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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Assure own publishing project output quality 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246519  Assure own publishing project output quality 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Publishing 
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 
The purpose of the learning is to apply methods to monitor quality of own performance and own publishing project outputs. Credited learners can take responsibility for the quality of their own work, reflect on it and evaluate it against agreed criteria with a view to improved output and personal performance. Learners' future development is stimulated as they improve their ability to regulate their own learning strategies and develop future-oriented attitudes.

Direct involvement by reflective workers in the determination and control of the quality of output, improves the overall performance of an organisation. The competence of quality assurance is generic and can be applied in all contexts. Ensuring quality from the beginning of the process and transparently communicating quality assurance procedures improve customer satisfaction by ensuring that outputs meet expectations, and, therefore, impact positively on the image of the publishing industry.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Identifying quality criteria specific to own outputs.
  • Monitoring own performance against identified criteria.
  • Evaluating own performance against identified criteria.
  • Recommending improvements to ensure adherence to project specifications. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credits and level assigned to this unit standard is based on the assumption that learners have already attained the following competencies:
  • Communication and language, NQF Level 4.
  • Working as a member of a team, NQF Level 4.
  • Administering projects, NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard must be achieved in the areas of responsibility of publishing, editing, marketing, design and production. Range statements are included with the relevant specific outcomes and assessment criteria where appropriate. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify quality criteria specific to own outputs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Outputs of tasks are correctly identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tasks refer to specific areas of responsibility within a given project.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Criteria identified to determine whether project specifications have been met are measurable and verifiable in terms of project specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Criteria are aligned with organisational quality management policies and systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Criteria are recorded in specified formats and communicated to relevant persons for approval. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Monitor own performance against identified criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Monitoring templates are designed appropriate for self-assessment and includes all identified quality criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Data about own performance is recorded accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Data is communicated to all relevant persons in specified formats and following specified procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant persons can include project leaders, supervisors, human resource managers, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Data is analysed in terms of all identified quality criteria. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate own performance against identified criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Measurement of own performance is assessed against all identified criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Conclusions are drawn relevant to assessed data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Conclusions are recorded relevant to assessed data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Conclusions are communicated to all relevant persons in specified formats and following specified procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant persons can include project leaders, supervisors, human resource managers, etc.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Recommend improvements to ensure adherence to project specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Steps are identified and taken to improve own performance against measurable criteria and are motivated in terms of expected effectiveness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Conclusions are recorded regarding improvements to own quality control measures according to specified organisation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Constructive proposals are made to improve organisational criteria for quality assurance based on own improvement recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Constructive proposals are made to improve organisational quality control procedures based on own performance shortcomings. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Generic publishing processes and tasks.
  • The purpose of quality control within any given context.
  • Self-monitoring and self-improvement processes.
  • Quality management, assurance and control procedures, policies and systems.
  • Quality criteria for own area of responsibility (task outputs).
  • Measurability and verifiability of criteria.
  • Performance monitoring, measurement and improvement effectiveness.
  • Data recording, and data analysis. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems where responses to problems show that such critical and creative thinking has been used to make responsible decisions when monitoring templates are designed appropriate for self-assessment and includes all identified quality criteria, and steps are identified to improve own performance against measurable criteria. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community when constructive proposals are made to improve organisational criteria for quality assurance based on own improvement recommendations and constructive proposals are made to improve organisational quality control procedures based on own performance shortcomings. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to recommend improvements to ensure adherence to project specifications. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to identify quality criteria specific to own outputs, and when data about own performance is recorded accurately, data is analysed in terms of all identified quality criteria, and conclusions are recorded regarding improvements to own quality control measures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when criteria are recorded and communicated to relevant persons for approval, conclusions are communicated to all relevant persons in specified formats and following specified procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when criteria are recorded in specified formats. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when criteria identified to determine whether project specifications have been met are measurable and verifiable in terms of project specifications, criteria are aligned with organisational quality management policies and systems, measurement of own performance is assessed against all identified criteria, conclusions are drawn relevant to assessed data, and steps taken to improve own performance against measurable criteria are motivated in terms of expected effectiveness. 

    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 
    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • 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, focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • 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 learner is able to perform in the real situation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the learner 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.
  • 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. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58977   National Certificate: Publishing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Core  60549   National Diploma: Aeronautical Information Management Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 
    Core  66109   National Diploma: Aircraft Performance Engineering  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 


    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.
     
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