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Under-graduate Associate Degree in Business – General

(BBPABG) Undergraduate Associate Degree in Business – General

Duration

e.g. 8 credits = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 / year = 2 Years

e.g. 8 credits = 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 / year = 18 months

Language

English

Study Mode

Online

On-Campus (bespoke)

Campus

Johannesburg. South Africa

Swakopmund, Namibia

Houston, Texas, USA

(only for bespoke pre-booked courses)

Credits Required

16 Credits

Max 2/3 subjects per Semester

Part of the program is a PoE

View in PoE in Subject details below

Dates

Feb,

June,

Sep,

Nov.

Course Specific Details

In this program, students will learn the basics of general business administration and project management, as well as get a taste of what it is like to work in the business field. Structured lessons are used all through the course, which helps students improve their skills in the business field. In order for the student to be a valuable asset to any business or project in which they work, the course’s main goal is for them to show mastery of the business discipline while they are there.

Then, looks at how to make investments in the business and projects in a way that makes sense. How to follow proper governance; use processes for continuous improvement, and use analytics to help your business reach its goals. In this overview, we’ll talk about how to think strategically and how to put that into action. We’ll also talk about how to use data mining, dimension modeling, and the Life Cycle Model to think about strategic thinking, as well as how to use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and how to make them work for you. When making business decisions, you can use quantitative modeling tools and techniques to help. A high-level introduction to project management.

General business and project management are important skills to have in any field.

Career

Obtain a top-tier position in one of the following industries:

ENGINEERING,

BANKING AND FINANCE,

MEDICAL,

MINING,

HEALTHCARE,

CONSTRUCTION, 

OIL and GAS,

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY,

PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT,

and other related fields are included (too many to list).

 

Jobs in the project management discipline are increasing as a result of the expansion of industries.

Levels of Educational Qualification

Using the educational services provided by PCiBS, students can earn qualifications from international affiliated and accredited universities that are recognized by a national qualification framework (NQF) that is divided into levels. The European qualification levels are from level 0 to level 08.

  • Courses (Various Levels),
  • Certificates (Level 05),
  • Diplomas (Level 05),
  • Associate Degree (Level 06),
  • Degrees (Level 07),
  • Post-graduate certificates (Level 08/9),
  • Post-graduate Diploma (Level 08/9),
  • Masters (Level 09), and
  • Ph.D.’s (Level 10).

 

All courses require students to earn a passing grade by achieving a predetermined percentage on their exams in order to demonstrate their ability to perform as a competitive individual in the workplace. Individuals who are performance-based are evaluated on their ability to participate in a lecture and practical simulations (live) of various projects that are incorporated into each of the Project Controls Majors, which are listed below.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Admission requirements for Undergraduate:
  • Age: Minimum age 18 years
  • Recognition of Previous (RPL) Study: All documents need to be certified / notarized. All non-English documents must have a certified and evaluated English translation attached to the application.
  • English level: For non-English speaking students, TOEFL / IELTS or equivalent is required for students who did not study at English speaking school. The Admission Committee will also consider factors such as TOEFL/IELTS scores.
  • One passport-size photo.
  • Passport copy / national ID card certified / notarized.

All PCiBS’ programs are conducted in English and all correspondence will be in English.

 

You can do your free TOEFL / IELTS practice test here.

Program Tuition Fees

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Articulation / Further study

Under-graduate

After completing the Associate Degree in Business (in the chosen specialization/major), you have the option of taking the credit(s) from your studies and furthering your qualification by completing the Bachelor of Business Degree (in the selected specialization / major).

