Bachelor of Commerce – General (BCom)

Management Studies focuses on the provision of educational opportunities to equip candidates for careers in the field of commerce and industry. A wide theoretical training and sound foundation in the principles of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Public Administration are provided. The undergraduate degree courses offered are specially designed to develop in candidates an innovative and entrepreneurial outlook as well as an adaptability of mind that will enable them, after a brief period of practical experience, to become eligible for responsible managerial positions (in the private and/or public sectors) or, if desired, self-employment
The university strategic plan places emphasis on research, teaching, learning and scholarship. Additionally, there is a need for a socially cohesive and inclusive institutional culture that thrives. This overall University focus is embodied as part of the School of Management Information Technology and Governance’s purpose. Hence, the Bachelor of Commerce degree is designed to provide a primary foundation into the field of business and commerce. Ultimately, this would serve to develop graduates from their primary discipline into organisational management and leadership positions as well as entrepreneurial development and innovation. This is required in order to work in the dynamic complex environment of contemporary Africa and its transition agenda as well as the need for internationalisation and globalisation. This programme will also serve as a bridging programme to the Bachelor of Commerce Honours and related management and commercial fields.
3 years
* NSC Degree with a minimum of 30 NSC points (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Level 4 Mathematics
  • Level 4 English (home or first additional language)
  • Level 4 Life Orientation or equivalent
Or * Matriculation Exemption with 36 points and Mathematics HG ‘D’ or SG ‘B’
Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Lecturer, Product manager, Brand manager, Social media marketing manager, Researcher, Marketing representative, Sales representative, Business analyst, Customer relationship manager, Advertising, Public relations manager, Retailer manager, Product manager, Brand manager, Social media marketing manager, Researcher, Marketing representative, Sales representative, Customer relationship manager, Advertising, Public relations manager, Retailer manager, General Manager, Business Advisor, Logistics Manager

 

Information Systems & Technology
Lecturer, Business Analyst, Software Architect, Software Engineer, Enterprise Resource Planning Specialist, Project Manager, IS/IT Auditor, Systems Analyst, Information Architect, Researcher

 

Human Resource Management
Lecturer, Human Resource Consultant, Labour Relations Consultant, Human Resource Manager, Researcher

 

Management and Entrepreneurship:
Lecturer, Entrepreneur, Management Consultant, Public Relations Manager, Researcher, General Manager

 

Other careers
Financial Manager, Economist, Econometrician, Trader, Broker, Public Manager, Municipal Manager
1st Year

Semester 1

  • Accounting 101 ACCT101
  • Principles of Microeconomics ECON101
  • IS&T for Business ISTN101
  • Management 120 MGNT102
  • Quantitative Methods 1 MATH134

Semester 2

  • Accounting 102/ Accounting 103 ACCT102/103
  • Principles of Macroeconomics ECON102
  • Development Applications Fundamentals ISTN103
  • Introduction to Commercial Law LAWS1IC
  • Introduction to Statistics STAT130
2nd Year

Semester 1

  • Responsible and Sustainable Management Principles
Any six Level 2 electives from
  • Systems Analysis and Design ISTN211
  • Introductory Programming for Information Systems ISTN2IP
  • Intermediate Macro & Applications ECON201
  • Introduction to HR Management HRMG2HM
  • Introduction to Marketing MARK2IM
  • Finance 201
  • ✱ Research Methodology Statistical Methods and Analysis HRMG2A0
  • ✱ Managerial Ethics in the Workplace HRMG2E0
  • ✱ Career Management HRMG2KO
  • Business Enterprise Law LAWS2CA
  • Special Topics in Business Law LAWS2CB
  • Financial Accounting 2A ACCT211
  • Introduction to Ethics & Business Ethics for Accounting & Management ACCT213

Semester 2

  • Basic isiZulu Language Studies A or if exempt an approved Level 1 elective module
Any six Level 2 electives from
  • Intermediate Micro & Applications ECON202
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship ENTR2IE
  • Introduction to Operations Management SCMA2OM
  • Finance 202
  • ✱ Introduction to Human Resource Information Systems HRMG2D0
  • ✱ Managing Workplace Diversity HRMG2JO
  • ✱ Employee Wellness HRMG2HO
  • Auditing 200 ACCT221
  • Managerial Accounting & Finance ACCT231
  • Financial Accounting 2B ACCT212

✱ Offered only in Westville Campus

3rd Year

Semester 1

Four 3rd year modules (64 credits) in a discipline from the Schools of Accounting and Finance OR Management, IT and Governance
AUDITING
  • Auditing 3A ACCT321
ECONOMICS
  • Industrial Organisation ECON305
  • International Economics ECON306
  • Mathematical Economics ECON310
FINANCE
  • Capital Market Theory FINA311
  • Financial Risk Management FINA312
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
  • Financial Accounting 3A ACCT311
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
  • Employment Resourcing HRMG3ER
  • Individual Employed Relations Law HRMG3IE
INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY
  • Advanced Systems Analysis and Design ISTN3SA
  • Applied Systems Implementation 1 ISTN3AS
  • Mobile Technology and Cloud Computing ISTN3MT
  • E-Commerce and e-Deployment ISTN3EC
MANAGEMENT
  • Corporate Strategy MGNT307
  • Technology Management MGNT314
MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING & FINANCE
  • Managerial Accounting and Finance 3A ACCT331
MARKETING MANAGEMENT
  • Consumer Behaviour MARK301
  • Marketing Research MARK303
PUBLIC GOVERNANCE
  • Development Policy and Project Management PADM3A0
  • Organisational Change and Leadership PADM3EO
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management SCMA301
  • Purchasing Management and Contemporary Issues SCMA305
TAXATION
  • Taxation 3A ACCT341

Semester 2

Four 3rd year modules (64 credits) in a discipline from the Schools of Accounting and Finance OR Management, IT and Governance
AUDITING
  • Auditing 3B ACCT322
ECONOMICS
  • Macroeconomic Policy in SA ECON309
  • Quantitative Economics ECON314
  • Development Economics ECON370
FINANCE
  • Corporate Financial Management FINA321
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
  • Financial Accounting 3B ACCT312
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
  • Corporate Employment Relations & Law HRMG3CE
  • Individual & Organisational Development HRMG3OD
INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY
  • Applied Systems Implementation 2 ISTN3SI
  • Networking and Database Management ISTN3ND
  • Information Systems and Technology Security ISTN3IS
  • Information Systems and Technology Professional Skills ISTN3PS
MANAGEMENT
  • Business Ethics MGNT310
  • International Business MGNT315
MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING & FINANCE
  • Managerial Accounting and Finance 3B ACCT332
MARKETING MANAGEMENT
  • Marketing Communications MARK302
  • Special Topics in Marketing MARK305
PUBLIC GOVERNANCE
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Service Delivery PADM3CI
  • Global and Regional Trends in Public Administration PADM3D0
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
  • Special Topics in Supply Chain Management SCMA311
  • Logistics and Physical Distribution SCMA306
TAXATION
  • Taxation 3B ACCT342
To complete a major in Accounting, these are the only combinations allowed for BCom General at level 3:
  1. Financial Accounting (ACCT311 and ACCT312) and Auditing (ACCT321 and ACCT322) or,
  2. Financial Accounting (ACCT311 and ACCT312) and Managerial Accounting and Financial Management (ACCT331 and ACCT332) or,
  3. Financial Accounting (ACCT311 and ACCT312) and Taxation (ACCT341 and ACCT342)