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The Degree in Business Administration and Management (BAM) targets those interested in developing as professionals in the management of businesses and organizations, covering the different perspectives from which they can focus on the business world, be it from the strategic, commercial, financial, productive or human perspective.

The Degree in Business Administration and Management from the Catholic University of Valencia is offered both through TRADITIONAL and DISTANCE LEARNING by means of the Virtual Campus UCVnet.

At the same time, within the classroom modality, the degree in BAM is taught in TWO GROUPS: SPANISH AND BILINGUAL. In the bilingual modality, approximately 50% of the subjects are taught in English, so the specific skills are acquired in this language. Thus, to our concern for the individual development of each student that goes through our classrooms and our well-known proximity to the business reality we add to the possibility to grow professionally in the language of business.

Pursuing the degree in BAM in English allows one to have professional access to the most attractive organizations for the current business world: those that define their business on an international and increasingly demanding level. To pursue a degree in bilingual mode, is a requirement to be admitted to pursue a degree in ADE and demonstrate language proficiency in the second language.Those students who choose to start their studies entirely in Spanish may request their incorporation to the bilingual group, once they prove that they have the linguistic competence suitable for this purpose.

The Degree in Business Admininistration and Management (BAM) enables the student to perform various management positions in the professional domain and it also allows the student to face entrepreneurial projects in different business activities.

The knowledge taught is geared toward professional practice, so practicums in businesses and proximity to the business world are essential. The acquisition of knowledge and techniques in business management is supplemented with the acquisition of a high level of social and managerial skills. Furthermore, knowledge of computing and languages is very important.

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Recommended entry profile

The student who wishes to study the Degree in Business Administration and Management and business at UCV must have an interest in the economy and aspects related to the operation of the company and its management.

The student must have a liking for the initiative to create and lead businesses that generate wealth and employment. It will be a person with decision-making and leadership capacity to integrate human teams properly.

He or she must possess mathematical knowledge that enables him/her to understand and make progress in matters requiring calculation.

The student must know on a practical level the management of ICTs and have a sufficient level of English to be able to progress in knowledge of business and commercial English.

The student must be interested in the business world, and it is desirable for them to have initiative and be an entrepreneur to create and lead businesses.

As any college student, he or she must possess study and organization of time skills. It would be desirable that the student have teamwork skills and is interested in social relations.

The capacity for analysis and synthesis, the concern for culture and scientific curiosity will be valued positively.

They must have good communication skills both written and oral that allow them to understand the subjects and at the same time to participate in discussions and presentations.

Finally it is desirable for the student to have a culture of effort to give the best of him/herself taking advantage of the opportunity afforded to them.

Program

 

In English

First
1 Antropology 6
1 Business English I 6
1 Management I 6
1 Mathematics for Business and Economics 6
1 Microeconomics 6
2 Financial Accounting I 6
2 Gestión de Sociedades Mercantiles 6
2 Macroeconomics 6
2 Marketing I 6
2 Information Systems Management 6
  Totales 60
Second
1 Statistics 6
1 Fiscalidad de la Empresa I 6
1 Marketing II 6
1 Mathematics of Financial Operations 6
1 Information Systems Management II 6
2 Business English II 6
2 Ciencia, Razón y Fe 6
2 Contabilidad Financiera II 6
2 World Economy 6
2 Management II 6
  Total 60
Third
1 Análisis Contable 6
1 Human Resources Management 6
1 Spanish Economy 6
1 Corporate Finance I 6
2 Fiscalidad de la Empresa II 6
2 Statistics II 6
2 Logística y Distribución Comercial 6
2 Moral Social y Deontología 6
2 Optative subject 12
  Total 60
Fourth
1 Strategic Management 6
1 Econometrics 6
1 Finanzas Corporativas II 6
1 Prácticas Externas (1er semestre) 6
2 Prácticas  Externas (2º semestre) 6
2 Trabajo Final de Grado 12
2 Optative subject 18
  Totales 78

