BUS 1320: INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT
This is an elementary course, which is designed to provide an understanding on basic concepts and theoretical foundations of Management. Developing this foundation knowledge will be beneficial for subsequent study of courses in different degree programmes in Management. This course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the key elements of the organisations, its environment and main functional areas of management. It also intends to build foundation of knowledge on the different theoretical approaches to management and decision making. Finally, the course would assist the students to develop conceptual skills to identify links between the functional areas in management, organisations, management practices and the business environment.
BUS 2322: MANAGING MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES
This is an intermediary skills development course. Managerial competencies facilitate managers to perform their multiple roles in work organisations effectively. Thus, managing managerial competencies has been recognised as a significant factor for a work organisation for its survival and sustainability. However, in today’s turbulent environment these competencies are being constantly challenged by multiple forces both in work organisations and wider society. As a result, identifying and developing “appropriate” competencies among Management undergraduates – the prospective managers – has become a vital requisite. In this context, by examining the competencies that should be developed among our undergraduates, this elementary level Course seeks to cultivate and develop critical thinking skill among the participants while facilitating them to identify and develop their conceptual, inter-personal and technical and communicative competencies in the broad area of Management. After successful completion of the course it is intended that the participants will be able to mould themselves to become effective managers in the World of Work.
BUS 3320: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
This is an intermediary course that basically deals with understanding human behaviour in organisation. It involves individuals, groups, and organisational processes. It recognizes the fact that human beings are complex. The same person’s behaviour changes in different situations. Two people are not alike and often act very differently in the same situation. This complexity limits our ability to make simple predictions of human behaviour. Therefore, a systematic approach is required to understand human behaviour at work. The basis for using the systematic approach to study human behaviour in organisation is the belief that behaviour is not random and that we can offer reasonably accurate explanation and prediction of human behaviour in organisation.
In this context, this course contents address the key issues and the dynamics of individuals and group behaviour in the organisational context. Thus, the students who follow this course will be able to gain systematic knowledge and understanding about behaviour of individuals, and groups, as well as about organisational processes from a broader perspective and it offers a specific insight to improve managerial skills in relation to comprehending, predicting, and managing human behaviour at work.
BUS 3321: KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
This is an intermediary integrative course focussed on the importance of knowledge and wisdom. Business in the 21st century has become increasingly competitive as it has become global. A plethora of new technologies and business processes such as business intelligence, content management, supply chain management, customer relationship management and enterprise resource management has resulted in the rise of new information types and interrelationships that require knowledge in diverse areas. Hence, in the quest for sustainable competitive advantage, companies have finally come to realize that technology alone is not what sustains knowledge. The primary focus is on the effects of recognizing knowledge within the organization, capturing this knowledge, and using it to position the organization in a competitive internal and external environment. In this course, students develop skills and processes to build solutions that leverage organizational and individual knowledge while focusing on the issues of organizational transformation, change and managing knowledge within organizations.
BUS 3322: CULTURE AND LEADERSHIP
This is an advanced course on the interrelated concepts of organizational culture and leadership. Organization as a society has its own culture which creates social reality among the multiple realities. And it can be identified that understanding and managing organizational culture as a complex task. Furthermore, it has been identified that the leadership plays a vital role in creating, embedding and transmitting organizational culture. In this context, as a prospective manager, it has become one of the prerequisites for Management Undergraduates to have a comprehensive understanding on and about organizational culture and leadership. Thus, this course seeks to enhance theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the students on and about organizational culture and leadership with a view of strengthening their potential managerial role in the World of Work.
BUS 3324: MANAGING FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY
This is an integrative course on “Productivity” and “Quality”. It aims to provide a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts and issues of productivity and quality and to impart the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to successfully improve productivity and quality in business organizations. Under this course, the meaning, interdependence and interrelationship of the concept of productivity and quality, strategies and techniques for improving productivity and quality, issues related to the productivity and quality discussed in depth. Further several practical activities such as factory visits, article presentations, guest lectures, and productivity improvement projects will be used as active learning methods to improve students’ practical knowledge on productivity and quality.
