The Banking and Finance program objective is to provide a specialized training into the various professions of the banking and finance areas: managerial, financial, investment and Economic concepts, enabling students to gain understanding of the current practices and problems implicit in modern-day banking and finance.
The courses offered in the Department are structured in such a way that students undertaking them will establish a core and sound basic knowledge in the area of Finance, Economics, Accounting, Statistics methods, Banking and non – Banking, and Financial intermediaries. This provides the students with a sound foundation for entrance into the post graduate programmes in Banking and Finance and related fields. The Department also demands an intimate and productive linkage between the academic department and the twin industry – the banks, non – bank financial institutions, insurance companies, government ministries and parastatas. To meet this demand, undergraduate students are required to undertake an industrial attachment for a period of six months in these employment environments to be completed within three long vocations. This affords the students a rare opportunity to blend their financial management theory with practice.
The course prepares students to think critically and find new ways to improve the industry. It also aims at offering students a cross-functional curriculum which provides an integrated approach to solving banking and financial problems. Students learn to communicate effectively at all levels and acquire leadership skills in the banking industry to become an initiator of change by making complex and difficult decisions using modern finance, marketing and management analysis methods. Furthermore, the program is committed to creating leaders who are creative thinkers and team players, using a dynamic framework of analytical skills and intellectual tools. Levels 100 and 200 courses are compulsory for all students. The prescribed courses will be taken from the General Education Studies programme.
What is covered in the course?
In your first and second year, you will be introduced to the core areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and the economic application of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to the solution of economic problems. The first and second year courses are common to all B. Sc degrees in the Business school. There is flexibility to switch between these degrees during your first and second year.
The Banking and Finance B. Sc level 300 combines the study of modern economics with banking and finance. You will be introduced to a broad range of economic subjects including banking operations, money and banking, electronic banking, financial intermediation, asset and liability management, financial decision making, financial markets and institutions, and accounting. This wide range of topics will give you an in-depth understanding of the way that organisations and financial systems work. You will also learn to apply microeconomic and macroeconomic theory in financial contexts, for example the appraisal of competing investment opportunities – how to choose between investments which offer the same financial returns – and how government policy influences the stock market.
Our Bsc (Hons) Banking and Finance level 400 course covers various contemporary issues in banking and finance including principles and practice of modern banking, ethics and regulation. You will learn about tax and investment planning, credit, portfolio and risk management and many other practical and topical issues from a truly international perspective. You will also broaden your knowledge of research methodologies from both economics and banking and finance perspectives and explore new rules and regulations in the wake of the financial crisis.
Why Choose Us?
• The programme is accredited by the National Accreditation Board.
• This course has been developed with your future career, in mind and has a pure Banking and Finance focus with direct relevance to the business environment.
• In addition to gaining your degree you will be given the opportunity to complete a qualification to become proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications such as Word and PowerPoint. Through this programme you will gain proficiency in the major industry-relevant elements of Excel including worksheet management, charts, formulae and functions.
• You will have the chance to develop your skills in a professional environment on a semester’s work placement at one of our partner organizations.
• You will gain an insight into practical business through experts in the field and real-life case studies.
• Ghana Baptist University College is ideally placed within the Kumasi Metropolitan area and welcomes around 1,500 students from all over the country.
We accept a range of qualifications into the Bachelor’s programmes, the most popular of which are detailed below.
Five credits at the GCE Ordinary Level including English Language and Mathematics plus three passes at the GCE Advance Level, or an aggregate score of 24 or better including Core Mathematics, Core English, and Integrated Science/ Social Studies and any three elective subjects in the WASSCE/SSSCE
Business Certificate Candidates
Five GBCE credits including English Language and Mathematics plus ABCE with passes in at least three subjects
Five GCE Ordinary Level, passes including English Language and Mathematics or WASSCE/SSCE with three or more passes including English Language and Mathematics with working experience.
They must have attained a minimum age of twenty-five (25) years at the time of submitting the application materials (photocopy of birth certificate is required). They must attend the Access Course organized by the University College, and pass the Examination which entails General Paper, English Language, and Mathematics, with an average score of 60%.
Post Diploma/HND Candidates
The Admissions Committee will assess candidates with Diploma and HND with regard to the curriculum content of their programme on a case-by-case basis and place them at the appropriate level (Level 200 or 300)
Candidates who possess ACCA part I, CA part II will be admitted to level 200 provided they pass the English Language examination.
All applicants seeking placement at the levels other than level 100 will be made to register and read all compulsory PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION and GENERAL (English-related) courses.
