Bachelor of Commerce Business Management Honours Degree



1.1 These regulations shall be read in conjunction with the Faculty Regulations and the General Regulations.

1.2 The degree will be awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the programme and passed examinations in

accordance with regulations set in the Faculty Regulations.

1.3 The duration of the degree programme shall normally be a minimum of four levels including a period of Work Related

Learning in a relevant industrial/commercial setting during the third level.


Graduates for the Bachelor of Commerce Business Management can pursue careers in Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Banking, Entrepreneurship, Investment Planning, Value Chain Management, Purchasing, Administration, Human Resources Management, Stores Management, Retail Management and General Management Consultancy.

Entry Requirements

3.1 Normal Entry

3.1.1 To qualify for normal entry into the Bachelor of Commerce Business Management Honours Degree programme, a candidate, in addition to satisfying the minimum requirements, as prescribed under the General Regulations and the Faculty Regulations for English and Mathematics at `O’ Level, must have obtained at least two passes at `A’ level in the following subjects:

Management of Business, Accounting, Economics, Mathematics and Geography

3.1.2 To qualify for entry into the Bachelor of Commerce Business Management degree (Visiting School) programme, a candidate,in addition to satisfying the minimum requirements prescribed under the General Regulations, must have:

-Diploma (Institute of Bankers)

-HND/ND in Business Studies

-HND/ND in Accountancy

-HND/ND in Purchasing

-Diploma in Education

-Institute of Administration and Commerce (IAC)

-Institute of Personnel Management (IPMZ)

-Diploma in Business Administration (ZIM)

-Any other relevant tertiary qualifications deemed to an equivalent or

-Passes in relevant `A’ Level subjects and

At least two years working experience in a relevant field

3.2 Mature Entry

Refer to Section 3.3 of the General Regulations.

3.3 Special Entry

3.3.1 Candidates who have successfully completed a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies or have obtained equivalent qualifications may apply for direct entry into level 2 of the degree programme.

3.3.2 Direct entry into Level II of the programme is subject to availability of places.

3.3.3 Candidates admitted under regulation 3.3.2 above will normally be exempted from Level I on a module by module basis.

3.3.4 No candidate may complete the degree in less than three academic levels.

3.3.5 Successful completion of the Work Related Learning component at Level II is compulsory for all candidates.


4.1 A candidate is required to undertake a minimum of five (5) modules per semester unless one is carrying over or retaking certain modules from the previous academic level or semester respectively.

4.2 Each module is worth four (4) credits, except for the Worked Related Learning Level, which is worth forty (40) credits and the dissertation which is worth 8 credits.

4.3 The department may accept students who have been discontinued from other programmes on condition that they meet the entry requirements of the department and subject to availability of places.



Refer to Section 6 of the General Regulations and Section 5 of the Faculty Regulations.


Refer to Section 9 of the Faculty Regulations.


Refer to Section 6 of the Faculty Regulations.


Refer to Section 8 of the Faculty Regulations.


Refer to Section 10 of the Faculty Regulations.


Refer to Section 11 of the Faculty Regulations.

Programme Structure

Level 1 Semester 1
Code Module Description Credits
BM101 Principles of Management 4
BM102 Business Communication 4
ACC105 Financial Accounting for Business 1A 4
EC101 Microeconomics 4
MM101 Principles of Marketing 4
HCS115 Introduction to Information Technology 4
CS 101 Communication Skills 4
Level 1 Semester 2
*BM108 E-Commerce 4
*BM106 Industrial Relations 4
BM105 Business Law1 4
ACC106 Financial Accounting 1B 4
*BM107 Business Statistics Application 4
EC104 Macroeconomics 4
Level 2 Semester 1
Code Module Description Prerequisites Credits
BM203 Business Law II (BM105) 4
BM202 Small Business Management (BM101, BM102ACC106&105) 4
BM201 Human Resources Management (BM101, BM106) 4
GS201 Introduction to Gender Studies 4
Options: Finance
ACC210 Financial Accounting IIA (ACC105 and ACC106) 4


