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INTRODUCTION:
Allama Iqbal Open University when establish in 1974 was the second open University in the world and frist in asia and africa. AIOU is one of the leading open univerities in the world catering for the educational needs of the messes through distance learning system ,which is the most important development in the field of education. The University is operating not only in Pakistan but also in the Middle East some other countries. it has established 32 regional/sub-regional and 54 coordinating offices and more than one thousand study center around the country. The idea of distance education assumed greater relevance and acceptance in Pakistan due to the factors of poverty and relative deprivation of female.

AIOU is trying to harness information technology for solving students' problem by providing connectivity to the database at the main campus. it has planed to use IT for supporting instructins and turn this institution into a vir tual university of Pakistan.
The conception, desiging, development, offering and revision of the courses are dynamic processes of this university. Eminent scholars of other universities and educational institutions are members of different statory bodies. The University is employing a multidimensional methodology suited to distance learing. Textbook and other reading materials are development by the faculty and outside experts and provided to the student after enrolment. Media support and application of information technology is another significant aspect of the teaching methodology at AIOU.Audio and video programmes are produced with the help of expert in different field and supplied to the student along with study materials.The university also broadcasts programmes in collabration with the Educatin Television(PTV_2) in Pakistan.

FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES
:
Frist established in 1981 with five department, the faculty of social sciences and humanities has, over the years, flourished to become, by far,the largest faculty of the university. it, today, consist of fourteen department offering master programmes in major areas of social sciences and humamities like, Business Administration, Economics,,Mass Communication,Sociology, Urdu, Library & Information Sciences, History, Pakistan Studies and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Additionally, efforts are afoot to plan and launch post_graduate programmes in Pakistani Language and law. The Commonwealth_collaborated masters programmes in the area of Business and public Administration, which are specially tailored for the modern day busy executives, were launched in spring 2002 semester.
In tune with the government's policy of promoting and strengthening a culture of higher education and reseach in the country, the AIOU's faculty of social sciences and humanities has shown a lot of dynamism over the past few years. it has launched M.phil/ph.D programmes in laqbaliat, Urder and mass Communication, while preparation are being made to launch M.phil/ph.D in business Administration, Applied Linguistics and History.
The Faculty of sciences & humanities also offers several bachelors' level programmes in such professional area like bachelors in Library & Information sciences (BLIS), business Administration (BBA), Commerce(B.COM) and MassCommunication. Tens of thousands of students comprising all demographic groups and, from all over the country , enrol, each year, in these bachelor's level programmes.
The Faculty has expanded vitally and its programmes have grained a high poipularity as is clear from rapidly rising trend of enrolment during the past 4 to 5 years. During the period under report, the Faculty accorded high priority toward quality impovement and to modify its programmes in accordance with the current challenges of 21st century.

The Faculty proposed to lanch Post-Graduated programmes in the disciplines of Political Sciences and International Relations, Psychology, Pubilc Administration and Social Work.
At present the following fourteen departments are working in this Faculty:

Sr. #
Department Head of Department /Incharge
1.
Business Administration
Dr. Syed Hassan Raza
2.
Commerce Vacant
3.
Economics Dr.Naeem Rahid, AssociatProfessor
4.
English Language & Applied Linguistics Dr. Abdul Hafeez,Associate professor
5.
History Vacant
6.
Paistan Studies Mrs. Lubna Saif, Associate Professor
7.
Urdu Professor Dr. Nisar Ahmed Qureshi
8.
Mass Communication Dr. Syed Abdul Siraj, Assistant Professor
9.
Iqbal Studies Vacant
10.
Librery & Information Sciences Professor Najeeb A. Khan
11.
Sociology, Social Work & Population Studies Dr. Rukhsana Masood, Associate Professor
12.
Women Studies Dr.Qudsia Riffat, Associate Professor
13.
Pakistani Languages Dr. Inam-ul-Haq Javed, Associate Professor
14.
Law Vacant

