CEMBA CEMPA/Course Outlines

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Welcome to the Commonwealth Executive MBA / MPA Degree, Diploma and Certificate Programmes

Top Quality Management Skills and Education through Open and Distance Learning - in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and South America and the South Pacific


C1 - Management Information Systems

  • Introduction to MIS and Global Concepts of Electronic Business
  • e-Business Markets and Competition
  • Strategic Frameworks for IS and e-Business
  • Strategic Information Systems Planning for e-Business Networks
  • Evaluating Strategies for IS and e-Commerce Applications
  • Creating Global Systems and Global Brands
  • Transforming and Managing Information Organisations

C2 - Management in Organisations

  • Introduction to Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • Individual and Group Behaviour in Organisations
  • Decision-making and Communications in Organisations
  • Leadership, Organisational Structure & Environment
  • Power and Politics
  • Organisational Culture
  • Organisational Change
  • Conflict and Negotiations

C3 - Managing Human Resources

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • A Brief History of HRM and Its Origins
  • Strategic HRM
  • Human Resources Planning
  • Job Analysis and Job Design
  • Acquiring Human Resources: Recruitment, Selection and Orientation
  • Developing the Human Resource: Learning & Development, Training and Management Development
  • Rewarding Employees: Performance Appraisal, Compensation Including Job Evaluation
  • Grievances & Discipline
  • Employee Safety, Health and Welfare
  • Industrial and Labour Relations
  • International Human Resources Management (IHRM)
  • Other Emerging Issues

C4 - Production / Operations Management

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C5 - Economic Environment

  • Introduction to the Economic Environment
  • Measures of Economic Activity
  • Understanding the Market Mechanism and Analysing Market Demand
  • Market Demand and Pricing Decisions
  • Production, Costs and Profit
  • Market Structure
  • Aggregate Demand, Aggregate Supply and Economic Fluctuation
  • Inflation and Unemployment
  • Financial Markets, Monetary and Fiscal Policy
  • The Open Economy

C6 - Public Systems Management

  • Introduction to Public Systems Management
  • Policies, Programmes And Projects
  • Implementation
  • Responsive Administration in Public-sector Management
  • The Public Manager: Skills and Techniques
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Public Systems Management: Contemporary Issues

C8 - Marketing Management

  • Introduction - What is Marketing?
  • The Marketing Mix & Product / Service Positioning
  • Marketing Strategy, Planning and Advertising Management
  • Consumer Behaviour Models & Influencing Factors
  • Key Factors: Psychological & Personal, Social & Cultural

C9 - Accounting & Finance

  • Types and Forms of Business
  • Accounting Theory & Forecasts Defined
  • The Recording Process
  • Cash Flow Statements
  • Stocks 141
  • Activity Based Costing (ABC)
  • Common Size and Indexed Statements for Trend Analysis
  • Risk and Return
  • Ratio Analysis
  • Management of Working Capital
  • Managing Cash Needs
  • Cost of Capital
  • Dividend Policy

B891 - International Marketing Strategy

  • The global cultural, economic and political environment
  • International marketing intelligence
  • Global segmentation and positioning strategies
  • Global competitive analysis
  • Global product policies
  • Global pricing
  • Global channel management
  • Global communication strategies
  • International marketing and the internet
  • International marketing planning, implementation and control


SC1 - Public Policy

  • Case Studies of Policy-Making
  • Understanding Public Policy
  • Public Policy-Making: Contextual Settings
  • The Policy-Making Process
  • Policy-Making Networks and Influence
  • Optimal Policy-Making
  • Policy-Making: Contemporary Issues

Specialist Core Courses

SC2 - Development Planning & Administration

  • Development Administration: Meaning, Nature, Scope and Significance
  • Models of Development Administration
  • Development Administration: Political, Economic, and Socio-Cultural contexts
  • Development Administration in Developed and Developing Nations
  • Development Planning: Concept and Rationale
  • Development Planning: Retrospect and Prospect
  • Poverty in South Asia
  • Planning for Sustainable Development
  • The Mixed Economy Model
  • Multilevel Planning: Concept and Practice, Inter State and Inter-District Imbalance
  • Planning of Contemporary Development Issues in Education and Health
  • Planning of Contemporary Development Issues in Agriculture and Industry
  • Participatory Approaches to Development Planning and Administration
  • Strengthening the Local Elected Leaders Capabilities
  • Central Place Theory
  • Scalogram Analysis
  • Development Planning and Administration: The Road Ahead

SC3 - Strategic Management

  • Introduction to Strategic Management
  • Managing the Strategy Cycle
  • Organisational Analysis
  • Strategic Analysis and Choice
  • The Industry Environment
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Control Processes

SC4 - Quality Management

  • Introduction to Quality Management
  • Leadership and Strategic Planning
  • Customer and Market Focus
  • Quality in Human Resources
  • Tools and Techniques for Quality Management
  • The ISO 9000 Family of Standards
  • Change Management in the Context of Quality


E1 - Electronic Commerce

  • Introduction to Electronic Commerce
  • Infrastructure for Electronic Commerce
  • Business Strategies for E-commerce: B2C, B2C, B2B and E-Commerce Business Models
  • Introduction to Intranets and extranets
  • Marketing Strategies for E-Commerce
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in E-Commerce

E2 - Project Management

  • Introduction to Project Management & Project Integration Management
  • Scope and Time Management
  • Cost and Quality Management
  • Human Resource and Communications Management Project Risk Management and Procurement Management
  • The Project Management Process Model
  • Portfolio Management
  • Project Management Maturity
  • Business Integration Models

E5 - Managerial Economics

  • Introduction to Managerial Economics
  • Decision Making Under Risk and Uncertainty
  • Quantitative Demand Analysis
  • Production Analysis, Cost Theory
  • Pricing Practices
  • An Overview of Strategic Business Concepts for Managers

E7 - Policy Analysis & Implementation

  • Foundation of Policy Analysis
  • Policy Formulation Process
  • Information and Policy Analysis
  • Policy Analysis Theories
  • Instruments of Government Policy
  • Globalisation and Policy Analysis
  • Policy Implementation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

E8 - Contemporary Administrative Systems

  • Dimensions of Comparative Study
  • Contemporary Administrative Systems
  • Trends in Public Administration
  • Legislative Development
  • Budget Administration in Emerging Democracies
  • Financial Administration

E9 - Disaster Management

  • Introduction and Overview of Disasters
  • Proactive Approach to Disaster Mitigation
  • Capacity Building and Training for A Disaster Resilient Society
  • Preparing for Emergency Response
  • Institutional Arrangements and Legal Frameworks for Disaster Mitigation
  • Post-Disaster Management
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Goal Setting and Decision Making in Managing Disasters

E10 - Corporate Finance

  • The Financial System and the Economy
  • Financial Modeling
  • Leasing, Derivatives and Hybrids
  • Managing Financial Risks
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • International Managerial Finance

Research Methods

  • Introduction to Research Methodology
  • Data Collection and Measurement
  • Data Presentation and Analysis
  • Report Writing and Presentation


The Objective of the project course is to help the student develop ability to apply multidisciplinary concepts, tools and techniques to solve organizational problems.

Type of Project

The project may be from any one of the following types:

  • Comprehensive case study (covering single organization/multifunctional area problem formulation, analysis and recommendations).
  • Inter-organisational study aimed at inter-organisational comparison/validation of theory/survey of management or developmental practices.
  • Field study (empirical study).

The learner is expected to select the project in consultation with his/her project guide.