Foundations of HIV/Aids: Causes and Impact mark the beginning of a career pathway as a series of courses in the comprehensive study about HIV/AIDS. This course explores the history of HIV and how it came to spread across boundaries. It does so by describing what HIV is and associated terminology. It looks at how it affects the immune system, ways of transmission, prevention strategies, diagnosis and management of the disease. Within these focus areas are the factors that affect the management thereof. This course aims to equip the learner with the necessary knowledge to be able to address HIV/AIDS-related issues differently and according to scientific facts and not mere speculations. It provides the learner with a comprehensive understanding of what the disease is and how to manage it. This will allow the learner to be better informed when applying their knowledge in the real world.
Subject Matter Expert
Letlhogonolo ‘Lolo’ Shibamb is a registered counsellor with the HPCSA by profession and currently practices at Educor, Damelin as an Academic Counsellor and doubles as a lecturer. She has a Bachelor of Psychology degree (BPsych) (NQF 8) from the Midrand Graduate Institute and is currently pursuing her BCOM in industrial and organisational psychology with UNISA. She primarily lectures modules in BA of Applied Social Sciences, including: HIV/AIDS and Terminal Illness Support and Care, Home-Based Hospice and Palliative Care, Primary Health Care Practices, Sociology of families just to name a few.
Lolo has gained extensive experience in community development work through various community engagements and working with various stakeholders such as Youth Health Africa. As of recent, she is the founder and Director of Akani Wellness Group, an Employee Health and Wellness company focusing on the development, implementation and sustainability of employee assistance practices in the workplace. The company also offers psychometric testing and counseling services, occupational health safety services, training and development, mentoring and coaching. The group collaborates extensively with local healthcare service providers and municipalities as part of their community development initiatives.
Lolo also has a passion for youth development and often encourages the youth to take on a holistic approach when planning for their future and taking care of themselves. She has supported many young individuals through their personal development. Her counseling background has yielded her to gain great insight in psychosocial support, on an individual basis and within groups. She has over 6 years of experience in trauma counseling and crisis intervention. She takes on a preventative and developmental approach in each of her projects and learning experiences.
Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience.
The Online Academic Tutor who is assigned to your course, is trained to build each student up to reach their fullest potential. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offering advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.
Course and Technical Requirements
To successfully access and complete this course, you will be required to have a registered email account, access to a computer/laptop/tablet and stable internet connection. You will be required to be familiar with using a computer as you may need to be able to read and download documents in Adobe PDF Reader, view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and read and create documents in Microsoft Word.
Our online short learning programmes may require additional software applications. These additional software applications requirements will be communicated to you in this information pack and/or on the website course page. Damelin Online does not provide any additional software applications required for online short learning programmes.
Please note: Google, YouTube and Vimeo may be used in our online course delivery. If any of these services are blocked in your jurisdiction, you may have difficult in accessing our course content.
How We Engage with Students
Our online short learning programmes are broken into self-paced manageable modules designed to be interactive and engaging:
- The programme is available to be viewed on smart devices and includes mobile, tablets and personal computers.
- Relevant case studies, articles and recommended reading are part of supplementary resources available.
- Apply and evaluate what you have learned in each module with the self-grading quizzes and assignment submissions
- View a range of Introductory course videos by your Subject Matter Expert.
- Scheduled live webinars are included with the Online Academic Tutor.
- Network, collaborate and interact with your fellow participants and Online Academic Tutor via the discussion boards.
Upon successful completion of this online short learning programme, you will be awarded with a Damelin Certificate of Competence.