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BBA, BBA(Acc), BBA(Hons) & BBA(AccHons) Degree Requirements

Our BBA, the leadership and management talent programme, requires students to complete 120 modular credits (MCs) to graduate. After completing at least 56 MCs worth of business foundation/essential/elective modules, students with Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.5 (out of 5.0) will be invited to join the BBA Honours (BBA(H) or BBA(AccH)) programme, which requires 160 modular credits for graduation (40 more than for the BBA programme).

When registering for modules, students are to note the pre-requisites that indicate the base of knowledge on which the subject matter of a particular module will be built. Before taking a module, a student should complete any pre-requisite module(s) listed for that particular module. Where pre-requisites are specified, equivalent modules will also be accepted. If in doubt, students should consult the course instructor or academic advisors regarding the acceptable pre-requisite equivalent modules.

The degree requirements for the 3-year BBA program and the 4-year BBA Honours program are listed in Tables 1 and 2 below.

These requirements follow the NUS undergraduate curriculum structure having the following outline:

Degree Requirements
University Level Requirements
Singapore Studies Module
General Education Modules
Breadth Modules (may be used for external Minor/2nd-Major or DDP)
Programme Requirements
Faculty Requirements (none for BBA)
Department Requirements
Major Requirements (Essential Modules, Restricted Elective Modules)
Compulsory/Foundation Modules
Specialisation Requirements or replacement modules
Unrestricted Elective Modules (may be used for Minor, 2nd Major or DDP)
Optional:
Second Major
Minor
Second Specialisation
Third Specialisation

In this context, the only Major in the BBA is Business, and the only Major in the BBA(Acc) is Accountancy.

A Business Specialisation requires 24 MCs; a Minor requires 24 MCs; a second Major requires 48 MCs; a second Degree requires more.

This is a brief summary of the requirements (BBA(Acc) is slightly different):

BBA students do 30 modules:
21 Business modules
Foundation modules (fixed 15)
ES2002 Business Communication
ST1131A Introduction to Statistics
MNO1001 Management and Organisation
ACC1002 Financial Accounting
MKT1003 Principles of Marketing
BSP1004 Legal Environment of Business
BSP1005 Managerial Economics
DSC2003 Management Science
DSC2006 Operations Management
ACC1006 Accounting Information Systems
BSP2001 Macro and International Economics
ACC2002 Managerial Accounting
FIN2004 Finance
BSP2005 Asia Pacific Business, Ethics and Society
BSP3001 Business Policy and Strategy
Specialisation or replacement
6 Business modules
5 NUS required modules
Singapore Studies 1
General Education 2
Non-Business 2
4 Unrestricted modules

BBA(Honours) students do 10 more modules:
5 Business modules
5 Unrestricted modules

Details are as follows:

Table 1: BBA Programme Requirements

Modules

2008
Cohort

Modular
Credits
(MCs)

UNIVERSITY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

  • General Education Modules Requirement
  • Singapore Studies
  • Breadth: Electives outside Student's School

20
8
4
8

PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

Major Requirements
(a) 15 Foundation Modules (worth of 60 MCs)
(b) 6 Essential /Restricted (Business) Elective Modules
1. 6 modules within a Specialisation (worth 24 MCs)*
84

UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVE MODULES

Unrestricted Elective Modules

16
Total 120



* Students who are not completing a Specialisation are required instead to complete 24 MCs of Business modules in any combinations of areas, consisting of at most 4 MCs at level-2000 and at least 20 MCs at level-3000 or above.


