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Fundamentals of Business Administration

The course of "Fundamentals of Business Administration" is part of the Bachelor Degrees of Business Administration


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Module I - From theory to practice

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 Course description 

The main objective of this course (the WHY) is to introduce the students into the field of business giving an easy and complete framework on the life condition and the existence manifestations of all types of economic entities (for profit and non-for-profit), even if the main focus will be on the so called for-profit economic entities (i.e. business entities). Moreover this course wants to put theory into practice and stimulate the cooperation among students and among students and professor. At the end of this course students should be able to establish a successful business, contributing to the common good of the society.

In particular, the main sub-objectives of the course are as follows:
  1. Familiarize with the language of business; 
  2. Know and understand the concepts of the administration of a business, the characteristics of management processes (strategy and planning, organizational structure, human resource management, decision making, monitoring and reporting, etc..) and management functions (Marketing, Operations, Human Resource function, Finance and Accounting Function). 
  3. Understand the organizations' existence, what is their role in society, what are their responsibilities and how and for whom they create value; 
  4. Know the differences between a small business (e.g. a small family firm) and a big business conducted by multinational corporations all around the world (e.g. Apple, Coca Cola, Facebook, Google); 
  5. Be able to apply knowledge and to draw original conclusions (critical thinking), by using management tools and techniques and by making judgments about the cost-effectiveness of management; 
  6. Improve their communication skills, using an appropriate language during the presentation of management issues; 
  7. Enhance their learning ability as well as time management capacity, with the analysis of real situations and case studies. 
  8. Give a complete framework for the other courses on business (e.g. management and organization; business strategies; financial accounting; business law; marketing) 

In order to reach the objectives, the teaching notes are articulated into the following parts: 
  • Part I. Economic problem, organizations and azienda; 
  • Part II. Primary interest and value creation in business and non-business entities; 
  • Part III. Conflicts with the primary interest of the azienda; 
  • Part IV. The activity of business entities through circuits;
  • Part V. Legal forms of business entities; 
  • Part VI. Organizational structure; 
  • Part VII. Strategies
  • Special content. Criminal organizations
There are four ways to learn in this course:
  • Attend the lectures and study the teaching notes; 
  • Watch/study the YouTube videos; 
  • Read the Project Works discussed in previous years; 
  • Participate to the Blog discussion

  • Final score:
    The method of assessment is based on: Written Exam (50%) + Project work discussion (30%) + Assignments (20%). For more details, please click here

    For the Mid Term of November students have to study Chapters I, II, III and the Special content on Criminal Organizations. Only students who pass the first Mid Term could partecipate to the final pre-exam (Chapters IV, V, VI and VII). Students who pass the first part of the pre-exam (in November) but not the second one (in December), have to take the entire exam in January.

    To do the exam (or only to register your final mark) you must register on both: 1) Delphy; 2) the following form 
    The time for the registration will expire 1st February at 5 pm

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    The project work must be sent within ten days of the exam (e.g. for those who will register on 12th of January, within 2nd of January)