Business Management

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Chairperson : Mr Shingirai Sikomwe (Mcom,Bcom,CIS,PGDTE)
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About the Department

Overview

In the department of business management, we learn from the future.  We believe in learning from futuristic innovation and building the future into our undergraduate and graduate study programs to effectively prepare our students and graduates for a dynamic fast-paced business environment.

Our teaching methodology is based on the use of real-life case studies; allowing learners to experience real scenarios and develop the analytical skills necessary to successfully manage complex business scenarios. Our continuous assessment approach to determining academic performance and learner’s development ensures that learners are credited not only for their performance in examinations, but their participation in classroom and field based learning engagements. In this way, our graduates graduate with grades that reflect their day-to-day working performance; a good indicator for employers about the performance of their recruits.

Through partnerships withchambers of commerce and universities in India and Kenya, the department of business management conducts research, runs symposiums and public lectures, and adapts its curriculum to ensure that our graduates are adequately equipped to grapple with the demands of the modern workplace that transcend cultural boundaries.

The department of business management leverages on its relationships with chambers of commerce to avail internship opportunities to its undergraduate students, enabling them to complete the work-related learning component of their studies with organisations in our network. These linkages provide a strategic feedback mechanism which enables us to continuously develop our study program in line with trends in business and evolving business practices.

Undergraduate Studies

Our Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree in Business Management is ideal for individuals who wish to rise through the ranks in corporate careers, or engage in entrepreneurial ventures. Students undertaking the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree in Business Management have the option of specialising in one of three majors; entrepreneurship, marketing and finance.

Admission Requirements 

  1. Normal Entry

To be admitted into the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Business Management, individuals should have passed at least two of the following Advanced Level subjects with grade C or better: Economics, Mathematics, Accounting, and Management of Business. In addition to Advanced Level passes, candidates should have passed Ordinary Level Mathematics with at least a B grade. However, a pass in Advanced Level Mathematics supersedes any grade obtained in Ordinary Level Mathematics.

  1. Mature Entry 

Individuals over age of 23 years of age may be admitted into the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree in Business Management if they fulfil the requirements stipulated in the General Regulations. Students admitted on the basis of mature entry must have passes Ordinary Level Mathematics with grade B or better.

Career Prospects 

Holders of the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree in Business Management fit easily into many different organisations and easily cross functional boundaries within the organisations that they work. Our graduates can be found in:

  • Financial Institutions
  • Government Departments and Ministries
  • Parastatals
  • Central Bank
  • Private Sector Firms
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Regional Organizations and International Organizations
  • Consultancy Firms
  • SMEs

Graduate Studies

Our Master of Commerce Degree in Strategic Management and Corporate Governance is the benchmark of board level qualifications in Corporate Zimbabwe. We equip individuals to lead strategic management processes and provide oversight to corporate and non-profit organisations as directors and trustees. Our flagship graduate study program is ideal for individuals who serve on the boards of commercial and non-profit organisations, individuals with technical undergraduate qualifications who wish to develop their business acumen, and entrepreneurs who wish to develop public companies which observe best practices in corporate governance.

The Master of Commerce Degree in Strategic Management and Corporate Governancehas been assessed by leading associations of business schools and is soon to be listed as an accredited board-level study program by one of Africa’s leading business school associations.

 Admission Requirements 

To be admitted into the Master of Commerce degree in Strategic Management and Corporate Governance, individuals should hold s Bachelor’s degree in Business Management or any other business or commerce related discipline, a Graduate Diploma or Higher National Diploma in a business or commerce related discipline, or a Bachelor’s degree in any other relevant specialisation.

Candidates for the Master of Commerce Degree in Strategic Management and Corporate Governance must have at least two years of working experience and should have passed Ordinary Level Mathematics with at least a B grade. However, a pass in Advanced Level Mathematics supersedes any grade obtained in Ordinary Level Mathematics.

