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BSc Management Studies

Field of Study: Management
Degree Level: Undergraduate
Institution: University of the West Indies Open Campus
Island: Caribbean

Develop the insight to handle management and organizational issues in a complex global environment. Learners examine the main theories and underpinning principles of modern management and relate these theories and principles to current practices in the commercial and public sectors.


A wide range of management tools are discussed and practiced to ensure that learners are equipped with practical skills in a range of management disciplines, including Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development, Accounting and Financial Management.

Currently, to take this programme the candidate must be located in one of the Caribbean countries serviced by the UWI since the programme includes traditional assessment. The UWI Open Campus Country Site (OCCS) facilitates examinations for courses assessed through a traditional face-to-face examination


Who is this programme for?

Our programme is suitable for managers at all levels in the organizational structure, administrative personnel, scientists, engineers and anyone who would benefit from honing their management skills for the effective delivery of services and projects in the commercial and public sectors.


Programme Structure

Courses are delivered using the blended learning approach and students must have access to a computer and the Internet. Online orientation is conducted before the start of the programme.

Learners complete a total of 90 credits normally equivalent to 30 courses. Learners explore general education and core courses in a number of areas including:

• Mathematics
• English for Academic Purposes
• Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development
• Accounting
• Economics
• Marketing
• Quantitative Methods
• Management Information Systems

Award of the Degree

To be awarded an undergraduate degree you must achieve a minimum GPA of 1.0. This means that it is possible to pass all the courses in your programme and not receive your certificate because your GPA is under 1.0.


When will the programme start?

 Students may start this programme in August or January of the academic year.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should meet normal or lower matriculation AND have an acceptable pass in CXC-CSEC (General Proficiency) Mathematics or its equivalent.

Normal Level

An acceptable pass in English A in an examination of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC-CSEC), or an acceptable equivalent AND one of the following minimum qualifications:

 1.     Holders of CXC-CSEC Certificates, General Certificates of Education (GCE) (or the approved

        equivalents) who satisfy either Scheme A or Scheme B as stated below:

      Scheme A: They possess FIVE (5) subjects of which at least TWO (2) must be GCE

                    Advanced  Level (A’ Level)* passes, while the remainder may be acceptable passes

                  in the CXC-CSEC or GCE O’ Level examinations. 

                   Scheme B: They possess passes in FOUR (4) subjects of which at least THREE must

                    be GCE A’ Level** passes, while the fourth may be an acceptable pass in the

                    CXC-CSEC or GCE O’ Level examinations.

2.     Holders of Certificates and Diplomas awarded by this University

3.     Holders of an Associate Degree from the UWI, or from approved Caribbean tertiary level

        institutions with a minimum GPA of 2.5 

        *       Candidates who have passed two two-unit courses in a particular subject area fall

                  within the two A’ Level matriculation standard (Reference Scheme A). 

        **     Six CAPE units, including the two single-unit courses – Caribbean Studies and

                Communication Studies will be accepted under normal matriculation

          (Reference Scheme B)

Lower Level

The following are eligible for lower level matriculation for admission to degree programmes:

1.           Holders of five (5) CXC-CSEC or GCE O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily

              obtained at the same sitting, as follows:

            (i)         English (A), and

            (ii)         Mathematics or a foreign language, or an approved science (not Health Science), or

                          additional Mathematics or Geography

            (iii)       Three (3) other approved subjects not already counted above. 

2.           Persons over the age of 21, who have been out of school for at least five years, on the basis

            of their overall academic and professional attainments. 

3.           Holders of one of the approved certificates from the School of Continuing Studies with an

            acceptable pass in English Language

NOTE:  The same subject cannot be counted at both CXC-CSEC General Proficiency and GCE O’ Level.


English Language Proficiency Examination

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue

undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing

and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes. For detailed information on the

ELPT, see English Language Proficiency Test.


Academic Preparation

OOL1001     Orientation to Online

IYRS1001   Improving your Reading Skills

IYSS1001   Improving your Study Skills

IYMS1001   Improving your Math Skills (if applicable)

ECON0001  Remedial Mathematics (if applicable)


Course of Study

ACCT1002Introduction to Financial Accounting
ACCT1003Cost and Management Accounting I
ECON1001Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON1002Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON1003Mathematics for the Social Sciences I
ECON1005Introduction to Statistics
SOCI1002Introduction to Sociology
FOUN1001English for Academic Purposes
FOUN1101Caribbean Civilisation
FOUN1210Science, Medicine and Technology  in Society
MGMT2006Management Information Systems I
MGMT2008Organizational Behaviour
MGMT2011Caribbean Business Environment
MGMT2012Introduction to Quantitative Methods
MGMT2020Managerial Economics
MGMT2021Business Law
MGMT2023Financial Management I
MKTG2001Principles of Marketing
ACCT2017Management Accounting
ECON3051Topics in Economic Development
MGMT2026Production and Operations  Management
MGMT3011Management Information Systems II
MGMT3017Human Resource Management
MGMT3031Business Strategy and Policy
MGMT3037International Business Management
MGMT3060Operations Planning and Control
MGMT3062Compensation Management
GOVT2031Public Sector Management
SOCI2007Survey Design and Analysis
MKTG3000Marketing Management
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