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London Examination Board Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration Leading to Master of Business Administration Awarded by The University of South Wales.

Final Awards ReceivedPostgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration
Awarding BodiesThe Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration is awarded by the London Examinations Board and the Master of Business Administration is awarded by the University of South Wales.
Total ModulesThere are 8 modules in the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and 2 Modules for the Master of Business Administration.
Total Duration14 - 19 months
IntakesNormal: Jun / Sept / Dec
Express: May / Aug / Nov

Synopsis

Candidates who meet the entry requirement shall complete 8 modules from the London Examinations Board’s Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration over 10 months. Upon completion of all 8 modules, candidate shall enter into the University of South Wales’s Master of Business Administration top up programme whereby candidates shall complete 3 months of Research Methodology follow by the final Management Project (Thesis).

Introduction To The University Of South Wales (USW)

The University of South Wales (Welsh: Prifysgol De Cymru) is a public university in Wales, with campuses in Cardiff, Newport, Pontypridd and Dubai.

The University has more then 30,000 students and is one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom.

The University can trace its roots to the founding of the Newport Mechanics’ Institute in 1841 which became the University of Wales, Newport. The University of Wales, Newport then merged with the University of Glamorgan on 11 April 2013 to become the University of South Wales.

The university is renowned for its partnerships with major employers, one of the reasons why 95 percent of its students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. It uses these employer connections to run a series of public lectures featuring some of the leading figures in business and politics.

Courses across USW have been created with advice and guidance from professional bodies and leading businesses, to leave graduates from the institution in the best possible position to get a job once they have finished their qualification. USW graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Sony, the BBC, the NHS, and British Airways.

Teaching staff at USW are leaders in their fields, with connections across their specific industry, and do everything they can to make sure that students are up-to-date with the relevant information they need to succeed in their respective fields. With over 500 different undergraduate and postgraduate courses on offer at USW, there are a wide range of options for students to choose from. (ref: https://www.hotcoursesabroad.com/study/uk/school-college-university/university-of-south-wales/3894/international.html )

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Introduction to London Examinations Board (LEB)

London Examinations Board (LEB) is a UK entity registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers (number 10043715) and the Education and Skill Funding Agency UK.

London Examinations Board (LEB) was established with one vision in mind – to facilitate and make available high quality programmes and recognised qualifications globally. They aim to offer individuals across jurisdictions the opportunity to transform their lives by giving them access to prized further education and training which is further enhanced by internationally recognised qualifications. This will significantly augment their education, qualifications, employability and career progression.

Headquarters is in Hertfordshire, England and a Asia regional offices, the London Examinations Board only promotes superior internationally recognized courses. LEB is a distance learning provider, but they also recognizes that not everyone is comfortable with distance learning. Therefore LEB has approved Axon Consultancy to offer student support and, if preferred, face to face classroom learning in addition to LEB’s online delivery platform. Quality assurance visits and training on the London Examinations Board learning platform are carried out before approval is given. Annual reviews are also undertaken to ensure processes, procedures and quality assurance are maintained.

LEB Approved Learning Centres like Axon Consultancy will provide additional tutoring, administrative and other support to the learners. Learners will have full access to LEB’s online learning platform therefore be able to enjoy the benefits of LEB online learning platform which is truly interactive and harnesses the power of social networking to make learning fun, collaborative and engaging. It is a perfectly safe and secure network for learners to interact and learn from tutors and from each other.

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Programme Structure

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA) by LEB has been articulated to the USW’s MBA course.

USW has recognised the PGDBA and given it 120 credit towards the USW MBA. Therefore, PGDBA graduates need to undertake USW MBA top-up course, i.e. the 20 credit Research Methods Unit and the 40 credit Management Project.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration uses the EHEA framework for cycles and credit workload to ensure compliance and to facilitate comparability and transfer of credits internationally.

At the beginning of the programme, all the students undergo an online induction workshop which aims to get students to acquire e-learning skills for the use of the Online Learning portal and the E library. Students’ performance in the workshop will not be assessed. Additionally, the academic expectations regulations and the concept of independent learning will also be covered at this workshop. This induction will be delivered via a pre-recorded video.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration has eight (8) core modules of 15 credits each. Students shall undertake all eight core modules.

