INTRODUCTION

The Department of Business and Public Administration offers a Minor in Entrepreneurship to a limited number of students of other departments but is mostly constructed particularly for students from the School of Science and Applied Sciences (Engineering School, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics).

The minor in Enterpreneurship gives the opportunity to students to achieve more knowledge relative to technological evolution, business evaluation of technological and other innovations, and acquire the necessary knowledge which will allow them to be effectively engaged in the business field (i.e. the creation of a new business) in various economical fields. 

 

Programme´s Structure

The required courses of the minor divide into two categories: compulsory and elective courses. Students must cover at least 60 ECTS (10 courses), five (5) of each are compulsory. 

Table 1: Requirements for a Minor in Enterpreneurship 

Compulsory Courses

Course Code Course Title ECTs
BPA435 Business Policy 7
BPA464 Enterpreneurship & Innovation 6
BPA448 Planning and Managing Projects 6

AFN111 or

AFN222

Financial Accounting Principles or 

Corporate Financial Management

7

7

BPA432 Management of Innovation1 6

Note 1:  The course BPA432 will be offered only when the Department is able to offer it at the specific time. In cases when the Department is unable to offer this course, students will have to choose one of the following courses (see Tables 2-5). 

The elective courses have to be chosen from the following tables in the relative science fields. The programme is structured in a specific way in order to provide students with the maximum flexibility to choose courses and get involved in the business fields, in which they are more interested.

Table 2: Elective courses from Marketing 

At least one (1) of the following courses:

Course Code Course Title ECTs
BPA251 Principles of Marketing 

6

BPA351 Marketing Research 6

BPA352 or

BPA354

Consumer Behavior or 

Marketing Communications

6

6

BPA451 Services Marketing 6
BPA452 International Marketing 6
BPA453 Strategic Marketing 6
BPA456 Electronic Marketing 6

 

Table 3: Elective courses from Business Administration

At least one (1) of the following courses:

Course Code Course Title ECTs

BPA131 or

BPA101

Introduction to Business Administration or 

Principles and Practises of Management

6

5

BPA231 Organizational Behavior 6
BPA332 Business Ethics 6
BPA334 Human Resource Management 6
BPA436 Leadership 6
BPA438 International Management 6
BPA460 Advanced Topics in Strategy 6
BPA465 Environment and Sustainability - Management Challenge  6
BPA466 Strategy and Management  6

 

Table 4: Elective courses from Management Science and Information Systems Management

At least one (1) of the following courses:

Course Code Course Title ECTs

BPA241 or

BPA243

Introduction to Operations Management or 

Applications of Operations Research

6

6

BPA244 or

BPA347

Business Information Technology or

Management Information Systems 

7

6

BPA341 Operations Management 6
BPA342 Logistics and Distribution 
BPA343  Applied Mathematical Modeling 
BPA345  Management and Improvement of Quality 

BPA445 or

BPA245 

Management of Service Operations or

Introduction to Service Management  

6

BPA446  Electronic Marketing 

 

Table 5: Elective courses from Accounting and Finance

At least one (1) of the following courses:

Course Code Course Title ECTs

AFN111 or

AFN222

Financial Accounting Principles or 

Corporate Financial Management

7

7

AFN211 Managerial and Cost Management  7
AFN321 Advances Corporate Finance 6
AFN323 Modern Capital Budgeting 6

 

From the introductory courses (BPA 101/131, BPA231, BPA241/243, BPA244, AFN111, AFN211, AFN222) only 2 can be credited in the requirements of the Minor in Enterpreneurship. 

Students Admission to the programme:

  • The students´admission will be processed by filling an application granted by the board of the Department of Business and Public Administration. 
  • Students can apply for the Minor only if they completed at least two (2) semesters of study in the University of Cyprus.
  • For applications to be accepted they will need to have an average grade point average (GPA) of at least 7.0 during the previous semesters.
  • The applicants should also submit a short essay (around 2 pages long), along with their applications, stating the reasons for their interest in the Minor. 
  • The maximum number of successful applicants is ten.
 
 
  
 
 
Concentration in Management
 
 
The concentration in Management prepares students for managerial and leadership positions in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, where the need for change, adjustment, and development is constant. The major objective of the degree is to help students develop the basic skills required to deal with the challenges and opportunities presented to them in their managerial work. The degree with a concentration in Management combines internationally accepted management principles with the special characteristics of the Cypriot business environment and those of the wider geographical area. The coursework and design of the program is based on similar programs of prestigious European and North American universities.
 