 Career Prospects 

Our Master’s degree holders can be found in all sectors of the economy and have particularly excelled in public administration roles. Our graduates can be found in these and many other organisations: National Railways of Zimbabwe, Office of the President and Cabinet, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.

Student life

The department of business management is student-centric and we create an enabling environment for learning, networking, and exploration beyond the scope of the learning programs offered in the department. Through student clubs and associations which include the Association of Business Students and Enactus, our undergraduate students put to practice what they have learned to contribute towards the development of their communities, and excel in national and international business competitions.

Our graduate students often volunteer their time to mentor undergraduate students and participate in public lectures, giving our undergraduate students a head start in the development of their careers.

Upon Graduating

The Department of Business Management has a strong alumni network which supports the department’s public lectures, assists fresh graduates secure employment, and avails internship opportunities for undergraduate students to complete the Work Related Learning component of their studies.

Upon completion of their studies, undergraduates and graduates from the department   of business management are invited to join the alumni network and continue to work with the department as they benefit from a unique portfolio of continuous professional development opportunities.

Regulations

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 These regulations shall be read in conjunction with the Faculty Regulations and the General Regulations.

1.2 The degree will be awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the programme and passed examinations in

accordance with regulations set in the Faculty Regulations.

1.3 The duration of the degree programme shall normally be a minimum of four levels including a period of Work Related

Learning in a relevant industrial/commercial setting during the third level.

2. CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates for the Bachelor of Commerce Business Management can pursue careers in Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Banking, Entrepreneurship, Investment Planning, Value Chain Management, Purchasing, Administration, Human Resources Management, Stores Management, Retail Management and General Management Consultancy.

3. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

3.1 Normal Entry

3.1.1 To qualify for normal entry into the Bachelor of Commerce Business Management Honours Degree programme, a candidate, in addition to satisfying the minimum requirements, as prescribed under the General Regulations and the Faculty Regulations for English and Mathematics at `O’ Level, must have obtained at least two passes at `A’ level in the following subjects:

Management of Business, Accounting, Economics, Mathematics and Geography

3.1.2 To qualify for entry into the Bachelor of Commerce Business Management degree (Visiting School) programme, a candidate,in addition to satisfying the minimum requirements prescribed under the General Regulations, must have:

-Diploma (Institute of Bankers)

-HND/ND in Business Studies

-HND/ND in Accountancy

-HND/ND in Purchasing

-Diploma in Education

-Institute of Administration and Commerce (IAC)

-Institute of Personnel Management (IPMZ)

-Diploma in Business Administration (ZIM)

-Any other relevant tertiary qualifications deemed to an equivalent or

-Passes in relevant `A’ Level subjects and

At least two years working experience in a relevant field

3.2 Mature Entry

Refer to Section 3.3 of the General Regulations.

3.3 Special Entry

3.3.1 Candidates who have successfully completed a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies or have obtained equivalent qualifications may apply for direct entry into level 2 of the degree programme.

3.3.2 Direct entry into Level II of the programme is subject to availability of places.

3.3.3 Candidates admitted under regulation 3.3.2 above will normally be exempted from Level I on a module by module basis.

3.3.4 No candidate may complete the degree in less than three academic levels.

3.3.5 Successful completion of the Work Related Learning component at Level II is compulsory for all candidates.

4. GENERAL PROVISIONS

4.1 A candidate is required to undertake a minimum of five (5) modules per semester unless one is carrying over or retaking certain modules from the previous academic level or semester respectively.

4.2 Each module is worth four (4) credits, except for the Worked Related Learning Level, which is worth forty (40) credits and the dissertation which is worth 8 credits.

4.3 The department may accept students who have been discontinued from other programmes on condition that they meet the entry requirements of the department and subject to availability of places.

5. ASSESSMENT

Refer to Section 6 of the General Regulations and Section 5 of the Faculty Regulations.

6. FAILURE TO SATISFY THE EXAMINERS

Refer to Section 9 of the Faculty Regulations.