Academic Programmes of the Faculty
Ph. D.(Iqbal Studies)
Ph. D.(Urdu)
Ph. D.(Economics)
Ph. D.(Commerce)(to be offered in near future)
Ph. D.(Business Administration)(to be offered in near future)
Ph. D.(Mass Communication)(to be offered in near future)
Ph. D.(History)(to be offered in near future)
M. Phil(Iqbal Studies)
M. Phil(Urdu)
M. Phil(Mass Communication)
M. Phil(Economics)
M. Phil(Commerce)(to be offered in near future)
M. Phil (Business Administration)(to be offered in near future)
M. Phil (History)(to be offered in near future)
M. Phil (Pakistani Language)
MBA/ MBA -IT(Master of Business Administration)
MBA (banking and Finance)
Commonwealth of Learning's (COL's) Executive MBA/MPA
MA (Teaching of English as Foreign Language)
M. Sc. (Economics)
M. Sc. (Women Studies)
M. Sc. (Sociology)
M. Sc. (Mass Communcation)
MA (History)
MA(Fine Arts)
MA (Urdu)
MA (Design)
MLIS (Master of Library and Information Sciences)
Post Graduate Diploma in (TEFL)
Post Graduate Diploma in (Mass Communcation)
Post Graduate Diploma in (Women Studies)
BBA(Bachelor of Business Administration)
B.Com.BLIS,BMS(Mass Communication)
BA(General),BA(Design),BA(Fine Arts)
Certificatein Librarianship
HSSC(General, HSSC(I.Com.),SSC(General)MA(HIstory)

DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

The Department of Business Administration was established in 1984 with the objective to impart managerial eaducation. In short period of its existence, the department has made termendous progress toward achieving its ultimate goal of becomg a centre of excellence in business management eduacation and research in Pakistan. The Department has assembled outstanding teaching in Pakistan. Presently, the department is offering MBA,MBA-IT , MBA Banking & Finance, Commonwealth of executive MBA/MPA and BBA programmes. These programmes contribute significantly to the national goal of development of business executives equipped with proficiency in Pakistan. The University introduced MBA programmes in 1986,MBA-IT in 2001 and MBA Banking & Finace in spring 2005 Semester.These are well taken by a large number of people waiting for an opportunity to upgrade their skills and enhance professional qualifications without losing their jobs and leaving work places. Thousand of applications are received and these programmes are gaining popularity day by day.
Graduates from this university are recognized in the human resource market and enjoying respectable status in public and private sector organizatio, operating in pakistan and abroad.

Aim and Objectives
The Business Administration Programmes of AUOI are designed to achieve the following objectives:
1. The prepare ture professionals for public and private sector organizations and and to train them to the need of complex and changing business environment.
2. To inculcate future orientation in managers. This will encourage continuous learning and habitual receptiveness to new ways of identifying and dealing with opportunities and problem, in the business world.

MASTER'S IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (MBA-IT) PROGRAMME
The application of Computer in all walks of life in general and in the business sector in pacticular, had been recognized by the AIOU through lanching of MBA-IT programme in Spring 2001 for the frist time. This programme would cater to the needs of modern business enviroment that required the business graduates to be fully equipped with updated knowledge and techniques in information technology. The content of the programme is recognized as one of the best professional programmes and a large number of student are keen to be enrolled in this programme every year. The objective of the programme is to equip the student with the latest knoledge of computer and its application in decision-making and to identify and solve business related and problems.

Teaching Mode
All courses of MBA-IT programme would be taught under face-to-face system through approved study centers.

Duration
The MBA-IT programme consist of seventy-two(72)credit hours. The student are required to study 23 courses in this programme. The whole programme is spread over five semesters and the minimum period required for its completion is two and half years.