Note:
The following requirements concern the program of studies introduced for students that entered the department in 2013 and later. The requirements of the concentration in Management for students who entered the department before 2013 are described here .
 
The concentration in Management requires six "depth courses" (36 ECTS) according to the following table (the prerequisites for each course are included in each course description). :
 
 
Course Code Course Title ECTS
Compulsory Courses for Management
BPA 460 Advanced Topics in Strategy (Prerequisites for BPA 435) 6
BPA 462 Advanced Organizational Behaviour 6
Selection of four courses from the following:
Course Code Course Title  
BPA 332 Business Ethics 6
BPA 334 Human Resource Management 6
BPA 335 Cross-Cultural Management 6
BPA 336 Business Communication 6
BPA 337 * Industrial Relations 6
BPA 338 * Qualitative Methods in Business Administration 6
BPA 431 * Gender, Work and Organizations 6
BPA 432 Management of Innovation 6
BPA 434 Entepreneurship 6
BPA 436 Leadership 6
BPA 438 * International Business Management 6
BPA 439
Piblic Administration 6
BPA 463 * Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 6
 
* These courses are offered based on the availability of teaching staff.
 
 
Coordinator of concentration in Management: Eleni Stavrou-Costea
 
Breadth Courses in Management

These courses aim to cultivate and develop a broader understanding of several sectors and branches of Management. This requirement includes 30 ECTs, which students must cover with courses from the Faculty of Economics and Management. They can also take courses from other faculties with the approval of their academic advisor. One of the breadth courses must be BPA 346: Quantitative Methods in Business II. 
 
 
 
 
Concentration in Operations Management  
 
The concentration in Management Science focuses on cultivation and consolidation of fundamental knowledge and skills for developing and applying analytical and software tools to support operational decisions. The growing complexity and internationalization of business activities, the intensifying competition, and rapid advances in information technology, have created a strong need for developing and maintaining effective decision support systems based on modern analytical methods. These methods are derived from operational research, statistics, mathematics, financial, econometrics, and other relevant fields and mainly apply to the use of information management technology. The demand for managers who combine effective understanding of operational activities and challenges with the utilization and management of modern means of decision support is growing.
 
The curriculum in Operations  Management aims precisely to foster this combination of such knowledge and skills. Graduates with a specialization in Operations Management  will be in a position to conduct business operations in various areas, such as in Industry, Logistics and Supply, Finance and Banking, Telecommunications and Transport, as well as many others. Students will also develop the solid foundations necessary to continue their studies at a postgraduate level.
 
Note:
The following requirements concern the program of studies introduced for students that entered the department in 2013 and later. The requirements of the concentration in Marketing for students who entered the department before 2013 are described here .
 
The courses required for the Operations  Management concentration are as follows (the prerequisites for each course are included in each course description). :
 
 
 
Cource Code Course Title
ECTS
Compulsory courses for Operations Management 
BPA 343 Applied Mathematical Modeling (Prerequisites for BPA 241) 6
BPA 440 Case Studies in Business Modeling (Prerequisites for BPA 343) 6
BPA 442 Linear on Nonlinear Programming (Prerequisites for BPA 343) 6
Selection of three courses from the following
BPA 341 Operations Management 6
BPA 342 Logistics and Distribution (Prerequisites for BPA 241) 6
BPA 344 Network Modeling and Dynamic Programming (prerequisites for BPA 241) 6
BPA 345 Management and Improvement of Quality (Prerequisite for MAS 061, MAS 062) 6
BPA 346 Quantitative Methods in Business II (Prerequisites for MAS 061, MAS 062) 6
BPA 424 Financial Modeling (Prerequisites for BPA 322, BPA 343) 6
BPA 441 Production Planning (Prerequisites for BPA 341, BPA 343) 6
BPA 443 Stochastic Systems (Prerequisites for BPA 343, MAS 061, MAS 062) 6
BPA 444 Manufacturing Strategy (Prerequisites for BPA 341) 6
BPA 445 Management of Service Operations 6
PBA 446 Applications of Neural Networks in Business (Prerequisites for MAS 001, MAS 002, MAS 061, MAS 062) 6
BPA 447 Quantitative Methods in Business III (Prerequisites for BPA 346) 6
BPA 449 Current Topics in Operations Management  (Prerequisites for BPA 241, BPA 343) 6
Up to two of the following courses can substitute the previous courses
ECO 222 Introduction to Econometrics 6
ECO 223 Economic Mathematics II 6
 
 
Coordinator of concentration in Operations Management : Hercules Vladimirou
 
 
 
 
 
Concentration in Marketing
 
The Marketing major emphasizes the development of knowledge, skills, and analytical techniques aiming at the identification, prediction, and understanding of the needs, preferences, and purchasing behavior of individual consumers, households, and organizations. The design and implementation of effective strategic marketing plans is also emphasized. Such plans should enable a company to achieve its marketing and business objectives by utilizing productively its available resources and capabilities and by exploiting emerging market opportunities.
 
