Undergraduate Higher Diploma in Business Management

Undergraduate Higher Diploma in Business Management at Domain Academy Malta provides a broad, analytical and integrated approach for those who wish to study Business Management. It provides students with an opportunity to develop their understanding of theory and its application in a wide variety and diverse contexts.

Intake

March & October

EQF / MQF Level

Level 5

Mode of Delivery

Traditional

Duration of Course

2 Academic Years, 3-hours, Twice a Week (Full-Time and part-time options available)

Operational End Date

N/A

N/A

ECTS Credits

120 ECTS

Programme Qualifies for

Get Qualified Scheme

Certificate after completing

Student Success Rate

100

Awarding Bodies

Domain Academy
6,500

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Intake

March & October

EQF / MQF Level

Level 5

Mode of Delivery

Traditional

Duration of Course

2 Academic Years, 3-hours, Twice a Week (Full-Time and part-time options available)

Operational End Date

N/A

N/A

ECTS Credits

120 ECTS

Programme Qualifies for

Get Qualified Scheme

Certificate after completing

Student Success Rate

100

Course Description

The programme is built around the imparting of knowledge and understanding of business organisations, their internal and external environments, their aspiration for developing a sustainable competitive advantage, and their recognition of opportunities in the marketplace. Students will have the opportunity to build skills and capabilities that will enable them to successfully compete in a wide range of fields critical to effective management.

Upon completion of this programme, you should have gained:

  • Understand and have a wide knowledge of the broad range of areas which comprise business management.
  • Critically understand the theory, models and approaches in the various areas of management, how these are applied in practice, and how they can improve the management process.
  • Understand in depth the effects of environmental forces on decisions taken in organisations
  • Describe the processes used when selecting the business and functional strategies in a variety of organisations.
  • Understand the importance of adopting a proactive approach to organizational problems and challenges.
  • Understand how to deal with uncertainty and complexity in diverse organizational contexts.
  • Define what behaviours are expected during the execution of roles and functions by managers at different levels of an organization.
  • Recognize the specific techniques required for an in-depth analysis of an organizational situation.
  • Demonstrate a command of module-specific skills and a proficiency to employ sophisticated techniques for analyzing data.
  • Demonstrate a confidence in taking leadership decisions in challenging business situations.
  • Show proficiency in the use of communication techniques in order to accomplish organizational goals effectively.
  • Apply the principles of evidence-based decision-making to determine innovative solutions to organizational problems in different functional areas.
  • Select and employ analytical skills to translate creative ideas to operational solutions.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for critical evaluation and to integrate theory and practice in a wide range of business situations.

Target Group:

The course is an opportunity for different target groups:

-Individuals or young persons who are seeking a career in  business management.

-Anyone who is already employed in administration or in the technical field and wishes to develop their career towards managerial and executive positions in business organisations, public sector organisations and NGOs.

-Individuals who operate their own enterprise and would like to develop their knowledge, skills and competences to remain competitive in their respective industry.

-Aspiring entrepreneurs who are seeking to open their own business organisation.

Target Audience:

  • 16+

Course Language:

English

Where you will learn:
Domain Building, 102/104, Constitution Street, Mosta
What you will study
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Core Module

200

Learning Hours

8 ECTS

Credits

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Financial Awareness

Core Module

175

Learning Hours

7 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

This unit introduces learners to the nature, role and importance of financial information in organisations from a managerial perspective.

Learners will be introduced to the principles of accounting, in line with the standards expected based on conventions that guide the presentation of financial information.

The learner will be presented with the essential knowledge to be able to critically evaluate and interpret the financial systems, procedures and processes in various organisations.

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Management and Operations

Core Module

175

Learning Hours

7 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

The aim of this unit is to help learners understand the difference between the function of a manager and the role of a leader.

Special attention is given to the characteristics, behaviours and traits which support management and leadership.

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Communication in Organisations

Core Module

200

Learning Hours

8 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

This unit examines communication at an organisational level, interpersonal communications, and managing internal and external communications.

The success of an organisation or an enterprise depends mainly on effective communication to ensure understanding, involvement and commitment to organisational policies and procedures.

This unit aims to develop the learners’ awareness of organisational, personal, team and external communication.

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Managing Change

Core Module

175

Learning Hours

7 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

The aim of this unit is to introduce different models and practices of change management. The unit further aims to assist learners to develop an understanding of the issues and practices involved in the management of change and those activities that contribute to positive organisational change. Learners are encouraged to develop and use their problem solving skills.

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Human Resource Management

Core Module

175

Learning Hours

7 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand and apply principles of effective Human Resource Management (HRM). Being able to attract, recruit and retain talented staff is at the core of all HRM activity. This unit will explore the tools and techniques used in HRM to maximise the employee contribution and how to use HR methods to gain competitive advantage.

