Diploma in Business Administration

Diploma in Business Administration

Course Objectives and Expected Outcomes

The Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Business Administration offered by YMCA Education Centre aim to provide students with a good grounding of business management knowledge and skills equivalent to the first two years of an undergraduate degree programme. The courses will equip students with a broad introduction to business disciplines and an enhanced understanding of foundational issues and principles in the business environment.

Upon completion, these courses provide opportunities for students to progress to tertiary level courses in universities.

Diploma in Business Administration – Year 1 (DBA)

The objectives of the Diploma in Business Administration course are as follows:

  1. To provide students with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to progress to the Advanced Diploma in Business Administration.
  2. To develop students’ competencies and values related to the social roles played by business entities;
  3. To provide students with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge of business at the foundation level;
  4. To lay the foundation for future professional development.
Graduation Requirements:

Students must achieve passes in all 8 modules a total 120 credit points. Students can then progress to the Advanced Diploma in Business Administration.

Course Synopses - Year 1 (Diploma in Business Administration)

Modules Synopses:

BA1011 Accounting

This module is an introductory course into accounting theories and practices. It provides undergraduates with basic accounting knowledge and concepts as well as the general industry practices.  This module will essentially cover the concepts of business accounting and critical areas of accounting such as cash, cash flow, receivables, inventories and fixed assets. The key focus will enable our undergraduates to understand the basic matching accounting concepts, accounting entries or adjustments and analyse transactions as these concept plays a critical role in today’s businesses.

BA1012 Economics

This module aims to provide a basic understanding of the economy.  Upon completion of this module, undergraduates will understand the effects of activities on economics and how these are translated into business opportunities or threats.  This module will encompass both Micro and Macro Economics and Elasticity, Supply and Demand within the market.  The concepts of Perfect Market, Monopoly, Oligopoly or Controlled verse Open Markets, Inflation and Unemployment, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Gross National Product (GNP) and Net National Income, Market Factors affecting International Trades and Policy Markers ‘Decisions will be shared with our undergraduates.

With the understanding of the above concepts, undergraduates will understand that economics activities are interrelated and how it affects our way of life, why some countries are more developed than others and how economics factors are measured and how it influence our currencies and purchasing power.

BA1013 Marketing Management

This module enables students to critically examine the dynamics and complexities of marketing in the business environment and impact on organisational strategies and structures. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of marketing techniques and the management of a firm’s marketing resources and activities. It also allow student to critically assess key strategies from different managerial perspectives and evaluate their effectiveness and to formulate marketing proposals, actions and business challenges.

BA1014 Information Technology

This module develops and provides students an extensive understanding of how information systems are used to help an organisation meet their goals. Students will know the different techniques and procedures that are used to produce information and gain a good knowledge of techniques to solve problems. Students will learn about the capabilities and characteristics of hardware and operating systems. The module will help students to solve problems and identify different types of information systems.

BA1015 Cross Cultural Management

This module aims to increase the awareness of the significance and impact of cultural diversity varies with the type of environment and firm’s overall strategy. It provides students with the theoretical and practical tools in order to improve their productivity when working and doing business with people from other cultures, and make the students more aware of their personal orientations. The module prepares the students to critically examine the cultural impact on management reflected by basic values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviour of the people, which can affect technology transfer, managerial attitudes, managerial ideology and even government-business relationships.

BA1016 Business Management

This module provides the essential information and skills required by professional who have to make decisions that are important to the direction and performance of an organisation or business. The module will develop students as managers to understand the major aspects of management that are needed to ensure the business is conducted in a manner that is progressive, profitable, effective and efficient and maintain competitive advantage in the dynamic global environment.

BA1017 Contract Law

This module provides students with thorough understanding of the principles of contract law, the nature of a business contract. Emphasis will be placed on the terms and clauses frequently used in the drafting of contracts. Students will learn how to terminate a contract and know the remedies available for breach of contract and how to resolve the contractual disputes. The module will enable students to know how to conduct the businesses effectively within the laws of business and companies.

BA1018 International Business

This module is designed to provide students with basic knowledge about international business and the implications of international business on organizations’ strategies, structure and functions, particularly in the face of the fast growing pace of globalization. Students are exposed to all dimensions of international business from international business theories, national and international environments, international legislation to international management as well as other related aspects.

Course Schedule

Entry Points

There will be 4 entry points: January – April – July – October.

Course Duration

The Diploma in Business Administration comprises 8 modules to be completed over a period of 10 months for the full-time course or 12 months for the part-time course. 15 credits will be awarded upon completion of each module.

Course Outline

The course is made up of 120 credits consisting of a total of 8 multi-disciplinary core subjects as follows:

Diploma in Business Administration (Full-time)

Description Amount S$ (Singapore Citizen/ Permanent Resident) Amount S$ (Foreign Citizen) Remarks
Application Fee 200.00 500.00 Non-refundable and non-transferable
Administrative Fee 200.00 200.00 -
Course Fee 4500.00 5,500.00 -
Fee Protection Scheme Fee 100.00 100.00 -
Medical Insurance 80.00 80.00 Optional for Singapore Citizen / Permanent Resident
Study Materials 600.00 600.00 Non-refundable once collected
Total (without GST) 5,680.00 6,980.00 -
GST 397.60 488.60 -
Total (with GST) 6,077.60 7,468.60 -

Other External Costs

Description Amount S$ Remarks
Student’s Pass Card 90.00 Payable to ICA
Medical Examination 50.00 Payable to the examining medical centre
Bank Charges for TT 20.00 to 30.00 Determined and deducted by bank

Minimum Entry Requirements


17 years old and above

Singaporean / PR Applicants:

2 GCE ‘A’ Level passes
YMCA Certificate in Business

Matured applicants:

minimum 30 years of age with 8 years’ work experience and completed Secondary Education.

International Applicants:

Completed Year 12 of formal education; OR YMCA Certificate in Business.

English Proficiency:

IELTS 4.5; OR C6 at GCE ‘O’ Level; OR Pass YMCA English Proficiency test if English is not the language of study.

Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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