7. PROVISIONS FOR PROGRESSION

Refer to Section 6 of the Faculty Regulations.

8. WORK RELATED LEARNING GENERAL GUIDELINES

Refer to Section 8 of the Faculty Regulations.

9. GRADING AND DEGREE CLASSIFICATION

Refer to Section 10 of the Faculty Regulations.

10. DEGREE WEIGHTING

Refer to Section 11 of the Faculty Regulations.

11. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Level 1 Semester 1
Code Module Description Credits
BM101 Principles of Management 4
BM102 Business Communication 4
ACC105 Financial Accounting for Business 1A 4
EC101 Microeconomics 4
MM101 Principles of Marketing 4
HCS115 Introduction to Information Technology 4
CS 101 Communication Skills 4
Level 1 Semester 2
*BM108 E-Commerce 4
*BM106 Industrial Relations 4
BM105 Business Law1 4
ACC106 Financial Accounting 1B 4
*BM107 Business Statistics Application 4
EC104 Macroeconomics 4
Level 2 Semester 1
Code Module Description Prerequisites Credits
BM203 Business Law II (BM105) 4
BM202 Small Business Management (BM101, BM102ACC106&105) 4
BM201 Human Resources Management (BM101, BM106) 4
GS201 Introduction to Gender Studies 4
Options: Finance
ACC210 Financial Accounting IIA (ACC105 and ACC106) 4

BM207

Managerial Accounting (ACC105, ACC106 &BM105) 4
Options:Marketing
MM104 Marketing Management 4
MM202 Sales and Marketing Forecasting 4
Level 2 Semester 2
BM204 Business Investment Analysis (EC101, BM108) 4
BM205 Organisational Behaviour (BM201) 4
BM206 Business Research Methods (EC104) 4
Options:Finance
ACC211 Financial Accounting for Business IIB 4
BM 208 Management Appreciation of Taxation 4
Options :Marketing
MM206 Consumer Behavior 4
MM210 Brand Management 4
Level 3 Semester 1 and Semester 2 Work Related Learning
BM301 Work Related Learning Report 15
BM302 Academic Supervisor’s Report 15
BM303 Employer’s Assessment Report 10
Level 4 Semester 1
BM 401 Change Management 4
*BM406 Entrepreneurship 4
BM404 Project Management 4
Options: Finance
BM410 Financial Management 4
BM411 Financial Planning & Control 4
Options:Marketing
MM404 Industrial Marketing 4
MM211 New Product Development 4
Level 4 Semester 2
BM403 Production and Operations Management 4
*BM405 Strategic Management 4
BM407 Dissertation 8
BM 408 Introduction to Corporate Governance 4
Options: Finance
BM 409 Accounting Techniques in Decision Making 4
Options: Marketing
MM405 International Marketing 4

12. MODULE SYNOPSES

BM101 Principles of Management

The module deals with the history and development of management thought, functions of management, organizational structure,decision making, globalization,leadership and motivation, controlling, budgetary and non-budgetary controls, change management.

BM102 Business Communication

The module focuses on the development of student’s ability to communicate effectively and concisely in written, oral and any other forms of communication. It also considers different styles in the use of English in business settings, communication skills, letter writing, note taking, meetings, minutes, summarizing and referencing.

BM108 E-Commerce

The module considers the benefits of the Internet, Website creation and Management, business to business transactions, e-banking, electronic order purchasing, Automated Teller Machines, Point of Sales, management information systems, electronic transfer of funds, data security.

BM105 Business Law

The module is an introduction to general principles of law and its interpretation, law of contract, sales, agency, negotiable instruments, insurance, partnership, law of derelict, insolvency and consumer protection.

BM106 Industrial Relations

The module covers an exploration of the nature of the employment relationship; different pespectives in analysing industrial relations; different perspectives in understanding the `worker problem,’ the role of the state in industrial relations and key issues driving change in industrial relations.

