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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of human behaviour that has implications for polygraph examinations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252147  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of human behaviour that has implications for polygraph examinations 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Polygraphy 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
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 is intended for learners who administer and interpret polygraph examinations and who need to understand how human behaviour can influence an examination result.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining different ways of interpreting human behaviour.
  • Discussing the relationship between human behaviour and the detection of deception.
  • Explaining patterns of behaviour that influence the outcome of a polygraph examination.
  • Analysing the influence of culture and other aspects of diversity on polygraph examinations. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is:
  • Issues of diversity that influence polygraph examination include, but are not limited to, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, culture, race, faith and the language used in a polygraph examination to detect deception.
  • Polygraph examination refers to the complete polygraph process.
  • Test refers to the administration of specific questionnaires as part of the polygraph process. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain different ways of interpreting human behaviour. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different approaches for explaining human behaviour are analysed with reference to influencing and predicting human behaviour in an examination situation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Approaches include, but are not limited to, behaviourist, structuralist, functionalist, gestalt, humanistic, cognitive, cognitive dissonance and personality theories.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate terminology is used to discuss human behaviour in the context of polygraph examinations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Theories that explain why deception causes a reaction in polygraph examinations are discussed with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Discuss the relationship between human behaviour and the detection of deception. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Motivational theory is used to predict an individual's needs and explain potential behaviour. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Theories include, but are not limited to Maslow, Murray, Hertzberg and Mc Clelland.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The use of memory as a defence mechanism is explained with reference to the detection of deception. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain patterns of behaviour that influence the outcome of a polygraph examination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Disorders that influence the outcome of a polygraph examination are explained with reference to the possible outcomes if a subject displays the characteristics of each disorder. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Disorders include, but are not limited to anxiety, mood, personality, somatoform, dissociate and impulse control disorders.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences for the subject and examiner if a person with a disorder is subjected to a polygraph examination are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The influence of personality and perceptions on polygraph examinations are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The influence of emotions and their affect on physiological responses are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Analyse the influence of culture and other aspects of diversity on polygraph examinations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The cultural differences and values in a specific community are investigated with reference to potential implications for polygraph examinations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of negotiating meaning in an examination situation is explained with reference to common understandings and an individual's frame of reference. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists 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 or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community in researching cultural differences and values in a specific community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage him/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively in conducting research in a specific community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information in analysing approaches for explaining human behaviour and explaining disorders that influence the outcome of a polygraph examination. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively in explaining theories of human motivation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation in explaining the consequences if a person with a disorder is examined and the recognising influence of language on the results of a polygraph examination. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate cultural sensitivity in investigating cultural differences in a community. 

    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  59258   National Certificate: Polygraphy  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    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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