Bachelor of Commerce (Supply Chain Management)

Bachelor of Commerce (Supply Chain Management)

 

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The Bachelor of Commerce in Supply Chain Management is a dynamic programme designed to give candidates specialist knowledge within the growing field of supply chain management. A well implemented supply chain management system has been identified as a key tool in the success of today’s leading business. Supply  chain management involves the coordination, production, shipment and delivery of goods from the point of production to the point of consumption.

 

Students enrolled in the programme will be exposed to the learning areas of operations supply chain management, logistics and purchasing. Students will obtain in-depth knowledge in the field of supply chain management. Graduates of this programme will be well placed to occupy positions in industry and to pursue post graduate studies.

 

ASSESSMENT

The final assessment mark for each module consists of an assignment (40 %) and a written examination (60 %). Examinations are written at the end of each semester.

 

MINIMUM DURATION

3 Years

 

NQF LEVEL

National Qualifications Framework Level 7 (360 credit points)

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Either a Pass in 3 subjects at A level and 1 subject at Subsidiary level at HSC Or Pass in 2 subjects at A level and 2 subject at Subsidiary level at HSC Or Pass in 3 Subject at A level at the London General Certificate

 

MODE OF DELIVERY

This programme is offered as Full-Time and Supported Distance Learning 

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

 

  • School leavers and those aspiring to pursue a career in Supply Chain Management
  • Persons currently employed in supply chain management related positions and wishing to extend their knowledge in the field with the view to becoming supply chain managers. 
  • Individuals wishing to pursue a career in supply chain management

 

STUDENT SUPPORT

The programme is delivered through supported distance learning. Workshops are held each semester to support students in their studies. A study guide accompanies each module. The guide includes compulsory readings, self-study activities, tutorial letters and assessment exercises. In addition, students have access to online journals, past examination papers and supplementary learning materials available on the website.

 

 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this programme, the student should be able to:

  • Understand the key concepts in Supply chain management, logistics, operation and purchasing.
  • Develop and implement strategic supply plans.
  • Analyse the performance of supply chain partners and develop methods to improve supply chain performance. 
  • Analyse and interpret information to facilitate strategy formulation and decission making in supply chain management.
  • Apply and integrate knowledge to solve supply chain problems.

 

Programme Structure

 

YEAR 1

 

 

 

1. Business Management 1A                                                      (15 Credits)                                                                          Core

 

Introduction to General Management

 

This module introduces students to the field of study of business management, focusing on the management environment, the management process, and the evolution of management theory. At the conclusion of the module students should be able to understand some of the theoretical content of business management and discuss it critically in relation to certain simple selected situations that might arise in the context of managing a business.

 

 

 

2. End User Computing 1T                                                            (15 Credits)                                                        Fundamental

 

This course focuses on developing students’ business computing skills and their understanding of computing in a business environment. Business computing skills covered in the course relate to spreadsheets, databases, search techniques and the use of computers as a presentation medium.

 

 

 

3. Business Mathematics 1T                                                        (15 Credits)                                                        Fundamental

 

The purpose of this module is to enable a student to become conversant with a variety of basic mathematics and quantitative techniques, thereby providing the student with the basic tools necessary to attempt more detailed calculations in other business applications.

 

 

 

4. Economics 1A                                                                               (15 Credits)                                                                        Core 

 

Principles of Microeconomics

 

This course offers an introduction to the workings of market systems. It deals with the economic behaviour of consumers and firms, covering analysis of demand and supply of goods, services and resources within an economy. The framework developed is used to examine and evaluate the operation of the market mechanism for various market structures and government policies.   

 

 

 

5. Business Management 1B                                                       (15 Credits)                                                                          Core

 

Functional Management

 

This module exposes students to an array of organisational structures and theories in relation to central and strategic management.  It also involves students in the study of functional areas of management, including operations management, marketing management, human resource management and financial management. At the end of the module students should be able to understand and discuss organisations and organisational theory, and to propose solutions to a variety of more complex problems that might arise in the course of managing a business.

 

 

 

6. Business Information Systems                                              (15 Credits)                                                        Fundamental

 

The objective of this course is to provide students with an insight into and knowledge of information systems, computers and computer technology, as well as an introduction to the use of a computer and application software in a business environment.