BM107 Business Statistics Application

This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts of data presentation and analysis in management decision making.The approach will emphasize a practical management problem solving approach using quantitative reasoning skills rather than the theoretical development of statistics. Students should develop quantitative research techniques for research writing.

BM201 Human Resources Management

The module covers the evolution of the Human Resources Management function; emergence of the Human Resources Management philosophy; similarities and differences between traditional Personnel Management and Human Resources Management; approaches to Human Resources Management; Human Resources models and Human Resource Management in action focusing on strategic integration, commitment, quality, flexibility and team working.

BM204 Investment Analysis

The module aims to develop an understanding of financial theory of investment as well as its use in the practical world. The course shall revolve around the distinctive themes of information efficiency in financial markets, asset allocation,derivative security markets, and elements of investments, portfolio theory, fixed income securities, security analysis,derivative assets and active asset management.

BM202 Small Business Management

The module will look at business development, barriers encountered and issues related to marketing, human resources management, pricing, government policies, taxation of businesses. Case studies, visits to business premises and presentations by entrepreneurs will be used to understand the running of small business. The preparation of business plans will also be covered.

BM203 Business Law II

This module gives a thorough grounding in the regulation of companies by law including statutes and case law. It covers knowledge of the application of statutory and other provisions including a grasp of the administration of companies, floatation of shares, etc.

BM 206 Business Research Methods

Business research concepts and methods, the traditional and scientific methods, the research process, problem definition,research design, questionnaire construction and administration, sampling basis, sources of research data, collection and interpretation, research application and uses, data presentation and analysis, ethics, and research proposal will be covered.

BM 207 Managerial Accounting

The module is an overview of the necessity of managerial accounting for management process, evaluation of the influence of globalization on management, managerial accounting systems and application to managerial operations, managerial accounting for management purposes, managerial accounting systems, techniques for application in managerial decisions, analysis of business situations and solving problems.

BM208 Management Appreciation of Taxation

Taxation of individuals and companies, the basic laws governing taxation and tax payments, make up this module.

BM401 Change Management

The module focuses on the management of change in organisations. It will also dwell on the types of organisations that are in existence, and how the differing structures impact on change management to include: performance, designing strategies,concept of power, organisational politics, change model, resistance, models for growth and decline, structural forms and the management of change.

BM403 Production and Operations Management

Topics covered in the module include developing production/operations management strategies, the strategic role and objectives of production/operations, production/operations management strategies- designing, planning and controlling the production/operations management system, process technology, materials requirements planning, JIT planning and control, quality planning and control, project planning. Improving the production/operations management systems, measuring performance and improvement, maintaining the production/operation system, new challenges, and contemporary issues are also covered.

BM404 Project Management

The module involves a detailed study of network analysis and project scheduling techniques, project structuring, project finance, hiring and management of personnel, control of materials, monitoring the project, budgeting and project completion.

BM405 Strategic Management

The module seeks to examine the nature and value of strategic management, the business environment, strategic planning, functional goals and strategies. It also examines strategy implementation, the role of leadership in implementing strategy, resource deployment in implementing strategy, designing organization to implement strategy effectively, control, factors influencing strategy implementation.

BM406 Entrepreneurship

The module provides students with the tools to identify opportunities, how to screen the various opportunities, developing a business concept, translating ideas into business opportunities, financing a business, growing a business, the management team, harvesting of a business.

BM 408 Introduction to Corporate Governance

The module seeks to develop an understanding and appreciation of significant corporate governance concepts and issues in the contemporary business world, definition of corporate governance, key concepts associated with best practices, powers and rights of, and relations between directors and shareholders, history of corporate governance etc.

BM409 Accounting Techniques in Decision Making

The module surveys the application of management versus financial accounting, the role of the management accountant, cost volume-profit analysis, optimum utilization of production factors, relevant cost for unusual decisions, activity based cost accounting stock control and cost planning of network projects.

