Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Management


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 4 Years










The Department of Business Management offers a curriculum which is addressed to students who wish to be distinguished as senior and top executives in the private and public sector. The Department offers a range of innovative and relevant undergraduate modules in the areas of human resources, employment relations, international business management, operations and supply chain, strategic management, corporate governance and ethics, entrepreneurship, public sector management and organisational studies. The Undergraduate programmes are offered on fulltime and block-release basis whilst the postgraduate programme is run on a block-release basis.

Management is one of the most interesting and relevant applied sciences of our time. It involves the study of the ways in which a business organisation can be managed effectively and efficiently. It examines how the limited resources available to the entrepreneur or business person (human resources, physical resources such as raw materials, financial resources, information resources and knowledge) can be utilised in the most productive way to profitably supply products and services to the marketplace.

Specialist Focus    The areas of study include financial management, marketing management, human resource management, operations management, purchasing management, and entrepreneurship. Special emphasis is placed on what each function entails and how it should be managed to contribute to the profitability and overall success of the business. After a general introduction to Business Management at the first level, these specialised management areas are offered as separate options on the second and fourth levels.
Orientation    Research and innovation oriented.
Distinctive Features    The programme is tailored to provide management students with the necessary best practices in the field of business management.

Holders of a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree in Management fit easily into many different organisations and easily across functional boundaries within the organisations that they work. Graduates should find careers in the:
●    Banking industry
●    Public Sector
●    Quasi-governmental organisations, and
●    Commercial Private Sector Firms,
as Human Resource practitioners, Training & Development specialists, Human Resource Consultants, Logistics and Supply Chain managers, Business Analysts, and Operations Managers.
Masters studies in Strategic Management and Administration.

To qualify for normal entry into the Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Management     
Programme, applicants in addition to satisfying the minimum conditions prescribed under the General Regulations and the Faculty Regulations for English Language and Mathematics, must have passed any two subjects at ‘A’ level.

Special Entry

Applicants should be holders of a National Diploma in Management or its equivalence to be accepted to Part I and a Higher National Diploma to be accepted to Part II.  In addition to satisfying the minimum conditions prescribed under the General Regulations for five ‘O’ level passes including English Language and Mathematics.

Mature Entry

For mature entry applicants must have suitable or relevant post-school experience and who satisfy the University and the Department of their ability to complete a degree course satisfactorily.

Teaching and Learning Methods    Lectures, Seminars, Group work, Practical work, Presentations
Assessment     Assignments, Presentations, tests and mock examination.
●    Communication skills: Ability to communicate effectively across different levels of management.
●    Diagnostic skills: Ability to identify challenges facing organisations and recommend possible options for sustainable competitive advantage.
●    Entrepreneurial skills: Ability to identify windows of opportunities as well as create value adding enterprises on the basis of creative thinking.
Expected outcomes are;
●    Analysis
Carry thorough organisational analysis with a view to improving the success of businesses
●    Application of Strategic Management knowledge
Ability to apply knowledge gained to practical challenges with a view to recommending alternative options.
●    Team working
Ability to work in cross-cultural teams to gain the benefits of synergy in industrial organisations.

Programme of Study

Candidates shall pursue studies for a period of not less than four years on a    full-time or block basis, each year constituting a part of the degree programme.

For Part III of the degree, candidates will be required to undertake a one-year attachment programme with an identified industrial organisation as part of the degree requirement.
Part I
Module Code    Module Name    Credits
CAC1107     Accounting IA    10
CBA1104    Principles of Microeconomics    10
CBU1102    Business Communication    10
CBU1108    Principles of Management    10
CIN1109    Commercial Law     10
CIN1106    Quantitative Analysis of Business I    10
CTL1101    Conflict Transformation & Leadership    10
CAC1208    Accounting IB    10
CBA1206    Principles of Macroeconomics    10
CBU1211    Entrepreneurship I    10
CMK1209    Principles of Marketing    10
CIN1207    Quantitative Analysis of Business II    10
    TOTAL CREDITS    120

Part II        
CAC2106    Accounting IIA    10
CBU2103    Human Resource Management I    10
CBU2105    Organisational Behaviour    10
CBU2107    Industrial Relations    10
CBU2108    Operations Management    10
CBU2109    Management Information Systems & E-Commerce    10
CFI2101    Corporate Finance    10
CAC2206    Accounting IIB    10
CBU2207    Labour Law    10
CBU2208    Business Research    10
CBU2210    Training & Development    10
CBU2211    Reward Management    10
CBU2212    Purchasing & Supply Chain Management    10
CFI2201    Corporate Finance    10
    TOTAL CREDITS    140

Part III
CBU3001    Industrial Attachment    120

Part IV
CBU4106    Public Sector Management    11
CBU4107    Strategic Management I    11
CBU4108    Marketing Management    11
CBU4112    Entrepreneurship II    11
CBU4111    Strategic Organisational  Design    11
CBU4200    Research Project    22
CBU4203    Business Ethics & Corporate Governance    11
CBU4207    Strategic Management II    11
CBU4209    Project Management    11
CBU4211    International Business Management    11
CBU4212    Organisation Development & Learning    11
    TOTAL CREDITS    132


A candidate must have passed Principles of Management CBU 1108 before    proceeding to any other Management course.

