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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Analyse the facts and context of an incident in order to make a decision relating to polygraph examinations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252155  Analyse the facts and context of an incident in order to make a decision relating to 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 
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 polygraph tests and require the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate information in order to make a decision or substantiate an opinion.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Analysing the needs of the client.
  • Interrogating the environment.
  • Analysing the facts of the case.
  • Synthesising information to inform a decision. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is the use of the polygraph 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 
    Analyse the needs of the client. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The expectations of the client are analysed to determine the output of the investigation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant documentation, the attitudes of stakeholders and involved role players are analysed to identify any obstructions to polygraph testing. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Interrogate the physical environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Operational processes and procedures that could influence a specific incident are analysed to determine discrepancies or deviations from accepted practice in the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Records of previous incidents of a similar nature are analysed to identify similarities or commonalities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    'What if' scenarios are applied to interrogate deviations from accepted practice and offer a possible explanation for the event. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Analyse the facts of the case. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The sequence of events is analysed to establish exactly what happened and possible sources of information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information is gathered, recorded and analysed to identify fact and fiction and establish whether the information is sufficient to identify possible subjects. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Information includes, Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why and How?.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The possible motive for the crime or case is inferred based on available information. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Synthesise information to inform a decision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information is synthesised, evaluated and prioritised to present a holistic view of the event. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A decision is made on the final theme of the polygraph examination. 


    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 IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses show that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made in making a decision on the final theme of the polygraph examination. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community in investigating the facts of a case. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage him/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively in conducting an investigation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information in gathering information to present a holistic view of a case. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, analysing the facts of the case and synthesising information to inform a decision. 

    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.
     
    NONE 



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