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Bachelor of Commerce in Information and Technology Management 
71889  Bachelor of Commerce in Information and Technology Management 
Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) 
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
National First Degree  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Generic Management 
Undefined  360  Level 6  NQF Level 07  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
Reregistered  SAQA 091/21  2021-07-01  2023-06-30 
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. 


The Bachelor of Commerce (Information Management) is an undergraduate Qualification that provides an overview of information management practice in a national and international context. The programme aims to develop conceptual understanding, synthesis and application of information management techniques, theories and practices.

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 information management skills. Such learners would not have had previous exposure to the theoretical underpinnings of general management and information management.


The mission of the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) focuses on the provision of affordable, accessible and accredited management programmes. The Bachelor of Commerce (Information Management) 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 Commerce (Information Management) degree is of special interest to the working professional in business and private organizations and those who wish to pursue a career in information management. The academic content of the BCom (Information Management) undergraduate degree program exposes students to organizational/business functions and their systems, the technologies that underlie these systems, the use of information systems to overcome business problems, and the process of information systems development, implementation and management within business. Adding the Information Systems major to an accounting or business major provides BCom students with the preparation they need to participate effectively in today's information age organisation.

The purpose of the Qualification is to provide students with intellectual competencies and practical skills in the application of information and knowledge management principles in the different functional units of an enterprise.

Southern African enterprises today operate in a global market with an increasingly turbulent and volatile environment, and must withstand the competitive pressure both from other producers as well as from new alternative technologies and products. In this environment of uncertainty, information and knowledge management offer opportunities for innovative managers to use information as a strategic tool for competitive advantage.

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 information 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 degree comprises of 22 semester courses and a capstone project. The degree is structured in a progressive manner with fundamental modules to provide the foundation/support and core modules to provide the nucleus of Information management.

The Bachelor of Commerce (Information 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 information 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.

    Many job opportunities are available in the private sector as well as government departments. In South Africa there is a marked growth in demand for the services of information consultants who can turn information provision into a successful commercial venture. Enterprises are prepared to pay for information that will enable them to increase their profit margins and remain ahead of their competitors. Any of the following opportunities can be pursued:
  • Information manager (managing the strategic information resources in an enterprise).
  • Knowledge manager (managing the knowledge resources in an enterprise for competitive advantage).
  • Records manager (managing the business records of an enterprise).
  • Web manager (creates, maintains and develops a Website for an enterprise).
  • Business intelligence worker (collecting, analysis and dissemination of information about an enterprise's external environment).
  • Information broker (deliver information retrieval services and value-adding of information).
  • Information consultant (advice on information systems and the management of information as an economic resource). 

  • 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:

    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 and 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 NQF Level 4 Qualification.
  • 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 Curriculum Vitae.
  • Prior learning. 


  • Level at which qualification is fixed; NQF Level 6.
  • Total Credits; 360 credits.


    Fundamental (90 credits):
  • Analytical Techniques 1T (15 credits).
  • Financial Accounting 1T (15 credits).
  • Project Management 2T (15 credits).
  • Management Accounting 2T (15 credits).
  • Business Information Systems 2T (15 credits).
  • Business Statistics2T (15 credits).

    Core (270 credits):
  • Business Management 1A (15 credits).
  • Business Management 1B (15 credits).
  • Economics 1A (15 credits).
  • Economics 1B (15 credits).
  • Informatics 1A (15 credits).
  • Informatics 1B (15 credits).
  • Information Management 2A (15 credits).
  • Information Management 2B (15 credits).
  • Informatics 2A (15 credits).
  • Informatics 2B (15 credits).
  • Information Management 3A (15 credits).
  • Information Management 3B (15 credits).
  • Informatics 3A (15 credits).
  • Informatics 3B (15 credits).
  • Project (30 credits).

    Learning Components; Number of credits allocated; NQF Level:
  • Fundamental; 90 credits; NQF Level 7.
  • Core; 270 credits; NQF Level 7.
    Total credits; 360 credits. 

    Specific Outcomes (for each Module):

    Module Title: Economics 1A (Microeconomics).
    Credits: 15.