BUS 4320: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
This is an advanced course as well as an integrative course that draws upon knowledge of previous courses delivered at elementary and intermediary levels of the Degree programme. The purpose of the strategic management course is to deliver a holistic understanding of corporate and business strategy that ties previous disciplines together at a strategic level in determining the strategic direction of organizations in the context of the broad general and immediate competitive environment and how successfully these strategies could be executed to ensure long term business survival and growth.
The emphasis will primarily be on the analysis of the external and internal environment of various organizations and industries using appropriate theories, concepts and principles. Students will be provided with the necessary frameworks and models to analyze an organization or an industry, its environment and make the appropriate choice of future direction and competitive scope to deliver competitive advantage. This will need to be underpinned by sound analytical, decision-making and problem solving skills. Students will need to draw upon their previous knowledge of the functional aspects of an organization in an integrative manner and determine their overall contribution to the strategic whole.
BUS 4321: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
This is an advanced course that provides the knowledge in doing business in the globalised world. This course is designed as a culmination of all management subjects in the business area where principles of management, entrepreneurship and functional management knowledge are prominently applied in order to exploit the opportunities of globalization and to successfully engage in Overseas Expansion. The major areas covered in this course include analysis and understanding the international and global environments, Global Opportunity and Threat Assessment, Risk analysis and Overseas Market Selection, International Market Entry Strategies, International trade theory, government and regional influences with respect to international business management.
BUS 4322: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN MANAGEMENT
This is an advanced course focused on the current issues in management in a wider societal context. While focusing on the emerging trends in wider socio-political and economic context vis-à-vis the board area of Management this course in Business Administration seeks to achieve two pedagogical objectives. The Course, on the one hand, encourages participants to critically dissect and reflect upon contemporary issues in the World of Work, which they are part of. On the other hand, it facilitates them to explore and craft alternative ways and means – against orthodoxies in the market managerialism – to cope with those issues.
BUS 4324: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS
This is an intermediary course aimed at cultivating the importance of becoming a good corporate citizen by adherence to Business Responsibilities, Business Ethics and Good Governance.Social responsibility encompasses a wide variety of concerns such as ethical values in business, welfare of society, awareness, respect, protection of the natural and built environment as regular action that business can take to solve the problem being faced by e society. This course will discuss the emerging concepts of social responsibility while examining how companies have responded to the demand for more ethical behaviour and social and environmental responsibilities. Furthermore, it will also examine how corporations can become more effective in managing their social impact and improving the relationships they have with all of their stakeholders in the processes.
BUS 4327: ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT
This is an advance course aimed at emphasizing the importance of continuous change and persistent development needed to ensure timely business survival and growth especially useful for organisations operate in highly volatile business environments. Change is an ever-present feature of organisational life, both at an operational and strategic level. Hence, there is no doubt regarding the importance to any organisation of its ability to identify where it needs to be in the future, and how to manage the changes required in getting there. This course applies behavioral science knowledge and practices to help organizations to achieve greater effectiveness. It focuses on planned change in a total system that can range from a work unit through a company division up to an entire organization.
This course is also concerned with developing a theoretical understanding of the emergent discipline of OD. Starting with an initial historical perspective of the field, the course explores the core organizational model of planned change following by the various change interventions. Students reading for a degree in Business Administration are intended to become catalyst in the future. For them to become successful change agents, this course is structured around opportunities to put the diagnostic and prescriptive tools of OD into action.
BUS 4328: INTEGRATIVE STUDIES IN MANAGEMENT
This is an advanced as well as an integrative course offered at the final year of the degree programme. Having a holistic view on any given situation/issue may facilitate a manager to make effective decisions. And effective decision making can be identified as a vital process for the survival and sustainability of any work organisation. Thus, cultivating and developing analytical skills among Management undergraduates – the prospective managers – to conceptualise organisational problems and to formulate pragmatic solutions in the field of Management can be identified as one of the essential requirements to be fulfilled. In this context, this advanced course in Business Management direct the participants to analyse a selected industry by integrating diverse knowledge of subjects that they have gained during the Management Degree programme. While enhancing participants’ investigative and synthesising skills, this Course will facilitate them to explore and conceptualise managerial issues and create alternative solutions in the broad area of Management in an integrative manner.
