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Bachelor of Business Administration in Logistics and Supply Chain Management 
91114  Bachelor of Business Administration in Logistics and Supply Chain Management 
Open Learning Group 
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
National First Degree  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Finance, Economics and Accounting 
Undefined  360  Not Applicable  NQF Level 07  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
Reregistered  SAQA 091/21  2021-07-01  2023-06-30 
2024-06-30   2029-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

The purpose of the Bachelor of Business Administration: Logistics and Supply Chain Management (BBA: L&SCM) is to develop learners with well-rounded managerial, professional and industry specific intellectual competencies, knowledge and skills as to be able to identify, analyse, evaluate, critically reflect on and solve complex problems. They should also be able to provide theory driven arguments within the logistics and supply chain management field. The learners will be able to make managerial decisions in the context of a logistics and/or supply chain organisation; analyse, synthesise and evaluate information and produce innovative responses within a concrete but often unfamiliar context. They will be able to communicate these decisions, ideas and/or opinions as well-formed arguments, using appropriate academic, professional or occupational discourse.

This qualification will contribute towards the intended outcomes by providing learners with a range of broad based knowledge, theory and methodology in fields such as business management, economics, business statistics, project management, business research and financial management. Furthermore, it will specifically provide the learners with integrated knowledge, theory and methodology of logistics and supply chain management principles, processes, procedures and systems.

Learners will furthermore be able to plan and execute appropriate logistics and supply chain research utilising substantive research methodology and will be able to reflect on and report on the research findings.

The qualification will also provide a sound theoretical basis for further learning. It is expected of students to work in a team in an unpredictable context with various role players, including professional and administrative staff within the logistics and supply chain environment. Learners should also demonstrate sensitivity to different communities and sensitivity to the social and cultural differences and needs, particularly with respect to the distribution of goods within different communities.

Bachelor of Business Administration: Logistics and Supply Chain Management will prove to be an increasingly valuable qualification as the world pursues globalisation at a rapid pace. Qualified practitioners in this field will therefore have access to employment opportunities across the world. This qualification aims to produce learners that will be able to apply their knowledge of logistics and the supply chain at managerial level and make significant contributions to their companies through the streamlining of the supply chain, the reduction of costs associated with the transporting and warehousing of products and the overall increased efficiency of logistics functions.

The scarcity of these skills and their related professions, ranges from 70 to 9235 vacant positions, with most exceeding 2000 - comprehensive feedback from employers and role players such as the Road Freight Industries (RFI), South African Air Force (SAAF) and the South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA) echoed these findings. While there are formal qualifications offered by both public and private providers that address the broader training needs of the supply chain industry, there are currently none that specifically focuses on the managerial development of the individual logistics practitioner.

Through the offering of a BBA: L&SCM qualification as opposed to a Bachelor of Commerce qualification, which is more focussed on the financial and commercial aspects of a given area, the intention to address the need for the development of managers and senior administrators in this field. The field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management has been identified as a strategic area of academic focus and the institution is committed to devote as many resources as are necessary to ensure that the highest quality education and training is offered to provide for individuals working in, or wishing to enter, the field of logistics supply management. 

It is assumed that learners have:
  • English at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematics Literacy at NQF Level 3.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    RPL is conducted in accordance with the institutional Recognition of Prior Learning Policy. This Policy provides processes and procedures by which RPL is conducted.

    The assessment processes involved with RPL are the same as those followed for awarding credits in an academic setting. An RPL candidate seeking credits for previously acquired skills and knowledge must still comply with all the requirements as stated in learning modules and learning programmes and qualifications. The difference is the route to the assessment. RPL assessment takes a holistic view of the process of assessment where the context of the learning as well as the context of the person who is being assessed is taken into account.

    Students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements, could, under certain conditions, apply for admission based on recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Access to the Qualification:
    Access to the BBA: L&SCM is open to those applicants who are in a possession of a:
  • National Senior Certificate (NSC), with endorsement for Degree studies.
  • National Certificate Vocational (NCV) NQF Level 4, with endorsement for Degree studies.
  • Applicants who are in possession of a foreign qualification that is equivalent to the NSC as determined by SAQA.
  • Applicants who are in possession of a Diploma: Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management, Transport, or equivalent (NQF Level 6). 


    The qualification consists of (Core: 360 Credits):
  • Compulsory modules at NQF Levels 5, 6 and 7: 300 Credits.
  • 3 Elective Modules at NQF Level 6 each worth 20 Credits: 60 Credits.

    Modules at NQF Level 5:
  • Business Management 1, 20 Credits.
  • Economics 1, 20 Credits.
  • Logistics Management 1, 20 Credits.
  • Supply Chain Management 1, 20 Credits.
    Total Credits at NQF Level 5 = 80 Credits.

