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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply basic information literacy 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123551  Apply basic information literacy 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Library and Information Studies 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Information Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 serve to develop the information literacy of the Library and Information services (LIS) practitioner. It will equip learners with the ability to find, evaluate and use information from a variety of sources. It will equip learners with insight into the needs of LIS clients. Furthermore, a basic knowledge of the sources and locations of information in learners' environments will be acquired.

Learners accredited with this unit standard will be capable of:
  • Analysing the need for information.
  • Selecting appropriate information sources.
  • Locating the relevant information.
  • Using the information to meet the identified need.
  • Presenting and acknowledging information from a variety of sources. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF level 3 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 3 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Analyse the need for information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The nature and scope of the information required is identified in accordance with organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The gaps in the existing knowledge are identified following organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Key words and concepts applicable to the need are identified in terms of organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The costs and benefits of acquiring the needed information are listed in relation to the available organisational resources. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Select appropriate information sources. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Range of information sources includes, but is not limited to: peers, print and electronic media, community sources, catalogues and indexes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The spectrum of information sources is described in relation to organisational resources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The attributes and purposes of the information sources are explained using examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The appropriate information source is selected in relation to the information need. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Find the relevant information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate retrieval tools are identified according to organisational resources and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The search strategy is formulated in relation to the information need. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of search strategies include, but are not limited to: keywords, synonyms; Boolean Operators and search engines.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The selected search strategy is applied in accordance with organisational procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of search strategy includes, but is not limited to: Boolean operators, proximity and truncation.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Use information to meet the identified need. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The sourced information is comprehended and analysed to meet the identified need in accordance with organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The information is evaluated in relation to the need using organisational criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The information is applied to meet the specific need according to organisational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Present and acknowledge information from a variety of sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The located information is synthesised and organised according to organizational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The information is presented in an appropriate format in terms of organisational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of formats includes, but is not limited to: an answer to specific query, written report and oral presentation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Referencing techniques are used according to International Library and Information services requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The sources of the located information are acknowledged according to International Library and Information services requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of the integrated competence described in this Unit Standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Attributes of an information society.
  • Sources, attributes and purposes of information.
  • Information source strategies.
  • Referencing techniques. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems associated with the use of information using responsible decision-making and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in the acquiring of information literacy. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpret and use information from a variety of sources. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in the acquiring of information literacy. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world, as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving in an information society occurs in a variety of contexts. 

    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  50520   Further Education and Training Certificate: Library Practice  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  59589   National Diploma: Music  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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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