Public University of Navarre

Academic year: 2023/2024 | Previous academic years:  2022/2023  |  2021/2022  |  2020/2021  |  2019/2020 
International Double Bachelor's degree in Economics, Management and Business Administration at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Course code: 176101 Subject title: BUSINESS ECONOMICS
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Basic Year: 1 Period: 1º S
Department: Gestión de Empresas
GOÑI LEGAZ, SALOMÉ (Resp)   [Mentoring ] ANZOLA ROMAN, PAULA   [Mentoring ]

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Module/Subject matter

Dirección General / Organization and Human Resources.


General proficiencies

CG01. Analysis and synthesis skills

CG04. Oral and written skills in English

CG08. Decision making skills

CG12. Social skills

CG15. Ethical behavior in the job

CG16. Ability to work in stressful environments

CG17. Self-learning skills

CB4. Students should be able to effectively deliver information, ideas, problems and solutions to the audience


Specific proficiencies

SP01 Understand economic institutions as a result and application of theoretical or formal representations about how the economy works.

SP04 Use professional criteria for economic analysis, preferably those based on the handling of technical instruments.

SP11 Know business management and its different areas of operation..


Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes Content Training activities Evaluation system
R_DG_01. Understand decision making theoretical foundations Units 1-2 A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6 In-class and out-of-class individual exercises; Partial assessment; Final exam
R_DG_02. Understand the firm's basic theory. Organization and functional areas Units 1-5 A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6 In-class and out-of-class individual exercises; Partial assessment; Final exam
R_DG_07. Understand how to manage conflict and motivate effective cooperation Units 5-6-7-8 A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6 In-class and out-of-class individual exercises; Partial assessment; Final exam
R_DG_08. Understand ethical behavior in the firm Unit 5 A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6 In-class and out-of-class individual exercises; Partial assessment; Final exam



Methodology - Activity In-class hours Outside-class hours
A-1 Theoretical sessions 46  
A-2 Practical sessions 14  
A-3 Preparing individual/group assignments   40
A-4 Individual/group tutorial sessions   06
A-5 Self-study   40
A-6 Exam   04
Total number of hours 60 90


Relationship between formative activities and proficiencies/learning outcomes

Methodology - Activity COMPETENCES
A-1 Theoretical sessions CG01, CG03, CG08, CG12, CG15, CE01, CE11
A-2 Practical sessions CG01, CG08, CG12, CG16, CEO1, CE03, CE04, CE11
A-3 Preparing individual/group assignments CG03, CG08, CG12, CE04, CB4
A-4 Individual/group tutorial sessions CG15
A-5 Self-study CG15, CG16, CG17
A-6 Exam CG01, CG08, CG16, CG17, CG02, CE04, CE13



English, Spanish, Basque.




Weight (%) It allows
test resit
required grade
R_DG_01, 02, 07, 08 Evaluation tests 45 yes (test) Minimum grade to be weighted in the final grade: Average of 3 out of 10
R_DG_01, 02, 07, 08 Work in groups 45 no  
R_DG_01, 02, 07, 08 Active participation 10 yes (test)  






This is a course on the analysis of organizations from an economic perspective. This course attempts to provide students with the basic conceptual knowledge and the indispensable analytic tools to better understand organizational problems that arise from collective action to finally improve firm efficiency.

Stockholders, managers, employees, financial institutions, customers and suppliers provide initiative and resources so that the firm can generate and distribute value. This course uses formal economic models to study the cooperation and conflict relationships between these parties.

This course considers the firm as a complex institution where the main characters are not the resources or the objectives but the individuals who act as rational agents. These agents relate to each other through contracts. These relationships take place in a context where the existence of uncertainty, information asymmetry and conflicting interests among the parties make cooperation more difficult. The firm is suggested as an institution able to mitigate such cooperation difficulties. Under this framework, different types of firms such as capitalistic firms and social firms are examined as well as the role of authority within the firm.

Finally, based on the value-chain concept, the different activities that firms perform are described and related to firm profit generation.



Part 1: The company: Integration of functional areas.

Topic 1: The company

Topic 2. The marketing function

Topic 3. Economic-financial structure

Topic 4. The production function

Part 2: The XXI Century Company

Topic 5: Ownership, management, and governance of the company.

Topic 6: Types of companies and their impact on the economy.

Topic 7: The evolution of the firm

Topic 8: Sustainability in the firm



Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.

Iborra et al (2014): Fundamentos de Dirección de empresas. Paraninfo

Montoro Sánchez, M.A.; Díez Vial, I; Martín de Castro, G (2020) Fundamentos de Administración de Empresas, Thomson-Civitas, Madrid (versión inglés)

Kelly, M., and Williams, C. (2017). BUSN 9th edition, Cengage Learning




Aulario UPNA.