These Regulations should be read in conjunction with the General Regulations for Postgraduate Studies, hereinafter referred to as the General Postgraduate Regulations.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
Faculty Post Graduate Studies Committee – Means the Committee comprising the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce (who shall be the Chairperson) the GSBL Director. All Chairpersons in the Faculty of Commerce, all MBA Lecturers and the External Examiners.
For the definition of Special Examinations, Programme, Level, Semester, Module, Project, Continuous Assessment, Retake, Carryover, Repeat, Withdraw, Aegrotat, Credit, Dissertation refer to Section 1.9 of the General Post Graduate Regulations.
To be eligible for admission to the EMBA Programme, a candidate must normally:
- Be at least 35 years of age.
- Be an Executive of their own business or has been a manager for at least ten (10) years,
- Be a holder of at least a second-class degree or its equivalent awarded by Midlands State University or any other recognized institution.
- Be a holder of a third class degree or its equivalent and may be admitted only after providing evidence of academic maturity in the field of study as shall be judged by Faculty Post Graduate Studies Committee.
- Hold at least a diploma from a recognised institution in a recognised area of study
- Be required to provide two references from reputable people certifying their ability and suitability to undertake the programme successfully.
- Undergo an interviewing process that shall be concluded by the Faculty Post Graduate Studies Committee.
The EMBA Programme shall normally be studied over a minimum period of two academic levels, on a full time block release basis.
There shall be three, one week Block Sessions per semester and each module shall be taught for a total of 36 contact hours except for elective modules which shall be taught for at least 24 contact hours.
Each candidate is required to submit a dissertation of approximately 20 000 words on a topic relating to his/her area of managerial interest and approved in writing by the dissertation supervisor.
Candidates shall be required to submit three hard bound copies of dissertation, one of which shall be deposited in the University Library, the other shall be submitted to the GSBL Office and the last copy should be returned to the student.
The format for the dissertation shall be provided by the GSBL Office.
Fees for the EMBA programme shall be determined by the University Fees Revision Committee from time to time.
Fees shall be paid per semester.
Evaluation of students shall normally be based on continuous assessment as well as formal examinations that are held at the end of each semester.
Continuous Assessment shall account for 40% of the overall assessment.
Final examination shall account for 60% of the overall assessment.
Items that should constitute the continuous assessment, and the weighting attached to each item, shall depend on the module in question.
With the exception of dissertation, sessional examination shall be conducted in all modules.
To be admitted for examinations, a candidate must:
- Be a registered student of the University in accordance with the General Postgraduate Regulations.
- Have satisfactorily attended and completed the approved modules of study. Satisfactory completion of modules shall require submission of all written assignments and tests and any other work that constitutes the continuous assessment.
PROVISIONS FOR PROGRESSION
The Faculty Post graduate Studies Board of Examiners shall meet at the end of each semester to ratify the marks obtained by candidates.
A student shall progress automatically from one level to the other even carrying the modules from the previous level.
FAILURE TO SATISFY THE EXAMINERS
A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in terms of the Excutive Masters in Business Administration Regulations, read in conjunction with the General Post Graduate Regulations, may be required to; Retake module(s) failed in a previous semester
Students may, subject to the approval of the senate, be allowed to redo module(s) that they would have failed in the previous semester
REMARKING OF EXAMINATIONS
No requests for remarks of examinations shall be entertained unless Senate directs such requests.
However, a student who has been given a withdraw decision may appeal against such a decision to the Registrar, in writing, within 21 days after the publication of Examination results.
Students’ performance in modules for the EMBA programme shall be classified as follows:
- 80%+ 1 – First Class
- 70%-79% 2.1 – Second Class (Upper)
- 60%-69% 2.2 – Second Class (Lower)
- 50%-59% 3 – Pass
- 0%-49% Fail
The EMBA degree shall be classified as follows:
- 80%-100% Pass with Distinction
- 70%-79% Pass with Merit
- 50%-69% Pass
- 0%- 49% Fail
In the overall degree classification, all Levels shall be equally weighted as follows:
- Level One – 50%
- Level Two – 50%
Level 1 Semester 1
Code Module Description Credits
EMBA701 Financial Accounting 4
EMBA708 Marketing Management 4
EMBA706 Human Resources Management 4
EMBA704 Organisational Behaviour 4
EMBA729 Corpotare Governance and Business Ethics 4
Level 1 Semester 2
Code Module Description Credits
EMBA710 Business Research Methods 4
EMBA801 Strategic Management 4
EMBA802 Entrepreneurship 4
EMBA811 Change Management 4
Choose one elective
Level 2 Semester 1
Code Module Description Credits
EMBA803 Dissertation 8
EMBA828 Leadership 4
Choose one elective
EMBA805 Project Management 3
EMBA806 Investment Analysis & Portfolio Theory 3
EMBA807 International Marketing 3
EMBA808 International Business Management 3
EMBA809 Industrial Organisations 3
EMBA810 Industrial Relations 3
EMBA812 Public Sector Management 3
EMBA813 Auditing 3
EMBA814 Management Accounting 3
EMBA815 Strategic Marketing 3
EMBA816 Services Marketing 3
EMBA817 Production & Operations Management 3
EMBA818 Labour Law 3
EMBA819 Accounting Information Systems 3
EMBA820 International Monetary Economics 3
EMBA821 Managerial Economics 3
EMBA822 Advanced Macroeconomics and Policy 3
EMBA823 Company Law 3
EMBA824 E-Commerce 3
EMBA825 Hotel and Institutional Management 3
EMBA826 Tourism Operations Management 3
EMBA827 Food and Beverage Management 3
N.B At least ten (10) students will constitute a class for elective modules.
