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Program: PGDip (Business Administration) Part-time

Code Faculty Department
07220011 Gordon Institute of Business Science Department: Gordon Institute of Business Science
Credits Duration NQF level SAQA ID
Minimum duration of study: 1 jaar Totale krediete: 120 NQF level:  08 SAQA ID:  12135

Admission requirements

  1. Relevant bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree
  2. An admissions examination may be required

Other programme-specific information

Refer to General Academic Regulations G16-G29.

Refer to the GIBS student guidelines and regulations.

The Dean may authorise matters not provided for in the General Academic Regulations or in the GIBS regulations

Examinations and pass requirements

  1. The minimum pass mark for each prescribed module is 50%.,provided that a subminimum of 45% has been obtained in the examination or an examined component
  2. A candidate who has failed more than two modules may not continue with his/her studies for the diploma, except with the approval of the Dean.

Refer to the GIBS student guidelines and regulations.

Minimum krediete: 120

Students need to select elective modules to the value of 40 credits. Students must contact the Faculty Administration to establish which electives are being offered.

Core modules

  • Module-inhoud:

    By introducing microeconomic theory and its application in real business situations, this course will give you an understanding of how a business works in the context of the economic environment in which it operates. Topics include the theory of the firm, supply and demand analysis, consumer behaviour, how markets work and pricing strategies for different markets.

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    Financial accounting focuses on the interpretation of the financial statements a company uses to report on its financial position and operating results. You will become familiar with the structure of balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements.

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    This course in Management accounting introduces basic management accounting tools and techniques used in allocating costs to products and inventories, planning, making business decisions and evaluating the performance of business units.

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    This course in Organisational behaviour explores the interaction between individuals, groups and organisations in the context of a rapidly changing global system. The core themes explored include corporate culture, leadership, trust, team and group dynamics, power, organisation design, managing change and interpersonal communication. To motivate people today, managers require insight into individual behaviour and attitudes that affect organisational performance.

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    Human resource strategy focuses on the strategic management of the organisation’s human resources (HR) to deliver a competitive advantage, as well as the role of HR in achieving strategic corporate objectives. We explore the management of HR infrastructure, performance management, HIV/AIDS and employee contributions, as well as the integration of HR and business strategies.

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    This course outlines marketing strategies in the context of overall corporate objectives and introduces a systematic approach to marketing decision-making, including market and customer analysis, the analysis of marketing opportunities and implementation and evaluation of marketing plans. We also explore e-business and strategies of marketing through the Internet.

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    Focusing on the macroeconomic and socio-political environment in which businesses operate, this course includes a study of the multi-faceted ways in which global economic trends and domestic socio-political strategies affect organisations. You will gain insight into how the South African economy operates, as well as an understanding of economic indicators, like business cycles, inflation and unemployment.

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    During this course, students take an integrative view of business and management. Students will be introduced to the concepts of strategy formulation and implementation and study the links between technology, operations, processes and structures. Using the knowledge and skills learned throughout the programme, you will develop a holistic view of business and the organisation.

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    The Applied business project is designed to enable students to develop their decision-making skills via tackling a societal issue from a business perspective. Syndicates will be expected to select a topic, identify a potential issue or opportunity, conduct research to understand the issue or opportunity, generate and review possible solutions, present a clear, compelling case for their chosen solution, and communicate this effectively.

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    This course serves as an introductory course to business analysis and research methods. The course provides the foundations for understanding what research is, what is researched, the importance of research for both business and academia, and how research influences evidence-based decision-making.

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    The course in Operations management will help you examine how the resources, structures, systems and processes of your organisation could be managed to improve its competitive position. Improving cross-functional organisational performance across the value chain, as well as the design of service-delivery systems, is an important focus.

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Elective modules

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    This module introduces fundamental programming concepts including data structures, networked application program interfaces, and databases. Students will design and create applications for data retrieval, processing, and visualization.

