BUSINESS STUDIES Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in BUSINESS STUDIES
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
3 years; 180 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. SIMONE LAZZINI
Department of ECONOMIA E MANAGEMENT
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Luca Spataro
Language of Teaching
Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.
The degree program in Business Economics (Economia Aziendale) has the objective of preparing students for the business and management field, in its numerous disciplines: accounting, finance, control, auditing, marketing, organisation and human resources, strategies, etc.
The program is highly interdisciplinary: it includes exams in law (private and commercial law), economics, maths and statistics, foreign languages, and main disciplines belonging to the management domain.
The program also allows students to carry out stages in private or public organizations.
The Degree Program has three tracks: Management and Control; Consultancy; Finance, Marketing and Production.
The first track (Management and Control) is focused on the management functions and on control issues (business control, auditing).
The second track (Consultancy) is focused on accounting and law disciplines, enabling students for the consulting activities, especially as chartered accountant or tax consultant.
The third track (finance, marketing and production) is focused on the functional area of finance, marketing and production.
Key Learning Outcomes
Graduated of the First Cycle Degree Program in Business Economics will be able to:
- understand basics of main economic variables;
- understand main dynamics of a firm;
- understand key accounting and financial results ;
- understand the key organizational variables;
- understand the basics of main financial policies of a firm;
- understand the main marketing policies
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
Most of the graduates carry on their studies onto the second level degree in Management and Control, or "Marketing", or "Finance", or "Advisory and consulting to the firms".
The degree may prepare students for working in companies/public organizations/banks in these functional area:
- human resource.
The degree also prepares students for starting the profession of chartered accountants and business consultants, as well as financial analyst.
Access to further study
The Laurea Degree in BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
The final exam, to which 3 ECTS credits are allocated, requires and the preparation and discussion of a written text.