    This module offers an introduction to the workings of market systems. It deals with the economic behaviour of consumers and firms, covering analysis of demand and supply of goods, services and resources within an economy. The framework developed is used to examine and evaluate the operation of the market mechanism for various market structures and government policies.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the economic problem of scarcity.
  • Discuss the goals and instruments of a market economy.
  • Analyse the forces of supply and demand.
  • Identify and explain the role of the various economic subjects in the economy.
  • Interpret price elasticity of demand, income elasticity and cross-price elasticity.
  • Explain the concept of a rational consumer.
  • Apply the important production concepts.
  • Apply the important cost concepts.
  • Analyse and identify the economic dynamics of the various market structures.
  • Recognise the limitations of markets.
  • Explain how governments influence improve on market allocations.

    Module Title: Informatics 1A (Introduction to algorithm development (VB).
    Credits: 15.


    To enable the learner to analyse, design and develop algorithms into programs demonstrating the correctness using a visual computer language such as Visual Basic.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Use a computer to solve problems.
  • Analyse, design and evaluate algorithms.
  • Program algorithms in an object-oriented language such as Visual Basic.
  • Demonstrate the correctness of a computer program.

    Module Title: Analytical Techniques 1T.
    Credits: 15.


    To provide the necessary background for students to appreciate the relevance and importance of rigorous data and the methods required to process such data. Furthermore it is designed to provide students with the relevant tools to plan, and carry out investigations in an appropriate manner.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Identify and apply appropriate statistical methods for data interpretation.
  • Process and present statistical analyses.
  • Appreciate the importance of analysis in research.
  • Develop a research protocol.
  • Describe and select an appropriate analytical method to solve a particular problem.
  • Use a range of analytical methods.
  • Record data in an appropriate style.

    Module Title: Business Management 1B (Functional Areas of Management).
    Credits: 15.


    This module exposes students to an array of organisational structures and theories in relation to central and strategic management. It also involves students in the study of functional areas of management, including operations management, marketing management, human resource management and financial management. At the end of the module students should be able to understand and discuss organisations and organisational theory, and to propose solutions to a variety of more complex problems that might arise in the course of managing a business.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Conceptualise the skills managers must acquire in their roles.
  • Analyse the four primary management tasks.
  • Differentiate between the functional areas of management.
  • Outline the importance of each functional area of management.
  • Identify the relationship between functional areas of management.

    Module Title: Economics 1B (Macroeconomics).
    Credits: 15.


    This module analyses aggregate economic activity in the national economy and its interrelationships with the rest of the world. Emphasis is placed on basic principles involved in the determination of the level of national output, the aggregate price level, and the money supply. Alternative explanations of key macroeconomic problems and relevant economic policies are compared. The theoretical concepts are illustrated from a range of Southern African and international examples.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the basic principles of macroeconomics.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of competing macroeconomic theories.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of macroeconomic variables and the measurement of such variables.
  • Explain the basic relationships between different macroeconomic variables.
  • Recognise the relationships between national income, unemployment, budget deficit, money supply, interest rate, inflation rate, exchange rate and trade deficit.
  • Construct a simple macroeconomic model based on aggregate demand and aggregate supply.
  • Outline the implications of international trade and capital movements for macroeconomic aggregates in a small open economy.

    Module Title: Informatics 1B (Introduction to data structures (VB).
    Credits: 15.


    To enable the learner to represent data in the memory of a computer. To enable the learner to develop object oriented and component based computer programs, in a computer language such as Visual Basic. To introduce the learner to introductory concepts of social and professional issues with relevance to Information Technology.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the meaning of abstract data types.
  • Explain the structure of internal data types such as stacks, linked lists and queues.
  • Explain the structure of external data types such as sequential, direct and indexed files.
  • Explain and compare the object orientated programming paradigm and the component approach to program development.
  • Develop object-oriented and component based programs in a computer language such as Visual Basic.
  • Explain introductory concepts concerning social and professional issues.
  • Information Technology. A minimum of two lectures will be spent on social and professional conduct in Information Technology. This knowledge will be explicitly tested by a compulsory exam question.

    Module Title: Financial Accounting 1T
    Credits: 15

    The purpose of this module is to cover the basic concepts of accounting, the recording of various elementary transactions and the accounting cycle. This module deals with the recording and control of various assets and liabilities and the accounting records of a sole trader and a non-trading enterprise. This module familiarises the student with recording, classifying and interpreting financial data for a business. It includes a study of the journals, ledgers and financial statements used by these entities. It also covers credit instruments, depreciation of plant assets, internal control, and liabilities.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Prepare journal entries (subsidiary journals); post the entries to the ledger.
  • Prepare a trail balance and correct the trial balance where necessary.
  • Prepare the financial statements of a sole trader.
  • Identify, explain, calculate, record, present and disclose receivables, payables, inventories, cash and property, plant and equipment.
  • Prepare a reconciliation of debtors and creditors accounts.
  • Prepare a statement of receipts and payments and financial statements of a non-trading enterprise.
  • Prepare a bank reconciliation statement.
  • Classify and interpret financial data for a business.