Other Study Options

Additional Information

(BBPABG) Associate Degree in Business – General

Subject details and topics – 16 credits required

Year 1
Business
Assignment
PCiBS-PPE-190 Project Portfolio of Evidence I
This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme. The course follows a structured manner and allows students to develop their competencies for the specific discipline in question. The main aim of the course in to demonstrate proficiency in this discipline to ensure that the student can be a valuable asset to any project that they are involved with.
Core
PCiBS-BUS-200 Business Communication & Report Writing
Acquiring basic business communication skills to enhance the capabilities of our students in the business environment. An overview of applied skills on teams (groups), organizational, the didactic, interpersonal and business communication contexts is provided. The practical part of the course is provided with assignments in the other PCiBS courses, where this course will establish the basic outlines of minutes, reports, presentation skills that require a specific style of writing for business. The specific competencies concentrate on the performance of these skills as applied to professions such as project management and leadership.
PCiBS-MGT-160 Fundamentals of Project Management
This course deals with the basic principles of project management and introduces the students to the project management discipline. It focuses on the basic requirements of setting up small projects. The course follows a structured manner and allows students to develop their competencies for the specific discipline in question. The main aim of the course in to demonstrate proficiency in this discipline to ensure that the student can be a valuable asset to any project that they are involved with. The course Introduces Project management concepts; needs identification; the project life cycles; the project manager and the project team; types of project organisations; project communication and document control. Estimating, Costing and Planning and control: planning, scheduling and schedule control of projects; resource considerations and allocations; cost planning and performance evaluation. It focuses on Risks, procurement, human resources, quality, communication, stakeholders and integration management.
PCiBS-PCM-151 Introduction into Planning
This course deals with the basic principles of scheduling and introduces the students to the planning discipline. It focuses on the basic requirements of setting up standard schedules for small projects. The course follows a structured manner and allows students to develop their competencies for the specific discipline in question. The main aim of the course in to demonstrate proficiency in this discipline to ensure that the student can be a valuable asset to any project that they are involved with. It ensures that a basic logical process is followed to develop a schedule. A scheduling overview is presented to the students and includes: the work breakdown structure; basic schedule specification; stakeholders; the role of a project planner. The elements of scheduling include: the schedule development; activities; types; calendars and constraints. The elements of scheduling principles include: understanding float; basis of schedule; baseline a schedule; reporting; calculations and forecasting. This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-PCM-152 Introduction into Costing
This course deals with the basic principles of costs and introduces the students to the costing discipline. It focuses on the basic requirements of setting up budgets and standard control accounts for small projects. The course follows a structured manner and allows students to develop their competencies for the specific discipline in question. The main aim of the course in to demonstrate proficiency in this discipline to ensure that the student can be a valuable asset to any project that they are involved with. It ensures that a basic logical process is followed to develop a budget and control accounts. A costing overview is presented to the students and includes: the work breakdown structure; basic cost and budget standards; stakeholders; the role of a project cost controller / cost engineer. The elements of budget include: the budget development; controls accounts; activity-based costing; cost elements; pricing and costing; materials, labor; budgeting and cash flow management. The elements of cost principles include: understanding the basis of estimate; contingency; freezing (baseline) the budget; reporting; calculations and forecasting. The monitoring and control of costs. This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-STA-130 Maths, Data Structures & Statistics
Sampling and the collection of data; frequency distributions and graphical representations of the data collected. Identification, use, evaluation and interpretation of statistical computer packages and statistical techniques. Statistical concepts are demonstrated and interpreted through practical coding and simulation within a data framework. Supporting mathematical concepts with statistical concepts using simulation within a data structure framework. Basic algebra, calculation of lines and planes, Use of numerical techniques.
Elective
Elective (Select any 3 of the subjects listed below)
PCiBS-ACC-110 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
Introduction to management accounting. Costing terminology, concepts and classifications. Activity based costing and job-order costing. Cost and budget behaviour. Variable versus absorption costing. Cost-volume and profit relationships. Budgeting process. Managing Cash flow and financial budget planning.
PCiBS-BUS-120 Business Management I
The entrepreneurial mind-set; the differences between managers and managing; performance and motivation; ethics, values, social responsibility, attitudes, culture and emotions; the manager as a person; making decisions; leadership; organizational structures and managing culture differences; groups and teams effectiveness; operations & financial management; strategies for competitive advantage; human resource management; value chain and sustainable development management concepts.
