Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce

Qualification stream: (Extended Program)
Qualification code: 98314 - FGE
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 5563
APS/AS: 20
Rules:
*It is strongly recommended that students should complete all foundation modules before commencing with the second year. *Students will be allowed to continue with the 2nd year after successfully completing three foundation modules and while registered for the remaining foundation modules. *Students will not be allowed to progress beyond the 2nd year without having completed all foundation modules.*Students must select two majors; of which one of the following is compulsory: Business Management, Financial Accounting or Economics. The curriculum requires that students complete 11 credits in Year I (seven of which are compulsory as well as two groups of modules representing the two chosen majors), 9 credits in Year II and 10 credits in Year III. Please note the following for YEAR II: Select 5 modules in your 1st major and 4 modules in your 2nd major, taking into account the compulsory modules for each, as indicated below. Note that your choice of electives may affect your options in Year III. Please note the following for YEAR III: Select 5 modules from each of the two majors. 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. 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 qualifiers with graduate-level knowledge, specific skills, applied competence and the necessary attitudes in the fields associated with commerce and industry that prepare them to be lifelong learners, employable workers/entrepreneurs and contributors to society and the business community. The second purpose of the qualification is to provide South Africa (and other countries) with functional managers at the middle management level 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 mobilised and utilized with a view to being gainfully employed in serving the material needs of society 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

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory for all majors
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. Compulsory modules to major in Financial Accounting
AIN1501 - Accounting Information Systems in a Computer Environment
CLA1501 - Commercial Law IA
Group C. Compulsory modules to major in Economics and/or Statistics
STA1501 - Descriptive Statistics and Probability
STA1502 - Statistical Inference I Co-requisite:STA1501
Group D. Compulsory to major in Business Management: CLA1501 plus the following module
MNM1503 - Introduction to Marketing
Group E. Compulsory modules to major in Quantitative Management
DSC1520 - Quantitative Modelling I
DSC1630 - Introductory Financial Mathematics
Group F. Compulsory modules to major in Information Systems
INF1505 - Introduction to Business Information Systems
INF1511 - Visual Programming I
Group G. Compulsory modules to major in Industrial Psychology
IOP1501 - Psychological Processes in Work Context
IOP1601 - Personality in Work Context Pre-requisite:IOP1501
Group I. Compulsory modules to major in Tourism Management
TRT1502 - Primary Factors of Tourism
TRT1602 - Secondary Factors of Tourism Pre-requisite:TRT1501 or TRT1502 or DTM1503
Group J. Compulsory to major in Transport Economics or Logistics: DSC1520 plus the following module
STA1510 - Basic Statistics

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory for Financial Accounting major
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)
TAX2601 - Principles of Taxation Pre-requisite:FAC1502
Group B. Electives for Financial Accounting major: Choose 2 modules if first major or 1 module if 2nd major
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)
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)
Group C. Compulsory for Economics major
ECS2601 - Microeconomics Pre-requisite:ECS1501
ECS2602 - Macroeconomics Pre-requisite:ECS1601
ECS2603 - South African Economic Indicators Pre-requisite:ECS1601
Group D. Electives for Economics major: Choose 2 modules if 1st major or 1 module if 2nd major
ECS2604 - Labour Economics Pre-requisite:ECS1601
ECS2605 - South African Financial System Pre-requisite:ECS1601
ECS2606 - Environmental Economics
ECS2608 - Economic History of the World Pre-requisite:ECS1601
ECS2609 - Economic History of South Africa Pre-requisite:ECS1601
Group E. Compulsory for Business Management major
MNG2601 - General Management
Group F. Electives for Business Management major: Choose 4 modules if 1st major or 3 modules if 2nd major
FIN2601 - Financial Management Pre-requisite:FAC1601 or FAC1602, MNB1601 & ECS1601
HRM2605 - Human Resource Management for Line Managers
MNE2601 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Pre-requisite:MNB1501 & MNB1601
MNM2602 - Essentials of Marketing
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
Group G. Compulsory for Quantitative Management major
DSC2602 - Rational Decision Making Pre-requisite:DSC1520
DSC2604 - Financial Modelling Pre-requisite:DSC1520, DSC1630
DSC2605 - Linear Mathematical Programming Pre-requisite:DSC1520
DSC2606 - Nonlinear Mathematical Programming Pre-requisite:DSC1520
Group H. Compulsory for Information Systems major
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)
INF1520 - Human-Computer Interaction I
INF2603 - Databases I Pre-requisite:INF1505 (or XNF1505)
Group I. Compulsory for Statistics major
STA2601 - Applied Statistics II Pre-requisite:STA1501 (or XTA1501) & STA1502 (or XTA1502)
STA2603 - Distribution Theory II Pre-requisite:STA1502 or XTA1502 & (DSC1520 or DSC1620) or (STA1503 (or XTA1503) & MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
Co-requisite:STA2610 (only for BCom students)
STA2604 - Forecasting II Pre-requisite:STA1501 (or XTA1501) & STA1502 (or XTA1502)
STA2610 - Statistical Distributions Pre-requisite:STA1501
Co-requisite:STA1502 & (DSC1620 or DSC1520)
Group J. Compulsory for Industrial Psychology major
IOP2601 - Organisational Research Methodology
IOP2602 - Organisational Psychology Pre-requisite:IOP1601
Group K. Electives for Industrial Psychology major: Choose 2 modules from the list below
IOP2603 - Ergonomics Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IOP2604 - Psychological Adjustment in the Work Context Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IOP2605 - Human Capacity Development Pre-requisite:IOP1601
IOP2606 - Individual Differences and Work Performance Pre-requisite:IOP2602
IOP2607 - Workgroup Dynamics and Diversity Pre-requisite:IOP1601
Group L. Compulsory for Public Administration major
PUB2601 - Foundations of Public Administration Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
Group M. Electives for Public Administration major: Choose 3 modules from the list below
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)
Group N. Compulsory for Tourism Management major: MNE2601 plus the following module
TRT2601 - Transport for Tourism Recommendation:TRT1601 or TRT1602
Group O. Electives for Tourism Management major: Choose 2 modules-MNG2601,HRM2605,MNM2602 can also be chosen
GGH2606 - Geography of Tourism
MNG2602 - Contemporary Management Issues Pre-requisite:MNG2601 (Not applicable to 98222)
MNM2605 - Consumer Behaviour Pre-requisite:MNM1601 or MNM1502 or MNM1501 or MNM1502 or MNM1503 or MNM1504 or MNM1505 or MNM1506 or MNM1507 or MNB1501
Group P. Compulsory for Transport Economics or Logistics major
TRL2601 - Transport Management I Pre-requisite:MNB1601
TRL2602 - Transport Economics Pre-requisite:ECS1601
TRL2603 - Transport Theory Pre-requisite:ECS1601
TRL2604 - Integrated Logistics Pre-requisite:MNB1601