General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advance Level Applicants
Applicants must have passes in three subjects (at least one of the passes should be grade D or better). Also, the applicants must have credit passes (at least Grade 6) in five (5) GCE ordinary Level including English Language, Literature-in-English, Mathematics and Science subject or General Science (for a non-science student) and an Arts Subject (for science student).
Post Diploma students
A good Diploma in an English-related programme (a minimum of second Class Lower Division or better) obtained from a recognised tertiary institution with at least (2) years post qualification teaching/working experience.
All foreign qualifications should be referred to the National Accreditation Board (NAB) to determine the eligibility for admission and evaluation of their certificates.
All applications for admission should be made on the prescribed forms obtained from the University College or the University’s official Website, (www.gbuc.edu.gh).
Completed application forms should be submitted together with three passport-sized photographs and certified copies of student’s results slip and certificates within the prescribed period of time to the Registrar of the University College.
BGE 101 Communications Skills I
This course develops academic skills in critical reading, critical academic writing and public speaking, thinking that students need to perform well in academia and industry. Readings may cross disciplines, genres, and cultures. Students will write essays that display focus, organization, appropriate style, and technical control. Students will be able to develop skills in critical thinking and close reading of texts and respond to written and oral forms to assigned topics in relation to business context. Students will be able to explain parts of speech and their grammatical functions.
BGE 102 Communications Skills II
The course provides students the opportunity to gain practice in making decisions involving selection and organization of communication content, in choosing an appropriate medium for presentation of information, and developing an effective writing style. The course includes the study of the theory of business communication, including communication models, general semantics, and the causes of miscommunication. Students will be able to develop and apply skills of oral presentations, discussions, writing compositions, curriculum vitae, minutes and report writing. Students will also be able to apply theories and principles of communication and use appropriate skills in interpreting and answering oral and written questions in tests, examinations and other contexts.
BTM 102 Introduction to Worldviews
This course is an introductory study of the different types of worldviews and philosophies and their evaluation from a biblical Christian standpoint. The course is designed to equip students identify different worldviews and cultures of the world, have the right understanding of the places of worldview and culture in communication and all other aspects of human relationship. The course is in three parts. Firstly the student will be introduced to a comparative study of the worldviews of the major world religions (African Traditional Religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism). This will be followed by an examination of the African cultural and Western scientific worldviews. Then thirdly, a basic analysis of the worldviews of subjects as diverse as theology, ethics, law, biology, psychology, sociology, economics, politics and history will be conducted. Students will be able to identify the different worldviews and cultures of the world. They will also be able to have the right understanding of the place of worldview and culture in communication for facilitating all aspects of human relationships including the provision of health care and all kinds of care giving.
BGE 103 Introduction to Human Resource Management
This is an introductory study of the principle of Human Resource Management in public and private institutions. The course examines human resource policies including staffing, training, job analysis and evaluation, compensation, employee development, union relations and government requirements. It also stresses the human resource aspects of recruitment, selection and placement, performance appraisal and compensation. Also highlighted are ethical responsibilities and the influence of Ghanaian culture in human resource management practice.
BGE 104 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
The course provides maximum practical, hands-on knowledge designed to provide the future business owners with the essential tools that allow them to quickly master the most essential issues involved in starting and managing a successful new business venture. The course deals with the basic concepts and techniques needed by entrepreneurs in evaluating business opportunities, assessing and acquiring needed resources, managing a growing business, and harvesting value. Also highlighted are ethical responsibilities and the influence of Ghanaian culture in entrepreneurship practice. Students will be able to identify the roles of the HR manager, explain the functions of human resource manager in an organization and identify the principles of effective compensation and benefit system design and how they impact employee motivation, productivity, business viability and fairness.
BGE 105 Introduction to Information Technology Application
This course examines technical and non-technical aspects of microcomputer systems with emphasis on applications software and its relationship with computer hardware. Various applications software including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database management systems, graphics, Internet and data communications will be covered. This course will provide students with the ease to drive a computer with the same ease as they might drive a car. This course will also help to equip students raise the general level of competency in IT, improve productivity at work, reduce user support costs, enable employers to invest more efficiently in IT and ensure that best practice and quality issues are understood and implemented. Students will be able to identify and apply both the technical and non-technical aspects of the microcomputer. They will also be able to deploy various applications such as the word processor, electronic spreadsheets, presentation slides, and simple databases for personal and official duties.
