Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Business Administration

Qualification stream: Business Administration
Qualification code: 98316 - BBA
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 5561
APS/AS: 21
Electives may be chosen either from the College of Economic and Management Sciences or from other colleges. Please take note of the pre/co-requisites. Please note that some curriculum changes have been effected from 2014.Students that registered for this qualification code before 2014 will not lose any credits for modules completed in the pre-2014 academic period. However, where credits have not been completed successfully, students will be required to complete the credits as per the amended curriculum. The College has replaced MNI3701 with MNB3701, replaced DVA1601 with DVA1502, replaced MNM2601 with MNM1601 and replaced ENN103F with ENG1503. Students who have already passed (in this curriculum) the modules that have been replaced, will retain the credits and will not be required to complete the replacement modules. Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet.
Purpose statement:
The primary purpose of the qualification is to provide BBA graduates with the knowledge, specific skills and applied competence that provide opportunities for continued personal intellectual growth, gainful economic activity and valuable contributions to society (9); (a) by way of a liberal business education which may include elements of other sciences like the natural sciences, humanities, law, education, religion, etc; (b) by adding fields traditionally associated with business, commerce and industry to an existing and already completed degree like a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Sciences, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Theology, etc. The second purpose of the qualification is to provide South Africa (and other countries) with business leaders in all sectors of the economy. A further purpose of the qualification is to provide graduates with a self-sustaining understanding of the process whereby productive resources are mobilized and utilized with a view to being gainfully employed in serving the material needs of societies in a globalised world.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CLA1501 - Commercial Law IA
ECS1501 - Economics IA
ECS1601 - Economics IB Pre-requisite:ECS1501
FAC1502 - Financial Accounting Principles, Concepts and Procedures
FAC1601 - Financial Accounting and Reporting Pre-requisite:FAC1502 (except for qualification code 90017)
MNB1501 - Business Management IA
MNB1601 - Business Management IB Pre-requisite:MNB1501 (except for qualification code 90017)
SUS1501 - Sustainability and Greed
Group B. Choose any 3 NQF level 5 modules from any College (Please note rules above for alternatives)
AIN1501 - Accounting Information Systems in a Computer Environment
APC1501 - Political Evolution of the African State
APC1502 - The Politics of Contemporary Africa
AUE1601 - Legal Aspects in Accountancy Recommendation:CLA1501 or CLA1503
CLA1502 - Commercial Law IB
COM1501 - Fundamentals of Communication
COM1502 - Communication Contexts and Applications
DSC1520 - Quantitative Modelling I
DSC1630 - Introductory Financial Mathematics
DVA1501 - Introduction to Development Studies
DVA1502 - Development Problems and Institutions
ENG1503 - Academic Language and Literacy in English
ENN1504 - Practising Workplace English
EUC1501 - End-User Computing I (Theory)
EUP1501 - Ethical Information and Communication Technologies for Development Solutions
ILW1501 - Introduction to Law
INF1505 - Introduction to Business Information Systems
INF1511 - Visual Programming I
INF1520 - Human-Computer Interaction I
IOP1501 - Psychological Processes in Work Context
IOP1601 - Personality in Work Context Pre-requisite:IOP1501
IPC1501 - Fundamentals of International Politics
IPC1502 - South Africa in International Politics
MNM1503 - Introduction to Marketing
MNM1601 - Principles of Marketing Management
PLC1501 - Politics as Social Activity
PLC1502 - Understanding the State
PLS1501 - Introduction to Western Philosophy
PLS1502 - Introduction to African Philosophy
PUB1501 - The Nature, Content and Scope of Public Administration
PUB1601 - The Structuring and Functioning of Public Services Co-requisite:PUB1501
PYC1501 - Basic Psychology
PYC1502 - Psychology in Society
SCL1501 - Skills Course for Law Students
