BSc Management and Entrepreneurial Development Studies
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Students shall enroll for the courses shown below:
To be preceded by an orientation week during which a course on study skills will be given. These are introductory courses into Management and Entrepreneurship. Semester 1 BM 111 Accounting and Finance 4
BM 112 Economics Principles 3
BM 113 Organisational Design 3
BM 114 General Management Principles 3
CS 111 Communication Skills 2
BM 121 Gender and Entrepreneurship 2
BM 122 Leadership Concepts and Skills 3
BM 123 Small Business Management 4
BM124 Management Information Systems 3
BM125 Quantitative Methods (Statistics) 4
Second Year These are mainly integration courses. Semester 1
BM211 Marketing Management 3
BM 212 Entrepreneurship 3
BM213 Managerial Decision Making 3
BM 214 Human Resources Management 3
BM215 Business Ethics 3
BM221 Purchasing Management 3
BM222 Strategic Management 3
BM 223 Business Law 3
BM 224 Project Planning and Management 3
BM 225 Research Skills 3
BM311 Work related learning 4
BM311 Work Related Learning. The students spend the year working in a related organization or profession. Faculty academic staff visit students on a regular basis to assess and ensure that the students are exposed to appropriate experience.
Each student is required to submit a written report of the work done and experience gained during the placement year for marking. Constant feedback from the academic and industrial supervisors is necessary to ensure that the student satisfies the practical training requirements of the placement year. It is the responsibility of the student to secure a placement for industrial attachment though the university may assist. Preparations to ensure that all students are placed are essential.
During year three, students are encouraged to propose projects for Year Four. The project should be related to the work that they are doing during their placement year. The academic support is required to assist the student in the choice of project.
These are specialization courses
General Management and Marketing
Semester 1 MG411 Project Planning and Formulation 3
MG412 Service Marketing 3
MG 413 Business Plan Development 4
MG 414 Marketing Strategy 3
BM 415 Research Project 4
Semester 2 MG 421 Export Development 3
MG 422 Electronic Marketing 3
MG423 International Marketing 3
MG 424 Economics 3
MG 425 Consumer Behaviour 4
BM 415 Research Project 4
Banking and Finance
Semester 1 FB 411 Financial Management 4
FB412 Financial Accounting 4
FB 413 Management Accounting 4
FB 414 Credit Management 4
BM 415 Research Project 4
Semester 2 FB 421 Treasury Management 4
FB 422 Auditing 4
FB 423 Investment and Risk Management 4
FB 424 Taxation 4
FB 425 Practice of Banking 4
BM 415 Research Project 4
Final year Project: Compulsory At the beginning of Year Four, students shall be taught the use of appropriate Research Methods for their projects. The project shall enable the student to work on problems identified within the local community during the placement year.
Two bound copies of the research project shall be submitted to the Faculty in partial fulfilment of the degree programme.
Year 1 First Semester
BM111 Accounting and Finance
The course aims to equip the student with the requisite abilities to draw up books of accounts for an organization and to be able to make use of accounting and financial information in planning, decision making and controlling of tasks in organizations.
BM 112 Economic Principles
The course mainly focuses on microeconomics which focuses on the behavior of the individual units that make up an economy such as households, businesses and markets/ industries.
BM 113 Organizational Design
The essence of the role of the office administrator is to develop, implement and review processes and structures in organizations in order to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. This course has been designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to understand micro and macro organizational issues and how they apply in practice. Emphasis is on issues that are critical to the achievement of organizational excellence.
BM 114 General Management Principles
The course aims to introduce the student to the evolution of management thought and influencing factors: the schools of management thought – classical, behavioural, systems and contingency and their proponents (Frederick Taylor, Henry Fayol, Max Weber, Elton Mayo, Douglas McGregor etc).
CS111 Communication Skills
The course takes an integrative approach to the appropriate use of English in different situations and for different purposes. It seeks to equip learners with the skills that will enable them to cope with the demands of University education and develop life long communication skills.