The Marketing curriculum helps students to develop creativity skills and critical judgment in solving marketing and business problems. Students also learn to work thoroughly and systematically to carry out large scale market research projects, and design strategic marketing plans, advertising plans, electronic marketing plans, international marketing plans, and sales management strategies and programs.
 
Note:
The following requirements concern the program of studies introduced for students that entered the department in 2013 and later. The requirements of the concentration in Management for students who entered the department before 2013 are described here . 
 
To fulfill the requirements of the Marketing major students need to take seven (7) depth courses (42 ECTs), as indicated below (the prerequisites for each course are included in each course description). Moreover, students must take four (4) breath courses which are offered by the other majors of the department of Business and Public Administration. One of the breadth courses must be BPA 346: Quantitative Methods in Business II.
 
 
Course Code Course Title ECTS
Compulsory courses for Marketing
PBA 351 Marketing Research 6
BPA 352 Consumer Behaviour 6
BPA 353 Sales Management 6
BPA 354 Marketing Communications 6
BPA 355 Retail Management* 6
BPA 452 International Marketing 6
BPA 453 Strategic Maketing 6
BPA 456 Electronic Marketing 6
BPA 458 Social Media Marketing * 6
 
*  The courses BPA355 Retail Management and BPA458 Social Media Marketing are offered for an exemption from Senior Thesis as  Depth courses.
 
Coordinator of concentration in Marketing: Leonidas Leonidou

 

STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES

The Department has established bilateral student and faculty exchange agreements with several European universities in the context of Erasmus Programme as well as other exchange programmes with an international focus. We have both hosted sent students to a multitude of countries in Europe, the US and elsewhere. Within the same context, some of our faculty have visited prominent academic institutions abroad. Furthermore, we continue our efforts to expand collaborations with academic institutions in more countries. Our aim is to provide rich intercultural and international experiences within an academic framework to both our faculty and students, thus enhancing the research and professional capabilities of those two major stakeholders as well as our University and the community at large.
 

 
 
 
  
General Requirements of the Program

The department of Business and Public Administration offers three undergraduate concentrations:  Management, Management Science and Marketing.  Also, the department offers Master in Human Resource Management and PhD in Business Administration.  Alongside with the department of Accounting and Finance, the department also offers an MBA program.

The program of study continuously engages students with lectures, tutorials, workshops, assignments, and exams. In class participation is mandatory for all courses. Students must also familiarize themselves with the policies of the university and the department, including their own rights and obligations, as well as the processes that have to be followed. All relevant information is available at the Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Service webpage bellow:
 
 
Every student is put in touch with an Academic Advisor offering help for academic concerns, career options, as well as any personal issues that may arise. For the guidance of the Academic Advisor to be effective, students should meet them consistently throughout their course of study. For general enquiries concerning either the Department or the University, students should contact the Department's Administrative stuff.

The University of Cyprus follows the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). To graduate with a B.Sc. degree, it is required that that the student successfully completes 240 ECTS, including 10 ECTs in a foreign language (see Table 1). The foreign language that the Department recommends is English.
 
 
Table 1: General Requirements for acquiring a degree

Types of Courses ECTS
Foreign Language (English) 10
General Education 50
Elective Courses* 20
Business Fundamentals 82
Six (6) Depth courses and Five (5) Breadth courses from the School of Economics and Management** 66
Senior Thesis OR one (1) Depth and one (1) Breadth course 12
TOTAL
240
 
*Students must choose courses from at least 3 Faculties of the University, and only one first-level Language course can count towards the electives requirement. 
 
** For Marketing: seven (7) Depth and four (4) Breadth courses (66 ECTS)
 
 
For the first two years all students share a common program. Core classes aim to cover the fundamentals of Business Administration, and teach students a foreign language (Table 2). This prepares students to later be able to branch off into a more specialized area of study in the department. The primary objective is for students to be able to solve problems using both quantitative and computational approaches, while developing their critical analysis and thinking. By the end of the second year, students will develop a broad enough understanding to go on to decide which area of specialization suits best with their personal interests and career objectives.
 