Semester-I

Sr.No.
Course
Code
1.
Introduction to computer concepts
3422
2.
Business Mathematics & Statistics
5528
3.
Business Comunication
5530
4.
Management Theory & Practice
5531
5.
Financial Accounting
5533

Semester-II

Sr.No.
Course
Code
1.
Internet Programming Languages
3427
2.
Economic Analysis
5525
3.
Business Research
5529
4.
Human Resource Management
5532
5.
Markeiting Theory & Practice
5534

Semester-III

Sr.No.
Course
Code
1.
Database Applications
3426
2.
Data communication & Network
3429
3.
Cost and Management Accounting
5538
4.
Marketing Management
5521
5.
Business and Labour Laws
5547

Semester-IV

Sr.No.
Course
Code
1.
Opterating System
3428
2.
Management Information System
3461
3.
Financial Management
5535
4.
System Analysis and Design
5546
5.
Total Quality Management
5523

Semester-V

Sr.No.
Course
Code
1.
Introduction to E-busniess
3471
2.
Project
3475
3.
Project Management
5539

INSTRUCTIONAL SYSTEM
Each course in the MBA, MBA-IT and MBA Banking & Finance programmes may include a combination of the following learning activities:

1. All course of MBA Programme would be taught under the tutorial system system of Open Distance Learning mode (ODL)
2. All courses of MBA-IT and MBA- Banking and Finance would be taught under face-to-face system through approved study centres(ASCs).
3. Seventy percent attendance of students in the class is compulsory for MBA-IT and MBA-Banking and Finance.
4. Medium of instructions for these programmes would be English
4. Self-explanatory standard printed textbooks would be mailed to the students.
5. Assignments for continuous assessment and feedback.
6. Midterm tests for following course of MBA-IT programme will be held at approved study centres:

Sr.no
Course Title
Code
1.
Project
3475
2.
Introduction to Computer Conpects
3422
3.
Data Base Applications
3426
4.
Internet Programming Language
3427
5.
Data Communication & Network
3429
6.
Management Information System
3461
7.
Introduction to E-busniess
3471
8.
Opterating System
3428

7. Workshop for all the courses of MBA(specialisation in Marketing and HRM) would be held at all major regional campuses.
8. Training in computer would be arranged where applicable as requirement of the course.

ADMISSION PROCESS

Entry Requirements

The admission in all busness administration programmes would be granted to the candidtes who have obtained at least 2nd class in graduation from any recognized University. All candidates who meet the criteria will be admitted in these programmes provided their prescribed admission application are complete in all respect as per requirments of the University and they have deposited the requisite fee of the programme as per liad down procedures. Before applying for admission , the students should note that according to the university policy, they can be enrolled only in one educational programme in a semester. Thus, they should carefully decide their option of enrolment in any educational progrmme of the University.

Applying for Admission

The candidates who intend to apply for admission are advised to pursue the following procedure:

1. Choose the courses of first semester which are gives in the section 4 of this prostectus.You will find five courses to be first semester. Out of 5 courses to be taught, you will have option to either choose all five courses or go for lesser number of any reason. it may however, be pointed out that enrolment in lesser courses would prolong the duration of your programme.

2. before you complete the application form, please read the entire prospectus. Thereafter, completely fill in the application from available with this prospectus. In case any entry of the from is not understood please refer to the relevant of this prospectus for further guidance. Attach attested copies of the requisite documents.

3. The applicat must sign the from after filling it. An unsigned from or signed on your behalf cannot be accept its fees from the student on payment of nominal service charges. Almost all main branches of these banks accept the fees along with admission forms. The list of designated branches of these banks is enclosed at the end of this prospectus for your reference. With this arrangement, now you have the following two options for depositing your fee:

Depositing Fee at Designated Bank Branches Through Challan Forms

Firstly reviw the attached list of designated branches of National Bank of Pakistan and First Women Bank Ltd. and locate the branch which is nearer to you consider it convenient for depositiong the fee. Check the amount of the fee required to be deposited. This amount is given at section 5 of the prospectus. Please do not forget registration fee, viva voce fee and admission fee along with semester fee. The Challan from is attached with the admission from. Fill the challan from and be sure to correctly mention your name, adderss, the programme's title and the amount to be deposited. Visit the branch,present the challan from, admission from with requisite doucments, at counter and get the receipt.you will receive one receipt of challan from No 4 (markied as " The University copy") which wil be attached in original with the admission from and remaining one (marked as "The Student's copy") which will be retained by you record as proof of payment. By using this option the chances of misplacement of from uin the post will be eliminated. The student would pay following service chardes to the bank other than the AIOU Branch in addition to the required fee:

a. National Bank of Pakiistan AIOU Branch Rs. 20/- and other Branches Rs. 35/- per admission form/ challan from.
b. Frist Women Bank Limited Rs. 25/- per admision form/ challan from(other than AIOU Branch).

