Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Business Management

Qualification code: 98452
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 101043
APS/AS: 60
Students have to complete the compulsory modules in Group A, one elective module in Group B, and then choose both of the remaining two modules from the same group, that is, either from Group C, D, E or F. Please note the following requirement in respect of elective modules: The Research Project module (Group B) and the remaining elective modules (from either Groups C-F) must be in line with the student's undergraduate area of specialisation (e.g. if a student is registered for HRBUS83 -Research Project in Business Management, the student needs to choose two electives from Group C -Business Management specialisation). It is strongly recommended that you complete your specialisation modules as well as HMEMS80, before registering for the Research Project module.
Purpose statement:
The primary purpose of the qualification is to provide Honours Bachelor of Commerce graduate level knowledge, specific skills and applied competence in a number of fields traditionally associated with Business, Commerce and Management that will prepare them to be lifelong learners, employable workers/managers, entrepreneurs and contributors to society and the business community. A second purpose of the qualification is to provide South Africa (and other countries) with graduates in a number of learning fields in order to ensure that the leadership base of innovative and knowledge base economic and scholarly activity is widened. A third purpose of the qualification is to provide South Africa (and other countries) with people who can understand the constructive role they need to play as intellectual economic leaders in their society and who are empowered to play that role.
This qualification will be presented online only.

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 2021 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:
Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

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

  • For the 2021 academic year, you must register for your semester 1 and 2 modules by 12 March 2021. There will be no semester 2 registration period. No exceptions or registration extensions will be permitted.
  • The maximum number of credits that will be allowed is 120 credits.

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.

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory (Plus 1 module from Group B and 2 electives from either group C, D, E, or F.)
HMEMS80 - Research Methodology
MNG4801 - Strategic Management
Group B. Choose 1 based on your UG specialisation
HRBUS83 - Research Project in Business Management Co-requisite:HMEMS80
HRBUS84 - Research Project in Marketing Co-requisite:HMEMS80
HRBUS85 - Research Project in Human Resource Management Co-requisite:HMEMS80
HRBUS86 - Research Project in Financial Management Co-requisite:HMEMS80
Group C. Specialisation in Business Management: Choose 2 electives:
AOM4801 - Advanced Operations Management
INT4801 - International Business
ORG4801 - The Management of Organisational Change and Renewal
PRO4801 - Project Management
SCH4801 - Supply Chain Management
Group D. Specialisation in Financial Management: Choose 2 electives:
BAN4801 - Financial Institutions Management
FIN4801 - Advanced Financial Management Recommendation:Any NQF level 7 Corporate Finance module or FIN3701 if the student is from UNISA.
FIN4802 - International Financial Management
INV4801 - Investments: Portfolio Management
RSK4801 - Operational Risk Management
RSK4805 - Market Risk Management
Group E. Specialisation in Human Resource Management: Choose 2 electives:
HRD4801 - Strategic Human Resource Development
HRM4801 - Advanced Human Resource Management
IOP4862 - Managerial and Organisational Psychology
LRM4801 - Advanced Labour Relations Management
Group F. Specialisation in Marketing Management: Choose 2 electives:
MNM4801 - Contemporary Issues in Marketing
MNM4803 - Marketing Metrics
MNM4804 - Applied Strategic Retailing