Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management

The information on this page is for the 2019 academic year. Updated information for the 2020 academic year will be available before the start of the 2020 registration period.

Qualification stream: .
Qualification code: 98310 - BSM
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 5563
APS/AS: 21
The College has amended the curriculum as follows: replaced ENN1504 with SUS1501, replaced CLA1501 with MNM2602, replaced HRM2604 with MNB2601, replaced MNM2601 with MNL2601, replaced MNI3701 with MNB3701, and has added MNB3702 as a compulsory module on the third level. The number of electives on the 3rd level is now five. Students who have already passed the modules (in this curriculum) that were replaced, will retain the credit(s) 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 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.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • 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
ECS2601 - Microeconomics Pre-requisite:ECS1501 (ECS1016)
ECS2602 - Macroeconomics Pre-requisite:ECS1601 or ECS1028
FIN2601 - Financial Management Pre-requisite:FAC1601, MNB1601 & ECS1601
HRM2605 - Human Resource Management for Line Managers
MNB2601 - Business Management - by Portfolio Pre-requisite:MNB1601
MNG2601 - General Management
MNG2602 - Contemporary Management Issues Pre-requisite:MNG2601 or MNG2016
MNL2601 - Leadership Pre-requisite:MNB1601
MNO2601 - Production and Operations Management Pre-requisite:MNB1601
MNP2601 - Purchasing Management Pre-requisite:MNB1601 (Not applicable to 98683)

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
MNB3701 - Global Business Management IA Pre-requisite:MNG2601
MNB3702 - Global Business Management IB Pre-requisite:MNB3701
MNG3701 - Strategic Planning IIIA Pre-requisite:MNG2601 or MNG2016 (Not applicable to BTCOR, BTPLC, BTEXP, BTMAN, BTSMN, BTTOU & BTAGM & 98235)
MNG3702 - Strategic Implementation and Control IIIB Co-requisite:MNG3701
MNN3701 - Corporate Citizenship Pre-requisite:MNB1501 & MNB1601
Group B. Choose 5 from the list below
ECS3701 - Monetary Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2602 or ECS202B
ECS3702 - International Trade Pre-requisite:ECS2601 or ECS201A
ECS3703 - International Finance Pre-requisite:ECS2602 or ECS202B
ECS3704 - Public Economics Pre-requisite:ECS2601 or ECS201A
ECS3705 - History of Economic Thought Pre-requisite:ECS2601 & ECS2602 or ECS201A & ECS202B
FIN3701 - Financial Management Pre-requisite:FIN2601 or MNF2023
FIN3702 - Working Capital Management Pre-requisite:FIN2601 or MNF2023
HRM3704 - Contemporary issues in Human Resource Management Pre-requisite:HRM2601 & HRM2602 or HRM2605 or MNH202C (Not applicable to 02011- HRM & 98221)
HRM3705 - Compensation Management
HRM3706 - Performance Management
MNM3712 - Customer Relationship Management Pre-requisite:MNM1601 or MNM1502 or MNM2614 or MNM2602 or MNM2605 or MNM2607 or MNM2608 or MNM2609 or MNM2610 or MNM2611 or MNM202Y or MND204T or MNX202J or MNM3036
MNO3701 - Production and Operations Management Pre-requisite:MNO2601
MNP3701 - Strategic Sourcing Pre-requisite:MNP2601 or MNP202F
MNP3703 - Supplier Relationship Management Pre-requisite:MNP2601 or MNP202F