Introduction to Business Management Short Course2022-03-28T09:16:38+02:00

Project Description

Introduction to Business Management

The purpose of the Introduction to Business Management course is to provide students with an overview of the management of business organisations in South Africa. This course will equip students with the business skills needed to profitably operate organisations in today’s business environment.

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Course curriculm

This course contains 8 substantive units and includes a learning plan, with weekly schedules, to keep your studies on track.

  • Unit 1: The business world and business management
  • Unit 2: Establishing a business
  • Unit 3: The business environment
  • Unit 4: Introduction to general management
  • Unit 5: Planning
  • Unit 6: Organising
  • Unit 7: Leading
  • Unit 8: Controlling

The skills and knowledge gained from this course can be applied across a wide variety of positions and industries. However, career paths that may immediately benefit from the learning material in this course include:

  • Managers at various levels in an organisation
  • Small business owners
  • Employees in profit and non-profit organisations as well as government institutions

Course summary

  • Certificate type:
    Short Course Certificate

  • Course Duration:
    6-12 months

  • Study method:
    Fully online or Internet supported

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Step 1: Enquire

  • Complete website contact form
  • Speak to Enrolment Consultant
  • Complete application

Step 2: Register

  • Submit documentation
  • Pay your fees

  • Recieve your student number

Step 3: Start

  • Access iCan (Student portal)
  • Complete orientation week

  • Engage with your lecturer

When can I start?

Our Short Courses are administered in various intakes throughout the year. Enrol for a date that suits you, download our 2022 intake schedule to see when the next cohort starts.

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Students can choose between 2 study methods for this course. Whichever study method you choose you will have access to an expert Course Lecturer.

Method 1: Fully Online

  • Online and downloadable course material
  • Teaching and learning support from specialised course lecturers
  • Master your studies from our cutting-edge interactive student portal, iCan

Method 2: Internet Supported

  • Distance learning with textbooks and internet support (blended learning)
  • Study material is couriered and e-books can be downloaded
  • Teaching and learning support from specialised course lecturers
  • The use of iCan, our student portal, is supplementary for online learning activities
  • Grade 12 (Standard 10) or NQF 4 equivalent
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Alternate admission is possible on the basis of Mature Age exemption (23 years and older)
  • Ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction
  • Students should also possess a basic level of digital literacy skills
  • A PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An active email account

Recommended data:

  • At least 1GB of data per month for fully online study method
  • +/- 500MB of data for online supported study method

Course fees

At iQ Academy we understand that education is an investment and that’s why we offer flexible payment options to suit most working individuals. You can pay your fees in various monthly instalment plans or in full on enrolment. The fees for this course vary depending on which study method you choose.

  • Choose how you want to pay: Monthly instalment plan or in full on enrolment.

  • Choose how you want to study: Fully online or with textbooks (online supported).

Fully Online

  • All course content is delivered online.
  • Monthly instalments from: R424 p/m
  • Instalment terms from: 6 – 18 months
  • Deposit and terms subject to affordability

Online Supported

  • The course is delivered with text books and online support.
  • Monthly instalments from: R498.16 p/m
  • Instalment terms: 18 or 24 months
  • Deposit and terms subject to affordability
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What do your course fees include?

Once you have completed your course and met all the qualifying criteria you will receive a Short Course Certificate from iQ Academy. Your Certificate is printed and couriered to you free of charge!

All your learning material is included in the course fee, whether you pay in instalments or upfront. There are no hidden costs, the only additional fees that may be charged are remarking or repeat registrations.

Your course lecturer provides all the academic support you need to successfully complete your course.

Enjoy a learning plan that maps out your study schedule each week, and includes live Microsoft Teams sessions with your lecturer and fellow students.

Your online student portal to master your studies, connect with your lecturer and fellow students.

Get access to our wide range of DO Life online micro-courses and grow your everyday life skills on the go.


Hear what our students have to say

“Making it possible for everyone to study”

Thanks iQ, for making it possible for everyone to study without feeling the financial pressure with your fee structures. The lectures are amazing. Looking forward to the future now…thank you!

Xolelwa Johanna Thuputlela

“You will never regret it”

Challenging as it was but I am grateful to our facilitators who were with us throughout. I’d encourage everyone to take a course with iQ, you will never regret it. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Anna Ivy Masondo

“This is so easy to do”

It’s so much easier studying online, downloading all my study guides through my cell phone without a laptop. It’s a good experience for me. This is so easy to do!

Vesnant Singo

“Education paves the way to success”

I began my journey with iQ & never looked back. I was promoted from receptionist to admin manageress. I truly believe education paves the way to success.

Roxanne Naidoo


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Introduction to Business Management: FAQ’s

If you want to learn how to profitably manage and operate organisations in the South African business environment, then this course is for you. Students will acquire a versatile set of business skills that can be applied in almost any industry to strategically manage, lead, control, and plan.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will possess strong administrative and management capabilities. The skills and knowledge gained from this course can be applied across a wide variety of positions.

Whether an organisation is a profit or non-profit-seeking business, it needs to be carefully managed to be sustainable and survive over the long term. Learning how to sustainably manage business resources and activities plays an integral role in any organisation and is relevant to many industries and positions today.

The diverse nature of this course makes it suitable for individuals working in a profit or non-profit-seeking business as well as business owners.

After completion of this Introduction to Business Management Short Course, students should be able to:

  1. Provide an overview of the business world and business management;
  2. Discuss the establishment of a business;
  3. Discuss the business environment;
  4. Provide an overview of general management;
  5. Explain the basic elements of planning;
  6. Discuss organising as a management task;
  7. Explain leadership and leading people in the organisation;
  8. Explain the motivation of human resources; and
  9. Explain the control of the management process.
  • Unit 1: The business world and business management 
    Understand the 3 main economic systems, the needs of society, and how businesses meet those needs in a market economy while learning about the holistic nature of business management.
  • Unit 2: Establishing a Business 
    Learn the various forms of legal enterprises, how to develop business plans, and understand the internal and external stakeholders in new business ventures.
  • Unit 3: The Business Environment
    Understand the composition of holistic business environments as well as micro, macro, and market environments and learn how to diagrammatically depict them.
  • Unit 4: Introduction to General Management 
    Develop a deeper understanding of business management by distinguishing between levels and functional areas of management. In addition, identify the skills needed at various managerial levels.
  • Unit 5: Planning
    Learn about strategic, tactical, and operational goals and plans while understanding the overall planning process, its benefits, and associated costs.
  • Unit 6: Organising 
    Develop a sound understanding of the importance of organising and how to identify the factors that influence organisational structure.
  • Unit 7: Leading 
    Learn about various leadership theories and explain the nature of leadership in a business context.
  • Unit 8: Controlling 
    Develop a deeper understanding of business management by distinguishing between levels and functional areas of management. In addition, identify the skills needed at various managerial levels.

Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page for more info.

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