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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Acquire and facilitate basic information literacy 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244274  Acquire and facilitate basic information literacy 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Library and Information Studies 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Information Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
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 will serve to develop the information literacy skills and information literacy teaching skills of the Library and information services practitioner. It will equip learners to facilitate the development of information literacy skills of library users. It will equip learners with a basic understanding of ethical information use and appropriate referencing techniques.

Learners accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Assisting library users to analyse information needs at appropriate levels.
  • Advising users on the identification and selection of appropriate information sources.
  • Assisting users to develop independence in locating and accessing information relevant to their needs.
  • Guiding users in the evaluation of the located information.
  • Explaining the basic concepts of plagiarism, the ethical use of information and the need to acknowledge sources of information.
  • Planning appropriate learning experiences in which the principles of information literacy are applied. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Advise users on the identification and selection of appropriate information sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A wide variety of potential information is described in terms of resources available to the user. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate information sources are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of sources includes, but is not limited to:
  • Community sources, print media, electronic media and libraries.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interaction with the library user is observed in terms of the information sources. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Assist users to develop independence in locating and accessing information relevant to their needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relevant information is located and accessed according to organisational practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate search and retrieval techniques are demonstrated in terms of available resources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interaction with users and responses from users are observed in terms of users ability to find information independently. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Assist library users to analyse information needs at appropriate levels. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Range of users include, but is not limited to:
  • Grades 1-12 learners, Further Education learners, Higher Education learners and adults. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The nature and scope of the information need is clarified relative to the client. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Key words and concepts applicable to the identified need are identified following organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interaction with the library user is observed in terms of the analysis of the client need and key words and concepts identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Guide users in the evaluation of the located information. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Range of criteria for the evaluation of located information includes, but is not limited to:
  • Authority, date and appropriateness to need. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Evaluation criteria are identified in terms of user needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information located is evaluated in terms of stated criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interaction with users is observed in terms of user's ability to apply evaluation criteria. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain the basic concepts of plagiarism, the ethical use of information and the need to acknowledge sources of information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Plagiarism is described through a range of examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Unethical use of information is described using examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of examples includes, but is not limited to:
  • Photocopying of whole works, cut and paste, transcribe text without acknowledgement of source and observing confidentiality of sources.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Model of a simple reference style is illustrated by a list of simple references. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range includes:
  • But is not limited to: books, magazines, newspaper articles, websites and audio-visual material.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Explanation in discussions with the users is observed in terms of user ability. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Plan appropriate learning experiences in which the principles of information literacy are applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Learning outcomes of the learning experience are identified in terms of the users and resources available. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Activities to support the learning experiences are put in place. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Outcomes of the learning experience are measured in relation to the set objectives. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of the integrated competence described in this Unit Standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Client need analysis.
  • Search and retrieval techniques.
  • Information sources.
  • Evaluation criteria for located information.
  • Concept of plagiarism.
  • Ethical use of information.
  • Principles of information literacy.
  • Plan and implement learning interventions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems associated with acquiring and facilitating information literacy using responsible decision-making and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a work team to facilitate information literacy. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to acquire and facilitate information literacy. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in the provision of information literacy. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world, as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving occurs in a variety of Library and information services contexts. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors must be in possession of a Qualification related to LIS or a related sub-field of Communication and Language Studies at a minimum of NQF Level 6. 

  • 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  58624   National Certificate: Library and Information Services  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-03-13  ETDP SETA 


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