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Course unit
SCP4063842, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1731, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination START-UP IN LIFE SCIENCES
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLO GUBITTA SECS-P/10
Other lecturers DAVIDE MERLIN

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SECS-P/07 Business Administration 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 FARE IMPRESA NELLE SCIENZE DELLA VITA 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 GUBITTA PAOLO (Presidente)
MERLIN DAVIDE (Membro Effettivo)
5 FARE IMPRESA NELLE SCIENZE DELLA VITA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 GUBITTA PAOLO (Presidente)
MERLIN DAVIDE (Membro Effettivo)
4 FARE IMPRESA NELLE SCIENZE DELLA VITA 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 GUBITTA PAOLO (Presidente)
MERLIN DAVIDE (Membro Effettivo)
3 FARE IMPRESA NELLE SCIENZE DELLA VITA 2016-2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 GUBITTA PAOLO (Presidente)
MERLIN DAVIDE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: None.
Target skills and knowledge: The course describes what economic organizations are, how they act, how they position themselves in the economic and social environment, and how they form decisions to develop their strategy and to realize their objectives.
These topics will be developed with frequent reference to managerial practises and business cases. At the end of the course, the students will have acquired enough knowledge to understand the operation and management of companies with a high content of knowledge and innovation, with specific reference to those operating in the life sciences.
The course provides the basic instruments both to start a business project and to pursue a technical or managerial carrier within a company.
Examination methods: The exam is in two parts: a written test and an oral test.
The written test is 60 minute long and contains 5 open questions.
The oral test is mandatory or optional depending on the score of the written test:
- Score less than or equal to 20/30: compulsory oral test. Without the oral test, the score of the written test is lost and the test must be repeated.
- Score between 21/30 and 27/30: optional oral test. You can decide whether or not to take the oral test. If you do not, the final grade is that of the written test. If you do, the final grade will depend on both tests.
- Score equal to or higher than 27/30: optional oral test. Beware: if your score is higher than 27/30 (i.e., at least 28/30), but you choose not to take the oral test, your final grade is 27/30 (even though the score of your written test was higher).
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the student's preparation will be based on the understanding of the topics of the lectures, participation in class discussions and the ability to develop independently solutions to management problems.
Course unit contents: The course is divided into four decision areas.
Organization and business operation [Creation: Visioning an Opportunity] (12 hours)
- What economic organizations are and how they work (4 hours)
- The relationships between organizations and the reference environment (4 hours)
- The economic and financial business dynamics (4 hours)
Planning: Designing the Strategy (12 hours)
- How the economic and technological scenarios in the life sciences can be analyzed (4 hours)
- Approaches to the strategy for companies in the life sciences (4 hours)
- Between competition and collaboration in the life sciences (4 hours)
Markets and technologies in the life sciences [Execution: Running the business] (16 hours)
- Approaches and tools to estimate a market in the life sciences (4 hours)
- Techniques for segmentation in the life sciences (4 hours)
- Competitive positioning choices in life science (4 hours)
- Technological dynamics and exploitation of knowledge in the life sciences (4 hours)
People in companies in the life sciences [Career & Personal Growth] (8 hours)
- Techniques and tools for recruitment and selection (4 hours)
- The career planning in enterprises in the life sciences (4 hours)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and discussion of case studies.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The lecture slides will be available in the course web page in pdf format. These materials complement and not replace the study of the textbook.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)