Managerial Accounting (ACC105, ACC106 &BM105) 4
MM104 Marketing Management 4
MM202 Sales and Marketing Forecasting 4
Level 2 Semester 2
BM204 Business Investment Analysis (EC101, BM108) 4
BM205 Organisational Behaviour (BM201) 4
BM206 Business Research Methods (EC104) 4
ACC211 Financial Accounting for Business IIB 4
BM 208 Management Appreciation of Taxation 4
Options :Marketing
MM206 Consumer Behavior 4
MM210 Brand Management 4
Level 3 Semester 1 and Semester 2 Work Related Learning
BM301 Work Related Learning Report 15
BM302 Academic Supervisor’s Report 15
BM303 Employer’s Assessment Report 10
Level 4 Semester 1
BM 401 Change Management 4
*BM406 Entrepreneurship 4
BM404 Project Management 4
Options: Finance
BM410 Financial Management 4
BM411 Financial Planning & Control 4
MM404 Industrial Marketing 4
MM211 New Product Development 4
Level 4 Semester 2
BM403 Production and Operations Management 4
*BM405 Strategic Management 4
BM407 Dissertation 8
BM 408 Introduction to Corporate Governance 4
Options: Finance
BM 409 Accounting Techniques in Decision Making 4
Options: Marketing
MM405 International Marketing 4

BM101 Principles of Management

The module deals with the history and development of management thought, functions of management, organizational structure,decision making, globalization,leadership and motivation, controlling, budgetary and non-budgetary controls, change management.

BM102 Business Communication

The module focuses on the development of student’s ability to communicate effectively and concisely in written, oral and any other forms of communication. It also considers different styles in the use of English in business settings, communication skills, letter writing, note taking, meetings, minutes, summarizing and referencing.

BM108 E-Commerce

The module considers the benefits of the Internet, Website creation and Management, business to business transactions, e-banking, electronic order purchasing, Automated Teller Machines, Point of Sales, management information systems, electronic transfer of funds, data security.

BM105 Business Law

The module is an introduction to general principles of law and its interpretation, law of contract, sales, agency, negotiable instruments, insurance, partnership, law of derelict, insolvency and consumer protection.

BM106 Industrial Relations

The module covers an exploration of the nature of the employment relationship; different pespectives in analysing industrial relations; different perspectives in understanding the `worker problem,’ the role of the state in industrial relations and key issues driving change in industrial relations.

BM107 Business Statistics Application

This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts of data presentation and analysis in management decision making.The approach will emphasize a practical management problem solving approach using quantitative reasoning skills rather than the theoretical development of statistics. Students should develop quantitative research techniques for research writing.

BM201 Human Resources Management

The module covers the evolution of the Human Resources Management function; emergence of the Human Resources Management philosophy; similarities and differences between traditional Personnel Management and Human Resources Management; approaches to Human Resources Management; Human Resources models and Human Resource Management in action focusing on strategic integration, commitment, quality, flexibility and team working.

BM204 Investment Analysis

The module aims to develop an understanding of financial theory of investment as well as its use in the practical world. The course shall revolve around the distinctive themes of information efficiency in financial markets, asset allocation,derivative security markets, and elements of investments, portfolio theory, fixed income securities, security analysis,derivative assets and active asset management.

BM202 Small Business Management

The module will look at business development, barriers encountered and issues related to marketing, human resources management, pricing, government policies, taxation of businesses. Case studies, visits to business premises and presentations by entrepreneurs will be used to understand the running of small business. The preparation of business plans will also be covered.

BM203 Business Law II

This module gives a thorough grounding in the regulation of companies by law including statutes and case law. It covers knowledge of the application of statutory and other provisions including a grasp of the administration of companies, floatation of shares, etc.

