Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – NQF L7

The purpose of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is to master the essentials of organisational value chain management in the prevailing fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0 or 4IR). These essentials include general management, business management, project management, programme management, and supply chain management. The BBA’s distance learning structure allows for maximum flexibility in terms of when and where to study, and is designed to meet the needs of working students. The BBA degree is accredited at NQF Level 7 (360 credits).

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    Momentous changes are occurring in the 4IR environment, and business administration is now more than ever a vibrant and extremely valuable field of study. In the Cranefield BBA programme, students are extensively trained in the 4IR general management functions of leading, creating, implementing and improving. Business management aspects covered include functional management aspects such as finance, operations, marketing, logistics, and human resources that support programme-managed supply chain and project portfolios leading to optimal organisational improvement and performance.

    Cranefield College is an ISO-9001-certified leader in private higher education and selects only the best in terms of highly qualified and experienced lecturers who are at the cutting edge of development in their fields. This ensures that students enjoy first-class tuition and derive maximum practical benefit from their studies and will be in a position to be positively influential in the job market very early in their studies already. Nevertheless, the syllabus carefully guides every student systematically from first-step foundations and into more advanced aspects at the appropriate point in each module of the course. The needs of those who are new to the job market (or have recently matriculated) are accordingly also attentively met.

    BBA graduates are equipped to be leaders in the 4IR economy, but will also have gained a solid foundation for postgraduate studies, through which they could continue to achieve greater heights in terms of developing their expertise. Qualifying students who further their studies through Cranefield may next enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management (completed part-time in nine months) and thereafter for the Master of Commerce in Programme Management (completed part-time in two years, depending on module choices and personal progress). Exceptional students may later in their careers progress all the way to the Cranefield PhD in Commerce and Administration, which signifies the highest level of attainment.

After Completing the BBA degree, students will be able to:

  • Understand the respective responsibilities of leaders and managers operating in the functional and cross-functional processes of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR or Industry 4.0) organisations.
  • Distinguish between functional and cross-functional processes of the 4IR organisational value chain.
  • Apply project management planning and implementation knowledge to deliver innovative projects that are on budget, on time, and of the required quality.
  • Understand the fundamentals of commercial and contract law in order to add value to corporate, business and operations strategy and risk management.
  • Reflect on and optimally apply the 4IR management functions of leading, creating, implementing, and improving to achieve organisational performance.
  • Grasp the important role played by functional departments in providing supportive resources to cross-functional supply chain and project portfolios of the 4IR organisational value chain.
  • Understand how virtual networks of partners are utilised collaboratively to perform non-core activities in business processes of 4IR organisations.
  • Distinguish between marketing and logistics, and grasp the important relationship that exists between these functional organisational departments.
  • Learn to master entrepreneurship and how to plan, implement, monitor and control the entrepreneurial project to ensure success.
  • Apply supplier relationship management with the aim of effectively procuring goods and services required to deliver high-performance supply chain results.
  • Understand the profound importance of programme management in the effective and efficient leading and governing of cross-functional supply chain and project portfolios.
  • Apply programme management and continuous improvement to cope with risk and complexity, and to enhance organisational value chain performance of 4IR organisations for maximum productivity.
  • Modules

    NQF level 7, with 360 credits

    The Bachelor of Business Administration consists of nine modules of 40 credits each.

    The BBA may be commenced in any of the four quarters of the year, with one BBA module being completed per quarter. There are 5 lecture dates per module (09:00 till 12:00).

    BBA Modules:

    Module BB1: Project Planning and Implementation Management
    Module BB2: General Management
    Module BB3: Commercial Law of Contract
    Module BB4: Business Management
    Module BB5: Entrepreneurship and Managing the Entrepreneurial Project
    Module BB6: Marketing and Logistics Management
    Module BB7: Project Management Strategy
    Module BB8: Programme-managing the Value Chain
    Module BB9: Modern Supply Chain Management, OR
    Module BB10: Business Strategy*
    Module BB11: Advanced Business English* (15 credits)(Optional)

    Note: Modules BB1, BB2 and BB3 may be undertaken in any order. Since BB3 is not a prerequisite for any module it may for scheduling purposes be undertaken at any time during the course, but preferably as early as possible.

