Solusi University
P.O. Solusi
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT & MARKETING

Chairperson

Philemon Nyakumbi

MBA, BBA

Lecturers

  • Theresa Mhaka – MBA, PGDE,  BBA
  • Barnold Baidya, A. – PhD, MCom, MBA,  BBA
  • Innocent Sigauke – MBA, MCom, BCom, Grad CE 
  • Marry Mhlanga – MBA, MSc, Bsc 
  • Ntando Tshuma –  MCom, MBA, BCom, Hon, HND, Dip
  • Florence Zimunya – PhD, MBA, BCom, CIS:
  • Phanson Tshuma – MBA, BBA, BEd, Dip, CE: 
  • Mduduzi Sibanda – MBA, BBA
  • Michael Tsukirana – MSc, BCom,HND, ND:
  • Anne Mawere – Mcom, BBA, Dip:
  • Joyline R. Muvezwa –Mcom, BCom Hons:
  • Hope Hogo – MSc, BCom:
  • Letshane Mlalazi – MSc, BCom:

MISSION
The Department of Management and Marketing provides well-balanced and competent human resources to take up careers in organizations, as administrators, managers, leaders, marketing professional, businessmen, entrepreneurs to all sectors of the economy namely: business, government, and non-profit organisations. The major concern of the Department is to produce thinkers, innovators, leaders and doers.
PHILOSOPHY
The department of Management and Marketing is committed to educating and preparing men and women for national and international managerial challenges, as well as the prospect of church leadership. It is determined to equip students with appropriate managerial competence and skills suitable for modern technology environment which enables them to make adequate scientific decisions. The department integrates business ethics with Christian values in all activities.
OBJECTIVES

The Department of Management and Marketing has these objectives for the business student:

  • To prepare students to be academically sound for graduate studies and professional bodies such as MBA, CIS, IPM, and IMM.
  • To develop students’ managerial skills which enable them to meet the organisational challenges and their future careers.
  • To create a sense of managerial responsibility and accountability in the minds of students.
  • To help students harmonise business ethics and Christian values.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

   In modern society individuals such as restaurants’ managers, production managers, marketing managers, shop managers, executive managers, deans, superintendents, ship captains, general managers or strategic managers to name a few, do important work. These individuals may work in different organisations with different goals, but they all have one characteristic in common: they practice management.
    Our society and economy as a whole depend on the goals and services provided by organisations which are managed by individuals with managerial skills. The training of sufficient managers is crucial in terms of a country’s growth and wealth, especially in our society where there is a critical shortage of people with managerial skills.
   The degree is suitable for students who want to follow careers in any sector of the economy as functional managers, general managers or executive managers.
   Professionals such as engineers, accountants, medical practitioners and lawyers need managerial skills to make progress in their respective companies or practices. The degree enables graduates to work as management consultants or to manage their own companies as entrepreneurs.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for admission, a candidate is expected to

  • Have 5 O’ levels including Mathematics.
  • Have at least two ‘A’ Level subjects passed
  • Students with accounting or business studies in O/A Level programme have an added advantage.

For students coming from countries where ‘A’ Levels are not offered, one will be considered for admission if they qualify for entry into university in their home countries. However, if admitted, the students must spend the first year in the Pre-University programme covering the following introductory courses: Introduction to Accounting, Introduction to Business, Fundamental in Information Systems and Personal Finance

The Department accepts a limited number of students based on the Mature Age Examination Entry, and/or professional qualification and related work experience. Generally, the number of such students shall not exceed two percent of the total student enrolment in the Department in a given year (see the section for Mature Age Entrance requirements in this Bulletin).

