Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management

The primary objective of the Tourism & Hospitality Management program is to provide locally trained professionals for the industry who can help reduce PNG’s dependence on foreign know-how and money, create employment opportunities and develop the local tourism infrastructure in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive way. Divine Word University was the first national university to recognize the need of Papua New Guinea’s tourism and hospitality industry for high quality professionals capable of developing one of its promising industries.The primary objective of the Tourism and Hospitality Management program is to provide locally educated professionals for an industry that will:

•    Develop the local tourism infrastructure in a way that is sustainable and environmentally sensitive
•    Create employment opportunities and
•    Help reduce Papua New Guinea’s dependence on foreign resources.

Students are expected to acquire a thorough grounding in theory and practice of different sectors in the tourism and hospitality industry, and are provided with the management and communication skills necessary to apply their knowledge in their future professions. Special emphasis is given to educating responsible and critical professionals who will be capable of meeting Papua New Guinea’s challenges in tourism. Graduates of the Tourism and Hospitality Management programs are trained for supervisory and management positions within the industry or related industries, or to start small viable tourism businesses themselves.

Program Code: BTHM

Program Description

The Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management offers an integrated four-year degree program. The first two years equip students with fundamental knowledge, attitudes and basic skills for effective participation in the tourism and hospitality industry. The third and fourth years provide students with the ability to conceptualize and initiate positive changes in the tourism and hospitality industry based on current trends and practices. Throughout their degree studies students acquire in-depth knowledge and skills that will enable them to assume managerial functions within the industry.

The major areas of study are tourism, hospitality, business/management, computing, ethics and communication, which are integrated in all areas of study. These units are essential to the development of relevant knowledge and skills and to their application in the business of tourism and hospitality management. Students are given the opportunity to reflect on the relationship between academic studies and the working environment. They enhance and broaden their management skills through work-integrated learning during the program to assist in the transfer of university learning to the workplace tourism and hospitality context.


Credit Points Required

Each unit is worth 10 credit points, hence, in order to successfully complete the program a total of 320 credit points must be achieved.


Duration of Study

Four (4) years


Study Mode and Location

Program offered fulltime at DWU Madang Campus


Pre-requisites

Applicants who are school leavers must have a Grade 12 or matriculation certificate with ‘B’ grade average in their final year examinations, good communication skills and enjoy working with people in a service-oriented environment. For non-school leavers whose academic qualifications do not meet this standard, other relevant qualifications or experience in tourism, hospitality and management will be considered on merit.

 

Program Units

Year One

TH111 Foundations of Tourism and Hospitality
BS114 Accounting Fundamentals 1
IS117 End-User Computing and Word Processing
RS234 Christian Ethics
TH113 Hospitality 1
TH112 Business Communication for Tourism and Hospitality
BS118 Principles of Economics
IS113 Spreadsheet Management

 

Year Two

TH211 Hospitality 2
BS212 Principles of Marketing
TH214 International Tourism Issues
BS115 Management Principles
TH213 Travel and Tour Operatiors
TH215 Tourism Planning and Development
TH217 Tourism & Hospitality Information Systems
IS209 Internet Applications

 

Year Three

TH318 Hotel Management Operations
TH319 Strategic Management for Tourism & Hospitality
BS326 Business Research 1
TH323 Recreation and Community Development
TH321 Food and Beverage Management
TH322 Planning & Management in Eco-Tourism
BS317 Human Resource Management
TH315 Destination Marketing & Management

 

Year Four

BS429 Business Research 2
TH412 Law & Industrial Relations for Tourism & Hospitality
TH413 Tourism & Hospitality Services Management
TH324 Sustainable Coastal Tourism
TH415 Events Management
TH416 Small Business Management for Tourism & Hospitality
TH417 Culture Tourism
TH418 Transport Studies

 

Program Unit Descriptions

Year 1

TH111

TH111 Foundations of Tourism and Hospitality - 10 Credit Points

Students are introduced to the foundation concepts and structure of the tourism and hospitality industry. The students acquire the knowledge and skills essential for the tourism and hospitality industry. Methods of travel, the distribution of tourism products and services, challenges travelers face and their expectations are investigated. Students acquire an understanding of the interrelationship between travel, tourism, hospitality and leisure.

BS114

BS114 Accounting Foundations 1 - 10 Credit Points

This unit is about the nature and purpose of accounting as well as the methods and technical skills necessary to manage basic accounting procedures. The unit will acquaint the students with the methods and techniques of recording, classifying, summarising and presenting financial information on the computer.

IS117

IS117 End-User Computing & Word Processing - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides an introduction to the PC including its structure and place in the home or small office environment. It seeks to develop basic computer literacy and typing skills. Included is an understanding and facility with the use of a graphical user interface. Students are also provided with skills to use an Office suite of software, email, Internet and an intranet. Word Processing is an essential skill in the home and the small office and for student assignment writing. Students are given a comprehensive introduction to the basics of text formatting using word processing software.

RS234

RS234 Christian Ethics - 10 Credit Points

This unit requires students to critically understand and engage in discussions on ethical issues affecting one’s personal and professional life and the evaluation of these ethical issues from a Christian perspective. It is concerned about what is right, fair, just or good: about what we ought to do, not just what is the case or what is most acceptable or expedient. It explores the various ethical theories and principles and relates them to contemporary issues.

TH113

TH113 Hospitality 1- 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to produce knowledgeable and skilled students who can practice in a range of food and beverage service operations. Students are provided with insights into operations, planning, organizational structures, staffing, foodservice styles, menu styles, service procedures, and challenges of a range of commercial and non-commercial food and beverage service organisations.

TH112

TH112 Business Communication for Touriam & Hospitality - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides students the opportunity for a concentrated period of writing, researching and communicating for their own personal and professional development. Students will learn to express themselves with more sophistication and accuracy skills that can then be transferred to their working environment. It provides an understanding of the role and importance of communication and introduces students to a range of communication tools, theories and concepts applicable in service-based industries.

BS118

BS118 Principles of Economics - 10 Credit Points

Students are introduced to concepts, principles and theories that explains the behaviour of consumer and producers of goods and services, owners of economic resources in a free enterprise economy such as PNG. Furthermore the unit will teach the students how to utilise economic theories to analyse problems faced by individuals, organisations and the economy as a whole. Choice and scarcity of economic resources will be emphasised in decision - making.

IS113

IS113 Spreadsheet Management - 10 Credit Points

Electronic spreadsheets now replace hand-written financial record keeping and calculating in the small or home office environment. As well the typical ‘what-if’ analysis feature of spreadsheets facilitates decision-making. Skills in spreadsheets management are, therefore, essential for those entering the business world. With commonly used software application this skills-based unit students are introduced to the fundamental principles and practical skills required to produce accurate calculations in worksheets with a professional appearance.

 

Year 2

TH211

TH211 Hospitality 2 - 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to develop knowledgeable and skilled students who can practice in full service hotels in a range of positions in the front office and housekeeping departments. Students are introduced to hotel property ownership and operating structures, organizational structures, planning, staffing requirements, and technology developments in the front office and housekeeping departments. In addition to three hours class contact time, students are exposed to three hours practical training in a reputable full service hotel.

BS212

BS212 Principles of Marketing - 10 Credit Points

The unit introduces students to the imperatives of marketing, not only as an organizational function but also as the philosophy guiding modern business organizations. It introduces the students to the basic marketing principles and theories and makes them apply the concepts in class within the context of marketing decision-making and problem solving activities of large companies, small businesses and non-profit organizations. Marketing is defined and company orientations towards the market place are presented. Students further examine the marketing process, analysis of marketing opportunities and threats, target marketing, with emphasis on the development of the company’s marketing mix programs.

TH214

TH214 International Tourism Issues - 10 Credit Points

This unit discusses the different professional issues affecting the tourism and hospitality industry. Students are introduced to different international case studies depicting certain issues affecting the different sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry. Students gain a wide understanding of these issues by critically analyzing and evaluating the case studies and by engaging in group discussions and learning new insights through peer interactions. Students are expected to offer alternative and workable solutions to some of the problems presented in the case studies and to integrate knowledge and skills gained from other units and experiences to deal with some of the issues presented.

BS115

BS115 Management Principles - 10 Credit Points

This unit serves as an introduction to the principle and practices of management and the role of managers. The unit will mainly evolve around the basic functions of managers, specifically planning, organising, leading and controlling. Apart from providing the students with the beginning level of understanding management principles, PNG case studies will analysed using various and appropriate strategies and techniques base on relevant principles and theories.

TH213

TH213 Travel and Tour Operatiors - 10 Credit Points

In this unit students acquire knowledge and practical skills necessary for travel and tour operations. The distribution of tourism products and services, challenges travellers face and expectations they have, tasks and skills of travel agents and tour operators, and designing & managing of tours are explored. Students practice the acquired theoretical knowledge in the settings of firms and as tour guides for cruise ship passengers or other tourists in Madang and its surroundings. Potential new itineraries in Papua New Guinea are examined and connections to the attractions and hospitality sectors are made.

TH215

TH215 Tourism Planning and Development - 10 Credit Points

This unit covers the roles of national and international tourism associations as well as the role of governments in regulating and developing tourism. Issues such as tourism impacts on the environment, economy, society and culture are discussed together with the costs and benefits of tourism, specifically in developing countries.

TH217

TH217 Tourism & Hospitality Information Systems - 10 Credit Points

The aim of this unit is to produce knowledgeable and skilled students for practice in environments where information systems and information communication technologies are applied, for strategic advantage, in a range of business processes and operations. Students are engaged in: researching; recommending the application of, and; using information technology applications and systems; in tourism, travel and hospitality enterprises. This includes an exploration of the various customer/consumer interfaces with technology provided both in the: service delivery system, and; pre-consumption/information gathering stage.

IS209

IS209 Internet Applications - 10 Credit Points

The Internet is a worldwide interconnection of networks. It has no single central file server nor does a single computer control it. One of the software Internet applications is the World Wide Web (WWW). The WWW consists of a huge collection of hypertext-linked documents (HTML documents) stored on computers around the world. Students study and explore the dynamics of World Wide Web and how it can be used as a research and communication tool that would lead them into making informed decisions about the impacts the Internet and World Wide Web have on our changing society.