The electives will be offered subject to the availability of expertise.
EMBA 701 Financial Accounting
The module deals with accounting principles and conventions. It will attempt to developaccounting skills and enhance appreciation of accounting related information.
The main topics include:
Record keeping and double entry, the preparation of the profit and loss account and balance sheet, profit measurement, valuation of assets, company accounts, legal and regulatory framework, international accounting standards, some aspects of auditing, some aspects of taxation.
EMBA 702 Management Information Systems
Concepts of systems and organisation, strategic uses of information technology computer system resources (computer, hardware, computer software, file and data base management systems). The internet and office communication, applications of information systems to functional business areas, tactical and strategic information systems to business applications, decision support and expert systems, planning and the development of information systems, management of information systems and end user computing, security and ethical issues of information systems.
EMBA 703 The Economic Environment
The module analyses the economic fundamentals that drive the behaviour of the macroeconomy. It seeks to explain the behaviour of key macroeconomic variables such as output, employment and inflation. It also analyses the environment in which the macroeconomic policy in Zimbabwe is conducted.
EMBA 704 Organisational Behaviour
The module analysis the level of organisational behaviour and their management. It looks at the individual, the group and the organization. It looks at the concept of power and how it is managed in organisations. It also looks at human resources administration, models relating to human productivity, satisfaction, retention and the earning structure in the organisation
It also analysis organisational structures, leadership styles and organisational politics.
EMBA 706 Human Resource Management
Modern societies require that production, distribution, and exchange be organised in large and complex organisations. One of the key problems of these organisations is the utilization of “labour resources” to provide the productive effort needed to achieve the goals of the organisation. In reality, an organisation only exists through its people and cannot achieve success without their effort, commitment and loyalty. It is, therefore, the overall task of Human Resource Management to develop strategies, policies and procedures that will facilitate employee effort, commitment and loyalty. The study of Human Resource
Management seeks to achieve the following objectives;
- To provide students with a thorough grounding in the key areas of human resource management.
- To explain the basic concepts underpinning the study and practice of human resource management
- To provide a critical analysis of the practicality and effectiveness of the human resource management approach for any organisation.
- To compare and contrast the philosophy of human resource management with earlier perspectives on people management.
- To discriminate between the rhetoric and reality of human resource management.
EMBA 707 Financial Management
The module is intended to offer the participants the principles and major analytical approaches that are applied in financial management to facilitate decision-making. The module should facilitate the formulation, implementation and evaluation of financial management practices or strategies by businesses within their environments that are dynamic. Having studied the course, students should be equipped with decision-making skills that should enable them to perform completely in an ever-changing business environment.
EMBA 708 Marketing Management
The module aims to equip the student with knowledge of the main concepts and theories of marketing management so as to enable one to perform adequately in any single functional area within marketing. Topics covered include:
- Marketing concept, Marketing environment, Market segmentation, Marketing planning,
- Consumer and industrial buying strategies, Product life cycle, Promotion: advertising, sales promotion, personal selling sales management and public, Relations, Pricing, Distribution, Service marketing: People, process management and physical evidence. Marketing ethics Implementation and control.
EMBA 709 Business Statistics
This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts of data analysis useful in a management decision-making environment. The approach will emphasize practical management problem solving using quantitative reasoning skills rather than the theoretical development of statistics. This understanding is also intended to assist students to develop a rigorous quantitative research methodology for the research report
EMBA 710 Business Research Methods
This module will provide an understanding of integrated research methodology which will enable students to undertake a study commensurate with masters level. The module will show how academic theory is developed and will provide research training in the individual components of research design, implementation and reporting. The module will outline the basic steps in the formulation of research questions and the way in which this should be used to derive a data specification and method of data collection. Strengths and weaknesses of different data collection methods will be emphasized and students will be encouraged to develop their own research skills.
