at the workplace, sector, institution as well as in the community; and identifying underlying causes of actions that reflect deviations from principles for integrity that are detrimental to the sector, workplace or institution, and pursuing ways of dealing with the situation(s). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working as a team by cooperating with peers and management/leaders to design procedures for coordinating the principles and values in line with the Constitution of the nation; and by cooperating with peers, management/leaders and members of related sectors, workplaces or institutions to encourage practice of integrity. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself by ensuring that the ethical procedures of the workplace, sector or institution in the examination of ethical components of self-governance are functionally integrated in each individual and group situation; by ensuring that principles and selected theories for integrity are understood, and that implementation of the accepted principles are functionally integrated in each individual and group situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organize and critically evaluate information and behaviour by identifying and analyzing ethical techniques and values that have honoured successful and morally sound relationships, nationally and internationally, between diverse leaders and those they lead/have led; and extent to which the principles of integrity are causally related to high standards of conduct, examining whether duties and functions are in accordance with principles contained in the relevant framework provided by the workplace, sector or institution. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, such as when planning skills development strategies and programmes to facilitate and support the examination of moral habits that promote self-governance; and when planning skills development strategies and programmes that foster an adherence to the principles of integrity. 

    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 
    The title of this unit standard has been changed from 'Explain personal and social responsibility in independent decision making contexts' to 'Explain personal and social responsibility in decision making'. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63229   National Diploma: Bomb Disposal  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Core  49124   National Diploma: Bomb Disposal  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-12-02  Was SAS SETA 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 
    Elective  49256   Further Education and Training Certificate: Counselling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  90652   National Certificate: Ammunition Fitting  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    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. Candy Nxusani Trading 
    2. Glicam Trading Enterprise 
    3. Greenfield Management Solutions 
    4. HIV SA 
    5. Indalo Health And Wellness (PTY) Ltd 
    6. Lesedi Hospice 
    7. Mpule Management and Training 
    8. Sodic Training and Development 
    9. Yetfu Trading 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.