Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Science and Technology

The information on this page is for the 2019 academic year. Updated information for the 2020 academic year will be available before the start of the 2020 registration period.

Qualification code: 90002
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 91932
APS/AS: 20
Rules:
Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet. Students must follow the same stream from level one throughout to level three.
Purpose statement:
The main purpose of the qualification is to enhance the investigation knowledge and skills of investigators This qualification is aimed at students who work within the field of Forensic Investigation and who seek recognition for essential knowledge, skills and values needed up to the level of middle management. This qualification is also aimed at students aspiring to become Forensic Investigators up to the level of middle management. Furthermore, this qualification has been developed to promote efficiency with regard to: - Forensic methods and techniques. - Investigation of selected crimes and transgressions. - Litigation processes, interviewing and statement taking. - Scene of incident. - Information gathering. - Investigative resources. - Forensic crime intelligence. This qualification lays a foundation for career advancement and further studies in Forensic Investigation.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.


Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.


How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

RULES on NQF level 5
Students who passed CRW1501 for this qualification, should not register for HFL1501.
This does not mean the modules are equivalent.


Second level

RULES on NQF level 6:
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Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CRW2603 - Selected Topics of Criminal Law Recommendation:Should be taken after completing CRW1501 (Not applicable to 90002, 98220, 98681 & 98683)
EPP2601 - Applied Communication in Policing Module I Recommendation:Should be taken after ENN103F (Not applicable to 90002)
FOR2601 - Forensic Methods and Techniques II (Module A)
FOR2602 - Forensic Methods and Techniques II (Module B)
FOR2603 - Investigation of Selected Crimes and Transgressions (Module A) Pre-requisite:FOR1501
FOR2605 - Scene of Incident
FOR2607 - Forensic Crime Intelligence
FOR2608 - Information Gathering Recommendation:Should follow FOR1501
FOR2609 - Principles of Evidence in Forensic Investigation Recommendation:Should follow CRW1501 & CRW2603 (CRW1501- not applicable to 90002)
Group B. Law Stream. Choose either Stream B or Stream C or Stream D
ADL2601 - Administrative Law Pre-requisite:ILW1501 & SJD1501 (Not applicable to 02291, 99303, 99304 & 99311)
CRW2601 - General Principles of Criminal Law Pre-requisite:ILW1501 & SJD1501
CSL2601 - Constitutional Law Pre-requisite:ILW1501 & PLS1502 (Not applicable to 02291, 99303 & 99304 however, JUST PLS1502 is not applicable to 98681 & 90002, but only until 2021)
Group C. Management Stream. Choose either Stream B or Stream C or Stream D
MNB1601 - Business Management IB Pre-requisite:MNB1501 or MNB101D (except for qualification code 90017)
MNG1602 - Management IB Pre-requisite:MNG1502 or MNG1M14
MNG2601 - General Management
Group D. Criminology Stream. Choose either Stream B or Stream C or Stream D
CMY2601 - Crime Risk Perspectives
CMY2602 - Principles of Crime Prevention, Reduction and Control
CMY2604 - Dealing with Young Offenders

Third level

RULES on NQF level 7:
Students who have already passed PMN501B for this qualification, will retain the credit and do not
have to register for PRM3701. This does not mean the modules are equivalent. Students who passed
CMP3701 should not register for CPR3701; Students who passed EVI3701 should not register for LEV3701
and students who passed EVI3702 should not register for MRL3702.





Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A.. Compulsory
FOR3701 - Forensic Methods and Techniques: Module A Pre-requisite:FOR2601
FOR3702 - Forensic Methods and Techniques: Module B Pre-requisite:FOR2602
Recommendation:Should follow FOR3701
FOR3703 - Investigation of Selected Crimes and Transgressions: Module A Pre-requisite:FOR2603
Recommendation:Should follow FOR3702
FOR3704 - Investigation of Selected Crimes and Transgressions: Module B Recommendation:Should follow FOR3703.
FOR3705 - Advanced Forensic Crime Intelligence Pre-requisite:FOR2601, FOR2602 & FOR2607
FOR3706 - Forensic Investigative Resources Co-requisite:FOR3701 & FOR3702
SEP3707 - Criminal Justice Research Methodology
Group B. Law Stream. Choose either Stream B or Stream C or Stream D
CPR3701 - Criminal Procedure Pre-requisite:SJD1501, PLS1502 & CSL2601 (PLS1502 not applicable to 98681 & 90002, but only until 2021)
LEV3701 - Law of Evidence Pre-requisite:SJD1501 & CRW2601 (CRW2601 - not applicable to 98220, 98681 & 98750)
MRL3702 - Labour Law Pre-requisite:ADL2601
Group C. Management Stream. Choose either Stream B or Stream C or Stream D
MNG3701 - Strategic Planning IIIA Pre-requisite:MNG2601 or MNG2016 (Not applicable to BTCOR, BTPLC, BTEXP, BTMAN, BTSMN, BTTOU & BTAGM & 98235)
MNG3702 - Strategic Implementation and Control IIIB Co-requisite:MNG3701
PRM3701 - Project Management Pre-requisite:MNB1601
Group D. Criminology Stream. Choose either Stream B or Stream C or Stream D
CMY3701 - The Explanation of Crime
CMY3702 - Crime Typologies
CMY3706 - Contemporary Criminological Issues