Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Small 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 code: 90073
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 96443
APS/AS: 17
Rules:
1. The College has replaced FAC1601 with FAC1602, and MNM2601 with MNM1601.*Students who have already passed FAC1601 and MNM2601 will retain the credits and will not be required to complete FAC1602 and/or MNM1601. *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:
This qualification will enable the qualifying learner to apply the necessary entrepreneurial and business skills and processes in order to start, establish and grow a business. The qualification is specifically designed for new and established small business owners and managers who wish to enhance their management knowledge with the latest thinking in small business management. The qualification equips entrepreneurs with essential business skills and to exploit the unique set of skills, knowledge and ideas to sell products and services.
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.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

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
ADB1602 - Administrative Management IB
CLA2601 - Commercial Law IIA
COM2601 - Organisational Communication
ECS1601 - Economics IB Pre-requisite:ECS1501 or ECS1016
ETP2601 - Entrepreneurial Skills
ETP2602 - Human Resource Management for Entrepreneurs
FAC1602 - Elementary Financial Accounting and Reporting Co-requisite:FAC1502
FIN2602 - Personal Financial Management
FIN2603 - Finance For Non-Financial Managers
MNB1601 - Business Management IB Pre-requisite:MNB1501 or MNB101D (except for qualification code 90017)
MNM1601 - Principles of Marketing Management
MNM2606 - Advertising and Sales Promotion Pre-requisite:MNM1501 or MNM1502 or MNM1503 or MAR111Y or MNM1504 or MNM1505 or MNM1506 or MNM1507 or MNB1501 or MNB101D
MNM2612 - E-Commerce in Business Pre-requisite:MNM1501 or MNM1502 or MNM1503 or MNM1504 or MNM1505 or MNM1506 or MNM1507 or MNB1601 or MNB102E or MAR111Y or PSS161Z
MNO2601 - Production and Operations Management Pre-requisite:MNB1601

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ETP3701 - Entrepreneurship IIIA Pre-requisite:ETP2601 or ETP2M1E
ETP3702 - Entrepreneurship IIIB Pre-requisite:ETP2601 or ETP2M1E
ETP3703 - Entrepreneurship Practice III Pre-requisite:MNB1501
MNM3701 - Marketing Planning Pre-requisite:MNM2601 or MNM2603 or MNM2604 or MNM2605 or MNM2606 or MNM2607 or MNM2612 or MNM1601 or MNM2611 or MNM2614
MNM3708 - Retail Management Pre-requisite:MNM2601 or MNM2603 or MNM2604 or MNM2605 or MNM2606 or MNM2607 or MNM2612 or MNM2044 or MNM1601
RSK3701 - Risk Financing and Short Term Insurance