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BACHELOR OF COMMERCE

1.0 Rationale

The rationale of the Commerce degree programme is to provide students with a wide range of skills, knowledge, and attitudes to respond to their need for effective management of public and private business enterprises.

2.0 Programme Objectives

At the end of the training, the graduates will be expected to: -

  1. Effectively manage resources at their disposal according to contemporary economic, business management and technological trends;
  2. Carry out research with a view to finding solutions to contemporary problems affecting business development at various scales;
  3. Appreciate the complex relationship between the national economy and global economic trends; and
  4. Have acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes for pursuing further studies in Commerce.

3.0 Programme Learning Outcomes

At the end of the training, the graduates will be expected to: -

  1. Explain the nature and role of business management.
  2. Describe business management concepts, theories and processes.
  3. Describe the local and global environments in which organizations function.
  4. Apply the appropriate methods and techniques in identifying and solving business problems.
  5. Conduct business research and communicate research results.

4.0 Admission Requirements

  1. All candidates admitted to the degree programme of Bachelor of Commerce must satisfy the minimum common
  2. In addition, candidates must obtain at least the minimum cut-off points for the year as determined from any one of the following four cluster subjects from revised
  3. KCSE STRUCURE

    • English or Kiswahili
    • At least any one from the following:
    • History and Government
    • Geography,
    • Christian Religious Education
    • Social Education and Ethics,
    • Hindu Religious Education or
    • Islamic Religious Education
    • Mathematics

    Either

    • Biology or Biological Sciences; or
    • Chemistry or Physics or

    Or

    • Any one of the following:
    • Accounts
    • Commerce
    • Economics

    A Candidate must obtain at least a grade C in Maths and English or Kiswahili in KCSE. Those with less than a C grade must take and pass a bridging course.

  4. Those holding qualifications equivalent to the above from institutions recognised by Egerton University Senate may also be admitted.
  5. Holders of CPA II or Diploma holders in Co-operative Management, Banking, Finance, Agri-Business, Marketing, Insurance and Risk Management and Management Science disciplines and passed with a credit or higher or their equivalent are also eligible for admission.
  6. Based on Senate approved guidelines, candidates may be allowed to transfer credits from a diploma course or its equivalent from an institution recognised by the University Senate up to a maximum of 40% of the required programme.

5.0 Course Structure and Duration

The Bachelor of Commerce degree programme takes four academic years made up of two semesters each for full-time studies. Part time students may be allowed to cover the programme within eight academic years. The Course structure and requirements for a bachelor’s degree are as follows:

  1. Courses taken to fulfil graduation requirements are drawn from a cluster of University Common Core courses and from those specified by Faculties and Departments.
  2. In order to fulfil the graduation requirements for Bachelor of Commerce degree, candidates are required to take and pass at least 144 credit factors of courses approved by the Senate.
  3. Full Time Students will be required to complete a minimum of 36 credit factors each year which will be distributed as follows:
    • First year, 9 credit factors from University wide courses, 27 credit factors from Faculty wide courses.
    • Second year, 36 credit factors from core courses.
    • Third and fourth year, 18 credit factors from core courses each per year, 15 credit factors from specialisation options and 3 credit factors from electives.
  4. Part-time Students shall be allowed to take a minimum of nine (9) CFs. per semester.
  5. The course code is four capital letters starting with the letter “B” which stands for Business and the last three letters are discipline specific, e.g. HRM stands for Human Resource Management. This is followed by three digits.
    • 1st digit, Indicates year or level the course is offered, i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4.
    • 2nd digit is discipline specific discipline, as follows:

    0 General courses
    Accounting, Finance and Management Science

    1. Accounting courses
    2. Project management
    3. Finance courses
    4. Operations Management
    5. Business Information System
    6. Procurement and Supply Chain Management

    Business Administration

    1. Co-operative and Micro-Finance Management Option
    2. Entrepreneurship Option
    3. Human Resource Management Option
    4. Insurance and Risk Management Option
    5. Marketing Option
    3rd digit, indicates the sequencing of the course

6.0 Examination Regulations

All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute 36.

7.0 Grading System

The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute 36

8.0 Graduation Requirements

To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.

9.0 Degree Classification

The Bachelor of Commerce degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statutes No 36 of 2013.


