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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Empower clients and communities to make sound scientific decisions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252479  Empower clients and communities to make sound scientific decisions 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Agricultural Extension 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 for extension personnel in the appropriate field to apply the empower clients and communities on scientific decision making.

Learners achieving this unit standard will be able to providing skills and knowledge of natural resource management, community dynamics, the production processes, and institutional support in the context of scientific decision-making.

In addition learners achieving this unit standard will be able to:
  • Give advice on the sustainable use of natural resources.
  • Contextualise community dynamics in decision making.
  • Make recommendations on production processes.
  • Link and interact with networking institutions. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence in communicating verbally and in writing at NQF Level 4 on the NQF or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Give advice on the sustainable use of natural resources to enhance sustainability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The climatic conditions and it's impact is analyzed, recorded and communicated to clients and the community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The quality of water and its availability is analyzed, recorded and communicated to clients in order to make sound decisions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Suitable soil and its availability is analyzed, recorded and communicated to clients and the community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Clients are advised on the use of natural resources to ensure legislative compliance and informed decision making. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Contextualize community dynamics to accommodate decision-making based on scientific principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Community structures are considered for effective communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Community meetings are arranged and facilitated to assist in scientific decision-making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Community needs and issues are correctly identified to be analyzed and addressed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A logical decision making process is demonstrated to inform the way forward. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Make recommendations on sound production processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Market demand is analyzed, recorded and communicated to community structures and networks to ensure relation to production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Production infrastructure is analyzed and recorded in order to effectively communicate constraints to community structures and networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Financial needs are analyzed and recorded in order to effectively communicate constraints to community structures and networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Labour skills levels are analysed and recorded in order to effectively communicate constraints to community structures and networks. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Link and interact with networking institutions to optimise the support base. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Institutional support is identified and linked with the clients or community. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Institutions, associations, municipal, community, government.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Institutional policies and legislation are interpreted for consideration in decision-making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A logical decision making process is demonstrated to inform the way forward. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An 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.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA
    procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    A demonstrated understanding of:
  • Computer literacy.
  • Knowledge of economic and development environment and applicable legislation.
  • Project management principles.
  • Communication.
  • Technical knowledge appropriate to the economic sector.
  • Knowledge of community development.
  • Natural resource management.
  • Decision making processes. 

  • 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 to address agricultural issues. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when communicating with the community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage oneself and activities when participating as project team member. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information when delivering reports. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively and responsibly when interacting with stakeholders. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when advising on agricultural practices. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems when functioning in the extension environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts when interacting with communities. 

    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  59409   National Certificate: Agricultural Extension  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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. Agricultural Research Council 



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