Department of Business Management

PROGRAMME AIMS AND RATIONALE
RATIONALE

The rapid rate of economic growth in Rwanda has positively affected all sectors including business and commerce. This has created high demands for business managers to provide solid foundations for a course in business management. The 2012 skill gap audit conducted by RDB indicated that managerial competences and skills are some of the highly needed skill for economic growth. With the envisaged projected growth in the Rwandan economy for the coming decade(s) there is need for provision of managerial education the nurture skills for to fill the gap. The Bachelor of business management programme with specializations in marketing, finance and accounting provides a multidisciplinary education with options for various career paths. The finance and accounting options provides students the theoretical skills to manage the entire realm of financial manage in an organization. The marketing option nurtures skills required in the increasingly competitive business environment where customers’ satisfaction is increasingly becoming the focus to obtain competitive edge over rivals.

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE BS C. IN IN IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
The programme aims to:
  • To attract students and develop their ability to succeed in life holistically
  • To prepare student on what it means to set up and or manage a business efficiently
  • To produce graduates with the required skills in management, finance, accounting and marketing
  • To make students aware of the importance of the business and commercial sector in an economy
  • Assist students in planning and organizing business enterprises
  • To increase students understanding of what management is, and the use of specific management tools to improve decision-making within a business organization.
  • To expose students to basic accounting for managers and how to analyze and manage the finances of a company

The programme provides opportunities for student to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities such as communication, numerical, analytical practical skills and other attributes. The programme outcomes have been referenced to the Qualification Descriptors for Level 5 (Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours) of the Rwandan National Qualifications Framework for Higher Education. The programme generally will be run on the resources of the faculty of Business, Trade and Investments. However, the programme we shall source assistance from other faculties

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES
A. Subject-specific Knowledge and Understanding
At the end of the programme students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
  • General principles and functions of management required to enable a student critically assess the organizations operational, tactical and strategic position and formulate, implement and appraise the success if various initiatives in the organization
  • Mathematics and statistics relevant to business problems analysis and interpretation
  • Fundamental concepts, principles and theories of management
  • Introduction to principles in accounting, finance, and marketing relevant to business management
  • General knowledge and understanding in the area of management
  • The quantitative models and techniques required to ensure greater efficiency of operations in an organization.
  • The roles of financial institutions in management and the economy.
  • The fundamental principles of accounting, accounting standards and procedures
  • Research and scientific investigation skills and methods required to research, verify and develop new knowledge in the areas of management science
  • The critical role of strategy an its development in management
  • The normative, ethical, legal and governance principles regulating the conduct of business
  • The ICT skills required for more efficient processing, storage and transmission of business information within and outside a company
  • The general principles of processes and systems in organizing and managing a business
  • The principles and practices of starting new businesses
  • The knowledge, skills and attitudes required to carry out economic analysis at the micro and macro level of the economy
B. Cognitive/Intellectual Skills/ Application of Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the programme students should be able to:
  • Transform abstract data into information and use them to create models that may be used to solve business problems
  • Critically assess business problems and identify opportunities for managing or resolving them
  • Collect, present, analyze, evaluate and interpret management and business data using mathematical and statistical tools and computer applications;
  • Identify business problems and propose solutions using sound scientific and management principles
  • Demonstrate ability to design marketing strategies and plans relevant to business
  • Demonstrate techniques, processes and standards used in accounting and financial management
  • Demonstrate skills of manipulating financial data relevant to the financing, operations and evaluation of performance of business projects
  • Observe and record accurately, business data and experimental evidence in the field;
  • Demonstrate ability to identify business risks and techniques to proactively manage them
  • Apply ethical and legal knowledge to the design and operations of businesses
C. Communication/ICT/Numeric/Analytical Techniques and Practical Skills
At the end of the programme students should be able to:
  • Communicate effectively in writing, verbally, and using diagrams and figures
  • Use information technology to present and analyze business and management data and information
  • Use statistical tools to analyze and present data
D. General Transferable Skills
At the end of the programme students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate capacity for self-learning in familiar and unfamiliar situations;
  • Communicate effectively (written, verbal, drawing, sketching etc.)
  • Apply numerical skills appropriate to a practitioner in business management;
  • Competently use of information technology (IT) relevant to the business and management;
  • Work as an effective member of a team.
  • Demonstrate time and resource management skills
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills.

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