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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Analyse and evaluate design solutions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115159  Analyse and evaluate design solutions 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Art, Craft & Design 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Visual Arts 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  12 
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 credited in this unit standard is to enable learners to independently analyse, evaluate and assess existing historical and contemporary design solutions accurately and constructively.
The unit standards that are centred on the design process, identify the relevant steps and methods that contribute towards successful design. Therefore, these standards are relevant to learners who will be pursuing careers as practising designers or people practising within the design sectors. People who pursue careers in these sectors contribute directly to the economic development of the country and to the social development of communities, region and the nation as a whole.

Credited learners are capable of:
1. Interpreting design solutions accurately.
2. Evaluating and assessing design solutions effectively (and in terms of their originality, appropriateness, concept, functionality, choice of media/materials, presentation, usability and business feasibility).
3. Comparing design solutions and extracting the best solutions.
4. Applying critical thinking and problem solving skills to existing design solutions. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners embarking on learning towards this Unit Standard have the following competencies:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 2
  • General creativity 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following statements provide a general guide to the scope and complexity of the competence expected of the learner:
    1. The scope and context of this unit standard refers to a broad range of design solutions within a specified discipline or within a variety of design disciplines.
    2. Analyses and evaluations of design solutions need to include appropriate interpretation of concepts, design elements and principles, communication methods and media, technological and manufacturing processes.
    3. Before students are able to demonstrate competence in this unit standard, they need to understand and be able to implement the design process.
    4. Within this unit standard, students are not expected to analyse and evaluate their own work, but rather existing design solutions. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Interpreting design solutions accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Identified communication methods and messages are substantive. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Identified design elements and principles are substantive and contextualised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Identified media, technologies and manufacturing are substantive. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Interpretations of communication methods and messages are contextualised and appropriate. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Evaluating and assessing design solutions effectively. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Evaluations of solutions are substantive and contextualised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Assessments of quality of solutions are substantive and use historic and contemporary knowledge and practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Evaluations of design concepts are appropriately intuitive and valid. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Comparing design solutions and extracting the best solutions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Comparisons between design solutions are substantive and contextualised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods of evaluation are substantive and appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Methods of evaluation and analysis are applied appropriately to design principle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Elements, communication methods, media, technology and manufacturing processes are appropriate to the application. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Applying critical thinking and problem solving skills to existing design solutions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Interpretations of design solutions demonstrate an appropriate level of critical thinking. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Interpretations of design solutions demonstrate an appropriate degree of problem solving abilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interpretations of design solutions demonstrate an appropriate degree of individual expression. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. The assessment of learner achievement takes place at providers accredited by the CHE (or the MAPPP SETA or another relevant ETQA) for the provision of programmes that result in the outcomes specified for the qualification that this unit standard forms part of. The CHE (or the MAPPP SETA or another relevant ETQA) is responsible for the moderation of achievement of those learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. Those assessing or moderating the outcomes of this unit standard must hold a qualification at NQF 6 in the relevant field.
    2. Credited learners are able to interpret design solutions individually and within groups.
    3. Credited learners need to show appropriate levels of intuition and perception. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
    1. Communication methods and methodologies.
    2. Design principles and design elements.
    3. Critical thinking skills.
    4. Problem solving skills.
    5. Technology and manufacturing processes.
    6. Methods of analyses and evaluation.
    7. A variety of design media.
    8. Interpretation of visual messages and information. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking
  • Analyse and interpret visual information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Interpret visual information individually and within a group. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage activities responsibly and effectively
  • Manage the analysis and evaluation process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse and critically evaluate information
  • Analyse and evaluate existing design solutions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • Analyse communication methods and media. 

  • 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 
    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  79809   Bachelor of Design  Level 6  NQF Level 07  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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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