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Certificate & Diploma Programmes


Advanced Diploma in Business (Purchasing and Supply)

Certificate & Diploma Programme
24 months part-time
Qualifications Framework Level:4
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Commencement : NOV 2018
Application Deadline : 26 SEP 2018
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Cantonese supplemented with English

3411 1999

Programme Features

The programme aims at providing students with signified skills and knowledge of a greater complexity in the business. It offers an integrated understanding of Hong Kong business environment, synthesising business knowledge while cultivating specialised competence in a business function to develop students as business professionals.

Upon successful completion of the Advanced Diploma in Business (Purchasing and Supply), students are fully exempted from the educational requirements for the Associate Membership of the Institute of Purchasing & Supply of Hong Kong (IPSHK). A student of this programme automatically becomes Student Member of IPSHK and the first year’s subscription fee will be waived.

This programme consists of 12 courses, totaling 360 hours.



Subject Code Course Title Hours
Core Courses

CEF Course Code: 21Z08108-A

The objective of this course is to provide students with the understanding of marketing principles and theirs applications through effective branding functions in the marketing organisation. Topics include:

1.The Marketing Essentials;

2.Scanning the Market Environment;

3.Consumers and Organisational Buying Behaviour;

4.Market Segmentation, Targeting and Positioning;

5.Brand and Brand Management Fundamentals;

6.Brand and Product Management in the Marketing Mix;

7.Pricing and Distribution Channels: Considerations and Strategies;

8.Marketing Communication Strategies;

9.Designing Appropriate Marketing Mix to Build Brand Equity; and

10.Evaluating Effectiveness of Organisation’s Marketing Activities.


CEF Course Code: 23Z08120-4

This course aims to equip students with contemporary principles and practices on how companies invest in real and financial assets and how they raise funding for these investments. These decisions include long-term investments, financing and management of capital structure. Topics include:

1.Net Present Value and Capital Budgeting;

2.Bond and Stock Valuation;

3.Cost of Capital;

4.Capital Structure;

5.Debt Policy;

6.Dividend Policy;

7.Risks Management Tools; and

8.Mergers and Acquisitions.


CEF Course Code: 21Z08110-1

This course aims to provide students with broad knowledge on how information systems are utilized in business organisations for competitive advantages. Topics include:

1.Information Systems in Business;

2.Applications of Business Information Systems;

3.Databases and Information Management;

4.Securing Information Systems;

5.Information Technology Infrastructure; and

6.Using Information Systems in Organisations for Operational Excellence.


CEF Course Code: 23Z08125-5

This course aims to provide students with detailed knowledge of the use of accounting information for decision making as well as long term investment appraisal. Besides, the concept of corporate governance and its importance will be discussed. Topics include:

1.The Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting;

2.Complete Set of Financial Statements for Limited Company;

3.Interpretation and Analysis of Financial Statements;

4.Budgetary Planning and Control;

5.Capital Investment Decisions; and

6.Corporate Governance.


CEF Course Code: 21Z08111-A

The overall aim of the course is to enable students to identify and explain the major human resource roles and functions in contemporary business organisations. Students will be able to apply the practical theories and techniques that are used to manage people effectively at work. Topics include:

1.Overview of Human Resources Management;

2.Human Resource Planning;

3.Job Analysis;



6.Performance Management;

7.Reward Management;

8.Managing Employee Relations;

9.Career Management and Development;

10.Training and Development; and

11.Influencing Employee Behaviour.

*Concentration Courses

CEF Course Code: 21Z07140-8

The aim of this course is to examine the tactics and techniques for outsourcing management. Several organisations, in order to meet their immediate pressing requirements have opted for outsourcing at one point of time or the other. This kind of tactical outsourcing has not been of much help to the organisations. In fact, the problems faced were often more than the benefits gained. Continued tactical outsourcing has caused significant degrading of productivity and customer retention. The new strategic role of outsourcing helps not only in reducing costs, but also creates value, competitiveness, and productivity. Topics include:

1. Purchasing and Sourcing Management;

2. Strategic Purchasing Planning and Control;

3. Overview of Outsourcing; and

4. Strategic for Global Outsourcing.


CEF Course Code: 21Z07141-6

The aim of this course is to provide knowledge and understanding of the main strategic and operational concepts in the current and developing practices of merchandise management.

The business environment today is characterized by increasing turbulence and competitive activity. Nowhere is this truer than within the retail environment. Rapid developments in information technology and telecommunications are helping create more sophisticated and demanding consumers. As a result product life-cycles are becoming shorter and the rate of new product development is increasing. Retailers are becoming ever larger and more powerful and often offer a range of services other than the supply of tangible consumer products. Retailer’s own brands are gaining market share and in many categories are challenging the brand leaders. As a result of these pressures the role of the retail buyer is also developing and becoming more professional. This unit will provide students with the opportunity to explore retail buying and product management. Topics include:

1. Introduction to Merchandising;

2. Introduction to Retailing;

3. Store Layout, Design and Visual Merchandising;

4. Retail Communication Mix;

5. Retail Motivator and Marketing; and

6. Cost Evaluation.


CEF Course Code: 25Z07033-A

This course aims to provide students with broad knowledge on how information systems are utilized in business organisations for competitive advantages. Topics include:

1. e-Procurement System;

2. e-Tendering System; and

3. Information Systems for Purchasing and Supply.


CEF Course Code: 21Z07142-4

This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the supplier-customer relationship in purchasing management. After a general analysis of the strategic and interactive nature of supplier-customer relationship, students will examine further this relationship from a socio-economic perspective. Attention will also be given to its application in various real life purchasing situation.