Career opportunities

  • Directors of Administration and Finance in businesses.
  • Financial directors in all types of organizations and businesses.
  • Financial markets.
  • Banking, Stock Exchange, Markets, Financial Instruments.
  • External and Internal Auditor.
  • Tax, financial, administrative, or labor consultant; organization and information and management systems consultant.
  • In public institutions with access through civil service government-run competitive exams.
  • Commercial Director of the Business.
  • Department of Marketing and Business Planning.
  • Advertising, promotional action, product launching.
  • Direction and Control of the Sales Force.
  • Launching of Businesses and Products abroad.
  • Internationalization of the Business.
  • Teacher in vocational education centers.
  • Access to Ph.D. studies.

Practicum

The Practicum has the main goal of enabling students to acquire knowledge, skills, and practical information necessary for the practice of positions related to Economic and Financial Management in Businesses and Organizations. The student will be supported by both an academic adviser or internal and a professional adviser or external.

This module is organized into a single field, which has an academic load of 18 ECTS credit hours (12 mandatory and 6 elective). In their development, the students will practice in one or two different companies related to the degree drawing them closer to realities that they can encounter professionally in the future.

MODULE ECTS SUBJECT ECTS COURSE ECTS YEAR Semester CHARACTER
Practicum 18 Practicums 18 Practicum (1st Semester) 6 4th 1st Int.
Practicum (2nd Semester) 6 4th 2nd Int.
Professional Integration Practicum 6 4th 2nd Elec

The Catholic University of Valencia has signed several cooperation agreements with companies and organizations in Valencia related to the degree for work experience. Thus, it enables the completion of the Practicum by all students in their final year of the Degree. In addition, it provides their future integration into the job market.

To accomplish this, the student will be supported by an academic adviser, who will perform a series of actions during the Practicum to ensure the quality of the training process and will aim to provide students with generic skills necessary for future practice. The adviser's role is to serve as a guidance counselor and institutional support for the student in carrying out the practical activities to be performed. Besides the annual appointments that are established with the adviser, he or she will always be available for advised students through the existing communication channels with UCV faculty (intranet, weekly advising sessions).

In order to guide and advise the student during the Practicums, several interviews and training activities will be done that can be individual or in groups of advisees.

Orientation Interview : The orientation interview will take place before the assignment of students to the type of Practicums they might be interested in. In it, the adviser will guide the students about different career options as well as the interests, skills, and requirements of both students and the career paths chosen. He or she will clarify the system of external assessment of the Practicums and the steps in the elaboration of the report thereof to be submitted by the students.

Practical classes: In these classes the adviser will guide on: career paths included in the program and the overall goals in each area.

The student will be supported by an academic adviser who will perform a series of actions throughout the training period to ensure the quality of training and will be responsible for assessing the student's report.
Similarly, the entity that admits the student will also assign an adviser who, at the end of the Practicum, will assess the work done by the student.

The process of management of Practicums includes the following phases:

1. The company submits an offer through the application form for students doing Practicums, which sets out the requirements and conditions.
2. · Upon receipt of the Application in the Practicum Unit at the School of Business Studies, the call is made public so that students know about it.
3. Students interested in the offer submit their résumé/CV via e-mail to the Head of Practicums to arrange contact with the Company.
4. The Company receives the interested students' résumés and gets directly in touch with them to begin the selection process.

During the selection process the following criteria will be taken into account:
a) academic record
b) curriculum vitae
c) personal characteristics in relation to the goal of the Practicum.
d) Other

5. Once students have been selected, and before the start of the Practicums, a training project shall be completed which will specify the functions and conditions of practice and the Educational Cooperation Agreement signed by the student, an adviser from the business and the Dean of the School of Business Studies.
6. Once the Practicum has been completed, the business will assess the students through an assessment report and the student, in turn, will elaborate the Practicum report.
7. Upon receipt of both, the Practicum academic adviser will perform the final assessment and sign the final report.

