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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Use non-verbal communication in extension and development 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252894  Use non-verbal communication in extension and development 
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 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
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 learner achieving this unit standard will be able to:
  • Use symbols, signs and body language in support of learning, informing, educating, instructing, persuading, negotiating, etc.
  • Interpret information presented in symbols, signs and body language.
  • Design and create symbols, signs and body language which are relevant to a range of recipients and purposes.
  • Know when and in what settings to use non-verbal communication.
  • Communicate in a variety of cultural settings in which they can extend their learning and practice into other areas of applied agricultural, social and development research and practice.
  • Create a foundation for effective communication, dialogue and interaction at many levels for various purposes (e.g. education, instruction, etc.). 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners attempting this unit standard should have the following knowledge in place:
  • Basic understanding of the concept and use of symbols, signs and body language in human communication.
  • Basic understanding of the dynamics of communication, dialogue and interaction. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Communication: refers to but it not limited to all human interactions designed to exchange, share, engage information for the purpose of learning, informing, educating, instructing, persuading, negotiating, etc.
  • Non-verbal communication: refers to but is not limited to signs, symbols, body language & gestures, icons, logos, sounds, posters, photos, artefacts, etc.
  • Range of recipients: recipients refers to but is not limited to farmers, supervisors, scientists, communities, community leaders, learners, colleagues. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Select symbols, signs and body language in support of written or verbal communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A written or verbal communication is assessed to determine the need for non-verbal communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The context for the communication is assessed to determine the need for non-verbal communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant symbols, signs and body language are identified and selected to enhance the written or verbal communication. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Design and create symbols, signs and body language which are relevant to a range of recipients and purposes in support of communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The context and audience of a written or verbal communication are assessed to determine the need for new symbols, signs and body language. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The information to be conveyed in the written or verbal communication is assessed to identify new symbols, signs and body language. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant symbols, signs and body language are designed and produced to enhance the written or verbal communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Consequences of inappropriate symbols, signs and body language are determined to guide the development of new symbols, signs and body language. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Test symbols, signs and body language in support of written or verbal communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Criteria for testing symbols, signs and body language are established to in accordance with the assessment of the audience and context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A method for testing symbols, signs and body language is determined ensuring objectivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Symbols, signs and body language are tested according the established criteria and method. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Symbols, signs and body language are adjusted according to the results of the test. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Use symbols, signs and body language in support of written or verbal communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Selected and/or designed symbols, signs and body language are applied to/incorporated into the written or verbal communication method to enhance the written or verbal communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effectiveness of the symbols, signs and body language is evaluated in terms of the value they added to the written or verbal communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Results of the evaluation are recorded in a format that easily informs the future choices of symbols, signs and body language. 


    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:
  • Concept and Principles of non-verbal communication.
  • Significance and role of non-verbal communication.
  • Purposes of non-verbal communication in extension and development.
  • Types of non-verbal communication.
  • Characteristics of audiences, symbols, signs and body language.
  • Non-verbal communication in relation to culture, educational levels, language, etc.
  • Relevance of non-verbal communication to extension and development communication. 

  • 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 assess communication audiences and contexts. 

    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 SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when assessing contexts and audiences and designing non-verbal communication. 

    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 
    This Unit standard cannot be learned on its own; it should be learned in conjunction with NQF Level 6: Verbal communication in extension and/or NQF Level 6: Written communication in extension. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Fundamental  63249   National Diploma: Agricultural Extension  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Fundamental  59550   National Certificate: Agricultural Extension  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  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.
     
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