BGE 107 Introduction to Sociology
The course seeks to introduce students to basic concepts, schools and methodology in Sociology. Emphasis will be placed on culture, socialization, social interaction, social structure, social groups/organizations, social deviance, stratification, social inequality, the family, religion, education, economic institutions, political institutions, population and social change. The preceding will lead to the development psychological perspective of human behaviour in business organizations. Students will be able to explain the basic concepts in sociology, discuss the importance of theorizing and to think critically and to appreciate global trends in the business world. Students will also be able to identify the major sociological perspectives of human behaviour in business organizations.
BGE 108 Introduction to Psychology
The course seeks to introduce students to basic concepts, schools and methodology in Psychology. Emphasis will be placed on developmental psychology, personality psychology, social psychology, organizational psychology, health psychology, human sexuality and psychology of religion. The preceding will lead to the development of a psychological perspective on human behaviour in business organizations. Students will be able to identify the major perspectives in psychology to enable them understand the many different individuals who work in an organization. They will be able to explain psychological learning theories in human development.
BGE 109 Functional French I
This course provides basic level study of conversational French using an interactive approach to develop listening and speaking skills. Topics include consonants, vowels, diphthongs, word stress, sentences stress, intonation, conversational patterns. The use of the preceding in business circles will be emphasized. The student will be able to request someone to do something, formulate interdictions, give advice, and offer instructions in French. He or she will as well be capable of, among other things, explain a problem, put forward suggestions for solution, write instructions, rules and regulations, compose a short letter, and paraphrase in French.
BGE 110 Functional French II
The course provides a basic level study of written French using an interactive approach to develop reading and writing skills. Topics include: grammar, vocabulary, reading skills and writing skills. The use of the preceding in business circles will be emphasized. The student will be able to request someone to do something, formulate interdictions, give advice, and offer instructions in French. He or she will as well be capable of, among other things, to explain a problem, put forward suggestions for solution, write instructions, rules and regulations, to compose a short letter, and paraphrase in French.
BGE 111 Personal Developments I
This course is primary designed to provide pragmatic study which will afford students the opportunity to create their own horizons by planning ahead towards their dreams. It will prepare each student to complete a personal plan that will include a personal vision statement. In addition students will be exposed to techniques in successful self management, successful problem solving and task management, people skills, and also how they should think outside the box. It will give students a real insight into the subject, and help them to understand themselves and others better, how to think differently and how to behave differently. The course therefore seeks to address student’s needs in their academic life and help to shape their ambitions, identify their skills and qualities for life time development through life applications, monitoring and evaluation. Students will be able to identify tools and resources for successful self-management, and develop techniques and approaches associated with successful problem-solving. They will also be able to have positive attitudes, creative thinking and problem-solving approaches associated with successful professional life.
BGE 112 Personal Developments II
This course will enable the students to enhance and expand current academic and life skills. The student will become more self-aware, learn to use and refine goals, job search, cover letter, resume, and mock interview to initiate the career planning process. Students are also taken through various types of employment and rudiments of business plan to enable those who may opt for self employment, especially after graduation. The principles learned in this course will allow the student to identify careers that suit his or her background, abilities and interests. Students with well-developed information skills and knowledge will have increased marketability in a variety of careers. In addition, students will be well trained in developing their career plans and skills and relationships necessary to pursue their post-graduation goals. Students will be able to explain the various types of employment available to graduates. They will be able to develop an entrepreneurial business plan and identify the differences between external and internal creativity. They will also be able to highlight key components of writing cover letters, CVs and competence statements when applying for jobs.
BBA 115 Introduction to Accounting
The course seeks to introduce students to basic accounting knowledge and a distinction between book-keeping and accounting, and the scope and purpose of financial statements for external reporting. The course will cover topics such as the nature and functions of accounting, conceptual framework, analysis of transactions, application of the double entry principle, the accounting equation and balance sheet, users of accounting information, adjustment to final accounts, classification of accounts, cash and accounts receivable, introduction to final accounts, valuation of inventories, tangible and intangible assets, current assets and current liabilities, subsidiary books, trial balance, and emphasis will be laid on cash book.
BBA 118 Introduction to Business Finance
This course is intended to provide a basic yet rigorous grounding in the major areas of financial management in companies and other organizations. Upon successful completion of this course, students would be able to appreciate financial-decision making process, develop the ability to make key financial management decisions, compute and interpret financial information, develop proficiency in valuing different financial securities, Topics include the firm and the financial manager, the time value of money, valuing bonds and stocks, financial planning and analysis and net present value and other investment criteria. Students will be able to apply the main issues involved in making corporate and personal financial decisions. The will also be able to explain the functions of financial markets and appreciate the trade-off between risk and return in investment decisions.
