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Diploma in Business Administration

The Business Administration major has a vital role in helping students who wish to expand their career options with the opportunity to join a variety of management fields. The Business Administration Department provides students with the knowledge and applied skills to meet the requirements of social and economic needs. The department is keen on providing the labor market with qualified and well-trained workforce to occupy middle- level administrative positions in both public and private sectors.

The program of Business Administration exposes students to a variety of modern subjects in which they have to complete 72 credit hours, 45 hours of which are devoted to the Business Administration major.

In addition, students are required to complete a graduation project in the last semester before graduation and twelve weeks of field training in public or private institutions. Moreover, this program is designed to enable the students to work in groups and to apply effective communication and technical skills in line with the Islamic values. It also enables graduates to continue their studies to obtain the Bachelor Degree (known as Bridging). 

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

A.  Define the concepts and fundamentals of business administration and managerial functions.

B.  Describe the scientific and technical knowledge of organization's managerial and financial aspects.

C. Apply skills required for business administration and managerial functions in the decision making process.

D. Illustrate scientific and technical knowledge of the organization's managerial and financial aspects.

E.  Demonstrate the legislation and ethics governing work in the business administration field.

F.  Evaluate a wide variety of business situations and make appropriate decisions upon them.

G. Use effective communication skills in both Arabic and English.

H. Practice team-work based activities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Business Administration program will be prepared to pursue careers in many fields such as:

•    Administrative assistant

•    Assistant manager in small or medium business projects

•    Financial manager assistant

•    Inventory control supervisor.

•    Projects coordinator.

•    Training coordinator for the managerial training programs

•    Assistant manager in the fields of Advertising, Public Relations, and Human Resources Management

•    Customer service employee and receptionist

•    Sales representative

•    Assistant inspector for quality assurance certificates auditors.

•    Home-based business and electronic business manager.

•    Organizational Development coordinator

•    Designer of promotional campaigns.

Program Overview

The program of Business Administration exposes students to a variety of modern subjects in which they have to complete 72 credit hours, 45 hours of which are devoted to the Business Administration major. The allocation of the credit hours is shown in the following table:

 Diploma in Accounting   
Mandatory credits 184866
Elective credits -66


I. University Requirements

Every student working for a diploma degree in any Community College program is required to take 18 credit hours of general education courses distributed over six domains, as indicated below.

Domain 1: Islamic Studies, History and Culture (3 Credits)

1211212Islamic Culture3

Domain 2: Languages (3 Credits)

Arabic Language, Literature and Culture

1211111Arabic Language (for Speakers of Arabic)3
Domain 3: IT or Mathematics (3 Credits) 
1213110Introduction to IT 3
Domain 4: Literature and Humanities (3 Credits), according to the selected program 
1206246Human Rights in Islam and International Declarations3
1211146History of the Sciences among Muslims3
Domain 5: Applied Sciences, 3 Credits 
1204113Man and the Environment3
Domain 6: Social Sciences and Education (3 Credits) 
1211147Introduction to Psychology3

Description of the above courses follows:

1211212Islamic Culture3-0:3
This course deals with definitions of Islamic Culture and its general sources.  It aims at enabling students to understand: revelation on the basis of the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah; Islamic religion, its pillars and its virtues; the characteristics of Islamic culture as well as the elements that make up the Muslim personality. The course also involves a study of the factors that led to the retreat of the Muslims.  
1211146History of the Sciences among the Muslims3-0:3
This course focuses on the importance of sciences and their emergence in Islam; it deals with the sciences of Arabic language, lexicography, biography and history. It also deals with the development of theoretical sciences like medicine, geometry, arithmetic, astronomy, mechanics and botany as well as the influence of the Muslim scientific achievements on Western civilization.
1211111Arabic Language3-0:3
The Arabic language course seeks to give students the knowledge and language skills they need to develop their ability to communicate and express themselves, using grammatically correct statements and stylistically appropriate constructions. The course also seeks to enable students to write accurate reports, memos, messages, meeting minutes, and other types of documents related to the workplace as a whole.
1213110Introduction to Information Technology2-2:3
The Course explains what a computer is and what it can (and can't) do; it clearly explains the basics of information technology, from multimedia PCs to the internet and beyond. It illustrates how digital devices and networks affect our lives, our world, and our future. In addition, the course is intended to equip students with the necessary skills to use computer and essential software applications effectively in order to better prepare them for their professional careers.
1204113Man and the Environment3-0:3
This course is designed to develop students' awareness and general knowledge of the principles of environmental science and engineering and the local, regional and international challenges facing the environment. The course emphasizes the unique roles and responsibilities of humans, from an Islamic perspective, in managing the environment and protecting its resources. The course topics include: the general principles of environmental science and engineering; relationship of humans and the environment; environmental quality and pollution; consumption of natural resources and waste management; and the concept of sustainable development. The course also includes selected laboratory measurements and experiments and the development of research and communications in the environmental field. The course provides opportunities for students to engage in voluntary activities to serve the community and contribute to raising environmental awareness, knowledge and education.
1211147Introduction to Psychology3-0:3
This course presents a general view of the concept of psychology, its foundations and fields, concentrating on educational psychology and its significance for educators.

