Bachelor of Commerce with Education

Application & Registration Closing Date: 9th February 2018

START:
12th February 2018
DURATION:
4 Years on FT and 5.5 Years on PT/DE
ID:
BCE

1.0 INTRODUCTION

This programme brief summarises the contents of the Bachelor of Commerce with Education (BCO) degree programme and is accordingly structured as follows. The programme rationale, aim, objectives and target group are outlined in Sub-sections 1.1 to 1.4 respectively, while the admission, grading and award criteria are given in Section 2.0. Sections 3.0 – 5.0 describe the course assessment, exemptions policy and course codes respectively. The programme structure is outlined in Section 6.0.

1.1 RATIONALE

The modern and observable trends in commerce and industry, education and technology sectors strongly point to the need to produce qualified personnel with concentrated, yet diverse competencies to meet the challenging and unstructured landscapes of human endeavours today. Whereas specialisations in a particular field appear relevant and essential, graduates with a combination of expertise gained in more than one domain of learning stand the unchallengeable advantage to be preferred for recruitment in the public and private sectors of service or business.

1.2 AIM

To permit candidates obtain an academic qualification that adequately equips them with cutting-edge knowledge, competencies and skills to assume job responsibilities either in Commerce or in the Educational sector. This dimension is a central and unique feature of the Bachelor of Commerce with Education, its strength and flexibility.

1.3 OBJECTIVES

To produce well-trained graduates who can proficiently and knowledgeably undertake careers in commerce or occupations in teaching and administrative responsibilities in the education industry.

1.4 TARGET GROUP

This programme is targeted at the following groups of people:

  1. secondary school leavers who have attained the minimum qualifications for university admission and who wish to start a career in Commerce and Education;

  2. individuals who wish to advance their careers in commerce and the educational sectors

  3. officials responsible for educational management or administration
  4. Civil Servants in the Government departments
  5. School principals and heads interested in capacity building

2.0 ADMISSION, GRADING AND AWARD CRITERIA

2.1 ADMISSION CRITERIA

Generally admissions will be weighed on the basis of a variety of acceptance criteria related to an applicant’s academic potential and background. To qualify for admission to the BCO degree programme an applicant must have any of the following qualifications:

  1. five credits at ‘O’ Level including English and Mathematics;

  2. at least three ‘A’ level passes including Mathematics or equivalent;

  3. any degree from a recognised institution; and

2.2 REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE AWARD OF BACHELOR OF COMMERCE WITH EDUCATION DEGREE

2.2.1 Duration of study

The course of study for the award of the BCO degree shall be completed in a period of:

  1. not less than four and not more than six academic years in the case of full time students;

  2. not less than five and not more than seven academic years in the case of evening students;

  3. not less than four and not more than seven academic years in the case of distance education students;

  4. not less than five and not more than seven academic years in the case of part time students;

  5. provided that for top-up degrees, the duration may be shorter, but not less than one year.

2.2.2 Student progression

A programme of study shall be taken in the sequence approved by the ZCAS University Senate.

Full time students

A full-time student shall register for and take four courses in any semester of the academic year; provided that a student may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to take one additional course whether carried over from the previous academic year or additional in any one semester.

A full time student who passes all the courses taken during the academic year of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next level of study.

A full time student who fails in one course in any academic year may be permitted to proceed to the next level of study; provided that the student repeats the course at the first available opportunity.

A full time student who fails some or all of the courses in the first semester of an academic year shall be allowed to proceed to the second semester courses; provided the student repeats the failed course at the first available opportunity.

A full time student who fails some or all of the courses in the second semester of an academic year shall be required to repeat those courses before proceeding to the next level of study, provided that the student has passed the first semester courses.

A full time student who fails all the courses in any academic year shall be excluded.

A full time student who fails a course twice is subject to exclusion; provided that, subject to successful appeal, the student may be permitted to repeat the course for the third and final time.

Exclusion is applicable in compliance with the preceding regulations in any academic year of study including the final year.

Evening students

  1. An evening student shall register for and take three courses each semester; provided that a student may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to take one additional course whether carried over from the previous academic year or additional in any one semester.