    Modules BB4, BB5 and BB6 may be undertaken in any order after completion of BB1 and BB2, and are all three prerequisites for module BB7 and beyond.

    *In the standard programme, students will complete BB9 to obtain the BBA degree. The alternative module (BB10) is available only to students who have already completed Module M3 (Supply Chain Quality and Performance Management) at Cranefield College. Existing or past Cranefield students should ask the administration for advice regarding exemption from selected modules. Module BB11 (Advanced Business English) is an optional additional elective that students may take in their final year. Although not compulsory, it is recommended that all students complete this exit-level module for their personal and professional enrichment. Students who have completed this module are able to transfer its fifteen credits to the Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management (in which Advanced Business English is a compulsory module).

  • *Academic Programme Fees

    Registration Fee:
    R 4, 000.00

    Fee per module:
    R 19, 950.00

    PAYMENT OPTION 1: Once-off payment in full (current calendar year)

    R 4, 000.00 + (9 x R 19, 950.00) R 179 550.00 = R 183 550.00

    PAYMENT OPTION 2: Per module over 9 quarters

    R 4, 000.00 + (R 19, 950.00 per module for current calendar year) + (*marginally adjusted fee per module beyond this calendar year)

    *Marginal annual inflation will apply to modules undertaken beyond this calendar year.  

    Note: It is advisable to be employed, and for your employer to sponsor the payment(s) and claim back the fees from the relevant SETA (South Africa).

    Cancellation Fee:
    Contact Cranefield’s Financial Co-ordinator.

    Module Repeat Fee:
    Contact Cranefield’s Financial Co-ordinator.

    Fees may be claimed back from your organisation’s SETA (South Africa).

  • Programme Availability

    The BBA commences every quarter starting in January, April, July, or October. For details please view the Academic Calendar below.

    Learning modules are offered in series, and only one of the nine BBA modules is undertaken at a time per quarter. Note that all lectures are streamed live online globally via Cranefield’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The online system also caters for viewing recordings of all classes afterwards.

  • Accreditation and Certification

    Accreditation:
    The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Supply Chain and Project Management is accredited by the Council on Higher Education at NQF level 7, with 360 credits (consisting of nine modules of 40 credits each). Moreover, the qualification is registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

    Certification:
    The two project management modules (BB1 and BB7) are fully aligned with the USA Project Management Institute’s (PMI) PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) and is an ideal route towards gaining international certification as a PMP (Project Management Professional) and PgMP (Program Management Professional). The modules are also fully aligned with the International Project Management Association’s 4-level certification. Moreover, the two modules are each validated by ECSA for 3 CPD points.

  • Learning Mode

    Cranefield College offers technology-enhanced distance learning. It entails the integration of self-study, live interactive online classes, and recordings of classes online. Cranefield’s learning mode is supported by its online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

  • Class Attendance Requirements

    All modules (live online):

    • Students are encouraged to attend the live online classes. Note that Cranefield operates on a distance learning mode.
    • Moreover, students can also view recordings of lectures online in their own time.

    Live lecture session times and frequency

    Time:
    09h00 – 12h00

    Contact Days:
    Five (5) live interactive online lecture dates per module, spread evenly over the three months duration of each module. For dates see the Academic Calendar below.

  • Entrance Requirements

    A Higher Certificate, or at least a Senior Certificate (‘matric’ or international equivalent), preferably coupled with some work experience. All relevant information and documentation must be submitted to the Registrar (Academic). The following aspects would be advantageous:

    1. Having been employed or active in the community since leaving secondary school.
    2. Have gained some experience in the workplace.
  • General Admission Regulations

    General Admission for all academic programmes:

    • Possession of prescribed qualifications for admission to any learning programme does not automatically qualify a student for registration.
    • The prospective student may be requested to comply with additional requirements such as a special assignment or an oral or written examination.
    • The admission policy is reviewed annually, and the admission requirements from the previous year may not apply.
    • It is the responsibility of prospective students to keep abreast of developments.
    • Because of the nature of the admission procedures, deadlines are enforced strictly.
    • All relevant documentation must be provided by the specified deadlines.
    • Application for any programme implies acceptance by the applicant of the admission policies and procedures.