 

Year 3

TH318

TH318 Hotel Management Operations - 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to develop students who can solve a range of managerial problems, through a balance of careful study of theory, and real world experiences offered by a variety of thinkers, and practitioners. Students develop critical thinking skills to deal intelligently with practical “real world” operational and management issues in the dynamic hotel organization. Students learn to make decisions which reflect a consideration of the forces influencing the hotel business environment in a global and local context.

TH319

TH319 Strategic Management for Tourism & Hospitality - 10 Credit Points

The aim of the unit is to develop knowledge and understanding about various theories and practices in strategic management, applicable to organizations in tourism and hospitality industry.

BS326

BS326 Business Research 1 - 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to prepare students to undertake a small research project in business and management. The theoretical component of this unit introduces the philosophies and approaches underpinning qualitative and quantitative types of research and exposing students to elements of research projects leading to the development of research proposal.

TH323

TH323 Recreation & Community Development - 10 Credit Points

This unit builds on the idea of tourism as a recreational form of activity that contributes to community development. Community recreational activities can form strong links with tourism and therefore contribute to community development. Students develop a link between recreational tourism and community development. They are able to identify cases of community development and apply models of community development using recreational forms, and understand group dynamics and collaboration in community development. This will enable students to work within different communities.

TH321

TH321 Food & Beverage Management - 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to develop the entrepreneurial skills and management ability required to operate a commercial food and beverage operation in Papua New Guinea. Students are guided through the complete menu planning process, from the inception of the restaurant concept and theme to cooking and serving items from a three course menu. Emphasis is placed on controlling food costs. Purchasing, production, marketing, staffing and controlling quality are also covered. 

TH322

TH322 Planning & Management in Eco-tourism - 10 Credit Points

In this unit students build on from the theme of sustainability and become aware of the need for forms of tourism that are environmentally and culturally sensitive, and are considered as an appropriate form of development for a particular destination.

BS317

BS317 Human Resource Management - 10 Credit Points

The unit introduces students to the functions and practice of Human Resource Management (HRM) in organisations seeking to deliver quality service and achieve performance improvement. The unit will explore the relevance and adaptation of HRM concepts in the context of work and culture in Papua New Guinea companies.

TH315

TH315 Destination Marketing & Management - 10 Credit Points

In this unit students develop a proactive, strategic, visitor-centred approach to the marketing and economic and cultural development of a location, balancing the interests of visitors, service providers and indigenous communities.

 

Year 4

BS429

BS429 Business Research 2 - 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to prepare students to analyze and interpret data collected for their research project. The theoretical component of this unit introduces different data analysis techniques suitable for qualitative and quantitative types of research. The practical component of the unit develops skills for coding, analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data and writing up a research report.

TH412

TH412 Law & Industrial Relations for Tourism & Hospitality - 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to prepare students for preventative legal management in hospitality and travel. Students learn to apply legislation, case law, regulations, and ethics by analyzing real cases. In analyzing real cases students are introduced to legal databases, court systems and jurisdictions, and legal professions in Papua New Guinea.

TH413

TH413 Tourism and Hospitality Services Management - 10 Credit Points

In this unit students explore the dimensions of successful service firms, from an inter-disciplinary point-of-view across various industry sectors. Material covered integrates operations, marketing, strategy, information technology, and organizational issues. Students are prepared for enlightened management and the creation of entrepreneurial opportunities by improving existing service firms or innovating new services.

TH324

TH324 Sustainable Coastal Tourism - 10 Credit Points

This unit further explores the principles of conservation and sustainability, includes topics on wildlife management areas and coastal environments and factors that make them susceptible to environmental damage; islands as tourist destinations; cruise ship tourism; diving and snorkeling-based tourism; and tourism and conservation issues in coastal and management environments. It explores the complex relationships among the ecological and social values of these environments and outlines strategies and tools for their sustainability and management.

TH415

TH415 Events Management - 10 Credit Points

Events such as the South Pacific Games, National Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball and Softball Championships, cultural and community events, the arts and masks festivals, cultural shows, trade fairs and exhibitions are all considered to have considerable impact on the overall prosperity of Papua New Guinea. This unit provides students with international, national, regional and local perspectives of events management. With a focus on PNG, students examine and evaluate management, marketing, financial and operational considerations together with strategies necessary to ensure a viable event.

TH416

 

TH416 Small Business Management for Tourism & Hospitality - 10 Credit Points

The unit builds on strategic management for tourism and hospitality and introduces the students to entrepreneurship with an emphasis on planning and managing a small business in the tourism and hospitality industry.

TH417

TH417 Culture Tourism - 10 Credit Points

This unit examines issues related to cultural tourism such as host-guest relations, cultural performances, community development, heritage development, environmental protection, tourism and intercultural dialogue and spirituality, which enable students to understand and analyse host responses to cultural tourism, forms of cultural expression, sexuality, issues of protection, conservation, promotion, development and management of cultural tourism. Discussion and analysis of research material on cultural tourism and PNG examples are an integral part of learning in this unit.

TH418

TH418 Transport Studies - 10 Credit Points

This unit looks at management within the transport sector, particularly the carrier sector. It deals with the environmental (particularly regulatory) context in which carriers operate. It also deals with general principles of transportation and transport economics, strategic planning, marketing and service delivery issues.

Bachelor of Mathematics and Computing Science

The Bachelor of Mathematics and Computing Science program fills an urgent emerging need to provide the workforce of Papua New Guinea with professionals who are competent to apply mathematical and computing techniques and engage in research in mathematics and computing science. The demand for computer-literate mathematicians continues to grow as technology advances. Whether it is making a mobile phone secure, understanding the behaviour of complex software or designing a super-fast algorithm, mathematics is the key. Mathematics is also being used in medicine, for example in the analysis of brain scans; and in anthropology, in the study of social relationships; to name just a couple of examples.

Mathematics is becoming increasingly useful in all facets of life. This Bachelor of Mathematics and Computing Science program aims to give a solid grounding in the methods of modern applicable mathematics with a particular emphasis on applications in computing, including mobile phone technology.

Program Code: B.Math Comp

Program Description

The degree program consists of four years of study, but students can exit with a diploma after two years. Capable students may continue on to postgraduate studies. The Bachelor of Mathematics and Computing program aims to cater for the interests of those people who would like to specialise in pure mathematics and its applications to computing science. The computing units emphasize the use of mathematics in several areas of computing, especially in the area of software design and data analysis and data and network security.

Graduates of the program will be competent to apply mathematical and computing techniques in the work force and engage in research in mathematics and computing science. Graduates have the attributes to be competent in mathematics and computing, effective and articulate in interpersonal and public communication using both oral and written genres, aware of the ethical and social implications and imperatives of their work and aware of the ideal of personal integrity in all aspects of professional life.


Credit Points Required

Achievement of 320 credit points


Duration of Study

Four years

Study Mode and Location

Program offered fulltime at DWU Madang Campus


Pre-requisites

Applicants are required to have completed the equivalent of four years secondary education or equivalent from a recognised educational institution. Minimum grades of ‘B’ in English, ‘B’ in Mathematics A, and ‘B’ in Physics are required at Grade 12 PNG secondary school level. Additionally, an applicant must have at least a ‘C’ in all other subjects taken in secondary school.

 

Program Units

Year One

MC102 Calculus 1
MC116 Structured Programming 2
MC117 Pre-Calculus
MC118 Applied Discete Mathematics
MC119 Structured Programming 1
MC204 Computer Organisation
RS234 Christian Ethics
IS103 Communication Skills

 

Year Two

MC104 Calculus 2
MC106 Probability and Statistics 1
MC203 Linear Algebra
MC212 Object Oriented Programming
MC213 Data Structures
MC214 Systems Analysis and Design
MC215 Calculus 3
IS207 Ethics for IS Professionals 1

 

Year Three

MC303 Programming Languages
MC308 Probability and Theory Statistics 2
MC312 Computer Networks (CCNA 1)
MC314 Differential Equations
MC315 Abstract Algebra
MC316 Real Analysis
MC317 Relational Databases
IS304 Data Communications 2 (CCNA 2)

 

Year Four

MC309 Mathematical Modelling
MC408 Research Topic and Symposium
MC409  Human-Computer Interaction
MC413 Theory of Computation
MC414 MCS Advanced Topic 2
MC415 Operating Systems
IS308 Data Communications 3 (CCNA 3)
IS404 Data Communications 4 (CCNA 4)

 

Reserve Units

MC301  Metric Spaces
MC302 Algebraic Structures 2
MC304 Advanced Database Theory
MC306 Coding Theory
MC401 Group Theory
MC402 Formal Methods of Computer Science

 

Program Unit Descriptions

Year 1

MC102

MC102 Calculus 1 - 10 Credit Points 

Building upon the foundations established in MC117 Pre-Calculus, this unit addresses the significant role of mathematics in describing and resolving simple and complex problems relevant to real world situations. The formulation and solution of such problems is supported by appropriate advanced mathematical concepts used for differentiation. Gained will be a deeper understanding of the concepts of limits and derivatives, and how these may be used in applied contexts. Undertaking this unit will allow development of problem solving skills.

MC116

MC116 Structured Programming 2 - 10 Credit Points

This unit is a continuation of the studies begun in Structured Programming 1. Programming topics to be addressed include reading and writing files, pointers and dynamic memory allocation, and command line programming. Additionally, an overview treatment of the history of computing and other general computer science topics will be addressed including Networking, Programming Languages , Software Engineering , Data Abstractions , Database Systems, Computer Graphics, Artificial Intelligence, and the Theory of Computation.

MC117

MC117 Pre-Calculus - 10 Credit Points                                               

This unit strengthens algebraic, geometric, and trigonometric concepts and prepares students for higher level university courses, such as calculus. The course begins by reviewing linear equations, progresses to studying conics and functions from an analytic perspective, and concludes by investigating right triangle and unit circle approaches to trigonometry, as well as trigonometric identities and equations.

