BML: BACHELOR IN MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP
The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences is pleased to announce a specially
designed management leadership degree programme for working adult learners, based on
experiential learning and the assessment and recognition of prior learning.
This programme expresses a commitment to individualism and the university’s role as a facilitator
of learning. The BML programme teaches adults, mostly full-time workers, who have been absent
from the academic world for some time. It incorporates their experiences to fashion an education
which attains the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to succeed as educated managerial leaders.
The purpose is carried out through a set of components designed to facilitate adult learning.
1. Courses and counselling offered at a time and place available to working people.
2. Presenters and counselors who understand and can communicate with adults.
3. A dynamic and flexible curriculum which engages adults in diverse learning experiences
in management leadership.
4. A competence framework that recognizes valid prior learning, provides for diverse goals,
and believes in differing learning styles and places.
5. A committee for each learner that helps the learner to tailor the framework, to utilise their
background and to achieve a specific goal.
6. A commitment to dialogue and negotiation that enables the adult learner to own his/her
The programme is developed and presented in partnership with the School for New Learning at
DePaul University in Chicago, internationally recognised as a leader in the field of adult and
This degree is the first of its kind in South Africa. In both format and content it offers previously
unavailable options to experienced workers who did not have prior opportunities to obtain a
formal university qualification and who have obtained informal manage/ ment experience. It is
also ideal for people considering a mid-career change.
Advantages for working adult learners
The Bachelor in Management Leadership is organised around the knowledge and skills that
characterise a well-educated managerial leader in contemporary South African society. Both in
content and style of learning it has been designed to give the adult learner maximum benefit.
The process of earning this Bachelor’s degree will be characterised by the assessment of
what individuals know and can do rather than solely by the acquisition of credits through
Adult learners will be given credit for competencies related to management leadership
knowledge and skills, however gained.
Drawing on the values and skills of the liberal learning tradition, adult learners will be
taught problem-solving, organising and decisionmaking abilities for use in contemporary
The teaching staff are selected from both professional and academic ranks to ensure the
necessary expertise, but also the ability to teach in a learner centred manner and trans-
Learners will attend lectures, participate in workshops, work together on assignments,
participate in site visits, and surf the internet. (To suit working people, classes will be
offered year round once a week)
Assessment methods will include: field exercises and technical reports, independent projects and
dissertations, group work, simulated research applications, examinations, and web page
Purpose of the qualification
On completion of the programme learners should be able to:
Correctly use management leadership terminology, definitions and classification.
Communicate effectively using appropriate language and media.
Competently handle the instrumentation and data manipulation relevant to the
management leadership field.
Synthesise and critically evaluate management leadership information.
Demonstrate and understand the techniques and strategies involved in analytical
(academic) enquiry and problem solving.
Describe and account for the cultural processes which influence the evolution of
management leadership contexts.
Prepare illustrative and interpretative analytical reports
Understand the role of the managerial leader in society with regard to human and
Our approach to management education is characterised by our emphasis on the need for
students to become critical and creative thinkers and eventually leaders who utilise innovative
approaches in start-up ventures or within established organisations.
Graduates of our programme will be able to compete in the domestic economy.
The programme is primarily aimed at part-time students.
Each module earns the learner a specific amount of credits. Learners must obtain 360
credits to obtain the degree.
The expected duration of study is 4 years. If credits are obtained, this period will be
Recognition of prior learning experience
Learners should apply for credits if sufficient prior knowledge and skills can be demonstrated.
Requests for credit are considered by a review committee.
The degree programme is designed to engage learners in active learning styles (discussions,
projects, essays) rather than passive learning styles (lecture, memorisation, testing). Therefore
the faculty will allow flexibility regarding the acceptable means for satisfying the formal degree
requirements. Apart from the required portfolio courses, learners may gain credit for modules
Through previous coursework
Learning from life and work experience, and
The learning process
Adult learners with working experience will enter the programme with various levels of
educational backgrounds and life experience.
The Faculty will recognise and award credit for appropriate learning that adults may bring to the
programme. Emphasis is on demonstrating learning through acquired competencies, rather than
merely documenting experience. The Faculty will provide considerable support and assistance to
degree-seeking learners as they prepare to present evidence of their learning for assessment and
The first step in the learning process will be to meet with the programme administrator for
an admissions interview. This interview will indicate the best next step for the adult
learner and his/her readiness to enter the programme.
If admitted, the learner will enrol for the portfolio development workshop. With this the
learner will begin to design an individual programme plan, examining past experience to
demonstrate learning, and decide on the focus of the elective modules.
At the same time the learner will meet with the academic advisor to plan the learning
programme, because learners will have the opportunity to exit at a certificate level, a
diploma level or a degree level.
The learner will, in consultation with the programme administrator, establish a Review
Committee consisting of a portfolio development facilitator, a professional from his/her
workplace, and academic staff.