BM410 Financial Management

The module seeks to provide students with knowledge on the determination of financial objectives of business organisations,analysis of financial statements, overview of financial planning, value, risk and return (share, debentures and options), the management of working capital cash, debtors and inventories, investment decisions, financing decisions, optimal capital budgets, dividend theory and policy.

BM411 Financial Planning and Control

The module seeks to provide students with the knowledge of the cost of capital, budgets, master budgets and subsidiary budgets, budgeted financial statements, zero-base budgets, investment decisions, financing decisions, standard costing, activity based cost management, performance evaluation, measuring profitability, inter-departmental transfer pricing.

BM 407 Dissertation

Session 1

This is another residency period designed to focus on the Masters Thesis Proposal for approval. During this session the prospectus from the first session will be fine tuned for formal approval. Topics to be covered during this session will focus on literature review, statistical and qualitative tools, data gathering and data analysis approaches, past research and current theory, proposal format requirements, and submission timelines.

Session 2

This is another three-day residency period designed to facilitate the dissertation writing process from an approved masters’ thesis to final submission of the project.

Chapters 4 and 5 requirements from the dissertation are explored for content and format. An approved dissertation proposal is required to earn a passing grade this session.

Session 3

This is a mentorguided session. It is the last session where the candidate completes the formal Oral defence of the Masters Dissertation and then prepares and submits the dissertation for University approval. An approved dissertation is required to complete this session.

REGULATIONS FOR THE MASTERS OF COMMERCE IN STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE DEGREE

1. PREAMBLE

1.1 These regulations shall be read in conjunction with the Faculty of Commerce Regulations and General Academic Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees offered by The Midlands State University.

1.2 The degree shall be awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the programme and passed the examinations in accordance with regulations set in the Faculty Regulations.

2. OBECTIVES

2.1 The Master of Commerce (Strategic Management and Corporate Governance) degree at the Midlands State University is a two – year programme for students with an undergraduate background in accounting, management, human resources and other equivalent qualifications. The programme is for students interested in careers in all facets of strategic management and corporate governance. The programme provides an opportunity to obtain a more comprehensive foundation in strategic management and added knowledge in specific business-related areas.

2.2 The programme aims to develop the sound conceptual, technical, analytical and communication skills that are required to succeed in the strategic management and corporate governance. To this end the programme employs a rigorous case analysis approach, which requires students to exercise their analytical abilities and develop effective verbal and written communication skills.

2.3 The programme also aims at instilling a deep appreciation and respect for the crucial role managers play in a free enterprise economy and ever-changing business environment.

3. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

3.1 To qualify for entry into the Master of Commerce (Strategic Management and Corporate Governance) degree programme a student should have a good Honours degree in management, accounting, human resource management and/or other tertiary qualification approved by the Department.

3.2 Before the commencement of the programme, the department will offer one week bridging module sessions covering the following areas: Financial Accounting, Statistics, Information systems, Management overview and assignment research and presentation

4. GENERAL PROVISIONS

The programme shall be completed over four semesters.

5. ASSESSMENT

5.1 Formal examinations will normally be held at the end of each semester.

5.2 For a student to be admitted to the examinations they must have:

5.2.1 Satisfactorily attempted approved modules of study including submission of required written assignments and term papers.

5.2.2 Attended compulsory classes.

5.2.3 Participated in prescribed seminars, tutorials and practical classes.

5.2.4 Paid the prescribed fees in accordance with the General Regulations. Formal examinations will normally be written papers, but in some cases the examiner may test the candidate orally.

5.2.5 Continuous assessment shall account for 30% of the overall assessment, while the final examination will account for 70% of the overall assessment.

5.2.6. The aggregate pass mark shall be 50% and the candidate must have obtained at least 50% in the examination.

6. SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATIONS

6.1 A student who fails to satisfy the examiners and obtains a mark less than 50% or fails the examination but not by less than 40% may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and subject to the approval of the Senate, be permitted to sit for a supplementary examination(s) in the respective module(s) failed in the fourth semester.

