The Bachelor of Commerce (Business Management) degree is aimed at the development of managers who need to understand the importance of socio-economic transformation for South Africa.
The BCom Degree is specifically designed to afford prospective candidates an opportunity to realise their true potential by:
- Preparing them to perform their work effectively within a modern organisational environment;
- Providing them with personal development opportunities while they meet requirements within the business management domain;
- Emphasising the integration of systems, technology, innovation and people development concepts into individual performance within an organisation; and
- Developing them to better understand their role in the organisational environment and improve their capacity to contribute towards managing a system.
People who achieve this qualification will be able to:
- Define and apply a variety of management development theories within a systems thinking framework;
- Describe the knowledge and skills required to inform sustainable management and organisational development practices;
- Communicate ideas, concepts, and practical application of theories related to management development; and
- Apply technology, innovation, people and systems thinking concepts to transform individuals, organisations and/or communities.
By enrolling in the BCom qualification students should develop the capacity to:
- Identify their own learning needs;
- Evaluate their learning progress;
- Initiate appropriate learning processes and actions; and
- Assist others to identify learning needs.
Within this environment, which includes the application of learning, students are required to translate their theoretical understanding of the appropriate BCom subject material into the demonstrated application at the workplace and are able to do the following in terms of:
- Scope of knowledge, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate integrated knowledge of the central areas of one or more fields, disciplines or practices, including an understanding of and the ability to apply and evaluate the key terms, concepts, facts, principles, rules and theories of that field, discipline or practice; and detailed knowledge of an area or areas of specialisation and how that knowledge relates to other fields, disciplines or practices; /li>
- Knowledge literacy, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of knowledge as contested and the ability to evaluate types of knowledge and explanations typical within the area of study or practice;
- Method and procedure, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of a range of methods of enquiry in a field, discipline or practice, and their suitability to specific investigations; and the ability to select and apply a range of methods to resolve problems or introduce change within a practice;
- Problem-solving, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to identify, analyse, evaluate, critically reflect on and address complex problems, applying evidence-based solutions and theory-driven arguments;
- Ethics and professional practice, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to make decisions and act ethically and professionally, and the ability to justify those decisions and actions drawing on appropriate ethical values and approaches within a supported environment;
- Accessing, processing and managing information, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to develop appropriate processes of information gathering for a given context or use; and the ability to independently validate the sources of information and evaluate and manage the information;
- Producing and communicating information, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to develop and communicate his or her ideas and opinions in well-formed arguments, using appropriate academic, professional, or occupational discourse;
- Context and systems, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to manage processes in unfamiliar and variable contexts, recognising that problem solving is context and system bound, and does not occur in isolation;
- Management of learning, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to identify, evaluate and address his or her learning needs in a self-directed manner, and to facilitate collaborative learning processes; and
- Accountability, in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to take full responsibility for his or her work, decision-making and use of resources, and limited accountability for the decisions and actions of others in varied or ill-defined contexts.
It is essential that these level descriptors can be applied fully at the workplace. During the learning process, theories are relatively standardised and often standard processes are followed, with newly internalised relationships leading to self-developed evaluation criteria. The student works under less supervision and takes responsibility for helping others learn. Problem-solving is linear and uses well-defined theories, but solution processes may well differ, embracing change. Standard systems are critiqued and improved.
All Bachelor of Commerce qualifications can be applied to accommodate the client's work based needs to improve business performance. Specialised applied examples include:
- Operational Risk
- Supply Chain
- Public Relations
- Sport Coaching
The minimum entry requirement is a Matriculation Certificate or a National Senior Certificate with Exemption and the appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement, as defined in the Minister’s policy (Minimum Admission Requirements for Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree Programmes Requiring a National Certificate, Government Gazette, Vol. 482, No. 27961, 18 August 2005).
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Last updated January 19, 2018