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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Bachelor of Business Administration 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
62116  Bachelor of Business Administration 
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
National First Degree  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Generic Management 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  360  Level 6  NQF Level 07  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 091/21  2021-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2029-06-30  

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 Bachelor of Business Management is an undergraduate qualification that provides an overview of management practice in a national and international context. The programme aims to develop conceptual understanding, synthesis and application of Management and management theory for learners wishing to progress in management careers.

The qualification is directed towards persons occupying or intending to occupy junior and middle management positions in private and business sector organisations and who are also aspiring towards senior management positions. It is directed primarily at school leavers to enable them to develop and improve their management skills. Such learners would not have had previous exposure to the theoretical underpinnings of Management and management.

Rationale:

The mission of the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) focuses on the provision of affordable, accessible and accredited management programmes. The Bachelor of Business Management (BBA) will provide access to higher education to persons wanting to make careers in the field of commerce and industry and will complement the existing accredited qualifications that MANCOSA offers.

The Bachelor of Business Management (BBA) degree is of special interest to the working professional in business and private organizations and those who wish to pursue a career in management. The course work is designed to provide the student with an understanding and working application of the principles essential to the effective management of private and business agencies. The programme offers persons in employment the opportunity to improve their qualifications and become empowered in their quest to be managers.

A secondary purpose is to provide a convenient and appropriate avenue into business management studies and eventual gainful employment for students coming straight out of school.

In addition, the programme will provide a route for students aspiring to study further on the established MANCOSA MBA programme.

MANCOSA is a distance education institution and its programmes are available to students internationally. Most of the existing intake is situated in the SADC region, where the learning programme could serve fruitfully to integrate and regularise the business management practices amongst the states in the region. The access to higher education could have a significant positive influence on the ability of young businessmen and women to become leaders in their fields and to make positive contributions to the economies of their countries.

The programme will address the issue of shortages of qualified personnel and contribute to the development of ethical practices and good governance in the private and business sectors.

The Bachelor of Business Management:
  • Contributes to regional and national goals by facilitating capacity building and human resource development in management for social and economic development.
  • Promotes equity by providing affordable access to business management education to learners previously denied such opportunities.
  • Recognises and caters for the career and economic needs of learners who are in employment.
  • Provides learners with the opportunity to proceed on a course of study culminating in the attainment of a Masters Degree in Business Management.
  • Empowers graduates with the skills and competencies necessary to function and grow in the private and business sectors.
  • Broadens the social base of learners in higher education by targeting mature learners with work experience. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • The learner is competent in the language of instruction of the programme.
  • The learner has obtained the general theoretical, practical, professional and academic knowledge and understanding at NQF Level 4.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

    This qualification may be obtained in whole or in part through the recognition of prior learning.

    In the cases where prior learning is to be 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 an examination of their curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Such 'non-standard' candidates will be selected on the recommendation of a senior manager from their organisations/companies.
  • Where appropriate, interviews will also be conducted to assess the applicants. Some of the key criteria that will be used in evaluating 'non-standard' applicants include:
    > The applicants' motivation, maturity and realistic approach to their studies.
    > Job description, covering relevant area of work, giving examples of tasks carried out, possibly supplying references.
    > The nature and level of life/work experience and prior study, and the learning which has resulted from such experience.
    > Details of in-company short courses, length, content of material covered, standard achieved.
    > The clarity of the applicant's educational goals and objectives.
    > The extent to which the applicant can provide evidence of the threshold skills and knowledge for the programme.

    Where prior learning is recognized for advanced standing, credit will be given for prior certificated learning in accordance with established practice at South African higher education institutions. The amount of 'specific' credit granted is dependent on the match between prior learning and award towards which the intended programme leads.

    Credits may only be accumulated for modules, which are prescribed within the structure of a named award.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Applicants will be admitted to this qualification on the basis of one of the following minimum benchmark qualifications:
  • A Senior Certificate or equivalent.
  • An appropriate Further Education and Training Certificate or equivalent.

