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Programme: PGDip Business Administration

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07220011 Gordon Institute of Business Science Minimum duration of study: 1 year Total credits: 120

Admission requirements

  • Subject to the provisions of General Regulations G.1.3 and G.54 a bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification is required for admission to the postgraduate diploma.
  • The requirement of an exemption assessment on preparatory work as determined by the Dean must be complied with.
  • The Dean may set additional admission requirements.
  • Candidates will be subjected to a selection process.

Other programme-specific information

Refer General Regulation G.55.
Prescribed courses, workshops and company or field visits form part of the programme.

Examinations and pass requirements

  1. The minimum pass mark for each prescribed course is 50%, provided that a subminimum of 45% has been obtained in the examination.
  2. A candidate who has failed more than two core courses may not continue with his studies for the diploma, except with the approval of the Dean.

Minimum credits: 180

Core modules

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    This course is designed to help students improve their thinking and analytical skills in order to manage their organisations more effectively.

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    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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    An organisation’s competitive advantage increasingly depends on knowledge management – what the organisation knows and how it uses what it knows. This course focuses on the knowledge economy and how technological advances in information technology impact on the structure of industries and organisations, the management of people, and how business is conducted.

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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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    During this course, we take an integrative view of business and management. We introduce the concepts of strategy formulation and implementation and study the links between operations, processes and structures. Using the knowledge and skills learned throughout the programme, you will develop a holistic view of business and the organisation. The skill-building session will be a business simulation, with individual coaching on your decision-making.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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    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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    This module will introduce the students to the world of entrepreneurship and its embedded process. It will contribute to the role entrepreneurs play in the socio-economic environment and likewise address certain applications of the field. The intention of this module is to explore the phenomenon broadly referred to as entrepreneurship; to make it easily understood as a business concept, readily accessible as a career option and practically applicable as a style of management within the realm of the entrepreneurial mind-set.

     

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The information published here is subject to change and may be amended after the publication of this information. The General Regulations (G Regulations) apply to all faculties of the University of Pretoria. It is expected of each student to familiarise himself or herself well with these regulations as well as with the information contained in the General Rules section. Ignorance concerning these regulations and rules will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression.

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