BACHELOR OF COMMERCE HONOURS DEGREE IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree Business Management is a Four (4) year programme of study designed for candidates who have obtained a pass in  any two ‘A’ level subjects such as Accounting, Mathematics, Economics, Management of Business, Geography, Food Science, Computing and related subjects. Candidates with Diplomas and those with ten years or more experience will be considered on case by case basis. The programme intends:

  • To produce a Management practitioners or specialist who can contribute meaningfully to the demands of a dynamic business environment
  • To impart students with Business Management skills and other specified business skills that are highly related to management of products, clients services, industry and the general environments.
  • To prepare students for admission in professional Management bodies and Institutions.

RATIONALE

The programme is a direct response to the increasing demand for highly qualified, experienced and competent Managers practitioners’ world over. The programme also showcases the potential that people living with disabilities have in terms of their participation in business environment. This is also in response to the need to complement the efforts of other universities in Zimbabwe and elsewhere who are offering similar programmes as a way of improving management practices in all sectors of the economy. The uniqueness of this programme is in its Christian-African flavour where emphasis is on the blended approach to African-western leadership model.

MODE OF DELIVERY

The degree will be conducted on a face to face basis through lectures/tutorials or any other appropriate methods and strategies.

Bachelor of Commerce Honours Business Management is a four year programme leading to professional careers such as Directors, managers’ specialists in various fields such as Management and Administration, Public Relations Managers, Operations, and Human Resources and many other related areas. The degree course content will develop student develop skills necessary to succeed in a dynamic and challenging business environment.

Four (4) years conventional programme

Four (4) Years Parallel Programme

Three (3) years block release in-service programme.

To be admitted into the Business Management Degree programme a candidate must have passed five ordinary level subjects including English and any other subjects deemed necessary by the host department .In addition a candidate must have at least two ‘A’ level subjects

                   OR           

 Have obtained a Diploma (complete qualification) in management or any other equivalent tertiary qualifications with Management bias or have worked as a Business Practitioner or Manager for more than ten years.

SPECIAL ENTRY

  • Candidates who have successfully completed the Higher National Diploma in Management or obtained equivalent qualifications may apply for direct entry into Part II of the degree programme.
  • Candidates admitted under 6.1 above will normally be exempted from Part I on course -by-course basis.

EXEMPTIONS QUALIFICATIONS

A student may, in approved cases be exempted from certain courses provided that the student shall have successfully completed approved degree courses elsewhere and that the student shall be required to complete at least 75% of the programme courses through Reformed Church University.

The student must fulfill the following conditions to qualify for exemption:

  • The syllabus of the institution from which the student completed the course must be equivalent in content to at least 75% of the course being applied for exemption.
  • The student in the given course/subject must have obtained a pass of 60%, 2.2 or B whichever is applicable.
  • To ascertain the student’s competence in the course, the university may grant exemptions by requesting that the student takes an exemption examination for the course(s) applied for.

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The curriculum for Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree Business Management comprises of at least Forty (40) courses, including a work-related learning report, continuous assessment at work by Academic Supervisor and employer’s assessment and a dissertation equivalent to twenty-two (22) credit points. Each course is worth eleven (11) credits.

The student is expected to accumulate a minimum total of five hundred and four (504) credit points to be considered to have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Business Management.

Part 1               = 132 credits

Part 2               = 132 credits

Part 3               = 132 credits

Part 4               = 132 credits

Total               = 528 credits

HBUM 101 Principles of Business Management

The course is intended to introduce the student to the principles of management in this basic form.  Covered in the course are history and development of management through functions of management, organizational structures, decision making, communication, centralization and decentralization issues of leadership and motivation.

HRCU 101 Christian Ethics

The course is intended to impart the basic Christian and ethical virtues and values as per belief and teachings of the holy bible as articulated by the Reformed Church University.  Students are expected to develop a culture of spiritual being as it relates to good moral and ethical practices.  Thus Christian values are central to this course.

HBUM 102 Business Mathematics

In this course, the student will apply math skills and knowledge to solve financial problems and conduct statistical analyses. Through expert step-by-step guidance using sample problems and solutions related to banking, credit, basic finance, investments, and statistics, the student will also gain an understanding of financial instruments and terminology used in business. 

HRCU 102 Introduction to Communication and Computer Application Skills

This course is intended to introduce the records systems.  Students cannot be fully good leaders without comprehending computer skills which are a critical ingredient in enhancing work performance.  The course includes database management, management of the hardware system as well as understanding basic computer software systems.

COURSE TITLE COURSE CODE CREDIT POINTS
PART 1 SEMESTER 1                           
Six  compulsory courses    
Principles of Management HBUM101 11
Christian Ethics HRCU101 11
Business Mathematics HBUM102 11
Introduction to communication and Computer Application Skills HRCU102 11
Business Law HBUM103 11
Principles of Marketing HBUM104 11
Six compulsory courses    
Principles of Economics HBUM105 11
Fundamentals of Human Resources Management HBUM106 11
Financial Accounting for Business HBUM107 11
Spirit of African Leadership HBUM108 11
Business Communication HBUM109 11

 

 

Organizational Behaviour

 

HBUM110

 

11

Six compulsory courses    
Ethics and Corporate Governance HBUM 211 11
Christian centered Management HBUM 212 11
Breakthrough Management system HBUM 213 11
Customer Relationship Management HBUM 214 11
Change Management HBUM 215 11
Industrial and Labour Relations HBUM 216 11
Six compulsory courses    
International Marketing HBUM217 11
Finance for non-Financial Managers HBUM 218 11
African Mythology in Business Operations HBUM219 11
Research Methods and Statistics HRCU201 11
Training and Development HBUM220 11
Intra and Entrepreneurship HBUM 221 11
The work-related learning experience is compulsory. Three courses are covered.    
Work-Related Learning Action Research Report HBUM 322 20
Work- Related  Learning Employer’s assessment HBUM 323 33
Work related learning Academic Supervisor’s assessment HBUM 324 79
Five compulsory courses plus one elective    
Strategic Marketing Management HBUM  425 11
Risk Management and Policy HBUM 426 11
Strategic Human Resources Management HBUM 427 11
Project Management HBUM 428 11
Performance Management HBUM 429 11
Elective   11
Electives    
Change Management HBUM 430 11
HIV and AIDS Management HBUM 431 11

 

 

 

Five compulsory courses plus one elective    
Contemporary Leadership Practices HBUM 432 11
Operations Management HBUM 433 11
Management  Information Systems and e-commerce HBUM 434 11
Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation HBUM 435 11
Strategic Management and Business Policy HBUM 436 11
Dissertation HBUM 439 22
Elective   11
Electives    
Investment Analysis HBUM 437 11
Logistics Management HBUM  438 11