Students are required to complete the programme and earn a total of 120 credits to gain the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration award.The programme accrues 120 credits over eight (8) core modules are as below:

Managerial Accounting

Module Level: 7
Pre-requisite: None
Learning outcome: Upon completion, students will be able to:

  1. To critically evaluate the informational content of financial and accounting reports and their use as a tool for appraising corporate performance;
  2. To develop an understanding of financial planning tools and techniques and the contribution they make to the achievement of an organisation’s core objectives;
  3. To explain the role of financial modelling in the context of developing an organisation’s corporate strategy; and
  4. To evaluate the results of financial models used for long term decision making.

Indicative Content/Area of Study

  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance concepts;
  • Measuring and Reporting Financial Performance;
  • Cash Flow Statements and Performance Measurement;
  • Cost Volume Profit analysis and Costing
  • Budgets and Capital Investment Decisions
  • Working Capital and Financing

Delivery
Lectures – Tutorial: 12 hours
Online Learning: 18 hours
Directed Independent Learning: 120 hours
Total: 150 hours

Assessment
Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework
This unit will be assessed via real financial issues and problems confronted by organisation. Assessment tasks formulated will typically require the student to identify problems, analyse them and critically appraise current practices and offer options for bringing about better results or improvement backed by sound decision making. Assessment tasks will consist of written coursework in the form of financial management report. The word length will be about 3,500 – 4,000 words.

Managing Business Strategy

Module Level: 7
Pre-requisite: None
Learning outcome:
Upon completion, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the appropriate models, techniques and theories to produce an environmental audit of the external and internal environment for an organisation; and
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate the alternative strategic directions an organisation may consider to employ and propose the most appropriate strategic option for execution.

Indicative Content/Area of Study

  • The Concept of Strategy and how it benefits the orgnisation vision, mission and objectives.
  • Transformation of the External Strategic Environment and the consequences and the Influence of the Internal Environment on Current Practie
  • Key Strategic Techniques for Analsysis
  • Strategic Development, namely acquisitions and Mergers, Joint Ventures and Alliances, and Divestment.
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Strategic Performance Analysis

Delivery
Lectures – Tutorial: 12 hours
Online Learning: 18 hours
Directed Independent Learning: 120 hours
Total: 150 hours

Assessment
Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework
A Strategic Plan of about 3,500 – 4,000 words is to be developed by individual student which creates recommendations for revising a business strategy to improve the competitive position and financial performance of the organisation. To support the recommendations, the student must identifies and evaluate the current competitive strategy of a business, analyses the conditions and trend in its environment, assesses its resources and competencies and examines its organisation culture and leadership.

Managing Human Capital

Module Level: 7
Pre-requisite: None
Learning outcome:
Upon completion, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding that to engage successfully in process of human capital management; their thinking needs to go beyond such dualisms as thinking and acting, structure and culture, strategy and implementation, and see each of these as different facets of unified processes in human and organisational life
  2. Analyse and evaluate the choices presented in approaches to human capital management practices and how these relate to the overall strategic way an organisation handles its changing environment and the range of stakeholders with which it deals; and
  3. Critically appraise current managerial practices to inform the way they can contribute to the strategic direction of human capital resourcing and develop appropriate and relevant solutions to employment management issues in their organisations.

Indicative Content/Area of Study

  • Historical view of work, work today and workers’ psychological contract
  • Essence of orgnisational strategy, human capital strategy
  • Human Capital Management (HCM) roles in structures, culture and policy as well as strategic Human Capital (HC) partnership and alliance
  • The Workplace Relations
  • New Roles and Challenges for HCM
  • Human Capital Trends and Orgnisation Culture

Delivery
Lectures – Tutorial: 12 hours
Online Learning: 18 hours
Directed Independent Learning: 120 hours
Total: 150 hours

Assessment
Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework
An individual piece of management report of about 3,500 – 4,000 words that requires students to critically appraise current human capital managerial practices to inform the way they can contribute to the strategic direction of human capital resourcing, and develop appropriate and relevant solutions to employment management issues in their organisations or other organisations they are familiar with.

