Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2018/2019
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
Disciplinary sector: 
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT (SECS-P/07)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
9
Year of study: 
1
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
First Semester
Hours of front activity: 
72

Language

Italian

Course description

The aim of the course is to develop the knowledge about firms’ processes, and to introduce the student in the logics, methods and tools of firms’ management, in order to understand the economic processes, the organization of resources and the measurement of operations. The student must acquire the basic concepts regarding firms as a system, their structure and management, with particular attention to values generated by operations and their presentation in financial scheme. The student will also have to develop interpretative skills of firms’ financial results.
The student will be able to choose between different profiles and skills relevant to manage the operations. Therefore, he will be able to define the boundaries of the business, to distinguish its different nature and to know the objectives and schemes of strategic governance and operational processes. The learning objectives of the course can be as follows:
Knowledge and understanding: the student must be able to understand the basic mechanisms of firms management.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course, the student will be able to discriminate the different types of firms and business processes, interpreting the business dynamics through specific models for the analysis of values.
Making judgments: at the end of the course, the student must be able to identify the appropriate models to represent the firm dynamics and applied to the operations and to the values according to their nature.
Communication skills: students must be able to express and describe qualitatively and quantitatively, clearly and effectively, the characteristics and dynamics of firms’ management using a technical vocabulary related to the topics covered during the course.
Learning skills: the student must demonstrate a good ability to learn models able to represent the complexity of the business processes. Furthermore, the student must demonstrate that he is able to apply the knowledge acquired to specific cases of business operations.

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at first year students of the three-year degree course, so basic mathematical knowledge is required, normally acquired in primary and secondary education. The topics will be treated transversely, allowing any background to easily understand the issues and reach a homogeneous level of knowledge.

Syllabus

Institutional aspects of business administration: object and method of business administration, concept and definition of firms, the corporate finalism, the characteristics of firms, classification of companies, firms as a system, stakeholders and firm’s governance.Analysis of the main firm’s processes: financing process, sales, supply of current factors, acquisition of human resources, procurement of plurennial factors.Analysis of values: control of efficiency, effectiveness, economy; concepts of capital and income, economic, financial and patrimonial equilibrium; cost measurement, breakeven point analysis, fund and flows analysis.

The first part of the course introduces to the institutional issues of business administration related to the basic concepts of the discipline. The second part of the course deepens the activities and characteristics of operations and processes of a firm. The third part of the course develops some models useful to represent firms’ operations through economic and financial variances, flows and funds, capital and income.
The course content can be broken down into several lesson blocks, the duration of which depends on the level of preparation of the students and on their familiarity with the basic concepts. On average, the course is organized as follows:
The first block (24 hours):
Institutional aspects of business administration: object and method of business administration, concept and definition of firms, the corporate finalism, the characteristics of firms, classification of companies, firms as a system, stakeholders and firm’s governance.
The second block (24 hours):
Analysis of the main firm’s processes: financing process, sales, supply of current factors, acquisition of human resources, procurement of plurennial factors
The third block (24 hours):
Analysis of values: control of efficiency, effectiveness, economy; concepts of capital and income, economic, financial and patrimonial equilibrium; cost measurement, breakeven point analysis, fund and flows analysis.

Teaching Methods

The course includes lectures and exercises. The latter concern, in particular, the methodological and interpretative aspects of the values resulting from operations and the financial reporting. The knowledge acquired will be constantly stimulated in their application by analysing case studies drawn from current events and selected by the teacher.

Textbooks

1) Cavalieri E., Ferraris Franceschi R., Economia aziendale, vol. I, Attività aziendale e processi produttivi, Giappichelli, u.e.
2) Luciano Marchi (a cura di), Introduzione all’economia aziendale. Il sistema delle operazioni e le condizioni di equilibrio aziendale, Torino, Giappichelli, u.e.
3) Ferrara G. (a cura di), Economia Aziendale, McGraw-Hill, u.e.
4) Some other teching documents uploaded by the teacher on the elearning platform of the Scuola di Economia e Giurisprudenza
(http://e-economiaegiurisprudenza.uniparthenope.it/moodle/)

Learning assessment

The final exam includes a compulsory written test, concerning both general theory and quantitative subjects, and articulated in questions with a closed, open and exercises answer. Based on the results of the written test, the student must take an oral interview by formulating three or more questions. During the course, some exercises will be used as opportunities for student’s self-assessment, they can be considered as intermediate tests in case of a sufficient grade.

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