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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an ability to apply the principles of problem identification, analysis and decision-making within immediate work context 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242902  Demonstrate an ability to apply the principles of problem identification, analysis and decision-making within immediate work context 
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 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 
This Unit Standard is intended for officials involved in service delivery functions within the public sector. On completion of this standard the learners will be able to contribute to the improvement of service delivery trough the cultivation of more effective administration and people skills.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Demonstrating an ability to locate problems within a wider public sector context.
  • Demonstrating an ability to perceive problem-solving as a process and manage problem-solving objectively.
  • Identifying levels of authority and protocols relating to the resolution of problems.
  • Engaging in decision-making in order to resolve problems and generate new ideas and solutions in order to contribute towards overall public sector objectives.
  • Identifying and applying the principles of risk management to problem analysis and decision-making. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    All learners accessing this qualification must be competent in:
  • Communication NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy NQF Level 3.
  • Computer Literacy NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an ability to locate problems within a wider public sector context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The public sector context is analyzed and described in terms of macro and micro performance categories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Concepts of 'problem' are analysed and distinguished. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    'Problem' concepts include, but are not limited to, positive and negative mal performance, risk, risk frequency and severity, quality deviation, damages and consequential damages, hidden and unforeseen consequences, social and political perceptions and repercussions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Root cause analysis, process modelling and brainstorming concepts are described and applied to the analysis of problems in the wider public sector context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The roles and functions of continuous improvement, quality and risk management teams and functions are described in the context of problem location. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an ability to perceive problem-solving as a process and manage problem-solving objectively. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of process is understood and explained in the context of problem solving. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The concepts of systems analysis and process engineering are understood and described in the context of problem solving. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Negative concepts of 'problem-solving' are explored and their harmful consequences explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Negative 'problem solving concepts' include but are not limited to, blaming, ridicule, personal attacks, negative concepts of 'perfectionism', irrationality, covering-up, subjectivity, distributive problem solving, conflict, divisive.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The benefits of objective 'problem solving are understood and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Benefits include, but are not limited to, inclusive problem solving, rationality, harmony, partnering, team work, building trust, hard on the problem soft on the people approach, outcome orientate.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify levels of authority and protocols relating to the resolution of problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of authority within the public service, and own department or section, context are explained and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The necessity of different levels of authority is understood general and explained in the context of problem solving. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The purpose, nature and content of protocols is understood and described generally and the rational for implementing problem-solving protocols is understood and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Problem solving protocols are identified within own department and levels of authority explained in the context of problem solving. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Engage in decision-making in order to resolve problems and generate new ideas and solutions in order to contribute towards overall public sector objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Decision making models and process are described generically and the context of problem solving in the public sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Public sector objectives are classified according to levels of generality and high level objectives re isolated and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The process by which lower level objectives are subsumed into high level objectives is described and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The principles of outcomes based problem solving are understood and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Participate in decision-making teams and processes in the context of outcomes based problem-solving in public sector context. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Identify and apply the principles of risk management to problem analysis and decision-making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The risk management process is understood and explained generically and in the context of public service problem analysis and decision making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Risk identification understood and explained generically and in the context of public service problem analysis and decision making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Risk quantification is understood and explained generically and in the context of public service problem analysis and decision making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Risk handling is understood and explained generically and in the context of public service problem analysis and decision making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Risk feedback and improvement is understood and explained generically and in the context of public service problem analysis and decision making. 


    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 
  • Public sector policies and procedures.
  • Interpersonal skills and conflict management.
  • Basic principles of risk management.
  • Problem-solving and analysis techniques.
  • Levels of authority and decision-making protocols within public sector. 

  • 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 ensure proactive contribution to overall public sector objectives. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community to engage in problem resolution. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in order to effectively solve problems within given timeframes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate how problems impact on work goals, objectives and decisions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to advise others on decisions and engage them in problem resolution and analysis. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility to the environment and health of others, as a tool for problem solving and analysis. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognising that problem solving contexts within the public sector do not exist in isolation and that a variety of internal and external factors can the overall outcomes of communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities by ensuring that problem resolution contributes to a wider need and does not affect roleplayers negatively. 

    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  57824   Further Education and Training Certificate: Public Administration  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Elective  58578   National Certificate: Local Government Councillor Practices  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 


    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. ABA Sebenzi 
    2. Afriwealth Consulting 
    3. Asiphokuhle Training and Research Institute 
    4. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    5. Avenida (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Break The Chains Development Services 
    7. Brilliant Affairs 
    8. Bull's Business and Skills Training Institute 
    9. CB Willemse Training 
    10. Classic Human Capital Solutions 
    11. Concepts of Sustainable Management (CSM) 
    12. Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) 
    13. DialNx Consultants 
    14. Ditirelo Skills Development Services 
    15. Eagle Greek Inverstment T/A Mollo consulting 
    16. Ethembeni Multi Service Enterprise (Pty) Ltd 
    17. Faranang Marketing 
    18. Growth Management Consulting 
    19. HDPSA 
    20. IALE School of Advanced Learning Education 
    21. IGKM Management Services (Pty) Ltd 
    22. Inafrica General Trading Pty LTD 
    23. Isipho Equiping (Pty) Ltd 
    24. Izwelethu Black Diamond 
    25. Josmap Training Institute 
    26. KALIDEEN MANAGEMENT SERVICES 
    27. Kamanga Skills Projects 
    28. Kuyakhula Development Initiatives 
    29. Leap Projects 
    30. LETZAA Group 
    31. Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) 
    32. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    33. Mission Point Consulting 
    34. MML Consulting CC. 
    35. Mortarboard Training Solutions 
    36. MTK Corporate Solutions 
    37. Networx for Career Development 
    38. Nkqubela Community Developers 
    39. Pioneer Business Consulting 
    40. PMA Holdings (PTY ) LTD. 
    41. Regent Business School (Pty) Ltd t/a Regent Business School 
    42. Silalele Consulting CC. 
    43. SIZA NESU TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    44. South African ABET Development Agency SAADA 
    45. South African Governance and Business College 
    46. South West Gauteng College - Molapo Campus 
    47. STARPLEX 408 CC 
    48. Talent Emporium Academy (PTY) Ltd 
    49. The Crimson CO CC. 
    50. Tloumogale Business Development & Consulting 
    51. Tovani Traiding 299 
    52. Tshepang Consulting & Project 
    53. Tshwane Training Institute (PTY) LTD. 
    54. Umqondo Consultancy 
    55. UNIVERSITY OF BUSINESS EXCELLENCE(PTY)LTD 
    56. Vhutshilo Health And Training Organisation 



    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.