    Module Title: Informatics 2A (Database design).
    Credits: 15.


    To ensure that the learner will have knowledge on theoretical aspects of database models (relational model), on the entity-relationship (E-R) modeling procedure and on the normalizing of a database's relations. To expose the learner to practical experience in the design of a relational database and the related E-R modelling and normalization.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Do a critical analysis and comparison of different database models.
  • Develop a relational database for the solution of business problems.
  • Use entity-relationship modelling in the design of a 3NF relational database.
  • Develop an object-orientated computer program in Visual Basic to manipulate a relational database.

    Module Title: IT Management 2A (Organization Wide Information).
    Credits: 15.


    The purpose of this course is to expose learners to the basic and advanced principles of information and communication technologies so that the development of a basic computer system and its integration with business objectives can be lead. This includes the principles of enterprise wide technologies.

    At the end of this course the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the basic principles of information and communication technology such as hardware, software, Internet, Intranet, Extranet.
  • Integrate different information and communication technologies in support of the organisational goals.
  • Explain enterprise wide information technology.
  • Describe how workflow works and what technology is required for it.

    Module Title: Business Statistics 2T.
    Credits: 15.


    The purpose of this module is to provide students with a working knowledge of quantitative analysis. It will provide future managers with the essential quantitative basis to be effective in the business world. It will provide an important tool in transforming raw data into meaningful, useful and usable information for decision-making.

    At the end the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the importance of quantitative techniques in management.
  • Perform statistical analyses to extract additional information from business data.
  • Manipulate gathered data through various statistical methods.
  • Prepare and interpret reports expressed in statistical terms.
  • Assess validity of statistical findings.

    Module Title: Business Information Systems.
    Credits: 15.


    The objective of this course is to provide students with an insight into and knowledge of information systems, computers and computer technology, as well as an introduction to the use of a computer and application software in a business environment.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the roles of information systems.
  • Identify and explain the function of various hardware and software components.
  • Discuss the Input, Process and Output Sequence.
  • Advise on the benefits of enterprise systems for business functions.
  • Comprehend the relationship between 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: Informatics 2B (Electronic commerce and Electronic Business).
    Credits: 15.


    To ensure that a learner will have knowledge on the architecture and functioning of the Internet; will be able to explain how the Internet can be used in applications such as the WWW, e-commerce and e-mail and explain the roll of network security in the protection of information. To introduce the learner to ethical and professional issues with relevance to Information Technology.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Evaluate the roll of the Internet in applications such as the WWW, e-commerce and e-mail.
  • Give a critical evaluation of security measures in electronic commerce over the Internet.
  • To develop a web page in a convenient language such as HTML.
  • Design a simple three-tier client/server system with a web page as user interface, an object orientated server and a relational database for executing electronic commerce transactions over a network.
  • Explain ethical and professional issues concerning Information Technology.

    Module Title: IT Management 2B (Management And Decision Making Support Systems.
    Credits: 15.


    The purpose of this course is to expose learners to information technology and processes that will facilitate management and decision making in organisations.

    At the end of this course the learner will be able to:
  • Understand and apply the principles of data warehousing and data mining.
  • Understand and apply the basic principles of information security analyse and evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of information technology investments.
  • Understand the impact of information technology on the organisation, individual and society.

    Module Title: Project Management 2T.
    Credits: 15.


    The purpose of this module is to provide students with a structured approach to managing projects. It outlines the latest planning and control techniques used by industry in the management of projects. The key objective is to develop a fully integrated information and control system to plan, instruct, monitor and control large amounts of data, quickly and accurately to facilitate the problem-solving and decision making process.

    At the end the learner will be able to:
  • Practice the process of project management and its application in delivering successful IT projects.
  • Evaluate a project to develop the scope of work, provide accurate cost estimates and to plan the various activities.
  • Use risk management analysis techniques that identify the factors that put a project at risk.
  • Identify the resources required for a project and to produce a work plan and resource schedule.
  • Monitor the progress of a project and to assess the risk of slippage, revising targets or counteract drift.
  • Distinguish between the different types of project and follow the stages needed to negotiate an appropriate contract.

    Module Title: Management Accounting 2T.
    Credits: 15.