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for graduation students must have successfully completed the following requirements:

Requirements
Credit Units
General Education 27
Core 48
Concentration 45
Cognates 6
Work Experience 3
BBA MANAGEMENT Total Credits 129
Total Honors Requirement 21
BBA MANAGEMENT Honors Total Credits 150

Management

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN MANAGEMENT DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

CORE COURSES

ACCT 111 - Financial Accounting I A (3 Credits)
Students in this course are introduced to fundamental concepts of financial accounting. Emphasis is placed on understanding the accounting cycle, the content and preparation of the basic financial statements for sole proprietors. Other topics covered are cash handling systems and internal control, accounting for inventory, short-term investments, plant assets, intangible assets, natural resources and long-term liabilities. A study of generally accepted accounting principles, International Accounting Standards (IAS) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is included.
ACCT 112 - Financial Accounting IB (3 Credits)
This is the second part of the course, Financial Accounting I. Topics covered are accounting for long-term liabilities, the issues of incomplete single entry record and cost and management accounting. Students are also introduced to accounting for other forms of business organisations such as partnerships, joint ventures, and manufacturing organisations. Cost and Managerial Accounting concepts are also introduced. Financial planning and control is also introduced by discussing topics such as cash flow statements, and analysis and interpretation of financial statements. All topics are covered based on the provisions of the International Financial Reporting Standards.
ACCT 231 - Management & Cost Accounting I (3 Credits)
The course provides a foundation for supplying detailed records of cost relating to products, operations or functions. It involves the study of cost behavior; determination, accumulation and allocation procedures. It also deals with accounting for the basic elements of costs that is material, labor and overheads as well as Activity–Based Costing (ABC). It discusses in detail the two basic costing systems: Job Order and Process costing and includes accounting for joint and by-products. The course further looks at short run decision making and Break Even Analysis.
ACCT 232 - Management & Cost Accounting II (3 Credits)
The course emphasizes on the internal uses of cost and financial accounting data for planning, control and decision making. As such it involves a detailed study of budgeting process, responsibility accounting and reporting, standard costs and variance analysis, capital expenditure planning and evaluation and alternative choice decisions. Cost-volume-profit relationship, relevant costs and performance evaluation topics are also covered in this course.
ACCT 271 - Accounting Software Packages (3 Credits)
The course is designed to introduce students to accounting software packages such as Sun Accounting, Pastel Accounting and others that are commonly used by the industry. It is a review of all accounting procedures: creating journals, posting to ledger accounts, trial balance extraction, and processing financial statements all done on a computer with hands on experience. The course will have lab periods, which are compulsory.
BSAD 395 - Business Research Methods (3 Credits)
A study of quantitative and qualitative methods and procedures of research in the field of business. Emphasis is placed on topic formulation, problem statement, research design, sampling techniques, methods of data collection, processing and analyzing data, testing of hypotheses, statistical inferences and report writing.
BSAD 398 - Research Project (3 Credits)
All candidates must write a research project as a continuation from MKTG 395 Research Methods/Proposal Writing
ECON 115-Principles of Economics (3 Credits)
Explores the theories currently used to explain how people choose what to consume and produce. This analysis is extended to well-defined groups such as business firms. The course also explores the phenomenon called ‘the market’ with its prices and the way in which people react to them.
FNCE 274 - Financial Management (3 Credits)
The focus of this course is in the area of financial management. We will show managers how to interface with accounting and finance departments, help them to understand how firms meet their financial objectives utilizing financial decision making. This course will also explain financial tools and techniques, which can be used to help firms maximize value by improving decisions relating to capital budgeting, capital structure, and working capital management. This course will deal with a number of related topics, including multinational financial management, risk management, mergers and acquisition.
MGMT 200 - Management Information Systems (3 Credits)
This course provides an examination of management information systems. It focuses on the use and effect of computer information processing in a business environment, with emphasis on business computing equipment, management concerns such as decision support systems, computer security, database management, structured systems analysis and development lifecycle.
MGMT 155 - Principles of Management (3 Credits)
An introduction to the concepts of effective and efficient management of business organisations. The primary emphasis includes the history and development of management thought, functions of management, organization, leadership & motivation, controlling, budgeting & non – budgetary controls .
MKTG 166 - Entrepreneurship (3 Credits)
The course provides an understanding of entrepreneurship in individuals, environmental assessment, and preparation for new entrepreneurship ventures. Furthermore, it enables students to develop and implement an effective business plan; evaluation of entrepreneurial opportunities, structuring and legal issues associated with new business ventures, knowledge in start-up financing, organizing, marketing and managing of entrepreneurship.
MGMT 241 - Business Law I (3 Credits)
The course looks at Mercantile Law. It is intended to familiarize students with the basic laws that cover contracts, sales partnerships, negotiable instruments, bailments, sureties, and bankruptcies.
MGMT 242 - Business Law II (3 Credits)
This course is a company law intended to familiarize students with the basic laws that cover the nature and classification of companies, promotion and formation of companies, Memorandum of and Articles of Association, membership, share, dividends, share capital, winding and amalgamation.
MGMT 380 - Business Ethics & Corporate Governance (3 Credits)
This course explores corporate governance as an important theme found in the strategic management and corporate finance literature, as well as its practical implications for both public policy and financial market functions. It will cover the following: the conflict between managers and shareholders, agency ownership and agency theory, inside ownership, family ownership, pyramidal ownership and business groups, and enlarging the stakeholder perspective..
MKTG 126 - Principles of Marketing (3 Credits)
This course covers a general survey of the major marketing methods, techniques, institutions and practices, examined from the viewpoint of their effects on the exchange of processes involved in moving goods from producers to ultimate consumers, creation, analysis and maintenance of market.