The role of the Review Committee is to oversee the administration of the learning
programme and to ensure the quality of learning and the assessment thereof.
The learner will then implement the learning plan with the approval and continued support
of the Review Committee up to graduation.
Proficiency in English
Proficiency in mathematics
23 years of age with at least 2 years working experience, or
a grade 12 (std 10) certificate with at least 2 years working experience, or
a grade 10 (std 8) certificate with at least 5 years working experience, or
a functional equivalent
a motivational essay regarding the learner’s need to participate in the programme
A review committee will consider all applications and a policy of limited enrolment will be
Applicants must arrange for a personal interview before being admitted to the programme.
Entry also requires the involvement of the learner in the portfolio development workshop series.
Assessment procedures may include
field exercises and reports
class participation and presentation
independent projects and dissertations
simulated research applications and consultant reports
Letters of recognition are issued on the successful completion of every level of the
programme (certificate, diploma, degree).
A learner will be allowed to enrol for related post-graduate programmes at the UOFS.
The degree will be certified by the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the
University of the Orange Free State and is registered at the South African Qualifications Authority
(SAQA). The degree will be recognised by the School for New Learning of DePaul University in
Medium of instruction
The programme is presented in English, a basic knowledge of Afrikaans is advisable.
The degree is certified by the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of
the Orange Free State and developed in collaboration with the School for New Learning at
DePaul University, one of the leading Universities in the USA.
Cost and payment
A non refundable application fee of R100 must accompany every application.
Cost per module
The cost per module depends on the amount of credits it bears. The cost per credit is R120,
which includes all textbooks and supplementary notes as well as refreshments. Learners are
responsible for their own travel and subsistence costs.
The full cost for 360 credits is therefore R43 200. Fees are revised annually. However, increases
can be avoided by settlement of the full amount during the first year of registration.
Learners are expected to settle their accounts in advance, depending the amount of modules
they intend to register for the following six months.
Date of commencement
A new group (25 learners) will start every six months.
Tabular representation of curriculum. (Numbers between brackets indicate the amount of
credits for modules).
Portfolio Development Course
MODULE 1: (PDC MODULE 2: (PDC MODULE 3: (PDC MODULE 4: (PDC
101) 102) 103) 104)
Portfolio Workshop Language skills, Introduction to the Numeracy (3)
Series (5) information Management
dissemination skills, Leadership Model (8)
life/ study skills and
problem solving skills
Minor piece of work (24): Non-matriculants
ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP
MODULE 1: (ENM 101) Basic MODULE 1: (MAM 101) MODULE 1 (LEM 101). A
computer literacy (3) developmental model of
General Management (Private leadership I: Developing
and Public sector) (12) yourself, facilitating the
development of others and
acknowledging the context (1)
MODULE 2: (ENM 103) The MODULE 2: (MAM 102) MODULE 2: (LEM 102)
interaction of supply and Entrepreneurship (6) Understanding who you are,
demand and the determination knowing your strengths and
of the price level (9) weaknesses (4)
MODULE 3: (ENM 104) MODULE 3: (MAM 103) MODULE 3: (LEM 103)
Understanding basic macro Financial Accounting (16)
economics (9) Creating a balance between
myself, my work and my family
(life-style integration (4)
MODULE 4: (ENM 105) MODULE 4: (MAM 104) MODULE 4 (LEM 104) On
Political Dynamics (3) Personal financial management becoming a creative thinker and
(6) decision maker (3)
MODULE 5:(ENM 106) Cultural MODULE 5: (LEM 105)
diversity and the influence on
an economic enterprise (4) Confronting change, stress and
MODULE 6: (LEM 106)
Understanding the power game
MODULE 7: (LEM 107) Working
together in interpersonal
MODULE 8: (LEM 108) Conflict
TOTAL: 28 (Certificate) TOTAL: 40 (Certificate) TOTAL 28 (Certificate)
Major piece of work (10)
MODULE 6: (ENM 201) MODULE 5: (PRIVATE MODULE 9: (LEM 201) When
Criminology issues in SECTOR) (MAM 201) the going gets tough the tough