6.2 Overall assessment of the Supplementary examination will not incorporate continuous assessment. Supplementary exanimations shall be marked as “Pass” or “Fail” and the overall maximum mark awarded in a supplementary examination shall be 50%.

6.3 No student shall be allowed to sit for more than two supplementary examinations in the final semester.

7. PROVISION FOR PROGRESSION

7.1 A student must pass eight modules in a level for them to progress to the next level.

7.2 A student who fails three modules in the level will repeat the failed modules.

7.3 A student who passes less than 25 percent of the modules in a level will discontinue studies.

8. DEGREE WEIGHTING CLASSIFICATION

For purposes of degree classification, the parts of the degree programme will be classified as follows:

Level 1 35%
Level 2 (Semester 1) 18%
Level 2 (Semester 2 )7%
Level 2 (Dissertation) 40%

9. CLASSIFICATION

The following marking scheme shall be used for all the modules and grading of the degree.

80% 1 First Class
70% – 79% 2.1 Second Class (upper)
60% – 69% 2.2 Second Class (lower)
50% – 59% 3 Pass
40% – 49% F Fail Supplementable
39% and less F Fail

10. NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS

Results lists shall be published in accordance with the provisions of the General Regulations.

11. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Level 1 Semester 1
Code Module Description Credits
MBM701 Organisational behaviour 4
MBM702 Management Accounting 4
MBM703 Strategic Management 4
MBM704 Business Ethics 4
MBM705 Change Management 4
Level 1 Semester 2
MBM706 Production &Operations Management 4
MBM707 Corporate Financial Management 4
MBM708 Total Quality Management 4
MBM709 Learning Organisation 4
MBM710

Corporate Entrepreneurship

4
Level 2 Semester 1
MBM711 Research Methods 4
MBM807 Strategic Leadership 4
MBM801 Systems and Decision Making 4
MBM802 Corporate Governance 1 4
MBM804 Financial Statement Analysis 4
Level 2 Semester 2
MBM803 Dissertation 24
MBM805 Advanced Strategic Management 4
MBM806 Corporate Governance 2 4

12. MODULE SYNOPSES

MBM 701 ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR

The module seeks to instruct students on the management of people in an organisation with special emphasis on culture, groups and group dynamics, teamwork, motivation theories and learning organisations.

MBM 702 MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING

This module introduces the basic concepts of managerial accounting for internal decision-making. Major topics included are product costing, emphasizing costing approaches used in today’s business environments, relevant costs for decision analysis, variance analysis, divisional performance evaluation, and transfer pricing.

MBM 703 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

Enables the students to develop, fine tune skills in the analysis of strategic and organisational problems and issues.Business policy is with those aspects general management that have material effects on the survival and success of business enterprises. It will cover the company’s vision, external environment, environmental forecasting, internal analysis,objectives, strategy and implementation of strategy.

MBM 704 BUSINESS ETHICS

This module aims to show that ethics are becoming the defining business issues affecting corporate profits and credibility as well as personal security and the sustainability of a global environment. From price fixing to bribery to toxic waste dumping, companies are engaging in unethical practices and increasing the cost of doing business. It will further look at responses to unethical practices by the government, media, and private watch groups, competitors and employees, and how organisations can be ethical to increase profits.

MBM 705 CHANGE MANAGEMENT

The aim of this module is to give students a comprehensive and integrated overview of the field of change management or organisational development and to demonstrate that students have developed analytical, diagnostic and intervention skills.

MBM 706 PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

This module is meant to instruct students on the challenges encountered in the management of production of goods and services, materials requirement planning, queuing theory, factory layout and production systems. An analysis of problems and issues faced by production and operation managers in manufacturing and service industries will also be undertaken.

MBM 707 CORPORATE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Includes analytical and decision making approaches to challenges confronting financial management. Areas such as planning,control and financing of current operations, and long term capital commitments, management of cash flows, evaluation of income, production property and expansion, capital budgeting and long term financing.