BGE 201 Quantitative Methods I
This is a business mathematics course to prepare students for the use of mathematics in business. The course covers basic algebra and arithmetic as well as the concepts of ratio-proportion, percentages, estimating, and graphics trade/cash discounts, mathematics of merchandising, inventory, simple/compound interest, consumer credit, differentiation, integration and linear programming. Students will be able to identify the major methods and concepts of basic algebra and arithmetic calculations. They will be able to also explain and calculate the ratio-proportion, percentages, estimating, and graphics in business mathematics.
BGE 202 Quantitative Methods II
This course aims to enhance student’s ability to analyze financial and economic data and thereby assist students in making decisions. It is a basic introductory course covering descriptive and inferential statistical techniques for business and economic decision making. Topics include measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability distributions, sampling distributions, confidence interval, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression, and correlation analysis index numbers and time series. The student will be able to explain how to organize data into frequency distribution and graphical presentation, examine the measurement of central tendency and dispersion and explain the use and application of probability concepts in business.
BBA 203 Principles of Micro Economics
This course will enable the student to apply economic concepts to personal and work related decision making by understanding the actions and choices of individuals and companies. The course provides an introduction to a core area of economics known as microeconomics. It considers the operation of a market economy and the problem of how best to allocate society's scarce resources. The course considers the way in which various decision making units in the economy (individuals and firms) make their consumption and production decisions and how these decisions are coordinated. It considers the laws of supply and demand, and introduces the theory of the firm, and its components, production and cost theories and models of market structure. The various causes of market failure are assessed, and consideration is given to public policies designed to correct this market failure. The student will be able to articulate the basic economic problem faced by all human societies especially scarcity and choice. S/he will be able to define and explain the concept of opportunity cost and illustrate this concept graphically using production possibility frontier. He will also be able to identify the types of business units that operate in a market economy and define and understand the concepts of price, income, and elasticity of demand and supply.
BBA 204 Principles of Macro Economics
This course is designed to introduce classic macroeconomic issues such as growth, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, exchange rates, technological progress, and budget deficits. The course will provide a unified framework to address these issues and to study the impact of different policies, such as monetary and fiscal policies, on the aggregate behavior of individuals. These analytical tools will enable students to understand the recent experience of the Ghanaian economy and other countries and to address how current policy initiatives affect their macroeconomic performance. Emphasis is on the analysis of national income, economics stability, fiscal policy, money and banking, economic growth and international trade. The student will be able to explain the distinction between active and passive policies, and ‘rules’ and ‘discretion’ in macroeconomic policy-making. He will also be able to define and understand monetary policy and fiscal policy and use the IS-LM and AD-AS models to analyze the effectiveness of fiscal and monetary policies under different assumptions.
BBA 205 Principles of Management
The course describes management functions in modern organization, the internal and external environmental factors affecting organizational efficiency, and the application of quantitative and behaviours science to management study. It focuses on the organization of management, managerial functions and operations, division of responsibility, vertical and horizontal theory, managerial leadership and personnel functions, business control and procedures, and basic management problems. It introduces students to the basic functions and general principles of management with special emphasis on the link between theory and practical skills in the management of organizations. Also highlighted are ethical responsibilities and the influence of Ghanaian culture in management practice. The student will be able to explain the key elements of business organization and competing theories and models of the firm and its environment. He will be able to discuss critical perspectives on the main functional areas of management and build a foundation of knowledge on different theoretical approaches to management.
BBA 206 Introduction to Marketing
The course seeks to build the awareness of and an understanding of the basic concepts and principles involved in marketing. It also introduces students to marketing terminology with precise definition. The course provides an adequate base for students to move on to practical application of marketing through objective analysis and development of appropriate strategies and marketing plans. Also highlighted are ethical responsibilities and the influence of Ghanaian culture in marketing practice. The student will be able to explain role(s) of marketing in business operations and discuss different organizational philosophies about marketing. He will be able to build a strong knowledge in marketing fundamentals and discuss how marketing is changing and the importance of being a customer focused company.
BTM 111 Christology
This course surveys the portraits of Jesus Christ and the presentation of this teaching and ministry in the four biblical Gospels. Some attention is given to the “guest of the historical Jesus” and its contemporary manifestation and status in biblical study. The course thus gives in-depth studies about the deity and humanity of Christ, his teachings and ministry to the marginalized in the society, death and resurrection. As an intellectual approach to the facts of Christianity and for that matter to the personality and teachings of Christ, the study includes how other religions: Non – Christian Religious, Non- Christian cults, Occults, and Secular Religions see Jesus. Students of this course are guided to reflect on these facts about Christ and how they inform their worldviews, relationships, beliefs and other existential realities especially in the African context. Students will be able explain Christology with biblical examples. They will be able to discuss the orthodox truths about Jesus’ person, nature, teachings and work as well as discuss the intellectual and spiritual importance of Christology.