management (3) Marketing Management (18) gets going (the why of
motivation, perceptions and
MODULE 7: (ENM 202) A MODULE 6: (PRIVATE MODULE 10: (LEM 203)
basic understanding of the SECTOR) (MAM 202) Diversity within the African
challenges and constraints context (culture, fairness,
facing government in the 4 climate, structure, organisational
Business finance (24)
economy (5) development and organisational
MODULE 8: (ENM 203) How to MODULE 7: (PUBLIC MODULE 11: (LEM 204) Human
think and reason in macro SECTOR) (MAM 203) How Resources Management (5)
economics (10) governments operate (5)
ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP
MODULE 9: (ENM 204) A basic MODULE 8: (PUBLIC MODULE 12: (LEM 205)
understanding of the role of SECTOR) (MAM 204) Nuts and Human Resources
labour in the economy (5) bolts of public and development Management (4)
MODULE 10: (ENM 205) MODULE 9: (PUBLIC MODULE 13: (LEM 206)
9 SECTOR) (MAM 205) Human Resources
Industrial recreation (3)
Comparative public Management (4)
MODULE 11: (ENM 206) The MODULE 10: (PUBLIC MODULE 14: (LEM 207)
impact of environmenntal SECTOR) (MAM 206) The Revisiting my career I (5)
factors on managerial decisions Public management process
(3) and the new ethos (4)
MODULE 12 (ELECTIVE): MODULE 11: (PUBLIC MODULE 15: (LEM 208) A
(ENM 208) Political SECTOR) (MAM 207) developmental model of
development and Parastatals and non- leadership II (3)
transformation (4) governmental organisations
MODULE 13 (ELECTIVE): MODULE 12: (PUBLIC
(ENM 210) Labour Law (4) SECTOR) (MAM 208)
Environmental dynamics in
public sector management (3)
MODULE 14 (ENM 212) The MODULE 13: (PUBLIC
Law as a Regulatory SECTOR) (MAM 209)
Framework for Management (7) Organising public institutions
MODULE 14: (PUBLIC
SECTOR) (MAM 210) Public
policy analysis (5)
MODULE 15: (PUBLIC
SECTOR) (MAM 211)
Legislative process and
MODULE 16: (PUBLIC
SECTOR) (MAM 212) (Co-
operative government (3)
MODULE 17: (PUBLIC
SECTOR) (MAM 213) Strategic
orientated public management
MODULE 18: (PUBLIC
SECTOR) (MAM 214)
Introduction to research in
public management (3)
MODULE 19: (PRIVATE
SECTOR) (MAM 215)
TOTAL: 40 (Diploma) TOTAL: 48 (Diploma) TOTAL: 32 (Diploma)
Major piece of work (10)
ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP
MODULE 15 (ENM 301) MODULE 20: (PRIVATE MODULE 16: (LEM 301) On
Identity and intercultural SECTOR: ELECTIVE): (MAM becoming an effective leader
relationships within an 301) Strategic Marketing (advanced self-management
economic enterprise (4) Management (20) and development, interpersonal
skills and communication (6)
MODULE 16: (ENM 302) The MODULE 21: (PRIVATE MODULE 17: (LEM 302)
financial system and interest SECTOR ELECTIVE) (MAM Leadership in an African context
rate prediction (5) 302) Financial management (6)
MODULE 17 (ELECTIVE): MODULE 22 (PRIVATE MODULE 18 (LEM 303)
(ENM 303) Understanding the SECTOR ELECTIVE): (MAM Revisiting my career II (6)
role of government in the 303) Management Accounting
economy (9) (15)
MODULE 18 (ELECTIVE): MODULE 23 (PRIVATE MODULE 19 (LEM 304)
(ENM 304) Understanding the SECTOR) (MAM 304) Small Revisiting my career III (6)
role of labour in the economy business management (15)
MODULE 19 (ELECTIVE): MODULE 24 (PRIVATE MODULE 20 (LEM 305) Elective
(ENM 305) International SECTOR) (MAM 305) Strategic Course (6)
finance (9) management (15)
MODULE 20 (ELECTIVE) MODULE 25: (PUBLIC MODULE 21: (LEM 306)
(ENM 306) Portfolio SECTOR) (MAM 306) Quality Elective Course (6)
management (9) management in the public
MODULE 21: (ELECTIVE) MODULE 26: (PUBLIC
(ENM 307) Advanced survey SECTOR) (MAM 307) Public
into the influence of the life and financial management (5)
world view on an enterprise (4)
MODULE 22: (ELECTIVE) MODULE 27: (PUBLIC
(ENM 308) Africa in the new SECTOR) (MAM 308)
global order (4) Management of public service
MODULE 23 (ENM 309) MODULE 28: (PUBLIC
Elective Course (7)
SECTOR) (MAM 309)
Contemporary challenges for
human resource management
within the public sector (8)
MODULE 24: (ENM 310) MODULE 29: (PUBLIC
SECTOR) (MAM 310) The
8 concepts of transformation,
Elective Course (7)
change, reform and
rationalisation within the public
MODULE 30 (PUBLIC
SECTOR) (MAM 311) Project
management within the public
MODULE 31: (PUBLIC
SECTOR) (MAM 312) Control
and public accountability (5)
MODULE 32 (MAM 313)
Elective course (6)
MODULE 33: (MAM 314)
Elective course (6)
MODULE 34: (MAM 315)
Elective Course (6)
MODULE 35: (PRIVATE
SECTOR) (MAM 316) Elective
TOTAL : 36 (DEGREE) TOTAL : 48 (DEGREE) TOTAL : 36 (DEGREE)
Major piece of work (20/24)
TOTAL : 104 credits TOTAL : 136 Credits TOTAL : 96 credits