MC118

MC118 Applied Discrete Mathematics - 10 Credit Points

This unit introduces students to the concept of proof by studying sets, numbers and functions from a rigorous viewpoint. The course begins by reviewing basic knowledge on number theory and progresses to introducing many topics in discrete mathematics. These topics provide a foundation for higher level mathematics and computer programming courses.

MC119

MC119 Structured Programming 1 - 10 Credit Points

This unit is a first course in computer programming. Programming topics to be addressed include algorithmic design, programming structures of sequence, selection and iteration, simple text processing and mathematical manipulation. Additionally, an overview treatment of the history of computing and other general computer science topics will be addressed including the History of Computing, Social Repercussions, Data Storage, the Binary Number System, Data Manipulation, Computer Architecture, Machine Language and Operating Systems.

MC204

MC204 Computer Organisation - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides an overview of computer systems, representation of data, digital logic, micro-programming level, instruction set processor level, operating system level, and assembly language level. This unit demonstrates the applications of logic and number theory to computer design and organisation, and to the design of operating systems.

RS234

RS234 Christian Ethics - 10 Credit Points                                                             

Ethics is a systematic, critical study concerned with the evaluation of human conduct to help male decisions about the future. It is concerned about what is right, fair, just or good; about what we ought to do, not just what is the case or what is most acceptable or expedient. Christian ethics is the critical evaluation of human conduct from a Christian perspective. In this course, students will explore the understanding, sources and importance of ethics in everybody’s personal and professional life.

IS103

IS103 Communication Skills - 10 Credit Points                                           

In education, the workplace, and the wider community, communication skills are regarded as vitally important for a person’s growth and advance in their career and lives. This unit introduces students to theory and concepts of communication. Different types and forms of communication skills are introduced and practiced to assist students in their professional and personal communications. Consideration for computer assisted communication is demonstrated in assisting students in developing word processing and power point presentation skills.

 

Year 2

MC104

MC104 Calculus 2 - 10 Credit Points

To develop knowledge and advanced analytical skills in the field of integral calculus involving functions of single variables through independent and collaborative learning. To equip students with the techniques required for the application of integral calculus in disciplines where these concepts are used.

MC106

MC106 Probability and Statistics 1 - 10 Credit Points

This unit introduces basic ideas and techniques of probability and statistics, including probability distributions, conditional probability and independence, the estimation of population means and variances, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and correlation. This unit is a basic introduction to Mathematical Statistics and forms a basis for all the later units in statistics.

MC203

MC203 Linear Algebra - 10 Credit Points                                                                

This unit introduces the basic ideas and techniques of linear algebra that are built upon in more advanced classes in both mathematics and computer science. Linear algebra begins with the fundamental theory of systems of linear equations, important in much scientific and industrial application, and moves through matrices and determinants. The course then introduces abstract reasoning and proof techniques as it progresses through the central topic of vector spaces. Linear algebra is well placed to introduce ‘abstract notions,’’ basic ideas of abstract algebra and techniques of proof, which will be useful for future units in pure mathematics.

MC212

MC212 Object Oriented Programming - 10 Credit Points                                   

An introduction to object-oriented programming techniques, using a contemporary programming language. This course covers topics such as object-oriented design, classes and methods, inheritance, polymorphism, templates, software reuse, and the event-driven programming. Other topics included are control structures, functions, arrays, abstraction and encapsulation, classes and abstract classes and objects, inheritance, polymorphism, constructors, access control and overloading.

MC213

MC213 Data Structures  - 10 Credit Points                                   

This unit is study of data organisation and processing in the context of abstract data types. This course combines classroom lecture format with hands on supervised laboratory programming exercises each week to cover topics including pointers, lists, strings, stacks, queues, trees, searching, and sorting. It is taught against the backdrop of a modern programming language.

MC214

MC214 Systems Analysis and Design - 10 Credit Points                                   

This unit is an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed for creating or modifying an information system. Central concepts include gathering details, analyzing the data, designing the system by creating solutions, and implementing and maintaining the system. The unit introduces established and evolving methodologies for the analysis, design, and development of an information system. Emphasis is placed on system characteristics, managing projects, prototyping, coverage of UML, and systems development life cycle phases. Agile software development methodologies are introduced.

MC215

MC215 Calculus 3 - 10 Credit Points                                   

This unit includes the following: polar coordinates; parametric equations; conic sections; quadric surfaces; vector-valued functions; Fourier series; functions of several variables; graphs; partial derivatives; total derivatives; extrema; Lagrange multipliers; Taylor series for multivariable functions; double and triple integrals; Green's theorems; line and surface integrals; divergence theorem; Stoke's theorem; applications.


This unit will endeavour to introduce you to new skills and methodologies that are essential to the study of science, technology and engineering. It will also provide the necessary background for those of you who go on to more advanced study in mathematics.


Advanced calculus is fundamental to the study of applied mathematics and related quantitative disciplines such as physics, physical chemistry and engineering. In order to succeed in these and related fields you will need a strong grounding in advanced calculus techniques and theory.

IS207

IS207 Ethics for IS Professionals 1 - 10 Credit Points                                              

Information Systems (IS) professionals often work in organisations which are specially sensitive to ethical issues. Relevant ethical issues need to be clearly understood by employees. IS professionals have electronic access to records and information such as personal, financial, valuable and data vulnerable to theft or fraud. There are also global issues associated with the ethical use of the Internet and the ensuring of just practices in the use of electronic commerce. Case studies are used to enable students to apply ethical principles to the complex situations found in the real world of business and commerce.

 

Year 3

MC303

MC303 Programming Languages - 10 Credit Points

This unit addresses the principles of programming language design and use. It introduces different models of computation and the programming languages based on them, particularly functional programming and logic programming. It then examines a range of underlying issues in programming languages, such as semantics of programming languages, type systems, and control in programming languages.

MC308

MC308 Probability and Theory Statistics 2 - 10 Credit Points                         

This unit continues the development of probability and statistics from the first year unit MC171 so that all students have the basic grounding in this area that would be expected of a mathematics graduate. It provides a solid basis for a wide variety of options later in the program for students who wish to take their studies in probability and/or statistics further.

MC312

MC312 Computer Networks (CCNA 1) - 10 Credit Points                                                     

This unit provides an introduction to computer networking that exposes the students to the fundamental principles and architectures underlying computer networks, with the main focus on the Internet. Students are provided with full-fledged Internet application projects that bring together a full understanding of both theory and practice. After taking this unit, the knowledge and skills acquired by the students should enable them to learn new and emerging technologies and be capable of contributing to the field of computer networking.

MC314

MC314 Differntial Equations - 10 Credit Points                                                     

This unit is an introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations. Differential Equations allow us to connect mathematics with the physical world. There are two main branches of differential equations; Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations and the distinction lies in the type of derivatives involved. The unit requires the use of undergraduate calculus and linear algebra to solve Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE).

MC315

MC315 Abstract Algebra - 10 Credit Points                                                     

Abstract Algebra deals with how attributes of sets of mathematical objects behave when one or more properties associated with real numbers are restricted. For example, if we add or multiply a real number, we get a real number. That is real numbers are closed under multiplication and division. However, if we divide one integer by another integer, we may not get an integer as a result—meaning that integers are not closed under division. The commutative principle of multiplication also holds good for integers, unlike matrix multiplication. In abstract algebra we investigate these sorts of properties and try to determine which properties hold true for any set of mathematical objects under certain operations and which types of structures result when we perform certain operations.


Abstract algebra has applications in a variety of diverse fields, including computation, physics, and economics etc. We will begin this course by reviewing basic set theory, relations and integers in order to understand how algebraic operations arise and are used. These form the basis for studying advanced algebra structures such as groups, rings and fields, the latter two of which are studied in another unit.

MC316

MC316 Real Analysis - 10 Credit Points                                                     

This unit introduces you to the rigorous examination of the real number system and the foundations of calculus of functions of a single real variable. Analysis connects algebra and topology. In calculus, you use the notion of a limit to find rates of change and areas under curves. The intuitive approach involved in finding limits of real valued functions was based on the assumption that the underlying field was of real numbers. In this unit we extend those ideas to include other underlying spaces. The unit involves justifying every step of a limiting process. After a brief review of set theory, you will dive into the analysis of sequences, upon which all analysis of Euclidean space is based.

MC317

MC317 Relational Databases - 10 Credit Points                                                     

This unit introduces relational databases, database management systems and the facilities required to store and access large collections of data in a shared user environment. UML diagrams and expressing a database model in UML is covered. Supporting topics of the theory of relations, data modelling and database architecture are covered as well. Introduction to the database language SQL and the means to develop of a practical database system, including the process of developing data relations into higher orders of normalisation.

IS304

IS304 Data Communications 2 (CCNA 2) - 10 Credit Points                                                     

Increasingly, Local Area Networks (LAN’s) are linked to other LAN’s via Wide Area Networks (WAN’s) in a process known as internetworking. The largest example of this is the Internet to which most LAN’s today are connected. This unit builds on the basic networking concepts gained in IS203 to develop the concepts, protocols and technology required for internetworking. Hardware includes layer 2 switches and layer 3 routers which are discussed and configured using both simulation software and with a hardware network provided in a laboratory setting. The TCP/IP protocol suite used on the Internet is studied as well as IP4 addressing schemes and Access Control lists. This unit addresses aspects of the ACS Core Areas of Data Communications and Networks as well as the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) curriculum.

 

Year 4

MC309

MC309 Mathematical Modelling - 10 Credit Points                                                     

One of the interesting areas in mathematics is that of mathematical modeling, which involves the use of mathematical ideas to investigate “real-world” problems. Mathematics has many applications in areas such as economics, finance, biology, medicine, physics, engineering, etc.


Therefore, understanding of the role and potential of mathematical modeling is an important part of the mathematical knowledge of any student pursuing a career in mathematics or science.


The unit requires the use of calculus and ordinary differential equations to model simple problems and then using mathematical software to implement and study their behaviors

MC408

MC408 Research Topic and Symposium - 10 Credit Points                                                             

Research in the mathematical sciences contributes to a wide variety of fields in the real world. Building on problem solving skills developed in the first two years of mathematical sciences studies, this unit offers you the opportunity to investigate and develop a more holistic, systematic problem solving approach. Such skills are required to undertake research in real world contexts and in further studies at university.