 
 
  
Table 2: Compulsory Courses of the Curriculum
 
Course Code Course Title ECTS
Foreign Language
LAN 100 General Advanced English 5
LAN 101 Academic English 5
TOTAL 10
General Education
ECO 111 Principles of Microeconomics 7
ECO 121 Principles of Macroeconomics 7
MAS 001 Mathematics I 6
MAS 002 Mathematics II 6
MAS 061 Statistical Analysis I 6
CSC 032 Programming Methods for Problem Solving 7
SPS 101 Introduction to Sociology or 6
(LAN 201 Business Communication for Management 5)
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 5
TOTAL 50 (or 49)
Business Fundamentals
AFN 111 Financial Accounting Principles 7
BPA 131 Principles and Practices of Management 6
AFN 211 Managerial and Cost Accounting 7
AFN 222 Corporate Financial Management 7
BPA 231 Organizational Behaviour 6
BPA 232 Data Analysis in Business Administration or 6
(MAS 062 Statistical Analysis II 6)
BPA 235 Introduction to Critical Thinking for Management 6
BPA 241 Introduction to Operations Management 6
BPA 244 Business Information Technology 7
BPA 251 Principles of Marketing 6
BPA 332 Business Ethics 6
BPA 464 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 6
BPA 435 Business Policy 7
TOTAL 83
 
 
During the last two years, students can follow areas of specialization allowing them to focus on what interests them the most. The higher level courses offered during this time allow students to deepen their knowledge in their area of choice. Students are also given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge by attending courses from other areas of concentration, and can even enroll in courses from other departments, which allows them to gain a wider and more wholesome education. Many students, especially those planning to continue their education at the Masters or PhD level, also choose the option of taking Individual Independent Studies or writing a Senior Thesis. Both of these options are explained below.

In order to graduate, each student is responsible to arrange their program of study in order to meet the course's specific requirements including that of taking a foreign language(s) (10 ECTS) and electives from other departments (20 ECTS).

Those who may wish to be exempted from taking certain compulsory courses or wish to take on a more individual and independent study approach must discuss such options with their academic advisor, to ensure that they fulfill all of the requirements to graduate.

An overview of the program of study is as follows:
 
 
 
  
TABLE 3: Detailed Prospectus of the Curriculum
 
First Year - Fall Semester ECTS First Year - Spring Semester  ECTS
BPA 131 Principles and Practices of Management 6 AFN 111 Financial Accounting Principles 7
ECO 111 Principles of Microeconomics 7 ECO 121 Principles of Macroeconomics 7
MAS 001 Mathematics I 6 MAS 002 Mathematics II 6
LAN 100 General Advanced English 5 LAN 101 Academic English 5
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 5 CSC 032 Programming Methods for Problem Solving 7
Second Year - Fall Semester
Second Year - Spring Semester
AFN 211 Managerial and Cost Accounting 7 AFN 222 Corporate Financial Management 7
BPA 251 Principles of Marketing 6 BPA 231 Organizational Behaviour 6
BPA 241 Introduction to Operations Management 6 BPA 244 Business Information Technology 6
MAS 061 Statistical Analysis I 6 BPA 232 Data Analysis in Business Administration or 6
SPS 101 Introduction to Sociology or 6 (MAS 062 Statistical Analysis II 6)
(LAN 201 Business Communication for Management 5) BPA 235 Introduction to Critical Thinking for Management 6
Third Year - Fall Semester
Third Year Spring Semester
Three Business Depth Courses 18 BPA 332 Business Ethics 6
Two Business Breadth Courses (from FEM) 12 Two Business Depth Courses 12
  One Business Breadth Course (from FEM) 6
One Elective Course 5
Fourth Year - Fall Semester Fourth Year - Spring Semester
BPA 435 Strategic Management 7 BPA 464  Entrepreneurship and Innovation 6
Two Business Depth Courses or One Business Depth Course and One Business Breadth Course from FEM 12 One Business Breath Course (from FEM) or One Business Depth Course 6
One Elective Course 5 Two Elective Courses 10
Senior Thesis or one Business Depth Course or one Business Breadth Course 6 Senior Thesis or one Business Depth Course or one Business Breadth Course 6


 
 
 
Elective Courses
 
Students are required to take a combination of elective courses which amount to at least 20 ECTS. Courses in the student's area of concentration cannot be used to meet the elective requirements. The department advises its students to choose electives from other departments which will broaden their knowledge and experiences. Students must choose courses from at least 3 Faculties of the University. As per University rules, only one first-level Language course can count towards the electives requirement."

