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 1st Year Modules


Academic Literacy for Commerce​​

Academic Literacy for Commerce (ALC 131/132) is a semester course aimed at developing students' academic literacy and general English language proficiency.  The course is shaped through ongoing discussions with faculty to ensure that many of the tasks prescribed in the course develop skills needed by students in the faculty.  It equips students with skills & knowledge needed beyond the first year of university studies, and for the world of work.

It develops the following kinds of academic literacy skills & knowledge amongst students:

·         Critical thinking skills

·         Independent & group research skills

·         Listening and note-taking skills, including mindmapping

·         Oral communication skills

·         Life skills that include study and time management skills, self-esteem,

 interpersonal and group dynamics skills

·         Reading and writing for academic purposes

·         Skills application in various contexts



QLC 141: Quantitative Literacy for Commerce​

 Quantitative Literacy for Commerce (QLC 141/142) is aimed at students who have had limited exposure to mathematics at school level. The course targets those students who are registered for either the B Admin or B Com General four-year-degree-programme. The core focus of the course is to provide students with the skills necessary to improve their ability to analyze and interpret financial and commercial information. In addition, QLC introduces students to basic mathematical concepts and principles, which can be applied in the field of Commerce and beyond. 


The  QSF 131/132  is a 15-credit FOUNDATION module for students enrolled for the B.Com. (Gen.) (4-year program) and B.Admin. Through a carefully structured lecture, tutorial and assessment program, we expect our students to: 

- Demonstrate an understanding of basic mathematical thinking skills 

- Apply basic operations (+, –, ×  and    ) to Real Numbers, i.e. Fractions, Decimal Fractions and Percentages and to solve relevant problems in abstract and real-life situations.

- Demonstrate an understanding of basic Algebra.

- Construct Linear Graphs using different methods.

- Develop effective basic calculator skills. 


     The IEB modules aim to equip our foundation students with the fundamental skills required to engage constructively with current debates in the field of Management, more specifically concerning the South African economy and the Business sector.  The module exposes students to different perspectives, insights and points of view, with students  expected to formulate their own (reasoned) view on relevant and current case scenarios. 

Through this module students are able to develop:

1.      An understanding of the basic concepts in Economics and Business.

2.      A basic understanding of the South African Economy

3.      A basic understanding of a Business and its main functions

4.      An ability to develop a strategy to gather relevant information

5.      Describe and utilize basic data collection methods e.g. personal interviews

6.      An ability to write academic essays using both analytical and critical thinking skills.



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