CAC 1107 Accounting IA [10 Credits]  

The module is designed for students without “A” level Accounting. It introduces students to basic principles, concepts and techniques of Accounting in general. The module focuses on the use of Accounting information by managers. The course covers the following areas Accounting cycle, Accounting as an Information system, trial balance, preparation of financial statements for individual companies, non-profit making organisations as well as Accounting ratios.

CBA 1104 Principles of Microeconomics [10 Credits]  

This module will study markets and the decision making embedded therein. It will discuss standard economic arguments that free markets work “best", the conditions under which these arguments are most believable, and policy options when these conditions are not met. The module will examine both competitive markets, for which basic models of supply and demand are most appropriate, and markets in which agents act strategically, for which game theory is the more appropriate tool. The module will cover, inter alia, economic theory and the market economy, consumer theory, choice under uncertainty, production and costs, efficiency and trade, market equilibrium, game theory and imperfect competition.

 CBU 1102 Business Communication [10 Credits]

General comprehension and expression, report writing, comprehension of ideas, development of different styles and the use of English in a business setting, communicating skills, letter writing, committee documents, use of questionnaires, note taking, summarising.

 CBU1108 Principles of Management [10 Credits]

History and development of management thought, functions of management, organisational structures, decision making, communication, centralisation and decentralisation, delegation, leadership and motivation, controlling budgeting and non-budgetary controls.

 CIN 1109 Commercial Law [10 Credits]

The module introduces students to the basic legal principles governing the business environment. Focus will be placed on definition of contracts, requirements of a contract, breach of a contract, remedies for breach of contracts, law of agency, contract of sale, law of business organisations and insurance contract.


CIN 1106 Quantitative Analysis for BusinessI [10 Credits]

CIN1106 is a quantitative reasoning module for student in the Faculty of Commerce.  It covers the techniques business students are most likely to use in future modules and in business related research.  The topics covered are useful in economics, finance, accounting, risk, marketing and personnel management and in tandem with international developments in these areas.  Students will learn a variety of problem-solving strategies that are applicable in a wide range of business environments.  Specific topics include matrix algebra, linear programming, index numbers, calculus, decision making in business and an introduction to financial mathematics.

 CTL 1101 Conflict Transformation & Leadership [10 Credits]

The thrust of the course is understanding peace and conflict; theories of conflict; conflict analysis and tools; economic roots of conflict; gender and conflict; leadership; leadership and conflict handling mechanisms; leadership and conflict handling mechanisms; women in leadership; leadership ethics; interplay: leadership, conflict and development

 CAC 1208 Accounting IB [10 Credits]  

The module aims at equipping students with basic Management Accounting techniques in planning, control and decision making. It is intended for non-accounting professionals and covers the following areas: relationship of Cost and Management Accounting to other branches of Accounting, cost classification, stock valuation, material and labour costing, cash budgets etc.


CBA 1205 Principles of Microeconomics Macroeconomics [10 Credits]          

The module is designed to address how economists model the relationships between aggregate economic variables and examine how various fiscal and monetary policies can affect the results. The main goal is to improve students’ economic literacy and ability to apply economic models to analyse real world events.  This module will be taught from an equilibrium perspective. This means the module will work with economic agents that optimize and with aggregate consistency conditions. Along with building basic economics intuition, the module will be centred on constructing and understanding macroeconomic models. These models will be used to discuss the theory of long-run economic growth and short-run economic fluctuations and to analyse macroeconomic policy, in particular fiscal policy.


CBU 1211 Entrepreneurship I [10 Credits]

The course introduces students to the principles of entrepreneurship. It looks at the nature of entrepreneurship; the evolving field of entrepreneurship, understanding entrepreneurship in individuals, structuring and legal issues associated with new business ventures; the business environment of entrepreneurial ventures and business failure.

CMK 1209 Principles of Marketing [10 Credits]

Marketing functions; the environment of marketing; marketing information systems and marketing research; the marketing mix; consumer behaviour; the social responsibility of marketing; public policy with respect to marketing practices.


CIN 1207 Quantitative Analysis for Business II [10 Credits]

This module seeks to introduce students to the application of quantitative methods to the business environment. Students will be expected to grasp mathematical tools which are used for analysing data and to be able to accurately interpret it and apply them in decision making.


CBU 2103 Human Resources Management [10 Credits]

A review of Human Resources Management; operative functions of human resources management; practical aspects of human resources management; current trends in human resources management in Zimbabwe.


CBU2105 Organisational Behaviour [10 Credits]

Behaviour theory; Models relevant to human productivity, satisfaction, retention human resources administration. Learning; group behaviour, Intergroup relations; Organization leadership styles.


CBU 2107 Industrial Relations I [10 Credits]

Theoretical underpinnings of Industrial Relations; Parties in Industrial Relations; Trends in Collective Bargaining; Industrial Relations Policy; Evaluating industrial relations function of management.