 
  
 Senior Thesis

During their fourth year of study, students may either choose to write their thesis or follow one Breadth and one Depth course (Breadth and Depth courses are explained in the descriptions of Management, Management Science, and Marketing concentrations). A student's GPA must exceed 7.0 in order to work on their thesis; otherwise, a written permission is required by the thesis supervisor and the departmental board. The subject of the thesis is chosen by the student along with their supervisor who will be monitoring their thesis's progress.

The first stage of the thesis, which accounts for 6 out of the 12 ECTS, includes the submission of a research proposal describing the topic which will be discussed, a general bibliography, and the proposed methodology of investigating the topic. The research topic must be submitted at the beginning of the first semester of the fourth year. Once the research topic is approved by the thesis advisor, the student must submit their thesis during the course of the second semester of the fourth year. The thesis is to be completed with the submission of a detailed written essay with reference to theories, methods of problem solving and the findings of their research, accounting for the remaining 6 ECTS. The department holds the right to ask the student to present their thesis to a committee comprised of academic personnel from the department, but it may also include external academic members.
 
For their thesis, students have the choice to work on more theoretical issues or to solve a more practical and specific problem. Students who choose such practical projects are allowed to work individually or in groups of no more than three people. Group projects are allowed for more demanding practical projects provided that the contribution of each member is made clear.
 

Individual Independent Study

The Individual Independent Study is available as an option for students whose GPA exceeds 7.5, and enables them to engage with topics that are not included in the Program of Studies. Students who chose this option have the opportunity to adapt their program of studies to their own needs and preferences.

The first stage of the study includes a proposal in which the student describes the topic that will be examined. The proposal is discussed with the professor that will be monitoring and evaluating the study. The next step is the submission of a written research proposal to the Director of the Undergraduate Programs of the Department for approval. The proposal is accompanied by a testimonial from the monitoring professor.

Students can participate in as many as two Individual Independent Studies during their third and fourth year, but cannot participate in two Independent Studies in one semester. For the fourth year, students who are working on a Senior Thesis in their fourth year should not take more than one Independent Individual Study during this time. Each Individual Independent Study accounts for 6 ECTs and can substitute one Breadth or one Depth course in the student's area of concentration.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MINOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

 

The Department of Business and Public Administration and the Department of Accounting and Finance, offer a Minor in Business Administration to a limited number of students of other departments. The programme offers the opportunity to understand the fundamental principles and concepts of Business Administration and Public Management through the following course requirements. Students should take at least 42 ECTS in compulsory courses and 18 ECTS in Elective Courses.
 
 
Table 4: Requirements for a Minor Degree in Business Administration
 

 

Compulsory courses
Course Code Course Title ECTS
AFN 111 Financial Accounting Principles 7
AFN 211 Managerial and Cost Accounting 7
AFN 222 Corporate Financial Management 7
BPA 131 Principles and Practices of Management 6
BPA 231 Organizational Behaviour 6
BPA 241 Introduction to Operations Management 6
BPA 244 Business Information Technology 6
BPA 251 Principles of Marketing 6
BPA 435 Strategic Management 7
Elective courses from Management
Course Code Course Title ECTS
BPA 332 Business Ethics 6
BPA 334 Human Resource Management 6
BPA 335 Cross-cultural Management 6
BPA 336 Business Communication 6
BPA 337 Industrial Relations 6
BPA 338 Qualitative Research Methods in Business 6
BPA 431 Gender, Work and Organizations 6
BPA 432 Innovation Management 6
BPA 436 Leadership 6
BPA 438 International Management 6
BPA 439 Management of Public Organizations 6
BPA 460 Advanced Topics In Strategy 6
BPA 462 Advanced Organizational Behaviour 6
BPA 463 Nagotiations and Conflict Management 6
BPA 464 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 6
Elective courses from Management Science
Course Code Course Title ECTS
BPA 341 Operations Management 6
BPA 343 Applied Mathematical Modeling 6
BPA 344 Network Modeling and Dynamic Programming 6
BPA 345 Management and Improvement of Quality 6
BPA 347 Management Information Systems 6
BPA 433 Business and E-Commerce 6
BPA 440 Case Studies in Business Modeling 6
BPA 442 Linear and Nonlinear Programming 6
BPA 445 Management of Service Operations 6
BPA 433 Business and E-Commerce 6
Elective courses from Marketing
Course Code Course Title ECTS
BPA 351 Marketing Research 6
BPA 352 Consumer Behaviour 6
BPA 353 Sales Management 6
BPA 355 Distribution Management 6
BPA 356 Communicative Marketing 6
BPA 446 Electronic Marketing 6
BPA 452 International Marketing 6
BPA 453 Strategic Marketing 6

 

Coordinator of Minor in Business: Marios Theodosiou