    In addition to the above admission criteria, the following will also be considered:
  • Relevant experience in the business sector.
  • Employment experience.
  • A detailed motivational letter and CV.
  • Prior learning. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Learning Components; Number of Credits allocated; NQF Level:
  • Fundamental; 120 Credits; Level 6.
  • Core; 210 Credits; Level 6.
  • Elective; 30 Credits; Level 6.

    Level at which qualification is fixed: NQF Level 6.
    Total Credits: 360 Credits.

    Components:
  • Fundamental; 120 credits:
    > Communication; (15 credits).
    > End User Computing; (15 credits).
    > Business Mathematics; (15 credits).
    > Business Law; (15 credits).
    > Financial Accounting; (15 credits).
    > Management Accounting; (15 credits).
    > Business Statistics; (15 credits).
    > Information Systems; (15 credits).
  • Core; 210 credits:
    > Business Management 1A; (15 credits).
    > Business Management 1B; (15 credits).
    > Business Management 2A; (15 credits).
    > Business Management 2B; (15 credits).
    > Business Management 3A; (15 credits).
    > Business Management 3B; (15 credits).
    > Economics 1A; (15 credits).
    > Economics 1B; (15 credits).
    > Economics 2A; (15 credits).
    > Economics 2B; (15 credits).
    > Economics 3A; (15 credits).
    > Economics 3B; (15 credits).
    > Project; (30 credits).
  • Electives; 30 credits:
    > Business Management 3E1; (15 credits).
    > Business Management 3E2; (15 credits).
    > Economics 3E1; (15 credits).
    > Economics 3E2; (15 credits). 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Overall Exit Level Outcomes:

    A learner attaining the Bachelor of Business Management will be able to:
  • Apply fundamental management principles in a work-based context.
  • Utilise technology to communicate effectively.
  • Conduct basic research.
  • Manage information in a business management context.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of economic principles.
  • Display skills in written communication, planning, budgeting, decision-making, and collaboration.

    Specific Outcomes (for each Module):

    Module Title: Business Management 1A.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Define Management.
  • Trace the evolution of management theories.
  • Outline the challenges confronting managers.
  • Describe the management environment.
  • Differentiate between the different functions of management.

    Module Title: Business Management 1B.
    Credit Toints: 15 Credits.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Explain employee motivation.
  • Define the sphere of responsibility of human resource management.
  • Explain the relationship between a human resource strategy and business strategy.
  • Describe the components of an HRM system.
  • Discuss the impact of labour legislation on the human resource environment.

    Module Title: Business Management 2A.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the nature and scope of marketing.
  • Identify environmental factors that impact on the marketing of the organisation.
  • Clarify the factors that influence consumer behaviour.
  • Determine target markets and undertake market segmentation for particular products and services.
  • Explain the elements of the marketing mix.

    Module Title: Business Management 2B.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the nature and scope of operations management.
  • Assess the requirements for making decisions related to each part of the operations function.
  • Explain how effective operations strategies are developed.
  • Discuss how managers can improve quality.
  • Explain the concept of supply chain management.
  • Describe the importance of distribution channels.

    Module Title: Business Management 3A.
    Credit Points: 20 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Explain concepts in financial management.
  • Apply budgeting principles in the financial management of a business.
  • Forecast the financial requirements of a business.
  • Distinguish between the different forms of financing available to a business.
  • Discuss the importance of working capital management.
  • Display knowledge of Cost-Volume-Profit analysis.
  • Apply ratio analysis in determining the viability of a business.

    Module Title: Business Management 3B.
    Credit Points: 20 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
    Explain the importance of strategic management.
  • Describe the steps in the strategic management process.
  • Differentiate between corporate, business and functional level strategies.
  • Describe the five competitive forces.
  • Discuss the various competitive strategies.

    Module Title: Economics 1A.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Display knowledge of Economics structures.
  • Explain the structure of Economics.
  • Explain the organisational principles relating to Economics structure.
  • Compare different Economics structures.