Marketing Management

Module Level: 7
Pre-requisite: None
Learning outcome:
Upon completion, students will be able to:

  1. Undertake a situation analysis such that it is possible to develop a concise understanding of the marketing environment
  2. Use situation analysis findings to formulate a marketing strategy that will fit the company and its environment; and
  3. Formulate a marketing plan that provides for the implementation and control of chosen strategies.

Indicative Content/Area of Study

  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • The Environment Influence and its management
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Product Planning and Screening
  • Promotion Strategy
  • Advertising Strategies
  • Global Marketing
  • Pricing Policies & Strategies
  • Marketing Analysis and Formulating a Marketing Plan Implementation, Evaluation & Control

Delivery
Lectures – Tutorial: 12 hours
Online Learning: 18 hours
Directed Independent Learning: 120 hours
Total: 150 hours

Assessment
Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework
An individual piece of management report of about 3,500 – 4,000 words that requires students to identify and assess current marketing issues using the appropriate tools. Identify a marketing strategy that will fit the company and its environment and develop a marketing plan that provides for the implementation and control of chosen strategies.

Managing Operations

Module Level: 7
Pre-requisite: None
Learning outcome:
Upon completion, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the established approaches to managing operation form both a strategic and tactical viewpoint;
  2. Develop and justify a strategic operations management approach for an organisation; and
  3. Evaluate the transformations required to change the operations philosophy of an organisation.

Indicative Content/Area of Study

  • Introduction to strategic operations management
  • Operations strategies
  • Operations management and product design
  • Capacity planning
  • Work Study, Diplomacy and Sensitivity
  • The management of the inventory
  • Facility layout and flow
  • Business process re-engineering and quality management

Delivery
Lectures – Tutorial: 12 hours
Online Learning: 18 hours
Directed Independent Learning: 120 hours
Total: 150 hours

Assessment
Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework
An individual piece of management report of about 3,500 – 4,000 words allowing students to demonstrate the ability to develop and justify a strategic operations management approach for his or her own organisation or one in which s/he is familiar and to evaluate the transformations required changing the operations philosophy of an organisation. Students will be required to identify a process issue or problem, analyse & discuss, draw conclusions from the analysis, and make relevant recommendations.

Leading Organisations

Module Level: 7

Pre-requisite: None

Learning outcome:

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse a strategic context of an organisation and envision necessary directions and activities;
  2. Evaluate and select appropriate processes or actions for developing the potential of managers and employees for engaging in critical and strategic thinking (e.g. involvement in decision making, empowerment, information, concern, etc); and
  3. Evaluate opportunities and strategies for developing partnerships with other organisations to achieve strategic goals.

Indicative Content/Area of Study

  • Shaping an organisation for strategic change
  • Leadership attributes and credibility
  • Leadership of change at multiple levels of the organisation
  • Empowerment of managers
  • Developing receptiveness to reform and innovation
  • Handling conflict during strategic changes
  • Networking and partnerships
  • Ethical leadership behaviour

Delivery

Lectures – Tutorial: 12 hours

Online Learning: 18 hours

Directed Independent Learning: 120 hours

Total: 150 hours

Assessment

Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework

An individual piece of management report of about 3,500 – 4,000 words involving the analysis and evaluation of leadership and transformation strategies, selecting appropriate processes or actions for developing the potential of managers and employees for engaging in critical and strategic thinking and organisation development practices in organisations.

