Operating a Small Business

Course code 853

In this course you will be able to formulate and implement marketing and merchandising strategies; plan, cost and control the production of goods/services; assess staffing needs and manage staff; determine and assess physical facilities; assess and manage business risk; interpret business information; and determine and manage business controls. 

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 4  
    Credits 10 
  • Study type Open  
    EFTS 0.0833  
  • Availability
    2018 :  
    This course will start on the first Monday of the month you select for enrolment.
  • Delivery type
    2018 :  
    Print only
  • Workload

    All our open courses have a credit value. For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates.

  • Fees
    2018 :  
    NZ students $247 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $752 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Formulate an ethical framework for a specific small business.
  • Establish appropriate accounting and reporting systems.
  • Formulate marketing strategies.
  • Plan, control and cost the production of goods or services.
  • Manage people.
  • Manage a business facility.
  • Manage merchandising.
  • Manage business risk.
  • Establish operating plans and controls.
  • Develop a business plan.


This course is 100% internally assessed.


No textbooks are required for this course.