Project Description

Diploma in Business Management (NQF Level 6) – 63DBMA

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the business managers with an understanding of contemporary challenges of management by exploring new approaches and practices and their integration into the broader organisational strategy. The minimum duration is 1 year. Students who complete this qualification may pursue further studies in business management and leadership or another related cognate area of learning at NQF level 7. This qualification equips students with the following skills: business communication, digital literacy, commercial awareness of how businesses or industries operate, interpersonal and analytical, change management, financial management, persuasive and negotiations, performance management, problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making. Holders of this qualification will be able to fill the following careers: management in public institutions, and management in private firms.

The Diploma in Business Management Programme seeks to recruit suitably qualified students who can benefit from, contributing to, and completing the programme. To be considered for admission to this programme, a prospective student must:

  1. a) Possess a relevant Level 5 qualification from a recognized institution of higher learning with a minimum of three (3) years relevant work experience, of which one year should be at managerial level.
  2. b) Admission could also be considered for persons who qualify through the Mature Age Entry Scheme upon successful completion of the relevant examinations as set out in the General Information and Regulation Prospectus. A special application is available for this purpose. For mature age entry, a candidate must be above 25 years old, in possession of a Grade 12 Certificate, with a minimum of five (5) years’ work experience, of which one year is at a managerial level.

Additional Selection Criteria

The following criteria may be used to select students when there are too many students that qualify for admission and a reduced number of applicants need to be selected:

  1. a) Sit for an entrance examination administered by the school and applicants must attain the minimum score as set from time to time.
  2. b) Demonstrate evidence of experience in management.

Students who complete the Diploma in Business Management programme may pursue further studies in Business Management or other related cognate area of learning at NQF level 7.

Blended learning conducted through e-learning augmented by face-to-face lessons on a block-Release Basis.

The minimum duration of this programme is one (1) year.

Taught modules will be assessed through formative and summative assessments. Students are also expected to complete an Applied Business Management Project which will be assessed following the University’s regulations as outlined in the Postgraduate Studies guidelines. The assessment of each course shall be as follows:

  • Weighting in assessments for modules (except mini thesis) is 25% individual assignments, 25% group assignments, 50% examination.
  • To pass a module, a minimum final mark of 50% is required.
  • The final mark for each module will be calculated using a ratio of 50:50 i.e., CA: Exam mark
  • Notwithstanding the above, a subminimum of at least 40% will apply to the Exam Mark.
  • Applied Business Management Project shall be examined by an appointed internal examiner and moderated by an external examiner.
  • To pass the Applied Business Management Project, the student must obtain a minimum average final mark of 50%.

The Diploma in Business Management qualification will be awarded to candidates who have completed the 136 credits at Level 6 as prescribed in the curriculum and have met all the administrative and financial requirements of the University.

Note: these modules can either be offered in first or second semester according to structure of the timetable, students are urged to consult the timetable.

NQF Level: 9

First Semester

Module codeModuleNQF LevelCreditsContact hours per week (L / P / T)(Co-requisites) / Pre-requisitesCompulsory (C) / Elective (E)
B2621XEEnglish for Business Communication672 l/wNoneC
B2621XWWorkplace Digital Literacy672 L/WNoneC
B2611XMMarketing for Managers6144 l/wNoneC
B2611XAComputerized Business Accounting for Managers6144 l/wNoneC
B2611XPOperations and Project Management6144 l/wNoneC
Total Credits Semester 156 Credits

Second Semester

Module codeModuleNQF LevelCreditsContact hours per week (L / P / T)(Co-requisites) / Pre-requisitesCompulsory (C) / Elective (E)
B2612XFBusiness Finance for Managers6144 L/WNoneC
B2612XSStrategic Management for Managers6144 L/WNoneC
B2612XCChange Management for Managers6144 l/wNoneC
B2612XNBusiness Ecosystem and Negotiation Skills6144 l/wNoneC
B2612XPApplied Business Management Project6144 l/wNoneC
Total Credits Semester 280 Credits
Total credits YEAR 1136 Credits
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