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Forensic4Africa’s vision is to be the preferred forensic service provider. We aim to be professional with integrity and commitment to the public good. We strive to equip individuals throughout Africa with quality, practice-directed skills
in the fields of Forensic Science, Genetics, Proactive and Reactive Crime Resolving strategies.
Presently we offer several short courses in a variety of “interest” subjects such as HIV/AIDS Awareness and Trauma
Care as well as National Certificates in the fields of Resolving of Crime, Forensic Biology and Forensic Science.
Our Bridging to Forensic Science course emphasises basic chemical, biological and mathematical principles to prepare learners for their study of forensic science. This particular course only covers the topics that are relevant to the National Certificate: Forensic Science, it does NOT cover the whole of the matric syllabus.
This short course comprises five topics/modules: chemistry, biology, genetics, maths, and statistics. This Chemistry module covers atoms, elements, compounds, molecules and chemical bonding. It also takes a closer look at the properties of water and carbon which are both essential for life. Biology is the first of two biology modules and covers biological molecules, cells and reproduction.
This module must be understood and completed before beginning the Genetics module. Genetics is very important to understand as it forms the basis on which identification of a suspect is determined. The Maths module serves as revision as it covers basic mathematical operations such as fractions, percentages, scientific notation, algebra and graphs. Knowledge of statistics is also required in order to give a value to the results of your findings and is particularly necessary for presenting DNA profiling evidence.
This short course contains information on various aspects of HIV and AIDS, including the science of HIV infection and transmission, as well as emotional and social aspects. There are sections on topics such as prevention, treatment, your rights and where to go for further information.
The aim of this short course is to give a basic understanding of what phylogenetics is and how it can be used in a forensic context. This is not a “how to do it” course but you will be able to “read” a phylogenetic tree and understand how the DNA sequences are related to one another. The use of phylogenetic information will be discussed by way of examining several forensic cases.
This is the first of our “general interest” short courses and will be of interest to anyone thinking of aiming for a career in this field, such as trauma counselling, emergency services or even a psychologist or psychiatrist. The first section covers the impact of traumatic events and includes various topics such as traumatic stress, traumatic incidents and secondary traumatisation. The second section deals with the typical reactions of a trauma survivor, including symptoms and diagnostic criteria. The last section covers post trauma stress reactions and recovery assistance.
This short course is presented as a “general interest” course and covers three main areas of trauma care; namely trauma assistance, trauma recovery and a short section on care for the caregiver. Trauma assistance includes topics such as stress management, assessment, diagnosis and emergency care.
The second section presents a model for trauma debriefing and recovery and the third section of the course deals with compassion fatigue which is applicable to everyone dealing with trauma victims. Also included are several articles to be found on the internet as well as an extensive bibliography.