SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE MBA PROGRAMME
- To respond to the needs for trainees/business personnel in the developing world in particular and global needs in general.
- To provide opportunities for business graduates to pursue advance studies in business and to attain qualification for management positions in the business, industrial and institutional operations.
- To train professionals of high moral standing capable of ensuring value-driven provision of services to humanity.
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NB: A thesis and feasibility study are both research-based papers which will be presented for oral examination. The only difference is their focus. A feasibility study is a critical evaluation of the viability of a proposed business. The four functional areas of management (marketing, production and operation, organization and management, and finance) are assessed. The Executive Programme is designed to equip practicing managers with the relevant analytical skills needed to make sound and viable business decisions by the use of logic, analysis, empirical techniques and contextual understanding. This programme is designed to develop the participants existing skills and ability, drawing from their experience in the field of management. Internship Is not required in the Executive Programme because the requirement for admission is 3 years continuous executive experience. The executive programme is a non-academic programme in nature, in that, students are practicing executives. The projects they do in class will suffice in attaining the same objective as practical experience and research.
MODE OF STUDY
Regular Programme Its either Option 1 or Option 2 that requires students to attend sessions for the whole quarter. Block Release – This is for Option 3 which is every April and October. Area of Emphasis The programme offers different areas of emphasis, such as:
- General Management
- Human Resource Management
From area of specialization Thesis/Feasibility Study Writing. For the part-time students, the duration of the programme is between three (3) to seven (7) years with a maximum credit load of 9 credits per semester.
APPLICATION TO THE MBA PROGRAMME
Those who qualify for the MBA Programme must have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university withGPAofatleast3.00onascaleof4.00oritsequivalent,andmusthavepassedtheEntranceExaminations of the School of Business of UEAB. Those who wish to tale the Executive Programme, must have a BBA degree or a graduate of any discipline and have a GPA of 2.75 on a scale of 4.00 or its equivalent and must have served in managerial positions for not less than (3) years. Those with a GPA of 2.50 on a scale of 4.00 or lower second class honors from a recognized university may be admitted on a provisional basis subject to the student maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.00 during the first two semesters of study at UEAB. For the non-business graduates, a maximum of 21 credit-prerequisites are required in addition to the above as assessed and advised: those with CPA (K), CFA CPS (K) or its equivalent qualification, ACCA, CA, but have no undergraduate degree may be admitted into the MBA Executive on;y and will not be allowed to do a thesis/feasibility study, they will be required to acquire an undergraduate degree before being allowed to write a thesis/feasibility study.
The prerequisites/bridging courses shall be distributed as follows: Accounting 8 credit hours (ACCT 111, ACCT 112) Computer 3 credits (INSY 118) Management 6 credits (IGMT 230, MGMT 475)
WRITTEN COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS (WCE) Students are required to take the prescribed WCE (BUAD 690). Students sit for the WCE after all course work is completed. Master of Business Administration (MBA) Curriculum (Regular) Summary
Course Description of Master of Business Administration
BUAD 591 Foundation of Business Administration 3 credits A refresher course that reviews the application of principles, concepts and theories of business administration. This a bridging course between undergraduate and graduate work. It shows to the students, in a nutshell, the relationships and the inter-relationships of economics, marketing management, production and operations management, organization and management, human resource management, human behavior in organization, financial management, accounting and the like. BUAD 592 Quantitative Techniques in Decision-Making 3 credits This course is aimed at equipping the learner with the requisite quantitative skills needed for modern age decision making. It recognized the quantitative nature of modern business decision, and aims to impart skills and competency in using quantitative techniques in decision analysis. BUAD 593 Business Research Methodology 3 credits A study research concepts and methodology relevant to business and industry. Prerequisite: BUAD 592 BUAD 594 Philosophy of Business and Christian Ethics 3 credits The businessman in a free enterprise society often confronts certain conflicts due to his failure to discern and appreciate the cultural and Christian values. This course is designed to help the student understand the philosophy of business based on ethical and biblical standards. Particular attention is paid to the philosophical definitions of business profit and corporate responsibility. BUAD 600 Management Info. and Communication System 3 credits This course is designed to help students learn how to apply information systems in reconfiguring organizations and extended enterprise through the application of e-commerce, Internet and other information technologies for better decision-making and for gaining a competitive advantage. The course also addresses some ethical issues created by the overwhelming influence of IT in every aspect of people’s lives including business, and educational and transactions.
