Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Banking and Finance

The Bachelor of Business Studies Banking and Finance Honors degree provides a wide range of employment opportunities in the following institutions

  • Banking Institutions
  • Finance Houses
  • Discount Houses
  • Asset Management companies
  • Micro finance companies
  • Financial Advisory Series
  • Investment Management Companies
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Local authorities.
  • Departmental Staff and Organisation

Entry Requirements

To qualify for normal entry into the Bachelor of Commerce  (Honours) degree in Banking and Finance at Bindura University of Science Education, prospective students, in addition to satisfying the minimum conditions prescribed under the General Regulations, must

  • Have obtained at least five ‘O’ Level subjects including English Language and Mathematics passed with a Grade C or better,
  • Have obtained ‘A’ level passes in at least two of the following subjects: Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Business Studies and Management of Business.

NB: Special or Mature Entry admissions shall be in accordance with the General Regulations.

Structure of the Programme

The programme shall be offered over a period of four years as follows:

Part I       Semester I                        Semester II
Part II      Semester I                        Semester II
Part III     Industrial Attachment
Part IV    Semester I                        Semester II

Assessment of Candidates

  • The assessment of Industrial Attachment shall require that a Panel of Examiners from the department determine, for each student, a coursework assessment mark, a final mark for student’s quarterly reports, and an overall mark. The Industrial Attachment mark would be based on;
    • the student’s Industrial or Organization supervisor(s) assessment reports       (50%),
    • assessment visits made by the student’s supervisor(s) to the Industry or Organization of attachment (20%) and
    • the student’s Industrial Training reports submitted to the student’s university supervisor (30%).
  • To be admitted for the examination for each course, a student must have attained a minimum score of 40% in the coursework. Each course shall be formally assessed through a two or three hour written examination at the end of the appropriate semester.
  • Each course will have a coursework component. The weightings of the Coursework and Examination shall be 30% and 70% of the final assessment, respectively.
  • All courses shall be assessed through coursework assessment and a formal  written examination.
  • The assessment of a Project Course shall be based on a dissertation submitted at a date determined by the Departmental Board. Students shall be notified of this date at the beginning of the Course. Students may be required to present a seminar, based on their projects, or to attend an oral examination on their respective projects.
  • The dissertation must be submitted on or before the due date. The student will submit two loose bound copies of the dissertation to the relevant department.
  • Two examiners will normally mark the dissertation. 

Determination of Results

  • For each course and student, the Departmental Panel of Examiners shall determine a final mark and whether that student has passed that course.
  • Each Departmental Panel shall submit, for each course under its control and for each student enrolled in that course, the final mark and the result to the University Board of Examiners

Awarding and Classification of the Degree

To be eligible for the award of a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Banking and Finance, a student must have:

  • accumulated a minimum of 160 credits and
  • passed all core courses in the Programme.

The degree shall be classified using the results of ten courses in each part including all core courses, which give the student the highest score. For Part III, the classification shall be based on the Industrial Attachment  only. The weighting shall be as follows:
Part I    =    20%
Part II    =    30%
Part III    =    10%
Part IV    =    40%

Publication of Results
Results shall be published in accordance with the provisions of the General Regulations.

Courses

Part

     

I

Semester 1

   
 

Code

Description

Core

Pre-Req

Credits

 

AC101

Financial Accounting IA

  

4

 

AC102

Business Law

Y

 

4

 

BS103

Business Communication

Y

 

4

 

CS101

Introduction to Computer Science

Y

 

4

 

EC101

Economic Principles I

  

4

 

PC103

Communication Skills

Y

 

4

      
 

Semester 2

   
 

AC107

Financial Accounting IB

Y

AC101

4

 

BS101

Business Administration

  

4

 

BS102

Quantitative Analysis for Business I

  

4

 

EC107

Economic Principles II

Y

EC101

4

 

HS101

HIV/AIDS Education

Y

 

2

 

PC108

Citizenship Education and Conflict Transformation

Y

 

4

      
      

II

Semester 1

   
 

AC201

Financial Accounting IIA

 

AC107

4

 

BS201

Quantitative Analysis for Business II

Y

BS102

4

 

BS203

Corporate Finance I

  

4

 

BS206

Management I

  

4

 

BS211

Taxation

  

4

 

BS215

Banking Theory and Practice

Y

 

4

 

BS217

Information Systems

Y

 

4

 

BS234

Marketing of Financial Services

  

4

      
 

Semester 2

   
 

AC202

Financial Accounting IIB

 

AC201

4

 

BS209

Research Methods

  

4

 

BS212

Management II

Y

BS206

4

 

BS213

Corporate Finance II

 

BS203

4

 

BS221

Treasury Management

Y

 

4

 

BS226

Management of Financial Institutions

  

4

 

BS235

Banking Law

Y

AC102

4

      
      

III

Semester 1 & 2

   
 

BS300

Industrial Attachment

Y

 

40

      
      

IV

Semester 1

   
 

BS400

Research Project

Y

BS209

12

 

BS401

Strategic Management

  

4

 

BS407

Project Management

  

4

 

BS410

Corporate Governance

Y

 

4

 

BS419

Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

  

4

 

BS420

Advanced Corporate Finance

Y

BS213

4

 

EC411

Monetary Economics

Y

EC107

4

      
 

Semester 2

   
 

BS408

Information Systems II

 

BS217

4

 

BS416

Operations Research

  

4

 

BS421

Corporate Investment Banking

Y

 

4

 

BS444

Risk Management and Derivative Securities

Y

 

4

 

BS440

Strategic Financial Management

 

BS 401

4

 

BS441

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

Y

 

4

 

BS442

International Finance

 

BS213

4

 

EC409

Money and Banking

  

4