    Submission of Documents:

    1. Submit a certified copy of your matric certificate, and certified copies of other qualifications you may possess.
    2. Submit a curriculum vitae reflecting any work experience you may have, or projects you may have done.
    1. All documents must be submitted to the Registrar (Academic).

ACADEMIC CALENDAR: BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) comprises nine modules of forty credits each. The programme can be commenced in any of the four quarters of the year as shown in the Academic Calendar below. One module is undertaken per quarter. The Business English modules are optional. A student who chooses to complete a Business English module may do so at the same time as any his or her  forty-credit modules below.

Modules:

Module BB1: Project Planning and Implementation Management
Module BB2: General Management
Module BB3: Commercial Law of Contract
Module BB4: Business Management
Module BB5: Entrepreneurship and Managing the Entrepreneurial Project
Module BB6: Marketing and Logistics Management
Module BB7: Project Management Strategy
Module BB8: Programme-managing the Value Chain
Module BB9: Modern Supply Chain Management, OR
Module BB10: Business Strategy*

Optional Business English Modules:

Module BE1: Business English (10 credits)-(Optional)
Module BE2: Advanced Business English (15 credits)(Optional)

Academic Calendar:

Important Note: The calendar is designed to enable a student to start with BB1 in any quarter of the year and then to continue with a subsequent module in every consecutive quarter thereafter. The administration will advise regarding a personalised study programme to suit your needs. Class dates are as follows:

QUARTERS

MODULES

Q1
2024
Q2
2024
Q3
2024
Q4
2024
BB1 24 Jan
07 Feb
21 Feb
06 Mar
20 Mar
10 Apr
24 Apr
08 May
22 May
12 Jun
10 Jul
24 Jul
14 Aug
28 Aug
18 Sept
02 Oct
16 Oct
30 Oct
13 Nov
04 Dec
BB2 09 Apr
23 Apr
07 May
21 May
11 Jun
02 Oct
16 Oct
30 Oct
13 Nov
04 Dec
BB3 10 Jul
24 Jul
14 Aug
28 Aug
18 Sept
BB4 23 Jan
06 Feb
20 Feb
05 Mar
19 Mar
09 Jul
23 Jul
13 Aug
27 Aug
16 Sept
BB5 09 Apr
23 Apr
07 May
21 May
11 Jun
BB6 18 Jan
01 Feb
15 Feb
29 Feb
14 Mar
BB7 22 Jan
05 Feb
19 Feb
04 Mar
18 Mar
08 Apr
22 Apr
06 May
20 May
10 Jun
08 Jul
22 Jul
12 Aug
26 Aug
16 Sept
30 Sept
14 Oct
28 Oct
11 Nov
02 Dec
BB8 04 Apr
18 Apr
02 May
16 May
06 Jun
03 Oct
17 Oct
31 Oct
14 Nov
05 Dec
BB9 22 Jan
05 Feb
19 Feb
04 Mar
18 Mar
08 Jul
22 Jul
12 Aug
26 Aug
16 Sept
BB10


NOTE
that there are 5 online lecture dates per Module per quarter from 09h00 to 12h00.
Do not hesitate to contact the administration should you require clarification on any of the above.

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Fee Per Module

R 19 950.00

For payment options see “ACADEMIC PROGRAMME FEES” in the menu below Note: Fees may be claimed back from your organisation’s SETA (South Africa)

Payment Options

See “ACADEMIC PROGRAMME FEES”

Classes Per Module

5 live interactive online classes 09H00 – 12H00 RSA time (Greenwich +2)

Live Online-Attendance

Globally

Starts Every Quarter

January
April
July
October

Registration Closes

7 days prior to
starting date

Programme Duration

30 Months