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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Use written communication in extension and development 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252954  Use written 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 
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:
  • Relate in written form well-argued information which represents an interpretation of secondary research.
  • Extend their learning and practice into other areas of applied agricultural, social and development research and practice.
  • Increases the capacity within the profession to produce well-documented, accurate, and accessible information in written form.
  • Create a foundation for the building of a well-documented, accurate, and accessible knowledge base available to the public in written form. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners attempting this unit standard should have a basic knowledge and understanding of logical and systematic sentence and paragraph construction. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Written communication refers to but is not limited to reports, memos, news-briefs and popular journal/newspaper articles. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Write a report that is purposeful, factually correct and readable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Audiences are assessed, analysed and interpreted to identify the problem, topic or issue to be addressed through written communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose and content range of the communication is identified based on the audience analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Format of the communication is determined and based on the audience analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The communication is formatted and checked for accuracy (words and visuals) in accordance with established principles of verbal communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The implemented communication is evaluated against the intended outcomes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Write a memorandum that is purposeful, factually correct and readable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Audiences are assessed, analysed and interpreted to identify the problem, topic or issue to be addressed through a memorandum. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose and content range of the memorandum is identified based on the audience analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Format of the memorandum is determined to based on the audience analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The memorandum is formatted and checked for accuracy (words and visuals) in accordance with established principles of verbal communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The results of the memorandum are evaluated against the intended outcomes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Write a news-brief, popular journal/newspaper article or advertisement that is purposeful, factually correct and readable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Audiences are assessed, analysed and interpreted to identify the problem, topic or issue to be addressed through a news-brief, popular journal/newspaper article or advertisement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose and content range of the communication is identified based on the audience analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Format of the communication is determined and based on the audience analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The communication is formatted and checked for accuracy (words and visuals) in accordance with approved formats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The results of the communication are evaluated against the intended outcomes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Produce a written document that adheres to fundamental standards of written communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Logical and systematic sentence and paragraph construction which is well-argued and accurate are used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The construction of the written document follows a logical sequence appropriate to the specific document. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Results, recommendations or conclusions are accurately described and articulated in accordance with approved formats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The body of text provides sufficient context to facilitate understanding (make sense of) results, recommendations or conclusions (not excessive). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The style of writing is appropriate for the document (range). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The citing and referencing are consistent with an appropriate method (appropriate for the document (range). 


    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:
  • Definition and difference between report, memo and articles.
  • References.
  • Conducting secondary (literature) research.
  • Characteristics and purpose of a memo, reports, newsletter, popular journal, newspaper article or advertisement.
  • Different writing styles, including grammar (sentences, paragraphs, etc).
  • Importance of timeliness, relevance and choice of instrument.
  • Visual presentation, format and layout.
  • Constructing written documents.
  • Citing and referencing systems.
  • Protection of intellectual property (e.g. copyright) and plagiarism.
  • The appropriate/inappropriate choice of document.
  • Applied understanding of the role and place of written reports, memos and articles in agricultural extension. 

  • 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 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 demonstrating an understanding of agricultural practices. 

    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
    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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