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Marketing Essentials

Core Module

175

Learning Hours

7 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

This unit is designed to introduce learners to the core principles of marketing. This would give them the opportunity to develop a basic marketing plan and employ elements of the marketing mix to achieve desired outcomes. The theories and frameworks forms the basis of this unit and directly related to the real word examples. These include products and services which are normally encountered in their normal working environment.

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Research Project

Core Module

225

Learning Hours

9 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

This unit will be assessed by the Domain Academy examination board set assignment. The theme will be provided by the DA board and the learners will choose their own project based on this theme. This theme will be valid for a year which will then be revised and changed by the DA board.

Learners will have the opportunity to explore and examine a current topic in the context of the business environment preferably in Malta or their country of origin. The unit offers the opportunity to the learners to engage in research in a specific field of study related to the theme provided.

On successful completion of this unit learners will have more confidence to engage in decision-making, problem-solving and research activities using project management skills.

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Management and Organisation

Core Module

200

Learning Hours

8 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

This module introduces students to the context of organisation.  It uses inter-disciplinary theory and research to compare and contrast the contribution of the core social science disciplines to the study of organisation and management.  Students will be introduced to how these theories inspire ways in which organisations can be designed in order to achieve their objectives.  The evolution of management thought is central to a student’s understanding of this module.  They will learn and appreciate the contribution of Taylor, Fayol and Weber to the Classical approaches; and Follett’s and Mayo’s contribution to the Behavioural

approach.  Furthermore, students will learn modern management approaches that include a systems view of organisations, contingency thinking, and the role of knowledge management learning organisations.

The module provides an understanding of the many factors that shape the nature of organisations operating in an increasingly complex business environment. Participants explore this dynamic nature of business and familiarize themselves with organisational structures, functional areas and the impact of the external environment.

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Managing People in Organisations

Core Module

200

Learning Hours

8 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

This module provides an introduction to the key concepts relating to people’s behaviour within contemporary organisations. It confronts the challenges managers face in understanding how to effectively manage people as individuals, as a member of a work group or team, and as a member of the organisation.  This takes place within the context of varying structures and cultures which are commonly linked with successful organisational performance. Students are provided with an understanding of the complex processes of social interaction that organisations represent.   They will appreciate the criticality of motivation and understand in detail the needs, process, and self-efficacy theories of motivation.  The module focuses on practical issues and, via a critical consideration of different approaches presented in academic frameworks and research evidence, enables students to make judgments on the behaviour of people in organisations.

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Operations and Supply Chain Management

Core Module

200

Learning Hours

8 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

The module provides an expansive overview of the key issues and challenges facing organisations in managing their operations and supply chains with the aim of delivering goods and services. Students will be exposed to the fundamental principles, theories and practical activities that constitute this vital area of management. They will learn and appreciate the 16 principles of Operations Management as laid out by Schonberger.  A systems approach is applied to understand and address the challenges of aligning organisational processes to the needs of the business; implementing them effectively, and operating and improving them on an ongoing basis. The coverage is not limited to the operations function and has relevance for managing processes in any part of the organisation; whether the customers are internal or external. It also familiarises core concepts in the management of processes that cross organisational boundaries as part of a supply chain.

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Consumer Behaviour

Core Module

200

Learning Hours

8 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

The module aims to give students an insight into consumer behaviour from cognitive, social and cultural theoretical perspectives.  It establishes the central role o f consumer behaviour and its relevance to marketing management. It examines in detail the process of consumer decision-making, the influences on buyer behaviour and their implications for marketing in purposeful contemporary organisations.  Students will explore both traditional (economic, learning, psychological and sociological) models; and contemporary models of consumer behaviour, such as the Howard Sheth Model, the Nicosia model, the Engle-KollatBlackwell model, and the Engle Blackwell and Miniard model.  They will develop a knowledgeable understanding of  consumption; both micro view of consumption – decision making and involvement, perceptual processes, attitudes theory, personality, self and motivation; and macro-view of consumption – culture, groups and social processes. The module examines the consumer both as an individual, and as a member of a group and culture.

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Research Project

Core Module

300

Learning Hours

12 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

This unit will be assessed by the Domain Academy examination board set assignment. The theme will be provided by the DA board and the learners will choose their own project based on this theme. This theme will be valid for a year which will then be revised and changed by the DA board.

Learners will have the opportunity to explore and examine a current topic in the context of the business environment preferably in Malta or their country of origin. The unit offers the opportunity to the learners to engage in research in a specific field of study related to the theme provided.

On successful completion of this unit learners will have more confidence to engage in decision-making, problem-solving and research activities using project management skills.

