This programme brief summarises the contents of the Master of Business Administration degree programme and is 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 criteria and duration of study are given in Section 2.0. The programme structure is outlined in Section 3.0.
Today’s life is characterized by globalization, a phenomenon that should be understood as the free movement of goods, services and people across many borders without hindrances. Factors such as religion, culture, race, gender, nationality, trade tariffs and quotas make it difficult for such a movement; however, advances in technology, especially in communications, have helped to advance globalization. The consequence of this is a global village that is characterised by a common taste in the type of goods and services that people consume.
The resultant business environment is highly competitive as many companies and producers vie for the customer. This competition is not localised but has a global character meaning companies can compete on any market through the openness that has come with globalization. This means that in today’s world, competition is not only local but includes foreign players offering the same or similar products and services.
To thrive in this environment, business leaders and entrepreneurs should have an understanding of both local and global issues that affect their businesses. It is against this background that ZCAS University has introduced a tailor-made MBA programme that applies global concepts in a local environment.
The aim of this programme is to equip students with knowledge and skills in order for them to carry out general and specific management functions, both on the local and global marketplace.
By the end of the programme, candidates should be able to:
- demonstrate a thorough grounding in the fundamental theories, concepts, principles and practices of management;
- demonstrate the critical abilities of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and judgement as applied to the management theory, taking into consideration the different cultural and global needs of the business environment;
- evaluate the financial and business performance of organisations, including group companies;
- evaluate and recommend strategies for addressing organisational challenges in the areas of marketing, supply chain, human resources and operations; and
- undertake research to help in solving organisational challenges.
The MBA degree programme is designed to meet the growing demand for well-rounded business practitioners from all fields of specialization. It is intended for the following groups of people:
- university graduates who wish to enhance their business management competences;
- holders of professional qualifications such as CIMA, ACCA, ZIM, ZICA, CIM, CILTS, CFA and CIPS, who wish to enhance their business management competences; and
- any eligible person who wishes to enhance their business management competences.
To qualify for admission to the MBA degree programme an applicant must have any of the following qualifications:
- a degree from a recognised institution; or
- professional qualifications such as CIMA, ACCA, ZIM, ZICA, CIM, CILTS, CFA and CIPS; and
- at least two years post qualification experience in a managerial or professional capacity.
The course of study for the award of the MBA degree shall be completed in a period of not less than 18 months and not more than three years.
Each year of study is divided into two semesters. The courses are structured in such a way that semester one courses are not a pre-requisite of semester two courses in each academic year. The course structure is as shown in Tables 1 and 2 below.
Table 1 Year 1 Courses
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Course Code||Course Title||Course Code||Course Title|
|MBA111||Research Methods||MBA112||Global Strategy|
|MBA121||Global Business||MBA122||International Human Resource Management|
|MBA131||Management Theory||MBA132||Financial & Management Accounting|
Table 2 Year 2 courses
|Course code||Course title|
|MBA211||Operations & Supply Chain Management|
|One elective from:|
|MBA241||Leadership and Ethics|
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