MC409

MC409 Human Computer Interaction - 10 Credit Points                                      

This unit addresses the analysis, design, prototyping and evaluation of interfaces to allow efficient and effective use of interactive systems, focussing on the user-centred design approach as a key part of the software development life cycle. Practical examples will be taken from areas such as multimedia, the web and novel interface applications.

MC413

MC413 Theory of Computation - 10 Credit Points                                                             

This unit is an introduction to the classical and contemporary theory of computation. Topics include theory of automata and formal language, computing by Turing machines, Church's thesis, and decision problems. Computability and the complexity classes P versus NP will be introduced.

MC414

MC414 MCS Advanced Topic 2 - 10 Credit Points                                                             

This unit provides a second opportunity for students to study in an advanced topic in Mathematics or Computing Science. It is designed to equip students who plan to work or pursue further study in a particular area of interest in Mathematics or Computing Science with a background and experience needed to be successful. This unit will be offered as needed. Its content will be shaped in consultation with students, bearing in mind their topics of specialisation.

MC415

MC415 Operating Systems - 10 Credit Points                                                             

This unit covers principles of computer operating systems and analysis of operating system architectures. Included are consideration of the topics of processes, inter-process communication and synchronisation; CPU job scheduling, memory and input/output device management; file system management; virtual memory; and mutual exclusion and deadlocks.

IS308

IS308 Data Communication 3 (CCNA 3) - 10 Credit Points                                                             

This unit builds on the internetworking concepts gained in IS304. The focus is now on the topologies, technologies and protocols of Wide Area Networks. As well the CISCO IOS is studied to configure routers and to manage a CISCO internetwork. An internetworking software simulation package is used to enable the practising of network configuration and management skills. Students design and document a major multi-campus internetwork for a hypothetical PNG enterprise. This unit addresses aspects of the ACS Core Areas of Data Communications and Networks as well as the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) curriculum.

IS404

IS404 Data Communication 4 (CCNA 4) - 10 Credit Points                                                             

 

Bachelor of Information Systems

The Information Systems program prepares students for a variety of occupations in the field of Computer Based Information systems including technical, user and customer support. Emphasis is placed on the management of computer and communications technologies in contemporary organizations. The program aims to prepare students for the emerging employment opportunities in the fields of communications, distribution processing and PC-based local areas networks.
    
Program Code: BIS


Program Description

The Bachelor of Information Systems degree program extends over four years. After the first two years students may choose to exit with the Diploma Award. This enables graduates to make an effective initial entry to the workforce.


Credit Points Required

Achievement of a total of 320 credit points


Duration of Study

Four years


Study Mode and Location

The program is offered fulltime at the DWU, Madang Campus

Pre-requisites

Applicants to the degree program are required to have completed 4 years of secondary school or equivalent from a recognised institution. A minimum grade of “B” in English, a grade “C” in Mathematics A as well as “B’s” in all other subjects are required at the Grade 12 level of secondary schooling for entry into the BIS program.

 

Program Units

Year One

IS102 PC Architecture
IS103 Communication Skills
RS234 Christian Ethics
IS104 Mathematics for Computing
IS105 Desktop Publishing
IS106 Operating Systems Administration
IS107 Spreadsheet Modelling
BS124 Accounting Foundations I

 

Year Two

IS202 Web Site Development
IS203 Networking
IS204 Database Development
IS211 Linux Administration
IS205 Data Analysis and Modeling
IS206 Programming
IS207 Ethics for Computing Professionals
IS210 Network Management

 

Year Three

IS301 Structural Programming
IS302 Database Design 
IS303 Web Application Development
IS304 Data Communications 1
IS305 Object Oriented Programming
IS310 Database Systems
IS308 Data Communications II
IS309 Financial Modelling

 

Year Four

IS401 Project Management
IS402 Electronic Commerce
IS403 Systems Analysis and Design
IS410 Advanced Network Management
IS405 End-User Support
IS406 IS Project and Presentation
IS408 Desicion Support Systems
IS411 Wireless Networking

 

Service Units

IS105 Desktop Publishing
IS113 Spreadsheet Management
IS115 Database Management
IS117  End-User Computing and Word Processing
IS209 Internet Applications

 

Program Unit Descriptions

Year One

IS102

PC Architecture - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides students with knowledge of the principles of operation of PC-based computer systems focusing on hardware. It also enables students to gain the practical, hands-on skills necessary to accomplish basic levels of identification, construction, fault-finding, and the customization of PCs utilizing common diagnostic software.

IS103

Communication Skills - 10 Credit Points

In education, the workplace, and the wider community, communication skills are regarded as vitally important for a person’s growth and advance in their career and lives. This unit introduces students to theory and concepts of communication. Different types and forms of communication skills are introduced and practiced to assist students in their professional and personal communications. Consideration for computer assisted communication is demonstrated in assisting students in developing word processing and power point presentation skills.

RS234

Christian Ethics - 10 Credit Points

Ethics is a systematic, critical study concerned with the evaluation of human conduct to help male decisions about the future. It is concerned about what is right, fair, just or good; about what we ought to do, not just what is the case or what is most acceptable or expedient. Christian ethics is the critical evaluation of human conduct from a Christian perspective. In this course, students will explore the understanding, sources and importance of ethics in everybody’s personal and professional life.

IS104

Mathematics for Computing - 10 Credit Points

A variety of important graphical, numerical and algebraic methods form a foundation for understanding the concepts, notation, and design of both hardware and software which have become part of Information Technology and its applications. This unit provides students with a first insight to the mathematics involved in computer-related studies. It uses spread sheet modelling as an illustrative tool and by introducing models, algorithms and code prepares students for their programming units. It maps to the requirements of the ACS Core Area of Discrete Mathematics.

IS105

Desktop Publishing - 10 Credit Points

This unit introduces students to concepts of desktop publishing and principles of a good design as well as develops student competency in most of the major features provided by Desktop Publishing applications. The level of skills attained should enable students to perform tasks required in a small office environment, such as designing a line of marketing materials, developing advertising promotions, or developing flyers and other published documents for a business or a community organization.

IS106

Operating Systems Administration - 10 Credit Points

Possessing a familiarity with the skills of the installation of currently used PC Operating Systems, such as the varieties of Windows or Linux provides the IS professional with the skills to interact with technicians, system supervisors, and system developers. Simple end-user problems can be solved without too frequent resort to technical help, which may not always be readily available. This unit further develops the Software aspects of the ACS Core Area of Computer Organization and Architecture.

IS107

Spreadsheet Modeling - 10 Credit Points

This unit will develop student competency in most of the major features provided in any spreadsheet software application. Features that are used to develop a practical data-driven and model based application approach to decision making. The level of skill attained should enable Diploma graduates to perform tasks required in a small office environment, such as basic routine book keeping, stock inventories, or payroll calculations.

BS124

Accounting Foundations I - 10 Credit Points

 

Year 2

IS202

Web Site Development - 10 Credit Points

The term ‘Web Development’ encompasses a number of different disciplines, from graphic design to programming. The first step is an understanding the fundamentals of how the Web works, including a working knowledge of HTML, the role of the server, and the importance of the browser. Web Pages are actually HTML documents. This unit introduces students to understanding the structures of web pages, the tags, attributes, and other features that provides a foundation for understanding the dynamics of HTML documents. Web Development also refers to the utilization of the existing web technologies being used by the industry that affects all aspects of our society’s business, health, education and culture. Web technologies will improve our communication and interactivity as we become a global village. Content Management Software (CMS) in particular the Joomla web technology will be thoroughly discussed. Students are expected to successfully install, customize, deploy and maintain a Joomla enabled web site.

IS203

Networking - 10 Credit Points

Knowledge of the fundamentals of PC networking and the configuring of Operating Systems for networking of computers and associated devices, provides the IS professional with the skills to interact with technicians, system supervisors, and system developers. Many graduates may also use skills gained in this unit a means of gaining initial entry to the workplace. Simple systems for Local Area Networks can be built and problems solved without too frequent resort to further technical help. Language and concepts are developed which enable more intelligent communication between IS staff and technical support groups. This unit further develops to the hardware aspects of the ACS Core Area of Computer Organisation and Architecture and is further developed in Data Communication units.

IS204

Database Development - 10 Credit Points

This unit develops student competency in most of the major features provided in a database software application. The level of competency attained should enable the performance of tasks required in a small office environment, such as keeping customer, product and sales records.

IS205

Data Analysis & Modeling - 10 Credit Points

A variety of important graphical, numerical and algebraic methods form a foundation for understanding the concepts, notation, design of both hardware and software which have become part of Information Technology and its applications. At least elementary statistical concepts are required for the analysis and presentation of numerical and other data in the process of transforming data into information and then knowledge. This unit relates to the requirements of the ACS Core Area of Discrete Mathematics.

IS211

Linux Administration - 10 Credit Points

Linux is a Unix-like operating system for PC’s that features a fully functional graphical user interface (GUI). This GNU public licensed software is available free and is now a strong competitor for Windows operating systems. Possessing a familiarity with the skills of managing the Linux operating system is now becoming an essential requirement for those entering the IT workforce. This unit complements the knowledge and skills students have gained in IS106, Operating Systems Administration which provided basic aspects of PC operating systems. Students learn to install, use and manage Linux for both servers and clients. This unit further develops the Software aspects of the ACS Core Area of Computer Organisation and Architecture.

IS206

Programming - 10 Credit Points

Software development requires knowledge of design principles used to ascertain user needs, model design, code, test, validate and implement a system. This unit is introduces approaches design of algorithms and their implementation in commonly used programming languages. There are three readily identifiable areas of programming to which lend themselves to separate units. Procedural programming focuses on the program as a series of instructions coding an algorithm. More advanced work considers a second area, the use and coding of data structures. The third area, using Object-Oriented techniques focuses on modelling the complexity of related data belonging to an organisation as a system. Some graduates may find a career in computer programming. Further, some will use acquired design skills to develop applications for commercial software which often provide a programming environment to allow for further development and customisation. All, however, should gain greater understanding of many important areas of IS implementation, and a set of concepts which facilitate dialogue with professional programmers.