Purchasing and supply is concerned with making available goods and services from external providers to meet the needs of internal and external customers. In undertaking the activities necessary to achieve this availability, interactions take place between functional staff, suppliers and customers. These interactions take many forms, from the straight-forward exchange transaction of simple buying or selling, to long-term strategic alliances between organisations with complementary resources and goals. Developing concepts such as supply chain management and value stream analysis recognize the fact that many interactions do not exist in isolation, but form part of a longer series of relationships beginning at the origin of primary ideas or materials, and ending with the satisfaction of the needs or wishes of the ultimate consumer. This syllabus contributes to the overall scheme by providing insights into the developing recognition of the importance of supplier and customer relationships, and the need to develop and adopt appropriate strategies and policies. The planning, direction, assessment and control of relationships are also considered. Topics include:

1. The Nature of Supplier-customer Relationship;

2. Relationship Management; and

3. Application Aspects.



This course aims at developing students’ analytical skill in handling real life purchasing and supply problems in relation to product quality & safety and their association with the company policy on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Organisations in the public and private sectors are confronted by a wide range of purchasing and supply chain problems on the quality such as the growing concern on product recalls. It is therefore vital to have professional managers who can develop practical solutions to deal with everyday procurement problems on product quality and safety. Purchasing managers have the responsibility to influence their management on the establishment of sound company policies including the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Addressing corporate responsibility issues strategically requires an understanding that the issues occur at multiple stages of company’s value chain (supply chain), and consequently must be managed across organisational boundaries. Topics include:

1. Product Quality;

2. Product Safety;

3. Product Quality and Safety in Practice;

4. Product Recalls;

5. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR);

6. Measuring CSR;

7. CSR and Supply Chain; and

8. Strategic Planning and Management.

Elective Courses (Fixed for this intake)

CEF Course Code: 21Z08107-1

This course aims to provide students with knowledge and skills that will help the organisations and their members to manage and exploit change situations effectively. Topics include:

1.Change Management;

2.Theoretical foundations of Change Management;

3.Defining How the Organisation Needs to Change;

4.Change and the Leader;

5.Reinforcing Desired Behaviour;

6.Process Approach to Change; and

7.System Approach to Change.


CEF Course Code: 21Z08106-3

This course aims to provide students with a conceptual and a pragmatic approach to understand employees’ behaviour in the organisation. It equips students with knowledge and skills to diagnose different behaviour situations and necessary techniques in influencing and controlling the behaviour of employees in the achievement of individual and organisational effectiveness. Topics include:

1.Organisational Structure and Design;

2.Organisational diversity;

3.Organisational Culture;

4.Organisational Leadership;

5.Organisational Work Motivation;

6.Group Behaviour and Work Teams;

7.Organisational Decision Making; and

8.Organisational Communication.




1) Students cannot claim exemption from the electives.

2) Not all electives will be offered in each term. Please refer to the study schedule that will be issued on admission.

Students who have obtained a passing grade and satisfied the attendance requirement in each course will be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Business (Purchasing and Supply).


* Students can apply for Professional Certificate in Purchasing and Supply as an exit award upon successful completion of the five concentration courses in the Advanced Diploma in Business (Purchasing and Supply) programme.

Application Fee: HK$120 (non-refundable)
Tuition Fee: HK$37,610 (by six instalments)
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Classes and examinations will be held on weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons (normally two classes per week) at Tsimshatsui/Wan Chai Learning Centres.

  1. Level 2 in five HKDSE subjects including English and Chinese (and up to two APL subjects) or equivalent; or
  2. Successful completion of Diploma Yi Jin; or
  3. Holder of a relevant School of Continuing Education (SCE) Diploma or Certificate or other equivalent non-SCE qualifications; or
  4. Aged 21 or above, preferably with three years’ relevant work experience.

Applicants may submit application through (A) online system, or (B) hard-copy submission by mail or in-person.


(A) Application through online system

  1. Enter SCE Online Application System and fill in required data.
  2. Upload files of the following documents onto the system:
    1. proof for relevant academic qualifications and professional qualifications, e.g. certificate of public examinations (application for exemption should be submitted with supporting documents which include transcript/result slip, certificate and course syllabus);
    2. proof for relevant work experience (if any);
    3. any pertinent supporting documents; and
    4. a recent photograph (1.5” x 2”).
  3. Make payment for the application fee for admission (HK$120), and handling fee for exemption (HK$200 per course if applicable) through the Online Payment Gateway.

