Business Administration - Distance Learning
(4 – 6 years, BA Degree)

Year 1

Term 1
  1. Principles of Management 10 ECTS 
  2. Business Microeconomics 10 ECTS 
  3. Quantitative Methods in Management 10 ECTS 
Term 2
  1. Introduction to Financial Accounting 10 ECTS 
  2. Business Macroeconomics 10 ECTS 
  3. Corporate Finance 10 ECTS 


Year 2

Term 1
  1. Performance and Management Control 10 ECTS 
  2. Principles of Marketing 10 ECTS 
  3. Computers and Information Systems 10 ECTS 
Term 2
  1. Financial Accounting 10 ECTS 
  2. Organizational Behaviour 10 ECTS 
  3. Human Resource Management 10 ECTS 


Year 3

Term 1
  1. Introduction to Management Accounting 10 ECTS 
  2. Leadership in Organisations 10 ECTS 
  3. Advertising and Public Relations 10 ECTS 
Term 2
  1. Management Accounting 10 ECTS 
  2. Consumer Behaviour 10 ECTS 
  3. Business Law 10 ECTS 


Year 4

Term 1
  1. International Business 10 ECTS  
  2. Operations Management 10 ECTS 
  3. International Marketing 10 ECTS 
Term 2
  1.  Business Policy and Strategy 10 ECTS 
  2. Strategic Management 10 ECTS 
  3. Strategic Marketing 10 ECTS 
Total Credits: 240 ECTS

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements have some degree of flexibility and are based on a candidate’s proven academic ability, motivation, experience as a manager or business executive and an assessment of the benefits that he or she is likely to derive from the program. 
 

The usual minimum academic qualifications required are:

1. Applicants must hold a secondary education degree (or equivalent). 
 
All candidates should possess: 
2. Computer skills: Excellent computer skills (especially regarding the use of internet and email) are required 
3. English language criteria: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent e.g. English 15/20 or above in the High School Leaving Certificate. 
 
The Institute reserves the right to vary its admission criteria from time to time. The Academic Registrar is responsible for the interpretation of the admission criteria and may impose other conditions to be satisfied before admission.
 

Teaching and Learning Strategies 

A principal feature of our Distance Learning BA is the commitment to equity of the delivery system worldwide. As such, we ensure that students will receive study material through various means, mainly through the ‘traditional’ hard copies method but also via our electronic online platform. 
 
This is a distance learning programme with no physical presence requirements (no mandatory in-class; face to face interaction) and as such students have to do a portion of their work individually. Because of that, students at any time will have the chance to contact their lecturers through email, phone or skype. Students will have to do 2 hours per module Skype meeting with their Tutors. 
 
Since this is a more ‘independent’ way of studying, the content of each and every module is enriched with self-assessment exercises (for each module there are 4 non-assessed exercises: one exercise per four weeks). These are not formally assessed and do not count to the overall grade of the module. The rationale behind these ‘non-assessed’ exercises is to motivate students to have a constant interaction with the lecturer and their fellow classmates (through online discussion forums) and to enable them to follow and comprehend the sequential progress of the module. 
 
Programme methods are designed to foster continuing exchanges of views among students and they provide a means to learn from each other and gain new perspectives by interacting with students from other industries, countries and cultures. To meet the needs of a particular group of students, lecturers are encouraged to use other methods that enhance learning while maintaining student-centeredness (i.e. podcasts; video-recorded presentations on particular topics etc.). 
 

Assessment Strategy 

 
The weighing of results for all modules that lead to final award is as follows: 
One Assignment - 30% 
Final Examination - 70% 

Aims

The core foundation of distance learning is that it offers the flexibility to students to study at any time of the day, at home or from any location regardless of the distance from the university premises, with individualized instruction through the use of modern educational methodology and the technology of lifelong learning. Utilizing technological means of synchronous and asynchronous communications for student support, CIM will ensure the provision of an excellent quality teaching. Our BA distance learning program is provided without any geographical restrictions or time constraints and targets mature students, regardless of age.
 
Our Institute has designed the BA in Business Administration Distance Learning with the following goals in mind: 
  • Allow students to gain a broad understanding of all the functions in modern organisations
  • Provide a comprehensive view of organizations and their environment to enable students to face the challenges of the 21st Century
  • Underline the importance and significance of the increased managerial effectiveness and competence, and understand the strategic approach
  • Enrich students’ development and managerial prospects through learning within the context of their own experiences, their current and future needs and the needs of their market and society
  • Enable students to be acquainted with managerial techniques of decision-making
 
By successfully completing their studies, students will be able to: 
  • Comprehend and appreciate the concepts and theories of management and see to what extent these theories are applicable in the real and changing world.
  • Understand and evaluate the objectives and importance of formulating strategies in a local and global text.
  • Be able to diagnose and analyse intricate situations and deal with unforeseen exogenous factors affecting the internal environment of organisations.
  • Deal effectively with the human deficiencies and be able to tackle human friction by adopting strategic approaches.
  • Be able to comprehend and analyse local and international business issues through the use of a variety of tools
Companies of today are facing new economic, political and social challenges. The collapse of the communist countries and stiff competition from China and India has made the developed countries of Europe reconsider their strategies. The dramatic political changes in the Middle East, former Easter European countries, and African zones and an escalating inflation coupled with rising unemployment in Europe paint a pessimistic picture for the world business manager. Still we believe that life will continue and with it business opportunities and hopes. To keep ahead of continuing shifts in environmental trends and maintain company policies and priorities appropriate to the Cypriot and world market places, managers must be able to formulate and implement successful competitive strategies.
 
The programme emphasizes strategy formulation and implementation as it occurs in each of the functional areas and in the organization as a whole. Strategy formulation is concerned with an analysis of the interaction of external environmental factors, with internal strengths and weaknesses, and the goals and values of the organization's key managers. It focuses on (a) economic, social, political and technological trends (b) the state of the industry and (c) the determination of strategic areas that offer an opportunity for aggressive competition. Strategy formulation is examined on two levels: (1) corporate strategy examines the strategy of a corporation or a portfolio of business or strategic business units. (2) business strategy investigates the strategy of a business area or a strategic business unit.
 
While strategy formulation focuses on questions of direction, implementation investigates the most effective means of working in those directions. It examines (i) organizational structure (ii) managerial process, including planning, decision making, control, rewards and punishments and (iii) human recourses, including leadership motivation, inter and intra group dynamics.

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