UNISA Short Course in Security Practice

UNISA Short Course in Security Practice

University of South Africa Short Course in Security Practice

Course in Security Practice (72486)



Security officials are required to have specific skills in order that assets are protected on a cost-effective basis which is both ethically correct and which conforms to the norms contained in the South African Constitution.

Target group

This course is introductory in nature and is aimed at security officials and security supervisors involved in the security industry in southern Africa. Furthermore, the course is also aimed at persons who are not yet working in the field but who are interested in a career in the security industry.

Admission requirements

Senior Certificate or an equivalent applicable NQF level 4 qualification and/or experience as approved by the Director of the Centre for Criminological Sciences


One year

Language medium


Registration periods

06 January to 28 February

Tuition method

UNISA open distance learning, facilitated by study guides, tutorial letters and discussion classes.

Kind of assessment

Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies
Formative assessment:
Students must complete and pass a compulsory written assignment in each module. The assignments will involve work-based exercises and self-assessments. Assignments count 20% towards the final mark.
Summative assessment:
Students’ performance will be evaluated by means of a formal two-hour examination for each module that counts 80% towards the final mark
Pass mark:
To pass a module a student must obtain a minimum of 50% in the examination.

An Introduction to Security Practice (CSPR013)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • The security occupation
  • Introduction to physical security
  • Emergency planning
  • Security awareness
  • Corporate crime threats
  • Fire prevention and suppression
  • Basic principles of security risk management
  • Occupational health and safety


Introduction to Security Related Law (CSPR024)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • An introduction to South African aw
  • General principles of the South African criminal law and the security function
  • Specific South African common law offences in the security environment


Security Investigations (CSPR035)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • Investigative theory
  • Basic scene handling
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Interviewing suspects and defendants
  • Recording affidavits and statements
  • Sources of information


Course leader

Prof J H Prinsloo DLitt et Phil (Criminology)
Centre for Criminological Sciences
Office 1-16, Brooklyn House, Veale Street, Brooklyn
Tel: 012 433 9531
E-mail: prinsjh@unisa.ac.za

Programme administrator(s)

Ms S Campher
Centre for Criminological Sciences
Office 1-16, Brooklyn House, Veale Street, Brooklyn
Tel: 012 433 9531
E-mail: camphsf@unisa.ac.za