Bachelor of Commerce (General) External Degree

Introduction

Department of Commerce was established in 1972 at the very outset of the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce. It offered the prestigious B.Com (special) degree in English medium. The department commenced an external degree program for externally registered students and offered a four year B.Com (special) external degree program in 1975 for creating more avenues for those who have passed the Advanced Level examination but were unable to get admitted to the National University system to obtain a degree in Management disciplines. Later in 1996, B.Com (Special) external degree program was replaced by a three year general external degree programme in Commerce (B.Com (General) External degree) including fifteen (15) subjects. With the emerging requirements of the society particularly in higher education sector, the department identified that the programme needed to shape and align with the emerging realities in wider society. The department revised existing degree pragramme in 2012 and the revised curriculum consists of eighteen (18) compulsory courses and one (01) non-credit course. The department provides a highly reputed and successful B.Com (General) external degree program in Sinhala and English mediums.

By offering the B.Com (General) External degree, the Department mainly indents to discharge a national duty of empowering Sri Lankan students with a higher education qualification of national and international reputation and recognition in order to help prosper their lives.

Curriculum Structure

Course Code Course Credit Hours Credits Course Status
Degree Part I        
COM 1501 Microeconomics 75 5 Compulsory
COM 1502 Financial Accounting 75 5 Compulsory
COM 1503 Business Mathematics 75 5 Compulsory
COM 1504 Introduction to Management 75 5 Compulsory
COM 1505 Commercial Law 75 5 Compulsory
COM 1506 Introduction to Information Technology 75 5 Compulsory
COM 1007 Business Communication Compulsory
         
Degree Part II        
COM 2501 Macroeconomics 75 5 Compulsory
COM 2502 Cost and Management Accounting 75 5 Compulsory
COM 2503 Business Statistics 75 5 Compulsory
COM 2504 Organizational Behavior & Human
Resource Management 
75 5 Compulsory
COM 2505 Marketing Management 75 5 Compulsory
COM 2506 Operations Management 75 5 Compulsory
         
Degree Part III        
COM 3501 International Trade & Finance 75 5 Compulsory
COM 3502 Advanced Financial Accounting 75 5 Compulsory
COM 3503 Financial Management 75 5 Compulsory
COM 3504 Management Science 75 5 Compulsory
COM 3505 Management Information Systems 75 5 Compulsory
COM 3506 Theory and Practice of Banking 75 5 Compulsory

The objectives of introducing the B. Com (General) External Degree programme are as follows:

  • To improve the quality and relevance of the external degree programme in catering to the national requirements.
  • To maintain the highest standards on par with the internal Degree Programme by developing skillful graduates with positive attitudes who possess more confidence and competence to work independently at their working places.
  • To look for remedial measures confirming to the current policy framework and guidelines introduced for external degree programmes.
  • To offer a comprehensive programme of study in Commerce with a wide coverage of related subjects for those who missed the privilege of university education, and as such, to discharge a national duty of empowering Sri Lankan students with a higher education qualification of national and international reputation and recognition in order to help prosper their lives.
  • Generating substantial financial resources to the university and the country.

Graduate Profile

The goal of Bachelor of Commerce (general) External Degree programme is to prepare its graduates to succeed in complex and competitive world.

Expected Learning Outcomes of the B.Com (General) External Degree Programme

On the successful completion of the external degree program students must be geared up to take real world challenges and have confidence and capability to fulfill the aspiration of the Department of Commerce in the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Aim of the Department and vision of the University is essentially founded on the concept of nation building, and national institutions. Having said that, the ideal student the department anticipates on the completion of the external degree program should have;

  1.  Acquired a general knowledge and theoretical and conceptual understanding in the broad area of  Commerce and Management.
  2.  Aptitude to comprehend the role of the Commerce and Management in the national economy and  influence on economic development of changes in the broad field of Commerce and Management
  3.  Ability to perform any task within the scope of the degree program independently
  4.  Developed soft skills and other transferable skills such as interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, oral and writing skills, presentation skill, computer literacy etc. essential for effective communication and productive team work
  5.  Obtained self-confidence sufficient to be independent, a self-starter for an innovative career preferably as an entrepreneur by conquering potential challenges and risk.