Fourth level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory for Financial Accounting major
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
Group B. Electives for Financial Accounting major: Choose 1 module from the following:
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
MAC3701 - Application of Management Accounting Techniques Pre-requisite:MAC2601
MAC3702 - Application of Financial Management Techniques Pre-requisite:MAC2602
MAC3703 - Selected Accounting & Financial Management Techniques Pre-requisite:FAC2601& FAC2602 & MAC2601 & MAC2602
Group C. Compulsory for Economics major
ECS3706 - Econometrics Pre-requisite:ECS2601, ECS2602 & (DSC1520 or QMI1500 or [STA1501 & STA1502])
Group D. Electives for Economics major: Choose 4 modules from the list below
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
ECS3707 - Development Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2601 & ECS2602
Group E. Compulsory for Business Management major
MNG3701 - Strategic Planning IIIA Pre-requisite:MNG2601 (Not applicable to BTEXP, BTSMN, 98222 & 98235)
MNG3702 - Strategic Implementation and Control IIIB Co-requisite:MNG3701
Group F. Electives for Business Management major: Choose 3 module from the list below
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
MNE3702 - Corporate Entrepreneurship Pre-requisite:MNE2601
MNO3701 - Production and Operations Management Pre-requisite:MNO2601
MNP3701 - Strategic Sourcing Pre-requisite:MNP2601
Group G. Electives for Quantitative Management major: Choose 5 modules from the list below
DSC3702 - Optimisation of Resources Pre-requisite:DSC2602 and (DSC2601 or DSC2605 & DSC2606)
DSC3703 - Simulation Pre-requisite:DSC2602 and (DSC2601 or DSC2605 & DSC2606)
DSC3704 - Models for Strategic Decision-Making Pre-requisite:DSC2602 and (DSC2601 or DSC2605 & DSC2606)
DSC3705 - Financial Risk Modelling Pre-requisite:DSC2602 & DSC2604 and (DSC2601 or DSC2605 & DSC2606)
DSC3706 - Selected Topics for Operations Research Pre-requisite:DSC2602 and (either DSC2601 or DSC2605 & DSC2606)
DSC3707 - Mathematical Modelling II Pre-requisite:DSC2602 and (either DSC2601 or DCS2605 & DSC2606)
Group H. Compulsory for Information Systems major
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)
Group I. Compulsory for Statistics major
STA3701 - Applied Statistics III Pre-requisite:STA2601
Co-requisite:STA3703 & (MAT2611 or STA3710)
STA3702 - Statistical Inference III Pre-requisite:STA2603 or (STA2602 & STA2610)
STA3703 - Distribution Theory III Pre-requisite:(STA2603 & MAT2615) or (STA2603 & STA2610)
Co-requisite:STA3710 ( only for BCom students)
STA3704 - Time Series III Pre-requisite:STA2604
STA3710 - Mathematical Techniques in Statistics Pre-requisite:STA2603 or STA2610
Group J. Compulsory for Industrial Psychology major
IOP3701 - Industrial Psychological Testing and Assessment Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3702 - Personnel Psychology: Organisational Entry Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3703 - Career Psychology
IOP3706 - Personnel Psychology: Employee Retention Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
Group K. Electives for Industrial Psychology major: Choose 1 module from the list below
IOP3704 - Employment Relations Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3705 - Organisational Development and Change Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3707 - Psychology of Leadership Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3708 - Investor Psychology
Group L. Electives for Public Administration major: Choose 5 module from the list below
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
Group M. Compulsory for Tourism Management major
TRL3703 - Air Transport Pre-requisite:TRL2601 & TRL2602 or TRT2601
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
Group N. Compulsory for Transport Economics major
TRL3701 - Transport Management II Pre-requisite:TRL2601
TRL3702 - Transport Planning and Investment Pre-requisite:TRL2602
TRL3704 - Sea Transport Pre-requisite:TRL2601
TRL3705 - Rail Transport and Pipelines Pre-requisite:TRL2601
TRL3706 - Road Transport Pre-requisite:TRL2601
Group O. Compulsory for Logistics major: TRL3701 & TRL3702 plus the following modules
TRL3707 - Logistics Activities Pre-requisite:TRL2604
TRL3708 - Logistics Systems Pre-requisite:TRL2604
TRL3709 - Logistics Strategy Pre-requisite:TRL2604