IS207

Ethics for Computing Professionals - 10 Credit Points

The development of an ethical basis for the application of information technology in organisations, involves reflection upon shared human values such as tolerance, respect, fairness, privacy, freedom and quality of life. It is also hoped that after the presentation of the major facets of Ethics the students will develop better understanding of the complex, multidimensional factors that affect the actions and decisions of individuals and of society as a whole.

IS208

Mathematics for Computing II - 10 Credit Points

A variety of important graphical, numerical and algebraic methods form a foundation for understanding the concepts, notation, and design of both hardware and software which have become part of Information Technology and its applications. This advanced unit follows on from IS104 and provides students with a further insight to the mathematics involved in computer-related studies. By introducing models, algorithms and code students are prepared for their programming and database units. It maps to the requirements of the ACS Core Area of Discrete Mathematics.

IS210

Network Management - 10 Credit Points

Skills in managing a network environment using commonly available client and server network operating systems (NOS) is becoming an essential requirement for those entering the workforce as IS/IT professionals in PNG. This unit will further develop the knowledge students have gained in IS 203, Local Area Networks which provided the basic theory of networking infrastructure. Once the network connectivity is established, an operating system is required to utilise the possible resource sharing and security advantages available. This unit further develops the Software aspects of the ACS Core Area of Computer Organisation and Architecture.

 

Year 3

IS301

Structured Programming - 10 Credit Points

This unit covers the fundamental principles of structured programming. Students will gain an understanding of and practical experience in analysing problems, designing algorithms, coding, testing and debugging structured programs to address these problems. They will have the technical competence to write simple programs in using a structured programming language such as C++. Other topics include ethics in IT, program correctness, good programming practices and documentation, role of compilers and execution of programs by computer hardware. This unit relates to aspects of the ACS Core Areas of Data Structures and Algorithms, as well as Program Design and Implementation, and Software Engineering and Methodologies.

IS302

Database Design - 10 Credit Points

Organisations need to handle data with well-designed databases that minimise errors through updating, deletion and insertion anomalies, avoiding redundancies and providing ready retrieval of data in flexible forms adaptable to changing user needs. Database design offers concepts in the development of a database from the listing of business requirements, through entity-relationship diagramming, schema formation, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of a schema with concepts of functional dependency and normal forms. Following IS204, this unit develops the underlying theory required to understand the design and management of databases using commercial software, relational algebra and the use of SQL. Such studies may open important career paths, since it is difficult to envisage any organisation that does not have the electronic storage and management of data as a critical need. This unit maps to aspects of the ACS Core Areas of Database Management and Conceptual Modelling.

IS303

Web Application Development - 10 Credit Points

The World Wide Web continues its meteoric growth. Websites have matured from simple collections of static HTML pages to data-driven web applications. Many technologies exist for developing data-driven web sites. This unit will use the Open-Source (free) technology to create web applications. Apache server is used to process Php server scripts and MySQL as its backend database. Php programming language will be used to create server-side scripts in the development of dynamic data driven applications. A working knowledge of HTML 5 and Javascript and JQuery is required to help create web-based application. The latter part of this unit will discuss the emerging mobile technology (Android programming) and will challenge the students to convert some of the web-based applications to mobile compatibility.

IS304

Data Communications 1 - 10 Credit Points

Increasingly, Local Area Networks (LAN’s) are linked to other LAN’s via Wide Area Networks (WAN’s) in a process known as internetworking. The largest example of this is the Internet to which most LAN’s today are connected. This unit builds on the basic networking concepts gained in IS203 to develop the concepts, protocols and technology required for internetworking. Hardware includes layer 2 switches and layer 3 routers which are discussed and configured using both simulation software and with a hardware network provided in a laboratory setting. The TCP/IP protocol suite used on the Internet is studied as well as IP4 addressing schemes and Access Control lists. This unit addresses aspects of the ACS Core Areas of Data Communications and Networks as well as the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) curriculum.

IS305

Object Oriented Programming - 10 Credit Points

Object-oriented programming focuses on modelling the complexity of related data belonging to an organisation as a system of interrelated and interacting user-defined data types known as objects which have attributes and accompanying methods. This unit introduces the major concepts of classes, encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism with programming examples. A small project such as some form of a lending library is developed to illustrate the application of object-oriented principles. This unit relate to aspects of the ACS Core Areas of Data Structures and Algorithms, as well as Program Design and Implementation, and Software Engineering and Methodologies.

IS308

Data Communications 2 - 10 Credit Points

This unit builds on the internetworking concepts gained in IS304. The focus is now on the topologies, technologies and protocols of Wide Area Networks. As well the CISCO IOS is studied to configure routers and to manage a CISCO internetwork. An internetworking software simulation package is used to enable the practising of network configuration and management skills. Students design and document a major multi-campus internetwork for a hypothetical PNG enterprise. This unit addresses aspects of the ACS Core Areas of Data Communications and Networks as well as the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) curriculum.

IS309

Financial Modeling -10 Credit Points

This unit follows from IS201 Spreadsheet Modeling and IS205 Data Analysis and Modeling. It further develops students competency in major features provided in Spreadsheet Analysis and Modeling. The focus here is more on financial applications of spreadsheet mainly using statistical and financial functions. The level of skill attained enable students to perform tasks required in an office environment, such as supporting project or investment decisions with discounted cash flow models, preparing forecasts and budgets and making a break-even analysis.

IS310

Database Systems - 10 Credit Points

Information is one of the most important resources in any organisation. Effective management and processing of information is crucial to the success of the organisation. IS302 Database Design aims to provide the student with the knowledge and skills on how to design and implement a small-scale database. However, this unit aims to provide the student with the knowledge and skills on how relational database systems work and function, and design and develop large-scale information systems to capture, process and manipulate information effectively and efficiently for the success of the organisation. It also equips the student to select the most appropriate database management system for the type of database chosen to be developed. Lectures will cover the principles and techniques of relational databases systems and laboratories will help students to develop a large-scale database system.

 

Year 4

IS401

Project Management - 10 Credit Points

In this unit students gain fundamental project management knowledge and learn how to apply knowledge, tools and techniques to project activities in order to meet customer requirements, finish within a required time frame and on budget. While the acquired skills are applicable to all kinds of projects, the focus is on information systems projects. Scope, time and resource management are addressed, with a particular emphasis on applying critical path analysis to create feasible project schedules. Students work on practical case studies in small teams, using commercial project management software to plan a project, monitor and control the progress and report on the status. This unit addresses aspects of the ACS Core Area of IT Project Management and Quality Assurance.

IS402

Electronic Commerce -10 Credit Points

A rapidly developing application of extranet and Internet technology is providing for online commercial transactions known as Electronic Commerce. An organization becomes virtual when it presents itself largely electronically (rather than, for example, a physically existing building) as a web page to be accessed through Internet access. Commerce takes place via online catalogues, email, and credit cards and electronic payment systems. Only physical delivery of purchased goods takes place outside the electronic system. Online Publishing, Internet Banking, Business-to-Business transactions also introduce a virtual aspect to organizations. Issues of trading legislation, security and ethics are important issues for providers and consumers. There are also important social implications as these technologies bring about lifestyle changes, render many employee positions redundant, and lead to bank branch, and traditional commercial outlet closures.

IS403

Systems Analysis & Design - 10 Credit Points

This is a practical field and is designed to equip students with the concepts and principles to effectively analyse and design a system. This unit allows students to explore both traditional and object-oriented approaches to systems analysis & design, and integrates key modeling concepts that apply to both traditional and object-oriented approaches. The traditional approach is based on modern structured analysis & design. The objected-oriented approach is based on Unified Modeling Language (UML) from Object Management Group (OMG). Additional concepts are also included in response to the realities of system development today.

IS405

End User Support - 10 Credit Points

The best Information System designs and implementations only realise their full potential when understood and intelligently used. Students are prepared for positions as End-user support personnel required in large organisations to train, support and problem solve for all users as problems arise, and especially to assist beginning users to become proficient. Investment in these help-desk services is costly, but is money well spent when expensive and critical Information Systems operate efficiently. For some graduates, End–User Support forms an important career option. This unit address aspects of the ACS Core Area of Interpersonal Communication.

IS406

IS Project & Presentation - 10 Credit Points

IS project enables final year students to work independently on a project, such as a particular information system, which requires them to bring together a broad sector of the undergraduate knowledge they have gained on a chosen problem. This unit will also foster currency of knowledge in an environment which is rapidly changing. Students may also find it an advantage to choose a project with which they could demonstrate their competence to a prospective employer. This unit also enables final year students to consider “cutting edge” research and developments by developing a guided report, presented in a series of draft forms, using recent journal literature. Topics may be chosen from a provided list containing key suggested references. Literature research, report writing and oral presentations at a formal IS seminar are all aspects of the experience in this unit.

IS408

Decision Support Systems - 10 Credit Points

A particular application for Information Systems is to transform data (single transactions) to information (data tabulated so as to convey meaning) leading to knowledge (relating information leading to understanding and prediction). Decision Support Systems (DSS) facilitate best practice in organizational decision making, by providing access to organizational and extra-organizational information and knowledge. Students study such systems as they integrate data and modeling systems to provide solutions. Increasingly, use is made of the information and knowledge generated by the products from the field of Artificial Intelligence, such as Expert Systems, Artificial Neural Networks, and Intelligent Agents.

IS410

Advanced Network Management - 10 Credit Points

This unit further develops competencies of installing, administering and securing a Windows 2008 domain-based client-server network, gained in IS210, Network Management. Topics studied in that unit are revised with emphasis on those which are more challenging. It also assumes that students have acquired a strong understanding of data communications concepts studied in IS308. More advanced topics are then discussed including: Delegating control, distributing MMC consoles and taskpads, Active Directory physical and logical structure, software deployment, and publishing folders and printers. On completion of these units, it is anticipated that graduates are eligible to apply for positions as beginning network administrators.

