BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Programme Aims and Objectives

Introduction

Rationale

Public procurement generally concerns the purchase and procurement of works, goods and services from contractors and vendors in a transparent and competitive bidding process or the public entities and quasi government entities. The use of public procurement policies as a social justice vehicle is a modern development in government contract agreements. Governments have used public procurement to achieve socio-economic or political goals in at least five ways:

  • To stimulate national economic activity;
  • To protect against foreign competition;
  • To improve competition in certain economic sectors;
  • To drive innovation in a particular area of technology
  • To remedy regional disparities; and
  • To achieve specific social policy goals.

Therefore, there is need for specialized competencies in the management of public resources through public procurement in order to achieve the above stated goals. It should be noted that public procurement consumes over 60 percent of government revenues in form of spend on works, services, goods and utilities and currently Zambia needs capacity in this area.

Aims of the programme

The aim of the programme is to develop a range of technical and transferable soft skills to equip students with knowledge, skills and required attributes to enable them effectively and competently procure, store and monitor goods, services and works of varying degrees of complexity and value on behalf of the government and government agencies..

Objectives of the programme

  • To be a stimulating academic experience engendering an understanding of the complex and subtle relationships at play in Public Procurement Environments.
  • To provide a framework in which to broaden, deepen, extend and apply knowledge and understanding and enable the learner to creatively review, develop, synthesize, resolve and critically evaluate and address any Public Procurement Challenge in the Business Environment

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PROGRAMME DETAILS

YEAR 1

  • BSP 110: PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS

     Study and Methodology of Economics

    Central Problems of Economics

    Consumer behavior

    Demand and Supply

    Demand

    Supply

    Equilibrium Price Determination

    The theory of production and cost

    Market Structures

    Business Organizations

    National income and product

    Determinants of planned expenditure

    Money, interest rates and monetary policy

    Fiscal policy

  • BSP 120: BASIC FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

    Unit 1: INTRODUCTION

    Unit 2: ACCOUNTING MODEL, RECORDING TRANSACTIONS, REPORTING RESULTS

    Unit3: YEAR-END ADJUSTMENTS

    Unit 4: MANUFACTURING ACCOUNTS

    Unit5: INCOMPLETE RECORDS

    Unit 6: INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNTS

    Unit7: INTRODUCTION TO PARTNERSHIP ACCOUNTS (Partnership Act 1890)

    Unit8: INTRODUCTION TO THE ACCOUNTS OF LIMITED COMPANIES

    Unit9: USES AND INTERPRETATION OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

     
  • BSP 140: BUSINESS MATHEMATICS

    NON CALCULUS EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES FUNCTIONS AND GRAPHS TYPES OF FUNCTIONS The Straight line and Applications Simultaneous Equations Non-Linear functions and Applications MATRIX ALGEBRA MATHEMATIC OF FINANCE CALCULUS Limits and Continuity Differentiation Curve Sketching Differentiation and Applications Multi-Variable Calculus Integration and Application First and Second Order Differential Equations
  • BSP 150: PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT

    The concept of an Organization:

    Historical Overview of management

    Conceptual framework of Management

    Management Functions:  Planning

    Organizing

    Motivation and Leadership

    Control

    Issues in Management.

     
  • BSP 151: BUSINESS COMMUNICATION

    The communications process:

    Study and  learning  guide.