    Module at NQF Level 6:
  • Business Statistics 1, 20 Credits.
  • Business Research 1, 20 Credits.
  • Business Management 2, 20 Credits.
  • Economics 2, 20 Credits.
  • Logistic Management 2, 20 Credits.
  • Supply Chain Management 2, 20 Credits.
  • Financial Management 2, 20 Credits.
    Electives (choose one):
  • Transport Economics 1, 20 Credits.
  • Procurement Management 1, 20 Credits.
  • Marketing Management 1, 20 Credits.
    Total Credits at NQF Level 6 = 160.

    Modules at NQF Level 7:
  • Business Management 3, 20 Credits.
  • Project Management 1, 20 Credits.
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Research: Theory 1, 10 Credits.
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Research: Project 1, 10 Credits.
  • Logistics Management 3, 20 Credits.
  • Supply Chain Management 3, 20 Credits.
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management Systems 1, 20 Credits.
    Total Credits at NQF Level 7 = 120.

    Total Number of Credits = 360. 

    1. Demonstrate a broad theoretical knowledge base of general management and economics.
    2. Demonstrate a sound, integrated theoretical knowledge base of the logistics and supply chain discipline.
    3. Select, apply and analyse appropriate information and effectively communicate and disseminate information within the logistics and supply chain environment.
    4. Apply relevant available models, procedures, tools and techniques to a logistics and supply chain manager to establish effective and efficient solutions to problems.
    5. Demonstrate sound financial management principles in a logistics and supply chain environment.
    6. Demonstrate an understanding of quantitative approaches in decision making.
    7. Demonstrate an understanding of research principles to effectively research appropriate logistics and supply chain questions and problems.
    8. Demonstrate an understanding of cost management accounting and financial management principles within the logistics and supply chain environment.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
    All the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes are addressed in the qualification. 

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Define the business management process.
  • Explain various theories of management and the general management tasks.
  • Describe the different forms of enterprise ownership.
  • Identify the forces impacting on the establishment of an enterprise.
  • Explain the micro, market and macro environment of an enterprise.
  • Explain the purpose, structure and responsibilities of the different functions of a typical enterprise, as well as the degree of integration with other functions.
  • Define the management process of planning, organising, leadership and controlling within a given context.
  • Explain entrepreneurship and the different types of entrepreneur.
  • Classify different enterprises within the economic system.
  • Explain the role of operations management in the organisation.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Identify and describe the key economic challenges in South Africa.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of economics and the economy.
  • Describe a basic model of the economy and explain how institutions impact on the economy.
  • Describe the macroeconomic implications of business cycles.
  • Explain the micro economic environment of the individual company and dynamics of microeconomics.
  • Describe how supply and demand impact changes in the economy.
  • Discuss the impact of price and income and input productivity on an individual company and understand how the role of interest rates impacts on the economies.
  • Explain the difference between a perfect and imperfect competitive environment for price and output determination.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Utilise statistical terminology and concepts in the management environment.
  • Analyse data using tables and graphs.
  • Describe how probability and sampling form the basis of statistical inference.
  • Analyse statistical inferences through hypotheses tests and analysis of variances and apply statistical models for forecasting and planning.
  • Describe statistical data in financial calculations and apply Excel as a data analysis tool.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Illustrate an understanding of logistics' role in the economy and the organisation and the importance of logistics as a source of competitive advantage.
  • Explain the importance of a customer order and the path of a customer.
  • Design, select and manage a distribution channel.
  • Apply the principles of logistics management and demonstrate an understanding of the role that transportation plays in a supply chain.
  • Explain how logistics costs affect customer and product profitability.
  • Describe the importance of planning for logistics managers, implement an evaluation of the logistics performance of an organisation and recommend improvements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • Explain the role and importance of supply chain management to business organisations.
  • Describe the concepts, models and processes related to supply chain management.
  • Critically reflect on challenges to supply chain management implementation.
  • Describe the scope of and developments in procurement management.
  • Explain strategic procurement and its role in supply chain management.
  • Explain the key issues in procurement management, namely, outsourcing, quality, inventory, time, sourcing, price and total cost of ownership and negotiations.
  • Apply procurement principles to various types of buying situations.
  • Investigate and explain the role of procurement in electronic commerce.
  • Describe contract management and its role in procurement and apply performance metrics to procurement.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
  • Apply the theory and principles of the quantitative analysis of transport and logistics markets.
  • Apply Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and GPS systems to transportation and logistics planning.
  • Explain how Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) play a role in transport and logistics systems project design and performance assessment.
  • Describe the characteristics of public transport systems.
  • Use a framework to analyse public transport performance.
  • Apply the conventional four-step travel forecasting procedure in addition to land-use forecasting.
  • Explain the major roles, responsibilities and technical capabilities of traffic engineering professionals, required by both public and private sector.
  • Identify the concepts of designing and implementing data collection procedures, particularly through surveys of human populations.
  • Describe the major environmental issues that must be considered in contemporary transport and logistics operations.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 7:
  • Describe strategic marketing management.
  • Identify and analyse various strategic marketing environments, markets and stakeholders.
  • Identify a sustainable competitive advantage and apply relevant competitive strategies.
  • Explain the importance of relationship-building in strategic marketing.
  • Plan and develop market strategies relevant to identified markets and develop specific brand strategies and brand and customer equity.
  • Implement and control strategic marketing strategies.
  • Measure and apply strategic marketing strategies and processes.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 8:
  • Identify sources of short-term financing and calculate costs attached to bank loans.
  • Distinguish between profit and cash.
  • Explain and calculate the cash conversion cycle.
  • Discuss the components of a credit policy.
  • Calculate and evaluate payment patterns and bad debt.
  • Discuss the importance of inventory, the valuation methods and its impact on financial performance.
  • Calculate the cost of inventory and interpret inventory turnover ratios.
  • Explain the theory of financial management.
  • Analyse financial statements.
  • Explain the concept of risk and return and identify sources of risk.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Assessment is conducted in accordance to the institution's Assessment Policy. In most cases the assessment will consist of two assignments per module and one three hour examination per module. Formative assessment will take place by means of the two assignments that will include evidence of job-related understanding, application and evaluation of knowledge, theory and methodologies. Summative assessment will happen by means of a formal examination process.

