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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Complete a research assignment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
10301  Complete a research assignment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB ABET Educators 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 05 - Education, Training and Development Adult Learning 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  20 
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 
Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to complete a primary research assignment which is limited in scale, but which is effectively planned, focused, structured and the findings are presented in a written report.
This US provides practitioners with skills to access new knowledge and information from outside of their existing contexts and experiences. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Unit Standard ID 10292, 'Conduct research and liaison relevant to the learning situation', is required prior learning. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The research assignment will be limited in scope, scale and time frame. It is restricted to investigation of a particular issue which affects the learning context and is reported in a written document of between 5 000 to 7 500 words (20-30 pages @ 250 words per page). 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Plan a research assignment 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Research question or problem being investigated is clearly articulated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Importance/significance of the research question or problem is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Research paradigm, in which the assignment is located, is described accurately. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Intended scope of the research assignment is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. A logical sequence of research activities for collecting information/data is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. A reasonable time frame is presented. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Potential research participants are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Resources required are identified and are appropriate in terms of the scale of the research. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Review relevant literature 
OUTCOME RANGE 
At least seven sources should be reviewed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Sources are relevant to the topic of the research. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Main points made in the literature are elicited and synthesised, not simply paraphrased. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Review clearly indicates when sources are being quoted and when comment is that of the writer. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Relevance of ideas in the literature to own research is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Sources are adequately referenced. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Construct a basic research design 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Stages (steps) of the research activities are outlined and are logical. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Choice of data gathering methods is justified in terms research topic, research context and participants. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Selection of research participants is justified in terms of relevance to research topic or representativeness. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Instruments for gathering data are produced.
(e.g. interview schedules, questionnaires) 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Methods for organising and analysing data are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Scale and scope of the design is appropriate to the overall research assignment. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Gather and organise data 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Instruments for gathering data are piloted and amended if necessary. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Data gathered is organised in such a way that meaningful findings can be extracted. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Results and provisional findings are presented to research participants for feedback and modified if necessary. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Data is gathered in a manner which is in keeping with ethical norms. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Compile research findings 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Results or findings of the research are clearly described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Results or findings relate to an analysis of data gathered. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Results or findings reported relate to the original research question or problem. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Wider conclusions or recommendations are justified in terms of data gathered. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Limitations of the research assignment are identified and acknowledged in findings and conclusions. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Produce a final, written research report 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Assignment to be reported in a written report of between 5 000 and 7 500 words (20 -30 pages @ 250 words per page). 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Report has a logical and coherent structure with relevant sections. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Presentation of the report is in keeping with organisational guidelines and requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Report is completed within required time frame. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Stages and processes of the research assignment are described accurately and in adequate detail. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Language of the written report is lucid (clear) and comprehendible. 



Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identifying and solving problems in which responses display those responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking have been made. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, or community. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
Organising and managing oneself and one's actions responsibly and effectively. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/ or written presentation. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
Demonstrating and understanding of the world as a set of related system by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
Contributing to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making it the underlying intention of any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of:
(i) reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively;
(ii) participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities;
(iii) being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts;
(iv) exploring education and career opportunities; and
(v) developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
  ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
Core  58995   National Certificate: Weather Observation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
Core  65609   National Diploma: Allied Health Therapies  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2012-06-30   
Core  49087   National Diploma: Orientation and Mobility Practice for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2009-07-29  Was ETDP SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
Core  64670   National Certificate: Public Financial Oversight and Accountability  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
Core  80066   National Certificate: Strategic Road Traffic Operations  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
Core  49783   National Diploma: Joint and Multi-National Operations  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
Core  20485   National First Degree: ABET Practice  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2021-06-30  ETDP SETA 
Core  64329   National Diploma: Diplomacy  Level 7  NQF Level 07  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
Fundamental  50330   Bachelor: Occupationally Directed Education Training and Development Practices  Level 6  NQF Level 07  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
Fundamental  13742   Degree: Occupation-directed Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2003-10-11  ETDP SETA 
Fundamental  50331   National Certificate: Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development Practices  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
Fundamental  20909   National First Degree: Customer Management  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2018-06-30   
Fundamental  20905   National First Degree: Marketing Communication  Level 6  NQF Level 07  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
Fundamental  20901   National First Degree: Marketing Management  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2018-06-30   
Fundamental  20897   National First Degree: Marketing Research  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2018-06-30   
Fundamental  49062   National Diploma: Interpreting  Level 7  Level N/A: Pre-2009 was L7  Reregistered  2021-06-30  CHE 
Elective  80047   National Certificate: Road Safety Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
Elective  80046   National Certificate: Tactical Road Traffic Operations  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
Elective  48726   Advanced Diploma: Diplomacy  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2008-11-26  Was PSETA until Last Date for Achievement 


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. Academy of People Development Primary Co-operative Limited 
2. Bohlali Provider Support 
3. Colleen Osorio Skills Development Consultancy cc 
4. Cool Ideas 1 (PTY) LTD. t/a VERYCOOLIDEAS 
5. CURMO Designs (Pty) Ltd Co 
6. Eagles Wings Skills Development Consultants 
7. EDUTEL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PTY LTD 
8. Enjo Consultants 
9. J and N Ikwekwezi Yokusa Development Training 
10. KHULISANE ACADEMY 
11. Learnership Support Systems (Pty) Ltd 
12. Marematlou Training Institute 
13. MENTORNET (PTY) LTD 
14. Motheo Training Institute Trust 
15. Pachi Global Foundation 
16. PC Educational Holdings 
17. Petra institute of Development (PTY) Ltd 
18. Resonance Institue of Learning 
19. Retshetse Training Project 
20. Saint Colonel Graduate Institute (PTY) Ltd 
21. SCHOOL OF TACTICAL INTELLIGENCE 
22. South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind 
23. SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL WAR COLLEGE 
24. South African Weather Service 
25. Starplex 489 cc 
26. The Institute of People Development 
27. TMG Quality Services 



All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.