IS411

Wireless Communications - 10 Credit Points

In the areas of networking, data communications and telecommunications, wireless technologies are gaining ever increasing dominance. Well known examples include the cordless phones in the home to cellular phones that are used throughout the world. The traditional wired telephone line is rapidly being replaced by wireless local, metropolitan, and wide area networks. With the techniques of wirelessly counting the inventory of products on store shelves and paying for purchases without using hard currency, wireless data communications are ubiquitous. Many towns and cities are installing wireless networks that allow residents and visitors to access the Internet from everywhere, using notebook computers and handheld devices. Students will gain a background and an overview of the available range of wireless data communications technologies.

 

Service Units

IS113

Spread Sheet Management (Service Unit) - 10 Credit Points

Electronic spreadsheets now replace hand-written financial record keeping and calculating in the small or home office environment. As well, the typical “what-if” analysis feature of spreadsheets facilitates decision-making. Skills in spreadsheets management are, therefore, essential for those entering the business world. With a commonly used software application this skills-based unit explains the fundamental principles and practical skills required to produce accurate calculations in worksheets with a professional appearance.

IS115

Database Management (Service Unit) - 10 Credit Points

Database systems are foundational examples of Information Systems. They are used in all office environments where data on such items as staff, clients and stock need to be recorded and retrieved. This unit introduces database management with a commonly used relational database management system where data is organized in a logical and orderly way using fields and records in creating tables. Tables are organized and linked and then queried to search and manipulate records. There is focus also on activities with business applications such as personnel, inventory, and financial record management.

IS117

End-User Computing & Word Processing (Service Unit) - 10 Credit Points

Technology, computers and the Internet, are indispensable tools in almost all kind of activities in professional and private life. End-User Computing and Word unit provides students with necessary knowledge and skills to function confidently and efficiently in computer-based environment. The unit familiarizes students with the Windows environment, file management and Internet skills. Since the word processing is the most fundamental application, the unit also provides comprehensive introduction to the basics of document formatting using word-processing.

 

IS209

Internet Applications (Service unit) - 10 Credit Points

The Internet is a worldwide interconnection of networks. It has no single central file server nor does a single computer control it. This unit provides an overview of Internet use and application in business, government, learning institutions and others. One of the software Internet applications is the World Wide Web (WWW). The WWW consists of a huge collection of hypertext-linked documents (HTML documents) stored on computers around the world. Students study and explore the dynamics of World Wide Web and how it can be used as a research and communication tool that would lead them into making informed decisions about the impacts the Internet and World Wide Web have on our changing society.

 

 

Bachelor of Business (Management)

Divine Word University has promoted business and management program as a means of developing highly qualified professionals in the business, management and entrepreneurship domains. The Bachelor of Business (Management) program was developed in response to the growing demand for qualified management professionals in Papua New Guinea and beyond. This effort is in consonance with DWU’s continuous dialogue and partnership with all levels of community, business and industry sectors, and the government.

The purpose of the Bachelor of Business in Management is to equip the students with the profound knowledge to think critically and reflectively, demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to management profession, and solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account. As such it develops students to demonstrate a broader and deeper understanding of business concepts and principles as integrated in the business management profession, ability to analyze business related problems and issues, apply their competencies in financial accounting, financial, marketing, human resource, production/operations, strategic and international management; practice abilities to present systematic and logical views and conclusions on arguments presented in relation to business and management-related problems, express familiarity on matters related to business, manifest professionalism and confidence in the conduct of their profession and business engagements, either as entrepreneurs and/or managers.

Program Code: BBS (Management)

Program Description

The Bachelor of Business (Management) is a four - year full time program. An integrated program of study is offered that enables students to acquire knowledge, understanding, and basic analytical skills in accounting, management, economics, communication, finance, law and computing. Graduates of this program are also eligible to sit for the Certified Practicing Accountant in Papua New Guinea’s (CPAPNG) examinations to gain further recognition as Accounting Technician.


Credit Points Required

Achievement of 320 credit points


Duration of Study

Four Years - Eight Semesters



Study Mode and Location

The program is offered fulltime at DWU Madang Campus


Pre-requisites

A minimum grade of “B” in English, a grade “C” in Mathematics A, as well as “B’s” in all other subjects are required at the Grade 12 level of secondary schooling. Applicants need to fill-in the Divine Word University application forms specific to their status as School Leaver or Non-School Leaver. School Leavers are required to indicate Divine Word University as their first choice.

 

Program Units

Year1

BS115 Management Principles
BS116 Business Communications
BS118 Principles of Economics
BS124 Accounting Foundations 1
BS125 Accounting Foundations 2
BS126 Business Statistics
RS234 Mathematics of Finance
IS117 Computing and Word Processing

Year2

BS120 Business Law
BS211 Financial Accounting A
BS212 Principles of Marketing
BS215 Financial Accounting B
BS217 Taxation 1
BS230 Management Accounting
IS113 Spreadsheet Management
IS115 Database Management

Year 3

BS314 Taxation 2
BS317 Human Resource Management
BS318 Marketing Management
BS320 Organizational Behavior
BS324 Fundamentals of Financial Management
BS326 Business Research 1
BS328 Company Law

Year4

BS322 Total Quality Management & Accountability
BS419 Business Information Management
BS422 Managing Change in Organizations
BS423 Production/Operation Management
BS425 Strategic Management
BS426 Corporate Finance
BS429 Business Research 2

 

Program Unit Descriptions

Year 1

BS115

BS115 Management Principles - 10 Credit Points

This unit examines organizations and their activities from a number of perspectives. The role of the organization viewed from the perspectives of the society to which it is accountable, and the economy within which it operates, is examined. It provides knowledge on the principles and practices of management and the roles of manager in an organization. It evolves around the functions of managers. It also addresses additional areas relevant to the unit as well as developing skills that will be valuable in student’s career.

BS116

BS116 Business Communications - 10 Credit Points

Managers need a highly developed understanding of interpersonal and corporate communication skills in oral and written forms. This unit forms the foundation unit of students’ studies in Business. It is designed to provide understanding of the theory and practice of inter-personal communication skills, including verbal and non-verbal behavior, assertion, empathetic listening, interaction management, interpersonal communication and problem-solving. It also explores the different forms of communication within the business context to assist aspiring business professionals with communication decision - making.

BS118

BS118 Principles of Economics - 10 Credit Points

By introducing students to a small number of core economic concepts and tools, and by demonstrating their wide ranging application, BS118 provides them with the opportunity to improve decision making in all domains of their lives and better understand aspects of the business and policy environments in which they operate both individually and collectively. It also highlights the use of key economic concepts that can assist people in their role as managers to form successful competitive strategies and to run more profitable firms.

BS124

BS124 Accounting Foundations 1 - 10 Credit Points

Accounting is an information system designed to enable the preparation of financial statements that will provide relevant information for the making of economic decisions. This unit will focus on accounting information systems for non-incorporated businesses. Students should understand accounting fundamentals including the users of accounting information; assumptions and principles underlying accounting; the meaning of the terms asset, liability, owner’s equity, revenue and expense; the accounting systems for unincorporated single and multiple owner businesses.

BS125

BS125 Accounting Foundations 2 - 10 Credit Points

This unit continues the study commenced in Accounting Foundations 1. It emphasizes skill development and extends applications and analysis undertaken in the preceding unit. It examines transactions and events in more complex settings and deals with assets, liabilities, and different business structures. Principles, concepts and policies underpinning accounting action are elaborated.

BS126

BS126 Business Statistics - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides students with an understanding of basic statistical concepts and techniques used in handling the tools necessary for general statistical knowledge, inference, decision-making and familiarization with statistical software. It would develop the essential analytical skills necessary for decision making within a business environment. It also allows students to better analyze and understand business related data; and the use of Excel to generate output that can be analyzed.

RS234

RS234 Christian Ethics - 10 Credit Points

Ethics is a systematic, critical study concerned with the evaluation of human conduct to help male decisions about the future. It is concerned about what is right, fair, just or good; about what we ought to do, not just what is the case or what is most acceptable or expedient. Christian ethics is the critical evaluation of human conduct from a Christian perspective. In this course, students will explore the understanding, sources and importance of ethics in everybody’s personal and professional life.

IS117

IS117 Computing and Word Processing - 10 Credit Points

Technology, computers and the Internet, are indispensable tools in almost all kind of activities in professional and private life. End-User Computing and Word unit provides students with necessary knowledge and skills to function confidently and efficiently in computer-based environment. The unit familiarizes students with the Windows environment, file management and Internet skills. Since the word processing is the most fundamental application, the unit also provides comprehensive introduction to the basics of document formatting using word-processing.

 

Year 2

BS120

BS120 Business Law - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides students the knowledge and understanding of the PNG law and PNG business law as well as the legal requirements for the formation and operation of various entities carrying on business activities in PNG.

BS211

BS211 Financial Accounting A - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides students with a set of inter-related concepts defining the nature, purpose and broad contents of financial reporting. It focuses on the development and communication of financial information for external users primarily through general-purpose financial statements. It also considers the design and implementation of accounting information systems as a data model for resource allocation and management of an organization. It includes consideration of current trends in information management and the changing regulatory requirements.

BS212

BS212 Principles of Marketing - 10 Credit Points

Effective marketing is not about learning a series of facts, but comes from systematic critical thinking and reasoned application of underlying principles in a dynamic marketplace. This unit provides the principles, interpretation and analytical frameworks and challenges students to use them to make better marketing decisions. As such, it establishes a foundation for subsequent in-depth marketing units and provides an understanding of the application and role of marketing within the broader business environment.

BS215

BS215 Financial Accounting B - 10 Credit Points

This unit is the continuation of BS 211. It focuses on the financial accounting sequence of investing, common accounting disclosures of a business and the other dimensions of corporate financial accounting and reporting. Accounting issues along corporate governance, consolidation of accounting issues in accordance with International Financial Reporting System (IFRS) on corporate reporting are also explored.

BS217

BS217 Taxation 1 - 10 Credit Points

The unit is introduces the students to income tax laws and regulations that apply to Papua New Guinea. The unit also prepares the students for professional accounting examinations. The unit will focus on introduction to income tax laws for individuals, resident and non-resident, companies and other business and allowable deductions to businesses.