COURSES SUMMARY

  • YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1
    CODE TITLE L P CF
    BACT 110 Principles of Accounting I 45 0 3.0
    BECO 101 Principles of Microeconomics for Business 45 0 3.0
    BMGT 100 Introduction to Business 45 0 3.0
    BOPM 140 Management Mathematics I 45 0 3.0
    COMS 101Communication Skills 45 0 3.0
    ZOOL 143 The Biology of HIV/AIDS and Society 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 270 30 18.0

  • YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2
    BACT 111 Principles of Accounting II 45 0 3.0
    BBIS 150 Fundamentals of Information Systems 45 0 3.0
    BECO 102 Principles of Macroeconomics for Business 45 0 3.0
    BMGT 101 Principles of Management 45 0 3.0
    BOPM 141 Management Mathematics II 45 0 3.0
    PHIL 104 Philosophy and Society 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 270 0 18.0


  • YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1
    BACT 210 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 45 0 3.0
    BACT 211 Accounting for Assets 45 0 3.0
    BECO 201 Intermediate Microeconomics for Business 45 0 3.0
    BINS 240 Risk and Insurance 450 3.0
    BMKT 250 Principles of Marketing 45 0 3.0
    BOPM 240 Business Statistics for Decision Making 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 270 0 18.0

  • YEAR 2 SEMESTER 2
    BACT 212 Accounting for Equities and Liabilities 45 0 3.0
    BBIS 250 Systems Analysis and Design 45 0 3.0
    BECO 202 Intermediate Macroeconomics for Business 45 0 3.0
    BFIN 230 Financial Management I 45 0 3.0
    BHRM 230 Human Resource Management 45 0 3.0
    BPSM 260 Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 2700 18.0

  • YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1
    BENT 320 Entrepreneurship 450 3.0
    BMGT 300 Organisational Theory 45 0 3.0
    BMGT 301 Experimental Psychology 45 0 3.0
     

    Three Optional Courses

    135 0 9.0
    TOTAL 270 0 18.0

    OPTIONAL COURSES
    Accounting Option

  • BACT 310 Advanced Financial Accounting 1 45 0 3.0
    BACT 311 Principle of Auditing 45 0 3.0
    BFIN 332 Financial Management II 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 145 0 9.0

    Finance Option

  • BFIN 330 Financial Institutions and Markets 45 0 3.0
    BFIN 331 Monetary Theory and Practice 45 0 3.0
    BFIN 332 Financial Management II 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 145 0 9.0

  • BBIS 350 Object Oriented Programming I 45 0 3.0
    BBIS 351 Data Communication 45 0 3.0
    BBIS 352 Computer Operating System 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 145 0 9.0

    Operations Management Option

  • BOPM 340 Operations Research for Management I 45 0 3.0
    BOPM 341 Managerial Statistics 45 0 3.0
    BOPM 342 Operations Systems Design 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 145 0 9.0

    Procurement and Supply Chain Management Option

  • BPSM 360 Inventory Management 45 0 3.0
    BPSM 361 Retail Merchandise Management 45 0 3.0
    BPSM 362 Procurement Management 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 145 0 9.0

    Co-operative and Micro-Finance Management Option

  • BCMF 310 Philosophy of Co- operatives and Micro- Finance 45 0 3.0
    BCMF 311 Credit Management in Cooperatives and Micro-Finance 45 0 3.0
    BMGT 303 Global Business Management 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 145 0 9.0

    Entrepreneurship Option

  • BENT 321 Business Start Up Process 45 0 3.0
    BENT 322 Enterprise Environment 45 0 3.0
    BMGT 303 Global Business Management 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 145 0 9.0

    Human Resource Management Option

  • BHRM 330 Human Resource Planning 45 0 3.0
    BHRM 331 Strategic Human Resource Management 45 0 3.0
    BMGT 303 Global Business Management 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 145 0 9.0

    Insurance and Risk Management Option

  • BINS 340 Property Insurance 45 0 3.0
    BINS 341 Life Assurance 45 0 3.0
    BINS 342 Medical Insurance 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 145 0 9.0

    Marketing Option

  • BMGT 303 Global Business Management 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 350 Sales Management 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 351 Marketing Management 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 145 0 9.0

    Human Resource Management Option

  • YEAR 3 SEMESTER 2
    Core Courses

    BFIN 333 Public Finance 45 0 3.0
    BMGT 304 Organisational Behaviour 45 0 3.0
    BMGT 305 Company Law 45 0 3.0
    Two Optional Courses 90 0 6.0
    One elective 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 270 0 18.0

    Accounting Option

  • BACT 313 Advanced Managerial Accounting 45 0 3.0
    BACT 312 Advanced Managerial Accounting II 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Finance Option

