BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (BBA) PROGRAM
BBA Program at the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) of Pokhara University is designed to prepare professional managers and entrepreneurs needed for the nation. The program provides students with sound conceptual foundation and practical skills in various areas of management.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM:
- Prepare students for professional career in business or public management at entry level managerial position.
- Inculcate positive attitudes, abilities and practical skills that are essential for a socially responsible and competent manager.
- Develop adequate foundation for higher studies in management.
DURATION OF THE COURSE:
The BBA Program is an intensive 4-year course stretched over eight semester of full time study, with every academic year having two semesters. The Fall Semester starts in September and the spring semester in March. Students are normally admitted to the program in the fall semester. Maximum duration allowed for the BBA program to be completed is six years i.e.,12 semesters. Students are required to complete internship and project work during their study period. After completion of the course requirements students are awarded Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) by Pokhara University.
Uniqueness of the BBA Program at SAIM
- The Bachelor of Business (BBA) Program fulfills the complete requirement of the BBA degree as per requirement of the Pokhara University
- The courses in the BBA Program are taught by a highly experienced faculty with wide experience in teaching over many years
- The method of education involves utilization of cases and computers to better explain concepts to students
- The program also involves students in extracurricular activities to further the knowledge they receive in the classroom
- SAIM has been ranked as one of the 3 best business school in the country for the BBA program
Duration of the Course:
The BBA Program is an intensive 4-year course stretched over eight semesters of full time study, with every academic year having two semesters. The Fall semester starts in September and the Spring semester in March. Students are normally admitted to the program in the fall semester. Maximum duration allowed for the BBA program to be completed is six years i.e., 12 semesters. Students are required to complete internship and project work during their study period. After completion of the course requirements students are awarded Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) by Pokhara University.
The curriculum is designed to provide solid conceptual and theoretical knowledge in various fields of management relevant to organizations and familiarize the students with the basic tools and techniques of analyzing problems and supporting decision making. Lecture, case analysis and discussion, term-paper writing, seminars and project works are the common teaching methods used by the faculty to achieve the objectives of various courses. Throughout the program emphasis is placed on students’ active participation and involvement in learning with the role of a faculty member mostly confined to that of a guide and counselor.
A student needs to complete 126 credit hours of course work, project work and internship for earning BBA degree. A full time student has to take a minimum of 12 credits per semester. The curriculum comprises of the following seven distinct components and each course is of 3 credit hours. Students need to select two areas of specialization and choose four courses in each.
Analytical Tool courses: (30 Credits):
These courses provide students with analytical skills that help to understand the basic and functional areas of management.
- MTH 101.3 Business Mathematics I
- CMP 101.3 Computer Application
- MTH 102.3 Business Mathematics II
- ECO 101.3 Microeconomics
- CMP 103.3 Programming Language
- STT 101.3 Business Statistics
- ECO 102.3 Macroeconomics
- STT 102.3 Data Analysis and Modeling
- RCH 101.3 Research Methodology
- MIS 101.3 Management Information System
Support area courses ( 21 Credits):
These courses develop students’ communication skill and provide them with strong foundation in behavioral science and legal environment of business.
- ENG 101.3 English I
- ENG 102.3 English II
- ENG 103.3 Business Communication
- LAW 102.3 Business Law
- SOC 101.3 Sociology
- LOG 101.3 Fundamentals of Logic
- PSY 101.3 Psychology
Core Courses ( 36 credit hours);
These courses help students understand principles and practice in the basic and functional areas of management.
- ACC 101.3 Financial Accounting I
- MGT 101.3 Principles of Management
- ACC 102.3 Financial Accounting II
- ACC 103.3 Management Accounting
- FIN 101.3 Finance I
- MGT 102.3 Organizational Relations
- MKT 101.3 Principles of Marketing
- FIN 102.3 Finance II
- MGT 105.3 Entrepreneurship
- MGT 106.3 International Business
- MGT 103.3 Human Resource Management
- MGT 104.3 Operations Management
Capstone Courses ( 9 credit ):
These courses develop students’ ability to synthesize and appreciate the interrelationships between various functional areas of management.
- MGT 111.3 Strategic Management I
- MGT 112.3 Strategic Management II
- MGT 113.3 Nepalese Business Environment
Specialization Area Courses (24 Credits):
The specialization areas courses help students develop specialized and focused skills in the areas of their choice. Students need to select two areas of specialization and choose four courses in each.
- Advanced Management Accounting
- Management Controls System
- Investment Decisions
- Corporate Financing Decisions
- Financial Institutions and Markets
- International Finance
- Financial Derivatives
- Organizational Analysis and Design
- Organizational Development
- Project Management
- Small Business Management
- Sales Management
- Marketing Communication
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management
- Service Marketing
PRJ 101.3 Project Work (3 Credits):
Students are required to undertake independent project assignment that involves fieldwork and empirical analysis of the information collected from the field. The students are also required to prepare a project report on a prescribed format. The objective of the project work is to develop students’ skills in research, particularly in areas of data collection, processing, analysis, and report writing. The evaluation of the project work shall be external. Only ‘Pass/Fail’ grades are awarded in the internship.
INT 101.3 Internship (3 Credits):
The BBA students are required to undertake an internship program approved by the Head of the program. A faculty supervises the student intern. The primary goal of internship is to provide a student with a real-life on-the-job exposure and an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts in real life situation. Student’s interest and intended area of concentration are taken into account while making internship placement decisions. The normal duration of the internship is 6 to 8 weeks, and it is undertaken during the summer after completing at least 48 credit hours of course works. The students must submit the internship report to the host institution and the University and give a seminar to the faculty and students.
