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Short Learning Programme
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Commercial Forensic Investigation
The short course aims to equip learners with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to effectively participate in the prevention and combating of commercial crime.

Purpose of the course:

The course will equip participants to plan, manage and execute legally sustainable and effective commercial forensic investigations within the South African context.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
N/A
Learning assumed to be in place: 
The successful completion of a senior certificate (grade 12) plus two years relevant experience or a tertiary qualification.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit

Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
 
  • To demonstrate a detailed knowledge of South African law relevant to the investigation of crime within the commercial forensic environment;
  • To demonstrate a detailed knowledge of interviewing and relater skills relevant to the investigation of crime within the commercial forensic environment;
  • To demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the different forms of statements, drafting of statements and the administration thereof relevant to the investigation of crime within the commercial forensic environment;
  • To demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the process and practical execution of private search and seizure within the South African context relevant to the investigation of crime within the commercial forensic environment;
  • To demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the South African commercial environment relevant to the investigation of crime within the commercial forensic environment;
  • To be able to solve problems through the analysing of sets of facts and or source documentation relating to the investigation of crime within the commercial forensic environment and to formulate arguments in an orderly fashion with reference to statutory requirements and applicable case law;
  • To demonstrate an ability to evaluate different sources of information, to select information appropriate to the task, and to apply well-developed processes of analysis, synthesis and evaluation to that information relating to the investigation of crime within the commercial forensic environment;
  • To demonstrate an ability to present and communicate complex information reliably and coherently using appropriate academic and professional or occupational conventions, formats and technologies falling within the ambit of the investigation of crime within the commercial forensic environment.
  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge base of key terms, principles and theories in the field commercial forensic investigation;
  • Through the use of it in arguments and debates in written (assignments, case studies and / or company project) and/or oral format by:
  • Demonstrating a detailed knowledge of the investigation process of crime in South Africa;
  • Demonstrating a detailed knowledge of the interviewing process, conducting an interview, planning, and preparation for the interviewing process, dealing with whistle blowers as well as the gaining of evidence on oath from recalcitrant potential witnesses;
  • To identify different types of statements and describe the purpose for obtaining such statements including the correct way of administering the oath and drafting of witness statements;
  • Demonstrating a detailed knowledge of case administration with regards to documentary evidence management including the chain of evidence;
  • To demonstrate detailed knowledge of practical aspects relating to search and seizure by private persons having regard to the practical execution thereof, search warrants etc.;
  • To demonstrate the relevant public and private sources of information that finds application within the investigation process;
  • To demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the Criminal Procedure Act, 51 of 1977 and the applicability of evidence to an alleged offence in terms of section 205 thereof.

 

  • Basic research methods, techniques, and technology should be applied to the field of commercial forensic investigation which includes identifying, gathering, organizing, critical analysing, evaluating, interpreting, and the write up of subsequent findings in assignment format.

 

Assessment: 
Formative assessment and summative assessment.
Method of assessment: 
Attendants will have to submit two written assignments and/or cases studies (formative assessment), and complete a 3 hour examination (summative assessment). The elements stated in the abovementioned learning outcomes and assessment criteria will form the basis of the assessment.

Additional information

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Mode of delivery: 
Contact
Target group: 
South African commercial forensic practitioners, specifically those who intend to become professional members of the Institute of Commercial Forensic Practitioners.
Contact us
Name: 
Mr Albert van Zyl
Telephone number: 
018 299 4420