    Effective writing:

    Report writing:

    Effective speaking:

    Effective meeting:

    Job seeking skills:

  • BS 153: BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

    BUSINESS AS A SYSTEM

    Adaptation

    Favourability Influence

    Domain Shifts

    ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT AND BUSINESS

    Socio-economic systems:

    Analysis of Economic Environment

    Socio-economic Changes to Business

    DEMOGRAHIC ENVIRONMENT AND BUSINESS

    Household changes

    Mobility

    SOCIO-ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT AND BUSINESS

    THE CHRONOGICAL/TECHNOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT & BUSINESS

    Enhancement of technological growth

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND BUSINESS

    POLITICAL (GOVERNMENT) ENVIRONMENT & BUSINESS

    BUSINESS ETHICS, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND LEGAL COMPLIANCE

    Social Responsibility

    BUSINESS AND ITS VARIOUS PUBLICS

    SOCIETY AND MULTINATIONAL BUSINESS

    The nature of MNCs, Benefits to a host nation

    Costs to a host nation

    Cost versus benefits

     

YEAR 2

  • BSP 210 MACROECONOMIC THEORY

    Unit 1:  Macroeconomics and Macroeconomics Goals

    Unit 2:  An introduction to macroeconomics – and National Income accounting

    Unit 3:  Models of equilibrium income determinations

    Unit 4: The three-sector model-introduction of government spending and taxation (fiscal policy).

    Unit 5:  The Four-Sector Model:  Introduction Of International Trade

    Unit 6:  Money and Banking

    Unit 7:  ISLM Analysis

    Unit 8:  Inflation

    Unit 9:  Unemployment

    Unit 10:  The Open Economy

    Unit 11: Economic  Growth and Development

    Unit 12: Business Cycles

     
  • BSP 222: COST AND MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING

    1. Introduction to cost accounting
    2. Cost Accounting terms
    3. Classification of Costs
    4. Cost behavior
    5. Accounting for elements of cost
    6. Accounting for labor
    7. Information for decision making
    8. Marginal Vs Absorption Costing
    9. Activity Based Costing (ABC)
    10. Standard Costing and variance Analysis
    11. Cost- Volume- Profit (C-V-P) Analysis
    12. Job and Batch Costing
    13. Contract Costing
    14. Operation and service costing
    15. Process Costing
    16. Further Aspects of Process Costing
    17. Budgets and Budgetary Control
  • BSP 244: STATISTICS

    Descriptive statistics:

    Basic  concepts  of  probability.

    Discrete and  continuous  random  variables

    Importance of the normal distribution.

    Sampling theory,

    Estimation theory

    Hypothesis testing:

    Regression analysis:

    Time Series:

    Chi square as a test of independence

    Non parametric methods:

    Decision  theory:

  • BSP 255 PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT (HALF COURSE)

    Unit 1: Introduction and Overview

    Unit 2: Programme Management Principles

    Unit 3: Programme Management lifecycle

    Unit 4: Programme Management Frameworks

    Unit 5: Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement

    Unit 6: Programme Reporting

    Unit 7: Portfolio Management

    Unit 8: Programme Risk and Quality Management

     
  • BSP 256: Project Management

    Unit 1: Introduction to Project Management

    Unit 2: Project Leadership and Roles

    Unit 3: Project Management Methodology

    Unit 4: Project Selection and Appraisal Techniques

    Unit 5: Resourcing for Projects

    Unit 6: Project Budgeting and Estimation

    Unit 7: Cash Flow Analysis

    Unit 8: Project Planning, Monitoring, Control and Evaluation

    Unit 9: Project Risk Management

    Unit 10: Project Communication

    Unit 11: Project Closure

    Unit 12: Case Studies

  • BSP 261 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING (Half Course)

    1. Introduction and Organisation
    1. Marketing Management
    1. Marketing Decision
    1. Analysing Consumer Markets and Buyer Behaviour
    1. Management Marketing Channels
    1. Designing Pricing Strategies and Programmes
    1. Managing Advertising, Sales Promotion and Public Relations
    1. Managing the Sales Force
    1. Dealing with Competition
  • BSP 257 Safety Health and Environmental Management

    1.0  GENERAL INTRODUCTION

    2.0  AN INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH AND SAFETY LAW

    3.0  RISK ASSESSMENT

    4.0  GENERAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT

    5.0  SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS

    6.0  HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES

    7.0  OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

    8.0  MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT

    9.0  MANUAL HANDLING

    10.0  ELECTRICITY AT WORK

    12.0   FIRE

    13.0  ACCIDENTS AND EMERGENCIES

    14.0 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK (ISO 14000, GREEN GLOBE, ETC)