  • BFIN 334 Banking, Law and Practice 45 0 3.0
    BFIN 335 Corporate Finance 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Business Information System Option

  • BBIS 353 Object Oriented Programming II 45 0 3.0
    BBIS 354 Software Engineering 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Operations Management Option

  • BOPM 343 Operations Research for Management II 45 0 3.0
    BOPM 344 Quality Management 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management

  • BPSM 363 Logistics and Transport Management 45 0 3.0
    BPSM 364 Operations Management Practice 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

  • Co-operative and Micro-Finance Management Option

  • BCMF 312 Co-operatives and Micro- Finance Accounting 45 0 3.0
    BCMF 313 Co-operatives and Micro- Finance Law 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

  • Entrepreneurship Option

  • BENT 323 Marketing for Small Business 45 0 3.0
    BENT 324 Business Planning 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Human Resource Management Option

  • BHRM 332 Labour Relations 45 0 3.0
    BHRM 333 Human Resource Development 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Insurance and Risk Management Option

  • BINS 343 Motor Insurance 45 0 3.0
    BINS 344 BRetirement Benefit 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Marketing Option

  • BMKT 352 Marketing communication 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 353 Consumer Behaviour 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    YEAR 4 SEMESTER 1
    Core Courses

  • BMGT 400 Strategic Management 45 0 3.0
    BMGT 401 Business communication 45 0 3.0
    BOPM 440 Business Research Methods 45 0 3.0
    Two Optional Courses 90 0 6.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0
    Total 2700 21.0

    OPTIONAL COURSES
    Accounting Option

  • BACT 410 International Accounting 45 0 3.0
    BACT 411 Tax Laws and Practice 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Finance Option

  • BFIN 430 Management of Financial Institutions 45 0 3.0
    BFIN 431 Real Estate Finance 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Business Information Systems Option

  • BBIS 450 Database Management Systems 45 0 3.0
    BBIS 451 Business Analytics and Decision Support 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Operations Management Option

  • BOPM 441 Project Management 45 0 3.0
    BOPM 442 Operations Management 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Procurement and Supply Chain Management

  • BPSM 460 Contemporary Issues in Supply Chain Management 45 0 3.0
    BPSM 461 Legal aspects of Procurement and Supply Management 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Co-operative and Micro-Finance Management Option

  • BCMF 410 Risk Management in Co-operatives and Micro- Finance institutions 45 0 3.0
    BCMF 411 Micro-Enterprise Project Management 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Entrepreneurship Option

  • BENT 420 Business Consultancy 45 0 3.0
    BENT 421 Innovation and Enterprise Development 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Human Resource Management Option

  • BHRM 430 Labour Law 45 0 3.0
    BHRM 431 Managing Human Resource Performance 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Insurance and Risk Management Option

  • BINS 440 Marine Insurance 45 0 3.0
    BINS 441 Insurance Law 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    Marketing Option

  • BMKT 450 Marketing Research 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 451 Global Marketing 45 0 3.0
    One Elective 45 0 3.0

    YEAR 4 SEMESTER 2
    CORE COURSES

  • BMGT 402 Business Ethics and Corporate Governance 45 0 3.0
    BMGT 403 Business Research Project 45 0 3.0
    BMIS 452 Management Information Systems 45 0 3.0
    Three Optional Courses 135 0 9.0
    Total 270 0 18.0

    OPTIONAL COURSES
    Accounting Option

  • BACT 412 Financial Auditing and Investigation 45 0 3.0
    BACT 413 Specialised Financial Accounting Techniques 45 0 3.0
    BFIN 414 Financial Statement Analysis 45 0 3.0

    Finance Option

  • BFIN 432 International Finance 45 0 3.0
    BFIN 433 Investment and Portfolio Management 45 0 3.0
    BFIN 434 Financial Statement Analysis 45 0 3.0

    Operations Management Option

  • BOPM 443 Advanced Business Statistics 45 0 3.0
    BOPM 444 Service Operations Management 45 0 3.0
    BOPM 445 Business Forecasting 45 0 3.0

    Procurement and Supply Chain Management Option

  • BPSM 462 Ethics in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management 45 0 3.0
    BPSM 463 Negotiations in Procurement and Supply Chain Management 45 0 3.0
    BPSM 464 Purchasing Policy and Strategy 45 0 3.0

    Business Information System Option

  • BBIS 453 Distributed Information Systems 45 0 3.0
    BBIS 454 Human Computer Interaction 45 0 3.0
    BBIS 455 Information System Security and Audit 45 0 3.0

