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POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN EVENTS MANAGEMENT (NQF LEVEL 8)

Rationale

Events management is a global dynamic business industry. It is an area which has grown rapidly in recent years and has become established as an important element in the promotional mix. This qualification offers opportunities to graduates seeking a change in their career or for those who are currently working in the industry and require further training to enhance their career opportunities. The qualification is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop practical events management skills.

The qualification is underpinned by both academic theory and practical aspects in the fields of tourism, leisure and events and will involve students in the application of concepts in industry-related scenarios and realistic simulations. In this way, students will develop and apply the skills of critical evaluation and it is intended that they become self-directed, independent, reflexive learners. The course offers an opportunity to combine classroom-based learning with fieldwork activities. Students will therefore be given real events to manage so as to infuse theory into practice and build competitive events management skills.

Purpose

The Postgraduate Diploma in Events Management (Level 8) is designed to develop young Namibians to effectively manage events. The purpose of the qualification is to equip students with the necessary tools and expertise to meet the ever growing demand for quality service in the tourism sector.

Entry Requirements

A recognised Bachelor degree at NQF Level 7 in any discipline or an equivalent qualification with a minimum one (1) year work experience in the appropriate field.

Qualification Duration

The study period for the qualification is:

Fulltime/Part-time mode

- Minimum: 1 Year; Maximum: 2 Years.

Distance Mode

- Minimum: 2 Years; Maximum: 3 Years.

The qualification comprises of semesters, per academic year there are two (2) semesters. Semester 1 runs from January to June. Semester 2 runs from July to December.

Outcomes of the whole Qualification

Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Event Management, the holder of this qualification is able to:

  • Plan, design, and coordinate effective site and facility operations.
  • Apply the principles of professionalism and ethics to events management.
  • Create, plan, and implement effective management of tourism and hospitality events.
  • Develop and implement financial initiatives based on event objectives through methods such as sponsorship programs, grant applications, and fundraising initiatives.
  • Apply the principles of marketing to events.
  • Apply strategies for effective human resource management to events.
  • Apply accounting and financial knowledge and skills to the operation of events.
  • Apply business administration skills to the operation of events.

Articulation Possibilities

Vertically, the Postgraduate Diploma in Events Management (Level 8) grants admission to Master in Tourism and Hospitality Level 9 or any other related qualification at NQF Level 9. Interfaculty students can apply for approval with the Deans of other Faculties for assessment to gain admission to any Master programme. Horizontally, students may, where applicable, move into existing or new related tourism and hospitality qualifications at NQF level 8.

Credit Transfer

Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing. To be awarded these credits, IUM will need to assess the courses or combination of courses as equivalent to IUM courses. The awarded credits are governed by the IUM degree program rules and the rules covering credit. Courses awarded as credits need to have been studied within the past 5 years.

Generally, credit will be given if the courses were taken at an accredited institution of higher learning; the course was equivalent to courses offered at IUM, or compatible with Namibia Qualifications Authority requirements. Coursework will be evaluated for its current relevance and may not transfer if the material is out dated by more than 5 years since the course was attended and examination sat and passed and/or the course was not passed at the first examination sitting. Credits earned at an accredited college may not transfer unless the credit earned is equivalent to courses offered in degree qualification.

Credits earned at IUM are also transferable to other institutions of higher learning. Acceptance of credits earned at other institutions is limited to 50% of the total credits required for an IUM qualification. No more than half the major area course requirements can be earned through transfer and/or exemption credit. The IUM reserves the right to reject any or all credits from other institutions, regardless of their accreditation status, when it determines through investigation or otherwise that the quality of instruction at such institutions is for any reason deficient or unsatisfactory. The judgment of the IUM on this question shall be final. The IUM reserves the right to reject transfer credit for courses if the student’s subsequent grades in required courses in the same subject fall below average.

Assessment Coursework/Continuous Assessment

Continuous Assessment (CA) attracts 40% of the final grade. This will come from the activities and evaluations undertaken by the student during study period.

Students must score at least 50% in each course (both coursework and practical) to qualify to sit for the final examinations. This means a student whose continuous assessment mark is below 50%, fails the course.

Final Examinations

The final examination counts for 60% of the overall final mark. The final examination comes at the end of the course. Unless prescribed otherwise, the standard examinations will be of three hours duration. Examiners may, in addition to written examination and practicals, test any candidate orally.

Supplementary Examinationss

A student who fails a course with an overall mark of 40-49% is eligible to sit for a supplementary examination. A student who fails the project with a mark of less than 50% will be allowed one opportunity to re-submit the project three months after the publication of results. A student who fails a course with an overall mark of 39% and below will be required to repeat the same course until the course is passed. A student may not proceed from one level to the next higher level carrying more than 50% of the courses or credits.

Awarding of the Qualification

Candidates will be eligible for the appropriate qualification when they have passed all the required courses specified in the relevant programme regulations and have fulfilled any additional requirements stipulated in the IUM student policies.

Teaching Methods/Strategies

Courses will be delivered using blended learning modalities, including lectures, online tutorials, advanced simulations, video and audio conferencing technologies as well as exposure to real practical experiences such as independence celebrations, annual heroes commemorations, national and international conferences, and other public and private functions. Learners must have access to a computer and the Internet. The teaching methods adapted for this programme are student-centred. Emphasis will be placed upon the need for a student to read and research extensively in each of the courses.

YEAR 1
Events Management, Planning and Co-ordination
Marketing and Public Relations for Events
Financial Budgeting in Events Management
Business Innovation and Development
Diplomatic and Celebrity Events Management
Event Security Planning
Research Project
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