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PDBA Degree

PDBA
block release
Cape Town, Gauteng, Durban & East London

The PDBA aims to provide talented, professional men and women with a broad-based theoretical and practical knowledge of Business Management. 

The primary purpose of this qualification is two-pronged. Firstly, it broadens your knowledge of the business environment by preparing you for the challenges faced in the workplace and to grasp the concept of business management. Secondly, it provides you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and ability required to not only manage other employees but also your own future successfully.

This PDBA further provides broad exposure to the processes and functions of business management within the context of an integrated, holistic organisational approach and a transforming socio-economic setting.

This programme is designed in such a way that it integrates with our new MBA and thus not only provides academic synergy but also a pathway to our renowned MBA programme. Students that progress onto the MBA programme will be granted credits for the following modules:

  • People Management (Human Resource Strategy)
  • Management Economics
  • Management Accounting

 

Admissions Criteria

At NMMU Business School, prospective PDBA block release students are required to meet the following admissions criteria: 

PHASE 1

  • A three-year National Diploma or Degree at an NQF Level 6 and Level 7 respectively. Should you have completed your qualification through a college, you would have to have the qualification SAQA approved. 
  • A minimum of three years working experience (full-time). 
  • Applicants must reside within a 60 km radius of the NMMU Business School centres: East London, Cape Town, Gauteng or Durban.
  • Be fluent in English. Applicants not fluent in English will be required to produce an English Proficiency certificate to verify English language skills.

An applicant who meets the above criteria will then progress onto the second phase of the application process: the writing of the Psychometric Test or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

 PHASE 2

  • All applicants are required to complete the psychometric test as part of the application process.
  • Students need to score a 5 or higher on the psychometric test (SHL).
  • Students writing the GMAT test need to obtain a score of 520 or higher.

Once the test has been completed the application will be reviewed and those applicants who meet the application criteria for phase 1 and phase 2 will be asked to partake in an interview (PHASE 3).

Those who do not meet the criteria for phase 1 or phase 2 will not be allowed to further partake in the application process, and their application will be deemed ‘not successful’.

 

PDBA Block Release explained

The PDBA block release programme is presented over 12 months (one year) to students residing in, and around, one of its centres (Gauteng, Cape Town, Durban or East London - within a 60km radius).

 

Trimester Module Structure 

YEAR 1

TRIMESTER 1 (Feb – May)

Integrated Management Practice
Marketing Management 
Accounting for Business*

TRIMESTER 2 (May – Aug)

Operations Management
Management Accounting
Human Resource Strategy

TRIMESTER 3 (Aug – Nov)

Entrepreneurship
Strategy
Management Economics

Exit: PDBA degree

*  Foundation programme for Management Accounting. Applicable to individuals without Accounting at first-year level.

 * Programme subject to change.  

Students that progress onto the MBA programme will be granted credits for the following modules:

  • People Management (Human Resource Strategy)
  • Management Economics
  • Management Accounting

 

Class Presentation

1. Three study visits to Port Elizabeth (PE) per year. Each year is divided into 3 trimesters (12 weeks per trimester). You will be required to travel to PE for a study visit at the beginning of each trimester (February, May and August). The study visit in PE normally runs from a Wednesday to a Friday and attendance is compulsory. The study visit at the beginning of the year (February) is slightly longer than the last two study visits in order to allow for orientation (Tuesday – Friday). You will be required to be in PE for a total of 10 working days a year.

2. Approximately eighteen (18) video conferencing sessions on weekends at one of NMMU Business. School’s video conferencing sites (Gauteng, Cape Town, Durban and East London) or via online learning platform. The live video sessions allow for a virtual classroom experience where students and the professor can interact with each other.

3. Lecturer visits to Centres.  The academic staff involved in presenting a module will visit your delivery point on a weekend to lecture for one full day per module in every trimester, if they deem it academically necessary.

 

Venues

Gauteng: Centurion Academy, Highveld Campus, 48 Charles de Gaulle Crescent, Centurion, Gauteng.

Cape Town: Prestige Academy, Bellville Business Park, DJ Wood Way, Bellville, Cape Town.

Durban: South African Sugar Association, Kwa-Shukela, Conference Centre, 170 Flanders Drive, Mount Edgecombe.

East London: NMMU Business School East London and Border Kei Office, 63 Devereux Avenue, Vincent, East London.

 

Group Work

All students accepted onto the PDBA programme are assigned to a syndicate group. Group members are selected and assigned according to their professional expertise and experience so as to best replicate a management team in the working environment. PDBA students will work together in their groups over the 12 month period. You will be required to meet with your group members on a regular basis (at least once a week) to work on assignments.

 

Tests and Exams

All tests and exams are written at the delivery points (Gauteng, Durban, Cape Town or East London). Tests are written on weekends (Saturdays) and exams in the week. 

 

Main Campus & International Head Office

NMMU Business School
2nd Avenue Campus
2nd Avenue
Summerstrand
Port Elizabeth, 6000
South Africa

 

Video Conferencing Venues

The delivery points for the video conferencing sessions, tests and exams and day visits are:

  • Gauteng: Centurion Academy, Highveld Campus, 48 Charles de Gaulle Crescent, Centurion, Gauteng.
  • Cape Town: Prestige Academy, Bellville Business Park, DJ Wood Way, Bellville, Cape Town.
  • Durban: South African Sugar Association, Kwa-Shukela, Conference Centre, 170 Flanders Drive, Mount Edgecombe.
  • East London: NMMU Business School East London and Border Kei Office, 63 Devereux Avenue, Vincent, East London.

 

Learning Methods & Techniques

Formal Lectures. Analyses of case studies. International Guest Speakers and Lecturers. Facilitated Group Discussion. Presentation of Group Assignments. Conducting applied research on real business problems.

 

International Learning Experience

An international learning experience is offered through our network of Business School Affiliates and the NMMU Office for International Education as well as our cohort of international students.

 

NMMU Lecturers

Our faculty and lecturers are the driving force behind our cutting-edge programmes and provide the best learning experience.

Media, industry, working individuals and professionals, government and leaders turn to our faculty for the latest insights, knowledge and expertise.

We are driven by a set of values geared to ensure that employees and students are holistically empowered as leaders, innovators, agents of change and independent thinkers that will contribute to ecological and economic sustainability and the upliftment of community and society.

 

Application Closing Date: 27 November 2017

 

It is important to apply early if you want to secure a place on the programme. Seats are limited.