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Degree Level

Forensic accountants’ professionals are trained to look beyond the numbers and deal with the business reality to derive the underlying facts and intentions of financial expenditures and/or movement of financial resources in a situation.

Bachelor Of Science In Forensic Financial Accounting

Purpose Of Programme

The fundamental mission of the BSc. in Forensic Financial Accounting programme is to educate and train high calibre, technology savvy Forensic Accountants with ethical values who are equipped with up-to-date information on how to make decisions and put them into action. The programme was developed to equip the students with Forensic Accounting Investigation, Forensic Auditing, Litigation Support and Fraud Examination. Students graduating from BSc. in Forensic Financial Accounting will have the ability to transform the theoretical knowledge obtained throughout their studies into practice, through learning how to utilize rapidly developing information technologies widely used by the Forensic Accounting sector.

Forensic Financial Accounting experts are in demand and pursuing bachelor's degree in forensic financial accounting is a great way to enter this burgeoning field. Forensic financial accountants investigate white collar crimes. In an increasingly digital world, they help to investigate a theft, fraud, money laundering, and embezzlement, scrutinize transactions and monitoring for illegal activity. They analyse financial information for use in legal proceedings, contract disputes, and bankruptcies.

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Course period learners should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Forensic Financial Accounting methods.
  • Manage Forensic Financial Accounting activities.
  • Create an awareness of the relevant legislation that governs economic crime, including common law aspects and the law of evidence.
  • Develop high level of expertise in Forensic Financial Accounting that can contribute to safety, cost or effectiveness in operation.
  • Expose participants to a wide range of case studies relating to economic crime.
  • Provide guidance on investigative techniques and tools.
  • Expose participants to best practices in fraud risk management.

Admission Criteria

Normal Entry

NCQF Level 4 in General Education, e.g. Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) or equivalent like IGCSE, with a pass in English, Mathematics for entry into the programme to be awarded after completion of 525 credits. Graduate with NCQF Level 5, Certificate in the related field qualify for entry into the programme to be awarded a Programme after completion with 389 credits.
NCQF Level 4 in TVET (in relevant certificate IV)

Mature Entry

Mature Entry is provided for candidates who meet the necessary criteria set by the individual ETPs in accordance with their respective policies and regulations for admission. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and CATS will be provided for, and candidates will have to meet the necessary criteria set by the individual ETPs in accordance with their respective policies and regulations for RPL and CATS.


Modules Covered

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Forensic Financial Accounting
  • Business Communications
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Information communication Technology
  • Introduction to Economic Crimes

Semester 2

  • Forensic Data Analytics and Electronic Evidence
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Computer Crimes and Cyber Security
  • Money Laundering, Detection and Investigation

semester 3

  • Financial Risk Management Software
  • Mathematics for Forensic Financial Accounting
  • Psychology of the Fraudster
  • Fraud Detection and Techniques
  • Professional Ethics

Semester 4

  • Prevention and Detection of Corruption and Procurement Fraud
  • Cyber Forensics and Information Technology
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Treasury Management
  • Public Sector Finance

Semester 5

  • Forensic Investigations
  • Research Methods
  • Security Architectures and System Administration
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship

Semester 6

  • Investment Analysis
  • Actuarial Products and Liabilities
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Strategy

Semester 7

  • Corporate Governance
  • International Financial Markets
  • International Financial Forensics

Optional Modules (Choose 2)

  • Digital Forensics for the Fraud Examiner
  • Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Corruption in Public
  • Organizations
  • Corporate and White-Collar Crime
  • Forensic Auditing

Semester 8

  • Dissertation
  • Industrial Attachment

Career Pathways

Bachelor's in Forensic Financial Accounting is a stepping stone to a great a career. Graduates can find jobs in a cross-section of industries from corporations, insurance companies, law offices, financial institutions and other government agencies. Forensic financial accountants usually investigate and analyse financial evidence on white collar crimes and other, develop computerised applications to assist in the presentation and analysis of the evidence presented, communicate their findings in the form of various reports and assist in the legal proceedings in court as an expert witness. Forensic financial accountants also are employed by lawyers, law enforcement agencies, public and private companies, government organisations and financial institutions as consultants. On this course you will learn techniques for identifying, detecting and preventing fraud activities. The course is an ideal way to take a start in this highly demanding and lucrative field of Investigative Account assistance with the following jobs titles:

  • Forensic Accountant.
  • Forensic Auditor.
  • Fraud Investigator.
  • Equity Research Analyst.
  • Financial Analyst.
  • Law Enforcement
  • Small and Mid-size Businesses
  • The non Profit Sector
  • Private Practice
  • Banking Brokerage
  • Insurance
  • Other Financial services Industries
  • Major Corporations
  • State and Local Government
  • Corporate Analyst.
  • Investment Analyst.
  • Risk Analyst.
  • Finance Manager.
  • Equity Research Analyst.
  • Investment Analyst.

Duration

4 years of 8 semesters
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