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Structure and content

Learn while you earn
This is a learn-while-you-earn programme. The modular and blended learning formats allow you to study while you work without infringing too much upon your work obligations. It also allows you to start applying your newly acquired skills in your workplace right from the start.

Flexibility
The programme allows for flexibility in various ways. It combines classroom delivery with online delivery, offering students the option of mixed learning or blended learning (see below). It also offers students a choice between hardcopy (printed) books and e-books, which may reduce the cost of books for students.

Choose the format that works best for you
You may opt to attend all the classes on the USB campus in northern Cape Town, or you may opt to combine the class contact sessions with online delivery modes.

All students need to attend the first block (orientation) and the last block (electives) on the USB campus. The classes in between, i.e. from February to October, are presented on campus as well as online on Tuesday afternoons (from 16:00 till 20:00), giving students the option to attend on-campus classes or to watch live-streamed classes online from wherever they are.

Students can choose to do the Tuesday afternoon classes in one of the following ways:
• On campus at USB (residential delivery) OR
• Online with web-based support (blended delivery) OR
• A combination of on-campus sessions and online learning (mixed delivery).

The blended delivery option opens up access to students from elsewhere in South Africa, from other African countries and even further afield. If you do the Tuesday afternoon classes through online studies, you only need to travel to USB twice during the year, which lowers the opportunity cost to obtain this postgraduate diploma.

The duration of the programme is one year for all modes of delivery.


Modules and electives

The programme is structured into 12 core modules (compulsory) and 3 electives (choose 3 out of 4 electives on offer):

 

Id

Core modules


Credits

Notes

1

Digital Quotient

8

Resident only, done during orientation block

2

Economics for Managers

8

Part of 15% MBA credits

3

Entrepreneurship

8

Resident or Online

4

Human Capital Management

8

Part of 15% MBA credits

5

Innovation Management

8

Resident or Online

6

Managerial Accounting

8

Part of 15% MBA credits

7

Managerial Statistics

8

Part of 15% MBA credits

8

Information Systems Principles

8

Resident or Online

9

Marketing Management

8

Resident or Online

10

Principles of Operations

8

Resident or Online

11

Sustainable Enterprise

8

Resident or Online

12

Systems Methods

8

Resident or Online

Id

Electives

Credits

Notes

E1

Futures Studies (Elective option 1)

8

Resident only, done during elective block

E2

Manager as Coach (Elective option 2)

8

Resident only, done during elective block

E3

*Project Management (Elective option 3)

16

Resident only, done during elective block

E4

Risk Management (Elective option 4)

8

Resident only, done during elective block


 

*Note: The Project Management elective has a weighting of 16 credits, which is equal to two of the other electives. Students who choose this elective only need to select one other elective.

More information about the core modules and electives


 

Specialisation option: Higher Education Management
The need to professionalise Higher Education Management – particularly Student Affairs, Institutional Planning and Enrolment, Internationalisation, Academic Administration, Alumni and Advancement Marketing – is widely recognised as a means to impact student and higher education success. USB has responded to this need by designing a PGD BMA specialisation stream in Higher Education Management.


 

This specialisation stream equips middle and senior managers in Higher Education with a thorough understanding of the theories, frameworks and challenges inherent to higher education in South Africa and in Africa in order to strengthen management and leadership in this field.​

This stream is only presented in the Blended Learning format.


 

PGD BMA (Generalist and Specialisation)

Blended Learning format

2 on-campus blocks + weekly real-time online or on-campus blocks spread over 1 year

1 orientation block (6 days)

on campus

Core modules: Tuesdays​ from 16:00 till 20:00, February – November

online* or on campus​​

1 electives block (6 days)

on campus

* The mobile app or browser-based online classes are delivered synchronously with the on-campus classes. Students can follow the classes on any online device from anywhere in the world. This enables them to actively take part in classroom and group discussions.

PGD BMA (Generalist)

Modular format

5 on-campus blo​cks (6 days each) spread over 1 year​


 

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