    Module Title: Economics 1B.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Identify the role and functions of local authorities.
  • Describe the types of services rendered by local authorities.
  • Describe contemporary issues confronting Economics.
  • Explain the developmental role of Economics.
  • Describe the context of Economics in South Africa.
  • Explain the functions, powers and duties of Economics.
  • Analyse intergovernmental relations.
  • Describe Economics structures.
  • Define the phenomena of urbanisation and regionalisation.
  • Evaluate the impact of urbanisation on Economics management.

    Module Title: Economics 2A.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Explain strategies for service delivery in an Economics context.
  • Explain the significance and effects of urbanisation.
  • Describe the development challenges facing rural communities.

    Module Title: Economics 2B.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Evaluate citizen participation in Economics.
  • Evaluate principles of Economics.
  • Outline the role of the government in the economy.
  • List the elements of Economics finance.
  • Identify the relevant policy and legislation relating to Economics finance.
  • Explain the budgetary process.
  • Prepare and present a budget.
  • Prepare a business plan.

    Module Title: Economics 3A.
    Credit Points: 20 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Analyse the role of city and municipal managers in Economics.
  • Describe local and global development issues.
  • Analyse the sources of Economics revenue.
  • Explain the budgetary process.

    Module Title: Economics 3B.
    Credit Points: 20 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the role of poverty alleviation programmes.
  • Analyse the future roles of Economics in developing countries.

    Module Title: Microeconomics.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the basic economic problem.
  • Explain the different market structures.
  • Explain how price is determined in terms of the market mechanism.
  • Apply production and cost concepts in order to optimise production.

    Module Title: Macroeconomics.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Display knowledge of macro-economic variables.
  • Explain the effects of these variables on economic growth.
  • Describe the influence of these variables on macro-economic policy.
  • Explain the impact of exchange rates on government policy.
  • Analyse the implications of government policy on economic activity.

    Module Title: Communication.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Write paragraphs and essays on selected topics.
  • Transcode texts from the spoken to the written mode.
  • Explain a selction of idiomatic expressions.
  • Explain the relationship between generalisations and specifics in a text.

    Module Title: Information Technology.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the roles of information systems.
  • Display knowledge of computer hardware, software, database management and telecommunications technologies.
  • Explain how information technology is used in modern information systems to support the end user collaboration and managerial decision making.

    Module Title: Ethics in the Business Sector.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the terminology, elements, categories, principles and generalizations in Ethics in the Business Sector.
  • Display knowledge of business ethics and the role of the Business manager.
  • Apply theories of Ethics to concrete situations.
  • Evaluate evidence pertaining to values, honesty, accountability, and corruption in the Business Sector.

    Module Title: Business Law.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Recall aspects of Business Law.
  • Apply the principles of administrative justice.
  • Display knowledge of administrative legality in the field of Business law.

    Module Title: Introduction to Politics.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the nature of politics as an activity associated with the state and government.
  • Outline the structure of a social order of a developed society.
  • Distinguish between society's political and non political environment.
  • Outline the nature, place, and role of the state in social order and government.
  • Describe the institutional character of the state and government in relation to other social institutions.
  • Explain the difference between the state and government.
  • Explain the theoretical and applied meaning of governing power.
  • Explain the difference between federal and unitary systems of government.

    Module Title: Business Sector Economics.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    Module Title: Research Methods.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the application of analytical tools and social science methods to problems associated with policy formulation, implementation and evaluation.
  • Apply the logic and skills needed to engage in practical research projects.

    Module Title: Strategic Management in the Business Sector.
    Credit Points: 15 Credits.

    At the end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the terminology, elements, and principles in strategic management.
  • Explain the strategic role and functions of the Business Manager.
  • Explain the nature and dynamics of strategy development and implementation.
  • Apply the fundamentals of strategic management to the Business Sector.

    Module Title: Project.
    Credit Points: 30 Credits.