A student must obtain ‘Pass’ grade in the internship. Failure to obtain passing will call for a retake of the internship program. Such retake may be allowed at most only once.
Students are required to register courses at the beginning of each semester. Since registration is a very important procedural part of the credit system, all students must present themselves at the college. Registration in absence may be allowed only in rare cases at the discretion of principal. A student’s nominee cannot register for courses but will only be allowed to complete other formalities.
TEACHING PEDAGOGY & LEARNING VALUES:
The BBA Program adopts rigorous theoretical instruction complemented by case-based teaching, term-paper writing, seminars and project work to emphasize on the application of concepts and theories to identify, diagnose and solve managerial problems. Up-to-date and relevant course materials are used to provide students with a solid theoretical base and conceptual clarity. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on active participation and involvement of students in learning with the role of a faculty member mostly confined to that of a guide and counselor.
Students are also encouraged to consult the faculty during office hours for academic assistance. SAIM also adopts critical approach to learning which offers the students long lasting benefits than conventional management courses.
Learning values in SAIM are guided by:
- Emphasis on application of theoretical and conceptual framework to address managerial issues.
- Teaching based on the concept of peer learning.
- Interaction and experience sharing among students and faculty.
- Collaboration and networking with reputed institutions in South Asia and abroad.
- Emphasis on group work and team building.
- Strong support through Faculty Advisors and Counselors.
- Computer aided learning.
EVALUATION AND GRADING SYSTEM:
A student’s academic performance in a course is evaluated in two phases as:
- Internally (session work) by the concerned faculty member through quizzes, tutorials, lab works, home assignments,class tests, class participation, term papers etc.
- Externally by the Office of the Controller of Examination through Semester-end examinations.
A fifty percent weight is given to internal and fifty percent weight is given to external evaluation (Semester-end examination). A student is required to pass the internal and external evaluation independently. The final grade awarded to a student in a course is based on his/her consolidated performance in both internal and external evaluations.
The student’s performance is evaluated and graded on a letter grading system with a 4-point scale. In order to graduate, a student should achieve CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 2.0 or better.
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Only in very rare and unusual circumstances, if a student cannot finish all the required works for the course, he/she may be awarded an incomplete grade of “I”. If all the required works are not completed within the following semester, the grade of “I” will be automatically converted into “F”.
For graduation a student should have:
- A ‘D’ or better grade in each of the courses as specified in the curricular structure section.
- Completed all the courses, project work and internship as specified in the curricular structure section within the maximum time period specified in the normal and maximum duration of study section.
- Completed the internship with ‘Pass’ grade.
- A CGPA of 2 or better.
A student, whose performance in the past semesters does not show the possibility of maintaining this CGPA, may be dismissed from the program.
The students must attend every lecture, tutorial, seminar and practical classes. However, to accommodate for late registration, sickness and other contingencies, the attendance requirements is set for a minimum of 80% of the classes actually held. If the student is absent from the college for more than four weeks without permission of the principal, his/her name will be removed form the college roll.
The total cost of the entire Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Program is NRs. 5,50,000, payable in 24 installments in the period of 4 years. These expenses do not include the cost of books and stationary, accommodation or any other personal expenses.
The fees charged by the College are subject to change without prior notification.
RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP / EDUCATION LOAN:
SAIM College believes that no deserving student should be deprived of education on the ground of his/her financial limitations. With a view to support deserving students the college provides research assistantships in the form of tuition waiver to the needy students with outstanding credentials.
Students seeking such research assistantships should apply by submitting the Research Assistantship application form at the time of submitting their application form for admission. In order to get the assistantship, one should first be admitted into the program. Needy students can also get education loan from selected banks through the institute.
Anyone having Intermediate of Higher Secondary or Proficiency Certificate Level or equivalent as recognized by Pokhara University can apply for admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration program. Admission to the program is based on academic promise of applicants as indicated by their academic records, statement of objectives, recommendations, scores on entrance test and performance in the personal interview.
The admission process at the college involves:
- Submission of complete application form, two letters of recommendations and transcripts of all previous degrees (SLC onwards) along with payment of the admission test fee within the date specified. The candidates, who are given provisional admission under special condition, are required to submit all necessary documents within a month of the beginning of regular classes. Otherwise, the admission will be cancelled
- Taking Admission Test administered by the College. Applicants are tested for their aptitude to study management through a written Admission Test administered by the University/College. The test is designed to assess the applicants’ ability in verbal and quantitative reasoning and proficiency in English language.
- Personal Interview. After the applicants are short-listed on the basis of their score in the admission test and previous academic achievements, they are required to appear for a personal interview.
SAIM is conveniently located at Lagankhel (near Patan Hospital) which is easily accessible by public transportation. SAIM has a sound infrastructure and student friendly environment. SAIM has spacious lecture rooms, a computer laboratory with unlimited internet access. Photocopy, printing and scanning facilities are also available. There are conference rooms of different sizes which can be used for various purposes by students and faculty, and can also be rented out. SAIM has a well stocked library with a wide collection of books on management and related subjects along with important national and international journals and magazines. SAIM has also arranged for online access to different journals and periodicals. Other facilities like parking and cafeteria are also available.
As per the need of the students and faculty, SAIM will upgrade its facilities as a process of continuous growth. There are plans to expand the computer center. In the future, SAIM plans to obtain membership for online access to libraries of other leading institutions and to web based electronic journal database systems for access to a large number of international journals.
Career Counseling and Placement:
SAIM has a Career Counseling and Placement Cell. The objective of career counseling is to help graduates identify the most appropriate career choice for them, considering their personality and interest, and to assist them to make a successful transition from school to real job market. Through its corporate linkages, the Career Counseling and Placement Cell also facilitates placement of its graduates.