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School of Science
Course unit
SCP4063842, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1731, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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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 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
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)

Prerequisites: None.
Target skills and knowledge: The course describes what innovative enterprises 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: Written and oral (if necessary) examination
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]
- What economic organizations are and how they work
- The relationships between organizations and the reference environment
- The economic and financial business dynamics
Planning: Designing the Strategy
- How the economic and technological scenarios in the life sciences can be analyzed
- Approaches to the strategy for companies in the life sciences
- Between competition and collaboration in the life sciences
Markets and technologies in the life sciences [Execution: Running the business]
- Approaches and tools to estimate a market in the life sciences
- Techniques for segmentation in the life sciences
- Competitive positioning choices in life science
- Technological dynamics and exploitation of knowledge in the life sciences
People in companies in the life sciences [Career & Personal Growth]
- Techniques and tools for recruitment and selection
- The career planning in enterprises in the life sciences
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)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality Education Decent Work and Economic Growth Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure