Business Administration

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
This course on Business Administration aims to provide an analytical approach in order to study the principal concepts and processes related to the nature and operation of a business. Secondly, the present course wants to provide a methodology to understand the principles and fundamentals elements of accounting and organizational processes that characterize the operation of firms.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students are expected to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Capacity to apply the basic concepts of Business Administration. Students will acquire the instruments and the knowledge in order to interpret and analyse the main decisions related to the corporate governance, strategy and the budget of businesses;
- Communication skills: students are expected to learn the proper language of business administration;
- Critical analytical capacity: students will develop the capacity to interpret real phenomena related to the business world using the proper acquired language.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Teaching methods
The lessons can be followed on the Microsoft Team platform according to the time schedule of the second semester. Moreover, lessons will be recorded and uploaded on the Ariel webpage of this course after their end.

Teaching materials
The contents and the teaching materials do not vary according to what has already been specified.

Final evaluation and criteria of assessment
The final evaluation will be carried out in through an oral exam using the Microsoft Teams platform. The exam will aim to verify students' knowledge concerning the basic concepts and instruments on Business Administration
Course syllabus
This course is structured in four thematic parts:
I) The first part is introductory and will treat the most relevant concepts of Business Administration such as economic activity, economic good, the different typologies of institution and business and their governance assets.
II) The second part of the course will be focused on the financial statements and we will especially look at the main concepts (revenue, capital) and the process through which the balance sheet is developed.
III) The third part will illustrate the concepts of competitive systems, competition and all the processes and business choices that firm can adopt to increase their competitive advantages.
IV) The last part of the course will instead treat the most relevant organizational choices and processes such as human resource management, the evaluation and management of performance and the organizational structure.
Prerequisites for admission
No specific competences or knowledge are required to attend this course since this is an introductory course towards Business Administration
Teaching methods
- Frontal lessons about the most importances concepts and instruments of business administration. To support frontal lessons, additional teaching materials such as slides and scientific articles will be provided through the Arial online platform.
- Open and guided discussion about some illustrative business case studies.
Teaching Resources
The book that is going to be used in the following:
Airoldi, G., Brunetti, G., Coda, V. 'Corso di Economia aziendale', Il Mulino, Bologna, (the last two edition).
Only the following chapters of the book will be treated and asked at the final exam:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (only sections: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5), 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16.

Moreover, slides and additional teaching materials will be provided through the ARIEL platform and used during the lessons.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is structured as a written test with both open (3 questions) and closed questions (around 10 questions) on the specific topics discussed during the lessons.
Lessons: 40 hours
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