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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Propose ideas for scripts 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117953  Propose ideas for scripts 
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 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  10 
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 enable qualified learners to generate, develop and propose ideas for scripts. Learners will gain the competency to recognise an idea that has the potential to work well in a selected medium. Idea generation and creativity is central to the delivery of a script and thus a desirable competency in the industry. Qualified learners will thus obtain the ability to enhance their earning capacity.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Generating ideas for scripts.
  • Selecting an idea with potential.
  • Developing an idea for script.
  • Proposing an idea for use in a selected medium. 

  • 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 competency:
  • Short story script writing for an audio-visual medium. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Ideas can be original and/or adapted ideas; applicable to one form in the audio-visual medium sector. The ideas can also be the learner's own or commissioned ideas. Further aspects relating to the range of this Unit Standard are reflected in the Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria of the Unit Standard. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Generate ideas for scripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Initial ideas are brainstormed, using established creativity techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Initial ideas are generated, using established techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ideas are generated in a group setting and individually, whichever is appropriate to the context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Feedback is given on the ideas of others, showing sensitivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Ideas generated are appropriate for the specified form. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Ideas are justified in terms of appropriateness for from. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Ideas are creatively developed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Agreed deadlines are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Select an idea with potential. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Weak ideas are identified and eliminated with consideration for the source of the idea. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ideas with potential are identified, accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Criteria for ranking ideas are set, objectively. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The scale and scope of ideas for scripts are evaluated, accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Ideas with potential are ranked and the most suitable one selected. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop an idea for script. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Overall idea is creatively developed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An idea is developed to a one-page outline, creatively. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    One-page outline is developed to a Treatment, showing good flow. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Beat sheet and step outline is developed from the Treatment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A second draft script that may be considered suitable for further development is compiled, creatively. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Propose an idea for use in a selected medium. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The proposed idea captures the idea of the writer accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The proposed idea is commercially viable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The proposal is documented in a professional manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The proposal is presented in a professional manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Presentation style, language and format are appropriate for the purpose of the presentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Scope of presentations is appropriate for the purpose of the presentations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Methodologies, techniques and tools employed are appropriate for specific contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Presentations and content must be sufficient for decision making requirements. 


    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:
  • Creativity processes and techniques.
  • Idea generation and development processes and techniques.
  • Characteristics of various media that impact on script ideas. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community to generate ideas, and to identify and eliminate weak ideas with consideration for the source of the idea. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to adhere to agreed deadlines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to rank ideas with potential and to select the most suitable one. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to document and present proposals in a professional manner, and by using presentation style, language and format appropriate for the purpose of the presentation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    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. 

  • 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  49317   National Certificate: Scriptwriting  Level 7  Level N/A: Pre-2009 was L7  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.
     
    1. South African Film Institute 



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