BBA 208 Organizational Theory and Behaviour
This course is concerned with understanding, explaining, and predicting how to best structure an organization to fulfill its goals. Since human resource considerations are essential element of every structural decision, the subject involves an in-depth study of people from two perspectives: “micro” – as individuals or small groups and “macro” – focusing on the whole organization or major units thereof. Topics include individual behaviour and motivation, applied motivation practices, perception and personalities, work attitudes and values, decision-making, team processes, power and politics, conflict and negotiation, leadership, organizational change and development, organizational culture, and organizational structure and design.
BBA 209 Business Law I
The course objective is to provide student with practical knowledge of legal principles and issues that arise in business. Businesses are subject to employment and contract disputes, negligence claims, regulatory compliance, and other legal issues, yet many business owners and managers are ill equipped to identify legal risks before they arise. Without legal sophistication, business cannot strategize to prevent problems from occurring or, at least, from spiraling out of control. While litigation is an inevitable cost of doing business, it is controllable. Students will develop the ability to spot potential legal problems and manage risks, enhancing their marketability to the businesses that employ them, and enhancing their effectiveness as entrepreneur. Topics include the nature and sources of law, court systems and procedures, agency, torts, contract, formation of partnership, dissolution of partnerships, government regulations of business, contracts and sales agreements, the legal aspects of international business.
BBA 210 Business Law II
The course objective is to provide student with practical knowledge of legal principles and issues that arise in business. Businesses are subject to employment and contract disputes, negligence claims, regulatory compliance, and other legal issues, yet many business owners and managers are ill equipped to identify legal risks before they arise. This is a study of the law relating to the operation of companies. Topic include promotion and pre-incorporation contracts, registration of companies, corporate entity theory, incorporation, capacity of companies, ultra vires, corporate gifts, insider trading, take over and mergers, rules and regulations governing meetings. Students will develop the ability to identify legal issues, enhance critical-thinking and legal reasoning through interactive lectures, case studies, group work and illustrations of the general principles of business law. Students will be able to explain employment and contract dispute, negligence claims, regulatory compliance and other legal issues. They will also be able to discuss corporate entity theory and rules and regulations governing meetings and contracts.
BBA 211 Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics
Philosophically, models of a responsible society would have companies doing their bit to contribute towards a just and fair society, alongside the contributions of other institutions such as the family and the church. More pragmatically, commercial organizations need to take account of society’s value because if they do not, they may end up isolated from the values of the customers, employees and investors that they seek to attract. The objective of this course is to enable students understand the social responsibility and ethical standards business organizations should demonstrate topics to be covered include: Best practices used by companies to engage in socially responsible business, Responsibilities of business towards: External interest groups – government agencies, pressure groups, customers, suppliers, creditors, debtors, NGOs . Internal interest groups – employees, shareholders etc. Other topics include: Morality – acceptable standards of business conduct, moral values, etc. Deceit, dishonesty, justice, human rights and dignity, truthfulness; law relating to ethical business practices e.g. consumer safety and protection etc.
BBA 212 Principles of Accounting
The course describes the meaning of accounting concepts, principles, policies, conventions and standards. It also describes different accounting concepts and accounting conventions and common practices which are universally followed in recording and presenting accounting information of the business entity. The course will also consider topics such as departmental accounts, bank reconciliation statement, depreciation accounts, control accounts, suspense accounts , income and expenditure and final accounts with detailed adjustments such as provision for bad debts and doubtful debts, accrued expenses, depreciation and advanced prepayments and international financial reporting system (IFRS).
BBA 301 Management Information Systems (MIS)
The course presents a framework for the understanding of the role of MIS in organizations. The course includes related terminology and concepts, organizational information requirements and database and systems development principles. It helps students to understand, evaluate, and appreciate the role of management information systems in today’s business world, primarily from the end-user, managerial perspective. This course also provides a comprehensive knowledge on fundamentals of management information systems, and their effects on an organization’s operations, employees, competiveness, and efficiency. It is taught from the non-technical user perspective of the undergraduate business student for whom information systems is a vital tool for professional successes.
BBA 302 Governance and Leadership
A study of the knowledge, attitudes, skills and experiences required for successful governance and leadership in society. The course aims at developing skills for successful leadership in students and introducing them to the basic elements of good governance and democratization. The place of power and influence as well as measures to effectively manage these factors with special reference to the Ghanaian society will be addressed. Issues to be dealt with include governance and leadership philosophies, theories, models, styles, functions, temptations and ethics.
