Department of Business Management


The department is structured such as to educate managers and organization leaders of the future. These leaders and managers will be able to work successfully in an increasingly complex and ever changing environment in order to attain and maintain long-term competitive edge over their competitors. Intensive theory and practice-based curriculum is offered by our department which creates an academic experience that is contemporary, challenging, diverse, globally oriented and professionally focused.

  1. Develop critical and strategic thinking, improve analytic skills and techniques, and enhance effective decision-making
  2. Demonstrate ability in teamwork, collaboration and leadership
  3. Understand social and legal issues both within local and global environment
  4. Acquire proficiency in English and utilize effective communication skills
  5. Gain IT skills which are conducive for research using various resources and databases
  6. Put knowledge acquired into practical experience through on-site internship(s) before graduation
  7. Gain ethical consciousness and behaviour required by the business management discipline
  8. Explain the importance of Human Resource Management to the overall management of an organization.
  9. Record transactions and prepare financial statements for a business entity
  10. Analyze and synthesize financial, statistical and quantitative data to assist future business leaders in making sound decisions and judgements
  11. Recognize the need for lifelong learning and the importance of staying current in business literacy, events, methodologies and information technology tools;
  12. Be able to work cohesively in an international environment, by respecting the values of other cultures in business and personal areas

On successful completion of the Business Management programme and gain competencies, a student will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Business Management (240 ECTS).

A business management degree prepares students for a career in business, which may stretch across any sector or industry. Career options are therefore varied. 

Business Management graduates work to interpret a company’s needs through use of analytical tools such as interviews, document analysis, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, assess the performance of financial investments such as stocks and bonds in order to provide sound guidance to businesses and individuals, focus on building relationships with current and prospective customers.


Prepare and examine financial records to ensure they are accurate, that taxes are paid correctly and in a timely manner and that the organization is running efficiently, they work to ensure the client is heard, taken care of and in complete understanding of the products or services, oversee recruiting, interviewing, hiring and the training of new staff.

They serve as the connective tissue between the organization’s management and staff, oversee and direct sales teams by setting goals, analyzing data and developing their respective team through training programs and group initiatives, plan programs and campaigns to generate interest in their product or service. They may oversee a team of marketing professionals and often times collaborate with graphic designers, sales agents and financial staff members, undertake the administrative and office management side of the sales process. This includes fielding phone calls, setting appointments or managing a customer database, among other duties, sell goods or services for their respective organization. They contact customers, explain product or service features and answer any questions current or prospective customers may have.

Faculty of Business and Economics appreciates modern concepts and new methods in education and teaching methods that support educational objectives in addition to traditional methods. Traditional class attendance is compulsory for all courses in the faculty of Business and Economics. A variety of other educational methods are also used depending on the course and instructor. All kinds of practical exercises including the IT based activities are used to support the understanding of theory and to improve practical skills. Using different educational methods is also aiming to increase the interest of students. Traditional class work is an essential way in order to give basic theory (knowledge) on each topic. Therefore at least 75% of class attendance is expected for all of the courses.

Problem solving sections of knowledge based courses are integrated with the discussion and group work sections. There are several ways to conduct group works. Students explain and discuss ideas about any course related case in a class under the supervision of instructors. Practice and discussions on example cases , which mainly used for many courses. Computer softwares are also used extensively in order to enlarge the span of experiments.

Course Projects are very useful to encourage students to use techniques and tools that they learned for solving a specific problem. Students are expected to prepare a report and/or present their projects in front of an audience at the end of the semester. Reading a new article, which is related to the course topic, and presenting its foundations is another method for engaging students’ interest in contemporary issues.

Distance learning system, which is a web based platform (Moodle-Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment-, elearning.gau.edu.tr), is used as course support system since 2007. This system offers many different opportunities in education. Announcing course events and sharing electronic materials are typical usage of the system. This system is a platform that students may be more active than traditional class work and it is an additional option for students to discuss course specific issues with their instructors and colleagues.

Some typical features of Moodle are
-Assignment submission
-Discussion forum
-Files download
-Moodle instant messages
-Online calendar
-Online news and announcement (College and course level)
-Online quiz

 This system provides transparency and equality for all students and also reduces paper waste. This system is able to direct all messages to the registered e-mail addresses of all members (Students and instructors) of the course similarly to many social networking services. Therefore it is a contemporary way of continuing education out of the classroom by communicating with students and/or planning a variety of web based activities. Usage of distance learning system within the Faculty of Business and Economics varies depending on the course and instructor. Gradually usage of the system increases since all instructors are encouraged to use the distance learning system as effectively as possible.

An undergraduate student is entitled to graduate if s/he satisfactorily completes all required courses, laboratory studies, reports and practical assignments, attains a sum of credit-hours amounting to at least the minimum required for graduation, has a CGPA of 2.00 or above.

