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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Bachelor of Business Administration Honours 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
97881  Bachelor of Business Administration Honours 
ORIGINATOR
Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Honours Degree  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Finance, Economics and Accounting 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Not Applicable  NQF Level 08  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2021-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2022-06-30   2025-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
The qualification aims to develop an in-depth conceptual understanding, synthesis and critical application of strategic perspectives of management in a national and international context.

The Bachelor of Business Administration Honours (BBA Hons) enables learners with sufficient and relevant work experience and appropriate qualifications to further develop their functional and reflective competencies in business management and administration.

The qualification aims to develop an integrated conceptual understanding, synthesis and critical application of specialised qualitative and quantitative issues in business management.

The qualification is directed towards learners having relevant work experience and occupying middle and senior management positions and who have completed a cognate Bachelor's Degree qualification. It also provides for the accomplishment of research and decision-making skills.

The BBA Hons is a Postgraduate qualification, which will enable learners to develop in-depth, discipline specific skills and applied competence in the private and the public sectors that will provide opportunities for personal intellectual growth, more purposeful employment and making a contribution to society.

Rationale:
Research reveals that no other higher institution in South Africa offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Honours Degree. The reason for this is evident as in the past graduates of the BBA degree could automatically articulate directly onto the Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA). With the new Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF) in place since 2008, this is no longer the case. BBA graduates now require a cognate Honours Degree or postgraduate diploma to progress onto an MBA programme. The BBA Hons Degree will therefore serve this purpose for this institution's BBA graduates and BBA graduates of other Higher Education Institutions.

The course work is designed to provide the student with an understanding and working application of the principles essential to dealing with effective management within the private business sector. However, it is not exclusive of the public sector. This programme is designed for graduates and professionals from a wide range of business contexts and backgrounds who wish to productively participate in the challenges of twenty-first century management. The programme is intended to provide students with higher level management skills and knowledge of management frameworks, theories and tools and to employ these effectively in order to make a real difference in their work places. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
This qualification may be obtained in whole or in part through the recognition of prior learning. Prior learning is also recognised for purposes of access to the qualification.

It is assumed that the learning derived from work or life experience will be a major element in the profiles of non-standard entrants primarily by means of a portfolio of evidence. Such 'non-standard' candidates will be selected on the recommendation of a senior manager from applicants' organisations/companies.

Where prior learning is recognised for advanced standing, credit will be given for prior certificated learning in accordance with established practice at South African higher education institutions. The maximum amount of 'specific' credit granted is 50%.

The minimum entry requirements are:
  • Bachelor's Degree or an Advanced Diploma in a related field. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification consists of compulsory modules at NQF Level 8 totalling 120 Credits.
    Modules:
  • Contemporary Human Resource Management, 15 Credits.
  • Accounting and Financial Management, 15 Credits.
  • Marketing Management, 15 Credits.
  • Quantitative Methods and Business Research Methodology, 15 Credits.
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management, 15 Credits.
  • Corporate and Business Strategy, 15 Credits.
  • Research Report, 30 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Develop business policies and strategies for organisations to meet stakeholder requirements.
    2. Demonstrate awareness of ethical and global issues in business.
    3. Identify, formulate and solve business/decision making problems using appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools.
    4. Conduct research into business/management issues for project work, using a variety of sources and appropriate methodologies that inform the learning process. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Ways to build an organisation capable of effective strategy execution and sound strategic alignment are suggested.
  • The importance of leadership, culture and teamwork in strategy development and its implementation is explained.
  • The choice of strategy or strategies in a given industry, competitive, comparative and organisation situations is defended.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • The increasing importance of reflecting an ethical stance in the development of strategic marketing is appreciated.
  • The role of corporate governance and ethics in strategy development and implementation is critically understood.
  • The consumer is considered in a systematic and integrated manner.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Simple statistical tools and analyses to solve business-related problems are applied.
  • Quantitative methods and techniques are applied to other management disciplines as part of implementing and monitoring strategic objectives.
  • Sound inventory management principles which reduce the total cost of ownership and improve organisational profitability are applied.
  • Core numeracy and information technology skills to specific problems are applied.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Available research methodologies to answer the study questions, and achieve study objectives are critically applied.
  • Current literature in a specialised business area is reviewed and summarised.
  • Contending theoretical standpoints are analysed and synthesised.
  • Recommendations for business related problems aligned to leading practices in the field are provided.

    Integrated Assessment:
  • All assessments will integrate knowledge, skills and attitudes and applied competence.

    Both formative and summative modes of assessments will be used:
    Formative Assessment:
  • The scheme of work includes assignments based on the learning material and students are given feedback. The process is continuous and focuses on smaller sections of the wok and limited number of outcomes.

    Summative Assessment:
  • Examinations or equivalent assessment such as a portfolio in order to determine a representative selection of the outcomes practiced and assessed in the formative stage. Summative assessment also tests the learner`s ability to manage and integrate a large body of knowledge to achieve the stated outcomes of a module. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Bachelor of Business Administration Honours offered at Thompson Rivers University in the United Kingdom, equips learners with analytical and reflective thinking techniques to identify and analyse problems, develop viable alternatives, and make effective decisions. Learners are also enabled to identify and analyse ethical conflicts and social responsibility issues involving different stakeholders.

    Nalai University in Malaysia offers a Bachelor of Business Administration Honours in Management. The structure of this qualification is designed to give learners a strong foundation in the general areas of business studies covering Accounting, Economics, Marketing, and Organisational Studies. This strong knowledge base will prepare them to progress effectively and master areas of specialisation in Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, or Management.

    Conclusion:
    This qualification compares well with the two qualifications cited above in that the design and expected outcomes display similarities. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification has been designed so as to ensure horizontal and vertical articulation pathways on the National Qualification Framework.
    It articulates horizontally with:
  • Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Business Finance, at NQF Level 8.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Business, at NQF Level 8.

    It articulates vertically with:
  • Master of Business Administration, at NQF Level 9.
  • Master of Business Science in Economics, at NQF Level 9.
  • Master of Commerce in Business Management, at NQF Level 9. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) 



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