The Department of Economics and Business Studies offers undergraduate programs that provide a solid preparation in the field of management, accounting, economics, law and quantitative studies.


The program of Business Administration introduces the basic notions and the main topics common to the business studies.

  • Aims and content
      The course aims to provide first-year students with a common knowledge about the principles and logic of operating system systems. In particular, the nature and functions of businesses will be examined, examined in their business size as a unit of production of goods and services for the purpose of market exchange.

      The program aims to provide first-year students with a solid knowledge of fundamentals characterising the management of an economic organization. Specifically, the focus will be on private firms, with a special attention to corporate dynamics and to the economic and financial effects of management operations. In this respect, issues regarding capital and income, profitability and financing will be studied.

      Learning outcomes

      Knowledge and understanding: analysis and understanding of the fundamental corporate features, the role of companies in the economic context.
      Applied knowledge and understanding: understanding of the business dynamics, analysis of management operations, and preparation of financial statements.
      Making judgments: the main objective is to provide each student with the necessary tools to formulate an independent and personal judgment on the corporate dynamics, the profitability, and the economic and financial position.

      Communication: the ability to present and comment content and results of corporate dynamic and management operations with appropriate and specialized terminology.
      Learning ability: each student will be provided with the tools and skills to further analyze, also autonomously, specific issues related to the business field.

      • Business Administration as a scientific discipline.
      • Firms and their role in the economic system. The value dynamic.
      • Management operations and their economic and financial effects.
      • Determination of assets, liabilities, equity and net income. The accrual principle.
      • Profitability and its determinants.
      • Cost-volume-profit analysis.
      • Financing decisions.

      Selected chapters from the textbook:

      • P.M. Ferrando – M. Zuccardi Merli, Capitale e reddito nel funzionamento del sistema aziendale, Torino, Giappichelli, 2005

      A complete list of these chapters is provided at the beginning of the semester on Aulaweb.

      Additional materials are uploaded on Aulaweb at the beginning of the semester.

      URL Aula web
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  • Who
  • How

      The teaching methods are based on face-to-face lectures integrated with in-class exercises. Further information is available on Aulaweb.


      Written exam focused both on theory and numerical exercises.

      Format of questions for the theory test: open-ended questions, multiple choice questions (answer: number or sentences), true/false.

      Sufficiency in both theory test and exercises is required to pass the exam (sufficiency: grade equal or higher than 18/30).

      In case of failure, the written test can be sustained a maximum of two times during the winter and summer sessions.

      During the first semester, two intermediate written tests could also be included. Intermediate tests cover both theory and numerical exercises. Sufficiency in the first test is needed to access the second test. Students that do not obtain sufficiency in the intermediate tests have to pass the entire written exam during the exam sessions.


      The written exam assesses both theoretical and practical skills.

  • Where and when
    • URL Aula web
      URL timetable

      Lessons start in the first semester, 18th September.

      Mara Zuccardi Merli

      Dipartimento di Economia - I livello - studio 1051
      Telefono: (+39) 010209 - 5063


      Orario ricevimento:  giovedì: ore 10.30

      Date Time Type Place Notes
      7 gennaio 2019 14:30 Scritto Genova
      21 gennaio 2019 14:30 Scritto Genova
      4 febbraio 2019 14:30 Scritto Genova
      3 giugno 2019 14:30 Scritto Genova
      17 giugno 2019 14:30 Scritto Genova
      1 luglio 2019 14:30 Scritto Genova
      9 settembre 2019 14:30 Scritto Genova
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