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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 and outline skills to engage with it 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116734  Describe the purpose, sources and key elements of Christian doctrine and outline skills to engage with it 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 purpose of Christian doctrine
  • Describe sources of Christian doctrine and how they are used
  • Explain the basic skills needed to engage with Christian doctrine, and
  • List and describe 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 and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

    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, and
  • The essential skills needed to understand and express Christian doctrine 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the purpose of Christian doctrine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Basic aims of Christian doctrine are identified and described from personal experience. 
    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 2 
    The description is illustrated by examples of Christian doctrine achieving its aims. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least three examples are given.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The achievement of the aims of Christian doctrine are described by giving at least three examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe 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 
    The way sources of Christian doctrine relate to each other is described by means of reason, experience and denominational emphasis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The contribution to Christian doctrine of each selected source is identified and described from the contents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The contribution of each selected source to one selected Christian doctrine is explained with 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 
    Explain the basic skills required to understand and articulate Christian doctrine. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Skills must include but are not limited to:
  • Relating specific doctrines to life experiences and situations
  • Showing how particular doctrines relate to the unity of Christian belief using elementary reasoning 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Basic skills which ensure the achievement of the purposes of Christian doctrine are explained with reference to real life situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Links between the skills and the use of sources of Christian doctrine are identified and explained by using reasoning and relating them to the unity of Christian belief. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    List and describe key Christian doctrines and explain their significance. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The doctrines should include teachings on God, creation, anthropology, sin, salvation, trinitology, christology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, death and eschatology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The essential elements of the historical Christian faith are described with reference to a creedal statement such as the Nicene Creed or the Apostles' Creed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The significance of key Christian doctrines are explained according to their manifestation in the Church's traditions. 


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

    Moderation Option:

    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  49057   Further Education and Training Certificate: Theology and Ministry  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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