Financial Management

Module Level: 7
Pre-requisite: None
Learning outcome:
Upon completion, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and consider the optimal mix of debt and equity financing.
  2. Develop the tools needed for valuing investment projects, including the determination of the relevant cash flows and the appropriate discount rate.
  3. Formulate appropriate risk management provision in financial decision making

Indicative Content/Area of Study

  • Financing and Capital Structure
  • Capital Structure: Informational and Dynamic Considerations
  • Valuation of Free Cash Flows
  • Valuation models: WACC and APV
  • Valuing a company
  • Risk Management

Delivery
Lectures – Tutorial: 12 hours
Online Learning: 18 hours
Directed Independent Learning: 120 hours
Total: 150 hours

Assessment
Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework
Students will be required to formulate a financial management strategy for its own organisation or other organisation which they are familiar with. Students will be responsible for analysing the financial position of his or her firm and making strategic recommendations. The recommendation focus on such areas as risk management, valuation, dividend policy and capital structure. The word length should not be more then 3,5000 – 4,000 words

Project Management

Module Level: 7
Pre-requisite: None
Learning outcome:
Upon completion, students will be able to:

  1. Develop and define project scope;
  2. Apply project management knowledge in a practical setting; and
  3. Use project planning and management techniques.

Indicative Content/Area of Study

  • The nature of projects
  • Scoping and initiation
  • Risk Management
  • Time and activity planning
  • Links to motivation, team management and other theories
  • Project selection
  • Managing the project life-cycle
  • Project documentation

Delivery
Lectures – Tutorial: 12 hours
Online Learning: 18 hours
Directed Independent Learning: 120 hours
Total: 150 hours

Assessment
Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework
Individual student will identify a real company and negotiate to undertake a project management assignment and submit a 4,500 – 5,000 words project management report.

Upon successfully completed the PGDBA, students may apply into the USW MBA top-up course.

Axon Consultancy together with the London Examinations Board will provide assistance to facilitate the application.

There are 2 components which make up the MBA top-up course: The Research Methods and the Management Project.

Students will first undertake a Research Methods component with USW to develop their understanding and skills of research in a management subject discipline. They will learn to critically review a range of research methodologies and select the most appropriate one to address a research need. It will equip students with the skills required for the practical aspect of planning, conducting and producing a Masters level work.

Assessments

Each PGDBA module is assessed by an individual assignment.

Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework

The individual piece of management report will be about 3,500 – 4,000 words allowing students to demonstrate the ability to develop and justify a strategic operations management approach for his or her own organisation or one in which s/he is familiar and to evaluate the transformations required changing the operations philosophy of an organisation. Students will be required to identify a process issue or problem, analyse & discuss, draw conclusions from the analysis, and make relevant recommendations.

The 20 credit research methods requires a 2,500 word assignment critically appraising quantitative research methods and a 3,000 word assignment on qualitative research methods where students collect and analyse qualitative data. USW will then assign an approved supervisor to guide each student to undertake the Management Project which carries 40 credits and requires 12,000 words.

Module Delivery

Central to the philosophy of the PGDBA programme is the desire to produce independent and thinking learners who can use their theoretical knowledge creatively in a variety of contexts, bringing to bear initiative, and application of knowledge and skills acquired through their learning and development.

  • Normal Mode – Each taught unit will have a total of 12 hours of face to face lectures and 18 hours of online tutoring and online interactions with the module. There will be 1 module commenced at the beginning of every month allowing each module assessment to be completed over 2 months. Classes will be delivered for each module during the first month when the module is offered.
  • Validated Mode (Express mode): Each taught unit will have a total of 12 hours of face to face lectures and 18 hours of online tutoring and online interactions with the module. There will be 2 to 3 modules commenced at the beginning of every month allowing each module assessment to be completed within the same month. Classes will be delivered for each module during the weekends when the module is offered.

All classes by Axon Consultancy are delivered using the hybrid classroom facilities that allows students to join the other students who are attending classes in the classroom via Zoom.

Attending Classes in Hybrid Classroom

While students are attending classes in the hybrid classroom, students who are far away can also join the class using zoom.

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The USW MBA top-up will begin with the Research Methods that will be delivered by UWS appointed lecturer/professor whom will deliver the course over 3 months via video conference system such as zoom, google meet, webex and etc. Online learning materials will be provided. Upon completion of the module, the university will appoint a suitable supervisor for each student for the Management Project they will complete. Students are expected to frequent communicate with the appointed supervisor on their project, update, progress and any other discussion. Upon approval by the supervisor, student may submit the final project report.

