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 in Commerce for externally registered students and offered a four year B.Com (special) external degree program in 1975. Later in 1996, B.Com (special) external degree program was replaced by a three year general external degree programme in Commerce 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.

Entry Qualifications

Those who possess the following requirements on 1 January of the respective academic year are eligible to apply for registration as an external candidate for the B.Com. (General) External Degree Programme. OR

(A) Pass in any three subjects at one sitting at the Sri Lanka General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examination. OR

(B) Obtained any of the professional or other qualifications recognized by the Department of Commerce of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura as indicated by Annex 1. OR

(C) A Degree from a recognized University. OR

(D) Possess qualifications which the External Examinations Committee of the Department of Commerce of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura recognizes to be equivalent to any of the above qualifications or requirements (Refer Annex 1).

Candidates seeking registration under provision (D), before submitting applications on the prescribed form, should in the first instance make a formal written request, indicating qualifications, (with copies of all certificates) to the External Examinations Committee of the department of Commerce through the Senior Assistant Registrar (External Examinations) of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

All external candidates must be 18 years of age or over on 1 January of the respective academic year.

Annex 01 – Other recognized qualifications for registration

  • Specialist Trained Teachers’ Certificate in Commerce of the Department of Education.
  • Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries, UK.
  • Passed at the Final Examination of the Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka.
  • National Certificate in Business Studies (two year course) of the Sri Lanka Technical College.
  • An officer of the Government Accountants Service who has passed the Final Examination of Government Accountants of Sri Lanka.
  • Higher National Diploma in Management of the Open University of Sri Lanka.
  • Passed in all parts of Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) of Sri Lanka or UK.
  • Passed finalist of Chartered Institute of Marketing (United Kingdom) or Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing.
  • Passed second level examination of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK.
  • Passed second level examination of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK

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 1507 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 Behaviour & 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

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