Checking date: 09/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Introduction to business management
Study: Bachelor in Telematics Engineering (215)

Coordinating teacher: HERNANDEZ PAZ, VIRGINIA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Engineering and Architecture

Students are expected to have completed
No pre-requirements are needed
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
By the end of this content area, students will be able to have: 1. Knowledge and understanding of the scientific and mathematical principles underlying the branch of Telecommunication Technologies engineering; 2. Awareness of the wider multidisciplinary context of engineering, applying knowledge of mathematics, statistics, economics and other scientific fields to the analysis of business situations. 3. The ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to analyse engineering products, processes and methods; 4. An understanding of methodologies, and an ability to use them in the analysis of business situations. 5. The ability to select and use appropriate methods in the management of the companies; 6. An awareness of the non-technical implications of engineering practice within the management of the companies; 7. Function effectively as an individual and as a member of a team; 8. Demonstrate awareness of the health, safety and legal issues and responsibilities of engineering practice, the impact of engineering solutions in a societal and environmental context, and commit to professional ethics, responsibilities and norms of engineering practice; 9. Demonstrate an awareness of project management and business practices, such as risk and change management, and understand their limitations;
Description of contents: programme
1. The Firm: management and organization 1.1. The entrepreneur and the firm. Business functions 1.2. Objectives, strategies and corporate governance. Organization design 1.4. Types of companies and legal forms 2. Financial management 2.1. Accounting and financial statements 2.2. Firm´s economic-financial analysis 2.3. Evaluation of investment projects 3. Operations management 3.1. Product and process design 3.2. Organizing for production: capacity management and location 3.3. Supply chain management 4. Marketing and sales management 4.1. The marketing Plan 4.2. Segmentation and positioning 4.3. Marketing-mix decisions 5. Innovation and business growth. Tech companies 5.1. Tech companies. Tech ecosystems 5.2. Growth strategies 5.3. Projects and team¿s management. Agile methodologies.
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures, exercises, cases and assignments to be carried out by the students and discussed during the sessions, readings assigned by the instructor or identified by the students. In addition, the students carry out a group assignment that consists of the analysis of a company, applying the knowledge acquired in the course.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • B Erasmus, S Rudansky-Kloppers, J Strydom, JA Badenhorst-Weiss, y otros (eds.).. Introduction to Business Management. Oxford University Press. 2019
Additional Bibliography
  • Schilling, M. Strategic Management of Technological Innovation. McGraw Hil. 2017

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.