INTRODUCTION     

Effective management and business growth are two sides of the same coin. For new managers to be effective in their role, the first step is to make a transition from managing tasks and operations to managing people and implementing strategies. This short learning programme (SLP) will support a new manager with the principles of business communication that form the foundation of effective business management and leadership.     

WHO SHOULD ATTEND     

• Individuals recently appointed to a managerial position.     

• Individuals seeking to improve their business communication skills.     

• Small to medium size enterprise owners looking to expand their businesses. 


ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Students should meet the following requirements:  

  • Be proficient in English.
  • Have recently been appointed into a management/supervisor position and/or have three to four years work experience.
  • Must be able to prepare for lectures and engage in self-directed study and students must have access to the internet. 

DURATION  

Business Communication is offered as a distance SLP. Duration varies depending on the start date selected.   

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND EVALUATION  

This SLP is presented via a distance mode of delivery, supported by online mediation sessions. Students will be required to complete various forms of assessments and activities, with the final assessments being written in hard copy at the site of registration.

NOTE:   

While you can generally structure your study time as you need to, there are scheduled online sessions through which you can receive mediated support, assignment and examination deadlines and timetables, to keep your studies moving forward.   

A reliable internet connection, own device with (at least) Windows 8 and Google Chrome, are all essential for any student enrolling for this programme.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW  

The programme aims to accomplish the following:  

  • To use effective communication strategies with the different role players in the business management field and apply the theoretical principles of communication (oral/written).

PROGRAMME CONTENT 

The programme topics include the following: 

  • Introduction to communication theories
  • Academic writing skills, communication in organisations, planning and preparing communication messages
  • Interview skills and CV-building
  • Business reports and mass communication for organisations. 

WHAT IS THE TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGY OF THE IIE'S VARSITY COLLEGE, AND HOW WILL IT HELP PREPARE ME FOR THE 21ST CENTURY WORKING WORLD?  

At the IIE's Varsity College we are proud of and passionate about our shift away from the 'traditional lecturing' methodology to our blended-learning strategy – the VC Blend.  

This blended-learning strategy extends learning beyond the confines of the classroom and creates opportunities for our students to work collaboratively, with peers and their educators, to construct their understanding of concepts. Student engagement is supported by the use of a learning management system (LMS) and the online learning materials that have been developed to underpin our teaching strategy.  

This student-focused approach compels our students to be accountable for their learning while developing the critical skills they will need to thrive in the rapidly changing 21st century work environment.  

As such, academic life for our students is dynamic, challenging and relevant.

CERTIFICATION:     

The IIE Business Communication programme is a SLP that is certified by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). Students enrolled in this SLP can apply, on successful completion, for recognition of the learning achieved, for the equivalent module offered on a full time qualification, when registering for any other IIE programmes.     

  • The IIE Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practice (exempt from Business Communications)*
  • The IIE BCom (exempt from Applied Communications Techniques, provided that students achieve 60% or higher for BUCOf020)*
  • The Higher Certificate in Legal Studies (exempt from Business Communications)*. 

Testimonials

What students past and current are saying.

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"I've completed 2 courses with The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Cape Town. My experience with this institution has been overwhelming. The staff and lectures are very helpful and excellent in the roles they play. Their schedules and time frames for each of the courses I've finished thus far have been 100% correct."

Stanley Roman

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"The course was so practical, I feel like I have the ability to go out and manage a project. It's not all theory that I have no clue how to apply. It was a privilege to learn from Bobby Keller at The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Pretoria. He has a lifetime of experience to share."

Lida van Eden

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"The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Cape Town gave me a chance to experience tertiary education the way it should be. I am able to go into the working world with some of their academic teachings and life advice."

Thabiseng Chiwashira

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