STA1501 - Descriptive Statistics and Probability
STA1502 - Statistical Inference I Co-requisite:STA1501
TRT1602 - Secondary Factors of Tourism Pre-requisite:TRT1501 or TRT1502 or DTM1503

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
MNG2601 - General Management
Group B. Choose any 2 from the following
FIN2601 - Financial Management Pre-requisite:FAC1601 or FAC1602, MNB1601 & ECS1601
HRM2601 - Human Resource Provisioning Pre-requisite:HRM1501 or MNB1601
HRM2602 - Human Resource Maintenance and Retention Co-requisite:HRM2601
LRM2601 - Labour Relations Management: Macro Co-requisite:LLW2601 & LLW2602 (Not applicable to 98221)
MNE2601 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Pre-requisite:MNB1501 & MNB1601
MNO2601 - Production and Operations Management Pre-requisite:MNB1601
MNP2601 - Purchasing Management Pre-requisite:MNB1601 (Not applicable to 98683)
RSK2601 - Enterprise Risk Management Pre-requisite:MNB1601
TAX2601 - Principles of Taxation Pre-requisite:FAC1502
Group C. Choose any 6 NQF level 6 modules from any College (Please note rules above for alternatives)
AIN2601 - Practical Accounting Data Processing Pre-requisite:FAC1502 & (either AIN1501 or INF1505) (except for qualification code 90017)
AUE2601 - Auditing Theory and Practice Pre-requisite:FAC1502 & AUE1601(except for qualification code 90017)
AUE2602 - Corporate Governance in Accountancy Pre-requisite:FAC1502 (except for qualification code 90017)
AUI2601 - Internal Auditing: Theory and Principles Pre-requisite:FAC1502 (except for qualification code 90017)
CLA2601 - Commercial Law IIA
CLA2602 - Commercial Law IIB
CMY2601 - Crime Risk Perspectives
CMY2602 - Principles of Crime Prevention, Reduction and Control
CMY2603 - Child and Youth Misbehaviour
CMY2604 - Dealing with Young Offenders
COM2601 - Organisational Communication
COM2602 - Integrated Organisational Communication
COM2603 - Intercultural, Development and Health Communication
COM2604 - Media Studies: Mass Communication and Media Theory
DVA2601 - Projects and Programmes as Instruments of Development
DVA2602 - Community Development and the Basic Needs Approach
ECS2601 - Microeconomics Pre-requisite:ECS1501
ECS2602 - Macroeconomics Pre-requisite:ECS1601
ECS2603 - South African Economic Indicators Pre-requisite:ECS1601
ECS2604 - Labour Economics Pre-requisite:ECS1601
ECS2605 - South African Financial System Pre-requisite:ECS1601
ECS2607 - Economics of Tourism Pre-requisite:ECS1601
ECS2608 - Economic History of the World Pre-requisite:ECS1601
ECS2609 - Economic History of South Africa Pre-requisite:ECS1601
FAC2601 - Financial Accounting for Companies Pre-requisite:FAC1502 & FAC1601 (except for qualification code 90017)
FAC2602 - Selected Accounting Standards and Simple Group Structures Pre-requisite:FAC1502 & FAC1601(except for qualification code 90017)
FIN2603 - Finance for Non-Financial Managers
ICT2621 - Structured Systems Analysis and Design Pre-requisite:ICT1521 (or XCT1521) & ICT1541 (or XCT1541) or INF1505 (or XNF1505) or COS1521 (or XOS1521)
ICT2622 - Object-Oriented Analysis Pre-requisite:ICT1521 (or XCT1521) & ICT1541 (or XCT1541) or INF1505 (or XNF1505) or COS1521 (or XOS1521)
ICT2641 - Business Informatics IIA Pre-requisite:ICT1541 (or XCT1541)
ICT2642 - Business Informatics IIB Pre-requisite:ICT1541 (or XCT1541)
Co-requisite:FAC1501 & ICT2641
INF2603 - Databases I Pre-requisite:INF1505 (or XNF1505)
IOP2601 - Organisational Research Methodology
IOP2602 - Organisational Psychology Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IOP2604 - Psychological Adjustment in the Work Context Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IOP2605 - Human Capacity Development Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IOP2607 - Workgroup Dynamics and Diversity Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IOP2608 - Forensic Industrial Psychology
IOS2601 - Interpretation of Statutes Pre-requisite:ILW1501 (Not applicable to 98318, 99303 & 99304)
IPC2601 - International Organisations
IPC2602 - International Political Dynamics
LLW2601 - Individual Labour Law
LLW2602 - Collective Labour Law
MAC2601 - Principles of Management Accounting Pre-requisite:FAC1502 & (either BNU1501 or QMI1500 or DSC1630)(except for qualification code 90017)
MAC2602 - Principles of Strategy, Risk & Financial Management Techniques Pre-requisite:FAC1502 & (either BNU1501 or QMI1500 or DSC1630) (except for qualification code 90017)