Year 1 Second Semester
BM121 Quantitative Methods (Statistics)
The aim of the course is to develop in the participants, knowledge and understanding of presenting and analyzing data in the light of the paradigms, theories and models that have been met during the course. An appreciation of various issues relevant to undertake research successfully will also be developed. This will improve research skills of the participants with regard to research projects.
BM 122 Gender and Entrepreneurship
The course examines the concepts of gender and its impact on society. The course critically reviews theoretical perspectives that have tried to define gender, the consequences of gender and categorization in relation to our attitude towards violence, in addition social movements that have challenged existing gender categories and social justice interventions/measures to redress gender inequality will also be considered.
BM123 Leadership concepts and skills
The course aims to equip students with knowledge on how to become a successful and effective leader. It focuses on the different leadership styles, types of power and learning organizational and motivational theories.
BM124 Small Business Management
The course aims at providing students with an understanding of the role of small enterprises in an economy. It also aims at exposing students to entrepreneurship, nature and problems of the small business sector and how small enterprises are managed for development.
BM125 Management Information Systems
The course aims to make students develop a conceptual understating of the strategic importance of information in managing organizations and to view the manager as the centre of information and communication with Information Technology (IT) professionals.
Year 2 First Semester
BM 211 Marketing Management
The course assists students in having a comprehensive and innovative introduction to marketing. It also enables students to learn and apply the basic concepts and practices of marketing in a wide variety of economic business settings. The course increases students’ understanding of the major discussions that marketers make in an effort to balance the firm’s objectives and resources against the needs and opportunities in the market place.
The aim of the course is to develop in the participants knowledge and understanding of the key entrepreneurship issues and the practice of the same in organizations. The course seeks to help the student acquire entrepreneurship skills. It will also improve the analytical and problem solving skills of the participants with regard to entrepreneurship.
BM 213 Managerial Decision Making
The aim of the course is to provide students with relevant and useful skills to enable them develop their full potential as successful managerial decision makers with the ability to display standard procedures, techniques and models in the decision making process.
BM214 Human Resources Management
The course develops the participants’ knowledge and understanding of the key strategic human resourcing issues and the practice of the same in organizations. An appreciation of relevance of human resources management in diverse organizational contexts will also be developed. This will improve the analytical and problem solving skills of the participants with regard to human resources challenges.
BM 215 Business Ethics
The course exposes the student to the importance of good ethical behavior in the conduct of business. Specifically, the course aims at creating awareness in the student of the multitude of influences that a manager faces when making a decision bearing an ethical dimension.
Year 2 Second Semester
BM 221 Business Law
The course is designed to equip the students with basic but concise legal knowledge to enable them to make legally sound and informed business decisions at work or as business leaders or managers.
BM 222 Project Planning and Management
This course introduces students to key issues in project management and feasibility studies in both private and public sector organizations. The rationale in designing this course is that many projects fail because of the inability of managers to properly conceptualise the project management process and to carry out meaningful feasibility studies.
BM 223 Strategic Management
The course focuses on the study of the strategic issues which provide the framework for overall corporate operations including decision making, forecasting, planning, analyzing and evaluating of the total enterprise. Linkages between strategies and structures are examined in the context of organization design and ethical considerations.
BM 224 Purchasing Management
The course exposes the student to the importance of the need to follow proper procedures in purchasing. It will develop an appreciation of the relevance of the purchasing department in diverse business organizational contexts. This will as a result improve the analytical and problem solving skills in participants in regard to purchasing management challenges.
BM 225 Research Skills
The course equips students with the knowledge and techniques needed to identify research problems, determine and collect data needed, analyse and interpret data, present information and make recommendations for management decisions.
BM 311 Industrial attachment
Year 4 First Semester
Specialising in Banking and Finance
FB411 Financial Management
The main purpose of this course is to give students a good foundation in Financial Management. This field of study focuses on the types and nature of financial decisions as well as the economic environment in which these decisions are carried out. The course covers in detail the major areas of Financial Management in private companies, government ministries and departments and non-governmental organizations. Financial Management is relevant for all these organizations because they need to manage their financial resources in a way which maximizes returns to shareholders and other stakeholders.