Table 2: BBA Honours Programme Requirements

Modules

2008
Cohort

Modular
Credits
(MCs)

UNIVERSITY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

  • General Education Modules Requirement
  • Singapore Studies
  • Breadth: Electives outside Student's School

20
8
4
8

PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

Major Requirements
(a) 15 Foundation Modules (worth of 60 MCs)
(b) 6 Essential /Restricted (Business) Elective Modules

1. 6 modules within a Specialisation (worth 24 MCs)*
2. An Honours Thesis or Thesis Replacement modules (worth 3 modules/12 MCs)
3. 2 level-4000 or above modules from the set of Restricted-Elective Modules within the School (worth 8 MCs, or the 8-MC BCP4002 Consulting Practicum module if not already used as a Thesis Replacement module)

104

UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVE MODULES

Unrestricted Elective Modules

36
Total 160

* Students who are not completing a Specialisation are required instead to complete 24 MCs of Business modules in any combinations of areas, consisting of at most 4 MCs at level-2000 and at least 20 MCs at level-3000 or above.

 

Students admitted into the university from 2007 onwards may read up to a maximum of 60 MCs of level 1000 modules. Any level 1000 modules taken in excess of the 60 MCs will not count towards the fulfillment of the degree requirements. *For Polytechnic graduates, the 12 MCs of advanced placement credits (exemptions) awarded under Unrestricted Electives from work completed at the Polytechnic level, will not be counted against the 60 MCs limit.


UNIVERSITY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

The University Level Requirement is NUS' inter-disciplinary graduation requirement that leverages on the integrative milieu in our comprehensive university. It consists of

(a) General Education Modules (GEMs),
(b) Singapore Studies Modules, and
(c) Breadth Modules: electives outside student's School.

General Education Modules cover two broad subject groups:

Subject Group A: Science and Technology
Subject Group B: Humanities and Social Sciences

Students from Business Administration would be required to read at least one General Education Modules from Subject Group A, including polytechnic diploma holders who are granted advanced placement for 1 General Education Module. Please consult the online list for current GEMs. Out of the hundred odd modules available, students may consider the likes of GEK1501 Information Technology & Us, GEK1010 Property Management, GEK1018 Economic Issues in the Developing World, GEK2013 Real Estate Finance and GEM2000 Foundations of Real Estate Appraisal, which are not all from Group A.

For Singapore Studies Modules, out of the tens that are available, students could take modules like SSD1203 Real Estate Development & Investment Law, SSA2220 Global Economic Dimensioins of Singapore and SSA2203 Chinese Businesses in Singapore & Beyond.

For Breadth Modules, an interesting choice would be PL1101E Introduction Psychology. Students who are mathematically inclined may consider EC3303 Econometrics I after completing the BBA Foundation Module ST1131A Introduction to Statistics. Students who like writing may consider the GEK1051 Rhetoric by the Centre for English Language Communication. Other interesting modules include PF1101 Fundamentals of Project Management, CH2271 Chinese for Business and Industry and RE2380 Real Estate Valuation I.

Selected third-year and fourth-year students may opt to take graduate electives as Breadth Modules or Unrestricted Elective Modules (see below) in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School).

 

The NUS Risk Management Institute (RMI) also allows selected advanced-level BBA/BBA(Acc) students to enrol in Financial Engineering modules in their Master of Science in Financial Engineering (MFE) programme. Eligible BBA students (including all USP students) may apply to take MFE modules through the BBA Office.

PROGRAMME MAJOR REQUIREMENT

Since the BBA and BBA(H) have no Faculty or Department Requirements, Programme Requirements consist of only Major Requirements.

I. Foundation Modules

The 15 foundation modules, forming the broad base, are listed below:

Without prerequisites:

 

      • ES2002 Business Communication
      • ST1131A Introduction to Statistics
      • MNO1001 Management and Organisation
      • ACC1002 Financial Accounting
      • MKT1003 Principles of Marketing
      • BSP1004 Legal Environment of Business
      • BSP1005 Managerial Economics
      • DSC2003 Management Science
      • DSC2006 Operations Management

Requiring prerequisites from some modules above:

      • ACC1006 Accounting Information Systems
      • BSP2001 Macro and International Economics
      • ACC2002 Managerial Accounting
      • FIN2004 Finance
      • BSP2005 Asia Pacific Business, Ethics and Society

Requiring as prerequisites all preceding 14 modules:

      • BSP3001 Business Policy and Strategy

More details are found in the dependency diagram. Examples of modules sequence illustrate how modules may fit in the programme. A modules planning template in Microsoft Excel format is available for pesonal modules scheduling. Class timetable is usually available in advance.

