To be admitted onto the degree program students must hold a five year High School Diploma or other evidence obtained abroad recognized as the equivalent or a four year High School Diploma and proof of the supplement year. Assessment of the knowledge required for acceptance is regulated by the Academic Regulation of the course. If the evaluation is positive, students are assigned additional educational requirements to be fulfilled within the first year, as detailed in the Academic Regulation of the course.
Key learning outcomes
The Business Administration degree course (CLEA) provides students with knowledge and understanding of business administration, covering management, organisation and IT. The CLEA, on the basis of sound methodology and application of basic disciplines in business, economics, statistics, mathematics and law, aims to produce graduates who can effectively govern business management planning and control processes, the correct operation of IT systems, company communication processes with shareholders and internal (internal audit) and external (external audit) systems for protection of savings and institutional interests.
The course programme includes study of the following topics: the institutions of business administration, company accounting and budgeting, economics of financial intermediaries, company economy and management, micro and macro economy, mathematics applied to economy and financial analysis, statistical analysis methods, economic history and principles of private and commercial law. This is followed by study of topics relevant to the business administration curriculum. In particular, the CLEA course plans study of the following topics: company evaluation, extraordinary operations (these may include assignments, liquidations, mergers, conversions), appreciation of economic and financial equilibrium with analysis of financial statements through ratios and flows of funds, public and non-profit company economy, business management planning and control tools, group economy and company mergers.
The contents of the course are consistent with the profiles required for applying for the Italian chartered accountants professional body (Italian D.Lgs. 28 June 2005, n. 139) as well as for applying for the Italian statutory audit professional body (Italian D.Lgs. 27 January 2010, n. 39).
The course content is constantly monitored in relation to scientific progress in the economic-business field to ensure it is up to date, as well as through interaction with market operators and institutions. These market operators are invited to actively participate in teaching, through lectures and testimonials, as well as by offering internships and practical training.
Graduates in Business Administration can hold positions of responsibility in companies from various economic sectors (agricultural, industrial, merchant banking, insurance etc) And in various corporate functions (administration, finance, supervision, human resources, sales etc), he/she may find freelance work or may hold positions of responsibility in international organisations or NGOs. Furthermore, graduates in Business Administration can continue effectively with a Masters degree in the field of corporate economy.
Knowledge and understanding
The degree course in Business Administration (CLEA) provides students with a sound theoretical and conceptual foundation in the key subject areas related to economy and business, so as to develop an adequate mastery of operational tools essential in the field of business administration, political economy, applied mathematics, statistics and private and commercial law. Graduates in Business Administration are therefore able to understand and analyse, with the appropriate tools, how markets work, business management, construction and analysis of a financial statements, the government and functioning of internal and external flows of information, the planning and functioning of management planning and control systems and internal (internal audit) and external (external audit) control systems for the protection of savings and institutional interests.
The acquisition of these skills will allow a graduate in Business Administration to enter directly into employment (both in private companies and public, non-profit and service organisations), or access a Masters degree in business economy.
In particular graduates in Business Administration will develop:
- The key-concepts and terminology specific to Business Administration, subdivided into economic and financial management, organisation and IT;
- The mathematical and statistical tools necessary for collecting, measuring and analysing economic and financial phenomena with a prevalently quantitative approach;
- The fundamentals of micro economy and macro economy as a tool for making managerial decisions, for planning and understanding company policy and, more generally, for correctly interpreting the functioning of companies and corporate networks;
- The contents of company legislation, with particular reference to the Civil Code, the Income Tax Consolidation Act and EU disciplines implemented in Italy;
- The business and legal economic principles of multiple corporate forms (with emphasis on PLCs and LLCs) during ordinary (founding and management) and extraordinary (voluntary liquidations, mergers, conversions, acquisitions, assignments) business phases;
- The contents of national (OIC) and international (IAS/IFRS) GAAP for the construction of financial statements and consolidated accounts of listed and unlisted companies;
- The basic economic principles of public and non-profit companies in order to convey the distinctive aspects of management, organisation and IT systems of public administration and third sector associations;
- Company evaluation principles during ordinary and extraordinary management periods, in view of continuity or absolute or relative cessation; such results in terms of knowledge and understanding will be achieved through the combined use of multiple didactic tools: classroom lectures and corporate testimonials, exercises, guided and independent personal study.
Assessment will be conducted through written and oral exams, as well as through participation in work groups.
Applying knowledge and understanding
Graduates in Business Administration will possess the analytical tools necessary for the correct application of the knowledge gained, as he/she will have developed an adequate ability to interpret business and market phenomena, so as to allow correct identification of relevant issues and proposal of the most appropriate solutions.