Depositing Fee Through Demand Draft

If no designated branch is available in your city/town/village, you may nearest bank get a demand draft made in favour of Treasure, Allama Iqbal Open University mentioning the amount of fee required to be deposited for admission in the academic programme. After paying the paying the amount in cash or through cheque, the bank will issue a demand draft on payment of service charge. Detach the counterfoil of the demand draft and keep it as a proof of payment of fee. In addition to this as a matter of precaution also please make photocopy of the demand draft for your record.

Sending Admission Forms

(i) If you are depositing the fee by bank challan, the bank it self will send the form to the University, send duly if you have obtained bank draft in favour of Treasurer, Allama Iqbal Open University, send duly completed admiision form along with all required documents and this demand draft in original to the Post Graduate Admission Section Block No 4, Allama Iqbal Open University, Sector H-8, Islamabad.

(ii) In order to save this demand draft form misuse, please write your name, identity card number and the programme applied for on the back of original demand draft.

(iii) Before sending your applicatin please make sure that you have signed and dated the form and completed all the sections correctly.

(iv) The Universiyt reserves the right to cancel any registration made on the basis of information that proves to be untrue or misleading.

(v) Please ensure that the admission forms along with prescribed document should reach to the admission office before due date as mestioned in the advertiement.

(vi) The candidates may also note that in complete admission form and/or the admission forms without prescribed fee and / or without the required document will not be entertained.

(vii) Furthmore, the applications received after due mentioned in the the advertisement will not be entertained. In such cases the received will be refunded to the student without any daduction.

Post Admission Process

Confirmation of Admission

The admision form will be examined at the admission office Allama Iqbal Open University upon its receipt. Admission office will process your application form and allot you roll number and registretion number. After about three months you will be sent study material. In case you do not receive any intimation after 90 days of sending of your admission form you are advised to contact Post Graduated Admission section Block 3, AIOU, Islamabad or the nearest Regional office of the Allama Iqbal Uniersity.

The study period for Autumn semester for the admission advertised first time in August every year start form 1st December of the same year and continues till May next year. similarly the study period for the admissions announced for spring semester on 1st February year starts form 1st june of the year and continues till November of the same year. The mailing for Autumn semester in completed by the end of November and for spring semester by the end of May, each year.

Mailing of the Material

After your admission, the course material, two assignment, and other details are mailed to you. Normally for admission in autumn semester should reach you by 15th November and 15th May May for the spring Semester. In case this material is not received by this date you are advised to Mailing Officer, Services Block, Allama Iqbal Open University.

Allocation of Study Centre

When you will recive material mailed by the university, your Regional office will appiont tutors for all the courses of MBA programme. These tutors will intimate all the students about their particular and the venue for tutorial meetings.

For MBA Banking & Finance and MBA-IT programmes, the mangement of approved study centre would inform you the timetable for attending classes. You will also have to submit your assignment to your teachers on the due date as mentioned in the schedule.

Enrolment for the next semester
During the semester you will receive a letter from admission office of the University for enrolment in the next semester. The letter would notify you about the courses to the offered in the next semester and amount of fee required to be deposited. Sometimes the student feel surprised over this information because according to the m they are still in the middle of current semester and they are yet to qualify the courses of the semester. Thus they cannot understand the very reason for enrolment in the next semester. The reason is that the University has to arrange your studies for the next semester in time. If it wait for declaration of result of one semester before starting the next semester, commencement of next semester would be delayed by three to four mounths. Adding this delay up to four semester the University will not be in a position to complete your programme in the minimum prescribed limit of two year and it may be extended up to four years. This is why the University asks for admission in the next semester before conclusion of earlier semester.

Withdrawing from a course
After getting admission and paying requisite fee to the University, if a student change mind and decides to withdraw, in such case no refund of fee will be made to the student.