MBM 708 TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT

The module seeks to highlight the importance of TQM in organisational competitiveness in a global environment and emphasises the concept of continuous learning, and product and services improvements. It will also emphasize on the current trends in this area of study.

MBM 709 LEARNING ORGANISATION

This module will explore the dynamics of how organisations learn through the empowerment of individuals in the organisation. It goes beyond the incidence of mistakes as a punishable offence and treats these as opportunities to learn and enhance organisational performance. It will also examine the leadership regimes necessary for such organisational learning.

MBM 710 CORPORATE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

This module seeks to study how entrepreneurship can be fostered in an organisation to make it relevant to a changing business environment and to exploit opportunities in the environment thereby ensuring organisational growth.

MBM 711 RESEARCH METHODS

The aim of this module is to introduce the formal development of the student’s master research project. It explains the research process and provides characteristics of a good research project. The module covers topics such as research study methods, impact of the project on profession and society, methods of searching literature, determining the research design,data gathering and data analysis approaches, proposal format requirements and writing up a report.

MBM 807 STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

This module emphasizes the role of leaders in the twenty first century organisation and their role in leading strategy formulation and implementation, role modeling, mentoring, training and performance management.

MBM 801 SYSTEMS AND DECISION MAKING

This module seeks to examine organisations as systems and how activities in one area will affect the others. The tools to be used in decision-making will be examined and how the organisation as a whole can benefit from these approaches.

MBM 802 CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

This module will examine how corporate entities should be managed in a way that meets the interests of all stakeholders of a corporate business entity.

MBM 804 FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS

This module is designed for those who expect to read, interpret, and analyse financial statements. The course adopts a modern approach to the topic of financial statements analysis. Although some attention is devoted to the mechanics of dissecting financial statements, the primary emphasis lies on development of an understanding of the market environment in which financial information is used.

MBM 805 ADVANCED STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT 2

The module will cover strategic issues in public enterprises reform and privatisation management of project, business level strategies, competitive strategy and industry environments, strategies in global environment, corporate strategy, corporate, governance and ethics, implementing strategies, competitive advantage, issues of strategic leadership in the 21st century.

MBM 806 CORPORATE GOVERNANCE 2

The module would address issues concerned with disclosure and transparency, and owners and stakeholders, Board practices and board procedures, the corporate governance strategy and evaluating strategy delivery and executive directors’ performance,effective chairing of boards.

MBM 803 DISSERTATION

The dissertation shall constitute the second semester of level two. Each candidate is required to submit a dissertation of approximately 20 000 words on a topic relating to his/her area of managerial interest and approved in writing by the dissertation supervisor. There will be four graduates’ seminars during the last semester of the student’s studies.

Session 1

This will be a three-day residency period intended to introduce the formal development of the student’s masters’ thesis. Topics to be covered will include research study methods, problem statement, research questions, hypothesis to be tested, samples and populations, the intended impact of the Project on the profession and society. The outcome is a prospectus (Blueprint) that articulates a specific goal and plan that evolves into the learner’s Masters Thesis proposal.

Session 2

This is another residency period designed to focus on the Masters Thesis Proposal for approval. During this session the prospectus from the first session will be fine tuned for formal approval. Topics to be covered during this session will focus on literature review, statistical and qualitative tools, data gathering and data analysis approaches, past research and
current theory, proposal format requirements, and submission timelines.

Session 3

This is another three-day residency period designed to facilitate the dissertation writing process from an approved masters’ thesis to final submission of the project. Chapters 4 and 5 requirements from the dissertation are explored for content and format. An approved dissertation proposal is required to earn a passing grade this session.

Session 4

This is a mentorguided session. It is the last session where the candidate completes the formal Oral defence of the Masters Dissertation and then prepares and submits the dissertation for University approval. An approved dissertation is required to complete this session.