    The purpose of this module is to provide the learner with information for sound management decision-making. The student will appreciate the value of management accounting with respect to the implementation of forecasting, planning and control. Furthermore, it will help develop cost control systems and financial reporting systems and ensures flexibility in response to changes in the environment. It also helps the student identify limitations in the organisation through an effective reporting system.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the need for pre-determined costs and management accounting systems.
  • Distinguish between direct and indirect costs and fixed and variable costs.
  • Calculate the value of stock using different valuation methods.
  • Explain Absorption Costing.
  • Explain Marginal Costing and Breakeven Analysis.
  • Determine the optimal costing methods (Absorption Costing vs Marginal Costing).
  • Explain the principles of effective budgeting.
  • Implement Cost control using Standard Costing methods.
  • Use techniques of Investment Appraisal.

    Module Title: Informatics 3A (Introduction to software engineering).
    Credits: 15.


    To enable a learner to develop and implement computer systems for the solution of business problems. To obtain, on a practical level, experience in a team relationship; to identify, analyse and implement a prototype of a business system.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the principles of software engineering.
  • Indicate the steps in the development of an IT business system.
  • Develop an object oriented client/server system for the Internet.
  • Analyse and develop a prototype of a business system in a team relationship.

    Module Title: IT Management 3A (IT Management).
    Credits: 15.


    The purpose of this module is to expose learners to the various components involved in managing an IT facility to facilitate the economic and effective management thereof.

    Outcomes: At the end of this course the learner will be able to:
  • Identify the components involved in the management of an IT facility.
  • Appreciate the challenges in the management of an IT facility.
  • Apply various management techniques to manage an IT facility economically and effectively.

    Module Title: Auditing 3T.
    Credits: 15.


    The purpose of this module is to first introduce students to the concept of auditing and auditing standards. The module then outline audit responsibilities, control models, techniques (audit programmes, working papers, audit findings, etc.), scientific methods (risk assessment and sampling), reporting, information technology auditing, managing the internal audit function (quality assurance, controlling audit projects, etc.), audit relationships (auditees, external auditors and the board), risk-based auditing and control self-assessment.

    At the end of the module the learner will be able to:
  • Be familiar with the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) standards.
  • Describe the concept of internal control.
  • Identify weaknesses and suggest improvements; understand the internal audit process.
  • Utilise different tools and techniques in the audit process.
  • Specify findings of the audit performed.
  • Apply statistical sampling techniques and other quantitative methods in an auditing procedure.
  • Be familiar with general and application controls in an information technology environment.
  • Perform an audit of computer programmes and data files.

    Module Title: Systems Analysis and Design 3T.
    Credits: 15.


    This module relates to systems analysis and design as applied to information systems and computer applications. It presents the learner with the tools, techniques and methods required in automation. The analysis of problems and processes in a logical manner, particularly through the use of mathematical models and formulas and with the aid of computers and other data processing equipment is covered.

    At the end the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the system development life cycle.
  • Explain the concepts, skills, methodology and techniques used in structured analysis and design.
  • Utilise tools for analysis, design and development of the system.
  • Explain the basic characteristics of object-oriented system.
  • Analyze and design the object-oriented system.

    Module Title: Informatics 3B (Advanced software engineering).
    Credits: 15.


    To enable the learner to convey a thorough knowledge of project management. To gain experience, on a practical level, on compiling a web page for promoting and marketing a business system. To be engaged in implementing and demonstrating a prototype IT business system developed in a team relationship. To introduce the learner to legal and professional issues with relevance to Information Technology.

    At the end the learner will be able to:
  • Indicate the importance of project management aspects such as risk management, personnel management, task scheduling, measuring performance levels and quality management.
  • Evaluate and apply software-testing strategies.
  • Indicate the steps necessary to implement and operate an IT business system.
  • Design a web page to market and promote an IT business system.
  • Program, test and demonstrate a prototype IT business system developed in a team relationship.
  • Explain legal and professional issues concerning Information Technology. A minimum of two lectures will be devoted to legal and professional Information Technology issues.

    Module Title: IT Management 3B (Social/Ethical aspects of IT).
    Credits: 15.


    The purpose of this module is to expose learners to the basic principles involved in the legal- and ethical side of IT. This is done to prepare a learner to act as a professional person in the IT industry.

    At the end of this course the learner will be able to:
  • Develop a better understanding of the human aspects of IT, specifically the ethical aspects in software.
  • Appreciate the ethical behaviour of a professional person in the IT industry.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the legal issues involved in IT.
  • Understand and apply the basic principles of information security.