BBA 303 The Economy of Ghana
This is an introductory course on the nature of economics as a science of the choices made in response to problems of scarcity. It deals with issues such as demand and supply, production, market and competition, measurement of economic growth, inflation, employment and unemployment. These concepts will be applied to the economy of Ghana taking into consideration the historical development of Ghana.
BBA 304 Business Research Methodology
The course covers the use of scientific methods of research and writing evaluation. Students gain hands-on experience in conducting research and writing reports in the APA style. Students will also review and assess current published literature. The course materials will form a major of the project work. Topics covered include an overview of research process, namely, problem formulation, research design or methods, exploratory or conclusive research, hypothesis formulation and testing, descriptive and experimental research, data collection and analysis, findings and conclusions, recommendations and suggestions.
BBA 305 Financial Accounting I
An introduction to financial accounting concepts and their application in the accounting process for business organizations. Specific topics covered include correction of errors, manufacturing accounts, accounting for non-profit organizations (e.g. clubs and societies), accounting ratios, business acquisition, cash flow statements (including structure, usefulness and preparation from operating activities), full disclosures in financial report and events after balance sheet date.
BBA 306 Business Internship
This course provides the student with supervised on-the-job experiences in various aspects of the business profession. The goal is to enable the student to apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills he/she has acquired so as to enhance his/her rational ability and professional competence. It is a time of learning by doing. The student is required to undergo practical experience complementing his/her area of specialization through special arrangements with a business enterprise during the long vacation prior to the final year. The internship period is eight weeks. Departmental approval and consent of Faculty Advisor are required. At the beginning of the internship, students will complete a form stating the expected outcomes of the internship and at the end of a written evaluation is to be done by the student, the supervisor and the Faculty Advisor.
BBA 309 Managerial Economics
In today's dynamic economic environment, effective managerial decision making requires timely and efficient use of information. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the economic theory and analytical tools that can be used in decision making problems. Students who successfully complete the course will have a good understanding of economic concepts and tools that have direct managerial applications. The course will sharpen their analytical skills through integrating their knowledge of the economic theory with decision making techniques. Among the topics covered in the course are: the fundamentals of managerial economics, demand theory, quantitative demand analysis, price determination in alternative market structures, production and cost functions, and decision making under uncertainty, basic oligopoly models and game theory.
BBA 310 Public Sector Administration
The course explores the definitions, concepts, general principles and practices, and the key elements of public administration systems. Major structures of the Ghanaian public administration system and roles, processes and their functional relationships are also examined. Explain what encompasses the field of public administration.
BBA 311 Global Economy
This course addresses the evolving structures of the global economy, focusing on the inter-relationship between economic, geo-political and social processes. This course reviews the institutions and economic theory associated with international trade and global integration. It first explains globalization, globalization of markets, globalization of production and institutional structure in which trade takes place, and finally it investigates some of the major problems and criticisms of international economic integration. The course is very topical in that it will attend too many of the issues that are currently of major consequence in the political arena: tariffs and commercial policy, trade deficits, trade theories, building global competitive advantage, credit rating, credit crunch. In addition to the economic aspects of these issues, we will also integrate into the discussion of the role of International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and the World Trade Organization (WTO)
BBA 312 E-Banking
Rapid technological changes in recent years have revolutionized the way banking services and products are delivered to consumers, small businesses and corporate alike. We are all familiar with how the Internet, the Mobile-phone, Smartcards have changed our lives. Electronic Banking course will cover all the new E-banking concepts, innovations and implementations which will make the bank of the future survive in the 21st century. The topics will include introduction to electronic banking, finance and internet banking, automated teller machines (ATM), point of sales terminals (POS), electronic fund transfer systems (EFT), call centers, telephone banking, internet banking, digital television banking, GSM mobile banking and virtual banking are the new tools used in giving banking services to the corporate and individual customers. The internet and the securities markets, the use of the internet in the banking industry, electronic finance across borders, essential institutional and legal conditions, the contribution of electronic finance to financial globalization and international regulation of electronic finance.
BBA 313 Money and Banking
Banks play a crucial role in shaping up governments’ monetary policies through the supply of money. This course is, therefore intended to help students understand the influence of banks over money supply and the role of financial institutions in the financial system. Topics include: the nature and functions of money; evolution of money; financial institutions and systems; the structure of banking; the creation of bank deposits; banks and the supply of money; the demand for money – the liquidity preference theory; markets for bonds, etc. Effort will be made to draw heavily on examples in Ghana.