CONCENTRATION COURSES

ACCT 261 - Tax Law & Practice I (3 Credits)
The course introduces students to the current law relating to taxation in Zimbabwe and its practical application in determining the source of gross income. It also involves the calculation of taxable income and tax payable for individuals, proprietors and farming operations.
ACCT 262 - Tax Law & Practice II (3 Credits)
The course builds on the knowledge attained in Taxation I. It continues to expose the students to taxation of partnership, companies, miners, trusts and estates according to the Zimbabwe INCOME Tax Act. The course also includes the study and application of the Capital Gains Act, Estate Duty Act, and Value Added Tax (VAT.
FNCE 265 - Money & Banking (3 Credits)
A study of commercial banking, the operation and control of the banking system, and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. Central banking system of selected African countries are discussed, as well as money and credit in circulation, and the effect of monetary policies.
FNCE 285 - Investment & Portfolio Management (3 Credits)
A study of the techniques, vehicles and strategies for implementing investment goals in light of risk-return trade-offs. Key factors that determine the composition of the individual or the institutional portfolio are emphasized. Also included are theories and techniques for the management of portfolios with emphasis on the portfolio manager’s role in diversification, and meeting investor’s goals, risk evaluation, and portfolio analysis.
MGMT 265 - International Business Environment (3 Credits)
A survey of the international Business Environment that includes trade theories, exchange and finances, economic relations among nations, environmental factors that affect international business operations, and special problems encountered by executives in the management of international business operation. Topics of study include international trade and trade restrictions, the balance of payments (BOP), the instrumental monetary systems, relations with host government, multinational operations such as organizing, marketing, personnel and financial management are also included.
MGMT 275 - Management For Non-Profit Organisations (3 Credits)
The course is a study and evaluation of the policies and problems unique to non-profit organisational behaviour, and design concepts with specific attention to denominational organisations such as hospitals, schools, clubs and churches. Case studies are considered.
MGMT 286 - Insurance & Risk Management (3 Credits)
A study of different types, sources and causes of both business and personnel risks; and how to eliminate/minimize or avoid risks. The course covers topics on risks sharing, risk passing in insurance companies and other agencies. The importance of sound insurance and risk management, and government regulations on insurance/risk management are also emphasized.
MGMT 315 - Organizational Behavior (3 Credits)
This course investigates the impact of leadership and empowerment, decision making, individual and interpersonal behaviour and group behaviour in organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Topics like managing change, organizational culture, stress and counselling and other emerging aspects of organizational behaviour are also discussed.
MKTG 325 - Service Marketing (3 Credits)
This course is an examination of the meaning and role of marketing concepts and tools in non-profit institutions such as hospitals, schools and universities, public agencies, foundations, and churches. The role of activities such as marketing research, product development, pricing, advertising, personal selling, and marketing control are examined in the non-profit sector.
MGMT 340 - Material Acquisition & Control (3 Credits)
This is a study of materials handling, from the determination of needs, selection of suppliers, purchasing and procurement, transportation, receiving, inspection and storage, to issuing for manufacturing, and sales inventory. The use of scientific method in material management is an advantage as far as modern technology is concerned.
MGMT 346 - Industrial & personnel Psychology (3 Credits)
This course enable students to analyse the psychological aspects of individual differences, working conditions, accident prevention, human engineering and industrial mental health, and how these contribute to efficiency and effectiveness.
MGMT 350 - Personnel Law (3 Credits)
A study and application of legislation on Personnel and Labor Relations Law. The Zimbabwe Labor Relations Act is the term of Reference.
MGMT 360 - Production & Operation Management(3 Credits)
The course allows for the analysis of problems and issues faced by production and operation managers in manufacturing and service industries. Concepts and techniques covered include merchandising, scheduling, production and capacity planning, quality control, plant layout, facility location, line balancing, queue analysis, production and controls, forecasting, and linear programming.
MGMT 385 - Human Resources Management (3 Credits)
This is a study of both job and people management. Topics covered will include; job analysis, design and evaluation. People management will include human resource planning, recruitment, selection, placement, performance appraisals, training and development, supervision, motivation, compensation, pensions, grievances, disciplinary actions and labour relations.
MGMT 396 - Strategic Management (3 Credits)
This course enables the students to develop, and fine tune skills in the analysis of strategic and organisational problems and issues. Strategic Management is concerned with those aspects of general management that have material effects on the survival and success of business enterprises. This essentially means that any problem or opportunity – accounting, marketing, finance, production, organisation, or personnel – if it materially affects a film’s performance, then it is a strategic concern. Thus, this course is necessarily integrative and interdisciplinary.