III. Program Requirements

A. Mandatory Courses

The core courses are listed in the table below.

Compulsory Program Requirements (42 Credit Hours)
Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
1212111Principles of Management 33
1211130ESP for Business  33
1212122Principles of Accounting 3None
1212114Organizational Behavior31212111
1212116Principles of micro Economics3None
1212117Principles of Macro Economics31212116
1206118Principles of Business Law3None
1212115Self-Development and Soft Skills3None
1212215Marketing Principles31212111
1212217Financial Management31212122
1212210Human Resources Management31212111
1212234Management Information Systems31213110; 1212111
1212218Small Business Management31212111
1211128Business Statistics31211124
1211124Fundamental of Math. & Statistics3None
1212299Field Training3Completing 54 CrHrs


B. Elective Courses

The student is required to study 6 credit hours of program elective courses. The elective courses are listed in the table below:


Elective Program Requirements (6 Credit Hours)
Course # TitleCr.Hrs Prerequisites
1212217Financial Institutions3 1212116
1212235Consumer Behavior3 1212215
1212216Electronic Commerce3 1212111
1212236Operation Management3 1212218
1212242Ethics and Islamic Values in Business3None


Study Plan

The Diploma program in Business Administration encompasses 72 credits hours that are spread over four semesters and could be completed in two years. The following distribution of courses by semester facilitates student's normal progression through the study plan.

Study plan for Business Administration program

Year I, Semester 1 (18 Credits)
Course  # TitleCr.Hrs Prerequisites
1213110Introduction to IT 3None
1211130ESP for Business   3None
1212111Principles of Management 3None
1211124Fundamental of Math. & Statistics 3None
1212122Principles of Accounting 3None
1212115Self-Development and Soft Skills 3None



Year I, Semester 2 (18 Credits)
Course  #TitleCr.Hrs Prerequisites
1211111Communication Skills in Arabic3None
1211147Introduction to Psychology3None
1211128Business Statistics31211124
1206118Principles of Business Law3None
1212215Principles of Marketing31212111
1212116Principles of Microeconomics3None



Year 2, Semester 1 (18 Credits)
Course  #TitleCr.Hrs Prerequisites
1211146History of Sciences among Muslims3None
1212217Financial Management31212122
1212114Organizational Behavior31212111
1212218Small Business Management31212111
1212117Principles of Macroeconomics31212116



Year 2, Semester 2 (18 Credits)
Course  #TitleCr.HrsPrerequisites
1204113Man and the Environment3None
1211212Islamic Culture3None
1212210Human Resources Management31212111
1212234Management Information Systems31213110 +1212111
1212299Field Training3Completing 54 CrHrs



The courses offered by the Business Administration program are designated as (1212ABC), where ABC represents the year, term and sequence as described in the College Section. Descriptions of required courses that are offered by other departments are given in the bulletin section of the corresponding department.

Course descriptions

The required courses offered by the Business Administration program are described below:

1212111 Principles of Management3-0:3

This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the role of managers in modern organizations. The focus is on the managerial activities of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling organizational resources. Students are expected to learn techniques of leading and motivating employees, designing effective organizations, understanding organizational cultures, managerial ethics, and controlling resources. This course is fully supported on blackboard

Pre-requisite: None

1212115Self-development skills3-0:3

This course is designed to help students maximize their potential during their time at university. It will help them to acquire important skills that are useful and necessary in life and work place.

The course aims to enable students to think creatively and constructively about personal, academic and career goals. Students are encouraged to identify what success really means to them and to plan an effective path towards achieving their aims. The course depends on structured, reflective and practical activities that develop essential skills and qualities. Prerequisite: None.

1212116 Principles of Micro economics3-0:3
This course emphasizes the application of basic Microeconomic concepts and principles to current economic events. Students will study the principles of supply and demand, cost of production and profit- maximization. In addition, we will examine the four key market structures as well as the role of government in the economy. A combination of theory and practice will be emphasized. Prerequisite: 1211121 Foundation Math.
1212117Principles of Macro economics3-0:3

This course is an introduction to macroeconomic principles.  It focuses on some of the key aggregate economic indicators, such as gross domestic product, inflation rate, unemployment rate. It also discusses supply and demand models.

Prerequisite: 1212116 - Principles of Microeconomics.