YEAR 3

  • BSP 324 INVESTMENT AND PORTFOLIO ANALYSIS

    INTRODUCTION

    THE ORGANISATION AND FUNCTIONS: FINANCIAL MARKETS

    EFFICIENT CAPITAL MARKETS (ECM)

    CAPITAL ASSET PRICING MODEL (CAPM)

    SOURCES OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION

    VALUATION CONCEPTS

    INVESTMENT TIMING

    PORTFOLIO THEORY AND MANAGEMENT

    SECURITY ANALYSIS

    MEASURING INVESTMENT PERFORMANCE

  • BSP 332 Risk Management

    Unit 1: Introduction to Risk Management

    Unit 2: Evolution of Risk Management

    Unit 3: Qualitative Risk Management Tools and Techniques

    Unit 4: Quantitative Risk Management Tools and Techniques

    Unit 5: Risk Management at Corporate Level

    Unit 6: Risk Management at Strategic Business Level

    Unit 7: Risk Management at Project Level

    Unit 8: Quality Related Risk

    Unit 9: Risk Management and Basel II

    Unit 10: Risk Analysis

  • BSP 342 Quality Management

    Unit 1: Understanding Quality in the Project Management Domain  and definitions

    Unit 2: Evolution of Quality and Its Contemporary Application to Projects

    Unit 3: Planning: Quality engineering

    Unit 4: Organizing

    Unit 4: Leading

    Unit 5: Controlling

    Unit 6: Reliability

    Unit 7: Quality management Pioneers

    Unit 8: Project Quality Planning

    Unit 9: Statistical Quality Control

    Unit 10: Solving Project Problems

    Unit 11: Quality Management Systems

    Unit 12: Project Quality Assurance

  • BSP 356: CONTRACT MANAGEMENT

    Unit 1: Responsibilities for Contract Management

    Unit 2: Responsibilities of a Contract Manager

    Unit 3: Preparing for and Inviting Tenders

    Unit 4: Main types of contractual agreements between customers and suppliers

    Unit 5: Evaluating the elements of a legally binding agreement

    Unit 6: Recourses for non-performances in contract

    Unit 7: Main types of pricing arrangements in commercial agreements

    Unit 8: Assessing the main types of contractual risk

    Unit 9: Data relating to the performance of contracts

    Unit 10: Techniques for managing contracts and suppliers

    Unit 11: Contracting options for major project procurement

    Unit 12: Main approaches to conflict resolution in commercial contracts

    Unit 13: Contract administration

  • BSP 353 PROJECT PLANNING AND CONTROL (Half course)

    Unit 1: Introduction to Project Planning and Control

    Unit 2: Project Planning

    Unit 3: Project Scheduling Techniques

    Unit 4: Estimating Times and Costs

    Unit 5: Project Resources Scheduling

    Unit 6: Project Monitoring and Control

    Unit 7: Project Planning and Scheduling using MS Project

    Unit 8: Case Studies

  • BSP 359 MANAGEMENT OF PROJECTS (Half course)

