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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Design, implement, integrate, and manage extension/development projects and programmes 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252596  Design, implement, integrate, and manage extension/development projects and programmes 
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 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  20 
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 will contribute to the qualitative development of learners by providing progression to this NQF Level within the extension environment. Recognition, further mobility and transportability within the agricultural field are accommodated for. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and development within the agricultural sector.

The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to:
  • Design, implement, integrate, manage and evaluate appropriate extension/development projects which are relevant to an established broader socio-economic context/situation.
  • Integrate and synergise multiple extension projects and programmes within a complex work area.
  • Coordinate the implementation of a meta-plan integrating multiple extension/development projects and programmes within a complex work area to ensure synergy.
  • Maintain and communicate information relevant to the meta-plan to promote cooperation among stakeholders.
  • Evaluate the impact of the meta-plan to integrate and synergise multiple extension/development projects and programmes within a complex work area.

    In addition learners will be able to:
  • Plan for broader rural and community development on regional or provincial level.
  • Strengthen the foundation for programme planning and management in a complex setting.
  • Create the capacity to contribute meaningfully to development policy. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners attempting this unit standard should have the following knowledge in place:
  • Unit Standard Level 6: Design, implement, manage, and evaluate development/extension projects (or equivalent).
  • Unit Standard Level 6: Understand, select and apply appropriate extension approaches in a simple setting (or equivalent). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Complex work area/settings: Refers to but is not limited to multiple geographic areas, number of disciplines, duration of projects and programmes, multiplicity of projects and programme, whole and interlinking systems.
  • Appropriate extension/development projects and programmes: Refers to but is not limited to projects and programmes focussing on agricultural production, rural/community development, agri-business (value-adding), etc. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Integrate and synergise multiple extension/development projects and programmes within a complex work area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Two or more extension/development projects are assessed in terms of the principles of integration and synergy and in consultation with relevant stakeholders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Processes and systems are identified and described to develop a meta-plan to integrate the assessed extension/development projects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A meta-plan including indicators, means of verification, resources required and steps for implementing is proposed to generate synergy among the assessed projects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The link to/Integration with broader extension and the implications for implementation of the individual project plans is clearly articulated to ensure coherence of planning and implementation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The meta-plan is documented graphically and in writing in the required format. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Coordinate the implementation of a meta-plan integrating multiple extension/development projects and programmes within a complex work area to ensure synergy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required processes and systems are established in as identified in the meta-plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The resources are acquired and mobilised as identified in the meta-plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Team members are authorised to complete the plan in compliance within the operational standards of the extension unit/organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Progress is reviewed at determined intervals against the plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Contingency actions are implemented to realign the meta-plan when current project status differs from original plan. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain and communicate information relevant to the meta-plan to promote cooperation among stakeholders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Outcomes of actions are recorded in the required formats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Records relevant to the meta-plan are kept current, complete, and concise in order to have a reliable source. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All relevant stakeholders are kept informed of progress at appropriate intervals according to communications strategy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All relevant stakeholders are given ample opportunity to engage with information to enhance cooperation and promote learning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Feedback from stakeholders is incorporated into the overall implementation to ensure the plan remains aligned to stakeholder needs. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate the impact of the meta-plan to integrate and synergise multiple extension/development projects and programmes within a complex work area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An appropriate instrument to evaluate the meta-plan is designed in terms of the objectives of the plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant data is collected and organised in the required format. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Collected and organised data are assessed and interpreted against indicators given in the meta-plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Actual outcomes are compared to intended outcomes to identify variances to provide a base for learning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Conclusions and recommendations are formulated and defended to improve meta-planning strategies. 


    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:
  • Concepts: Integration, synergy, systems, coordination, meta-plan, evaluating, interpreting, evaluation instrument.
  • Purposes of: Integration, synergy, systems, coordination, meta-plan, evaluating, interpreting, evaluation instrument as they relate to extension and development.
  • Characteristics of: Integration, synergy, systems, coordination, meta-plan, evaluating, interpreting, evaluation instrument.
  • Relevance of integration, synergy, systems, coordination, meta-plan, evaluating, interpreting, evaluation instrument to extension.
  • Effect of the appropriate/inappropriate choice of meta-plans, processes and systems. 

  • 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 participating on project teams. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage one-self and activities when participating as project team member. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively and responsibly with stakeholders and the community and when reporting problem areas. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems when transferring technology from one entity to the other. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts when interacting and communicating 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  59550   National Certificate: Agricultural Extension  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  59529   Bachelor of Agriculture Honours: Extension  Level 7  NQF Level 08  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30   


    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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    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.