Student who passed all modules will be awarded with the qualifications.

Entry Requirements

Candidate for this programme are expected to meet the following entry requirements.

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree qualification in any subject from a recognised institution; OR
  2. A professional qualification equivalent to a degree and a minimum of two years of working experience; OR
  3. Mature and high potential candidates without degree or equivalent qualifications but hold Diplomas or Advanced Diplomas with more than six years of work experience of which at least two years are at supervisory or managerial level; OR
  4. Mature and high potential candidates without Diploma qualifications but with more than 8 years of work experience of which at least 3 years are at supervisory or managerial levels.

And

Demonstrate English Language proficiency in order to participate in the programme taught in English.

Holders of other postgraduate qualifications or certified public accountants may receive up to 50% exemptions on a case by case basis.

To be eligible for the USW MBA Top-up MBA course, students must have successfully completed the PGDBA.

Programme Highlights

  • Worldwide Recognition – The MBA qualification from the University of South Wales is widely recognised by employers and universities worldwide.
  • No Examinations – All modules are fully assessed via course work that are highly practical. Students could use the same time and skill to prepare solutions to solve own business challenges.
  • USW Alumni – Graduate of this programme will be registered as the alumni of the university which enhances one’s network opportunities.
  • Business Strategy Professional certification – all participant of this programme via Axon Consultancy enjoys the benefit of taking one time Business Strategy Professional certification assessment.
  • Flexiable – Classes are scheduled on weekends so the study does not interrupt the student’s professional commitment.
  • Work Experience Recognition – this programme recognises one’s working experiences and promote continues education. Without a Bachelors Degree qualification, one can still pursue a MBA qualification.
  • 24 x 7 learning materials – learning materials will be made available to all students via portal whereby students will have assess all time.
  • Border less interaction – Unlike traditional education where students must visit the centre for any work submission, portal provide limitless assess to students regardless of time, place and distance as long as the student can be online. Through these facilities, students submit assignments regardless of their location.
  • Hybrid classroom – We are one of the very few centres in Asia that provides a true hybrid classroom enthronement for blended learning. This means if you are not in Kuala Lumpur during the class period, you can join our classes by joining zoom and you will be enjoying a 100% synchronised class as we deliver.
  • Highly qualified lecturers / trainers / facilitators – Axon Consultancy’s lecturers / trainers / facilitators are approved by the university and all students’ work will be first marked by our lecturers / trainers / facilitators; who will also be the same person delivering the lessons to you during classes. Learners benefit from receiving first hand information from our expert.

Sample Certificates

Upon completion of this programme, you receive 2 certificates. Click on the certificate image to see a larger sample.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I already have Diploma, can I skip the Diploma?

No. Most undergraduate Diploma qualifications are level 4 qualification and the PostGraduate Diploma is a level 7 qualification. It is a pre-requisite for you to complete in order to join the MBA top-up course.

Q: Are there scholarships?

Yes, Axon Consultancy is providing scholarship to serious candidate. please contact us via form below.

Q: If something happened and I cannot continue, what should I do?

You can apply for defernment by contacting us and fill in the defernment form. The awarding bodies will grant you up to 1 semester defernment as long as you are experiencing something that out of your control, which causes you facing difficulties in your studies. Examples are like float, earthquake and etc.

Q: What happens if I fail a module

You are allow to resit up to 2 attempts for all modules in the PGDBA and USW except for the final Management Project.

 

Q: Is it possible for me finish this programme in a year?

The soonest one can finish this programme is 14 months. That is just 2 months after a  year. You get a world wide recognised qualification.

Q: This is Recognised by Malaysian Government?

Malaysian government will only recognises all qualification that you study at the university in person. However, using this qualification, you can apply into Doctorate Degree such as Doctor of Business Administration programme that are offered by local institution. The University of South Wales is well recognised worldwide by both industries as well as universities.

If you aim to use this qualification to obtain a job in the public section, you need a Bachelors Degree instead.

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