CBU2108 Operations Management [10 Credits]

The production function and basic characteristics of manufacturing and non-manufacturing operations; Analysis of major business decisions in process design, equipment selection and replacement; Problems and solutions of allocating and capital resources of the form to product lines; Stocks and production facilities.


CBU 2109 Management Information Systems and E-Commerce [10 Credits]

Introduction to Management Information Systems, types of management system, introduction to Management Information Systems, Introduction to Systems Technology; The value added by information systems, system strategy and planning; Personnel information systems, workgroup information systems; MIS development and management.


CBU 2207 Labour Law [10 Credits]

Nature of labour law; Labour Act. NSSA regulations, factories and works acts; labour regulations social contract feasibility.


CBU2208 Business Research [10 Credits]

Theory and Research Methods; Types of Research Designs; Ethnography in Research, Methodological Choices; Choosing Research Strategy; Evaluating Research Proposals.


CBU2210 Training and Development [10 Credits]

Nature of training; Training Needs Identification; Systematic Training; Course Design; Training Monitoring and Evaluation; Management Development Techniques; Succession Planning; Training and Strategic Human Resources Management; Training and Business Strategy.




CBU2211 Remuneration Management [10 Credits]

Nature of compensation considerations, establishing Internal Equity and External Equity; Job Evaluation Techniques, Determinants of pay, motivation and pay, role of Human Resources Manager in compensation management; future paycheck.


CBU 2212 Purchasing and Supply Chain Management [10 Credits]

Nature of purchasing function, purchasing principles, purchasing models, inventory (stores) management systems (dependent and independent); role of purchasing in achieving competitive edge.


CBU 4106 Public Sector Management [11 Credits]

Nature of public sector management; private and public sector contrasted; participation and involvement in public sector; public sector managers and pressure for more efficiency and effectiveness; coping with limited resources in face of increased public expectations for improved quality of services; issues of common interest to public sector managers; transforming the public sector, research in public sector management.


CBU 4107 Strategic Management I [11 Credits]

The study of strategy formulation and implementation with the particular emphasis on the functions and role of the general manager. Concepts and issues in business policy and general management. Emphasis on decision making in the face of changing conditions.


CBU 4108 Marketing Management [11 Credits]

This course extends the knowledge gained in the Principles of Marketing course to look at the managerial implications of the concepts taught in the said first year course. Issues covered include environmental and customer analysis, segmentation and positioning, developing and managing marketing mix programmes, their implementation, evaluation and control.


CBU 4111 Strategic Organisational Design [11 Credits]

The course`s thrust is on effective organizational structural configurations in organizations with special emphasis on innovative organizational forms that can provide strategic advantage. Further, the focus is on decisions that have to be made on the most appropriate organisational structure(s) to ensure organizational efficiency and effectiveness as well as enhanced adaptive capacity. The course also focuses on how an organisation's culture, values and environment support and enhance organisational performance and adaptability. Special emphasis will also be placed innovative organizational forms that haven't yet been proven but that may, in the future, provide significant competitive advantages.


CBU 4112 Entrepreneurship II [11 Credits]

The nature of entrepreneurship; The evolving nature of entrepreneurship, understanding entrepreneurship in individuals, environmental assessment; preparation for a new venture; marketing research for new ventures, financial preparation for entrepreneurship ventures; developing effective business plans; sources of capital for entrepreneurs; assessment and evaluation of entrepreneurial opportunities; structuring and legal issues associated with new business ventures; strategic planning for emerging ventures;  entrepreneurship and the global environment.


CBU 4200 Research Project [22 Credits]

A research project is done in the final year of study in order to give students an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained over the course period. Students undertake research in an area of their choice in liaison with their supervisors to produce a project in a research area that has theoretical significance while providing practical applications/solutions to societal challenges as encapsulated in the university`s mission statement.

CBU 4203 Business Ethics and Corporate Governance [11 Credits]

Ethical behaviour in marketing; Types of unethical behaviour; Social responsibility; High standards of professional integrity and fairness in dealing with a firm's stakeholders; Good corporate governance and the firm's image.


CBU 4207 Strategic Management II [11 Credits]

Evaluation of the organisational structures and relationship which should be designed for policy implementation. A view of the effective administration of organisational process affecting behaviour.


CBU 4209 Project Management [11 Credits]

Stages of Project Life Cycle; Nature of Data Collection Tools; Project Management Tools, Monitoring and Evaluation; Computerization and Project Management; Project Management and Competitive Advantage.


CBU 4211 International Business Management [11 Credits]

Internationalization; internationalization by companies; MNEs and the strategy formulation; Theories of international business; Environment impact on MNEs and domestic companies, International Human Resources Management; corporate culture in MNEs; Impact of MNEs on host economies; process of globalization; Beyond MNEs.


CBU 4210 Organisational Development & Learning [11 Credits]

Organisational development interventions and consultation. A review of conditions necessary for successful organizational development









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