BUAD 601 Consumer Behaviour 3 credits To understand factors that impinge on the complex nature of consumer behavior. It provides students with a thorough knowledge and skills necessary to perform useful consumer analyses in developing effective marketing strategies. Prerequisite: BUAD 591 BUAD 602 Operations and Total Quality Management 3 credits This course aims to equip learners with requisite insights into the complex area of production and total quality management as key components of a successful competitive strategy. It therefore hopes to familiarize learners with the necessary quantitative, qualitative and methodology for identifying and solving production problems and related quality control issues. Prerequisites: BUAD 591 and BUAD 592 BUAD 603 Human Resource Management 3 credits This course deals with a comprehensive study of the essential HRM concepts and techniques for effective management of people and jobs. Prerequisite: BUAD 591 BUAD 604 Financial Management 3 credits The course focuses on investing and financing activities of an organization. It emphasized on the creation of value, the relationships between risk and return and efficient utilization of assets and the alternative sources of funds. It includes presentation and application of the modern principles, concepts, and practices in financial management as it relates to the overall administration of the organization. Prerequisite: BUAD 591 BUAD 605 Managerial Economics 3 credits Emphasizes the economic way of thinking about business decision-making and policy formulation. It aims to show how market forces create both opportunities and constraints for business enterprises. The course therefore will provide students with a solid foundation of economic understanding for use in managerial decision-making. Prerequisite: BUAD 591 BUAD 606 Managerial Accounting and Control 3 credits The course will help students strengthen their ability to process and evaluate accounting information that is useful in management decision-making and financial planning. Emphasis is made on cost analysis, control, and planning. The course will also help students integrate ethical and behavioural considerations in management decision-making, planning and control functions. Prerequisite: BUAD 591
BUAD 607 Legal and Tax Aspects of Business 3 credits An analytical study of the economics, sociological and legal bases of the reciprocal rights and duties of capital and labour, analysis and evaluations of different labour laws and social legislation. It also includes a thorough discussion on taxation issues and updates a thorough discussion on taxations issues and updates in business organizations. It specifically examines the legal environment in which businesses operate and the principles governing taxation of business organizations in Kenya. The course aims to provide students with an awareness of the legal issues that arise in business management and what can be done by business managers in order that legal problems can be avoided and solved. Tax matters relating to business organizations will also be discovered. Prerequisite: BUAD 591 BUAD 611 Strategic Decision Modelling 3 credits A course designed to build and maintain consistent and effective policy framework it develops the ability to analyze top level problems from a vantage point of senior executives working as one to formulate policies pertinent to control operations in line with the objectives of the firm. This will also encourage pro-active and strategic thinking in management of companies. Prerequisite BUAD 591 BUAD 612 International Business Issues and Analysis 3 credits This course aims to introduce the learners to the complex issues of the international business environment and practices and the management practices essential for successful operation in this field. Prerequisite: BUAD 591 BUAD 621 Advanced Financial Accounting 3 credits The primary purpose of the course is to help students develop, interpret and use accounting information intelligently and effectively. It helps students evaluate the accounting principles and practices that are appropriate for specific situations. Prerequisite: BUAD 606
BUAD 622 Accounting Consultancy 3 credits The course focuses of the non-attest services of accountants such as designing accounting systems, providing manual or automated bookkeeping or data processing services, preparing tax returns and developing internal control structures for different kinds of business organizations. Prerequisite: BUAD 606 BUAD 623 Operational and Internal Auditing 3 credits The course will provide students with modern principles, concepts, practices of operational auditing and internal auditing. Emphasis will be given to design and evaluation of internal controls. Prerequisites: BUAD 606 BUAD 641 Leadership 3 credits This course emphasized the need for leadership and how the manager leads considering human behavior and personality, managing horizontally and vertically, and managing change. It also aims to develop leaders to manage effective teams. Prerequisite: BUAD 603 BUAD 642 Corporate Planning 3 credits This is a course designed to help students determine the ling-term goals of a company as a whole and to develop plans designed to achieve these goals considering the probable changes in its environment. Prerequisite: BUAD 591 BUAD 643 Managing Change and Innovation 3 credits A study of the various approaches to organizational changes and transformations in the government machinery taking into account the influence of internal and external factors. This course prepares corporate managers for change, and how to manage change. Prerequisite: BUAD 591 BUAD 661 Motivation and Performance at Work 3 credits This course aim to examine contemporary work motivation theories within a coherent framework and to examine the causes of high performance. This will enable managers to get the best from their employees. Prerequisite: BUAD 603
BUAD 662 Human Resource Development and Career Planning 3 credits This course equips the students with concepts and innovative practices of developing both rank- and-file and executive personnel so that they will contribute more towards the attainment of the company’s goals. The course also examines the concept of career from a variety of perspectives. It considers the process of occupational choice and occupational socialization and different types of career paths. Various ways of representing people’s careers and ways to intervening in career development are discussed. The emphasis throughout is on helping students to understand their own life career development and consider ways in which they can help themselves and others make role transitions. Prerequisite: BUAD 603 BUAD 663 Human Behaviour in Organization 3 credits The study of individual behaviours in the organization with varying motivation, capabilities, and values entering transactional relationships with the organization to work for the achievement of its goals and purpose in return for the organization’s commitment to fulfill the individual’s basic and acquired needs. Prerequisite: BUAD 603 BUAD 681 Thesis/Feasibility Study Writing 6 credits Guided independent research to demonstrate the student’s skills in research procedures and the use of research design. The research process typically includes description of the problem and purpose of the study, limitations/delimitations, literature review, methodology, data presentation and analysis, conclusion and recommendations. Thesis and Feasibility Study are both research-based. The difference is the focus od the study. The focus of a thesis is on the development and advancement of theory while the feasibility study, focuses on the development and evaluation of business proposals. Prerequisite: Completion of all course work BUAD 685 Internship in Business Administration 3 credits Students who have less than 2 years continuous managerial work experience are required to spend up to 240 clock-hours in a business-related internship (spread over a period of 3 months) in a chosen organization with the approval of the department. At the end of the internship the student is required to produce a report about the experience gained and the contribution made to the organization. This course integrates practice and theory. Hence, those that have the required experience are exempted. Prerequisite: Completion of major and foundation courses
NB: In addition to the list above, a student can choose BUAD 611 and any other elective from areas other than their chosen are of emphasis.
Courses from Area of Emphasis