BBA 314 Financial Markets and Institutions
Financial markets are very important to governments and corporate entities in the mobilization of capita. This course entails a study of financial assets, money and capital markets, classification of institutional intermediaries, and the impact of interest rates. The course affords students the opportunity to have a thorough knowledge of the financial system that facilitates economic growth and development.
BBA 327 Labour Economics
The main objective of this course is to enable students appreciate the economics dimension of labour as an important factor of production. Also, to help students to understand the market for labour, wage determination processes through the interaction of labour demand and supply, analyses of the labour market imperfections and the various government policies on wages and employment. Specific topics to be covered include: demand theory and analysis; supply theory and analysis; demand and supply for labour; measures to optimize labour as human asset; contributory factors to labour wastage and how to eliminate them; employer-employee relationship; remuneration to labour; redundancy management; performance pitfalls and strategies to deal with them; labour as a critical manpower; measures to enhance the output of labour.
BBA 328 Banking Operations
The course introduces students to the operations of the banking system and the installation of professional ethics in banking practise. A study of the implication arising from different types of account and events affecting their banking operations would be explored. Topics included are origin of banks, structure of the banking system, determination of banks and customer relationship, types of account and banking services. Focus is also on the principle of lending, securities for advances and international trade of exports and imports.
BBA 401 Project Work
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to build on or extend interests developed in other areas of education by undertaking an independent research project in a collaborative learning environment. The project must clearly represent 6 units of credit and be a small-scale research project. This course is being offered to provide students with an opportunity to undertake a small-scale research in a specific area of education of their choice. The course will also enable students to develop a deeper reflective approach to education and give them a foundation in working autonomously with guidance from an academic supervisor. The project work shall consist of both library and field research work consisting of a statement of the problem, literature review, and completed work shall be between 10,000 and 12,000 words. It is expected that the project work will be published if it is a work of distinction.
BBA 402 Project Work II
This is a continuation and completion of BBA 401
BBA 403 Operations Management
This course covers the broad range of activities performed in the production of a good or service. It focuses on a study of the various aspects of managing the production and operational functions of manufacturing and service organizations. Topics discussed entail scheduling, forecasting, inventory control, quality control, work measurement, methods improvement, facilities layout, plant location, operation strategy, and project management.
BBA 404 Strategic Management
It is an integrative course in strategic management and business policy that utilizes the case method of instruction. The course involves the analysis of business through the application of the principles of accounting, communications, economics, finance, management, marketing, quantitative methods, and related disciplines. It also covers the development of business plan.
BBA 409 Financial Management
The course gives students the fundamental concepts and tools underpinning modern finance theory and practice. This course provides a rigorous introduction to the fundamentals of modern financial analysis and their applications to business challenges in capital budgeting, project evaluation, corporate investment and financing decisions, and basic security analysis and investment management. The major topics to be covered are: the time-value of money and net present value rule; the impact of uncertainty on securities such as stocks and bonds, portfolio theory, and pricing models such as the Capital Asset Pricing Model and Arbitrage Pricing Theory; capital budgeting and corporate financial decision; and the pricing of options and other corporate liabilities.
BBA 413 Commercial Bank Management
The course entails the application of a theoretical framework to provide a foundation for maintaining financial institution liability and meeting the challenges faced by commercial bank managers in a dynamic financial marketplace. This will focus on the direction and coordination of the various functions of the commercial bank, bank services, models of banking, asset/liability management of commercial banks, principles of loan portfolio and credit risk management, off balance sheet financing in commercial banks, banks regulation and management of bank equity position (with reference to Ghana Banking, 1989), interest rate and bank management, measuring and evaluation of bank performance, the single bank and multi – bank systems, role of commercial banks in monetary policies and Banking operations; credit creations and money supply.
BBA 414 Principles and Practice of Central Banks
The course is designed to introduce students to the principles and practices of central banking by looking at different kinds of monetary standards, identify the functions, kinds and features of money. The course shall also deal with issues such as identifying the importance of central banking to the financial systems, discuss how the central bank regulate and supervise financial institutions and the role of international financial systems.
BBA 415 Non-Bank Financial Institutions
This course focuses on the management of Non-Banking Financial Institutions. The course covers the structures, systems and functions of Non Banking Financial Institutions, as well as the market niche, general banking transactions, business services, customer care, which Non Banking Financial Institutions provide. It also deals with issues such as the business environment, management practices, entrepreneurial services and risk management.