 

 

 

7. Financial Accounting 1T                                                           (15 Credits)                                                       Fundamental

 

The purpose of this module is to cover the basic concepts of accounting, the recording of various elementary transactions and the accounting cycle. This module deals with the recording and control of various assets and liabilities and the accounting records of a sole trader and a non-trading enterprise. This module familiarises the student with recording, classifying and interpreting financial data for a business.  It includes a study of the journals, ledgers and financial statements used by these entities.  It also covers credit instruments, depreciation of plant assets, internal control, and liabilities.

 

 

 

8. Economics 1B                                                                                (15 Credits)                                                                        Core 

 

Principles of Macroeconomics

 

This course analyses aggregate economic activity in the national economy and its interrelationships with the rest of the world. Emphasis is placed on basic principles involved in the determination of the level of national output, the aggregate price level, and the money supply. Alternative explanations of key macroeconomic problems and relevant economic policies are compared. The theoretical concepts are illustrated from a range of Southern African and international examples.

 

 

 

YEAR 2

 

 

 

1. Business Management 2A                                                      (15 Credits)                                                                          Core

 

Leadership, decision-making, groups and teams and organisational structures

 

This module will develop students’ insight into the nature of business management through consideration of the role of leadership in management, the role of groups and teams, and ways of motivating them.  It will also briefly consider the importance of managerial communications and information technology. By the end of the module students should be able to evaluate and critically discuss various modes of management, and display an understanding of some of the factors essential to reaching sound managerial decisions.

 

 

 

2. Supply Chain Management 2A                                              (15 Credits)                                                                        Core

 

Production & Operations Management

 

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the concept of Supply Chain Management and its optimisation in the 21st century by providing learners with a theoretical and a practical understanding of the nature of activities related to operations management and how these activities can be strategically managed. Learners will gain an insight into the mechanics related to the creation of goods and services through the transformation of inputs into outputs. This module is designed to endow students with an outline in order to understand production and operations management as activities within the framework of a company’s competitive strategy. 

 

 

 

3. Management Accounting 1T                                                  (15 Credits)                                                       Fundamental

 

At the end of this module the learner will be able to:

 

·   Explain the need for pre-determined costs and management accounting systems

 

·   Distinguish between direct and indirect costs and fixed and variable costs

 

·   Calculate the value of stock using different valuation methods

 

·   Explain Absorption Costing

 

·   Explain Marginal Costing and Breakeven Analysis

 

·   Determine the optimal costing methods (Absorption Costing vs Marginal Costing)

 

·   Explain the principles of effective budgeting

 

·   Implement Cost control using Standard Costing methods

 

·   Use techniques of Investment Appraisal

 

 

 

4. Business Law 1T                                                           (15 Credits)                                                                       Fundamental 

 

At the end of this module the learner will be able to:

 

·         Describe the legal framework within which businesses operate

 

·         Explain the requirements associated with the formulation of a contract

 

·         Outline the rights of parties associated with sale agreements

 

·         Outline the rights of parties associated with lease agreements

 

·         List the salient details of the laws associated with employment

 

·         Identify the essential elements of any contract of insurance

 

 

 

5. Business Management 2B                                                       (15 Credits)                                                                          Core

 

Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management, and Negotiation

 

This module expands a student’s knowledge of business management by focussing on issues facing small business and management thereof. It also deals with management of conflict and diversity in an African context. It also provides learners with the foundation to negotiate effectively in a business environment.  

 

 

 

This module will focus on the nature of entrepreneurship and issues relating to small business management in general.  Various related topics will receive attention during the course of the study.  These will include topics such as start-up, business plans, finance options, and franchises. At the conclusion of the module students should demonstrate that they are able on paper to set up and run a small business successfully.

 

 

 

6. Supply Chain Management 2B                                              (15 Credits)                                                                        Core

 

Strategic Sourcing

 

The purpose of this module is to expose learners to the three levels at which Supply Chain Management operates, that is the strategic, tactical and operational level. Learners will gain an insight into the risk that is inherent in the supply chain; hence develop an understanding into the strategic supply chain processes that managers have to choose. This module includes all the key aspects related to supply chain management with regard to identifying key resources in order to ensure there is a fit between organisational goals and the supply chain design.  