Students must enrol in NK1001 English for Academic Purposes (BIZ) if they have not passed or been exempted from the qualifying English test at the time of admission to the School of Business. The same students may also be required to take ES1000 Basic English. These two modules do not carry any modular credits.Details for the Test can be found at: http://nus.edu/celc/courses/qet.htm.

 

Students are advised to take ES2002 Business Communication as soon as possible after matriculation, when given a choice. Students who had taken IT1801 Programming for Business may opt to take FNA1006 Accounting Information Systems as an Unrestricted Elective Module (or Restricted Elective for Honours students). IT1801 Programming for Business may still be taken as a Breadth or Unrestricted Elective module (or Restricted Elective for Honours students).

II. Essential/Restricted (Business) Elective Modules

1. Essential Modules (Specialisation)

Each student may optionally complete a Specialisation, consisting of fixed Essential Modules and variable Restricted Elective Modules (see below). Students may opt for any of the following specialisations:

 

 

Due to some yet unresolved restrictions, the Accounting Specialisation is not currently available to students originally in the BBA or BBA(Honours) programmes: there will not yet be enough modules generally available to constitute an Accounting Specialisation. However, eligible BBA students may be considered for transfer to the alternative BBA(Acc) or BBA(AccHons) programme.

Since a Specialisation is not required for graduation, students must carefully sequence their modules if they voluntarily opt to specialise. Any completed Specialisation will appear in the student's academic transcript but not degree scroll.

Starting from the cohort matriculating in August 2007, NUS will only accommodate students, who had completed all degree requirements, for at most one extra semester, during which they must take at least 15 MCs, and be enrolled only in level-3000 or above modules. Students who wish to take extra time to complete an additional Specialisation must therefore take care to complete any level-2000 module by the time they complete their degree requirements.

 

Not Specialising

Students who are not completing a Specialisation are required instead to complete 24 MCs of Business modules in any combination of areas, consisting of at most 4 MCs at level-2000 and at least 20 MCs at level-3000 or above. No mention of Specialisation will appear in such a student's academic transcript. This option allows students to choose being broad rather than deep, and would likely benefit those with an entrepreneurship bent, or with the longer-term view of rising to a General Manager level where a higher balanced perspective, rather than in-depth functional knowledge in one area, is prized.


Multiple Specialisations

Students may use Unrestricted Elective Modules (for Honours students, also the part of the Restricted (Business) Elective Modules which is not the Honour Thesis or Thesis Replacement Modules) to freely complete a 2nd (2Sp) or even 3rd Specialisation within the BBA or BBA(H) program. Since no module can be counted for more than one Specialisation, a 2nd or 3rd Specialisation requires the same number of Modular Credits as for the first Specialisation, and is done within the same degree. There is no entrance requirement (e.g. no CAP cutoff) for additional Specialisations. No modules can be double-counted for more than one Specialisation. Any completed Specialisation will only appear in the student's transcript but not on the degree scroll.


2. Restricted Elective Modules


Restricted (Business) Elective Modules are taken by BBA students as part of their optionally chosen Specialisations. Students in the BBA (Hons) programs are required to take at least 2 more Restricted (Business) Elective modules (worth at least 8 MCs; may be counted towards an additional optional Specialisation) offered by the School, at least 2 of which must be at Level-4000 or above.

Students are strongly encouraged to take MNO2311 Leadership in Organisation. DSC3213 Strategic Information Systems and one of the Marketing elective modules would also be desirable options for a more rounded curriculum.