    Module Title: Project.
    Credits: 30.


    The Capstone Project is an opportunity for students to complete the degree by addressing a practical, real world challenge using the skills and knowledge they have gained throughout their program of study. The Capstone Project culminates in a 30-40 page paper and presentation. The written report includes the outcomes of the student's experience in addressing the information management challenge identified in the proposal.

    At the end of this course the learner will be able to:
  • To perform a sustained exercise in research in the field of human resource management.
  • Demonstrate competency in research methodology.
  • To write a research report.
  • To draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations arising out of the research. 

    Evidence generated in the form of tasks in study materials, written (and, in some cases, oral) assignments, portfolio tasks, projects, case studies and examinations, will show that graduates:

    Overall Associated Assessment Criteria 1:
  • Identify, analyse and solve complex, concrete and abstract problems by drawing on their own experience as well as theoretical knowledge within a major discipline of field of study.
  • Identify, analyse and solve concrete and abstract problems by drawing on the theoretical knowledge and experiential base of one or more subjects of specialization.
  • Use their knowledge, experience and commitment to offer systematic and creative suggestions for solving problems at a community, municipal, provincial, national or international level.
  • Solve problems by generating effective managerial, administrative and business strategies for dealing with problems relating to poverty and public administration.
  • Critically evaluate various theoretical viewpoints and compare them to own views.
  • Offer evidence in a variety of ways (from theoretical knowledge base, from experiential base, etc.) to support their stated views.
  • Analyse the global, national and local community in terms of problems, needs, opportunities.

    Overall Associated Assessment Criteria 2:
  • Show evidence of `people skills`(tolerance, empathy, listening skills, etc.) in group situations.
  • Demonstrate respect for the opinion of others through (written and/or oral) reporting without bias.
  • Demonstrate tolerance of diversity through (written and/or oral) reporting without bias.
  • Undertake projects of a theoretical and/or practical nature to provide evidence of successful interaction with others.
  • Use advanced communication skills within the group.
  • Lead people effectively in the fields of public and developmental administration.
  • Are supportive followers and group participants.
  • Organize themselves and others into effective working groups.
  • Communicate the evidence of these group interactions through (written and/or oral) reporting.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the dynamics of groups and groupings in the public and non-governmental sector.

    Overall Associated Assessment Criteria 3:
  • Demonstrate the requisite theoretical skills and learning strategies.
  • Organize their study plans and engage in effective time management.
  • Evolve strategies best suited to their personal situations and contexts.
  • Think independently, and offer sustained theoretical evidence to support their decisions.
  • Assess their own strengths and weaknesses and develop organizational strategies.

    Overall Associated Assessment Criteria 4:
  • Demonstrate increasingly competent research skills within a discipline or field of study.
  • Use library and other resources effectively to suit the needs of the particular area of research.
  • Integrate information from a variety of sources.
  • Act responsibly as a researcher and scholar (e.g. appropriate referencing, avoiding plagiarism, etc.).
  • Follow the conventions of scholarship in the discipline under study.
  • Use discipline-related conventions and guidelines relevant to their academic, professional and personal purposes.
  • Critically evaluate theories, examples, experiences, etc.
  • Argue appropriately within the relevant discourse community.

    Overall Associated Assessment Criteria 5:
  • Communicate their ideas and provide supporting evidence in a sustained manner.
  • Use language accessible to the community in which they are working.
  • Evaluate conclusions and premises in academic arguments.
  • Follow the language conventions of written (and/or oral)use in the respective discipline.
  • Use appropriate models of organization and presentation as required in the relevant discipline.
  • Use statistics (where necessary) effectively in support of their ideas.
  • Identify and illustrate discipline-specific jargon.
  • Use language to analyse, evaluate and critique the ideas of others.

    Overall Associated Assessment Criteria 6:
  • Use scientific methods of investigation, testing and evaluation.
  • Select technology to suit the needs of the individual or group.
  • Use and promote the use of natural resources in a sustainable way.
  • Show respect for and a responsible attitude towards science and technology.
  • Demonstrate a consideration of the ethics involved in science and technology issues.
  • Show respect and openness towards psychological, health and physical environment of others.

    Overall Associated Assessment Criteria 7:
  • Use scientific methods of investigation, testing and evaluation.
  • Draw upon their prior knowledge (personal and abstract) and personal experience as appropriate when investigating and analysing the world around them.
  • Look beyond and across traditional disciplinary boundaries for possible solutions.
  • Relate effective development and public administration to broader socio-economic issues.