    It is expected that learners will produce a limited research project.

    Learners receive feedback on all assessments from the assessor within three weeks of assessment.

    Feedback on assignments is communicated, electronically on the eLearning platform, in tutorial letters and discussed during contact sessions.

    In line with the institutional assessment policy, results are confidential.

    Additional self and peer assessment exercises are available per module (and units) as formative assessments and are utilised during chats, forums and contact classes. 

    Numerous institutions (professional and educational) across the globe offer qualifications in Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management, or both combined, at various levels. While the standard and approach to education in these fields vary from country to country, there is very little difference in the focus and approach of qualifications geared towards the development of mid to senior level managers and administrators operating within the larger logistics and supply chain industry. This BBA: L&SCM was developed directly in line with the knowledge, skills and competency components of international qualifications to ensure that its graduates will enjoy recognition outside of South Africa's borders and be able to operate proficiently within this increasingly globalised industry.

    This BBA: L&SCM compares favourably with international qualifications offered by international institutions such as the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Trainsiaires et Assimilés (FIATA) Higher Diploma in Supply Chain Management, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Certified Professional in Supply Chain Management Programme, the International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (IPSCM) Advanced Certificate and the Association for Operations Management (APICS) Certified Supply Chain Professional qualification. These are all post graduate qualifications and are therefore offered at a similar education level to that of BBA: L&SCM. It should be noted, however, that the BBA: L&SCM was created to specifically address the local industry requirements for logisticians on managerial and senior administrative level.

    The knowledge, skills and competencies typically covered are:
  • Logistics Management.
  • Transport Economics.
  • Supply Chain Management.
  • Procurement Management.
  • Financial Management.
  • Business Information Systems and Communication.
  • Marketing Management.
  • Business Management.
  • Project Management.
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Research.
  • Statistic.

    The BBA: L&SCM covers all the main outcomes that are associated with these fields in an in-depth and comprehensive manner and which are aligned to the knowledge, skills and competencies that are found in most national and international qualifications. 

    This Qualification articulates horizontally with the following qualifications at NQF Level 7:
  • Bachelor of Commerce: Logistics Management.
  • Bachelor of Administration.
  • Bachelor of Commerce with the option in Supply Chain Management.
  • Bachelor of Commerce: Transport Economics.

    This Qualification articulates vertically with the following qualifications at NQF Level 8:
  • Postgraduate Diploma: Transport and Logistics.
  • Bachelor of Commerce Honours: Operations Research: Logistics.
  • Bachelor of Logistics Honours. 

    Moderation takes place in accordance with the institutional Moderation Policy. This Policy provides for a moderation process that verifies that assessments are fair, reliable, valid, practicable and transparent and also evaluates assessor performance. 

    No QC registration is required for moderators or assessors of qualifications accredited by the HEQC. Assessors and moderators hold a qualification at least one level higher than the qualification being assessed or moderated. Moderators are also required to have more than two years' teaching experience. Assessors, with less than two years experience, have their assessment work moderated by a peer. 



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