EMBA801 Strategic Management
The students are initially introduced to the basic concepts, principles and the main analytical approaches that are used in strategic management. The emphasis is on formulation, implementation and evaluation of long term strategies utilized by business organizations. The issues that will be factored in include the environment, the constant flux of society and the strategies required for the management of that flux. Main topics include: the role of analysis and planning, mission, objectives, values, ethics and goals. Also analysed will be issues relating to markets, industries, competitors, stakeholders internal capabilities, value chains, resources and portfolios core and generic strategies, structure, culture and organizational design, strategy evaluation, implementation and control.
This module defines entrepreneurship. It relates to developing a business and translating ideas into achievable business opportunities. The main topics include;
Environmental Assessment, preparation for a new venture, security of finance, financial control, developing an effective business plan. The other topics are;
Capitalisation of business, assessment and evaluation of opportunities, structuring and legal issues related to new businesses, strategic planning for new businesses, domestic regional and global factors influencing entrepreneurship.
EMBA805 Project Management
The module involves a detailed study of network analysis and project scheduling techniques. It also includes Projects Structuring, Project Finance, Hiring and management of personal control of materials, monitoring of the project, budgeting and project completion.
EMBA806 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Theory
The module examines the principles of portfolio analysis and management. The focus is on the “investors perspective” of financial theory and practice, including risk, returns, the efficient marketing hypothesis and related modules and their application in portfolio management. It covers the analysis of markets in future, options, swaps and other derivatives and their significance for portfolio management.
EMBA807 International Marketing
Formulating and executing global marketing strategy, International marketing planning Developing and implementer international marketing plans. The nitty-gritty of global marketing analysis, Interpreting international markets, Forecasting international demands Global competitive dynamics and rivalry, coping with uncertain global environmental forces.
EMBA810 Industrial Relations
Conflict of interest is the bedrock of all employee relations. The conflict arises from the fact that the organization on one seeks to achieve maximum profits at very minimal cost while on the other hand, the employee seeks to achieve maximum reward (pay benefits etc.) at very minimal contribution in terms of his/her labour. This conflict is not always manifesting. It is, therefore, the task of Industrial Relations managers to manage the employment relationship, which is basically an exchange relationship, with the view to resolving the potential conflict.
The study of Industrial Relations seeks to address the question of how organisations can manage relationships (both individuals and collective) within and between members of the workforce so as to maintain commitment and motivation. The following are therefore the key objectives of the study of Industrial Relations:
To outline the varied mechanisms for conducting employee relations.
To explain the role of arbitration and industrial tribunal systems in resolving conflict.
To understand the role of negotiations and bargaining as approaches to conflict resolution within employee relation.
EMBA811 Change Management
The module focuses on the management of change in organizations. It will also swell on the types of organizations that are in existence, and how the differing structures of these organizations impact on change management. The main topics covered include the following:
Performance, design strategies, the concept of power, organizational politics, change, renaissance Organisational theory, models of growth and decline, structural forms, organizational and the management of change.
EMBA814 Management Accounting
The module emphasizes on Cost Accounting. The topics includes: Cost analysis, profit planning, cost volume profit analysis, relevant costing, standard costing and budgeting and corporation taxation. It also includes planning and implementation of management policies.
EMBA819 Accounting Information Systems
The module emphasizes on an understanding of Accounting Software, Accounting Computerised Systems and Systems theory. The course also provides an understanding of the processing of Accounting Information and how such information is applied to practical business situations. A study of the course arms the students with the planning and decision making skills.
EMBA821 Managerial Economics
This module basically deals with topics that relate with managerial decision – making process. Some of the topics deal with business objectives, decision analysis, demand measurement and forecasting, pricing policies, advertising and promotion decisions, corporate strategies and game theory for managers.
EMBA822 Advanced Macroeconomics and Policy
Theoretical and empirical coverage of the field of macroeconomics in the open economy:
Nature and performance of foreign exchange rates forms the nucleus of the course.
Monetary integration, international coordination, international debt within the context of globalization and liberalization are examined.
EMBA 824 E-Commerce
The module looks at computer-based transactions, internationally. It includes E- Business i.e. the transaction of business via electronic gadgets. It analyses the usage and effect of the internet, Electronic Fund transfers, computer based transactions, consumer responses e.g. as we look at the future, the hole of the computer on business transactions is increasing in importance.
EMBA 831 Leadership
It is more than ever that organizations are appreciating the relationship between leadership and performance. Leadership ultimately determines the kind of organizations that we have and the quality of life that we enjoy. Thus the module seeks to impact leadership skills to managers for the betterment of the organizations and society at large.