Academic Writing I
This is a writing course focusing on expository writings. Basic editing principles are covered and applied to all writing. Selected essays are read and examined as examples of the expository styles to improve critical reading skills, grammar skills, and essay writing. Research techniques and documentation are also emphasised as methods to enhance writing.
Computer Information Systems
This introductory course provides the necessary background for understanding the role of information systems in organisations and for using computer tools and technology in solving business problems. The main concepts covered include: types and categories of computers; software and hardware components; storage; computer networks; and operating systems, with an emphasis on analysing problems and creating solutions. In the practical section of the course, you will gain hands-on experience using Office productivity tools.
Introduction to Business Administration
This course will introduce you to the fundamental principles of business administration. It examines the factors that lead towards the successful administration of a business, and the leadership skills and behaviours necessary for achieving organisational goals and objectives. It is designed to examine modern management challenges organisations face, and provides an explanation of various types of planning and decision-making tools that can aid in attaining success. The course will cover both the traditional and current thinking relating to management concepts and theories. Additionally, the course is structured to increase your knowledge of the fundamentals of organising, influencing, communication, motivation and human resource management.
Introduction to Sociology
This introductory course seeks to provide an overview of sociology as a discipline. It lays the foundation for you to apply the various theoretical perspectives to contemporary social problems, especially relating to the world of work.
This course seeks to provide you with the capacity to indulge in professional accounting work. It is particularly important for students who intend to continue with further accounting studies. The aim is to provide you with the requisite financial accounting skills necessary for progress in personal and private business. This course will form the bridge for studies in modules such as Cost Accounting, Management Accounting and Financial Management.
Introduction to Psychology
This introductory course in psychology is designed to give you a basic understanding of human behaviour. You will learn the major psychological theories that will allow you to explain and predict human behaviour. The emphasis will be on examining your behaviour and the behaviour of others within an organisational context.
Principles of Microeconomics
This course introduces you to basic microeconomic principles. It also provides an understanding of how prices are formed in markets, how markets function, the behaviour of individual buyers and sellers, models of decision making for individuals and companies and the application of basic economic theories to real-life situations and problems.
Academic Writing II
This module is an introduction to the analysis of critical thinking. The module aims to impart a skill in the ability to recognise and to construct common types of cogent and non-cogent reasoning in a structured and written way.
The course is designed to integrate theory and practice in preparing professionals for public speaking assignments. You will be provided with the opportunity to develop skills in the preparation and delivery of speeches for specific types of professional occasions.
Principles of Marketing
The aim of this course is to enable you to understand how to develop a marketing plan for new ventures. The skills and knowledge learnt will enable you to identify which marketing techniques and theories are most suitable for new ventures, whether they are for creating a new business or within an existing organisation. This course examines the theory and practice of marketing for entrepreneurial ventures. This course provides a roadmap for you to employ the tools and techniques of entrepreneurial marketing to create a sustainable competitive advantage.
Introduction to Politics
This course exposes you to the nature and main forms of Caribbean political institutions and government, as well as the region’s significant culture manifestations. This course does not assume prior knowledge of core concepts. It introduces you to the major methods, approaches and issues of political science, helping to give you grounding in the conceptual and practical fundamentals of the discipline. It provides a comprehensive overview of the following areas of study: the nature of politics and its phenomena; the major processes and arrangements which shape political behaviour; involvement and perspectives; the challenges posed to and adaptations made by existing political systems; and, through a comparative approach with the Caribbean, the organisation of political systems in other countries and an evaluation of how well their structures and processes work.
This course will expose you to principles of algebra for the college level. You will gain an understanding of numerical and algebraic relationships and be able to formulate problems into mathematical terms, select, apply and communicate appropriate techniques of solution and interpret the solutions in terms of the problem.
Legal Concepts for Commerce
The course will examine key legal concepts and elements that govern business structures, business transactions and interactions between persons, companies or a combination of both.
Introduction to Literature
This will introduce you to the traditional genre classifications of literature - prose, poetry, and drama - because these categories provide a convenient and logical structure for an introductory study of literature. Additionally, the course seeks to emphasise the universality and diversity of imaginative literature as an expression of ideas and emotions, readings, culture, ideas and even language itself through works from various cultures and from differing segments of society, as well as from a variety of time periods.
This course works in conjunction with Academic Writing and Public Speaking to provide you with an understanding of the role of the professional as a communicator in the business environment. It introduces you to common forms of professional writing and speaking in specific business situations focusing on how to sell your ideas to audiences, readers and listeners.
This course is designed to ensure that you are aware of the relationship between ethical conduct and business practice and that you know the ethical theories, standards and practices as they relate to the general conduct of business and their interaction with employees, customers and the public at large.
This course is intended to expose you to current cost accounting theories and practice, so that you are able to use accounting data in planning and controlling business activities. These concepts are necessary for improving your analytical and critical thinking skills in reporting cost information. The intention is to develop students who are ready and capable to occupy accounting positions in the business world.
This course is intended to ensure that you learn the different project management techniques and are able to apply them appropriately as the situation demands in order to meet the objectives, budgetary targets and specifications of the business organisation.