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    This course examines fundamental principles and techniques for data science and advanced analytics. Students will learn how to interact competently on topics of data science for business analytics and understand the fundamental principles of data science processes. They will be able to interact effectively with data experts, approaching business problems data-analytically to make data-informed decisions for management.

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    This module exposes students to machine and statistical learning algorithms that can be used to manipulate big data, identify trends from the data, modelling trends for prediction purposes as well as modelling for the detection of hidden knowledge. Student will learn to Identify settings in which models can be used effectively and apply modelling concepts in practical situations, including visualisation – the encoding of information, such as patterns, into visual objects.

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    Changing dynamics caused by the conversion of products and services into digital goods, new customer demands and changing regulation continue to drive the digital transformation of finance. This course will examine concepts including digital strategy, open banking innovation, financial technology, crowdfunding, and peer-to-peer lending, robo-advising and block chain. The objective is that students will be able to make informed decisions about deploying financial technologies in business.

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    Corporate finance techniques encompass financial skills that every general manager requires. The module includes financial calculations; the use of financial statements; equity versus debt financing; distribution mechanisms; capital allocation (investment evaluation and rates of return).

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    Dramatic advances in technology have revolutionized the way that people interact with computers. This course focuses on the design and evaluation of user interfaces including user research; prototyping and design methods; and robust evaluation techniques such as heuristic evaluation and user studies.

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    This module addresses moral ethical issues pertaining to information and ICT, including information and computer ethics; information security; privacy and the right to information; digital identity management; cyber law.

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    Design thinking is a non-linear, iterative process Involving five phases—Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test—used to tackle problems that are ill-defined or unknown (wicked problems). Design thinking is useful in the ill-defined problem space because it uses a human-centric approach to reframe the problem to focus on what is most important for users. This course introduces the principles and application of design thinking.

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    This module is designed to enable students to analyse communication strategies and the impact they have on markets. The skills learnt include the cognitive skills of analysing, evaluating and synthesising complex material, and the communication skills of presenting findings in oral and written English.

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    This module examines statistical tools used in business decision-making. Statistical methods will be introduced in a non-technical manner and developed in business contexts. Topics will include understanding differences, predictions and associations when using statistical analysis for business decision-making. These techniques will underpin the use of univariate and multivariate techniques. Statistical computer packages play a major supporting role in statistical applications, and frequently-encountered spreadsheet and software packages will be utilised during the course of the module. You will learn how to interpret the information contained in management data, and to define and analyse management problems quantitatively. You will develop an intuitive understanding of statistical techniques through explanations of methods and interpretation of real business problems. Ultimately, if you need to consult experts in this area, you will be better able to select, evaluate and use their services.

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  • Module-inhoud:

    During this course, students take an integrative view of business and management. Students will be introduced to the concepts of strategy formulation and implementation and study the links between technology, operations, processes and structures. Using the knowledge and skills learned throughout the programme, you will develop a holistic view of business and the organisation.

    Sien meer

  • Module-inhoud:

    The Applied business project is designed to enable students to develop their decision-making skills via tackling a societal issue from a business perspective. Syndicates will be expected to select a topic, identify a potential issue or opportunity, conduct research to understand the issue or opportunity, generate and review possible solutions, present a clear, compelling case for their chosen solution, and communicate this effectively.

    Sien meer

  • Module-inhoud:

    This course serves as an introductory course to business analysis and research methods. The course provides the foundations for understanding what research is, what is researched, the importance of research for both business and academia, and how research influences evidence-based decision-making.

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    The purpose of this half-module is to create an appropriate level of awareness of the importance of ethical and sustainable behaviour in the business environment. Important ethical and sustainability issues in the South African context will be debated and discussed to ensure delegates appreciate some of the hurdles facing business leaders in South Africa. Students will develop an understanding of the underlying principles behind responsible leadership and be provided with tools to make sound business decisions where there is an ethical dimension present. It will also provide students with tools to assist them when faced with ethical dilemmas.

     

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