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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Select and assemble sound to support visual images 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13805  Select and assemble sound to support visual images 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Communication Studies 
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 
People credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Assess and select sound
  • Lay sound tracks in preparation for mixing 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value is based on the assumption that people starting to learn towards this unit standard are already competent in:
  • Audio dubbing from and to various formats
  • the Operations of Audio equipment
  • The workings of the sound libraries 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard will be useful to people who work in the audio-visual production industry and has to select appropriate sound and lay sound tracks after the pictures were edited.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Assess and select sounds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The extent to which the original sound may be used is assessed accurately against agreed aesthetic and technical criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The original sound is selected whenever it meets the agreed criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The need for additional sound is identified accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Sources and methods for obtaining additional sound are identified and assessed and agreed with the decision makers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Sound that best meets the production's requirements within the identified constraints is selected. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Financial, timelines, equipment, facilities and copyright.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    7. Different types of sound are described in the way each can be used in relation to a picture and to other sounds. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Dialogue, voice-over, music and effects.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    8. Additional sources of sound are described in terms of their availability, relative costs, and production requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sound libraries, archives, commissioned recordings, production wildtracks, foley, voice-over, automatic dialogue replacement.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    6. The criteria for selecting sound is described in terms of its usability for the production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Technical quality, intelligibility of dialogue, importance of the sound to the project, sound perspective.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Lay sound tracks in preparation for mixing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The sound is laid and positioned in a way which supports and enhances the pictures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Sounds are positioned so that transitions are technically accurate and adhere to aesthetic requirements 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    hard cuts, soft cuts, fades (mixes).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Synchronisation of sound and picture, where required, is maintained accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Sound tracks are laid in a way which will assist subsequent stages of the sound mixing process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Sounds used are logged clearly and accurately as required by the production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Position, duration, music usage, transitions.
     


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

    Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with 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 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate`s performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
    1. Sources of additional sound.
    2. Production needs and constraints.
    3. Different types of sound.
    4. The different ways in which additional sound can be obtained.
    5. How to assess the usability of the original sound.
    6. The criteria for assessing the original sound.
    7. How additional sounds can be used to supplement or replace the original sound.
    8. What post-sync. Dialogue, foley and atmos effects are.
    9. Different types of noise reduction systems.
    10. Formats of final delivery.
    11. Stereo and how it effects track laying and surround sound.
    12. How to use sound to support pictures.
    13. How to maintain synchronization.
    14. How track laying effects the mixing process. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve sound problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking to identify the problem and take remedial action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others (artists and colleagues) as a member of a team, group, organisation to achieve the production requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves (on the production) and their activities responsibly and effectively to complete work operations within deadlines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect an analyse picture and sound information and critically evaluate the effect of it on the production. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively (artistes and colleagues), using visual and / or language skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology (audio and video equipment) effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment (venue) and health of others (crew and performers). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding that the production world is a set of related systems and that problem-solving do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
    1. Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
    2. Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
    3. Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
    4. The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
    5. The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
    6. All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

    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
    Elective  57607   National Certificate: 3D Animation and Visual Effects  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  49125   National Certificate: Radio Production  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-12-02  Was MICTS until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  62069   National Certificate: Radio Production  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    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. Davest Trading 36 Pty Ltd 
    2. NEMISA 
    3. South African Film Institute 



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