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Entrepreneurship and Small Business Operation

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Operation

course overview

This course provides students with critical entrepreneurship and innovation concepts and principles so that they can facilitate, lead and implement entrepreneurial projects and run a small business operation. The students are guided in different stages of transforming an idea or concept into an innovation, invention or a business proposition so that they can develop, launch and manage new products and services successfully. The students are taught to apply analytical and innovative thinking to integrate the different functional areas of a venture into a business plan, which is an important deliverable of this programme.

Career Opportunities

  • Business Consultant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Financial Advisor
  • Management Analyst

diploma in Business studies

Duration : 6 months

Academic Research and Communication Skills

This unit covers key aspects of research and communication studies in academic contexts relevant to students of design and marketing. Students engage in collaborative learning activities throughout the term in order to develop their teamwork skills.
Students learn to locate, understand and critically evaluate information from books, journals, the Internet and primary sources in order to do effective research. Using these sources of information, students then produce an extended piece of analytical writing and give oral presentations to their peers. Skills in doing primary research (i.e. conducting focus groups and surveys), accessing and evaluating information, paraphrasing, using established referencing systems, applying the principles of effective communication and the professional presentation of documents are all covered during the module.

Marketing Foundation

To provide participants with the basic principles of marketing in the context of fashion retail industry through practical exercises, lectures, demonstrations and case studies. The primary scope is to cover all foundational concepts of fashion marketing management, so that the students are able to grasp other advanced modules in their program successfully. Students need to accomplish tasks such as an assignment, an integrated project and examinations in order to complete the module.

Business Statistics 1: Descriptive Statistic and Probability

The aim of this module is to provide students with analytical and interpretative skills so they can perform statistical calculations and interpret statistical reports. Statistics 1 explains the use of descriptive statistics to summarise data and introduces students to sampling and probability.

Human Resources Management

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the principles and practices of Human Resource Management as applied to a small company.

Business Statistics 2: Inferential Statistics

The aim of this module is to provide students with analytical and interpretative skills so they can perform statistical calculations and interpret statistical reports. Statistics 2 explains inferential statistics and how to apply inferential statistical techniques in typical business situations.

Financial Management

The purpose of this module is to teach non-finance major students the basic concepts and techniques of financial management for small businesses.

Operation Service Design and Management 1

The purpose of this module is to develop students’ ability to design innovative, efficient and cost effective manufacturing systems and service operations.

Fundamentals of Management

The module promotes the understanding of management from a holistic perspective and will examine local, international and global management practices.

advanced diploma in Business Administration 

Duration : 12 months

Market Research

This module introduces the students to the basic elements of market research for strategic decision making. Students will learn how to develop a research project through the selection and application of appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Business Creativity and Innovation

This module introduces students to the concept of innovation and equips them with a basic knowledge of the nature of innovation.Students will learn about some of the activities associated with innovation including sources, and process of innovation. Other topics including real time innovation will also be discussed.Students will also learn about factors which foster innovation including innovation policy and innovation clusters. The concept of creativity will be introduced to students together with techniques to generate new ideasThis module will also examine some macro aspect of innovation, especially those aspects associated with strategic management of innovation.

Setting Up A Small Business Operation

This module is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the importance of a small business operation .The focus is on providing students with a solid foundation in the creation of competitive sustainability for small business operations in a very dynamic business environment.

Financing A Small Business Operation

The key principles, concepts and underpinning knowledge will enable students to appreciate the importance of financing and accounting management within a legal business framework in today’s organization.

Managing A Small Business Operation

Students are exposed to both the theoretical and practical aspects of small business operations and they should be able to outline the importance of different business processes and functions in the start-up, growth and competitive development of a company.

Entrepreneurship and Business Plan

This module allows students to integrate and apply entrepreneurship concepts to a business development or entrepreneurial project. Students will work individually and in groups to develop a business plan in an experiential setting.Students will learn to forecast and analyse future financial needs, and find out how to secure funding for a new venture or to expand the existing business and how to present their business plan to venture capitalists.This module will also introduce students to the concept of social entrepreneurship and their responsibility to society.

Business Law

This module delivers essential legal information for today’s managers and entrepreneurs. Real life examples and case studies puts theory into perspective to provide students with the legal context of today’s businesses.

Advertising and Public Relations

This module will provide a contemporary view of the role and importance of Advertising and Public Relations in the 21st century. Advertising describes a process that entails the planning, creation, integration and implementation of all diverse forms of mass communication that are delivered over time to a brand’s targeted customers and prospects. Students will learn how to influence or directly affect the buying behavior of targeted audiences.

Business Portfolio

This module aims to provide students with the necessary skills to showcase their Business Portfolio while giving them the opportunity to gain real-world industry experiences. Self-promotion is critical to success in the 21st century and this concept of self-marketing forms the basis of the module. Students will find industrial projects and prepare a text/graphic based Business Portfolio Report (hardcopy and softcopy) based on the projects they will be undertaking. The Business Portfolio Report will demonstrate their value to their potential employers, highlight student’s work readiness and eligibility for admission to an organization.

