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UNISA Diploma in Security Management (98221) Requirements

The requirements for undertaking the University of South Africa (UNISA) Diploma in Security Management (98221).

Diploma in Security Management


Qualification code: 98221
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 101103
APS/AS: 18
Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet.
Purpose statement:
This qualification is designed for Security Managers. The qualified Security Manager (learner) will have the competence to demonstrate his/her ability to manage the security function cost-effectively within an organisation at managerial level.
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. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2022 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: 
Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.
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You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

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 Practicing Workplace English (ENN1504) for this qualification, do not need to
register for ENG1503 and will retain credit. This does not mean the modules are equivalent. Students
who have already passed ENN103F will retain credit and do not need to register for ENG1503. Students
who have already passed EUP1501 for this qualification, will retain the credit and do not have to
register for CMY1501. This does not mean the modules are equivalent.

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CMY1501 – Introduction to Criminology: Crime, Offenders and Criminal Behaviour
ENG1503 – Academic Language and Literacy in English
MNG1502 – Management IA
MNG1602 – Management IB Pre-requisite:MNG1502
SEP1501 – Security Principles and Practices I
SEP1502 – Fire Prevention and Safety Strategies
SEP1503 – Corporate Investigation I
SEP1505 – Security Technology and Information Security I
SJD1501 – Social Dimensions of Justice
Group B: Choose two modules from the following:
HRM1501 – Introduction to Human Resource Management
LRM1501 – Introduction to Labour Relations Management
MAC1501 – Introduction to Management Accounting
PUB1508 – Public Service Delivery I
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Second level

RULES on NQF-Level 6

On this level, students need to complete 2 elective modules. Pre-requisites should be taken into
consideration for third level electives. Students who have passed SEP2604 will retain the credit and
do not have to register for SEP3714. Students who have passed MND2601 and MND2602 for this
qualification will retain credits for MNG2601 and MNG2602.

Third level

RULES on NQF-Level 7:

On this level, students need to complete 2 elective modules. Students who have passed SEP2604 as
part of the old curriculum, do not need to do SEP3714. Students who have passed MND3701 and MND3702
will retain credits for MNG3701 and MNG3702.

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
MNG3701 – Strategic Planning IIIA Pre-requisite:MNG2601 (Not applicable to BTEXP, BTSMN, 98222, 98235 & 90124)
MNG3702 – Strategic Implementation and Control IIIB Co-requisite:MNG3701
SEP3701 – Applied Security Risk Management
SEP3702 – Integrated Security Risk Project Management
SEP3703 – Corporate Investigation III
SEP3704 – Security Risk Control Measures III Recommendation:Students should complete SEP3714 before they can register for this module.
SEP3705 – Security Technology and Information Security III
SEP3714 – Security Risk Control Measures II (Module 1)
Group B. Choose two modules from the following:
CMY3702 – Crime Typologies
HRM3704 – Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management Pre-requisite:HRM2601 & HRM2602 or HRM2605 (Not applicable to 98221 and BTSMN)
LRM3702 – Labour Relations Management: Micro Pre-requisite:LRM2601
PUB3711 – Approaches to Programme Management III Pre-requisite:PUB2617
PUB3712 – Aspects of Programme Management III Pre-requisite:PUB2617
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However, if you meet the requirements and wish to apply to study this course. You can simply check the application processes.

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