FB 412 Financial Accounting
The main aim of this course is to build on the foundations of Financial Accounting knowledge established in Accounting and Finance, a first year course. Financial Accounting imparts and develops in students the skills they require to work as accountants. The course provides a firm background to the accounting requirements of financial institutions. This is because most graduates of this programme are expected to take up careers in banks and related organizations.
FB 413 Management Accounting
The thrust of the course is to provide students with a firm foundation in Management Accounting. The purpose of Management Accounting is to provide management with information for planning and controlling operations and for making tactical and strategic decisions with a view of optimizing stakeholder value.
FB 414 Credit Management
The course is designed to acquaint the student with theoretical and practical concepts that underpin the discipline of credit management. The course addresses credit risk management at both country and international financial markets as well as the risk pertaining to the financial and industrial sectors but with specific references to the banking sector.
Year 4 Second Semester
Specialising in Banking and Finance
FB 421 Taxation
The course introduces students to the current law relating to taxation in Zimbabwe and its practical applications to companies, partnerships and individuals. The general tax considerations will be taken into account when investing and undertaking any business decisions.
FB 422 Practice of Banking
The aim of the course is to provide an in-depth understanding of the normal operations of a banking and financial institution with emphasis on:- i) the various types of security for bank lending and how these are perfected in practice and ii) the process of realizing security in the event of default by a borrower.
FB 423 Investment and Risk Management
The purpose of the subject is to introduce students to the investment environment. To accomplish this purpose, students need a grasp of financial and investment markets that are available and the type of securities that are traded. This also touches on the investment alternatives that we have today and that we may have in the near future.
FB 424 Treasury Management
The course aims at ensuring that students understand the role and functions of the treasury department and also appreciate the sections that normally fall under this section as follows:-
• Cash management, i.e. domestic and foreign
• Banking supervision and regulation
• Financial and non-financial risks in treasury management
FB 425 Auditing
The course covers issues in the auditing of multinational operations, the International Auditing Standards (a critical and thorough review) and the changing role of independent auditors.
Year 4 First Semester
Specialising in General Management and Marketing
MG411 Sales Management
The main aim of the course is to examine the nature and scope of sales management. The course further extends the knowledge gained in Human Resources Management by focusing, recruiting selecting and training sales people, supervising, motivation and compensating sales people, controlling and evaluating sales force performance, setting territories and quotas.
MG 413 Business Plan Development
This course aims to build and enhance the knowledge and skills of the student in planning processes and developing business or organizational plans. It provides the students with both the theory and practical knowledge and skills needed in effective planning.
MG 414 Marketing Strategy
The course equips students with the relevant strategic marketing skills that they will employ to their organizations of work for them to gain competitive advantage.
Year 4 Second Semester
Specialising in General Management & Marketing
MG 421 Export Development
The course helps students understand exporting and developing of export plans.
MG 423 International Marketing
The course covers introduction to international marketing, scope and challenge of international marketing, international trade concepts and theory, international marketing environments – cultural economic, political, social and technological environments.
MG 424 Electronic Marketing
The aim of the course is to introduce students to electronic marketing concepts, tools and strategies. In this course students are also introduced to Internet marketing, macro marketing models and research concepts in electronic marketing.
MG 425 Economics
The course enhances students’ analytical skills in macro economics by assisting them to identify and analyse the fundamental economic goals that decision makers adopt and the fundamental economic issues that they face in articulating the specified economic goals.
MG 425 Consumer Behaviour
The course covers understanding the consumer, consumer analysis and strategy, consumer perception and motivation, learning and consumer involvement, social environmental influences on consumer behavior personality and opinion leadership. The course also covers consumer decision processes, models of buying behavior, diffusion of innovations, consumer behavior applications to service and non profit organizations, consumerism and social responsibility.