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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Present a well-structured argument derived from qualitative and/or quantitative data to generate a competitive advantage 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
230081  Present a well-structured argument derived from qualitative and/or quantitative data to generate a competitive advantage 
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 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
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
14515  Present a well-structured argument derived from qualitative and/or quantitative data to map new knowledge and generate a competitive advantage  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  12  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is intended to meet the communication requirements for qualifications in Financial Services at NQF Level 6, but it may be useful for learners in other sectors. It requires knowledge of current issues in a field or sub-field and ability to analyse and synthesise information and to conduct independent research into such issues using qualitative and quantitative data to substantiate recommendations.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of established theories and principles appropriate to research in a business sector.
  • Investigating a business issue.
  • Analysing data to investigate a business issue.
  • Communicating an argument on a business issue using generally accepted terminology of the field or sub-field. 

  • 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 written or verbal argument supported by qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Knowledge that will generate a competitive advantage should be presented and defended verbally and supported by a written document that outlines the main ideas.
  • Research and presentation imply the use of technology. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of established theories and principles appropriate to research in a business sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The difference between qualitative and quantitative research is explained and a decision is made as to which type of data is appropriate to a proposed research topic. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The concept of sampling is explained and an appropriate sample method is selected and substantiated for a proposed research topic. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of a literature survey in researching a topic is explained with reference to gathering secondary data and understanding previous research findings. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Investigate a business issue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An argument is formulated and the objectives are defined for a selected research topic. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate data is sourced to support the topic under investigation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sources of data are checked for of credibility and reliability for a specific industry. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Analyse data to investigate a business issue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Data is compared and key assumptions are made about any anomalies in the data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Data is grouped into logical categories to aid interpretation and identify key insights. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Key insights are summarised in relation to the objectives of the research. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Conclusions and recommendations are formulated based on the findings of the research. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Communicate an argument on a business issue using the generally accepted terminology of the field or sub field. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Trends and implications are highlighted from data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Recommendations are presented in an appropriate format and substantiated by qualitative and quantitative data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Knowledge from the research is mapped onto established practice and used to generate a competitive advantage. 


    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 formulating an argument, making assumptions from data, substantiating recommendations and mapping researched knowledge onto established practice. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage him/herself and his/her activities responsibly in planning and conducting research on a selected issue and meeting deadlines. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively in presenting a well structured argument in an appropriate format substantiated by data indicating how the researched knowledge can generate a competitive advantage. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use technology effectively and critically in manipulating quantitative data and presenting the findings of the research. 

    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 14515, "Present a well-structured argument derived from qualitative and/or quantitative data to map new knowledge and generate a competitive advantage", Level 6, 12 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  57918   National Certificate: Short Term Insurance  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  INSETA 


    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. Invuya Institute of Learning (Pty) Ltd 
    3. Masifunde Training Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    4. Ripple Effect 4 (Pty) Ltd 



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