BS230

BS230 Management Accounting - 10 Credit Points

This unit examines how cost information is generated and used within organizations. To this end, a number of different costing and budgeting techniques are explained and demonstrated. It deals also with understanding the mechanics of each technique. It is important that students can recognize which technique is most appropriate for particular situations. The unit provides a solid introduction to management and cost accounting as a standalone unit, or provides a conceptual basis for further study in other programs.

IS113

IS113 Spreadsheet Management - 10 Credit Points

Electronic spreadsheets now replace hand-written financial record keeping and calculating in the small or home office environment. As well, the typical “what-if” analysis feature of spreadsheets facilitates decision-making. Skills in spreadsheets management are, therefore, essential for those entering the business world. With a commonly used software application this skills-based unit explains the fundamental principles and practical skills required to produce accurate calculations in worksheets with a professional appearance.

IS115

IS115 Database Management - 10 Credit Points

Database systems are foundational examples of Information Systems. They are used in all office environments where data on such items as staff, clients and stock need to be recorded and retrieved. This unit introduces database management with a commonly used relational database management system where data is organized in a logical and orderly way using fields and records in creating tables. Tables are organized and linked and then queried to search and manipulate records. There is focus also on activities with business applications such as personnel, inventory, and financial record management.

 

Year 3

BS314

BS314 Taxation 2 - 10 Credit Points

This unit is a continuation of BS217 Taxation 1. Students are trained further to assist and represent clients before government agencies in relation to business and company tax matters. The unit focuses on tax laws of PNG pertaining allowable deductions to business such as tax treatment of business expenses, depreciation, specific tax incentives for industry, taxation for nonresidents and overseas income, tax administration taxation of resource projects.

BS317

BS317 Human Resource Management - 10 Credit Points

This unit introduces students to the basic elements of human resource management (HRM) as a method of organizing the workplace. They would critically assess the relationship between strategy and the core HRM approaches to the quality of working life. They will locate HR strategies within their organizational, business, demographic, economic, legislative and industrial contexts. At all times it focuses about maximizing the synergies between the employees and the employer without forgetting organizational goals’ achievement.

BS318

BS318 Marketing Management - 10 Credit Points

Marketing’s central role is creating, communicating, capturing and sustaining value in organizations. The unit employs an integrated marketing management framework, studying marketing in its local and global context. Comprehensive content and associated resources are designed with a view to applying the principles of marketing management across a wide range of PNG’s organizational contexts.

BS320

BS320 Organisational Behaviour - 10 Credit Points

This unit studies the mind and behavior of individuals in an organizational context. It is in nature with theories and principles multidisciplinary drawn from many other disciplines like Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Marketing, and Cultural Studies to name a few. It introduces carefully selected OB topics to help facilitate an ambient and stimulating environment. Focuses is given to enhancing the critical thinking capabilities and hones students’ management competencies as well as increase their readiness for corporate citizenship.

BS324

BS324 Fundamentals of Financial Management - 10 Credit Points

This unit introduces the core concepts of finance and the tools of financial decision making in the context of PNG and international environments. Concepts include time value of money, risk and return and capital structures. The unit is to develop an understanding of the basic practices of finance management from the standpoint of the firm. It also develops the students’ practical skills in the identification and analysis of financial problems.

BS326

BS326 Business Research 1 - 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to prepare students to undertake a small research project in business and management. The theoretical component of this unit introduces the philosophies and approaches underpinning qualitative and quantitative types of research, and familiarizes students with elements of research project leading to the development research proposal. The practical component of the unit develops skills for defining research problem, critical reading and writing literature review and developing data collection instruments.

BS328

BS328 Company Law - 10 Credit Points

The unit introduces the student to background and development of Company Law and its application under the PNG setting. It provides the student with a sound knowledge of the basic principles and laws governing formation, organization, constitution and management of companies. Likewise, this unit is designed to enable students to further understand the operations of companies by exposing them to the various methods of addressing problems, and requires student’s familiarization of the liquidation of companies.

 

Year 4

BS322

BS322 Total Quality Management & Accountability - 10 Credit Points

This unit examines the background of quality management, the implication of its introduction and the potential benefits available. The unit discusses what quality, quality assurance and quality management mean. Emphasis is given on quality standards and factors affecting quality outcomes.

BS419

BS419 Business Information Management - 10 Credit Points

This unit underscores the methodological importance of accurate, relevant, timely and complete data for effective and “evidence-based” decision making for business and industry. The unit will train the students how to support decisions with the right information at the right time and using technology to collect process and disseminate information to improve delivery of products and services to customers.

BS422

BS422 Managing Change in Organizations - 10 Credit Points

The aim of this unit is to provide the students a framework that will integrate the management of technological, market and organizational innovations. The students are provided with knowledge to understand and skills to appreciate the innovations faced by an organization operating in a PNG business environment.

BS423

BS423 Production / Operations Management - 10 Credit Points

This course introduces the students to the theory and practice of production management as a functional area in the management of business enterprise. It is a three-unit course which primary discuss the principles, concepts and basic problems affecting the manufacturing and non-manufacturing firms. It also includes the methods, strategies and application of various economical and mathematical tools in solving the production and operation related problems. It covers the two major areas of production and operations management: Design of the Operation System and Operation and Control of the System.

BS425

BS425 Strategic Management - 10 Credit Points

This unit introduces the basic concepts of strategic management as they apply to business and provides an integrating framework within which students can apply the concepts and tools learned. Thus, this unit helps students acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for a managerial approach to running a business in today's competitive environment.

BS426

BS426 Corporate Finance - 10 Credit Points

The unit’s objective is to explore the theory and application of corporate finance issues at an advanced level, and to equip students with the required depth of knowledge and skill expected of a professional. It revises basic financial concepts, valuation techniques and topics covered in earlier finance courses. This prepares the students to learn more complicated theoretical issues and analytical techniques, and enable them to apply their knowledge to a real life corporate finance project.

BS429

BS429 Business Research 2 - 10 Credit Points

The aim of this unit is to equip students with knowledge and skills necessary to complete a sound research project planned for and initiated in BS326. After the collection of the data during their fieldwork, students are introduced to techniques of qualitative and quantitative data recording, reduction and analysis, and to research reporting.

 



   

Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

The purpose of the business programs is to equip the students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become competent professionals in business and government. All units of the program emphasize ethical standards. Graduates are eligible to sit for the PNG Institute of Accountants (PNGIA) examinations to gain further professional recognition. Graduates of Business Studies programs have established a good reputation for competency and professionalism within the accountancy profession.

Program Code: BBS (Accountancy)

Program Description

The Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) is a four- year full time program which specializes in professional accounting training. This program offers two years of specific professional training to young men and women for a career in Accounting. The aim is to produce graduates who can provide financial information to decision-makers. Throughout the accountancy programs, the students continue to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills in processing accounting data in order to provide financial information to business managers or government departments. Students are also prepared to take the PNGIA professional examinations after graduation.


Credit Points Required

Achievement of 320 credit points


Duration of Study

Four years - Eight Semesters


Study Mode and Location

Program offered fulltime at the DWU Madang Campus


Pre-requisites

Applicants to the degree program are required to have completed 4 years of secondary school or equivalent from a recognised institution. A minimum grade of “B” in English, a grade “C” in Mathematics A, as well as “B’s” in all other subjects are required at the Grade 12 level of secondary schooling. Applicants need to fill-in the Divine Word University application forms specific to their status as School Leaver or Non-School Leaver and pay the necessary fee/s. School Leavers are required to indicate Divine Word University as their first choice.

 

Program Units

Year One

BS115 Management Principles
BS116 Business Communications
BS118 Principles of Economics
BS124 Accounting Foundations 1
BS125 Accounting Foundations 2
BS126 Business Statistics
RS234 Christian Ethics
IS117 Computing and Word Processing

  


Year Two

BS120 Business Law
BS211 Financial Accounting A
BS212 Principles of Marketing
BS215 Financial Accounting B
BS217 Taxation 1
BS230 Management Accounting
IS113 Spreadsheet Management
IS115 Database Management

   


Year Three

BS314 Taxation 2
BS317 Human Resource Management
BS323 Strategic Management Accounting
BS324 Fundamentals of Financial Management
BS325 Accounting Theory and Applications
BS326 Business Research 1
BS327 Financial Risk Management
BS328 Company Law

Year Four

BS419 Business Information Management
BS426 Corporate Finance
BS427 Auditing and Assurance 1
BS428 Auditing and Assurance 2
BS429 Business Research 2 Elective
BS430 Comtemporary Accounting Issues

 

Program Units Descriptions

Year 1

BS115

BS115 Management Principles - 10 Credit Points

This unit examines organizations and their activities from a number of perspectives. The role of the organization viewed from the perspectives of the society to which it is accountable, and the economy within which it operates, is examined. It provides knowledge on the principles and practices of management and the roles of manager in an organization. It evolves around the functions of managers. It also addresses additional areas relevant to the unit as well as developing skills that will be valuable in student’s career.

BS116

BS116 Business Communications - 10 Credit Points

Managers need a highly developed understanding of interpersonal and corporate communication skills in oral and written forms. This unit forms the foundation unit of students’ studies in Business. It is designed to provide understanding of the theory and practice of inter-personal communication skills, including verbal and non-verbal behavior, assertion, empathetic listening, interaction management, interpersonal communication and problem-solving. It also explores the different forms of communication within the business context to assist aspiring business professionals with communication decision - making.

BS118

BS118 Principles of Economics - 10 Credit Points

By introducing students to a small number of core economic concepts and tools, and by demonstrating their wide ranging application, BS118 provides them with the opportunity to improve decision making in all domains of their lives and better understand aspects of the business and policy environments in which they operate both individually and collectively. It also highlights the use of key economic concepts that can assist people in their role as managers to form successful competitive strategies and to run more profitable firms.

