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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Develop and apply academic literacy skills 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14582  Develop and apply academic literacy skills 
ORIGINATOR
SGB ABET Educators 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 05 - Education, Training and Development Adult Learning 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  25 
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 enables candidates to learn more effectively, by providing them with skills to deal successfully with the demands of academic contexts and assignments. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Communications in the language of learning/instruction at NQF level 4 or equivalent. An equivalent could be achieved through entry level testing or RPL 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
This unit standard is not restricted in its application to traditional institutions of higher education. It can be achieved in any learning context where the associated qualification is being offered (e.g. learnerships). Academic literacy refers to tools or skills for learning in any context. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Use language appropriately for academic purposes 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Terminology of the relevant field is used appropriately 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Terminology and acronyms are used in a functional way 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 The meaning of acronyms or terminology used, can be explained 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4 Language of academic discourse is used appropriately, e.g. compare, contrast, discourse, critique, correlation, variable, indicator, probability. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5 The nature of academic discourse is explained, e.g. formal, lexically correct. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Access and process information 
OUTCOME RANGE 
This SO to be demonstrated in the context of what information is reasonably accessible to the candidate 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Relevant sources of information can be identified (including human sources). 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Relevant information is accessed using a system , e.g. search engine, filing system. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Strengths and limitations of different sources are explained, e.g. reliability, validity, credibility, time or geographic scale 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4 Information gathered is organised systematically, e.g. categories, chronologically 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5 Note-taking is concise, accurate and relevant 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Critically evaluate texts for academic purposes 
OUTCOME NOTES 
This SO involves responding critically to written, oral or audio-visual texts. The texts being critiqued may include those which are academic (e.g. a journal article) or popular (e.g. advertisement), but the critique must meet the assessment criteria. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Pre-reading selection strategies are used to identify most relevant texts/parts, e.g. skimming, scanning, use of contents page 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Text mapping is used to enhance comprehension, e.g. underlining, highlighting 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Main points in/ relevance of a text can be summarised, annotated 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4 Basic critique of a text is rational and coherent, e.g. qualities of author, intended audience, purpose, bias, social and historical context, fact versus opinion, tone 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5 Own response and relevance of the text to own context can be formulated and supported with reasons 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6 Information from a number of texts can be synthesised and organised. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Interpret and use data in graphic or statistical forms 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Graphic representations of information can be interpreted and explained, e.g. charts, graphs, tables 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Relevant symbols and units of measurement are used accurately, e.g. @, +ve, -ve,>,<. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Simple sets of statistics can be represented graphically, e.g. bar graph, pie chart 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4 Ideas and information can be represented graphically, e.g. mind maps 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5 Basic statistical terms are used appropriately, e.g. mean (average), norm, median, mode, percentile, range (distribution), norm-referenced, criterion-referenced. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Produce academic texts 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 Planning and pre-writing is adequate 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 Scope of the assignment is appropriate to the set task 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Structure is logical and appropriate to the assignment 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4 Development of arguments is cumulative, logical, rational 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5 Own position can be critiqued in terms of strengths, weaknesses, bias 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6 Visual aids are used appropriately, e.g. maps, diagrams 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7 Text is edited and necessary changes made 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8 Knowledge and information is reproduced in a form which adheres to ethical, legal and academic conventions, e.g. use quotes, references, awareness of plagiarism 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Produce a learning schedule 
OUTCOME RANGE 
The learning schedule would be produced according to the parameters of the learning programme on which candidate is currently enrolled, usually an occupational ETD qualification 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 The time frame of the schedule is appropriate to the duration of the learning programme 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 All relevant dates are included, e.g. dates of learning events, assessments, assignment deadlines 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 Details of all assignments/assessments are complete and accessible, e.g. topic, format, scope etc. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4 Adequate time is allocated for preparation, execution of required assignment and assessment tasks 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5 Plans are made for ensuring implementation of the learning schedule, e.g. negotiating time off from employers, transport, child care arrangements 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
The relevant ETQA awarding this qualification must make adequate arrangements for assessment, moderation and accreditation of this unit standard 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
The essential embedded knowledge required for this unit standard has been carefully built into the assessment criteria. It is not detailed in a separate notes section. This is not an omission, but a decision made by the ABET Practitioner SGB and is detailed in the introduction to the qualifications. 

UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively - in SO4. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information - entire unit standard. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/ or written presentation - in all SOs 

REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
These outcomes can be achieved in the context of an existing learning programme within the whole ETD field 

QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
  ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
Fundamental  13741   Diploma: Occupation-directed Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2003-10-11  Was ETDP SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
Fundamental  64650   National Diploma: Early Childhood Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
Fundamental  22902   National Diploma: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
Fundamental  13742   Degree: Occupation-directed Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2003-10-11  ETDP SETA 
Elective  20159   National Diploma: ABET Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
Elective  20483   National Higher Certificate: ABET Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP 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. Abnah Academy (Pty) Ltd 
2. Motheo Training Institute Trust 
3. Renaissance Training Services cc 
4. Thuto Ya Setshaba Training Services (Pty) Ltd 



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