Advanced Diploma in Business Studies

The Advanced Diploma in Business Studies has been developed by London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) as a progression route for students aiming for a Higher Education qualification in the subject area, and/or for students aiming for a career in business and management.
Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Business Studies may wish to progress further in their studies and will be equipped to join a level six (Honours degree) qualification in Business Studies or Management. Graduates wishing instead to enter employment at this stage will be suited to roles that require effective, autonomous action and the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making skills.

Programme Aims

The Advanced Diploma in Business Studies aims to provide students with:

  • The ability to apply underlying concepts and principles of business and management in an employment context.
  • Knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in the academic study of Business Studies and management.
  • An understanding of the limits of their knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed;
  • Demonstrate effective problem solving and decision making using appropriate quantitative and qualitative skills including identifying, formulating and solving business problems;
  • Take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and   professional development;
  • Undertake further training, develop existing skills and acquire new competences that will enable them to assume significant responsibility within organisations;
  • Acquired a range of personal and professional skills that can be used in a wide range of situations and contexts;
  • Gained the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making;
Course Duration

Full Time: 8 Months
Students attend lessons 3 hours per day plus directed/independent study for a period of 8 months from Monday to Friday.

Part Time: 12 Months
Students attend 3-hr lessons 3 nights a week and scheduled weekends   for a period of 12 months.

Mode of Delivery

Lectures, Tutorial, Seminars, Workshops, Case Study and Exercises, Class Discussion.

Course Intakes

Full Time: Every 2 months
January, March,May, July, September, November 

Part Time: Every 3 months
January, April, July, October  

Entry Requirements

Minimum Age: 19

Local students shall possess one of the following:

  • LSBF Diploma in Business Studies
  • Local Polytechnic Diploma in a relevant field
     

International students shall possess one of the following:

  • LSBF Diploma in Business Studies
  • Equivalent Local Polytechnic Diploma in a relevant field in respective home countries in English medium
     

AND

Both local and international students MUST fulfil the minimum English language entry requirement of one of the following :

  • Achieved grade C6 or better in English language in GCE O level;
  • Pass in English Language in Year 10 High School qualification or equivalent;
  • IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 550;
  • Completed LSBF Preparatory Course in English Upper Intermediate Level;


Students with non-standard entry requirements (e.g. other PEI qualification, lack of equivalent Year 12 in home country, LSBF Diploma in other discipline, etc) will be assessed on a case by case basis subject to approval of the Academic Board.

Module Synopsis
Human Resource Management

This module introduces relevant concepts and theories in the field of  Human Resource Management and provides students with the knowledge, understanding and  key  skills  in  relation  to  HRM.  Provides an insight into international diversity in HRM, allowing them to compare therole, activities, and institutional frameworks of human resource management in different national contexts.

Operations Management

This module will provide students with a thorough background in the areas of management information systems (MIS) and operations management (OM). The main topics of discussion include the decision processes, information and decision technologies, information strategy, operations management and operations research. The module maintains a good balance between theoretical and practical aspects and encourages students to achieve expertise in both parts.

Financial and Management Accounting

This module introduces students to the principles and practices of financial and management accounting, so that they can appreciate the contribution it makes to the effective operation of a business.

The aim of the module is to provide students with a greater understanding of the principles, mechanics and subjective issues involved in preparation of internal and external financial statements.

Organisational Theory and Behaviour

This module is an introduction to the concepts and topics in Organisational Behaviour (OB) and theory. The course focuses on OB at three levels: individual, interpersonal, and collective. Students will learn the individual level, covering decision-making, motivation, and personality and then turn to the interpersonal level, covering power, influence, and negotiations. The module will include the collective level, covering groups and managing change.

Operations Management

This module will provide students with a thorough background in the areas of management information systems (MIS) and operations management (OM). The main topics of discussion include the decision processes, information and decision technologies, information strategy, operations management and operations research. The module maintains a good balance between theoretical and practical aspects and encourages students to achieve expertise in both parts.

Organisational Theory and Behaviour

This module is an introduction to the concepts and topics in organisational behaviour (OB) and theory. The course focuses on OB at three levels: individual, interpersonal, and collective. Students will learn the individual level, covering decision-making, motivation, and personality and then turn to the interpersonal level, covering power, influence, and negotiations. The module will include the collective level, covering groups and managing change.

Business Law
This module will provide students with the general knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of business law in Singapore. It covers major topics discussed in business law courses providing clear examples and simplified cases.  The module contains many practical points and common clauses when drafting a contract.

Strategic Management
This module introduces the student to the theory and practice of strategic management, and the holistic way in which it draws upon a wide variety of managerial functions in its creation. It will provide students with an understanding of the key concepts, theories and process integral to the strategic management of organisations.

Project Management
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the important aspects of project management, project evaluation, project implementation and project review. Project scheduling, project costs and risk strategies are also considered.

International Marketing
This module will provide students with an understanding of marketing from an international perspective. It will enable students to understand and analyse critical factors in the success or failure of international marking campaigns.

Attendance Requirements

International Students: 90%
Local, PR, non-student pass: 75%

Assessment, Graduation and Awards

Assignment/Class test: 50%
Final Exam: 50%                                     
Total: 100%

Student must achieve an overall passing grade of 40%.  If students fail to achieve an overall passing grade of 40%, students will be permitted one retake attempt in each failed assessment and failure of this retake will require students to re-module the failed module(s) again in full prior to additional retake attempt.

Graduation and Awards
Students must complete and pass all required modules in this course to receive a Advanced Diplomain Business Studies certification.

Teacher Student Ratio
1 : 80

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