PCiBS-BUS-122 Business Management & Ethics / Governance I
This course focuses on the differences between managers and managing; performance and motivation; governance; ethics, values, social responsibility, attitudes, culture and emotions; the manager as a person; making decisions; leadership; organizational structures and managing culture differences; groups and teams effectiveness; operations & financial management; strategies for competitive advantage; human resource management; value chain and sustainable development management concepts.
PCiBS-LAW-115 Introduction to Project Law
This course provides a broad overview of the legal issues within the context of a project. Basic principles of law in the context of projects. Investigate the parties involved in projects, including individuals and incorporated bodies; intellectual property law; partnerships, joint ventures and alliances; law of torts; legal issues involved with tendering; formation and the management of contracts; contractual disputes and the resolution; intellectual property law; consumer protection and trade practices; ownership and occupation property law; planning laws and building legislation.
PCiBS-PRO-180 Property Development & Investment I
This course is an introduction to property development. The aims of this course are to develop an understanding of the basic principles; the relevant statutes and ordinances required to develop property in your area. It looks at land development; financing and the risk involved. The course covers in detail the rigorous planning that is required for property development and all the application and approvals that need to be considered by all the various parties and stakeholders. It investigates the construction and planning of a property development. It focuses on market research; promotion and selling. We touch on sustainable development; environmental issues and international practices around property development. This course can include some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-PRO-182 Property Management & Investment I
This course introduces students to property management and investment. We get to understand fixed property and looks characteristics; functions and pricing of the property market. The focus is on property maintenance and repair of buildings. Maintenance focus areas are identified and allocated to the correct contractors / individuals to complete. The course discusses various types of properties such as: commercial buildings for businesses, organizations or corporations and residential properties. The course touches on financing models for commercial, residential and other properties. We differentiate between real estate and property investment. The students will cover various topics in leasing, maintenance and purchasing contracts. We touch on property management techniques; selling and purchasing property. We also touch on various financing models and property investment analysis. The course covers property cash flows; interest rates; gearing methods and risk analysis for specific property investments. Other topics cover housing laws, building maintenance, supervision and tenant leasing. We look at a basic financial management, budgeting and maintaining financial data. Further topics around real estate tax, options provided to tenants, cancellation of leases, subletting and lease negotiations. The topics conclude with tenants, lease agreements, security deposits, subletting and rent control. Ethics and governance issues to establish trusting relationships with tenants.
PCiBS-SCM-142 Procurement & Contracting
The role of procurement and contracting in supply chain management. The role of purchasing, decision making, the purchasing and contracting process, various markets and products, utilizing purchasing intelligence, standard contracting methodologies and when to use them, outsourcing of procurement and supply chain risk management, sole sourcing and supply chain strategy, using new product development in organizations, expediting and quality control, purchase and contract performance management, supplier assessments, standard negotiating techniques and facilities management, plus contracting of services.
Year 2
Business
Assignment
PCiBS-PPE-290 Project Portfolio of Evidence II
This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme. The course follows a structured manner and allows students to develop their competencies for the specific discipline in question. The main aim of the course in to demonstrate proficiency in this discipline to ensure that the student can be a valuable asset to any project that they are involved with.
Core
PCiBS-BUS-220 Business Management II
Evaluates how to strategically align and plan for investments in business and projects. How to follow proper governance; utilize processes for continuous improvement and use analytics to advance business goals. An overview these will cover: concepts of strategic thinking and implementation and operational development; overview of concepts like dimensional modelling; the Life cycle model; using data mining; using Key Performance indices (KPIs); developing proper KPI’s and their metrics; making them stick and applying them correctly to motivate people’s performance; using balance score cards in managing performance. Making business decisions decision by using quantitative modelling tools and techniques. High-level introduction to project management concepts.
PCiBS-BUS-222 Business Management & Ethics / Governance II
