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I. Objective, Role and Program of the Faculty of Business

Administration
The B.A. in Business Studies is an undergraduate distance learning program under the supervision of the Faculty of Business Studies at the Arab Open University
The Faculty of Business Studies assumes the responsibility of preparing, organizing, supervising and monitoring the Business Studies Program. It is also responsible for the changing, adapting and modernizing of the program and its courses, and for recruiting professors, staff tutors and tutors for program implementation purposes



II. Objective of the Bachelor's Program in Business Studies


The Business Studies Program aims at preparing professionals to be more effective in the demanding world of modern business. The candidates -- students and managerial employees -- will receive education and training in management and in decision-making
Business professionals will be prepared to improve their use of tools needed to make them more efficient and to make their corporations and businesses more productive and competitive domestically and internationally.

III. Components of the Academic Program

The Business Studies Program offers two options of study






The B.A. in Business Studies with emphasis on Economics



The B.A. in Business Studies with emphasis on Systems


Each of the two options of this program requires the successful completion of at least 127 credit hours (480 UKOU points). In order to acquire the B.A. Degree, a student must successfully complete a set of courses described later.
IV. 1. Option 1: B.A. in Business with emphasis on Economics

This program will help students understand social change, business behavior in general, business functions and business behavior in a changing world. It develops the analysis of economics and changing economies as well. It goes further into describing, evaluating and understanding economic behavior of households, firms and markets. This option will equip students to make sound decisions as managers. Students will become fully aware of the characteristics and effects of the economy, which is the most important factor of business environment
.
IV. 2. Option II: B.A. in Business with emphasis on Systems

Students will benefit from the same basic understanding of business behavior in general, business functions and business behavior in a changing world as in option 1. Students will specialize in Managing Systems by studying the technology for a sustainable future, and by analyzing systems thinking from theoretical and practical points of view. Students' knowledge of systems is complemented by the systems approach to solve and manage complexity. The aim of option II is to improve the decision-making process by creating new systems and by using or adapting exiting systems in accordance with management's needs. In addition, alternative learning is offered where the concentration lies in studying the engineering of the future




V. A General outline (tentative) of the program



V.1. General University Requirement: (31 credit hours) Please refer to General University Requirements and Course De******ion for course number, title, and de******ion.

V.2. Core Business Studies Program with emphasis on Economics (96 credit hours)

V.2.1. The following are mandatory courses of the core programs




Course Number and Title
Credit hours






DD121- Introduction to the Social Sciences I
8



DD122- Introduction to the Social Sciences II
8



B200 - Understanding Business Behavior
16



B202 - Understanding Business Functions
16



B300 - Business Behavior in a Changing World
16



D216 - Economics and Changing Economies
16

D319 - Understanding Economic Behavior :



Households, Firms and Markets
16



Total
96




V.3. Core Business Studies Program with emphasis on Systems
V.3.1. The following are mandatory courses of the core program




Course Number and Title
Credit hours






T171 - You, Your Computer, and the Net
8



T172 - Working With Our Environment
8



B200 - Understanding Business Behavior
16



B202 - Understanding Business Functions
16



B300 - Business Behavior in a Changing World
16



T205 - Systems Thinking: Principles and Practice
16



T306 - Managing Complexity: A System Approach
16



Total
96





VI. Courses offered by the Faculty of B.A. in Business Administration in the first year:
B200- Understanding Business Behavior; Credit hours- 16
VI.1. Suggested first year program in Business Administration with emphasis on Economics




Course Number and Title
Credit hours



GR101 - Independent Study Skills
2



TU170 - Learning On-Line
3



AR111 - Arabic Communication Skills I
3



AR112 - Arabic Communication Skills II
3



ENG111 - English Communication Skills I
3



ENG112 - English Communication Skills II
3



MU120 - Open Mathematics
8



DD121 - An Introduction to the Social Sciences I
8



Total
33




VI.2. Suggested first year program in Business Studies with emphasis on
Systems.



