MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA) – Commenced in May 2014
1. Programme Aims/Purpose
This programme aims at developing a critical awareness and an integrated understanding of organisational management amongst students, as well as their ability to take on leadership and management roles in public, private and not-for-profit organisations of different sizes and structures as managers and business specialists.
2. Programme Rationale
This new programme is replacing the pre-NQF MIB (to be phased-out), and responds directly to the increasing demand for management education in the country.
3. Mode of delivery
The MBA programme will be offered on the part-time mode of study through block-release sessions in accordance with Namibia University of Science and Technology rules.
4. Criteria for admission
In order to be considered for admission to this programme, applicants must:
i. Hold a recognised four-year Bachelor degree from a recognised institution, or an equivalent qualification at NQF Level 8, which must include a
component of supervised research, or a recognised graduate degree with a research component;
ii. Have at least two years appropriate business and managerial experience in a government, corporate, entrepreneurial, or equally relevant setting.
iii. Be employed or self-employed, at the required level,for the duration of the programme;
iv. Applicants will be required to write an admission test based on a simplified analytical skills test modelled in line with internationally recognised Admission Tests to Graduate Management Education GMAT® or computer based tests with similar predictive attributes concerning the applicant’s general aptitude. Additionally, proficiency in English language should be demonstrated at the appropriate level through written assessments under controlled conditions, while applicants may also be required to take part in an interview.
Programme admissions/tests will be administered during December of the current year as well as January and February the following year. Inquiries and to do registration for Admission Tests can be done at email@example.com
Alternatively, where appropriate, applicants are eligible to submit recent Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) results in lieu of the admission test.
i. An evaluation of the applicant’s academic records, other submissions including performance in the admission test and a personal letter providing reasons for wishing to enroll for the MBA will be used for selection.
ii The achievement of a high diversity of prior experiences in different sectors might also be considered as a selection criterion in order to enhance the learning experience of all participants
5. Teaching and Learning strategies
The programme combines coursework (both compulsory and elective courses), and a thesis.
6. Assessment strategies
Students will be assessed through continuous and summative assessments.
These assessments will focus on the achievement of qualification outcomes and take the form of problem solving exercises, individual/group assignments and presentations, case studies, report writing, practical application of skills and competencies, tutorials, practical projects and tests. The writing of the transfer papers and the feedback of their supervisors will prepare the students for their work on the final thesis.
In specific courses that will require the administration of tests in line with AMBA requirements, such tests will be conducted in controlled environments similar to the institutional requirements for examinations.
Tests will carry a weight of 40% in the total course grade with a subminimum of 40% for a pass; the arithmetic mean value of the remaining assessments will be assigned a weight of 60%.
To obtain a final pass mark, a student must attain at least 50% in each course.
The thesis will be assessed in accordance with the Namibia University of Science and Technology's rules for studies at postgraduate level.
7. Programme duration
This programme can be completed in a minimum of 2 years and maximum of 4 years.
8. Transition arrangements
The proposed curriculum for the MBA differs significantly from the curriculum of the modular MIB; hence students who are currently registered on the MIB will not be transitioned to this programme. The MIB will be phased out systematically until 2017 with no disruption to existing students’ learning progression. The last intake for the MIB was in April 2012. The MBA took effect from 2014 and will be phased in completely by 2015.
9. MBA Fees 2016
Fees include textbooks
2016 HP-GSB Fees
10. Requirements for Qualification Award
This qualification will be awarded to students credited with a minimum of 240 credits (all at NQF Level 9), and who have met all qualification requirements as set out in the Namibia University of Science and Technology Rules and Regulations.
11. Programme courses:
Course Code: ISB910M
Course Title: Information Systems Management and Business Communication
Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Evaluate and exploit the high processing speeds, as well as the efficient information retrieval, storage and processing modules of computer systems in contemporary organisations in order to enhance internal and external communication and derive competitive advantage in the market place.
Course Code: SHM910M
Course Title: Strategic Human Resources Management
Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Assess critically how human resource management contributes to long term organisational effectiveness and competitiveness through the development of an integrated knowledge, conceptual framework and tools for dealing with strategic issues of human resources management within an organisation.
Course Code: BEA910M
Course Title: Business Economic Analysis
Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Manage organisations effectively through the critical application of tools of economic analysis to a wide array of business problems, thereby, increasing the business’ competitiveness, profitability and protecting the environment.
Course Code: FRC910M
Course Title: Financial Reporting and Control
Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Evaluate and apply different configurations of financial and managerial accounting systems and concepts to support decision making in business operations, project execution, and investment planning and control for both external and internal users of accounting information.
Course Code: SOM910M
Course Title: Service Operations Management
Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Formulate and implement appropriate management processes to ensure efficient, effective, and quality oriented service operations by matching supply and demand within the organisational operating systems.
Course Code: BLE920M
Course Title: Business Law and Ethics
Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Assess the legal and regulatory environment and its impact on businesses to effectively manage organisations within the legal, political and ethical constraints established by society and enforced by its regulatory agents.
Course Code: VCS521M
Course Title: Marketing and Customer Relationship Management
Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Evaluate the different elements of the marketing mix, and how each contributes toward a strategic approach to marketing, enabling the construction of marketing plans and measurement of their effectiveness and performance.
Course Code: SUS942M
Course Title: Sustainable Strategy
Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Produce a Strategic Formulation Plan for an enterprise by analysing its competitive advantage, determining how value is created though its value chain and formulating its strategic vision, mission and direction.
Course Code: FMA920M
Course Title: Financial Management
Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Evaluate critically the fundamental concepts and theories of modern financial management applied in both national and multinational organisations to enhance and sustain stakeholder value.
Course Code: EPI921M
Course Title: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Evaluate and apply key entrepreneurial skills and methodologies, including market entry strategies and produce a business plan.
Course Code: BPM932M
Course Title: Business Process Management
Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Produce a justified and costed business process improvement plan taking account of the organisational context and the requirements of sustainable change.
Course Code: SUD5442
Course Title: Sustainable Project Management
Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Apply project management competencies that will enable them to implement policies effectively and efficiently in any business context.
Semester 3 and 4
Course Code: BRM910M
Course Title: Business Research Methods and Statistical Analysis
Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Produce a comprehensive research proposal using appropriate research designs through the integration of existing
literature and statistical and non-statistical methods for data presentation, analysis, interpretation and reporting.
Course Code: MTH910M
Course Title: Thesis
Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Design and conduct supervised research, produce a comprehensive thesis to acceptable standards and present it.
Course Code: EPI923M