BS124

BS124 Accounting Foundations 1 - 10 Credit Points

Accounting is an information system designed to enable the preparation of financial statements that will provide relevant information for the making of economic decisions. This unit will focus on accounting information systems for non-incorporated businesses. Students should understand accounting fundamentals including the users of accounting information; assumptions and principles underlying accounting; the meaning of the terms asset, liability, owner’s equity, revenue and expense; the accounting systems for unincorporated single and multiple owner businesses.

BS125

BS125 Accounting Foundations 2 - 10 Credit Points

This unit continues the study commenced in Accounting Foundations 1. It emphasizes skill development and extends applications and analysis undertaken in the preceding unit. It examines transactions and events in more complex settings and deals with assets, liabilities, and different business structures. Principles, concepts and policies underpinning accounting action are elaborated.

BS126

BS126 Business Statistics - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides students with an understanding of basic statistical concepts and techniques used in handling the tools necessary for general statistical knowledge, inference, decision-making and familiarization with statistical software. It would develop the essential analytical skills necessary for decision making within a business environment. It also allows students to better analyze and understand business related data; and the use of Excel to generate output that can be analyzed.

RS234

RS234 Christian Ethics - 10 Credit Points

Ethics is a systematic, critical study concerned with the evaluation of human conduct to help male decisions about the future. It is concerned about what is right, fair, just or good; about what we ought to do, not just what is the case or what is most acceptable or expedient. Christian ethics is the critical evaluation of human conduct from a Christian perspective. In this course, students will explore the understanding, sources and importance of ethics in everybody’s personal and professional life.

IS117

IS117 Computing and Word Processing - 10 Credit Points

Technology, computers and the Internet, are indispensable tools in almost all kind of activities in professional and private life. End-User Computing and Word unit provides students with necessary knowledge and skills to function confidently and efficiently in computer-based environment. The unit familiarizes students with the Windows environment, file management and Internet skills. Since the word processing is the most fundamental application, the unit also provides comprehensive introduction to the basics of document formatting using word-processing.

 

Year 2

BS120

BS120 Business Law - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides students the knowledge and understanding of the PNG law and PNG business law as well as the legal requirements for the formation and operation of various entities carrying on business activities in PNG.

BS211

BS211 Financial Accounting A - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides students with a set of inter-related concepts defining the nature, purpose and broad contents of financial reporting. It focuses on the development and communication of financial information for external users primarily through general-purpose financial statements. It also considers the design and implementation of accounting information systems as a data model for resource allocation and management of an organization. It includes consideration of current trends in information management and the changing regulatory requirements.

BS212

BS212 Principles of Marketing - 10 Credit Points

Effective marketing is not about learning a series of facts, but comes from systematic critical thinking and reasoned application of underlying principles in a dynamic marketplace. This unit provides the principles, interpretation and analytical frameworks and challenges students to use them to make better marketing decisions. As such, it establishes a foundation for subsequent in-depth marketing units and provides an understanding of the application and role of marketing within the broader business environment.

BS215

BS215 Financial Accounting B - 10 Credit Points

This unit is the continuation of BS 211. It focuses on the financial accounting sequence of investing, common accounting disclosures of a business and the other dimensions of corporate financial accounting and reporting. Accounting issues along corporate governance, consolidation of accounting issues in accordance with International Financial Reporting System (IFRS) on corporate reporting are also explored.

BS217

BS217 Taxation 1 - 10 Credit Points

The unit is introduces the students to income tax laws and regulations that apply to Papua New Guinea. The unit also prepares the students for professional accounting examinations. The unit will focus on introduction to income tax laws for individuals, resident and non-resident, companies and other business and allowable deductions to businesses.

BS230

BS230 Management Accounting - 10 Credit Points

This unit examines how cost information is generated and used within organizations. To this end, a number of different costing and budgeting techniques are explained and demonstrated. It deals also with understanding the mechanics of each technique. It is important that students can recognize which technique is most appropriate for particular situations. The unit provides a solid introduction to management and cost accounting as a standalone unit, or provides a conceptual basis for further study in other programs.

IS113

IS113 Spreadsheet Management - 10 Credit Points

Electronic spreadsheets now replace hand-written financial record keeping and calculating in the small or home office environment. As well, the typical “what-if” analysis feature of spreadsheets facilitates decision-making. Skills in spreadsheets management are, therefore, essential for those entering the business world. With a commonly used software application this skills-based unit explains the fundamental principles and practical skills required to produce accurate calculations in worksheets with a professional appearance.

IS115

IS115 Database Management - 10 Credit Points

Database systems are foundational examples of Information Systems. They are used in all office environments where data on such items as staff, clients and stock need to be recorded and retrieved. This unit introduces database management with a commonly used relational database management system where data is organized in a logical and orderly way using fields and records in creating tables. Tables are organized and linked and then queried to search and manipulate records. There is focus also on activities with business applications such as personnel, inventory, and financial record management.

 

Year 3

BS314

BS314 Taxation 2 - 10 Credit Points

This unit is a continuation of BS217. Students are trained further to assist and represent clients before government agencies in relation to business and company tax matters. The unit focuses on tax laws of PNG pertaining allowable deductions to business such as tax treatment of business expenses, depreciation, specific tax incentives for industry, taxation for nonresidents and overseas income, tax administration taxation of resource projects.

BS317

BS317 Human Resource Management - 10 Credit Points

This unit introduces students to the basic elements of human resource management (HRM) as a method of organizing the workplace. They would critically assess the relationship between strategy and the core HRM approaches to the quality of working life. They will locate HR strategies within their organizational, business, demographic, economic, legislative and industrial contexts. At all times it focuses about maximizing the synergies between the employees and the employer without forgetting organizational goals’ achievement.

BS323

BS323 Strategic Management Accounting - 10 Credit Points

Strategic management accounting practices are applied across a broad range of organizational settings. BS323’s focuses on the for-profit private sector, but its practices’ relevance also applies to not-for-profit and public sectors. It uses organization’s financial information for planning and control. Students gain a deeper understanding of management accountant’s role and contribution to strategic planning within the organization. It concentrates the interfaces between financial and business performance on adding value to the business than financial control.

BS324

BS324 Fundamentals of Financial Management - 10 Credit Points

This unit introduces the core concepts of finance and the tools of financial decision making in the context of PNG and international environments. Concepts include time value of money, risk and return and capital structures. The unit is to develop an understanding of the basic practices of finance management from the standpoint of the firm. It also develops the students’ practical skills in the identification and analysis of financial problems.

BS325

BS325 Accounting Theory and Applications - 10 Credit Points

This unit addresses the advanced aspects of accounting with particular emphasis on accounting theories and how they assist us in understanding current accounting practice and accounting standards. It focuses on the relationship between the theoretical concepts and current policies and practices. Knowledge of historical and contemporary issues also gives students an opportunity to understand the rationale for the existence of current accounting policies and practices, and the directions in which accounting policies may develop.

BS326

BS326 Business Research 1 - 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to prepare students to undertake a small research project in business and management. The theoretical component of this unit introduces the philosophies and approaches underpinning qualitative and quantitative types of research, and familiarizes students with elements of research project leading to the development research proposal. The practical component of the unit develops skills for defining research problem, critical reading and writing literature review and developing data collection instruments.

BS327

BS327 Financial Risk Management - 10 Credit Points

The course discusses the risk management framework for financial institutions under the Basel II accord and the transition to the Basel III accord. In particular, the course covers credit, market, interest rate in the balance sheet and operational risks. Students are taught to calculate regulatory and economic capital and to calculate the capital requirements for the institution as a whole. It aims to give an overview of the risks faced by financial institutions and how they can be managed.

BS328

BS328 Company Law - 10 Credit Points

The unit introduces the student to background and development of Company Law and its application under the PNG setting. It provides the student with a sound knowledge of the basic principles and laws governing formation, organization, constitution and management of companies. Likewise, this unit is designed to enable students to further understand the operations of companies by exposing them to the various methods of addressing problems, and requires student’s familiarization of the liquidation of companies.

 

Year 4

BS419

BS419 Business Information Management - 10 Credit Points

This unit underscores the methodological importance of accurate, relevant, timely and complete data for effective and “evidence-based” decision making for business and industry. The unit will train the students how to support decisions with the right information at the right time and using technology to collect process and disseminate information to improve delivery of products and services to customers.

BS426

BS426 Corporate Finance - 10 Credit Points

The unit’s objective is to explore the theory and application of corporate finance issues at an advanced level, and to equip students with the required depth of knowledge and skill expected of a professional. It revises basic financial concepts, valuation techniques and topics covered in earlier finance courses. This prepares the students to learn more complicated theoretical issues and analytical techniques, and enable them to apply their knowledge to a real life corporate finance project.

BS427

BS427 Auditing and Assurance 1 - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides students with profound knowledge and skill on evaluating objectively evidences to form an opinion pertaining to the assertions’ validity of financial reports prepared by a company. It focuses on GAAP; GAAS and audit procedures’ applications to train students formulate independent auditor’s report that conforms to the standards of the accounting professions. It also hones students become future internal auditors of PNG’s private or government agencies and/or as external practicing auditors.

BS428

BS428 Auditing and Assurance 2 - 10 Credit Points

Auditing and Assurance Services 2 deal more on auditing transactions and balances and completing the audit as programmed. It further develops the knowledge and enhances the skills of the students on assurance services (attest functions - financial audit, management audit and compliance audit); the application of auditing standards for public and non-public companies, deepening the students’ ability to audit the various accounts along Assets, Liabilities, Capital, Expenses and Income accounts.

BS429

BS429 Business Research 2 Elective - 10 Credit Points

The aim of this unit is to equip students with knowledge and skills necessary to complete a sound research project planned for and initiated in BS326. After the collection of the data during their fieldwork, students are introduced to techniques of qualitative and quantitative data recording, reduction and analysis, and to research reporting.

BS430

BS430 Comtemporary Accounting Issues - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides a study of contemporary issues in financial and management accounting, logic and theory development, perspectives on accounting regulation, and public sector accounting. It concentrates on critical analyses of extant and alternative accounting systems. BS420 focuses on a broad range of resources, which incorporate accounting standards and literature from PNG and other jurisdictions. The unifying theme throughout the segment is measurement.