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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Create character generating pages 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255754  Create character generating pages 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 create character generating pages as instructed, for television productions. Credited learners are able to prepare for productions with given scripts, type up the information and create the required effects.

Competent character generation ensures that relevant information is provided on screen in a concise, legible manner, thereby improving the viewers' access to the information and enhancing the quality of productions. Learners who achieve this unit standard have attained a transferable set of competence that can be applied to visually present any information in an aesthetically pleasing and functional manner.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Setting up file structures incorporating all variables.
  • Identifying requirements contained in scripts.
  • Obtaining content for character pages.
  • Generating content for character pages. 

  • 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).
  • Computer literacy (NQF Level 3). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this unit standard is character generation in a television studio for live or recorded broadcasts. Other range statements are provided with specific outcomes and assessment criteria, where relevant. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify requirements contained in scripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Scripts are read to determine all requirements for character generating pages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Scripts are marked correctly as per given mark-up system requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Character generator information is identified for all script components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Character generator information includes, for example, lower thirds, credits, full page information, segment identification information, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Character generating pages are identified from marked scripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Where no script exists, relevant persons are requested to supply information about the requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Set up file structures incorporating all variables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All relevant variables are identified for specific scripts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Variables include directories, sub-directories, files, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Files are created as required by given scripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Files are moved without compromising information availability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Files are created and stored using accessible formats. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Obtain content for character pages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sources and information stored on sources are identified for all script and character generating page requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Legal requirements are adhered to at all times. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legal requirements include intellectual property rights protection, such as copyright.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sources are accessed according to specified security and agreed protocol requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sources and information are imported and stored in the required and in an accessible format. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Generate content for character pages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Content is generated using the most appropriate fonts for the required character pages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Page and graphic layouts meet the requirements of given scripts and specific character pages. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Page layouts include lower third, top right, top left, straplines, crawls, rolls, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Text is edited to meet given script and character page requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Effects and transition speed is changed to adhere to character page requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Effects and transitions include dissolve, roll, seamless page build, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Spelling, grammar and punctuation is used correctly as per the relevant language rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Captions are generated that complement other visual elements such as pictures and backgrounds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Legal requirements are adhered to at all times. 


    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:
  • The role of the character generator.
  • Character generator information contained in scripts.
  • File structures.
  • Sources of information.
  • Script marks.
  • Page layouts.
  • Transitions between pages, and speed of effects and transitions.
  • Effects (e.g. fonts, colours, borders, kerning, leading, gradient backgrounds, animation). 

  • 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 sources and information stored on sources are identified for all script and character generating page requirements, and effects and transition speed is changed to adhere to character page requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community when, where no script exists, relevant persons are requested to supply information about the requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when legal requirements are adhered to at all times and sources are accessed according to specified security and agreed protocol requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to identify requirements contained in scripts. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when scripts are marked correctly as per given mark-up system requirements and spelling, grammar and punctuation is used correctly as per the relevant language rules, and to generate content for character pages. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when files are moved without compromising information availability, files are created and stored using accessible formats, and sources and information are imported and stored in the required and in an accessible format. 

    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 scripts are read to determine all requirements for character generating pages, content is generated using the most appropriate fonts for the required character pages, and captions are generated that complement other visual elements such as pictures an backgrounds. 

    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
    Elective  61450   Further Education and Training Certificate: Film and Television Production Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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.
     
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