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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply the theories, principles, techniques and tools of group dynamics to extension practice in a simple group setting 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252914  Apply the theories, principles, techniques and tools of group dynamics to extension practice in a simple group setting 
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  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 skills and knowledge on guiding communities towards the establishment of sustainable community development.

The learner will be able to relate to the different needs and sentiments of a specific community as it relates to extension. In addition the learner will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of extension or management and practice at higher levels.

The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to:
  • Apply the theories, principles, techniques and tools of group dynamics within a simple group setting.
  • Engage with assessment/evaluation of the theories, principles, techniques and tools of group dynamics.
  • Create a cadre of extension practitioners who can successfully establish, understand, interact and facilitate leadership and functions within groups for the fulfilment of extension objectives. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners attempting this unit standard will have the following knowledge in place:
  • Understanding of groups and group dynamics.
  • Understanding of the principles, techniques and tools of group dynamics.
  • Understanding of how extension is affected by groups and group dynamics.
  • Understanding of the principles of leadership in groups. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Simple group setting: refers to but is not limited to one or more groups which do not interact with one another; one or more groups where dysfunction is a result of single, non-interrelated causes.
  • Simple setting: refers to but is not limited to one-on-one situations and small groups dealing within a narrow range of issues of moderate consequence.
  • Groups: refers to but is not limited to any informal grouping of two or more people with which an extension practitioner will interact in the normal course of work.
  • Appropriate groups: refers to but is not limited to study groups, discussion groups, cooperatives, interest groups, production groups, etc.
  • Group functioning: refers to but is not limited to decision-making, "forming, storming, norming and performing", dissolution, setting, implementing, monitoring and evaluation goals/objectives/decisions. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Establish appropriate groups and facilitate their functioning in a simple setting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A client situation is assessed within the framework of the extension programme to determine the type of group to be formed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A group is formed according to the assessment made of the situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A group development strategy is designed and implemented according to the principles of group dynamics and the assessment made of the situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Progress of the group development through the stages of functioning is evaluated according to set criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The group development strategy is evaluated according to the set objectives. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Facilitate the adoption and implementation of a group plan in a simple setting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Goals for the group are established in accordance with the framework of the extension programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A work plan in developed and implemented to ensure the goals of the group is realised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Progress of the group is evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively according to the set objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Corrective and supportive action is taken to facilitate the group through the stages of functioning. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Select and apply appropriate group techniques and tools for varied situations in a simple group setting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Group techniques and tools are selected showing relevance to the client group and its situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Group techniques and tools are applied to constructively engage stakeholders in addressing issues. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Outcomes of group techniques and tools applied are evaluated against intended results. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Facilitate the practical use of leadership principles and skills by a group in a simple group setting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Leadership situations in a group are assessed according to established criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An intervention strategy is developed and implemented to improve the leadership capacity of the group. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Corrective and supportive action is taken to get the group to use leadership principles and skills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Progress of the group's leadership practice is evaluated according to established criteria. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Facilitate group discussions and decision-making. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Decision-making situation in a group is assessed according to established criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An intervention strategy is developed and implemented to improve the decision-making capacity of the group. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Corrective and supportive action is taken to improve decision-making in the group. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Progress of the group's decision-making is evaluated according to established criteria. 


    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:
  • Group dynamic concepts, theories, techniques and tools.
  • Leadership concepts, theories, techniques and tools.
  • Decision-making concepts, principles and processes.
  • Characteristics of groups and group members.
  • Characteristics of leaders.
  • Body language in groups (non-verbal communication).
  • Group cohesion/unity.
  • Seasonal dynamics influencing the functioning of groups.
  • Cultural/social dynamics influencing the functioning of groups.
  • Purpose of a group, leadership and decision-making.
  • The effect of the appropriate/inappropriate choice of group techniques and tools.
  • Constitutions and group contracts.
  • Awareness of relevant policy/legislation governing group formation and functioning as they pertain to extension.
  • Human relationships and contexts in which group dynamics occur.
  • Functions of group members and officers. 

  • 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 issues of group dynamics. 

    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 SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology when assessing and evaluating group dynamics. 

    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 


    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.