This course evaluates how to strategically align and plan for investments in business and projects. How to follow proper governance; utilize processes for continuous improvement and use analytics to advance business goals. It focuses on the aspects of governance and ethics with advanced methods and processes. An overview these will cover: concepts of strategic thinking and implementation and operational development; overview of concepts like dimensional modelling; the Life cycle model; using data mining; using Key Performance indices (KPIs); developing proper KPI’s and their metrics; making them stick and applying them correctly to motivate people’s performance; using balance score cards in managing performance. Making business decisions decision by using quantitative modelling tools and techniques. High-level introduction to project management concepts.
PCiBS-MGT-260 Project Management for Various Industries
This course elaborates on more advanced methods; processes; principles in project management and introduces the students to the project management discipline. It focuses on managing portfolios, a program and multiple projects in various industries. The course follows a structured manner and allows students to develop their competencies for the specific discipline in question. The main aim of the course in to demonstrate proficiency in this discipline to ensure that the student can be a valuable asset to any project that they are involved with. The course elaborates around the various industries that use Project management and how they benefit from this type of management style.  It discusses concepts; life cycles; project teams; communication and document control. It covers estimating, Costing and Planning and control thereof and focuses on risks, procurement, human resources, quality, communication, stakeholders and integration management. In this course we also expand on the learnings from PCiBS-MGT-160 and apply the principles of that course in the course assignments. This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-PCM-254 Project Controls II
Introduction Project Controls & Project Management concepts; needs identification; scope; WBS and other breakdown structures; integration of data; pulling it all together; the project; the project manager, project controls team and other project team members; the role of project controls; projects in organisations; project communication and documentation. Planning and control: planning & scheduling; management of schedules and controlling of projects; resource types, considerations and allocations; measurement and performance evaluation. Costing and control: costing; budgeting; managing costs and controlling costs; allocations; accruals; payments. The role of Estimating and its functions in project controls. Managing change and controlling change. The importance of documentation in projects and contracts.
Elective
Elective (Select any 4 of the subjects listed below)
PCiBS-ACC-210 Managerial Accounting II
Development in management accounting. Costing terminology inside organizations and projects, further deep dive concepts and classifications. Development of the skills to have  focused activity based and job-order costing. Costing definitions and bottom-up based budgeting. Managing budgets and peoples behaviour in managing the processes around budgets. Making sure your budgets are used for the correct purposes. A project life-cycle budgeting process and managing the Cash flows of the project or small organization. The financial budget planning process.
PCiBS-BUS-200 Business Communication & Report Writing
Acquiring basic business communication skills to enhance the capabilities of our students in the business environment. An overview of applied skills on teams (groups), organizational, the didactic, interpersonal and business communication contexts is provided. The practical part of the course is provided with assignments in the other PCiBS courses, where this course will establish the basic outlines of minutes, reports, presentation skills that require a specific style of writing for business. The specific competencies concentrate on the performance of these skills as applied to professions such as project management and leadership.
PCiBS-LAW-215 Project & Contracting Law
This course provides an in-depth principle of the legal issues within the context of a project and its contracts. The standard principles of law of contract. Utilizing the law to ensure that projects have the correct contracting principles imbedded in the organization. Law of sales, credit agreements, lease. The legal issues involved with tendering and the enquiry period; formation of contracts; management of contracts; contractual disputes and the resolution; conflict and aggression; disputes and the final arbitration or mediation process. Identify the pit falls of project contracting and mitigating claims. Investigating various methods of contracting and the risks attached to each method.
PCiBS-MGT-205 Project Communication, Stakeholder and Integration Management II
This course introduces methods and processes that are used in stakeholder analysis, such as: categorization; internal and external factors; inter-relationships; roles and responsibilities and the influences of stakeholders. Team selection, team development and conflict within the project environment are also discussed. This course provides methods for analysis of stakeholder communication, project management information system, the project life cycle, project integration management, monitoring and change control, and the project review and completion. This course investigates project communications management, including issues relating to the various phases throughout the project life cycle. It will assist to identify a project management information system (PMIS) and analyze the project success criteria. The importance of project integration management, the processes that guide the project plan setup and the strategic plan of a project. In this course we also expand on the learnings from PCiBS-MGT-160 and apply the principles of that course in the course assignments. This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-MGT-240 Project Quality, Risk and Procurement Management II