(B) Application through hard-copy submission

  1. Download and complete Application for Admission form (SCE-AF-002)
  2. Attach PHOTOCOPIES of the following documents:
    1. HKID card;
    2. proof for relevant academic qualifications and professional qualifications, e.g. certificate of public examinations (application for exemption should be submitted with supporting documents which include transcript/result slip, certificate and course syllabus);
    3. proof for relevant work experience (if any);
    4. any pertinent supporting documents.
  3. Attach two recent photographs (1.5” x 2”).
  4. Make payment for the application fee for admission (HK$120), and handling fee for exemption (HK$200 per course if applicable), in the form of a crossed cheque made payable to “Hong Kong Baptist University” with applicant’s name, contact number and programme name written at the back. Applicants who submit application in-person may make payment with cash or EPS.
  5. Complete set of application should be submitted either by-mail or in-person at the following address(es).



School of Continuing Education

Hong Kong Baptist University

2/F, Franki Centre, 320 Junction Road, Kowloon Tong

(Please mark the title of the programme applied on the envelope)  


Kowloon Tong Campus Centre DLB Office

4/F, David C. Lam Building, Shaw Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University, 34 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon


Tsim Sha Tsui Learning Centre Office

6/F, 136A Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon


Counter Service Hours:

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am-8:00 pm

Sat: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

(Closed on Sun, Public Holidays and School Holidays)

Kowloon East Learning Centre Office

7/F, Millennium City 3, 370 Kwun Tong Road, Kowloon


Wan Chai Learning Centre Office

26/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong


Counter Service Hours:

Mon-Fri: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm

Sat: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

(Closed on Sun, Public Holidays and School Holidays)  

  • Applicants will be requested to present the HKID card and original copies of all credentials for verification. Those who submit application in-person may bring along the HKID card and original credentials for verification.
  • All fees paid are non-refundable.

  • All documents submitted together with the application form will not be returned to applicants.  For unsuccessful applications, the documents and forms will be destroyed and the electronic files will be deleted.
  • Notes to non-local applicants – Part-time certificate/diploma programmes are generally not considered by the Immigration Department for visa purposes. For a non-permanent Hong Kong resident, it is his/her responsibility to check whether he/she can take the programme before making application.

Students can apply for Credit Transfer/Exemption under the following conditions:

  1. Credit Transfer will be considered if students have completed (or are currently studying) the required courses offered by the School prior to admission to the programme. Courses concerned will be automatically transferred to the programme and supporting documents are not required.
  2. Exemption will be considered if students possess a demonstrated competence (e.g. passed relevant courses in public examinations or other institutes) equivalent to the learning outcomes of the course to be studied. Supporting documents such as course syllabuses, transcripts or certificates should be submitted.

The above request(s) should be submitted when applying for admission. Late application will not be considered. Courses that are being studied or pending for result/certificate should also be reported at the time of admission, followed by the submission of supporting documents for approval upon release of result/issuance of certificate.

Credit Transfer/Exemption will not be granted if such qualifications have not been reported during admission or if they are obtained after registration in the programme.

Remarks for Credit Transfer/Exemption are shown as below:


Course Remark Code Description
EX Course Exempted
TC Credit Transferred

Limitations for Credit Transfer/Exemption

For all Programmes of Levels 1 to 2, the maximum exemption and credit transfer is limited to half of the total number of programme hours. For all Programmes of Level 3 or above, the maximum exemption is limited to one quarter of the total number of programme hours, while the sum of exemption and credit transfer is still limited to half of the total number of programme hours. In the case that the number of hours of exempted and/or transferred credit course(s) (including the course(s) being studied) has exceeded the maximum allowance, students should submit explanations and approval will be granted at the School’s discretion.


Example 1 The Certificate in Spanish (Introductory) (Level 1 programme) requires student to complete four courses (120 hours in total). Application for Credit Transfer and Exemption should not exceed 60 hours.
Example 2 The Certificate in Jewellery Design & Production (Level 2 programme) requires student to complete six courses (180 hours in total). Application for Credit Transfer and Exemption should not exceed 90 hours.
Example 3 The Certificate in Marketing Studies (Level 3 programme) requires student to complete six courses (180 hours in total). Application for Credit Transfer and Exemption should not exceed 90 hours in total while the Exemption should not exceed 45 hours.
Example 4 The Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 4 programme) requires student to complete 16 courses (480 hours in total). Application for Credit Transfer and Exemption should not exceed 240 hours in total while the Exemption should not exceed 120 hours.

Applicants may refer to the Exemption List for reference.










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Q: When will I know if I have been admitted?

A: The admission result will be sent to applicants via e-mail within 10 working days after the application deadline.


Q: When will I know the result of my application for course exemption?

A: Result of application for course exemption will be released together with the admission result via e-mail.


Q: Can I change from one programme to another?

A: Once the offer is confirmed upon completion of registration, applicants are not allowed to change to another programme. Applicants are required to submit a new application with relevant documents and application fee for another programme.

The above information is for reference only. The School reserves the right to make alterations or to cancel any class/programme without prior notice. Students are advised to follow the requirements listed in the course information distributed on admission.