General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Núria Masferrer Llabinés

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Jordi Oller Nogués

Teaching languages

Check the timetables of the different groups to know the language of teaching classes. 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


  • E_4Evaluate 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 until reaching 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.

Learning outcomes

  • Evaluate economically and socially the operation of a company
  • Evaluate the organization of a company
  • Evaluate the managerial function
  • Know how to use forecasting and business planning tools
  • Know how to establish management control mechanisms

Working methodology

Theoretical sessions

MD1. Master class: Expository class sessions based on the teacher's explanation attended by all students enrolled in the subject.

MD4. Video capsules: Resource in video format, which includes contents or demonstrations of the thematic axes of the subjects. These capsules are integrated into the structure of the subject and serve students to review as many times as necessary the ideas or proposals that the teacher needs to highlight in their classes.

Guided learning

MD5. Seminars: Face-to-face format in small work groups (between 14 and 40). These are sessions linked to the face-to-face sessions of the subject that allow to offer a practical perspective of the subject and in which the participation of the student is key.

 MD7. Case study: Dynamics that starts from the study of a case, which serves to contextualize the student in a specific situation, the teacher can propose different activities, both individually and in groups, among their students.

Autonomous learning

MD9. Resolution of exercises and problems: Non-contact activity dedicated to the resolution of practical exercises based on the data provided by the teacher.

















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The classroom (physics or virtual) it is a safe, free space of attitudes sexists, racists, homophobic, transphobic i discriminatory, ja be towards the students or towards the faculty. we trust that among all and all we can create a space sure on ens can to err i to learn sense having to suffer prejudice others.


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

Learning activities

The following training activities will be carried out:

  1. Team work
  2. Seminars 
  3. Theoretical sessions
  4. Personal study

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 (20% of the mark)

There will be 4 practical cases, each of which will have a weight of 5%, which will involve the following team activities:

  1. Previous work of reading the case and individual answer of previous questions
  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 (15% 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-practical questions. A minimum score of 5 out of 10 must be obtained in the final exam: this exam will consist of different assessment parts and a minimum score of 40% 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 may take the resit test with the following conditions: 
    • 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.
    • 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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GIL ESTALLO, Maria Angeles, GINER DE LA FUENTE, F (2013), How to create and run a company. Madrid. Ed. Esic. 9th edition.

ROBBINS, Stephen.P and COULTER, Mary.C (2014): Administration. Ed. Pearson. Mexico. 12th edition