More specifically, graduates in Business Administration will be able to:
- Have a complete and comprehensive overview of business administration phenomena, resulting in a capacity for analysis of corporate positioning in economic, proprietary and financial terms, including internationally;
- Apply accounting system methodology for the construction of financial statements aimed at corporate management and the protection of investors and other stakeholders;
- Develop management planning and control systems to optimise corporate production levels and achieve corporate goals efficiently and effectively;
- Apply the knowledge gained in the freelance field and create the conditions to access the professional Chartered Accountants, Employment Consultant and Auditor lists;
- Cover a number of roles in private, public and non-profit companies, with relevant contributions in the field of administration, management and control of internal and external flows of information.
The achievement of this capacity to apply the knowledge gained will occur through critical reflection on the texts proposed for individual study (obtained
From classroom activity), study of research cases and individual and/or group applications coordinated by the professors, practical exercises in different lessons and an eventual internship. The practical training (internship, seminars, workshops, etc) provided by the curriculum will allow students to actively apply their personal knowledge, ability, attitude and motivation. The results described will be assessed through written and oral exams, as well as through exercises and the production of brief reports.
Graduates in Business Administration will be able to use the analytical tools acquired in analysis and interpretation of business administration phenomena in order to develop and maintain their independent judgement. This independent judgement is expressed through the ability to develop an individual process of reflection on data gathered and to process/interpret it in both qualitative and quantitative terms. The interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum contributes to the development of ability for independent judgement, in as much as the presentation of the same issue from different disciplinary perspectives stimulates the capacity for critical analysis of different problems. The objective of independent judgement will also be pursued through the combined use of different didactic tools such as discussion of company case histories, group exercises and project work. Independent judgement will be assessed gradually, during the course, through different assessment methods, both individual and group. The ability to express personal opinions will be assessed in the final exam.
Graduates in Business Administration are able to activate motivational processes aimed to expand, update and increase the level and variety of their basic skills. More specifically, the development of these skills leads graduates to:
- Demonstrate constant intellectual curiosity aimed at satisfying a desire for advanced learning;
- Develop an autonomous capacity to research in-depth information and data on various economic and business issues;
- Independently articulate patterns of interpretation and management of knowledge, useful for the process of professional self-development and/or necessary for successful further education, especially for Masters Degrees in the field of economics and business.
These results are achieved during the entire course of study: during individual study, the preparation of individual projects and activities carried out during preparation for the final exam. Learning skills are assessed through various evaluations carried out during the course. These evaluations consist of the presentation of data collected independently and the demonstration of a capacity for self-learning developed during preparation for the final exam.
Graduates in Business Administration:
- Are able to clearly, concisely and consistently express, to culturally and cognitively diverse interlocutors, data, information and concepts (including complex) relating to a theory, a concrete situation or a technical problem relating to business;
- Have developed the necessary tools for the management of business information processes, such as responsive listening, the ability to understand concepts expressed by other interlocutors, the ability to interpret non-verbal language within diverse social and professional contexts;
- Consolidate language skills in national and international fields, including through periods of study abroad aided by tools for student mobility and though in-depth study on texts in English;
- Develop the behavioural and relational skills necessary to interact with others on team projects, developing a strong open-mindedness to collaboration with people of other cultures.
Such skills allow the one to prepare of short reports or give an oral summary on a particular issue, possibly with an accompanying computerised presentation. Graduates in Business Administration are enabled to give information and analyses to company bosses as well as the company base, stakeholders and the public regarding non-specialist information on the progress of company management in terms of economics and finance. These results are achieved through the combined use of various instruments, such as group work, classroom presentations of project work and case studies, also developed at local enterprises and organizations. Assessment of the acquisition of these skills will occur orally, especially during the final exam, during which the ability of students to prepare and present reports on innovative topics will be evaluated. The ability to speak English is assessed through an evaluation of language skills, particularly with regard to knowledge of the specialist terminology relative to business management.
Final examination, if any
Upon completion of the course the final exam must testify to the cultural growth of the student in their field of study. To this end, the final exam consists of a progress report on an advanced and/or innovative subject in a discipline from the course, chosen under the supervision of a professor on the course. The report is discussed in front of a Commission, usually composed of professors from different disciplines. The discussion must make clear in particular the capacity gained by the student to select and use independently and critically the methodologies of analysis acquired during the training on the one hand, and the flexibility to use other interdisciplinary frames of reference on the other.