    Associated Assessment Criteria 1:
  • Apply what they study in different contexts, both personal and public, real and simulated.
  • Show evidence of advanced study and research skills (e.g. analysis and synthesis).

    Associated Assessment Criteria 2:
  • Manage diversity to achieve optimum effectiveness in development and public administration.
  • Demonstrate willingness to take considered/informed risks.
  • Apply what they know and study in culturally diverse contexts.
  • Apply what they know and study at different levels, from personal to professional contexts.

    Associated Assessment Criteria 3
  • Assess the impact of cultural diversity on development and public administration.
  • Use various skills to draw out the cultural accomplishments and contexts of others (e.g. listening skills, empathy, sympathy, open-mindedness, etc.).

    Associated Assessment Criteria 4:
  • Illustrate the relationship between the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired in studying towards IT Management and those of the community at large (local and global).
  • Make connections from theoretical knowledge to practical allocation in the real world.
  • Identify the IT Management skills, which are highly valued in the workplace, within the relevant discipline.
  • Use the skills required for efficiency in most jobs: imaginative intelligence, emotional maturity, effective communication skills, thoughtful accuracy and interpersonal sensitivity.
  • Deal effectively with unknown problems and tasks set to them on the job, in the real world, by drawing upon the skills from the IT Management (critical thinking, problem-solving, conflict resolution, etc).
  • Demonstrate a work ethic that shows responsibility and accountability towards the employer and the client or community.

    Associated Assessment Criteria 5:
  • Create job opportunities in whatever situation they find themselves.
  • Have a realistic view of their own worth and value to contribute to their local community and global society.
  • Demonstrate a healthy self-esteem and confidence in their knowledge, skills and attitudes as required to complete the IT Management qualification.
  • Deal with complex situations with flexibility and adaptability.


    Evidence generated in the form of tasks in study materials, written (and, in some cases, oral) assignments, portfolio tasks, projects, case studies and examinations, will show that IT Management graduates can:

    Associated Assessment Criteria 1:
  • Identify significant problems and problem-areas in the relevant discipline/field of study.
  • Describe and analyse the main issues involved.
  • Take an academically reasoned position on such issues.
  • Assess the impact of public sphere policy (including legislation) on society.
  • Assess the impact of institutional structures on society.
  • Identify and understand issues of reconstruction and development in developing states.
  • Apply management theories to practical situations in the public and non-governmental spheres.
  • Perform a social-critical role in society (including public life).

    Associated Assessment Criteria 2:
  • Where relevant, contextualise problems studied within their own experience.
  • Take cognisance of divergent viewpoints and critically evaluate their relative merits to arrive at own viewpoint.
  • Formulate sustained and coherent arguments in response to a variety of discipline-related issues.
  • Formulate responses to resolve concrete and abstract problems in public and non-governmental contexts.
  • Pay attention to detail.
  • Apply learning from individual experience and academic disciplines to political, social, cultural, technological and economic realities, locally and globally.

    Associated Assessment Criteria 3:
  • Document researchable problems.
  • Demarcate the scope of research, for a limited project, under supervision.
  • Conceptualise research topic within existing field of discourse and literature.
  • Compile a research design in relation to a research problem.
  • Conduct an independent search for relevant sources such as the relevant journals, specialist bibliographies, websites, official publications, file systems and archives.
  • Review and integrate the most important literature.
  • Identify, define and distinguish between the various research methods in the social sciences (e.g. quantitative, qualitative and participatory action).
  • Choose and apply the most applicable research methods and strategies for research problems in their field of research.
  • Apply theories and models in the analysis and interpretation of collected data.
  • Make reasoned theoretical judgements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria 4:
  • Communicate material according to standard academic conventions of presentation (e.g. structuring, referencing, bibliographies).

    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 and Human Resource 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.

    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 research essay or portfolio in order to determine a representative selection of the outcomes practised and assessed in the formative stage. Summative assessment also tests the student`s ability to manage and integrate a large body of knowledge to achieve the stated outcomes of a module.

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

    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. 

  • This Qualification builds on the BCom Human Resources Management Qualification offered by the institution and from related and other sectors of the economy, relevant experience and prior learning.
  • The Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Human Resource Management Programme provides articulation into the MANCOSA MBA degree.
  • The Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Human Resource 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. 

    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. 

    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. 

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

    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. 


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