The 8-MC BCP4002 Consulting Practicum (CP, where a student work on an academically supervised consulting project with an organisation) may also be taken to count towards partial fulfillment of this Restricted Elective Modules requirement or the Unrestricted Elective Modules requirement (see below).

3. Honours Thesis or Thesis Replacement Modules:

a. Students with a CAP of at least 4.0 in every semester since joining the BBA(H) will be required to take either

i. BHT4001 Honours Thesis (worth 12 MCs), or

ii. The BCP4002 Consulting Practicum module (worth 8 MCs) plus another Level 4000 or higher Business module (worth 4 MCs). (If the BCP4002 Consulting Practicum module is not offered, the students MUST take BHT4001 Honours Thesis.)

b. Students with a CAP below 4.0 in every semester since joining the BBA(H) will be required to take:

i. Level 4000 or higher business modules (worth 12 MCs) in place of the BHT4001 Honours Thesis.

c. Students with a CAP that fluctuates around 4.0 (sometimes below and somtimes at least 4.0) since joining the BBA(H) will be required to take one of

i. BHT4001 Honours Thesis (worth 12 MCs), or
ii. The BCP4002 Consulting Practicum module (worth 8 MCs) plus another Level 4000 or higher Business module (worth 4 MCs), or
iii. Level 4000 or higher Business modules (worth 12 MCs).


Under the BHT4001 Honours Thesis option, the student and supervisor will decide on when the student will complete the Honours Thesis, which may be done over one or two semesters.


4. Consulting Practicum

As students are allowed to do the BCP4002 Consulting Practicum module only once, students who opt for the BCP4002 Consulting Practicum option in partial fulfillment of the thesis will have to complete 2 Level-4000 or above Business modules to fulfill the "2 Level-4000 restricted electives" requirement.


UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVE MODULES REQUIREMENT

Students may take any NUS modules at any level to fulfil the "Unrestricted Elective Modules" listed in Tables 1 and 2 above. That is, they may take modules offered by the School of Business as well as modules offered outside the School.

If not completed under some other requirement, students are strongly encouraged to take MNO2311 Leadership in Organisation. DSC3213 Strategic Information Systems, one of the Marketing elective modules, PL1101E Introduction to Psychology and PF1101 Fundamentals of Project Management would also be desirable options for a more rounded curriculum. Students strong in Statistics may consider EC3303 Econometrics I after completing the BBA Foundation Module ST1131A Introduction to Statistics; those good with the English language may consider the GEK1051 Rhetoric by the Centre for English Language Communication. Those preparing for a stint in a Chinese university may consider CH2271 Chinese for Business and Industry.

There are at least 28 MCs under the Breadth Modules (as listed under the "University Level Requirements" section above) and Unrestricted Elective Modules requirements. These MCs may be used to satisfy the requirements of a 24-MC (6-module) Minor Programme that students have the flexibility to read from outside the Business School. There are, for instance, Minor programmes in Technopreneurship, Real Estate, Project Management, Information Systems, Economics, Financial Mathematics, Urban Studies and Cultural Studies. Students bent on research may even consider the Minor in Statistics.

Students may also look forward to 48-MC (12-module) Double (second) Major Programmes in Psychology, Economics, Communications & New Media, Financial Mathematics, and Statistics.

Selected third-year and fourth-year students may opt to take graduate electives in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

 

The NUS Risk Management Institute (RMI) allows selected advanced-level BBA/BBA(Acc) students to enrol in Financial Engineering modules in their Master of Science in Financial Engineering (MFE) programme. Eligible BBA students (including all USP students) may apply to take MFE modules through the BBA Office.

With favourable modules time table and careful planning, a BBA(Hon) student, who opts to be deep rather than broad, may generally complete any one of the following, if an extra module (164 MCs in all) is taken in 2 cases:

Please view the scheduling template for details on how the above options may fit in.

BBA(Accountancy) Financial Aid

 

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