Skills

  Type SKILL
GENERIC SKILLS Instrumental CG1 Ability to analyze and synthesize
CG2 Proper management of time and resources
CG3 Ability to apply knowledge in practice
CG4 Ability to handle information from different sources
CG5 Oral and written communication
CG6 Use of ICTs
CG7 Information Management
Systemic CG8 Orientation to problem-solving
CG9 Orientation to decision-making
CG10 Basic knowledge of a second language
CG11 Creativity and ability to generate new ideas
CG12 Initiative and entrepreneurial spirit
CG13 Ability to learn and research skills
Interpersonal CG14 Leadership
CG15 Interpersonal relationship skills
CG16 Self-confidence and decision-making
CG17 Ability to work in interdisciplinary teams
CG18 Autonomy in learning
CG19 Commitment, responsibility and ethical sense
CG20 Development of values ??related to the principles of equal opportunities between men and women, universal access for people with disabilities and, in general, the democratic values ??and a culture of peace
       
SPECIFIC SKILLS Being able to CE1 Understand the potential impact of issues related to the macroeconomic and microeconomic environment and its institutions on business organizations (e.g. monetary and financial system, domestic markets)
CE2 Identify the constituting aspects of an organization (e.g. goals and objectives, ownership, size, culture, etc.)
CE3 Identify the functional areas of a company and their relationships (e.g. purchasing, logistics, marketing, finance and human resources)
CE4 Ability to develop interdisciplinary knowledge and analysis to define criteria according to which a company is defined linking the results with the analysis of the environment
CE5 Understanding of existing technology and new technologies and their impact on new or future markets
CE6 Manage change in an organization
Knowing-how-to CE7 Ability to manage a company or organization, understanding its competitive and institutional positioning and identifying its strengths and weaknesses.
CE8 Manage a company through its planning and control by using concepts, methods and tools (e.g. design and implementation of strategy, benchmarking, total quality management, system of ABC costs)
CE9 Identify potential sources of economic information of use and its contents
CE10 Identify and properly handle management of computer management applications.
CE11 Design and implementation of information systems in the business
CE12 Understand the principles of law and relate them to the knowledge related to business management
CE13 Ability to diagnose the situation and foreseeable development of a company from relevant records
CE14 Ability to issue reports on specific situations of companies and markets
Professional EC15 Ability to obtain, from the data, valuable information for decision-making.
CE16 Technical understanding, writing and communication in a second language, especially English.
CE17 Application of professional judgment to the analysis of business problems
CE18 Ability to integrate in any functional area of ??an organization and to develop different tasks related to management.
CE19 Empathy and ability to understand others
EC20 Ability to negotiate and to solve problems

Specialities

The educational tracks are consistent with different educational routes that are easily recognizable in the profession, particularly with the elective subjects contemplated by this curriculum.

The specialization routes or specialties are as follows:
a) Marketing and commercialization.
b) International business management.
c) Finance and management control.
d) Organization and Management of Businesses.

Marketing and commercialization Year  Sem   ECTS
ELEC1. Marketing Plan 3rd 1 Elec 6
ELEC2. Commercial Communication 3rd 2 Elec 6
ELEC3. Customer Relationship Management 4th 1 Elec 6
ELEC4. Product and Branding Management 4th 2 Elec 6
International Business Management Year  Sem   ECTS
ELEC2. Business Internationalization 3rd 2 Elec 6
ELEC3. Entrepreneurship and business initiative 4th 1 Elec 6
ELEC4. Business growth strategies 4th 2 Elec 6
ELEC5. Globalization and International Markets 4th 1 Elec 6
Finance and Management Control Year  Sem   ECTS
ELEC1. Spanish Financial System 3rd 1 Elec 6
ELEC2. Labor Management and Social Security 3rd 2 Elec 6
ELEC3. Planning and Financial Control 4th 1 Elec 6
ELEC4. Negotiation with financial institutions 4th 2 Elec 6
ELEC5. Stocks and Securities Markets 4th 2 Elec 6
Organization and Management of Businesses Year  Sem   ECTS
ELEC1. Quality and Environmental Management 3rd 1 Elec 6
ELEC2. Creativity and innovation management 3rd 2 Elec 6
ELEC3. Entrepreneurship and business initiative 4th 1 Elec 6
ELEC5. Corporate Social Liability 4th 2 Elec 6

Both the Bachelor’s Thesis and at least one of the subjects Practicum (I or II) will be related to the skills and the route chosen by the student, thereby strengthening the skills and contents worked on in the subjects that constitute the track.

