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Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business

  /  Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business

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ပထမနှစ် - Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business
Fees for the First Year
Programme Fees 3,875,000 MMK
Registration Fees for 2 years 465 USD approx.
Additional Payment
Uniform Fees 115,000 MMK
Trip Fees 100,000 MMK
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Programme Structure
No

Unit Name

Pearson Unit Code

Unit Credits

Core Units (Mandatory)
1 Business and Business Environment

1

15

2 Marketing Process and Planning

2

15

3 Human Resource Management

3

15

4 Leadership and Management

4

15

5 Accounting Principles

5

15

6 Managing a successful business project (Pearson-set assignment)

6

15

Optional Units

 

 

7 Innovation and Commercialization

8

15

8 Entrepreneurial Ventures

9

15

Total

 

120

Unit 1: Business and Business Environment

The aim of this unit is to give students background knowledge and understanding of business, of the functions of an organisation and of the wider business environments in which organisations operate. Students will examine the different types of organisations (including for profit and not for profit), their size and scope (for instance micro, SME, transnational and global) and how they operate. Students will explore the relationships that organisations have with their various stakeholders and how the wider external environments influence and shape business decision making.

The knowledge, understanding and skill sets that students gain in this unit will help them to have an insight into different business functions, which will support them with further study, support the development of analytical thinking and the application of key analytical tools used throughout business planning, and enable them to choose their preferred areas of specialism in future studies and in their professional career.

Textbooks

BURNS, J. and NEEDLE, D. (2019) Business in Context: An Introduction to Business and its

Environment. 7th Ed. Cengage Learning.

MORRISON, J. (2020) The Global Business Environment: Towards Sustainability? 5th Ed.

Red Globe Press.

WETHERLEY, P. (Editor) and OTTER, D. (2018) The Business Environment: Themes and

Issues in a Globalised World. 4th Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

WORTHINGTON, I. and BRITTON. C. (2018) The Business Environment. 8th Ed.

Harlow: Pearson.

Unit 2: Marketing Process and Planning

This unit is designed to introduce students to the dynamic world of the marketing sector and the wealth of exciting career opportunities available to support their decision making in their career choices. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the competencies and behaviours required by employers to work in the marketing sector. They will be introduced to the key principles of marketing, enabling them to develop a marketing plan and to employ elements of the marketing mix to achieve results. They will study the underpinning theories and frameworks of marketing while relating them to real-world examples, including products/services that they encounter in their daily lives.

The knowledge, understanding and skill sets that students will gain on successfully completing this unit will enhance their career opportunities; whether this is setting up their own business or employment in an organisation.

Textbooks

GROUCUTT, J. and HOPKINS, C. (2015) Marketing (Business Briefings).

London: Palgrave Macmillan.

JOBBER, D. and CHADWICK, F. (2019) Principles and Practice of Marketing. 9th Ed.

Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill.

KOTLER, P. and ARMSTRONG, G. (2016) Principles of Marketing.7th Ed London: Pearson.

MCDONALD, M. and WILSON, H. (2016) Marketing Plans: How to Prepare Them,

How to Use Them. 8th Ed. Chichester: John Riley and Sons.

Unit 3: Human Resource Management

The aim of the unit is to enable students to understand and be able to apply principles of effective HRM in order to enhance sustainable organisational
performance and contribute to organisational success, holding business outcomes and people outcomes in equal balance. Students will apply HR practices in a workrelated context, utilising their knowledge and practising skills and behaviours in relevant professional areas, including resourcing, talent planning and recruitment,
learning and development and employee engagement.

On completion of the unit, students will understand the purpose and scope of HRM activities. They will be able to apply a range of people-management skills to enhance the performance of an organisation by finding solutions to people-related problems.

Textbooks

ARMSTRONG, M. and TAYLOR, S. (2020) Armstrong’s Handbook of Human Resource

Management Practice. 15th Ed. London: Kogan Page.

BRATTON, J. and GOLD, J. (2017) Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice.

6th Ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

TORRINGTON, D. et al. (2018) Human Resource Management. 10th Ed. London: Pearson.

LEATHERBARROW, C. and FLETCHER, J. (2018) Introduction to Human Resource

Management. 4th Ed. Kogan Page.

Unit 4: Leadership and Management

The aim of this unit is to help students to understand the difference between the function of a manager and the role of a leader. Students will consider the
characteristics, behaviours and traits that support effective management and leadership. Students will learn about the theories that have shaped the understanding of leadership and management and how these have provided a guide to action for managers and leaders who want to secure success for their businesses. Students will look at leadership styles, how and why they are used and the extent to which they are effective.

This unit also gives students an understanding of motivational strategies. They will develop motivational strategies covering intrinsic and extrinsic aspects of motivation. Finally, students will evaluate the importance of managing performance in achieving continuous improvement.

Textbooks

ADAIR, J. (2019). Develop Your Leadership Skills: Fast, Effective Ways to Become a Leader

People Want to Follow. Kogan Page.

