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We like to welcome you to the Department of Business Management and wish you all the best with your studies. The department was established in 1985 and Prof. J.H. Jacobs was appointed as the first full-time member of staff in 1987. At present, there are six members of staff in the department.

The BCom (Business Management) programs as well as the modules of these programs, are accredited by SAQA. The contents of these modules, as well as the standard of evaluation, are comparable with that of other universities. Therefore, hard work will be required in order to achieve success in these programs.

The Department of Business Management aims to equip learners with essential knowledge and skills to become entrepreneurs and/or business managers in a variety of retail and service businesses. Students could also specialise in careers like purchasing/supply chain management and marketing management.

Current student enrolment for Business Management:

  • First year: 621
  • Second year: 243
  • Third year: 110
  • Honours: 7
  • Masters: 1
  • PhD: 2

Strategic Objectives

  • To produce well qualified entrepreneurs / business managers and to enhance new venture creation, innovation, creativity and a culture of entrepreneurship.
  • To achieve outstanding academic (and administrative) standards at all levels of teaching with pedagogical excellence based on unit standards.
  • To undertake fundamental and applied research and to serve the community.
  • To enhance the development of SMMEs in order to create new employment opportunities, regional economic development and upliftment to achieve the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP).
  • The establishment of linkages with tertiary institutions, NGOs, governmental institutions, trade and industry, etc.
  • Staff development and capacity building to ensure the optimum utilization of human resources.

The following are offered by the Department of Business Management:

BCom (Business Management)

Program Specific Requirements

NSC applicant must have a minimum Admission Point Score of 26 and an achievement rating of at least 3 (40%) in English.

The four subjects for admission must include Business Studies plus any two of the following; Accounting, Economics, Mathematics and Information Technology.

If accepted with Mathematical Literacy, the student has to do Business Mathematics (MAT 0544) which results in having a 4-year study instead of 3-year study.

COMPOSITION OF THE CURRICILUM:
BCOMBE (BUSINESS MANAGEMENT)

MODULE CONTENTS:

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (BMA 1541):

• Business Management as a science
• Entrepreneurship and business planning
• The establishment of a business
• The business environment
• Management principles
• Public Relations Credits: 12

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (BMA 1641):

FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF A BUSINESS

• Human Resource Management
• Marketing Management
• Financial Management
• Operations Management
• Purchasing and Supply Management Credits: 12

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (BMA 2541):

PURCHASING AND SUPPLY MANAGEMENT

• The purchasing function in perspective
• The purchasing procedure
• The managerial tasks of purchasing management
• The management of quality
• Price determination
• Timing of purchasing
• Supplier selection and evaluation
• Inventory management Credits: 15

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (BMA 2641)

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

• The management of people
• Human resources planning and staffing
• Managing employee performance
• Compensation
• Developing and maintaining employees
• Leadership and organizational change
• Talent Management
• Managing labour relations Credits: 15

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (BMA 3541):

MARKETING MANAGEMENT

• The fundamentals of marketing management
• The marketing environment
• Consumer behavior and market segmentation
• Marketing information systems
• Product strategy
• Distribution strategy
• Marketing communication strategy
• Price strategy
• Strategic marketing
• Marketing Plan Credits: 15

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (BMA 3641)

GENERAL MANAGEMENT

• Introduction to management
• Planning
• Strategic management
• Organising
• Leading
• Control Credits: 15

ENTREPRENEURSHIP (BMA 3543)

• The nature and development of entrepreneurship
• The entrepreneur
• Creativity and business opportunity
• The window of opportunity
• Entering the family business
• Buying a franchise
• The business buyout
• Managing growth and growth strategies
• - Intrapreneurship Credits: 15

BUSINESS PLANNING (BMA 3643)

• Resource requirements and legal aspects
• Getting started
• Financing an entrepreneurial venture
• Networking and support
• E-commerce opportunities
• Business failure and turnaround measures
• Harvesting and exiting the venture
• Business plan preparation
• Compilation of own business plan Credits: 15

BMA 3542 (Project Management) and BMA 3642 (E-Commerce)

Consult webpage of the Department of Business Information Systems for detail.

BCom Honours (Business Management)

BACHELOR OF COMMERCE HONOURS (BUSINESS MANAGEMENT) – BCOMHB

Admission requirements:

The minimum requirement for the consideration of an applicant for admission to this honours program is an average of 65% for the third year modules in BCom (Business Management).

This is a one-year full-time program. The syllabus consists of nine written 3-hour papers and a research project. Each paper carries an equal weight for examination purposes. A class attendance of at least 80% is required.

Failure to pass a paper in any one semester will have no bearing on papers already passed or papers taken simultaneously with such a course. However, credit will be retained for papers passed for a maximum of two years. Papers must be selected from the following list in consultation with the Head of Department.

SEMESTER 1
Compulsory Module
BMA5521 Research Methodology

Elective Modules (Choose FOUR modules from the following)
BMA5522 Strategic Marketing and Strategic Analysis
BMA5523 Marketing Research Process and Implementation
BMA5524 Marketing Communication Management Process
BMA5525 Strategic Entrepreneurship
BMA5526 Principles of Sales Management
BMA5527 Managing Purchasing and Supply Activities
BMA5528 Management Fundamentals
BMA5529 Tourism Management Fundamentals

SEMESTER 2
Compulsory Module
BMA5611 Research Project

Elective Modules (Choose FOUR modules from the following)
BMA5622 Market/Marketing Strategies and Implementation
BMA5623 Areas of Marketing Research
BMA5624 Marketing Communication Mix
BMA5625 Business Planning
BMA5626 Sales Management Process
BMA5627 Instruments of Purchasing and Supply Management
BMA5628 Strategic Management
BMA5629 Tourism Strategy and Policy

Determinants of Small Business Growth In The Aganang Municipality, Limpopo Province. Research paper presented by M.J. Malebana at SAIMS Conference 13 – 16 September 2009.

An investigation into the entrepreneurial intentions of rural university students in Limpopo Province. Research paper presented by M.J. Malebana at SAIMS Conference, 12 – 15 September 2010.

Entrepreneurial motives influencing entrepreneurial intent. Research paper presented by M.J. Malebana at SAIMA Conference, 11 – 13 September 2011.

An analysis of students’ feedback towards the provisioning of Extended Degree Program at University of Venda. Research paper presented by N.G. Ramavhona at HELTASA Conference. 2012.

The following is a list of staff members and their contact details in the Department of Business Management:

Designation Name Contacts
Associate Professor & HOD JH Jacobs
MCom(PU for CHE)
Tel: +27 15 962 8457
Email: jjacobs@univen.ac.za
Lecturer NT Khohomela
BCom(Hons) (Univen), Cert in CSM(Unisa), Cert in BBF(Unisa), MBA (Regent Business School) UED
Tel: +27 15 962 8177
Email: khohomelat@univen.ac.za
Lecturer TR Netshilinganedza
BA, BA(Hons), BCom, BCom(Hons), MBL(Unisa), Dpl Education Mngt.
Tel: +27 15 962 8198
Email: Tendani.Netshilinganedza@univen.ac.za
Lecturer LG Nkondo
BCom(Hons)(Univen), MBA(North West), UED
Tel: +27 15 962 8360
Email: lgnkondo@univen.ac.za
Lecturer N.G. Ramavhona
BA, BA(Hons), MA, UED, (UNIVEN)
Tel: +27 15 962 8058 Email: GraceRamavhona@univen.ac.za
Lecturer TR Musetsho
BCom(Hons), Dipl Ed.Mngt, UED (Univen)
Tel: +27 15 962 8367
Email: takalani.musetsho@univen.ac.za