General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Monica Juliana Oviedo León

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Jordi Bernal Fiego
Ismael Hernández Adell 
Maria Armiñana Maristany 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Catalan

Consult the timetables of the different groups to find out the language in which classes are taught. The material can be in any of the three languages


Basic skills
  • B5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy


Specific skills
  • E12_Generate strategic skills by considering the operating environment as a project and establishing long-term, large-scale guidelines


  • E1_Interpret basic economic concepts and economic reasoning, as well as microeconomic and macroeconomic functioning


  • E4_Assess and define the personnel policies of a company or business organization, select work teams, define profiles and establish staffing needs


  • E7_Elaborate projects and proposals of innovative companies establishing principles of social responsibility in the management and integrating the perspective of gender like indicators of quality and innovation


General competencies
  • G1_ Be able to work in a team, actively participating in tasks and negotiating dissenting opinions to reach consensus positions, thus acquiring the ability to learn together with other team members and create new knowledge

Transversal competences
  • T2_Show willingness to learn about new cultures, experiment with new methodologies and encourage international exchange



The subject of Business Administration is a first contact with the world of business management and studies the role of the company and entrepreneurs in society. 

It allows to understand the main economic and social indicators to evaluate the operation of the company, to then focus on the basic principles of business management: management, organization, planning and control.


Topic 1: The company and its administration

1.1. Concept of business and administration

1.2. Types of companies

1.3. Current challenges for business administration

1.4. Economic assessment of the operation of the company

1.4.1. Productivity

1.4.2. Profitability

1.4.3. The deadlock

Topic 2: Business planning

2.1. The forecast and analysis of the environment

2.2. Planning concept: Different levels of planning

2.3. Types of plans

            2.3.1. Permanent plans

            2.3.2. Temporary plans

Topic 3: Control in the company

3.1. Information systems for control

3.2. The control process

            3.2.1. Critical variables and management indicators

            3.2.2. The record of results

            3.3.3. The analysis of deviations

            3.3.4. Corrective actions

Topic 4: The organization of the company

4.1. Definition and design of the organizational structure

4.2 The parts of the organization

4.3. The organization chart: horizontal and vertical design

4.4. Coordination mechanisms

Topic 5: The management of the company

5.1. Principles, functions and reality of managerial work

5.2. Variables that condition the direction function

5.2.1. The motivation of workers

5.2.2. Leadership styles

Item 6. Brief summary of new trends in management and organization

Evaluation system

The final mark of the subject will be conformed by the weighting of marks of different activities of continuous evaluation, which will be raised during the course, plus the final exam:


CONTINUOUS EVALUATION (60% of the grade)

  • Practical cases carried out through teamwork (15% of the mark)

There will be 3 practical cases, each of which will have a weight of 5%, which will involve the following team activities:

  1. Previous reading work on the case
  2. Discussion of the case in class between the different teams
  3. Preparation by each team of a report on the case
  • Work on a topic, to choose from, on new business administration challenges (20% of the mark)

This work will involve carrying out a series of team activities that will be detailed during the subject.

  • Taking a partial exam (25% of the grade)


FINAL EXAM (40% of the mark)

The final exam will consist of different theoretical and practical questions. A minimum score of 5 points out of 10 must be obtained in the final exam: this exam will consist of different assessment parts and a minimum score of 4 must be obtained in each of these parts and that the average mark of the marks of the different parts is at least 5 points.


Recovery test

  • The grade for the continuous assessment will be saved and cannot be retrieved. Only the final exam can be retaken.
  • To recover the mark of the final exam, students who are in the following situations may take the resit test:
    1. If the average of the final exam is passed but less than 4 has been obtained in any of the parts, the part or parts with less than 4 must be recovered.
    2. If the average of the final exam is suspended, all parts below 5 points must be recovered.
  • As in the ordinary assessment, the final mark remaining from the final examination after recovery must be at least 5 points to pass.
  • A student who has not taken the first exam can NOT take the retake.



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