Faculty of Commerce and Administration

BACHELOR OF COMMERCE IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Offering Place     : NMD Site 

Offering Type      : Full-Time  

  

Purpose  

The overall purpose of the qualification is to prepare the students for a general introduction to the world of commerce and business by equipping them with basic business skills to manage a business/ start a new business.   

Minimum Entry Requirements   

Minimum statutory NSC requirements for degree entry must be met i.e. NSC   with an achievement rating of 4 (50 – 59 % ) or better in four subjects chosen from the designated list, coupled with an achievement rating of 2 (30 – 39 %) for the Language of Learning and Teaching. 

To register for the B Com in Business Management degree a student needs an Admission Point Score (APS) of 28 as well as the NSC with an achievement rating of 4 (50-59%) in Mathematics and an achievement rating of 3 (40 – 49 %) or better in English. 

COMPULSORY NSC SUBJECTS           :  Mathematics (50-59% ) 

                                                                  : English (40-49%)  

Applicants with a National Certificate (Vocational Level-4)  must meet the requirements set out on Page ** of this prospectus as well obtain 60% or more for Mathematics or  for Mathematics Literacy.   

Alternatively, entrance will be granted to those who have successfully completed the Economic Sciences Access Programme 

Sudents with a relevant Diploma from a recognised College or Technikon may be accepted. The Mathematics requirement

applies. Faculty overview l page 55        

Underpinning knowledge: Students must have a knowledge of business related disciplines, e.g. Business Studies, Economics, Accounting and Mathematics. Also required are good language and numeracy skills. 

Recognition of credits from other institutions  

Not more than 50% of subjects in the Degree will be exempted in this way  All exit level subjects should be done in the Department. One exit level subject may be recognised provided prior permission to register for that subject at another institution is sought by the student from Senate. Also See General Prospectus Rule G15 & G16. 

Recognition of Prior Learning  

Those learners who do not have Grade 12 pass will be accepted into the programme provided that they have at least five years work experience in the relevant field and satisfy the institution’s Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and age exemption. 

Mature Age Endorsement  

Students 23 years or older with an acceptable pass in Mathematics, (see min. entry requirements, above).    

Entry Points to Diploma and/or Degree Levels  

Entry into diploma or degree levels will be available to those students who have attained the required credits of the previous level at WSU or its equivalent from another tertiary institution.  

Minimum or Maximum Credits  

Students must pass a course to obtain a minimum of 120 credits per year. Distribution of credits: 

Study Level 1:  CREDITS 120 (NQF level 5) 

Study Level 2:  CREDITS 120  (NQF level 5/6) 

Study Level 3:  CREDITS 120  (NQF level 6) 

Exit Level Outcomes  

After completion of the programme, a learner will be able to perform a wide range of skills in the commercial field. Further, prospective educators can teach in disciplines such as Business Studies, Economics and Entrepreneurship.  

Specific Outcomes  

After completion of the programme, a learner will be able to perform a wide variety of skills in the commercial field.            

Subject Categorisation for Bachelor of Commerce (Business Management) (S/Y = Semester/Year; F/C = Fundamental/Core) 

 

COURSE  

DEPT. CODE  

CREDITS  

S/Y  

F/C  

Semester 1  

       

Introduction to Management 

BMA11M1 

15 

Accounting I 

OR  

Financial Accounting and  

Financial Reporting 1 

ACC10M0 

 

ACC11M1 

ACC12M2 

32 

 

16 

16 

 

 

Introduction to Microeconomics 

ECO11M1 

15 

ONE of the following:  

 

     

Commercial Law I 

CLW11M1 

16 

Introduction to Public Administration 

PAD11M1 

16 

Semester 2 

       

Principles of Management 

BMA12M2 

16 

Introduction to Macroeconomics 

ECO12M2 

15 

ONE of the following:  

 

 

 

 

Commercial Law I 

CLW12M2 

16 

Public Sector Management Skills 

PAD12M2 

16 

STUDY LEVEL 2: 