    Unit 1: Introduction to management of Projects

    Unit 2: Project Management Foundations

    Unit 3: Initiating Projects

    Unit 4: Executing Projects

    Unit 5: Project Quality Monitoring

    Unit 6: Budget Monitoring

    Unit 7: Closing the Project

    Unit 8: Project Auditing

    Unit 9: Case Studies

  • BSP 386 Procurement and Bidding

    Unit 1: Introduction to Procurement

    Unit 2: The Procurement Process

    Unit 3: Purchasing and Strategic Development

    Unit 4: Systems and Procedures in Purchasing

    unit 5: Supplier evaluation, selection and measurement

    Unit 6: National Procurement Procedure

    Unit7: Strategic purchasing cost management

    Unit8: Future trends in Purchasing

    Unit 9: Tendering and Negotiation

    Unit 10: Bidding System: Processes and Procedures

    Unit 11: Bid Solicitation

    Unit 12: Bid Evaluation


YEAR 4

  • BSP 424 –PROJECT FINANCE

    (A) LEASE FINANCING

    INTRODUCTION TO LEASE FINANCE

    ACCOUNTING AND TAX TREATMENT OF LEASES

    EVALUATING LEASE DECISIONS

     (B) PROJECT FINANCE

     INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT FINANCE

    PROCESS IN PROJECT FINANCE AND THE INFORMATION MEMORANDUM

    SYNDICATE LOANS AND THEIR STRUCTURES

    RISKS IN PROJECT FINANCE

    THE CONCESSION OR BUILD–OPERATE-TRANSER TRANSACTION

    THE ROLE OF PURE ADVISORS IN A PROJECT FINANCE DEAL

    PROJECT CASH FLOWS

    THE BUSINESS AND FINANCING PLAN FOR THE PROJECT

    FINANCIAL MODELING OF A PROJECT

    SOURCES OF FUNDS FOR PROJECT FINANCING

    VENTURE CAPITAL

     PROJECT FINANCE DOCUMENTATION

    POLITICAL RISKS AND INSURANCE IN PROJECT FINANCE

    CASE STUDIES

     
  • BSP 434

    Unit 1: Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation

    Unit 2: Planning for Monitoring and Evaluation

    Unit 3: Monitoring and Evaluation Concepts

    Unit 4: Standard Practice of Monitoring

    Unit 5: Evaluation in Projects

    Unit 6: The Evaluation Process

    Unit 7: Result Based Management

    Unit 8:Logical Framework for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Unit 9: Stakeholder Participation in Monitoring and Evaluation

  • BSP 452 Entrepreneurship

    Introduction

    Personal characteristics of Entrepreneurs

    Business and Business Activities

    Small Business Start-Ups

    Leadership

    Risk Taking

    Decision Making

    Using Time Effectively

    Business Planning

    Searching for Business Opportunities

    Selecting Business and Professional Advisers

    Find the Right Project

    Planning and Costing the Project

    Sources of Finance for Small Business

    Choosing a Work Place

    Financial Action Plans

    Financial Success through People

  • BSP 450 Strategic Project Management

    Unit 1: Overview of Project Management Concepts

    Unit 2: Overview of Strategic Management

    Unit 3: Project Organisations

    Unit 4: Project Teams

    Unit 5: Inter-Organisational Projects Ventures

    Unit6: Project Performance Measurement, Monitoring and Control in Projects

    Unit 7: Business strategy and projects in context

    Unit 7: Project Evaluation and Closure

    Unit 8: Agile and Extreme Project Management

    Unit 8: International Projects

  • BSP 400 PROJECT – THESIS GUIDELINES

    OBJECTIVES

    PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS

    REQUIREMENTS

    STAGES IN THE STUDY PROCESS

    The research Proposal.

     The Thesis

    FORMAT AND BINDING

    PRESENTATION AND ASSESSMENT OF THE THESIS

     
  • BSP 458: PROJECT ANALYTICS

    Unit 1: Introduction to Analytics

    Unit 2: Metrics

    Unit 3: Key Performance Indicators

    Unit 4: Value-Driven Project Management Metrics

    Unit 5: Dashboards

    Unit 6: Measurement-Driven Project Management

  • BSP 410 Economic Development

    Unit 1: The Nature of Economic Development (Development Economy)

    Unit 2: Structures and common characteristics of the developing countries

    Unit 3: Theories of Development

    Unit 4: Contemporary models of development and underdevelopment

    Unit 5: Problems and Policies: Domestic

    Unit 6: Problems and Policies: International

    Unit 7: Possibilities and Prospects