  2. An evening student who passes all the courses taken during the academic year of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next level courses.

  3. An evening student who fails in one course in any academic year may be permitted to proceed to the next level courses; provided that the student repeats the course at the first available opportunity.

  4. An evening student who fails some or all of the courses in the first semester of an academic year shall be allowed to proceed to the second semester courses; provided the student repeats the failed courses at the first available opportunity.

  5. An evening student who fails some or all of the courses in the second semester of an academic year shall be required to repeat those courses before proceeding to the next level of study, provided that the student has passed the first semester courses.

  6. An evening student who fails all the courses in any academic year shall be excluded.

  7. An evening student who fails a course twice is subject to exclusion; provided that, subject to successful appeal, the student may be permitted to repeat the course for the third and final time.

  8. Exclusion is applicable in compliance with the preceding regulations in any year of study including the final year.

Distance Education students

  1. A distance education student shall register for and take a minimum of three courses and a maximum of four courses each semester; provided that a student may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to take one additional course whether carried over from the previous academic year or additional in any one semester.

  2. A distance education student who passes all the courses taken during the academic year of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next level courses.

  3. A distance education student who fails in one course in any academic year may be permitted to proceed to next level courses; provided that the student repeats the course at the first available opportunity.

  4. A distance education student who fails some or all of the courses in the first semester of an academic year shall be allowed to proceed to the second semester courses; provided the student repeats the failed courses at the first available opportunity.

  5. A distance education student who fails some or all of the courses in the second semester of an academic year shall be required to repeat those courses before proceeding to the next level of study, provided that the student has passed the first semester courses.

  6. A distance education student who fails all the courses in any academic year shall be excluded.

  7. A distance education student who fails a course twice is subject to exclusion; provided that, subject to successful appeal, the student may be permitted to repeat the course for the third and final time.

  8. Exclusion is applicable in compliance with the preceding regulations in any year of study including the final year.

Part Time students

  1. A part time student shall register for and take not more than three courses in any semester of the academic year.

  2. A part time student who passes all the courses taken during the academic year of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next level courses.

  3. A part time student who fails in one course in any academic year may be permitted to proceed to the next level courses; provided that the student repeats the course at the first available opportunity.

  4. A part time student who fails some or all of the courses in the first semester of an academic year shall be allowed to proceed to the second semester courses; provided the student repeats the failed courses at the first available opportunity.

  5. A part time student who fails some or all of the courses in the second semester of an academic year shall be required to repeat those courses before proceeding to the next level of study, provided that the student has passed the first semester courses.

  6. A part time student who fails all the courses in any academic year shall be excluded.

  7. A part time student who fails a course twice is subject to exclusion; provided that, subject to successful appeal, the student may be permitted to repeat the course for the third and final time.

  8. Exclusion is applicable in compliance with the preceding regulations in any year of study including the final year.

    1. Deferred and supplementary examinations

      1. Deferred Examinations

A student who is unable to attempt a scheduled assessment may be awarded a deferred assessment subject to a successful application based on extenuating circumstances. A deferred assessment shall be graded normally, i.e. the student shall be awarded the actual mark obtained in the assessment or a final grade of between D and A+ in the course.

      1. Supplementary examinations

A student who has failed a course with a D+ grade may be awarded a supplementary examination in the failed course, provided that the student has passed the continuous assessment for that course. Supplementary examinations may be awarded in up to two courses in any semester of an academic year. A supplementary examination is marked on a pass/fail basis.

  1. COURSE ASSESSMENT AND GRADING

3.1 COURSE ASSESSMENT

In all the courses listed (except for BDF421 Research Methods and BDF442 Dissertation), the distribution of marks shall be as follows:

Continuous assessment 40%

1 test 30%

1 assignment 10%

Final examination 60%

Total 100%

The one test and final examination shall consist of one examination paper in each of the courses listed (except for the BDF421 Research Methods and BDF442 Dissertation) and shall normally be of two hours and three hours duration respectively.

