This Extended Diploma in Business Administration is designed to provide a broad understanding of business administration.  It should equip learners with the right knowledge, skills and tools to progress careers and/or take up employment in the business sector.  Those who are keen to further their education/qualification can progress to the Higher Diploma in Business Administration or gain entry and acceptance into Year 2 of a Bachelor degree in Business and Management.

Overall Program Outcomes

On completion of this program, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of foundational management theories, current issues of management, the development of conceptual frameworks to guide its application within organizations operating in an increasingly global and competitive environment.
  • Demonstrate and apply critical skills to enable an investigation and evaluation of management issues and practices.
  • Acquire the critical skills of thinking, learning, investigation and examination of information as well as academic writing and business reports.


Assessments are based wholly on course work and assignments submitted by learners

Entry Requirement

  • Completion of a level 3 qualification or equivalent.
  • Applicants may be admitted on evidence to show they are able to fulfill and benefit from the objectives of the program and achieve the standards required.

Program Structure

The Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business Administration accrues 120 credits over 8 modules.  Each module carries 15 credits and are in:

  • Module 1 – Business Accounting
  • Module 2 – Business Economics
  • Module 3 – Principles of Marketing
  • Module 4 – Principles of Management
  • Module 5 – Business Numeracy and Finance
  • Module 6 – Information Systems in Business
  • Module 7 – Business English
  • Module 8 – Business Law

Module 1 – Business Accounting

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Prepare statements of business performance.
  • Apply and interpret statements of business performance including using costing information to enhance financial control and decision making.

Module content includes:

  • Preparation of basic financial statements for sole traders.
  • Adjustments to those accounts.
  • Application of these principles to company accounts.
  • Examining the data presented by companies when reporting financial performance.
  • Interpreting data and identifying problems.
  • Identify the differing costs within a business.
  • Analyze cost behavior and control.
  • Prepare and interpret cash budgets as a form of control.

Module 2 – Business Economics

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of basic micro-economic models used in the analysis of markets, firms and industries.
  • Demonstrate a basic ability to use simple micro-economic models to analyses real world market and business problems.

Module content includes:

  • Opportunity cost and production possibility frontiers.
  • Demand and supply model.
  • Applications of demand and supply analysis.
  • Models of product and cost curves.
  • Profit maximization, short run and long run analysis of firm, strategies under perfect competition, monopoly, and monopolistic competition.

Module 3 – Principles of Marketing

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the differing nature of customer needs and wants within a chosen marketing environment.
  • Recognize the important role of market segmentation, pricing, targeting and positioning process for an organization’s sustained success.
  • Analyze the marketing environment
  • Understand the marketing planning process and marketing mix

Module content includes:

  • Marketing Definition and Marketing Orientation
  • The Marketing Environment
  • Overview of Marketing Planning
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Marketing Research and Information Systems
  • Market Segmentation, Targeting and Positioning
  • Introduction to Marketing Mix
  • Creating Customer Value

Module 4 – Principles of Management

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Identify and differentiate between managerial functions
  • Apply and use the concept of management functions
  • Analyze the environment and use it in management activities

Module content includes:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Organization and Environment
  • Foundation of Planning
  • Planning Tools
  • Organizational Structure and Design
  • Communication in Organization
  • Leadership
  • Managerial Control

Module 5 – Business Numeracy and Finance

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Apply financial mathematics in calculating and preparing forecast relating to cash flow, working capital requirements to facilitate better decision making.
  • Evaluate financial investment and financing of assets alternatives and thereby help in minimizing the risk and maximizing the return.

Module content includes:

  • Mathematical Formulae
  • Basic Algebra
  • Data Analysis and Presentation
  • Correlation and Time Series
  • Pearson’s correlation coefficient
  • Business Computation
  • Cash Flow, Working capital management and short-term financing
  • Sources of short-term financing
  • Cash and marketable securities management
  • Accounts receivable management

Module 6 – Information Systems for Business

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Apply the use of IT/IS applications to facilitate business process.
  • Identify the current technology trends and IT.
  • Help the organization to evaluate and purchase a new system that is high quality and consistent with business goals.
  • Identify the needs of organizations in order to develop the information vision, IT architecture and strategic operational plans.

Module content includes:

  • An Introduction to business and Information Technology.
  • Organizations and Information Technology Support.
  • Managing Organizational Data and Information.
  • Functional and Enterprise System.
  • Strategic Information Systems and Reorganization.
  • Implementing IT: Ethics, Impacts and Security.

Module 7 – Business English

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively and appropriately.
  • Demonstrate strong oral language skills.
  • Write concise, coherent and accurate business reports in business-appropriate Language.

Module content includes:

  • Application of language in a variety of formal and informal contexts where importance is attached to the development of an awareness of language (e.g.: accuracy, register and appropriateness) as well as functional language such as giving information, persuading and negotiating.
  • Development of language skills within a business or professional framework including on negotiations and discussions through listening to audio, video recordings and online communications.
  • Examination of various aspects of business and work, e.g.: equal opportunities, technology, the changing workplace and globalization.

Module 8 – Business Law

  • Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:
  • Identify the main sources of commercial/ business law in which behavior within society is regulated;
  • Understand the meaning and applications of the different provisions of the law of contract in business transactions including standard and exemption clauses, conditions and warranties, remedies and breaches of contract;
  • Identify relevant employment law provision which governs the employer and employee relationships;
  • Application of the appropriate laws relating to the financing and management of companies limited by shares

Module content includes:

  • Introduction to the Concept and Sources of Law
  • Offer and Acceptance
  • Consideration
  • Other Essentials of a Contract
  • Contents of a Contract
  • Void, Voidable and Unlawful Contracts
  • Discharge or Contracts
  • Employment Law
  • Company Administration
  • Finance and Management of companies
  • Prepare and interpret cash budgets as a form of control.


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Notional Hours

Notional hours are defined in terms of the amount of time it should take a learner to achieve the learning outcomes.  Each credit requires on average 10 notional hours of a learner’s time.

Guide to Learning Hours / Student Learning Time

The Level 4 Program accrues 120 credits spread over 8 modules or 1,200 notional hours in total.  Each module therefore equates to 150 notional hours and the program should take between 8 to 12 months to complete.