 

Semester 1  

Statistics 1 or Applied Statistics 

STA11M1 or APS11M1 

16 

Principles of Management 

BMA21M1 

16 

Microeconomics 

ECO21M2 

  8 

Mathematical Economics 

ECO21M3 

  8 

ONE of the following:  

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Information Systems or Computer Science 

INS21M1 

16 

Commercial Law 2 

CLW21M1 

16 

Accounting 2( ACC 2000)/ Financial Reporting (ACC 2100) 

ACC20M0 

32 

Public Policy Management 

PAD21M2 

  8 

Public Sector Financial Management 

PAD21M3 

  8 

One relevant module from another Faculty 

 

16 

Semester 2  

 

 

 

 

Statistics I or Applied Statistics 

STA12M1 or APS12M1 

16 

Operations Management 

BMA22M2 

16 

Macroeconomics 

ECO22M3 

  8 

Development Economics 

ECO22M4 

  8 

ONE of the following:  

 

 

 

 

Information Systems Application or Computer Science 

INS22M2 

16 

Organisational Theory, Analysis,  Development and Management 

PAD22M3 

  8 

Public Human Resource Management  

PAD22M4 

  8 

STUDY LEVEL 3  

 

 

 

 

Semester 1  

 

 

 

 

Marketing Management 

BMA31M1 

16 

Introductory Business Research 

BMA31M2 

18 

Supply Chain Management 

BMA31M4 

16 

ONE course with ALL relevant modules (Choose from the following)  

 

 

 

 

Commercial Law 2 or 3 

CLW21M1 or CLW 31M1 

16 

Financial Accounting 2 or 3 

ACC20M0 or ACC30M0 

32 

Economic Theory  

ECO31M1 

15 

International Trade 

ECO31M3 

  8 

Semester 2  

 

 

 

 

Financial Management 

BMA32M2 

16 

Project Management 

BMA32M5 

16 

Intermediary Business Research 

BMA32M6 

18 

ONE course with ALL relevant modules (Choose from the following)  

 

 

 

 

Commercial Law 2 or 3 

CLW22M2 or CLW32M2 

16 

Econometrics 

ECO31M5 

  8 

Public Finance 

ECO32M0 

  8 

 

Integrated Assessment  

Forms of Assessment related to the overall purpose  

On-going assessment in contact periods including assignments, tests, case studies, projects, tutorials and seminar presentations. 

Forms of Assessment related to specific outcomes  

Written examinations, moderated by external examiners and submitted to professional bodies for approval where necessary. 

Articulation  

Qualifying students will be able to continue at WSU or other equivalent higher educational institutions, to postgraduate programmes where they may specialize in areas such as Business Management, Economics, Industrial Psychology or 

Statistics. 

Criteria for the registration of Assessors  

The minimum academic qualification is an Honours degree for assessing students at Levels 1 and 2 and an appropriate Masters for assessing students the third year level.  

Moderation  

External examiners are selected from among both practitioners and academia, with linkages established at all levels with established universities to ensure standards will maintain articulation. 

 

Promotion Rules  

Please see the Faculty Prospectus in your year of registration for the required number of credits for each year of study (Rule G7.1).  

Completion  

All courses/modules must be completed as prescribed in the curriculum. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the prescribed curriculum is followed. Students must complete within the three years. An additional two years is allowed for fulltime students and three years for part-time students.  

Students who decide to take a gap year must note the above rules. Students who come back after five years to complete the degree may be required to register afresh.  

Exclusion  

Students will be excluded if they do not pass the minimum number of credits in each Semester and in each year. Please study the General Prospectus carefully. 

Please Note: Students who have not completed the programme in the prescribed time and who wish to return to complete may be required to start the programme (if still available) afresh. Automatic re-entry is NOT guaranteed, especially if you have let your studies to lapse. If you have NOT studied for FIVE YEARS CONTINUOUSLY, you may be refused re-entry.