BBA 416 Bank Lending
The financial sector is critical to the growth and development of every economy. Through its intermediation role, it mobilizes funds from the surplus units in the economy channeling them into the deficit units to facilitate production of goods and services. Services provided by banks usually include: directly taking deposits from the general public and establishing current and savings accounts and then lending out money to companies and individuals. This course delves into relevant issues pertaining to bank lending. Topics to be covered include the following: commercial banking and bank services; insider lending; lending to high risk borrowers; appraisal and monitoring techniques; liquidity support and prudential regulation; macroeconomic instability; political pressures; deregulation and excessive competition; internal and external control and risk management; analysis of lending criteria; classification of loans; credit management; bad debt management (non-performing loans); etc. This course is designed to help students understand the importance of credit in stabilizing the financial system of an economy and know the principles of lending and the eligibility criteria for bank lending.
BBA 417 Investment Management
The course looks at the study of types of securities and markets, the investment management process, the stock exchange and capital market efficiency, risk management and portfolio management including portfolio theory, measurement of risk and diversifying using a two asset portfolio. Students will also be exposed to the Capital asset pricing model to equip them with adequate knowledge in investments.
BBA 418 International Trade and Finance
Economics have become more and more globalised as many more firms have engaged in international trade and investment. New opportunities in globalization have come about as a result of either the removal or reduction in tariffs and other trade barriers by governments. As firms become more global, the financial executives of these multinational companies face additional risk factors particularly exchange rate, political, and economic risks. Having operations in different countries also means MNC can have access to segmented capital markets to lower its overall cost of capital, shift profits to lower its taxes, and take advantage of international diversification of markets and production sites and thereby reduce variation in earnings over time. In short, there are many opportunities as well as risk associated with firms going outside their national frontiers. In order to properly analyze and balance these international risks and rewards, the need to take the course “international financial management” becomes paramount. Topics include: multinational financial management, the foreign exchange market, currency derivatives, relationship among inflation, interest rates and exchange rates, exchange rate risk management, forecasting exchange rates, measuring and managing exposure to exchange rate fluctuations, short-term asset and liability management, financing international trade, short-term financing, long-term asset and liability management, direct foreign investment, multinational capital budgeting and country risk analysis.
BBA 431 Public Finance
The public sector is made of activities of government, its agencies and public operations. By the term public sector we examine that part of national economy for which local government, public corporations and other public enterprises activities. This is an introduction to the principles and practices of government income generation and expenditure. Topics include the theory of public goods and externalities, cost benefit analysis, analysis of specific expenditure, transfer and regulatory programmes, Ghana tax structure, income redistribution effects and resource allocation.
BBA 436 Microfinance Management
The emerging financial economics and strong demand for capital for businesses requires a strong background in microfinance management. Especially in developing economies. This course will provide students with both theoretical and practical understanding of micro finance management and rural banking. Topics include: the study of history and origin of microfinance; the nature of functions of microfinance as a financial institution; the role of modern microfinance in the contemporary economies (with emphasis on Ghana) – target markets and target clients; comparison with other financial institutions.
BBA 437 Risk Management & Insurance
A Presentation of general principles of insurance and their application to personal and business situations, and risk management methods applicable to personal and business situations. Fundamentals of the major types of insurance, including life, property, accident and health, automobile and workmen’s compensation will be covered. Other topics include risk regulations; risk management process; risk models; market risk; credit risk models; risk management tools as an integral part of corporate financial decision and management.
BBA 442 Financial Statement Analyses
This course is intended to develop an advance understanding of the analysis of corporate financial performance. Students will be exposed to a comprehensive financial analysis and valuation framework that integrates strategy, financial analysis and valuation and the application of this framework and tools to fundamental analysis. The course aims at helping students to develop analytical skills and be able to apply them to financial decision making and corporate valuation in a variety of business contexts, including: equity-investment analysis, analysis of mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructurings, financial analysis, corporate financial planning and control, financial forecasting, investment decisions under certainty and under uncertainty.
Dr. Michael Egyiri, USSR Academy of Science, (PhD. Economics), 1989, Lecturer
Augustine K. Yeboah, KNUST, Ghana, (MA Economics), 2006, Lecturer
Seyram Pearl Kumah, University of Ghana, Legon (Mphil Finance), 2011, Lecturer
Victoria Akohene, University of Westminster, (MSc Quantitative Finance), 2005, Lecturer
George Tweneboah, Leicester, UK, (MSc Finance), 2009, Lecturer
Kwadwo Tweneboah Koduah, KNUST, Ghana, (MBA Finance) 2009, Lecturer