UPNG School of Business and Public Policy (SBPP)-Programs offered through Open College

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The UPNG School f Business and Public Policy (SBPP) is the youngest School was established in the year 2002. One of the five (5) Schools in the University (other being, School of Humanities & Social Sciences (SHSS), School of Natural & Physical Sciences, School of Medicine & Health Sciences and School of Law (SOL), the School of Business and Public Policy is geared towards fulfilling UPNG’s vision of equipping students with appropriate skills and knowledge in the fields of Business and Public Policy is geared towards fulfilling UPNG’s vision of equipping students with appropriate skills and knowledge in the fields of Business and Public Policy Management.

The School thrives  on the philosophy of  “excellence” in pursuit of knowledge” in one’s chosen academic discipline. It is therefore our expectation that students will perform their fullest potential academically.

We offer unique programs in Business and Public Policy Management, relevant to the current and future human resource needs of the nation and the globe. The School has a full complement of highly qualified teaching and research staff in various programs. Our programs are continually being appraised externally in Canada, Europe, India, Singapore, Philippine, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia as well as by the Industry in Papua New Guinea (PNG), for it’s industry relevance and focus.

UPNG School of Business and Public Policy Academic Strands

The SBPP house eight (8) Academic Disciplines/Strands;

  1. Accounting
  2. Banking & Finance
  3. Business Management
  4. Economics
  5. Human Resource Management
  6. Public Policy Management
  7. Strategic Management
  8. Tourism & Hospitality Management.

University Education is special; if you gain admission at the University of Papua New Guinea, a whole window of life long opportunities will become available to you. Choose School of Business Management and Public Policy at University of Papua New Guinea as your option of university education and we will prepare you to grab a right opportunity in public/private/non-government sector. This article provides some of the basic information required to help you make your choice about education in Business and /or Public Policy Management. Our staff in SBPP will be happy to discuss any queries that you have about our programs.

Business and Management Foundation Program

Admission to the academic programs is very competitive and potential students are requested to read this section very carefully.

All interested applicants of undergraduate programs of the School will apply for “Business and Management Foundation “ Program.


The following are the minimum eligibility criteria to apply into Foundation of Business and Management Program:

  1. A valid Grade 12 certificate or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 1.80 (For External (Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode students ONLY) by fulfilling the following conditions:
  2. Applicants should have already completed Grade 12 or will be completing Grade 12 in the preceding year prior to admission:

Applicant should have obtained:

  1. “C” or better grade in Language & Literature or Advanced English
  2. “C” or better grade in Advanced Mathematics or “B” in Grade in General Mathematics and
  3. “C” or better grade in three (3) of the following subjects only: Economics, Accounting, Business Studies, History, Geography, Legal Studies, Physics, Chemistry and Biology

C. In order to be eligible to apply for BMFY program, through External (Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode, minimum Point Average (GPA) is 1.80, calculated from the five (5) subjects, which are mentioned under item (b) above.

D. Student quota: No specific student quota is available for external mode of study. However, the number of seats will vary depending on the capacity of the University. The University reserves the right to decide quota, every year.

Application for Admission

Those who are interested to apply for any program at the School of Business and Public Policy, need to make an exclusive application to the School.

“It is important to note that, students who are selected/admitted into any program of other school(s), are not allowed to change admission or stream into any program at SBPP”.

For example,, if anyone is admitted/selected for a program in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, he/she is required to enroll  into the program in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. As directed by the by-laws of the University, no one is allowed to stream into any program other than for which one is selected.

Business and Management Foundation

The following are the courses for Business and Management Foundation year.

Semester 1

  • 1.10803 Applied Finite Mathematics  (Core-Minor)-Credit Point = 3
  • 4.13902 Communication & Life Skills  (Enrichment)-Credit Point = 3
  • 3.10301 Foundation Economics (Core-Major)-Credit Point = 3
  • 3.12204 Introductory Accounting (Core-Major)-Credit Point = 3

Semester 2

  • 3.11203 Principles of Management (Core-Major)-Credit Point =3
  • 1.10821 Computer Literacy & Numeracy (Enrichment)-Credit Point =3
  • 4.10306 Business Communication (Enrichment)-Credit Point = 3
  • 3.13402 Introduction to Government Management (Core-Major)-Credit Point = 3

Progression from Business and Management Foundation Year to Year 2/2nd Year of Studies.

