BSC Syllabus - Business Administration

Course Summary

The Management specialization is designed to prepare undergraduate Learners with the conceptual overview of modern theory and practice in the key areas of human resources, operations, marketing, and finance. Learners study how to use resources within these functional areas, assign resources and assess an organization. By the end of the specialization, Learners will have an understanding of the fundamentals of managing an organization and will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation of a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Course Modules

  • 30 credits - Small Business Management
  • 30 credits - Production and operations management
  • 30 credits - Strategic Management
  • 30 credits - Modern business in comparative perspective
  • 30 credits - The Dimensions of Global Business
  • 30 credits - Managing Organisational Change
Course CodeNameCourse Description
BUS4001Small Business Management This course introduces small business management and the multitudes of management skills required for successful operation. Small businesses are unique because they contain most of the elements found in large corporations, yet they have additional characteristics and peculiarities, advantages and disadvantages. Over 80% of all businesses are classified as small businesses. Small business management requires a person who is a generalist and a specialist, an innovator and a stabilizer. The small business manager can be expected to have knowledge of all aspects - internal and external - of the business.
BA4040Production and operations managementProduction and operations management is concerned with the design, planning and control of operating systems for the provision of goods and services. This course provides students with knowledge and understanding of the nature and characteristics of operating systems in both the manufacturing and service sectors. This will enable students to identify the key issues involved in the management of operating systems and the relationship between strategic objectives and operational objectives. The course also highlights the interaction between operations management and the finance, marketing and manpower functions.
BA4040Strategic ManagementStrategic management is concerned with the processes by which management plans and co-ordinates the use of business resources with the general objective of securing or maintaining competitive advantage. This course provides the student with a general insight into the historical development of management practices and international business policy. In particular this course reviews the developments and literature on corporate strategy and critically reviews the possibilities and limitations of management action in highly contested international markets.
BUS4009Modern business in comparative perspectiveThrough the explicit use of comparative techniques, this course explores the origins of national economic success and failure. It looks, therefore, at the competitiveness and organizational capabilities of each comparator country’s companies and asks which national factors encourage commercial success. Particular attention is paid to the G7 countries and East Asia. The meaning and impact of economic growth and the global economy are key themes, as is the influence of governments and national cultures on business performance studies.
BUS4020The Dimensions of Global BusinessBUS4020 Global Business is the study of international commerce, trade and worldwide cultural/economic influences. The basic components in BUS4020 cover the analysis of the cultural dimensions of social change and values including religion, language, family structure, and societal views on hierarchy. Course concepts will cover global strategy, comparative country selection, operations, finance, trade, marketing, supply chain management and new global challenges.
BUS4099Managing Organisational ChangeManaging organisational change is one of the core challenges facing modern managers. This course develops conceptual and theoretical frameworks for understanding the process of organisational change. Students evaluate, critically, research in and theories of organisational change and change management with a view to exploring and evaluating different theories and practices of managing the change process. Students develop diagnostic and analytical skills with which to explain complex organisational situations.

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