    1. GRADING

To be eligible for the award of the BDF degree, a student must have:

  1. Passed all the 32 Courses.

  2. Adhered to the requisite course combinations in each semester.

In the grading of final examination results, the following scale will apply:

Pass grades

A+ Distinction (86% and above)

A Distinction (76% – 85%)

B+ Meritorious (66% – 75%)

B Very Satisfactory (56% – 65%)

C+ Definite Pass (46% – 55%)

C Bare Pass (40% – 45%)

S Satisfactory, pass in a practical course

P Pass in a supplementary examination

Fail grades

D+ Bare Fail (35% – 39%)

D Definite Fail (34% and below)

F Fail in a supplementary examination

U Unsatisfactory, fail in a practical course

NE No examination taken

WD Was withdrawn from the course with unsatisfactory academic progress – recorded where a student has not completed the required level of course work after a warning from the Head of Programme and/or the Director Academic Studies/Dean of School. The Director Academic Studies/Dean of School has withdrawn the student from the course before the examination.

LT Left the course during the semester without permission

DQ Was disqualified in a course by Senate

DR Was de-registered for failure to pay fees

RS To re-sit the course examination only – recorded where a student is allowed by Senate to re-sit the final semester examination in the course, and to carry over the previous course work assessment.

3.3 CLASSIFICATION OF THE DEGREE

  1. In calculating the grade of the degree, the following points shall be applied to the grades obtained.

    1. A+ 2.5 points

    2. A 2.0 points

    3. B+ 1.5 points

    4. B 1.0 point

    5. C+ 0.5 point

    6. C 0 point

  2. The grading of the BDF degree is based on all grades obtained in the last two years (i.e. 16 courses). No points are awarded where a course has been repeated.

  3. The points for classification of the degree shall be as follows:

Distinction 28 – 40 points

Merit 20 – 27.5 points

Credit 12 – 19.5 points

Pass 0 – 11.5 points

4.0 EXEMPTIONS (ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING)

  1. A student who has, prior to admission to the BDF attended, whether at ZCAS University or elsewhere, courses of instruction and passed examinations equivalent in standard to courses and examinations which form part of the programme of study may, subject to approval, be exempted from attendance of classes and examinations in those courses. Exemptions will apply to candidates in possession of specific professional qualifications, while for all other candidates, exemptions will be granted on a case by case basis.

  2. No exemptions are available in respect of third and fourth year courses regardless of the candidate’s qualifications.

5.0 COURSE CODES

The letters of the course codes are an abbreviation of the name of the programme while the first digit stands for the year of study. The second digit is the serial number of the course in the semester and the last digit indicates whether it is a first/second semester course. For example, BCO321 means a BCO third year course, course number two offered in the first semester.

6.0 COURSE STRUCTURE

Each year of study will be divided into two semesters. The course structure is as shown in Tables 1 to 4 below.

Table 1 Year 1 Courses

Semester 1

Semester 2

BCO111

Academic Writing

BCO112

Introduction to Economics

BCO121

Introduction to Sociology

BCO122

Principles of Accounting

BCO131

Introduction to Law

BCO132

Introduction to Quantitative Methods

BCO141

Introduction to Management

BCO142

Developments in Education

Table 2 Year 2 Courses

Semester 1

Semester 2

BCO211

Educational Management and Governance

BCO212

Curriculum Design and Development

BCO221

Business Statistics

BCO222

Strategic HR Management

BCO231

Business and Corporate Law

BCO232

Cost and Management Accounting

BCO241

Strategies for Effective Teaching

BCO242

E-business Management

Table 3 Year 3 Courses

Semester 1

Semester 2

BCO311

Project Management

BCO312

Financial Management

BCO321

Pedagogy and Evaluation

BCO322

Psychology and Counselling

BCO331

Managing Strategic Risk

BCO332

International Business Management

BCO341

Organizational Management

BCO342

Special Needs Education

Table 4 Year 4 Courses

Semester 1

Semester 2

BCO411

Critical Thinking Skills

BCO412

Public Finance

BCO421

Problem Solving Techniques

BCO422

Strategic Management

BCO431

Leadership and Organizational Behaviour

BCO432

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

BCO441

Dissertation

BCO442

Dissertation

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