DEGREE REQUIRMENTS

Assignments
Two assignments for each course would be given which are required to be submitted before the due date as informed by the University. The assignment are important element of the continuous assessment will be counted in his final result of the course. In MBA prograame you will have to obtain at least 40% qualifying mark from two assignment collectively. Generally in the frist assignment, your level of understanding for first half of the syllabus is assessed while the second assignment relates to the remaining part of the course.

Purpose of Assignments
The main purpose of assignment is to test your comprehension of the syllabus of the course and also to help them to get through the courses. The information provided in the book supplied by the University is sufficient for answering the questions of the assignment. The assignment are designed in such a way as to help the students to concentrate mainly on the printed course material and exploit thier personal experience. The students are therefore advised to take the assignments seriously. A simple omission on their part may cause considerable loss to them, Which can avoided by exercising proper care. The students may note that they will not be allowed to appear in the final examinations for nay course. If they do not submit both the assignment both the assignments within due date as mentioned in the class schedule and they obtain at least 40% mark collectively out of the assignment.

Submission of Assignments
The students should submit complete answers to all assignments' questions in their own word and before submission of the assignment they should ensure that they have answered all question of the assignments. Normally after evaluation, the teacher return the marked assignment to the students with comments and grading. The students are adivsed to submit the assignment well before due date. The students are also advised to retain a copy of all assignments' answer. In case they do not get back their duly evaluated marked assignments with assessment sheets within a month after submission, they are advised to get the assignments personally from the teacher or from their study centre. Retaining the copy of the assignments' answers will help the students to represent their case to the University. The students should also know that in case they do not get minimum qualifying mark in the continous assessment component consisting of two assignment of the course, they will be declared fail in the entire course and they will have to get re-admission in that particular course after paying the requisite fee.

Re-evaluation of assignments
The assignment are not subject to re-evaluation except for error in counting the total marks. If the students notice any discrepancy in the evaluated assignment, they are adivsed to immediately bring it to the notice of their teacher or the Incharge if their study centre so that the correct mark are forwarded to the University.

Cheating on assignments
Word by word copy from books or any other source is not permissible in answering the assignments. The students are required to answer the questions in their own words. You must not send in other people's work, either in its entriety or in part, and claim it as your own.

In the same way, students are encouraged to show the result of their readings by referring to and quoting from works on the subject. How ever, copying from such sources without acknowledgment is plagiarism and is not acceptable. To copy deliberately from a printed work or from any other source and to claim it as your own is a from of cheating. Cheating, or attempting to cheat, is a serious offence and will be punished in accordance with the relevant Rules if the AIOU.

Workshops
At the end of each semester, workshops for each course of MBA programme would be held at major regional campuses of AIOU. The duration of workshops for each course would be three days. In case of low enrolment in a particular region, the students would be reuired to participate in the woekshops in other region as directed by the university. Travelling, boarding and lodging charges are the responsibilities of the students. Workshops inculde the following activities:
1. Lectures of the resource person
2. Command tasks
3. Simulation and role-playing activities
4. Presentation of the students

Mid Term Test
The weightage of mid term in the test in the aggregate result of a course is 20 percent. Before the final Examinations, mid term test for the following courses of MBA-IT programme would be held at the approved study centres:

Sr.No
Course Title
Code
1.
Project
3475
2.
Introduction to Computer Concepts
3422
3.
Data Base Applications
3426
4.
Internet Progamming Language
3427
5.
Data Communication & Network
3429
6.
Management Information System
3461
7.
Intorduction to E-Business
3471
8.
Operating System
3428

Written Examinations

Need for examinations
Final Exminations is another compponent of overall assessment system of a course. Exams help you to review your studies and see the course as a whole. Exams are taken at the end end of the course on the set dates, usally at a convenient centre. If necessary, special arrangement can be made in specail circumstances, only for students with disabilities.