KELLY, P. and COLE, G. (2020) Management: Theory and Practice. 9th Ed. Cengage.

MULLINS, L. J. (2019) Organisational Behaviour in the Workplace 12th Ed. Harlow:

Pearson.

ORTI, P and MIDDLEMISS, M. (2019). Thinking Remote. Inspiration for Leaders of

Distributed Teams. Virtual Not Distance

Unit 5: Accounting Principles

The overall aim of this unit is to introduce fundamental accounting principles that underpin financial operations and support good and sustainable decision making in any organisation. Students will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of a range of financial and management accounting techniques.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to assist senior colleagues in producing and analysing budgets, drawing up simple financial statements and using financial ratios to interpret performance. Students will also explore wider aspects of accountancy, especially ethics, transparency and sustainability, and gain fundamental knowledge and skills that will enable them to progress to a higher level of study.

Textbooks

ATRILL, P. and McLANEY, E. (2018) Accounting and Finance for Non-Specialists.

11th Ed. Harlow: Pearson.

DRURY, C. (2015) Management and Cost Accounting. 9th Ed. Cengage Learning.

SEAL, W. et al (2018) Management Accounting. 6th Ed. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill.

WEETMAN, P. (2019). Financial and Management Accounting: An Introduction.

Harlow: Pearson.

Unit 6: Managing Successful Business Project (Pearon-set)

The aim of this unit is to offer students an opportunity to demonstrate the skills required for managing and implementing a small-scale business project. They will undertake independent research and investigation for carrying out and executing a business project that meets appropriate business aims and objectives.

On successful completion of this unit, students will have the confidence to engage in decision making, problem solving and research activities using project-management skills. They will have the fundamental knowledge and skills to enable them to investigate and examine relevant business concepts in a work-related context, determine appropriate outcomes, decisions or solutions and present evidence to various stakeholders in an acceptable and understandable format.

Textbooks

DINSMORE, P. and CABANIS-BREWIN, J. (2018). The AMA Handbook of Project

Management. 5th Ed. AMACON.

FLICK, U. (2020) Introducing Research Methodology: A Beginner’s Guide to Doing a Research Project. 3rd Ed. London: SAGE.

GRAY, D. (2017) Doing Research in the Real World. 4th Ed. London: SAGE.

MAYLOR, H. (2021) Project Management. 5th Ed. Harlow: Pearson.

SAUNDERS, M., LEWIS, P. and THORNHILL, A. (2019) Research Methods for Business

Students. 8th Ed. Harlow: Pearson.

Websites

Unit 8: Innovation and Commercialization

This unit aims to give students a comprehensive understanding of innovation and commercialisation. In today’s competitive landscape it is critical that organisations continually innovate both their product offering and processes to ensure that they remain competitive in the market. Adopting a more commercially driven approach is vital to maximise the Return on Investment (ROI).

In this unit, students will look at a number of tools and techniques that organisations use to drive innovation and become more commercial in their approach. The unit gives students cutting-edge knowledge as well as practical application of the key ways in which organisations become more innovative while remaining commercially driven.

By the end of the unit, students will have gained an understanding of how innovation is fostered, harnessed and managed in organisations. They will learn the value of innovation and its importance to supporting commercial growth. They will also acquire knowledge that will enable them to develop a creative and innovative approach that will benefit them throughout their career.

Textbooks

BESSANT, J. and TIDD, J. (2016) Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 3rd Ed. Oxford: Wiley.

MATTHEWS, C. and BRUEGGEMANN, R. (2015) Innovation and Entrepreneurship:

A Competency Framework. London: Routledge.

TROTT, P. (2017) Innovation Management and New Product Development. 6th Ed.

Harlow: Pearson.

VALIKANGAS, L. and GIBBERT, M. (2015) Strategic Innovation: The Definitive Guide to Outlier Strategies. London: Pearson FT Press.

Unit 9: Entrepreneurial Ventures

The unit aims to illustrate the concept of entrepreneurship and how having an entrepreneurial mindset can make a contribution to all businesses, be that a new business start-up or existing public and corporate organisations. Students will explore the skills, traits and characteristics of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Students will understand the importance of difference size businesses on the economy and the contribution they can all make to society. Students will also learn about the need for intrapreneurs and the impact of disruptive entrepreneurship.

By the end of the unit, students will have gained research skills and the knowledge that they can develop an entrepreneurial mindset that will benefit them throughout their career. They will understand the contribution that businesses make to the economy and the importance of entrepreneurial activity for all businesses in all sectors.

Textbooks

BLUNDEL, R., LOCKETT, N. and WANG, C. (2017) Exploring Entrepreneurship 2nd Ed.

London: Sage.

BURNS, P. (2016) Entrepreneurship and Small Business. 4th Ed. Basingstoke:

Palgrave Macmillan.

SCARBOROUGH, N. and CORNWALL, R. (2018). Essentials of Entrepreneurship and Small

Business Management. 9th Ed. London: Pearson.

Websites