MNB2601 - Business Management - by Portfolio Pre-requisite:MNB1601
MNG2602 - Contemporary Management Issues Pre-requisite:MNG2601 (Not applicable to 98222)
MNL2601 - Leadership Pre-requisite:MNB1601
MNM2604 - Business-to-Business Marketing Pre-requisite:MNM1501 or MNM1502 or MNM1503 or MNM1504 or MNM1505 or MNM1506 or MNM1507 or MNB1501
MNM2605 - Consumer Behaviour Pre-requisite:MNM1601 or MNM1502 or MNM1501 or MNM1502 or MNM1503 or MNM1504 or MNM1505 or MNM1506 or MNM1507 or MNB1501
MNM2607 - Public Relations Pre-requisite:MNM1601 or MNM1502 or MNM1503 or MNM1507 or MNB1501
MNM2612 - E-Commerce in Business Pre-requisite:MNM1501 or MNM1502 or MNM1503 or MNM1504 or MNM1505 or MNM1506 or MNM1507 or MNB1601
MNP2602 - Supply Chain Management Pre-requisite:MNB1601
PLC2601 - Understanding Political Behaviour and Participation
PLC2602 - Politics and Public Policy
PUB2601 - Foundations of Public Administration Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2602 - Protection Services Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2603 - Creation of Wealth Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2604 - Welfare and Social Services Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2605 - Culture and Education Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2606 - Environmental Affairs Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601 (NOT applicable to 98052-ECH, 98052-XEC and 98055)
PVL2602 - Law of Succession Pre-requisite:ILW1501 & PVL1501
PYC2601 - Personality Theories
PYC2602 - Child and Adolescent Development
PYC2603 - Adulthood and Maturity
PYC2605 - HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling
RSC2601 - Research in Social Sciences
TEX2601 - Writing Skills for the Communication Industry
TRL2601 - Transport Management I Pre-requisite:MNB1601
TRL2603 - Transport Theory Pre-requisite:ECS1601
TRL2604 - Integrated Logistics Pre-requisite:MNB1601
TRT2601 - Transport for Tourism Recommendation:TRT1601 or TRT1602

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
MNG3701 - Strategic Planning IIIA Pre-requisite:MNG2601 (Not applicable to BTEXP, BTSMN, 98222 & 98235)
MNG3702 - Strategic Implementation and Control IIIB Co-requisite:MNG3701
Group B. Choose any 3 from the following
FIN3701 - Financial Management Pre-requisite:FIN2601
HRM3704 - Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management Pre-requisite:HRM2601 & HRM2602 or HRM2605 (Not applicable to 98221 and BTSMN)
MNB3701 - Global Business Management IA Pre-requisite:MNG2601
MNB3702 - Global Business Management IB Pre-requisite:MNB3701
MNE3702 - Corporate Entrepreneurship Pre-requisite:MNE2601
MNM3709 - Strategic Marketing Pre-requisite:MNM2601 or MNM2602 or MNM2605 or MNM2607 or MNM2608 or MNM2609 or MNM2610 or MNM2611 or MNM1601 or MNM2614
MNO3701 - Production and Operations Management Pre-requisite:MNO2601
MNP3701 - Strategic Sourcing Pre-requisite:MNP2601
Group C. Choose any 5 NQF level 7 modules from any College (Please note rules above for alternatives)
AUI3702 - The Internal Audit Process: Test of Controls Pre-requisite:AUI2601 & AUE2602 (AUI2601 Not applicable to 98309)
AUI3703 - The Internal Audit Process: Specific Engagements and Reporting Pre-requisite:AUI2601 & AUE2602
AUI3704 - Managing the Internal Audit Activity Pre-requisite:AUI2601 & AUE2602
CMY3701 - The Explanation of Crime
CMY3702 - Crime Typologies
CMY3704 - Formal Reaction to Crime
CMY3705 - Victimology
CMY3706 - Contemporary Criminological Issues
CMY3708 - Qualitative Research Methodology in Criminology
CMY3709 - Quantitative Research Methodology in Criminology
COM3701 - Marketing Communication
COM3702 - Media Studies: Institutions, Theories and Issues
COM3703 - Media Studies: Content, Audiences and Production
COM3705 - International Communication
COM3706 - Communication Research Pre-requisite:RSC2601 or RSC201H
COM3707 - Political and Government Communication and Media Ethics
COM3708 - Advertising and Public Relations
DVA3701 - Development Theories
DVA3703 - Development Policy and Strategies
DVA3704 - Development Planning
DVA3705 - Empowerment and Popular Initiatives
ECS3701 - Monetary Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2602
ECS3702 - International Trade Pre-requisite:ECS2601
ECS3703 - International Finance Pre-requisite:ECS2602
ECS3704 - Public Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2601