BM 206 Business Research Methods

Business research concepts and methods, the traditional and scientific methods, the research process, problem definition,research design, questionnaire construction and administration, sampling basis, sources of research data, collection and interpretation, research application and uses, data presentation and analysis, ethics, and research proposal will be covered.

BM 207 Managerial Accounting

The module is an overview of the necessity of managerial accounting for management process, evaluation of the influence of globalization on management, managerial accounting systems and application to managerial operations, managerial accounting for management purposes, managerial accounting systems, techniques for application in managerial decisions, analysis of business situations and solving problems.

BM208 Management Appreciation of Taxation

Taxation of individuals and companies, the basic laws governing taxation and tax payments, make up this module.

BM401 Change Management

The module focuses on the management of change in organisations. It will also dwell on the types of organisations that are in existence, and how the differing structures impact on change management to include: performance, designing strategies,concept of power, organisational politics, change model, resistance, models for growth and decline, structural forms and the management of change.

BM403 Production and Operations Management

Topics covered in the module include developing production/operations management strategies, the strategic role and objectives of production/operations, production/operations management strategies- designing, planning and controlling the production/operations management system, process technology, materials requirements planning, JIT planning and control, quality planning and control, project planning. Improving the production/operations management systems, measuring performance and improvement, maintaining the production/operation system, new challenges, and contemporary issues are also covered.

BM404 Project Management

The module involves a detailed study of network analysis and project scheduling techniques, project structuring, project finance, hiring and management of personnel, control of materials, monitoring the project, budgeting and project completion.

BM405 Strategic Management

The module seeks to examine the nature and value of strategic management, the business environment, strategic planning, functional goals and strategies. It also examines strategy implementation, the role of leadership in implementing strategy, resource deployment in implementing strategy, designing organization to implement strategy effectively, control, factors influencing strategy implementation.

BM406 Entrepreneurship

The module provides students with the tools to identify opportunities, how to screen the various opportunities, developing a business concept, translating ideas into business opportunities, financing a business, growing a business, the management team, harvesting of a business.

BM 408 Introduction to Corporate Governance

The module seeks to develop an understanding and appreciation of significant corporate governance concepts and issues in the contemporary business world, definition of corporate governance, key concepts associated with best practices, powers and rights of, and relations between directors and shareholders, history of corporate governance etc.

BM409 Accounting Techniques in Decision Making

The module surveys the application of management versus financial accounting, the role of the management accountant, cost volume-profit analysis, optimum utilization of production factors, relevant cost for unusual decisions, activity based cost accounting stock control and cost planning of network projects.

BM410 Financial Management

The module seeks to provide students with knowledge on the determination of financial objectives of business organisations,analysis of financial statements, overview of financial planning, value, risk and return (share, debentures and options), the management of working capital cash, debtors and inventories, investment decisions, financing decisions, optimal capital budgets, dividend theory and policy.

BM411 Financial Planning and Control

The module seeks to provide students with the knowledge of the cost of capital, budgets, master budgets and subsidiary budgets, budgeted financial statements, zero-base budgets, investment decisions, financing decisions, standard costing, activity based cost management, performance evaluation, measuring profitability, inter-departmental transfer pricing.

BM 407 Dissertation

Session 1

This is another residency period designed to focus on the Masters Thesis Proposal for approval. During this session the prospectus from the first session will be fine tuned for formal approval. Topics to be covered during this session will focus on literature review, statistical and qualitative tools, data gathering and data analysis approaches, past research and current theory, proposal format requirements, and submission timelines.

Session 2

This is another three-day residency period designed to facilitate the dissertation writing process from an approved masters’ thesis to final submission of the project.

Chapters 4 and 5 requirements from the dissertation are explored for content and format. An approved dissertation proposal is required to earn a passing grade this session.

Session 3

This is a mentorguided session. It is the last session where the candidate completes the formal Oral defence of the Masters Dissertation and then prepares and submits the dissertation for University approval. An approved dissertation is required to complete this session.