Description of Elective Courses offered by the Department of Business Administration
BUS4325: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY (OPTION 1)
This is one of the elective courses offered in the Final Year First Semester under Option 1. This course is a prerequisite for undergraduate Research Project in Management, which is located in the final semester of the Degree programme. With a brief introduction to the philosophical foundation of Social Science Research, the Course intends to provide the participants with necessary knowledge of and skills in ‘doing’ their independent research project in Management. The content of the Course covers both qualitative as well as quantitative approaches to Management Research.
BUS4326: INTERNSHIP IN MANAGEMENT I (OPTION 2)
This is one of the elective courses offered in the Final Year First Semester under Option 2. The emerging socio-economic trends in the World of Work compel the undergraduates in Business to absorb professional oriented skills. It also compels to acquire business ethics and values.Thus, the Internship Programme in Management is aimed at exposing the undergraduates to the World of Work and to learn by real world experiences. The programme therefore facilitates the undergraduates to involve in management-related training in a business organisation. And it also facilitates to test out the applicability of their theoretical and conceptual knowledge in the business organisations in Sri Lankan context.
BUS 4333: GROUP DYNAMICS AND PERFORMANCE (OPTION 3)
This is one of the elective courses offered in the Final Year First Semester under Option 3.This is an advanced course, which attempts to provide a specialized knowledge on sociology and psychology of group behavior in organizations. This course covers theories of group formation, group conflicts, group effectiveness and group entropy. This course is delivered on the basis of classroom discussions and student seminars based on selected research readings.
BUS4629: RESEARCH STUDY IN MANAGEMENT (OPTION 1)
This is one of the elective courses offered in the Final Year Second Semester under Option 1.This is the major independent study component of the Degree programme. Students are allowed to conduct their independent study on a topic of their choice subject to the approval of the Department and the supervision of a senior department or faculty academic staff member. It is necessary that students take the BUS4325:Research Methodology Course to undertake the independent study effectively.
BUS4332: INTERNSHIP IN MANAGEMENT II (OPTION 2)
This is one of the elective courses offered in the Final Year Second Semester under Option 2.This course is a continuation of Internship in Management I offered in Year IV Semester I. The emerging socio-economic trends in the World of Work compel the undergraduates in Business to absorb more professional oriented skills. This course helps to further consolidate the practical knowledge obtained in Internship in Management I course. Internship in Management II aims at further exposing the undergraduates to the World of Work and to learn more by real world experiences. The course therefore facilitates the undergraduates to involve in a comprehensive management-related training in an operating business organisation. And it also facilitates to test out the applicability of their theoretical and conceptual knowledge in the business organisations in Sri Lankan context.
The students who enrol for the B.Sc. Business Administration (Special) Degree Programme can complete their final year course units by resorting to three (3) options as explained in the following section.
OPTION 01- RESEARCH ROUTE
Students who select this option are required to engage in independent research study. Students who select this option cannot select options 02 and 03. Under this option students should select the BUS 4325: Research Methodology course which is a pre-requisite of the independent research study (BUS 4629: Research Study in Management) to be completed in the Semester II of Year IV. The Department always encourage full-time (non-working) students to select this option.
Since the Course BUS 4629: Research Study in Management is a six credit Course, the students who select this Course in Semester II of Year IV will be exempted from BUS4328 Integrative Studies in Management.
OPTION 02- PRACTICAL TRAINING ROUTE
Students who select this option are required to engage in practical training in an organization approved by the Department. Students who select this option cannot select option 01 and 03. Under this option students should select BUS 4326: Internship in Management I in Semester I Year IV and BUS 4332: Internship in Management II in Semester II Year IV. Please read Department policy on Internship for more details.
OPTION 03 – ELECTIVE ROUTE
Students who select this option are required to take up elective courses from the Department or any other Specialized Department in the Faculty. Students who select this option cannot select option 01 and 02.
Students have a choice to select among BUS 4333: Group Dynamics and Performance or COM 4322:Theory and Practice of Banking or FIN 4322: International Financial Management as the elective course for the Semester I Year IV and students can follow DSC4324: Service Management as the elective course for the Semester II Year IV under option 3.