Course Number and Title
Credit hours



GR101 - Independent Study Skills
2



TU170 - Learning On-Line
3



AR111 - Arabic Communication Skills I
3



AR112 - Arabic Communication Skills II
3



ENG111 - English Communication Skills I
3



ENG112 - English Communication Skills II
3



MU120 - Open Mathematics
8



T171 - You, Your Computer, and the Net
8



Total
33









All of the course offerings of Business Studies are taken from courses offered by the United Kingdom Open University (UKOU) in accordance with a special agreement between the Arab Open University and the UKOU.

T171 - You, Your Computer and the Net - 30 points / 8 credit hours


How did the PC and the Internet arrive at their present state? What are the implications of the computer revolution? How does the Internet affect business? This course answers these questions and helps students develop an understanding of the computer industry, the Internet and e-business. It will help them use the computer for effective information ******ing and analysis. Students need to be familiar with the Windows environment and have some experience of navigating the web. The teaching and assessment for T171 are entirely on-line.



MST121- Using Mathematics - 30 points / 8 credit hours



It covers a broad introduction to the nature of mathematics and its uses in the modern world. This course shows how mathematics can be used to investigate and answer questions from science, technology and everyday life using a range of fundamental techniques, in particular, discrete mathematics (including matrices), calculus and statistics. Use of computer software (MathCAD) is an essential part of the course. The skills of communicating results and defining problems are also developed. This course will give students a complete foundation for higher-level mathematics and physics.



B200 - Understanding Business Behavior - 60 points / 16 credit hours



This course explains how businesses are structured, how they work, how their environments influence them, and how they try to control competitive market pressures. Understanding the complexities and uncertainties of all this is not easy, so the course discusses different approaches and ways of seeing organizations and markets. It enables students to evaluate and use information and theories, thus improving their capacity for rigorous assessment. Finally, the course defines and develops three groups of related business skills: study and presentation, IT, and numeracy. Much use is made of computer conferencing for learning and debate between students and dedicated conferencing tutors. Course tutors are expected to participate.



B202 - Understanding Business Functions - 60 points / 16 credit hours



This course develops an understanding of how organizations work through the contributions of five key business functions - human resources, information, marketing, operations, accounting and finance - and how those are integrated. Working with a selection of textbooks, you will look at the key practices of the 'traditional' business functions and the contributions they make to organizations, individually and collectively. Case studies and specially written texts enable you to see the origins, rationale, limitations and strengths of business functions from the perspectives of various stakeholders. You will develop skills in finding and organizing information, preparing simple presentations, and using basic software packages and computer conferencing.

The student will need a personal computer and access to the Internet





B300 - Business Behavior in a Changing World - 60 points / 16 credit hours


This course is designed to develop an understanding and knowledge of strategic organizational issues and how organizations respond to change in their environments. The course has three main teaching modules: decision-making, strategy and policy. Students look at how organizations make strategic decisions and consider rationality and routines, decision methods and decision processes. They analyze how organizations develop strategy, notions of core competence and strategic innovation. A range of policy and environmental concepts and cases that demonstrate the impact of the macro-environment on organizations are studied. Students are made aware of the boundaries of strategy in terms of relationships between strategy at the level of the firm, the industry, the nation, the region and globally.


Three groups of related business skills are developed: study and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, and computer conferencing for learning and debate. Course tutors are expected to participate.


D216 - Economics and Changing Economies - 60 points / 16 credit hours



This introduction to economics examines important economic issues of our time and how economists tackle them. It teaches both economic theory and an understanding of changing economies. The course recognizes the increasing integration of the world economy and draws on examples from the UK and other countries. Topics include market competition and cooperation; market structures and firms' decision-making; the state's role in the economy; money and financial markets; European integration; booms and slumps; unemployment and inflation; managements of the national economy; poverty, wealth and redistribution; ecological constraints on growth. The course teaches basic techniques of economic analysis and data analysis.







This course is designed to be taken after D216 Economics and changing economies. Households, firms, and markets are three of the most important types of institution making up the economy. This course develops a critical understanding of fundamental economic issues relating to these three institutions by using mainstream economic theory and less orthodox interdisciplinary approaches. The course examines the behavior of economic agents by investigating the outcomes of their decisions and introduces ways of trying to model the processes of decision-making as well as the outcomes





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