Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on ECONOMIA E MANAGEMENT
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Second semester
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Course description

The course aims to provide the elements for understanding the functioning of the economic system. Particular attention is paid to the study of the behavior of economic actors (consumers and companies), to the analysis of the role of the market in the process of allocating resources and to the different types of market forms.
Knowledge and understanding: the student must demonstrate to know how to analyze and interpret the individual behaviors of consumers and businesses, the functioning of competitive and non-competitive markets, the allocative properties of the market.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: students must show that they are able to solve problems of optimal choice of consumers and businesses, analyze supply and demand and comment on the interactions between economic agents.
Autonomy of judgment: the student must demonstrate that he has developed a critical ability to understand the terms of today's debates of microeconomic relevance through the application of theoretical models to real issues.
Communication skills: the student must be able to communicate the results of the analyzes carried out with the aid of synthetic reports and graphs; you must be able to use scientific language correctly for the analysis of the choices of economic agents.
Learning skills: the student must be able to deepen their knowledge by consulting both scientific texts and current readings on topics related to microeconomics, in order to undertake subsequent studies with a high degree of autonomy.


Familiarity with some basic elements of general mathematics, although not strictly necessary, may facilitate the understanding of the topics covered. The teacher will provide the appropriate bibliographic indications for students lacking mathematical skills.


Part I (24 HOURS):
Consumer theory: demand and supply and market equilibrium; The budget constraint, the consumer's preferences, the utility function, the optimum choice of the consumer; Individual demand and market demand.
Part II (24 HOURS):
Business Theory: Company Objectives; cost analysis; Analysis of revenues; Marginal product substitution, marginal product, economies of scale.
Part III (24 HOURS):
Market regimes: perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and weekly TA classes.


- Microeconomia, M. L. Katz, H. S. Rosen, W. Morgan, C. A. Bollino, Publisher Mc Graw Hill.
- Esercizi di Economia, Marco Di Domizio. Publisher: ARACNE
Slides containing insights on the Teams and E-Learning platform
Any additional readings will be provided during the course

Learning assessment

The learning out through a written test on the topics of the program. Grading is based on a written test, composed by open question on the topics of the course and by numerical and operational exercises, covering the themes tackled in the lectures and in the ta classes. When answering the theoretical questions and the numerical exercises, students will have to prove their ability to outline both the fundamental concepts acquired during the course and the formalised models dealt with in the lectures, in the ta sessions and in the suggested texts. The duration of the written examination is 1 hour and 30 minutes. during the examination, the use of notes, books and informatics devices (smartphone, tablet, pc, ecc.) is not allowed.
the laude can be assigned if the student shows, in his/her answers, a particular ability to deepen the topics mentioned in the examination’s questions. The oral test takes place, in order to assess more thoroughly the attainment of the educational goals.

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