Business Studies

Higher Certificate in Business Studies (122 credits)

 

Aim

APPLY NOWThe aim of this programme is to prepare potential business leaders either to develop their own businesses or to improve their basic business skills, based on ethically defendable foundations which will benefit society.

 

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The future does not need calculating managers nor self-centred CEOs. The future asks for inspiring leaders who strengthen the whole organisation and offer value for all relevant parties, rather than just focus on the bottom line.

An educated leader carries a lot of knowledge, many methods, techniques as well as experience in his briefcase. A wise leader puts the right knowledge, the right skills & experience as well as the right people into action at the right moment. The wise leader makes influential, ethical and effective decisions, moving individuals, teams, whole organisations forward with purpose. The wise leader is a Business Leader from Cornerstone!

The aim of the Higher Certificate in Business Studies is to prepare potential leaders either to develop their own businesses or to improve basic business skills, based on ethically defendable foundations to benefit society. In completing this course, you will have enriched your own knowledge, your skills and wisdom in your personal development for the rest of your life, as a leader of people and organisations.

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  • A National Senior Certificate; or National Certificate Vocational (with certificate pass)
  • A Matriculation Certificate or equivalent
  • Mature age of 45 years can be admitted, determined by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) portfolio provided
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  • Via e-learning
  • Full-time: Minimum 1 year
  • Part-time: 1.5 to 4 years
  • Two intakes : January and July

 

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Registered as Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997.

Registration Certificate No.2001/HE08/006. NQF 5; SAQA ID 73349

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R 245 per credit | total credits: 122
Full time: R 29 890
Part time: Cost per credit

 

Modules

 

Leadership Studies

  • Business Ethics (12 credits)
  • Effective Business Communication (12 credits)
  • Personal Development in the Workplace (12 credits)
  • Project Management (12 credits)
  • Introduction to Project Management (6 credits) (for those without an NSC Bachelor pass or higher)

Business Studies

  • Accounting (18 credits)
  • Introduction to Economics (12 credits)
  • Introduction to Industrial Psychology (12 credits)
  • Introduction to Marketing (12 credits)

 

Information Skills

  • Research and Study Skills (Cognician) (4 credits) (for those with NSC bachelor pass or higher)
  • Academic Skills and English (12 credits) (for those with NSC certificate/diploma pass)
  • Business and Information Technology (4 credits)

 

Practical

  • Enterprise Leadership – Business Plan (6 or 12 credits)

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Leadership Studies

Business Ethics (12 credits)

This module is designed to help the student develop a practical understanding of ethical issues in business. An overview of ethical approaches will help students examine and forge their personal worldview related to belief, values and behaviour in the context of current moral, social, environmental and professional issues in business.

Effective Business Communication (12 credits)

This module explores the basic definition and meaning of the concept of communication, and discusses why good communication is important for people in the workplace. Students analyse the different communication processes, discover the elements of successful communication and investigate how these play out at work. In the South African milieu, culture in particular, plays a significant role in communication processes. This module examines the importance of culture in personal and professional contexts, the influences on and of culture and the significance of effective cross-cultural communication. Through this module students will have opportunity to develop and implement their own effective communication skills.

Personal Development in the Workplace (12 credits)

This module explores the theory and practice of leadership in the context of the business as well as faith-based organizations. Attention will be given to issues such as understanding ourselves as leaders in light of Scripture, calling and temperament and our role as stewards of those we lead. Specifically, practical discussions will focus on the internal make-up of leaders, managing change – both internal and external, development of human resources, situational leadership styles and working as a team. The module will focus on helping the student become more self-aware and evaluate their own development priorities.

Project Management (12 credits)

This module is designed to help the student plan bigger undertakings in a systematic way to ensure that the chances of successful implementation are optimised. The project management techniques have become the norm for undertaking bigger projects and initiatives for its thorough and systematic analysis, scheduling and control techniques.

Introduction to Project Management (6 credits) (for those without an NSC bachelor pass or higher)

This module introduces student to project management, identifying systematic ways to managing projects effectively. Students are introduced to the basic concepts and terminology of project management, including project planning, scheduling, resource management, monitoring and evaluation and project life cycles. The module lays the theoretical foundation for project management, with application of the principles through case studies.

Business Studies

Accounting (18 credits)

This module is designed to introduce students to underlying accounting transactions fundamental to completing the financial accounts of a business. The module focuses on the accounting treatment and disclosure of the transactions related to business activity from small businesses to large companies. In addition students will be introduced to value added tax, the analysis and interpretation of financial statements as well as communication and decision making utilising financial information.

Introduction to Economics (12 credits)

The main purpose of this module is to introduce students to the basic concepts of microeconomics and microeconomic theory. After completing this module, students will have a working knowledge of how supply and demand influence prices, production decisions of firms, the behaviour of firms in different market types, and market failures and the role of government intervention in this regard. Finally, students will show a working knowledge of labour and market factors.

Introduction to Industrial Psychology (12 credits)

Industrial Psychology as a discipline is concerned with the application of psychological principles in the workplace deriving from the study of human behaviour in the world of work. This module aims to familiarize students with the foundational components in the diverse fast-growing field of Industrial Psychology. In this introductory course, students will be exposed to contemporary issues in the workplace, current debates in the field and learn why people behave the way they do in organizations. Students will specifically learn about the major theories, models, research techniques and findings of the science of Industrial Psychology in order to develop a holistic understanding of the fundamentals, aims and goals of this field.

Introduction to Marketing (12 credits)

The business leader is required to position the enterprise correctly to attract paying customers to make a profit and thrive. Areas covered include an introduction to strategy, the market management process, marketing action plans, pricing decisions, market segmentation, positioning and the marketing mix. Ethics and Christian principles are integrated into the subject

Information Skills

Research and Study Skills (Cognician) (4 credits) (for those with NSC Bachelor pass or higher only)

This module enables a student to develop their critical thinking ability in order to source and evaluate academic material. Students will understand plagiarism and referencing and learn to write and reference a structured academic paper. This is primarily facilitated through an online programme called Cognician.

Academic Skills and English (12 credits) (for those with NSC Certificate/Diploma pass)

This module concentrates on the skills needed for successful tertiary study. Special attention is paid to listening and reading for comprehension, writing clearly and logically, and giving proper credit to sources utilized. Students will develop these essential skills through exposure to readings and talks, and practise in a supportive environment where they will receive detailed feedback.

Business and Information Technology (4 credits)

This module is designed to help students understand information technology (IT) and how businesses can utilise it to achieve their business objectives.

Practical

Enterprise Leadership – Business Plan (6/12 credits)

This module is a practical application of the business leadership knowledge and skills developed in other modules in this programme. Students will prepare a full business proposal that will enable them to start up or improve the running of a profitable business enterprise, demonstrating sound financial, business and ethical principles.