Introduction to Business & Economic Statistics
This course provides an introduction of basic concepts and principles of statistics and the application of these principles in a variety of business settings to assist managers in decision making and problem solving.
This course introduces you to the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship. It examines the factors that lead towards entrepreneurial success, and the skills and behaviours necessary to be a successful entrepreneur. It is designed to explain what entrepreneurship is or is not, its relevance to sustainability in modern societies and its contribution to the success of existing firms, in relation to achieving the bottom-line. The course will cover the theory and practice relating to starting and managing a new business, the development of an effective new venture business plan, and the types of financing available to entrepreneurs. Additionally, the course is structured to increase your knowledge of strategy development, entrepreneurial financing and risk assessment. With this preparation, you will be in a better position to achieve success at entrepreneurial ventures.
Organisational Theory & Behaviour
This introductory course exposes you to the basic theories that attempt to explain how people behave in organisations and the structure and culture of business organisations.
Principles of Macroeconomics
As consumers, workers, students and citizens, economics affect all our lives. The decisions made by government, businesses and society at large affect everyone. It is therefore vital for everyone to have some basic knowledge of economics. When students are aware of the social, political and financial context in which the economy operates, they are able to develop reasonable opinions on a variety of business and public issues. You will find that the study of economics will develop and sharpen your decision-making capabilities by exposing you to logical ways to evaluate alternative decisions. Students doing macroeconomics should have been exposed to the basic principles of microeconomics which would have formed the foundation for entry into macroeconomics.
This module is designed to develop knowledge of differential and integral calculus. Emphasis is placed on limits, continuity, derivatives and integrals of algebraic and transcendental functions of one variable. Upon completion, you should be able to select and use appropriate models and techniques for finding solutions to derivative-related and integral-related problems with and without technology.
Provides not only a knowledge of the terminology, theory and analytical techniques of corporate financial management, but also ethics, interpretation of data using ratio analysis, valuation principles of money and stock, analysis of risk and return, and capital investment decisions.
This course examines the increasing significance of business organisations in contemporary society. It addresses fundamental issues of the law affecting these organisations, including the idea that a company is a distinct ‘person’. The course considers the powers and duties of those involved in companies, and the consequences of a company failing to meet relevant legal standards of conduct.
Covers how companies design strategies to deal with the dynamics of their marketing environment in order to meet competition and ensure long-term survival and growth. Topics covered include marketing tools, how to analyse marketing opportunities, marketing mix and managing the distribution channel.
Management Information Systems
Participants in this course will be able to understand how to effectively exploit information technology as well as to understand the identification, development, and implementation of appropriate information technology applications to solve organisational problems. This will also help you to appreciate the use of decision support and expert systems in businesses.
This course uses traditional and cutting-edge social psychological theories to explore some of the most pressing issues we face in our complex, fast-changing world. Topics in the course include emotions, conflict, relationships, the body, personality, prejudice and group processes. Working with multimedia materials, you will develop advanced academic skills of critical evaluation and argument and will have the opportunity to conduct your own independent research project – consolidating and deepening your understanding. The course will also contribute to your personal development by encouraging you to reflect on your life in light of social psychological evidence.
This introduces you to the importance of strategic management for effective and successful leadership. The course will demonstrate the range of analysis required for strategy formulation, show how to align company strategy with both industry and competitive conditions, and explain how to implement a winning strategy.
Production & Operations Management
This course provides an introduction to the functional area of production and operations management as practiced in manufacturing industries and the services sector. It includes decision making, project management, facility layout in manufacturing and services industries, quality control, just-in-time systems, forecasting, costing in production and operations management, and inventory management.
This course exposes you to international trade and the global market place. You will learn how exchange rates are established and varied, about the balance of payment and balance of trade, and how countries position themselves to be competitive in the global environment.
This course is designed to expose you to quantitative concepts, basic statistical tools, and mathematical modelling. You will learn how to gather data from numerous sources for problem solving and decision making.
Management accounting information plays a vital role in the successful operation of every business. The information provided by the management accounting systems supports the operational and strategic needs of the organisation. This requires a course which is broad-based, drawing upon several disciplines. Management Accounting fulfils this need by merging topics from economics, statistics, operational research, management, behavioural science, information systems, and cost and financial accounting.
International Business Management
You will develop an appreciation for the significance of international business and the peculiarities of managing an international business operation. You will understand the major differences and potentials of the major global marketplaces and business centers, and will understand the strategic alternatives available to a firm to enter the global marketplace.
Corporate governance deals with the complex set of relationships between the corporation and its board of directors, management, shareholders, and other stakeholders. In the recent years, the regulators and legislators have intensified their focus on how businesses are being run. They are endeavouring to create a template for new corporate governance and disclosure measures, which is beneficial for both the stakeholders and controllers.
Introduction to Research
This course exposes you to the traditions of research, the concepts of quantitative and qualitative research, the designing of a research question and or the hypothesis, and the main aspects of conducting research.
This course exposes you to the traditions of conducting research and producing a product. This is strongly student-centred and independent-study-based. You will develop and refine a proposal and conduct the research. This is a coached cognitive apprenticeship approach to learning from an expert.