Graduation is conferred by the University Senate upon the approval of the Faculties.

 The Diplomas are prepared by the Registrar`s Office, and indicate the name of the Program, the date of graduation, and the degree obtained.

The courses of the programme aim to establish a firm knowledge in business management; educate students with a good command in written and oral English and build strong communication skills much necessary in the local and global business world. The programme’s duration is eight semesters and during this period each student is expected to fulfil a thirty calendar day internship at an organization approved by the Faculty so as to be able to acquire some limited practical knowledge in his/her chosen area of interest.

The four-year BSc programme in Business Management is a structurally well-balanced programme requiring the completion of 120 credit hours (240 ECTS credits). In the first two years of the programme, students are equipped with a strong foundation in the fundamental concepts of business management, business law, computer applications, accounting, economics and statistics. Students’ knowledge is also broadened with five departmental and three non-departmental elective courses all of which are encapsulated within the four-year programme.

CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
BUS213 Business Ethics 3 3 6
BUS308 Business Finance II 3 3 6 BUS307
BUS406 Insurance & Risk Management 3 3 6 BUS307, BUS308
BUS407 Innovation & Entrepreneurship 3 3 6
BUS408 Non-Governmental Organizations 3 3 6
BUS409 Corporate Governance & Family Business 3 3 6 BUS108
BUS418 Small Business Seminar 3 3 6 BUS 307, BUS 315
BUS419 Research Methods in Business 3 3 6 BUS205, BUS206
BUS420 Contemporary Issues in Business 3 3 6
BUS422 Project Evaluation & Investment Management 3 3 6 BUS307
BUS430 Supply Chain Management 3 3 6 BUS205, BUS206, BUS304
BUS444 Cross Cultural Studies in Organiztions 3 3 6 PSYC100, SOCY100
BUS445 Workshop in Export and Import 3 3 6
BUS454 Logistic Management 3 3 6 BUS304
BUS462 Leadership and Organizational Culture 3 3 6 BUS301
Total 45 90
1. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
BUS101 Intro. to Business& Management 3 3 7
COMP103 Computer Application l 3 3 4
PSYC100 Psychology 3 3 4
MAT101 Business Mathematics l 3 3 8
EGL101 Development of Reading Skills 3 3 4
NH001 National History 1 2
TFL101 Turkish as a Foreign Language I (for non-natives) 4
Total 15 33
2. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
BUS108 Principles of Management 3 3 7
COMP104 Computer Application II 3 3 4 COMP103
SOCY100 Sociology 3 3 4
MAT102 Business Mathematics II 3 3 8 MAT101
EGL102 Development of Writing Skills 3 3 4 EGL101
NH002 National History II 2 NH001
TFL102 Turkish as a Foreign Language II (for non-natives) 4
Total 15 33
3. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
BUS211 Microeconomics 3 3 6
BUS203 Financial Accounting l 3 3 6
BUS205 Statistics l 3 3 6 MAT101, MAT102
BUS207 Introduction to Law 3 3 6
CS201 Communication Skills l 3 3 4 EGL101, EGL102
TURK001 Turkish l 2
Total 15 30
4. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
BUS212 Macroeconomics 3 3 6
BUS204 Financial Accounting II 3 3 6 BUS203
BUS206 Statistics II 3 3 6 BUS205
BUS208 Business Law 3 3 6 BUS207
CS202 Communication Skills II 3 3 4 EGL101, EGL102
TURK002 Turkish II 2
Total 15 30
5. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
BUS301 Organizational Behavior 3 3 6 BUS108
BUS303 Human Resource Management 3 3 6 BUS108
BUS305 Quantitative Methods & Forecasting 3 3 6 BUS205, BUS206
BUS307 Business Finance I 3 3 6 MAT101, MAT102, BUS205
BUS315 Principles of Marketing 3 3 6
Total 15 30
6. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
BUS302 E-Commerce 3 3 6
BUS304 Operations Management 3 3 6 BUS205, BUS206
BUS306 Management Information Systems 3 3 6 BUS108
BUS310 Organizational Theory 3 3 6 BUS108
STJ030 Internship 1
DEL Departmental Elective 3 3 6
Total 15 31
7. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
BUS401 International Business 3 3 6 BUS211, BUS212
BUS403 Globalization and Economic Integration 3 3 6 BUS211, BUS212
DEL Departmental Elective 3 3 6
NONDEL Non-Departmental Elective 3 3 6
NONDEL Non-Departmental Elective 3 3 6
Total 15 30
8. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
BUS404 Strategic Management 3 3 6 BUS 203, BUS204, BUS303, BUS304, BUS307, BUS308, BUS315
DEL Departmental Elective 3 3 6
DEL Departmental Elective 3 3 6
DEL Departmental Elective 3 3 6
NONDEL Non-Departmental Elective 3 3 6
Total 15 30