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Economics for Business

Core Module

200

Learning Hours

8 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

The module provides an introduction to basic economic theory as it applies to business.  It presents an economic understanding of the world of individual choice, business behaviour, national level economic systems and government economic policy. It demonstrates how economic factors impinge on organisational success. Students will be introduced to micro- and macroeconomic theory and learn how businesses are affected by developments in specific markets as well as by changes at the level of the entire economy. They will understand that economic models have two functions; as a simplification of and abstraction from observed data , and as a means of selection of data based on a paradigm of econometric study.   They will develop analytical skills and apply analytical techniques to business and management problems and to problems of market economics.

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Information Systems in Organisations

Core Module

200

Learning Hours

8 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

This module provides an introduction to the fundamentals of information technology and covers the uses of information systems in business scenarios and business organizations. The module equips students with skills of database management and an in-depth understanding of the role of information systems in this ‘information age’. Organisations are now heavily reliant upon the effective management of information as a resource and are faced with an overabundance of new and emerging technologies. Students will understand that the application of information technology leads to fundamental changes in the structure and nature of organisations. The module provides key concepts, frameworks and strategic technologies that are in practice in contemporary organisations. Students will learn data modelling and data analysis, principles of  relational database design,  enterprise information systems and strategy, privacy and information security, ‘Big data’ and cloud computing, and technology acceptance and diffusion.

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Integrated Marketing Communications

Core Module

200

Learning Hours

8 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

The module recognizes the role of integrated marketing communications as an integral process in the creation of effective marketing activities. Students will reflect on the changes occurring in the world of advertising, promotion, public relations, personal selling, digital, and direct marketing. It presents the marketing communications tools that can be employed in an integrated campaign that promotes both synergy, and a continuing dialogue with the consumer. Students will learn to analyse and reflect the changes that are occurring on the world of marketing communications in today’s business world.  They will recognize the process that is followed in a marketing campaign, from situation analysis to evaluation.

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Accounting and Financial Management

Core Module

200

Learning Hours

8 ECTS

Credits

UK Credits

This module on accounting and finance places particular emphasis on the understanding of accounting information and financial management. It provides the accounting and financial background desirable for any intending business manager.  Furthermore, it gives an introduction to the analytical tools critical to understand the financial management of an organisation, and the interrelationship between the organisation’s accounting results, financing, and managerial decision-making. Students will learn about the tools necessary for analysing financial statements in order to recognize key trends for a business, and will be able to relate accounting to the broader strategic and operational aspects of a business. An underlying objective is that this module will facilitate conversations with the financial personnel of their organisations.

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How will you learn
How will you learn

This diploma is delivered with a flexible classroom-based method, through a variety of course materials, case studies, discussions, presentations, enquiry-based learning and problem-solving activities. We provide you with key reading and research activities, and you will make the most of our own teaching portal.

Where you will learn:

Lessons will be held in class in our premises at Domain Building, 102/104, Constitution Street, Mosta.

Assessment

Formative assessment

The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by lecturers to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning and development. More specifically, formative assessments throughout the modules will:

– help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need improvement

– help lecturers recognise where students are struggling and address problems immediately

Summative assessment

Assessments will be designed according to the guidelines of each module specification. In general, the assessments will enable learners to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes across the individual elements of the program. The range of assessments utilized will normally include essays, reports, presentations and other structured assignments.

Assessments are drafted in conjunction with the curriculum development department and tutor concerned. Final version is confirmed by the curriculum development department.

Assessments are moderated by tutor concerned, then also verified by the Internal Verifier.

The assessment will be based on assignment for each module. There may be one or two assignment for each module.

The assignment will consist of criteria related to each topic within the module with the respective outcomes.

Structure of Programme
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Procedures

This programme offers both variety and flexibility, ensuring that the learning and assessment activities are relevant and of value for future progression.Throughout this programme learners are continuously and actively involved in all teaching methods including;

  • Lectures
  • Hands-on activities
  • Seminar
  • Workshops
  • Enquiry-based learning

Lectures and other teaching methods are delivered interactively, with discussion sessions and tutorials in the form of hands-on and problem-solving activities building on the relevant academic study skills including concepts and practices.

These activities help learners to use different research and online tools. Learners are asked to reflect on the tools and activities, inviting discussions with regards to their own knowledge and skill and adapt these tools to their current situations and contexts. Feedback is given where appropriate throughout the course.

Learners are also introduced to appropriate websites and other related material for further development of their knowledge and skills.

Grading System

Grading will be based on – Pass – Merit – and Distinction.

Resits will be permitted for each respected assignment and module. No more than two resits are permitted to the student and the grading will be only a Pass.

Entry Requirement
  • Matriculation Certificate equivalent to A’Level Standard of education; OR
  • Relevant qualification at MQF/EQF Level 4 (preferably related to business and management)

In the case of learners whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6 (or equivalent) is required

In certain circumstances, learners with considerable work experience but no formal qualifications may be considered, subject to interview and being able to demonstrate their ability to cope with the demands of the course.

Fees & Funding

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