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Undergraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title


Managing faculty

Business and Economics

Contact details

School of Business and Economics, Telephone: +27 11 950 4020, Email:

Admission and fees

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Course type

Single degree

Standard duration

3 years FT

Students have a maximum of 8 years to complete this course.

Mode and location

On-campus (South Africa)


Bachelor of Business Science


This course is designed to provide maximum flexibility and to allow depth and breadth in the study of the major business discipline areas. Its structure provides the capacity to tailor applications and focus in different contexts and different environments while ensuring knowledge of the theory, principles and core elements in the relevant discipline areas.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. be critical and creative scholars who:
    • produce innovative solutions to problems
    • apply research skills to business challenges
    • communicate effectviely and perceptively
  2. be responsible and effective global citizens who:
    • engage in an internationalised world
    • exhibit cross cultural competence
    • demonstrate ethical values
  3. have comprehensive undertanding of their discpline and be able to provide discpline based solutions relevant to the business, professional and public policy communitieis that we serve
  4. have capacity to integrate and synthesise knowledge from across disciplines to create innovative applications in organsiational settings.


This is a comprehensive course, structured in three equal parts:

Part A. Business Science specified study

This will provide you with a broad foundation for your study of business and expose you to several business disciplines. It will contribute breadth to your knowledge of business and develop your understanding of multi-disciplinary decision making in organisations. It will also give you the opportunity to learn more about each discipline before finalising your choice of major.

Part B. Business Science listed major

This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your expertise in one discipline area. You will develop, apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of your major area of study.

Part C. Free elective study

This will enable you to further develop your knowledge of your chosen major, or business more broadly, or study a second business major. Alternatively you can select units from across the University in which you are eligible to enrol.


This course comprises 144 points, over three parts A, B and C. Students complete a minimum of 96 points of Business Science listed study over Part A and Part B, and 48 points of free electives in Part C.

Elective units can be at any level unless otherwise specified. In choosing your units you must ensure that you complete no more than 10 level one units (60 points) for credit to this course, and that you complete at least six units (36 points) at level 3 of which at least four (24 points) must be Bachelor of Business Science listed units from the campus of enrolment.

Units are six points unless otherwise specified.

PART A. Business Science specified study (48 points)

All students complete:

  • ACS1000 Principles of accounting and finance
  • BTS1201 South African business law A
  • ECS1101 Introductory microeconomics
  • ETS1102 Business statistics
  • MGS1010 Introduction to management
  • MKS1120 Marketing theory and practice
  • BES3120 Perspectives on global business issues

And one additional unit selected from the faculty in the Bachelor of Business Science to reach the required minimum of 8 units (48 points).

PART B. Business Science listed major (48 points)

A major requires eight units with no more than two units at level one (12 points) and at least three units (18 points) at level three.

Complete at least one Business Science listed major from the following:

Note: The accounting major does not meet the requirements for professional accreditation.

If you intend to undertake an honours year you should ensure you complete the specific units required as a pre-requisite for honours in your major area of study.

PART C. Free elective study (48 points)

Elective units may be chosen from units available in the Bachelor of Business Science course including to extend your major or to complete a second major from the course. Note that at most two units may be counted towards two majors.

Elective units may also be taken from non-Business Science disciplines to broaden your knowledge or to complete a major or minor(s) from another course as long as you have the prerequisites and there are no restrictions on enrolment in the units.

Progression to further studies

Students successfully completing the Bachelor of Business Science may proceed to a one year honours program leading to the Bachelor of Business Science (Honours). To be eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Business Science (Honours), students must obtain a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant discipline units at level 3.