COGNATE COURSES

MATH 182 - Business Calculus (3 Credits)
This is an introduction to calculus of functions of one variable including finding extreme; partial derivatives; applications of continuous random variables and multivariate calculus.
STAT 285 - Statistical Methods I (3 Credits)
This is a study of basic descriptive and inferential statistics, including probability distributions, simple linear regression, statistical inference involving the binomial, normal, t, F and Chi-Square distributions.
BSIA 400 - Industrial Attachment (January to August) (3 Credits)
Students enrolled in the department of Finance are required to have a practical experience in their related field of study. The main objective of the attachment program is to provide practical experience in the area of study and develop abilities to apply theory to practice.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

Behaviour Development
CONV 111-412: CONVOCATION (0 Credits)
ORIE 100: ORIENTATION (0 Credits)
WOED 121-122: WORK EDUCATION (0 Credits)
Health and Physical Education
PHED 116: Physical Education (2 Credits)
HLED 115: Healthier Living (2 Credits)
Mathematics
MATH 181: Business Algebra (3 Credits)
Languages Communication
COMM 102: Communication Skills and Academic Writing (3 Credits)
Natural & Social Sciences
BIOL 389: Philosophical Biology (2 Credits)
HIST 276: Selected Themes in Zimbabwean History (2 Credits)
Computers
INSY 115: Computer Concepts & Applications(3 Credits)
Ethics and Philosophy
RELT 105: Christian Beliefs (3 Credits)
RELB 180: Studies in the Gospels (3 Credits)
RELH 360: Seventh-day Adventist Heritage (2 Credits)
RELT 215: Philosophy of Christian Education (2 Credits)