ECS3705 - History of Economic Thought Pre-requisite:ECS2601 & ECS2602
ECS3706 - Econometrics Pre-requisite:ECS2601, ECS2602 & (DSC1520 or QMI1500 or [STA1501 & STA1502])
ECS3707 - Development Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2601 & ECS2602
FAC3701 - General Financial Reporting Pre-requisite:FAC2601, FAC2602 & TAX2601
FAC3702 - Distinctive Financial Reporting Pre-requisite:FAC2601, FAC2602 & TAX2601
FAC3703 - Specific Financial Reporting Pre-requisite:FAC2601, FAC2602 & TAX2601
FAC3704 - Group Financial Reporting Pre-requisite:FAC2601, FAC2602 & TAX2601
FIN3702 - Working Capital Management Pre-requisite:FIN2601
HRM3705 - Compensation Management
HRM3706 - Performance Management
INF3703 - Databases II Pre-requisite:ICT2621 or ICT2622 or INF2603
INF3705 - Advanced Systems Development Pre-requisite:ICT2621 & ICT2622
INF3707 - Database Design and Implementation Pre-requisite:ICT2621 or ICT2622 or INF2603
INF3708 - Software Project Management
INF3720 - Human-Computer Interaction II Co-requisite:INF1520 (or XNF1520)
IOP3701 - Industrial Psychological Testing and Assessment Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3702 - Personnel Psychology: Organisational Entry Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3703 - Career Psychology
IOP3704 - Employment Relations Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3705 - Organisational Development and Change Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3706 - Personnel Psychology: Employee Retention Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3708 - Investor Psychology
IPC3701 - International Political Theory
IPC3702 - International Political Economy
IPC3703 - Diplomacy
MAC3701 - Application of Management Accounting Techniques Pre-requisite:MAC2601
MAC3702 - Application of Financial Management Techniques Pre-requisite:MAC2602
MNE3701 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Pre-requisite:MNE2601
MNE3703 - Technology and Innovation Pre-requisite:MNE2601
MNE3704 - Family Business Management
MNN3701 - Corporate Citizenship Pre-requisite:MNB1501 & MNB1601
MNP3702 - Supply Chain Alignment Pre-requisite:MNP2602
PLS3701 - Theoretical and Applied Ethics
PRM3701 - Project Management Pre-requisite:MNB1601
PSC3701 - Contemporary issues in Politics: Capita Selecta
PSC3702 - Political Conflict and Conflict Resolution
PSC3703 - Political Knowledge
PUB3701 - Public Management Skills Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601 (NOT applicable to 98052-EBO, XEB, 98052-ECH, XEC, 98052-EZO, XEZ and 98055)
PUB3702 - Public Human Resource Management Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3703 - Public Policy Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3704 - Organisational Studies in the Public Sector Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3705 - Public Financial Administration and Management Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3706 - Reflective Public Administration Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3707 - Ethics in Public Administration and Administrative Justice Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PYC3701 - Social Psychology
PYC3702 - Abnormal Behaviour and Mental Health
PYC3703 - Cognition: Thinking, Memory and Problem Solving
PYC3704 - Psychological Research Pre-requisite:RSC2601 (not applicable to 98053 - PPG and 98053 - XPG)
PYC3705 - Transformative Counselling Encounters
TAX3701 - Taxation of Business Activities Pre-requisite:FAC1601 & TAX2601
TAX3702 - Taxation of Individuals Pre-requisite:FAC1601 & TAX2601
TAX3703 - Taxation of Estates Pre-requisite:FAC1601
TRL3701 - Transport Management II Pre-requisite:TRL2601
TRL3702 - Transport Planning and Investment Pre-requisite:TRL2602
TRL3703 - Air Transport Pre-requisite:TRL2601 & TRL2602 or TRT2601
TRL3704 - Sea Transport Pre-requisite:TRL2601
TRL3705 - Rail Transport and Pipelines Pre-requisite:TRL2601
TRL3706 - Road Transport Pre-requisite:TRL2601
TRL3707 - Logistics Activities Pre-requisite:TRL2604
TRL3708 - Logistics Systems Pre-requisite:TRL2604
TRL3709 - Logistics Strategy Pre-requisite:TRL2604
TRT3701 - Hospitality Management Recommendation:MNG2601 or TRT1601 or TRT1602
TRT3702 - Special Interest Tourism Recommendation:MNG2601 or TRT1601 or TRT1602
TRT3703 - Tourism Distribution Recommendation:MNG2601 or TRT1601 or TRT1602
TRT3705 - Tourism Governance Recommendation:TRT1601 or TRT1602 or MNG2601