ECONOMICS AND COMMERCE Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in ECONOMICS AND COMMERCE
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. PAOLO SCAPPARONE
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 Programme in Economics and Commerce has the objective of preparing student with a solid background in the four areas of Economics, Management Science and Business Administration, Applied Laws, Applied Mathematics. The aim is twofold: either to form experts, managers, technicians in the field of Economics, Management and Business, or to allow the student to continue their studies in any of the second cycle degree programmes of the Department of Economics and Management.
Key Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the First Cycle Degree Programme in Economics and Commerce are expected to:
- be able to understand the behaviour of economic system, markets, public and private organizations, by means of competences in economics, management, applied laws, applied mathematics and statistics;
- be able to analyze and to study problems in economics and management;
- be able to participate to the management of public and private organizations;
- have the knowledge for professional activities in the fields of economics, management and finance.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
The wide range of knowledge given by this programme, in the fields of economics, management, applied laws, applied mathematics and statistics, allow the student to approach many different professional activities, with a very high degree of flexibility. Just for examples, graduates in Economics and Commerce can:
- be involved in commerce activities;
- be managers in private or public organizations;
- have a professional activity in accounting;
- be involved in finance activities;
- analyze markets and economic system.
Access to further study
The Laurea Degree in ECONOMICS AND COMMERCE 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, foresees the preparation and discussion of a written text, with the aim to show that the student acquired the above mentioned professional and communication skills.