Diploma in Business Studies [R/340/4/0190]
ISM introduced its home-grown Diploma in Business Studies (DBS) programme in January 2009. The programme aims to provide an option for students to continue their higher education in Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia which increases the opportunities of secondary school leavers for higher education at affordable costs. The other foreseeable advantage of offering the ISM Diploma is to ensure that the local demand for qualified and skilled workers are met.
The programme started to recruit the first batch of students in January 2009. With the programme fully accredited by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) on 2 February 2011, ISM expects this programme to continue to grow. Starting year 2014, the programme has increased the number of intake to be two times per year which are in every January and May of the year. Another intake which falls in every September has been added starting year 2016 due to the programme expansion.
Having been designed to be industrial focused, the diploma programme would offer promising job prospects to graduates who have no immediate plan for further studies. However, students who wish to go on to pursue a degree upon successful completion of the programme may also enrol in any one of ISM’s collaborating universities with credit exemption.
ISM’s Diploma in Business Studies provides a framework for developing the skills and knowledge needed for employment in the increasingly dynamic business environment. The Diploma is developed specifically for the local community and the Malaysia market, recognising the growing importance of employees equipped with appropriate problem solving skills in business context.
The objectives of this programme are to prepare students to embark on a career in the commercial field or to further continuing education by providing them:
At the end of this programme, the students should be able to:
There are three student intakes in a year which fall in every January, May and September.
The programme is delivered in a conventional mode of lecture and tutorial. A period of 3-month industrial attachment forms part of the programme structure and it is compulsory to be undergone during the second year of study.
The programme was fully accredited by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) on 2 February 2011.
Malaysian Quality Evaluation System is a system developed by MOHE with the objective to measure the quality of higher education services of private colleges in Malaysia. Diploma in Business Studies offered in ISM received 5 stars cluster-based rating for two consecutive terms i.e. 2012/2013, 2014/2015.