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CODE 41125
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SECS-P/07
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
SECTIONING Questo insegnamento è diviso nelle seguenti frazioni:
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • PREREQUISITES
    Propedeuticità in uscita
    Questo insegnamento è propedeutico per gli insegnamenti:
    • Business Administration 8697 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • ORGANIZATION DESIGN AND BEHAVIOUR 63717
    • Business Administration 8697 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING 64800
    • Business Administration 8697 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • FINANCIAL MARKETS AND INSTITUTIONS 66704
    • Business Administration 8697 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • MARKETING 64372
    • Business Administration 8697 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • MANAGEMENT CONTROL 63720
    • Business Administration 8697 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • CORPORATE FINANCE 64804
    • Business Administration 8697 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 60024
    • Business Administration 8697 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 60076
    • Maritime, Logistics and Transport Economics and Business 8698 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT 60027
    • Maritime, Logistics and Transport Economics and Business 8698 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • MANAGEMENT 60023
    • Maritime, Logistics and Transport Economics and Business 8698 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT AND FUNDING OF TRANSPORT COMPANIES 83911
    • Maritime, Logistics and Transport Economics and Business 8698 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT SUPERVISION 63738
    • Maritime, Logistics and Transport Economics and Business 8698 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 63737
    • Maritime, Logistics and Transport Economics and Business 8698 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 60076
    • Economics 8699 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 60076
    • Economics 8699 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • FINANCIAL MARKETS AND INSTITUTIONS 59845
    • Economics 8699 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • BANKING 57398
    • Economics 8699 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • INVESTMENTS 64798
    • Economics 8699 (coorte 2024/2025)
    • CORPORATE FINANCE 73189
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Business Administration is a core unit in the 3-year degree which addresses the principles and logics underpinning the operations of businesses. This is the first unit in the business studies area that first-year students take on in their degree.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to introduce and discuss the fundamental features of an economic organization, with specific reference to the company. The course provides several basic notions enabling students to understand how companies operate. The specific focus will be on the conditions for going concern and on the principles and the techniques of double-entry bookkeeping system.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The Business Administration unit aims at providing the first-year students with a solid basic knowledge of the principles and logics underpinning the operations of businesses. In particular, the unit intends to:

    • Examine the conditions for the origins and development of businesses
    • Clarify the concepts of operations continuity and management’s objective of value creation
    • Explain the necessary conditions to achieve and maintain the economic and financial stability of the business
    • Deepen the double-entry bookkeeping methodology and its application to register main business operations
    • Understand the profitability and financial needs of a business

    By the end of this unit, students will acquire competence in the main issues of business administration, such as:

    • the calculation of the net profit of the year and the invested capital, as well as the meaning of equity value.
    • the double-entry bookkeeping and its application for recording main operations in accounting
    • the company’s profitability, its financial needs, and related financial resources.

    Learning outcomes

    Knowledge and comprehension: students will acquire solid knowledge and factual ability to explain the logics of business operations, including a focus on the nature and activities of businesses, as systematic economic entities that generate wealth and require economic and financial stability to stay viable.

    Ability to apply knowledge: Students will be able to apply their acquired knowledge to understand and solve simple and more complex problems concerning business management, organisation and accounting, especially in consideration of the company’s financial and economic stability.

    Capability of learning to learn: students will be able to organise and assess their own learning and manage their career 

    Critical judgment: Students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge using their own judgment and critical reasoning, both theoretically and practically.

    PREREQUISITES

    None

    TEACHING METHODS

    The unit makes use of the following teaching methodologies:

    • face-to-face lectures aiming at working on knowledge and comprehension of financial and business concepts and the functioning of the accounting and information system 
    • face-to-face tutorials to develop the capability to apply knowledge, critical thinking and the capacity of learning to learn

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The unit develops along these content lines:

    • The business operations as the main study objects of Business Administration as a scientific discipline.
    • The business and its distinctive role in the economic and financial system. The value creation process.
    • Business administration and its main operations: financing, investments, production, sales. The economic and financial effects of operations. Profit generation and financial and economic stability of the business.
    • The invested capital and the net profit of the year. The principle of accrual accounting.
    • The double-entry bookkeeping methodology and accounting entries of the main business operations: purchase, sales, fixed assets acquisition, etc…
    • Elements of the invested capital and the net profit. The problem of accounting estimates.
    • The profitability and its determinants. The equity value.
    • Nature of the costs and their relations with the business
    • Financial needs, their determinants and coverage. Financial stability.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Marchi, L. (a cura di) (2021). Introduzione all'economia aziendale. Giappichelli.

    A list of the chapters that are covered in the final exam is provided at the beginning of the semester on Aulaweb.

    The textbook will be also available in the e-book version.

    Additional materials will be uploaded on Aulaweb at the beginning of and during the semester.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    September 2024

    Class schedule

    The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The final exam is a written exam to assess the student’s theoretical and practical learning. It is the same assessment both for attending and non-attending students. The final exam is a mix of practical and theoretical questions in the form of exercises, open questions and multiple-choice questions.

    During the semester when the course is taught, the final exam can be replaced – if offered by the course coordinator – by in-course assessments. The dates, modes, and contents of these in-course assessments will be communicated via AulaWeb during the semester. 

    More details on the exams will be communicated to the students at the beginning of the semester via AulaWeb and during the first lecture.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam aims at acertain that the student is capable to effectively explain the nature of the business and its dynamics, and to apply theoretical concepts to solve problems regarding the preservation of the economic and financial stability of the businesses.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

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    Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals

    Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals
    Quality education
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Gender equality
    Decent work and economic growth
    Decent work and economic growth