1211125Business Statistics3-0:3
Business Statistics is a course that is designed to give students the basic tools of collecting, analyzing, presenting, and interpreting data. In the business community, managers must make decisions based on what will happen to such things as demand, costs, and profits. These decisions are an effort to shape the future of the organization. If the managers make no effort to look at the past and extrapolate into the future, the likelihood of achieving success is slim. In other words, there are four reasons why we need to understand statistics. Prerequisite: 1211121 - Foundation Math.
1212114Organizational Behavior3-0:3
The course covers a breadth of theories and applications dealing with topics such as perception, motivation, decision-making, team dynamics, negotiation, conflict management, and organizational culture. Prerequisite: None.
1212122Principles of Accounting3-0:3
This course gives students a clear background about the nature of accounting and its importance for decision making. It helps the student to understand the accounting process, the generally accepted accounting principles, and the way financial statements are prepared on the basis of accrual accounting. The course also includes accounting for both cash and receivables.  Prerequisite: None.
1212213 Principles of Business Law3-0:3
This course is meant to provide a general introduction to the legal environment that affects individuals, businesses, and business transactions. In addition to providing a general introduction to the legal system, this course focuses on specific legal topics. Students are supposed to gain an understanding of contract law, their rights and responsibilities as citizens, utilization of financial transactions, agency law, business organizations and regulations governing them, partnership, employment law, creditors' rights and bankruptcy.  Prerequisite: None.
1212215 Marketing Principles3-0:3
The course aims at familiarizing students with the concept of "market", its evolution, and what is meant by the science of Marketing  and its importance, the elements of the marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and distribution), and how to segment the market.  It also studies the consumer's behavior.  Prerequisite: 1212111.
1212217 Financial Management3-0:3

The purpose of this course is to provide the students with the necessary information to draw a critical analysis of the financial administration of a business. Included are; working capital management, risk and return analysis, time value of money, financial planning, and financial statements analysis.

Prerequisite: 1212122; 1211124.

1212210 Human Recourses Management3-0:3

This course deals with the role and function of human resources management and help students appreciate the necessity for sound human resource practices throughout the entire organization. The changing role of human resource managers in the competitive environment is also analyzed and students are introduced to a variety of practical skills through activities, class discussions, and projects.

Pre-requisite: 1212111 - Principles of Management.


1212218      Small Projects Management                           3-0:3

The course seeks to introduce the notion and specifications of the small project, the type of its ownership, the sources of its financing, and the factors that determine the selection of its location. In addition, it studies the various processes of purchasing, storing, marketing, and accounting for the small project. Prerequisite: 1212217; 1212215.

    1212211 Financial Institutions                                             3-0:3

This course focuses on financial institutions and markets. The many types of financial institutions ranging from commercial banks to Islamic banks are compared and contrasted with an emphasis on the respective markets served. The course also includes an introduction to selected financial institutions such as financial markets. Prerequisite: 1212116.

    1212296 Field Training                                              0-0:3

This course seeks to enable students to become familiar with the workplace and to acquire hands-on experience by working as trainees in private and public business establishments. Field training is based on the notion of 'learning through practice' and on the association between the theoretical knowledge acquired in class and the real-life situation of the workplace. This kind of training should ultimately lead to the perfection of students' skills and help them to choose their careers after graduation. Prerequisite: Completing 54 Credit Hours.

Elective Courses

Descriptions of the elective courses are given below.

1212234 Management Information Systems3-0:3
This course aims at acquainting students with the overall and comprehensive meaning of management information systems, the possibility of using the computer in accomplishing management objectives, and decision making. It also helps the students to know the features and characteristics of information systems and its advantages in management as well as in the data analysis of business administration. Moreover, it provides the students with the knowledge, application, and improvement skills for management information systems. The course equally aims at acquainting students with the knowledge of the expected performance of employees in management and departments of management information systems. Prerequisite: 1213110; 1212111.
1212234 E-Commerce3-0:3
The course seeks to get the students to know the notion of e-commerce and its basic elements, difference from traditional commerce, merits, and international nature. It also aims at acquainting them with e-commerce protocols, the methods of using e-commerce, and electronic payment systems. The course reinforces this practically through setting up Internet websites after having familiarized the students with the commercial, marketing and promotional applications of the Internet as well as the international, legal and moral dimensions of e-commerce. Prerequisite: 212215.
1212235Consumer behavior 3-0:3
Consumers are psychologically exposed to the components of marketing mix. The student studied the marketing mix components in the course of principles of marketing. In this course the student will learn how consumers are affected by these components. They will understand why consumers psychologically behave the way they behave when they buy goods, services, or ideas. The student then will learn how to reflect this understanding into more effective marketing mix decisions. Finally the student will learn how to predict consumers' responses to the marketing mix decisions. The course is a bridge from psychology to marketing. Between the marketing mix decisions and the consumer behaviors, psychological responses intervene (perception, reasoning, feelings, learning, memorization, etc). Prerequisite: 1212215.
1212236 Operations and Supply Chain Management3-0:3
This module aims to allow the students to differentiate between production and operations management. It also introduces the basic concepts, tools, and principles that are essential for the effective management of the various business operations. Finally it integrates the different managerial decisions to develop and implement operations strategies. Prerequisites: 12111124 – Business Statistics.