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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Analyse and evaluate the impact of macroeconomic data on the operating environment of the public sector 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119347  Analyse and evaluate the impact of macroeconomic data on the operating environment of the public sector 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Public Administration and Management 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Public Administration 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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 
Learners working towards this standard will be working within a Public Sector environment, specialising in Public Finance Management and Administration, where the acquisition of competence against this standard will add value to one's job. This standard will also add value to public officials who are seeking to develop a career pathway towards becoming an accomplished public finance management and administration specialist.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Discussing the impact of macro-economic decisions on the economy and a business environment
  • Discussing the impact of macro-economic decisions on investment strategies in a business environment
  • Using economic indicators to determine the current economic cycle and possible future directions
  • Applying trends in the economic environment to a specific financial organisation
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the financial world of public finance management and administration
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the nature and importance of debt in financing public capital projects 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this Unit Standard must be in possession of a Further Education and Training Certificate or equivalent qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Discuss the impact of macro-economic decisions on the economy and a business environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The interrelationship between monetary and fiscal policy is explained with reference to the role of the Reserve Bank and Government. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Imbalances that can occur in an economy are explained and an indication is given of how fiscal and monetary policy can be applied to restore balance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Discuss the impact of macro-economic decisions on investment strategies in a business environment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Discuss the impact of macro-economic decisions on investment strategies in a business environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The impact of an increase in interest rates on client behaviour is explained and an indication is given of subsequent effects on business. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of an increase in tax on client behaviour is explained and an indication is given of subsequent effects on business. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effect of foreign exchange controls on investment decisions is explained and an indication is given of the subsequent effects on business. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use economic indicators to determine the current economic cycle and possible future directions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Six key indicators are analysed in terms of the current level and recent trends. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The indicators are used to determine the current economic cycle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A personal view is expressed and substantiated on the likely future movement of the economy. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply trends in the economic environment to a specific financial organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Areas of a business that are affected by changes in the macro environment are identified and an indication is given of why and how the changes impact on that area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of changes in the macro environment on the business client relationship is analysed and an indication is given of how this change could be managed in a selected business. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The impact of changes in the macro-environment on business risk is analysed with reference to pricing, guarantees and the general financial state of the business. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the financial world of public finance management and administration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Alternative views on the purpose of municipalities and the importance of municipal entities are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role of the financial manager is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The value of financial intermediaries are discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appreciation of the function on the major financial institutions and markets is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and importance of debt in financing public capital projects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The nature and main types of bonds, their valuation and pricing is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Main considerations for a municipality when borrowing from banks are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The term structure of interest rates and reasons for their existence are explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learner must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • Sources of economic data, including hard copy, news media, electronic, public databases
  • Report writing
  • Presentation skills
  • Economic indicators
  • Basic principles of micro-economics and macro-economics
  • Public Finance Management Act
  • Municipal Finance Management Act 

  • 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 processes to interpret economic principles, theories and indicators. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community to gain feedback on economic trends and developments relating to micro and macro-economics. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in order to gather information relating to economics for integration into one's specific job context. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organize and crtically evaluate information in order to distinguish between micro-economic and macro-economic trends as they apply to the public sector. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to present economic theories as they relate to the public sector. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility to the environment and health of others in obtaining economic information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts relating to economics do not exist in isolation and that there are interdependencies among different sectors of the economy, markets and economic flows. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities by analyzing economics and integrating the principles into all spheres of life. 

    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  49554   National Diploma: Public Finance Management and Administration  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  LG SETA 
    Elective  64670   National Certificate: Public Financial Oversight and Accountability  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 


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