    At end of this module the learner will be able to:
  • To perform a sustained exercise in research in the field of business management.
  • To show through the performance of such an exercise that they have competences in the methodology of research in the field of business management.
  • To write up their research accurately and appropriately.
  • To draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations arising out of their research. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
  • Business Management theory and principles are applied in a work-based context.
  • Basic research is conducted.
  • Appropriate technology is utilised in various communication modes.
  • Financial data is organised and evaluated.
  • Information is managed utilising appropriate technology.
  • Business Sector environments are analysed.

    Assessment is carried out by:
  • The use of work based assignments to test the application of principles in the organisation.
  • The use of technology in the submission of assignments and access to learning resources.
  • The use of basic research methods in all assignments.
  • A project report.
  • Written examinations.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Assessment centres around:
  • The extent to which the learner has grasped the basic concepts which form the base of management education.
  • The application of Business Management theory to a practical context.
  • The methods of research used.
  • A balance between theory and practice and its relevance to the level of the qualification.
  • The use of appropriate technology to ensure effective communication of ideas.

    Assessment methods measure the extent to which the learner has achieved competence in the different areas of study delivered through course modules.

    These assessment methods include:
  • Case studies.
  • Report writing.
  • Interpretative and analytical problem solving in the written examination.
  • Work based assignments.
  • Self assessment activities in the course material. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    MANCOSA was established in the post 1994 period with the view of addressing the critical shortage of access to management education in South Africa. Between 1995 and 2000 MANC0SA was engaged in providing Private Higher Education to South Africans in association with its former partner the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College a College of the University of Brunel, in the United Kingdom.

    The Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College is listed as an accredited state recognised institution in the United Kingdom. During this 5-year period MANCOSA successfully delivered tuition and academic and administrative support to over 860 students enrolled on the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College programmes.

    The outcomes and assessment criteria, the degree of complexity and the notional learning time of this qualification have been benchmarked against MANCOSA'S former international partner, the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College and best national and international practice. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
  • This qualification builds on Certificate and Diploma programmes from related and other sectors of the economy, relevant experience and prior learning.
  • The Bachelor of Business Management Programme provides articulation with the MANCOSA MBA degree.
  • The Bachelor of Business Management Programme will also provide articulation with Postgraduate Programmes at other Higher education institutions.

    The expertise acquired doing this qualification in full or in part can be measured against requirements of other qualifications at MANCOSA or other institutions to obtain credits for specific modules. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    External examiners and moderators are appointed to validate the students' examination and final assessments. The Examinations Board is the final decision making body that is responsible for the awarding of the qualification. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    To qualify as an assessor an individual must:
  • Generally have a Higher Education qualification at least one level higher than the course being assessed.
  • Be appropriately qualified and experienced as assessors.
  • Generally be the tutor responsible for that particular module.
  • Be in the possession of qualifications that are relevant to the programme.

    The following criteria are used for appointing external examiners and moderators:
  • Their experience of examining this programme or its equivalent.
  • Their independence from MANCOSA and from the programmes team.
  • Their expertise in the subject area.
  • Their scholastic contribution to the field.

    External examiners and moderators are required to have a qualification at least 1 Level higher than the programme being assessed. They are also required to have at least 2 years experience lecturing in this programme or its equivalent. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2009; 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    Rules governing the award of the qualification:

    An award of the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) will be conferred when the following conditions are satisfied:
  • The candidate was an enrolled and registered student of or at the College at the time of his or her assessment for an award and was not in debt to the College.
  • Details of the candidate's full name, date of birth, sex, programme and award have been registered by the College.
  • It has been confirmed that the candidate has completed a programme of study approved by the Examinations Board as leading to the award being recommended.
  • The award has been recommended by a Board of Examiners convened, constituted and acting under regulations approved by the Academic Board and including members approved as external examiners for the programme.

    The recommendation of the award has been signed by the Chair of the Board of Examiners and by the Examinations Officer, confirming that the assessments have been carried out in accordance with the College's requirements. 

  • LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


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