This course introduces methods of analysis of project risk, procurement management and the project review and completion. This course discusses the following project risk elements, namely: environment, planning, identification, analysis, evaluation, treatment, monitoring and review of associated risks. Furthermore, it discusses the following project procurement elements, namely: planning, strategies, legal issues, solicitation, monitoring and control, including project review and completion. This course introduces methods and analysis of project quality management. It will address the project quality context, quality planning, quality assurance and quality improvement, plus the quality development during the project lifecycle and total quality management (TQM). In this course we also expand on the learnings from PCiBS-MGT-160 and apply the principles of that course in the course assignments. This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-MGT-250 Project Scope, Schedule, Cost & Resource Management II
This course will elaborate on project scope and the management of scope in controlling portfolios, a program and multiple projects. It discusses issues relating to scope definition throughout the portfolios, a program and multiple projects life cycle. It will incorporate a combined work breakdown structure, the goals and objectives, constraints, the operational concept, budget and time, and who has the management authority around managing portfolios, a program and multiple projects. It also elaborates on project time and cost management including issues relating to the portfolios, program and multiple projects life cycle. It incorporates the portfolios, program and multiple projects strategy and cost management is addressed from a planning, estimating and control point of view. Earned value management (EVM) in portfolios, program and multiple projects are discussed with the advantages and disadvantages of EVM. In this course we also expand on the learnings from PCiBS-MGT-160 and apply the principles of that course in the course assignments. This course includes some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-PRO-280 Property Development & Investment II
This course deals with the foundations of property development. The aims of this course are to develop an in depth understanding of the core principles; the relevant statutes and ordinances required to develop property in your area. It focuses on the various types of property development and the approvals required for such developments. It looks at land development; financing and the risk involved. We investigate various models that can be used to assist the decision-making process of property development. The students will be required to develop a proper plan for a property development program and include all the application and approvals cycles of various parties and stakeholders. The development of a detailed construction plan must be submitted. The course discusses market research; the promotion and selling of property developments; the legal implications of contracts and tax implications. And finally, also discusses sustainable development; environmental issues and international practices around property development. In this course we also expand on the learnings from PCiBS-PRO-180 and apply the principles of that course in the course assignments. This course can include some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-PRO-282 Property Management & Investment II
This course starts students on the fundamentals of property management and investment. We delve into property around its characteristics and functions in the property market. The focus is on property maintenance and investment. The course identifies maintenance areas and allocates contractors or individuals to complete the tasks. We discuss the various types of properties that can be invested in, such as: commercial, agricultural and residential properties. The course discusses various financing models for commercial, residential and other properties. The students will elaborate on various topics in leasing, maintenance and purchasing contracts. We also touch on various financing models and property investment analysis. The course covers property cash flows; interest rates; gearing methods and risk analysis for specific property investments. We discuss property management techniques; selling and purchasing property techniques and the pro’s and cons of the various methods. Other topics are about the various laws in maintenance and leasing. We look at a more advanced methods of financial modelling and budgeting; real estate tax and contracts used in leasing, selling and subletting. We investigate various lease agreements and cover ethics and governance issues to establish trusting relationships with tenants. In this course we also expand on the learnings from PCiBS-PRO-182 and apply the principles of that course in the course assignments. This course can include some assignments that form part of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that must be presented during this programme.
PCiBS-STA-230 Maths, Data Structures & Statistics II
Sampling and the collection of data; frequency distributions and graphical representations of the data collected. Descriptive measures of location and dispersion. Identification, use, evaluation and interpretation of statistical computer packages and statistical techniques. Estimation theory and supporting mathematical concepts. Statistical concepts are demonstrated and interpreted through practical coding and simulation within a data framework. Introductory concepts, various types of data and the number system. Statistical applications of quantitative techniques: solving and application. Supporting mathematical concepts with statistical concepts using simulation within a data structure framework. Basic algebra, lines and planes, determinants. Advanced numbers and polynomial equations. Use of integration techniques plus the modelling of differential equations. Use of numerical techniques.