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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Record a radio drama 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13810  Record a radio drama 
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:
  • Prepare for recording of the drama
  • Record radio drama
  • Edit and prepare recording for broadcast 

  • 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:
  • Mixing sound for a production
  • Assembling a sound package
  • Editing sound 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard will be useful to people who work in radio and who has to prepare, record and edit radio dramas in a studio.

    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 
    Prepare for recording of the drama. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The audio image required for the production is discussed and any uncertainties clarified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Script is marked up scene by scene in terms of audio image required. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Stereo imaging and/or acoustics and/or scene bridging and/or mood and/or style.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Elements required to achieve audio image are identified, prepared and ready for use before the recording starts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sound effects (live and/or pre-recorded and/or created especially for the production) and/or microphones and/or sound processors and/or screening and/or music.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Record radio drama. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The levels and timing of audio elements achieve the required results for the production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Performance problems are pointed out and any changes to the script noted. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Misreads and/or mispronunciations and/or script noises and/or technical quality problems.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Music and/or sound effects are played in as required by the production and the timing meets the requirements of the production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The mood required by the production is achieved creatively and with innovation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Edit and prepare recording for broadcast. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The drama is ready for broadcast and final editing completed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Fluency of speech and/or smooth flow of audio and/or natural timing and/or elimination of unwanted noises and/or ensuring that duration of recording does not exceed allocated time slot.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Cue sheets are completed according to station practice. 


    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 MAPPP-SETA`s 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. The causes and effects of various problems on the quality of the production
    2. The effects that various set-up positions, sound balances, sound effects and music have on the success of the recording in meeting the requirements of the producer
    3. Identifying and handling conflict situations
    4. Effective communication techniques including active listening, questioning and non-verbal communication
    5. Preparing sound elements for a drama
    6. How to achieve specific moods for drama 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve audio problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking to take remedial action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others (performers, artistes 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 drama information and critically evaluate the effect of it on the production. 

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

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

    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
    Core  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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