Strategic Planning

This module will equip students with the frameworks, tools, and concepts that is needed to understand strategy formulation and implementation. They will learn the fundamental aspects of business and corporate strategy; identify the important opportunities and challenges facing a business and setting out a course of action for dealing with them; manage the firm’s competitive position and development, in order to ensure its long-term survival.

Operation Service Design and Management 2

The purpose of this module is to develop students’ ability to design innovative, efficient and cost effective manufacturing systems and service operations.

Business Analytics

The recent explosion of digital data provides increasingly more opportunities for organizations to makedata-drivendecisions. Business analytics is the intersection of business, statistics, and technology, offering new opportunities for a competitive advantage. It unlocks the predictive potential of data analysis to improve operational efficiency, strategic management, and financial performance. The module aims to foster analytical and statistical thinking in business and management so that students are able to make informed decisions under uncertainty in real business settings. Students are trained to understand the need for data, the importance of data production, the omnipresence of variability, and the quantification and explanation of variability.

Digital Marketing

Digital marketing techniques and practices are playing increasingly important roles for any organisation that needs to market products and services. This module will introduce students to some of the key aspects of digital marketing and provide them with the practical skills required to develop, execute and evaluate digital marketing campaigns.

Contemporary Issues in Business and Management

Students will understudy issues currently affecting business and management activities. This will enable students to reflect, analyse and propose potential solutions. Students should develop critical and analytical problem solving skills through the examination of the contemporary issues.

Project Management

The aim of this module is to provide insights into selected key areas of project management to enable student to work within or to lead a project team. Students will be able to define a project, its characteristics and the role of the project manager. They will also understand the various approachesto problem-solving, through the analysis and presentation of views on project problems / situations.

Leadership and Change Management

This module examines a number of approaches to leadership and change management in organisations, encouraging students to critically evaluate the theories and models presented. Leadership and change management practices in organisations will be explored from various viewpoints. Students will be challenged to critique their own leadership capabilities and will create their own leadership development plan.

Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours)
Management Specialisation
 

Duration : 12 months

Business Mathematics

The module is designed to enable students to learn and apply mathematics skills in business

Consumer Behaviour

This module provides the student with an awareness of the ways in which the social sciences can assist in developing an understanding of individual consumers. The subject introduces the students to the key principles and concepts used by marketers to analyze and respond to consumer needs and demands. Students will then apply core marketing principles, internal and external factors that influence consumer behaviour to marketing decision making.

Ethics and Organization

This module explores some of the ethical and human rights issues confronting contemporary organisations. In the module, the main ethical perspectives adopted by individuals and organisations are considered.

Quantitative Methods

This module provides students with a conceptual understanding of the use or quantitative methods in the management decision-making. The many quantitative methods are explained -including how they work -and students will be shown how decision makers apply these methods and interpret data.

Macroeconomics

This module provides insights into the analysis of contemporary economic events and enables students with skills to assess the likely trends in macroeconomic variables that will facilitate decision making.

Managerial Accounting

This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the importance of performing and analyzing cost and quantitative information to support management planning and decision-making in a variety of business contexts.

Leadership and Innovations

This module introduces students to traditional and modern concepts of leadership, and focuses on skill and knowledge development and organizational operations, effectiveness and competition, and social responsibilities.

Lean Six Sigma Management

This module aims to introduce the effective deployment of a Lean Six Sigma initiative which can save an organisation time and money, and improve customer satisfaction.

Cross Cultural Communication

The module focuses on culture and management, organisationand communication with greater emphasis on cross-cultural concepts which contains key ideas from leading theorists, thinkers and practitioners.

IT Management

This module aims to help students to understand the theories and practice of information management and key concepts to understand how information management systems are implemented and managed in the organisations.

Total Quality Management

This modules aims to provide students the knowledge to apply the theories and principles of total quality in the real world.

Strategic Decision Making

The purpose of this module is to develop within students a holistic understanding of the operation of a business/non-business organization, including its interaction with the environment, its corporate / business and related functional issues.

Entrepreneurship and Small Business

This module is designed to provide students the theoretical concepts and practical tools for entrepreneurship and new business development. It aims to encourage students’ interest in starting own firm, and also to provide the skills and knowledge in managing, influencing and stimulating entrepreneurial activities. Students will engage in the entrepreneurial process, from the idea generation stage to the collection of information, further refinement of the original idea to produce business plan and idea pitching. Student will develop competencies, techniques, and skills about entrepreneurship, set within a reflective and critical approach to study business development in the modern economy.

Project Management

This module covers topics which include project management processes, tools of project management, project resources management, roles and responsibilities of the project manager, project risk assessment, project scheduling, cost estimation and performance analysis, and budgeting.

Final Year Project I

This project is intended to be the culmination of learning undertaken in the Bachelor of BusinessAdministration(Honours) programme through the completion ofan appropriate project and a written project report. The project provides an opportunity for students to define and to manage a self-contained task, which requires the use of cognitive, and project management skills. Students will apply concepts and principles learned in other courses to real situations.

Final Year Project II

This project is intended to be the culmination of learning undertaken in the Bachelor of BusinessAdministration(Honours) programmethrough the completion of an appropriate project and a written project report. The project provides an opportunity for students to define and to manage a self-contained task, which requires the use of cognitive, and project management skills. Students will apply concepts and principles learned in other courses to real situations.

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