Weightage of Examination in the Final Results
The duration of hte Examination for each course will be three hours. As a lready stated final Examinations carry 70 percent weightage in the determination of final results. In order to be eligible to appear in the final Examination in any course, the students are required to obtain to least minimum 40% qualifying mark in the assignments. The Examinations of each semester of each course are cvonducted at the end of the semester. The minimum pasing marks in the final Examinations are 40%. In case a student fails to get minimum qualifying (40%) marks in the final examinations, he will be eligible to re-appear in the Examination of the same courseduring the next semester. In case he again fails to get minmum qualifying marks in the 2nd attempt, he will be given one more final chance to qualify the Examination in the next semester. If he does not obtain minimum passing marks in his 3rd attempt in the final Examinations, he will be considered fail in the overall evaluation of the course, no matter he has secured passing mark in the assignments. In these circumstance, he will have to re-enrol in that particular course after paying the requisite fee of a course.

Roll Number slips
The University will send roll number slip to each student to appear in the final examination at least 15 days before the Exminations. This roll number slip besides mentioning your roll number and registration number,will give address of your Examination centre. If a student does not receive this intimation slip 15 days before the commencement of examinations, he may contact The Assistant Controller of Examination (Conduct) Block 3Allama Iqbal Open University Tel No 9250111-*60 Ext.:4319. If your name is registered for examinations, but you have not received intimation slip or misplaced the intimation slip you can take examination after obtaining duplicate roll no slip from the concerned Regional Directors.The regional Directors would download the duplicate roll number slip and give you the print out on behalf of the Controller of the Examination centres to prove their identity.

Changes in Examination Centres
The University will not entertain the requests for change of examination centre during the semester exceptional circumstances when the student has genuine reasons for change and must apply at least 45 days before the commencement of Examinationn.

Eligibility For Appearing in Examinations
It is the responsibility of the students to check their registration in a particular course and the eligibility to appear in Examination. if the student neglect this and take the examinations without being eligible, the results will be cancelled.

Declaration of Results of Examinations
Normally the result of the Examinations containing aggregate mark of the students as per 30:70 weightage are declared within three months of completion of Examination before the commencement of next semester. The study period of next semester starts without waiting for the result of previous semester.

Internship
After completion of 15 compulsory course for MBA/MBA Banking & Finance and 20 courses for MBA-IT the students are required to undertake training in an organization selected by them, for a period of 6-8 weeks. The intership enable the students to undertake, how the theoretical knowledge can be applied to the practical situations.

For the purpose of intership the students are required to select an organization and get it approved by the Department of Business Administration through mail or e-mail. If required, the University may provide them an introductory letter addressed to the organization. After completion of the intership, the students have to submit a draft copy of intership report to the Departmant. In case the report is not up to the prescribed standard the students are asked to improve it as per comments of the faclty member and resubmit.Only those students are allowed to appear in viva Voce who submit pass result card of all required coures and approved copy of the report.

Viva Voce
i. The students are eligible to appear in the Viva Voce after positive evaluation of his/her intership report and successful completion of 20 courses of MBA or 23 courses of MBA-IT programme. The department in consultation with the Controller of Examination arranges Viva Voce at the AIOU main campus Islamabad.
ii. The Viva Voce cover the entire course work.
iii. Qualifying the Viva Voce is a necessary condition for grant of MBA/MBA(Banking & Finance) and (MBA IT). degree.
iv. Maximum of three chances are given to a student to pass Viva Voce. If a student fails in third chance, then only a transcript of courses passed would be issued instead of degree.

EVALUATION SCHEME

For MBA and MBA (Banking & Finance) Programmes

Assessment Component
Marks
Weightage in the aggregate result
Assignment No.1
100
10%
Assignment No.2
100
10%
Workshop/Presentation
100
10%
Final Examination
100
70%


For MBA-IT Programme:
The evaluation scheme for courses of MBA-IT shown at para 7.3, would be as under:

Assessment Component
Marks
Weightage in the aggregate result
Assignment No.1
100
05%
Assignment No.2
100
05%
Mid term Test
100
20%
Final Examination
100
70%


Grading System
The University applies the following grading system for MBA & MBA-IT Programmes.

Percentage Marks
Letter Grade
80 and above
A+
70-79
A
60-69
B
50-59
C
40-49
D
Below 40
Fail

   
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