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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Present an informed argument on a current issue in a business sector 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
230070  Present an informed argument on a current issue in a business sector 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Insurance and Investment 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Finance, Economics and Accounting 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
14525  Present an informed argument on a current issue in a business sector  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is intended specifically to meet the communication requirements for qualifications in Financial Services at NQF Level 5, but it may be useful to learners in other sectors. It requires knowledge of current issues in a selected field or sub field and ability to conduct independent research on a well-defined problem or issue and to collate and present findings using appropriate technology and professional discourse.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Demonstrating knowledge and insight into a current issue in a selected business sector.
  • Developing an argument around an issue using the language of the field.
  • Constructing a communication on a selected issue based on a developed argument.
  • Appling technical knowledge and skill to present an argument on an issue in a selected business sector. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is:
  • The presentation should include a handout, slides and verbal presentation.
  • Published media include, but are not limited to, newspapers, journals, magazines, books, in-house reports, Internet and other relevant documents.
  • Sources include, but are not limited to, interviews and formal and informal workshop discussions.
  • The audience may be a client, member, Board of Management, union members or any target group appropriate to a selected sector.
  • Communication may be written or verbal. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge and insight into a current issue in a selected business sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A current issue is identified in a selected business sector and is researched from published and unpublished sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The issue is analysed indicating in depth insight into the specialist issue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relevance of the issue and potential impact on a specific business sector is explained with reference to current research. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Legislation relating to the topic is identified to ensure that the argument to be developed complies with legislative requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Develop an argument around an issue using the language of the field. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate terminology is used in the correct context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The issue is considered from different viewpoints in order to produce an objective position or balanced view. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An argument is developed and substantiated for the selected issue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Potential challenges to the argument are anticipated in order to be prepared for questions or counter arguments. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Construct a communication on a selected issue based on a developed argument. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The objective of the communication is clearly identified and stated for the target audience. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate communication tools are used to achieve the stated objective of the communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The selected content is sequenced and synthesised into a coherent presentation that meets the objective and is appropriate for the intended audience. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A cogent argument is provided to negate undesired options and appropriate examples are included to illustrate and substantiate the argument. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply technical knowledge and skill to present an argument on an issue in a selected business sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A written document is produced to present an argument on the selected issue and support a verbal presentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The main points of the argument are identified and highlighted with due regard for the specific audience and purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The language level and vocabulary used are appropriate for the audience and the communication is presented coherently using the terminology of the field and appropriate technology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A specific viewpoint is defended and substantiated with additional information without losing the focus of the argument. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • 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 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses show that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made in identifying and arguing a selected issue. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage him/herself and his/her activities responsibly researching the issue and meeting deadlines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information in researching a current issue. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively in presenting a verbal argument, defending a point of view, developing a written document to accompany the presentation and selecting the main points of the argument. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use technology appropriately in using the Internet to gather information and in presenting the findings of the research. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems identifying a current issue and explaining the relevance of the issue to a selected business sector. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 14525, which is "Present an informed argument on a current issue in a business sector", Level 5, 5 credits.

    Search words:
  • Research skills; argument; communication; presentation skills. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Fundamental  66869   National Certificate: Home Affairs Services  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Fundamental  61529   National Certificate: Loss Adjusting  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  INSETA 
    Fundamental  59258   National Certificate: Polygraphy  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Fundamental  57918   National Certificate: Short Term Insurance  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  INSETA 
    Fundamental  66611   National Certificate: Wealth Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Fundamental  58802   National Diploma: Disability Employment Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SABPP 
    Fundamental  90657   National Certificate: Prosecuting  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  58978   National Certificate: Journalism  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. African Resources & Financial Training (Pty) Ltd 
    2. AFRICAN UNION SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PTY LTD 
    3. ALCARI 233 CC T/A ALCARI (Eversdal)(TP) 
    4. Artshub Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    5. ATTI Nelspruit Pty Ltd 
    6. Boland Public FET College - Central Office 
    7. Business Management Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    8. CKP Development Agency (Pty) Ltd. 
    9. COLLEGE OF CAPE TOWN 
    10. College of Cape Town - Central Office 
    11. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    12. False Bay College 
    13. Gauteng Central College PTY LTD 
    14. IALE School of Advanced Learning and Education (Pty) Ltd 
    15. In Excess Trading 22 T/A ATTI Polokwane 
    16. Intec College 
    17. Invuya Institute of Learning (Pty) Ltd 
    18. Kundani Trading 
    19. Masifunde Training Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    20. North Link College 
    21. Old Mutual Life Assurance Company South Africa 
    22. Ray Strodl Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    23. Ripple Effect 4 (Pty) Ltd 
    24. Sanlam Life Insurance Ltd 
    25. Sanlam Life Insurance Ltd. 
    26. South African Film Institute 
    27. South Cape College 
    28. South Cape Public FET College - Central Office 
    29. The Institute of Health Risk Managers (Pty) Ltd 
    30. The Media Workshop cc 
    31. Umfolozi FET College - Central Office 
    32. Universal Healthcare Services (Pty) Ltd 



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