Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) – 2 Year

Faculty Of  • SAQA ID No. 36088 • NQF6 • 245 Credits • 2 Years

The purpose of the qualification is to provide students with a range of modules covering the breadth of Business Administration. It provides students with skills to work under supervision in entry-level management and administration positions in different sectors of the business world. This qualification provides students with a quick opportunity to acquire the relevant skills and knowledge in the core areas of business and concurrently selecting an elective which could include Business Management, Public Relations, Human Resources Management, Marketing Management or Accounting.


Students should also note that this programme is being phased out and no new students will be admitted to the first year of study in 2017.

To ensure students of Business Administration to become employable and knowledgeable in various aspects of the business world.


This diploma is designed to:

  • Recognise the competence, knowledge, and skills required for people to plan and coordinate business administration functions and operations, provide business administration services in a wide range of business and organisational contexts; and
  • Cater for diverse positions ranging from sole charge situations to working within administration and management teams.

The structure of the qualification allow employers and students the flexibility of tailoring programmes to meet individual skill needs that reflect the diverse roles and positions required to meet the business administration needs of industry and the business community at an advanced level. The specified credits recognise the need for underpinning skills, knowledge, and competence expected of all business administration role holders at this level.

• The minimum entry requirement is the National Senior Certificate stating a Diploma or Degree or the National Certificate (Vocational) with appropriate subject combinations and level of achievement.

• Mature Age Exemption for students above the age of 23 years as set out in the Higher Education Regulations.

• Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) - 2 Year - Module Breakdown

Semester 1 Credits
Business Communication 511 10
Business Management 511 10
Accounting 511 10
Economics 511 10
Business Information Systems 511 10
Choose an Elective from Below:
Public Relations 511 10
Human Resource Management 511 10
Marketing Management 511 10
Semester 2 Credits
Business Communication 512 10
Business Management 512 10
Accounting 512 10
Economics 512 10
Business Information Systems 511 10
Choose an Elective from Below:
Public Relations 512 10
Human Resource Management 512 10
Marketing Management 512 10
Semester 1 Credits
Business Statistics 621 10
Commercial Law 621 10
Total Quality Management 621 10
Business Management 621 10
Industrial Psychology 500 10
Choose an Elective from Below:
Public Relations 621 10
Human Resource Management 621 10
Marketing Management 621 10
Accounting 621 10
Semester 2 Credits
Business Statistics 622 10
Commercial Law 622 10
Total Quality Management 622 10
Business Management 622 10
Work Integrated Learning 600 10
Choose an Elective from Below:
Public Relations 622 10
Human Resource Management 622 10
Marketing Management 622 10
Accounting 622 10
  • Apply listening and thinking skills
  • Exhibit cognitive skills and techniques used in the workplace as well as the study environment
  • Apply knowledge and skills gained from end user computing and integrate it into the organisation
  • Communicate to all stakeholders verbally and in writing using various formats
  • Display knowledge of the various types and methods of communication
  • Display knowledge of the enterprise, management, process, marketing financial function, operations, purchasing function and human resource function
  • Distinguish between various types of power, explain organizational culture and group dynamics
  • An understanding of international management in the business world
  • Understand the financial function and financial management of an organisation
  • Demonstrate knowledge in economics, economies and the major flows in economics
  • Discuss the problem of scarcity
  • Demonstrate an understanding of demand, supply and prices
  • Demonstrate competence in consumer choice and the utility approach
  • Analyse relationships between production and costs, type of competition, economic growth and development
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the various sectors viz. monetary, public, foreign sectors
  • Apply knowledge of those basic principles of law, which affect business relationships and transaction within the scope of the administration of companies and other organizations.
  • Demonstrate competence in research methodology and field of human development and work behaviour. Competencies relating to motivation, attitudes and values, group behaviour and social process in organization
  • Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information
  • Communicate effectively when presenting reports so that all stakeholders understand and when communicating with others to enhance teamwork
  • Work effectively with others- Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking
  • Use science and technology in the preparation and presentation of communications and / or reports
  • Organise and manage oneself and ones activities
  • Demonstrate the world as a set of related systems and be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts

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Career Pathways for this course?

  • Marketing Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Small Business Unit Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Training & Development Coordinator
  • Human Resources Coordinator
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