BUSINESS ECONOMICS
Course unit partition: Cognomi A-D

Academic year 2022/23
1° year of course - First semester
Professor
ANDREI Paolo, FORNACIARI Luca
Academic discipline
Economia aziendale (SECS-P/07)
Field
Ambito aggregato per crediti di sede
Type of training activity
Base
70 hours
of face-to-face activities
10 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
in ITALIAN

Course unit partition: BUSINESS ECONOMICS

Learning objectives

a. Knowledge and understanding: students will acquire the basic knowledge of the interpretative models to assess, with regard to the different kinds of enterprises and the most important internal and external problems in terms of management. The course also analyses the reasons behind the determination and reporting processes of financial results of enterprises.
b. Applying knowledge and understanding: students will be able to interpret and apply the most important models of business analysis, as well as the methods of quantitative determination related to internal and external disclosure. Student will also be able to draft, read and understand financial statements, as well as to address subsequent studies relating to analyse the key performance indicators related to the financial reports of the companies.
c. Making judgments: students will be able to successfully solve the logical interpretation of the dynamics of the enterprises, including the acquisition of an interpretative model suitable for the continuation of the studies.
d. Communication skills: at the end of the course, students will acquire the ability to analyse problems (problem solving skills), the interpersonal skills and the communication skills in written and oral form in an effective way, using an appropriate language to discuss those issues with different stakeholders.
e. Learning skills: the course aims to support students learning through a correct approach to the individual study and through the development of classroom exercises.

Prerequisites

None

Course unit content

The course is composed by two parts. The first part of the course will cover the following topics: characteristics of the various types of companies; corporate structure: institutional order, technical structure and assets; overview of the organizational structure; economic, financial and patrimonial equilibrium; accounting systems. The second part of the course will cover the following topics: - the methodology of double-entry bookkeeping applied to income theory; - transactions analysis; - end-of-period analysis; - preparation of financial statements.

Full programme

Bibliography

ANDREI P. (a cura di), Introduzione all'economia d'azienda, Giappichelli, Torino, 2022.
ANDREI P. – FELLEGARA A.M. (a cura di), Contabilità generale e bilancio d'impresa, Giappichelli, Torino, 2022.

Teaching methods

Acquisition of knowledge: lectures.
Acquisition of the ability to apply knowledge: exercises.
Acquisition of judgment: exercises and classroom discussions).
Acquisition of learning skills: development of guided exercises and case studies.
Acquisition of technical language: The meaning of commonly used terms is explained, and classroom discussions aim to encourage the correct use of terminology.
The teaching material will be enriched with video recording of the lessons or with other material to be made available on the Elly page of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of learning will be carried out with an exam held in written form, with the possibility of an oral test for all or part of the participating students, if the results of the written test do not allow an effective assessment of individual preparation. The written exam consists of two parts. The first relates to the theoretical part in business economics and consists of two open questions (for which a broad answer is required; rating 10 points each) and twelve short questions (unit rating, 1 point). The second, related to accounting aspects, is practical in nature and consists of an exercise on continuing entries and one on settling and closing entries (15 points each).
The duration for the exam is 90 minutes.
Knowledge and ability to understand (a) will be ascertained through the broad questions that are intended to assess the student's knowledge of the topics and ability to make connections between them; the short questions cover a wider range of content and are intended to test knowledge of all topics covered in the syllabus. The ability to apply knowledge and understanding (b), autonomy of judgment (c), and the ability to learn (e) will be ascertained both through open-ended questions formulated in such a way as to require the student to make connections between topics and through exercises that require the application of accounting concepts with reference to both the business operations carried out during the financial year and to the closing phase and the determination of the result for the year. Communication skills (d) will be ascertained both through open-ended questions for which appropriate language is required and through specific (short) questions designed to verify correct understanding and appropriate use of the terminology employed.
The two parts will be evaluated in 30/30, the final mark will be the average of the single evaluations obtained in the two parts. 18/30 is needed in both parts of the exam. Laude will be given to those particularly deserving students who, in addition to having complied with the requirements necessary to obtain a full assessment, in carrying out the exam have demonstrated an overall appreciable systematic knowledge of the subject, an excellent ability to apply the knowledge acquired to the specific problem in question, a significant autonomy of judgement, as well as special care in the formal drafting of the report.
Moreover, the assessment of learning skills will consider the incurrence of intermediate tests during the course.
The results will be communicated via the Esse3 platform. Any further information will be provided through the Elly platform.

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