In the South African environment, various studies have identified “business or general management” as one of the high demand career fields. The latest jobs indexes indicate that particularly middle and departmental managers are among the most in-demand skills levels in the country at the moment. These indexes, furthermore, have identified middle and senior managers as among the top eight jobs of the future. This course will address all these basic managerial principles and empower all managers, irrespective of which industry or level, with the necessary fundamental management skills and competencies.
What is commonly referred to as “management” is an umbrella term that encompasses a large spectrum of specific management fields. Management research identified 52 management fields, spanning general and business management to management in specific industries such as finance, marketing, logistics, hospitality, manufacturing, property and even administration. This course provides you with fundamental knowledge and understanding of general and functional management terminology, concepts, principles and operations. By the end of the course you should have the tools to manage effectively in a range of industry contexts and at various managerial levels as well as understand why and how to apply sound business ethics and corporate governance.
Dr. Deon van der Merwe holds a D.Litt. et Phil. in Psychology and started his career in higher education in 1989 as a student counsellor at the former Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), now the University of Johannesburg (UJ). As he had a passion for teaching and learning, he soon became involved in the field of academic development. He planned, developed and implemented a learning centre at RAU and UJ which focused on language and literacies development, learning development, tutor and mentor development as well as foundation and extended degree programmes. To effectively provide development in all these areas the focus shifted from student development to also include staff, programme, curriculum and policy development. At UJ, he was involved in enrolment management where he focused specifically on access and placement testing, First Year Experience (FYE), tracking and monitoring of student performances, and identifying and addressing at-risk programmes and gateway modules.
Recently he became involved in private higher education, where he also acted as Academic Head and Academic Director of various private higher education institutions. He currently also consults as teaching and learning development specialist to various institutions.
He furthermore lectures in various fields of expertise, which initially focussed on the field of Psychology. He ultimately extended his field of expertise into that of organisational development and is a research supervisor for numerous Masters dissertations and Doctoral theses.
Deon has served on numerous higher education committees (national and international), HEQC audit panels, education related committees, academic senates and academic boards. He has presented papers at various national and international conferences.
Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience.
The Online Academic Tutor who is assigned to your course, is trained to build each student up to reach their fullest potential. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offering advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.
To successfully access and complete this course, you will be required to have a registered email account, access to a computer/laptop/tablet and stable internet connection. You will be required to be familiar with using a computer as you may need to be able to read and download documents in Adobe PDF Reader, view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and read and create documents in Microsoft Word.
Our online short learning programmes may require additional software applications. These additional software applications requirements will be communicated to you in this information pack and/or on the website course page. Damelin Online does not provide any additional software applications required for online short learning programmes.
Please note: Google, YouTube and Vimeo may be used in our online course delivery. If any of these services are blocked in your jurisdiction, you may have difficult in accessing our course content.
Our online short learning programmes are broken into self-paced manageable modules, designed to assist you throughout your learning process through diverse learning activities:
Upon successful completion of this online short learning programme, you will receive the recognition of your knowledge and skills with a Damelin Certificate of Competence. Your certificate of competence will be issued in your registered name and will be couriered at no additional cost.
You will be required to complete a series of assessments that will be facilitated through our virtual learning environment. Your course handbook will be made available to you once you have commenced with your short learning programme.