 

 

 

7. Business Statistics 1T                                                                                (15 Credits)                                                        Fundamental

 

At the end of this module the learner will be able to:

 

·         Explain why quantitative techniques are important to a manager.

 

·       Perform statistical analyses to extract additional information from business data.

 

·       Manipulate gathered data through various statistical methods

 

·         Prepare and interpret reports expressed in statistical terms

 

·         Assess validity of statistical findings.

 

 

 

8. Project Management 2T                                                          (15 Credits)                                                        Fundamental  

 

The purpose of this module is to provide students with a structured approach to managing projects. It outlines the latest planning and control techniques used by industry in the management of projects. The key objective is to develop a fully integrated information and control system to plan, instruct, monitor and control large amounts of data, quickly and accurately to facilitate the problem-solving and decision making process.

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR 3

 

 

 

1. Business Management 3A                                                      (15 Credits)                                                                          Core

 

Managing Conflict, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Industrial Relations and the Legislative framework

 

This module develops the learners understanding of the managing of conflict, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, industrial relations and the legislative framework within which businesses operate. The knowledge and skills which the learner will develop in this regard will aid him/her in effectively functioning in organisations undergoing transformation.

 

 

 

2. Business Management 3B                                                       (15 Credits)                                                                          Core

 

Organisational Culture, Workforce diversity and Total Quality Management

 

This module develops the learners understanding of organisational culture and the elements that make up and influence such a culture. It also addresses the need for workforce diversity and the promotion and monitoring of quality in the organisation and its work.

 

 

 

3. Supply Chain Management 3A                                              (15 Credits)                                                                        Core

 

Purchasing Management & Supply Tools

 

The purpose of this module is to provide learners with an understanding of purchasing within inbound logistics functions, with a view to optimising purchasing in terms of quality, price, supply efficiency, security and customer service. Learners will be equipped with the basic management tools which would enable them to optimise the materials management process. In addition learners will be exposed to the differences between international and domestic purchasing.

 

 

 

4. Supply Chain Management 3B                                              (15 Credits)                                                                        Core

 

Manufacturing & Logistics

 

The purpose of this module is to provide learners with a basic understanding of the distribution channel in terms of manufacturing and logistics. Learners will be exposed to the functions and relationship between supply chain management and logistics. This module builds onto the foundation set in the Supply Chain Management 2A (Production & Operations Management) module and provides learners with an understanding of how logistics integrates into a total supply chain environment, to ensure total optimization of time; place, cost and quality from sources of supply to customer are achieved efficiently. This module includes various manufacturing techniques and processes which would provide a firm with a competitive advantage.

 

 

 

5. Supply Chain Management 3C                                              (15 Credits)                                                                          Core

 

Supply Chain relationship management and enterprise planning

 

The purpose of this module is to provide learners with an insight of the management of the network of all upstream firms that provide inputs (directly or indirectly), as well as the network of downstream firms responsible for delivery and after-market service of the product to the end customer, hence enabling a learner to understand the importance of supply chain relationship management in relation to enterprise planning.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Supply Chain Management 3D                                              (15 Credits)                                                                          Core

 

Supply Chain Alignment

 

This module brings into perspective all modules studied in the supply chain management programme and culminates in the understanding of the fundamentals of supply chains and their influence on total business operations and customer service. Through this learners will gain the ability to align the right strategies in order to improve efficiency and reduce cost within their organisation.

 

 

 

7. Supply Chain Management 3E                                              (15 Credits)                                                                        Core

 

Special Topics in Supply Chain Management: Quality Management incorporating Information Technology

 

The purpose of this module is to provide learners is to enable them to understand that in a highly competitive environment   where products and services are increasingly converging and firms are competing on a global stage, quality is becoming the defining aspect. This module brings into perspective the integral part of Information Technology and its role in managing both quality and the individual components in the supply chain management process.  

 

 

 

8. Supply Chain Management 3F                                              (15 Credits)                                                                        Core

 

Operations Management

 

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