    Co-operative and Micro-Finance Management Option

  • BCMF 412 Co-operative Policy and Management 45 0 3.0
    BCMF 413 Co-operative and Micro- Finance Product Development 45 0 3.0
    BCMF 414 Resource Mobilization 45 0 3.0

    Entrepreneurship Option

  • BENT 422 Social Entrepreneurship 45 0 3.0
    BENT 423 International Dimensions of Entrepreneurship 45 0 3.0
    BENT 424 Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Ethics 45 0 3.0

    Human Resource Management Option

  • BHRM 432 Management of Diversity 45 0 3.0
    BHRM 433 Reward and Compensation Management 45 0 3.0
    BHRM 434 Occupational  Safety and Health Management 45 0 3.0

    Insurance and Risk Management Option

  • BINS  442 Introduction to Actuarial  Science 45 0 3.0
    BINS  443 Reinsurance 45 0 3.0
    BINS 444 Risk Management 45 0 3.0

    Marketing Option

  • BMKT 452 Strategic Marketing 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 453 Marketing of Services 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 454 Customer Relationship Management 45 0 3.0

    ELECTIVES OFFERED IN THIRD YEAR

  • BMKT 452 Strategic Marketing 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 453 Marketing of Services 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 454 Customer Relationship Management 45 0 3.0

    ELECTIVES OFFERED IN THIRD YEAR

  • BACT 314 Accounting Information Systems 45 0 3.0
    BACT 315 Public Sector Accounting 45 0 3.0
    BBIS 355 Advanced Programming in Java 45 0 3.0
    BBIS 356 Application Programming for the Internet 45 0 3.0
    BBIS  357 E-Commerce 45 0 3.0
    BCMF 314 Consumer  Cooperative Management 45 0 3.0
    BCMF 315 Housing  Cooperatives Management 45 0 3.0
    BENT 325 International Marketing for Small Business 45 0 3.0
    BENT 326 Legal and Tax Issues for Small Business 45 0 3.0
    BFIN  336 Asset Management 45 0 3.0
    BFIN 337 Financial Information Systems 45 0 3.0
    BFIN 338 Economic Development 45 0 3.0
    BHRM 334 Global Human Resource Management 45 0 3.0
    BHRM 335 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management 45 0 3.0
    BINS  345 Agricultural  Insurance 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 354 Brand Management 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 355 E-Marketing 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 356 Business Sector Marketing 45 0 3.0
    BOPM 345 Materials Management 45 0 3.0
    BOPM 346 Manufacturing Operations Management 45 0 3.0

    ELECTIVES OFFERED IN FOURTH YEAR

  • BACT 415 Advanced Taxation and Planning 45 0 3.0
    BACT 416 Contemporary Issues in Managerial Accounting 45 0 3.0
    BACT 417 Trust and Executorships Accounting 45 0 3.0
    BBIS 456 Advanced Database Systems 45 0 3.0
    BBIS 457 Multimedia Systems And Applications 45 0 3.0
    BCMF 415 Banking Practice 45 0 3.0
    BBIS 459 Knowledge  Management and Innovation 45 0 3.0
    BCMF 416 Contemporary Issues in Co-operative  Movements 45 0 3.0
    BENT 425 Entrepreneurial Venture Promotion 45 0 3.0
    BENT 426 Public Relations and Customer Care 45 0 3.0
    BFIN 435 Development Finance 45 0 3.0
    BENT 427 Small Business Financing 45 0 3.0
    BFIN 437 Financial Derivatives 45 0 3.0
    BHRM 435 Retirement Benefits Management 45 0 3.0
    BHRM 436 Management of Change 45 0 3.0
    BHRM 437 Leadership and Team Management 45 0 3.0
    BINS 445 Social Insurance 45 0 3.0
    BINS 446 Micro-Insurance 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 455 Social Marketing 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 456 Public  Relations Management 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 457 Distribution and Logistics Management 45 0 3.0
    BMKT 458 Marketing  for Non-profit Organizations 45 0 3.0
    BOPM446 Statistical Quality Control 45 0 3.0
    BOPM 447 Heuristics and Simulation 45 0 3.0
    BPSM 465 Global Supply chain management 45 0 3.0
    BPSM 466 Purchasing Information Systems 45 0 3.0

11.0 Examination Schedule

The examination schedule for all courses is provided regularly by the Directorate of Examination and Timetabling at the beginning of each semester.