On successful completion of all the courses of Business and Management Foundation Year (BMFY) program, a student, who is enrolled through Open College (External), can choose any one of the following options, subject to fulfilling criteria set by the University, to continue to year 2 of study:

  1. Diploma in Accounting (D.Acc)
  2. Diploma in Business and Management (DIBM)

Those students who are pursuing their studies through open college are given leniency, compared to internal students, while selecting a specific program during 2 year of study. This leniency is not applicable to students who are pursuing their studies through internal mode.

Diploma in Accounting (D.Acc)

Successful completion of all the courses of Business and Management Foundation Year with a minimum of “Pass Grade” in both Introductory Accounting and Applied Finite Mathematics can only apply to continue to Diploma in Accounting Program.

Semester 1

  • 3.22201 Financial Accounting 1-(Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3
  • 3.22209 Cost Accounting (Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3
  • 3.22205 Elements of Information Systems (Core-Major) -Credit Points = 3
  • 3.22207 Auditing (Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3

Semester 2

  • 3.22202 Financial Accounting II (Core-Major) -Credit Points = 3
  • 3.22210 Management Accounting (Core-Major)Credit Points = 3
  • 3.22208 Taxation (Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3
  • 5.30721 Business Law
  • 4.23904 Civics & Ethics

Diploma in Business Management (DIBM)

Successful completion of all the course Business  and Management Foundation Year (BMFY) with a minimum of “Pass Grade” in both Principle of Management and Applied Finite Mathematics can only continue to Diploma in Business Management program.

Semester 1

  • 3.21212 Introduction to Business Practices (Core and Broad)-Credit Points = 3
  • 3.21209 Principles of Marketing (Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3
  • 3.11301 Principles of Human Resource Management (Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3
  • 3.22201 Financial Accounting 1 (Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3

Semester 2

  • 3.21202 Entrepreneurship & Small Business (Core-Major) -Credit Points = 3
  • 3.21207 Office Management (Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3
  • 3.21208 Sales Management (Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3
  • 4.23904 Civics & Ethics (Enrichment)-Credit Points =3
  • 3.21203 Quantitative Methods for Business (Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3

Other Academic Programs

Bachelor of Accounting (External program-Distance Mode)

  1. A valid UPNG Diploma in Accounting or equivalent, as recognized by UPNG
  2. A minimum GPA of 1.75 (For external mode only), calculated using Core Accounting courses of Diploma in Accounting program or equivalent as listed under (A) (II) of minimum entry requirements in the direct progression from year two(2) of Diploma in Accounting to year three (3) and
  3. A minimum of two(2) years of working experience (acquired subsequent to completion of the Diploma in Accounting or equivalent. The work experience must be capable of verification by way of valid letter of reference or other documentary evidence

Bachelor Accounting

3rd Year Bachelor of Accounting

Semester 1

  • 3.32201 Framework of Accounting I (Core-Major)-Credit points = 3
  • 3.32203 Quantitative Analysis I (Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3
  • 5.40730 Company Law (Broadening )-Credit Points = 3
  • 1.20811 Basic Statistics or any electives from any other school (Broadening)-Credit Points = 3

Semester 2

  • 3.32202 Framework of Accounting II (Core-Major) Credit Points = 3
  • 3.32204 Quantitative Analysis II (Core-Major) Credit Points = 3
  • 3.32207 Advanced Taxation (Core-Major) Credit Points =3
  • 3.32209 Accounting Information Systems (Core-Major)-Credit Points =3


4th Year Bachelor of Accounting

Semester 1

  • 3.42201 Advanced Accounting Practice I (Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3
  • 3.42203 Cost and Management Accounting I (Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3
  • 3.42205 Corporate Finance Management I (Core-Major)-Credit Points =3
  • 3.42207 Advanced Auditing I (Core-Major) Credit Points = 3

Semester 2

  • 3.42202 Advanced Accounting Practice II (Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3
  • 3.42204 Cost and Management Accounting II (Core-Major)-Credit Points = 3
  • 3.42206 Corporate Finance Management II (Core-Major)-Credit Points =3
  • 3.42208 Advanced Auditing II (Core-Major) Credit Points = 3

This information is valid for the 2021 academic year only. Further, the information here is subject to change with  or without notification. You are strongly advised to check with the School or Open College for latest information.

Declaimer: This information was released to by the UPNG study Centers around the country by School of Business and Public Policy in preparation for 2021 academic year.

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