Nevertheless, students may choose to get one or no track in the event that they choose alternative combinations of electives that allow them to take the entire set of 24 ECTS.

Bachelor's Thesis

The Bachelor's Thesis is carried out in the final year of the degree, and it is an indispensable requirement in order to earn the Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management. By carrying out the thesis, the student puts into practice the knowledge acquired in the coursework phase of the degree. The reflection in a practical manner of the skills and abilities that have been developed in the previous years is one of its main goals. In a general manner, the thesis must empower the student for the search, management, organization and interpretation of relevant data in the areas of economics and business. It must also allow them to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, technological or ethical issues which facilitate the development of critical thinking as well as logical and creative judgment.

MODULE ECTS SUBJECT ECTS COURSE ECTS Year and Semester
Bachelor’s Thesis 12 Bachelor’s Thesis 12 Bachelor’s Thesis 12 4 2

In carrying out the thesis, the student takes the final step in his or her insertion into the job market or into higher studies. To that end, the student will count on the assistance of a professor-adviser who will guide him or her throughout the course. With an original paper the student has to prove that he or she is able to tackle a complex topic in a rigorous, synthetic manner. The student will have the opportunity to submit and defend his or her thesis in front of a committee of professors.

In the thesis the student puts into practice the knowledge acquired in the different subjects he or she has taken in the degree. The student will carry out research related to any of the topics studied in the degree which will be in line with the research and study lines of the School of Economics and Business. The different areas and/or specific projects will be announced on the Virtual Campus UCVnet so that students can choose on which area or areas they will write their thesis along with the directors available in each area. The students will be able to propose alternative topics as long as they are approved by the professor in charge of coordinating the subject.

Examples of Bachelor's Thesis (among others):

Research papers such as the behavior of consumers in relation to a specific product or general market studies of a product or of countries, markets and financing instruments or others that can be proposed and accepted by the academic commission in charge of the Bachelor's Thesis.

Students may develop projects focusing on the Creation of a Business (business plan) or business expansion such as international expansion, vertical integration, mergers or acquisition and integration of organizations.

The proposals of Bachelor's Thesis can be related to the elaboration of projects related to the organizations where the student carries out the practicum with prior authorization from the business and being supervised by an adviser from the business and an adviser chosen from the teaching staff that teaches the degree.

The relationship between the director and the student is based on mutual trust, understanding and empathy. Following the director’s guidance, the student is responsible for adequately reflecting the knowledge, methods and tools acquired during the degree and will be assessed on them. In order to facilitate the flow of work, the following basic functions are included.

The student’s responsibilities are to:

  • Adequately elaborate on the topic that is being studied
  • Define the work roles (in the case of teams)
  • Apply the most appropriate methodology as a function of the topic being studied
  • Search for and review the relevant sources of information for the thesis including the subjects assimilated throughout the degree
  • According to the type of study, to carry out the field work, surveys, market research, financial analysis as well as economic and empirical research.
  • Attend and participate in the work sessions with the adviser
  • Make any changes the adviser deems appropriate
  • Write and review the written report
  • Submit and defend the thesis orally

The adviser’s functions are to:

  • Define the topic of study and the goals of the thesis
  • Provide guidance on the methodology
  • Point students to the main sources of information
  • Facilitate conflict resolution
  • Keep a record of attendance and participation in the work sessions
  • Follow up on the fulfillment of the programmed goals
  • Validate that the thesis meets the minimum requirements to be defended.
  • Write a report on the students' work which may be assessed by the committee according to the assessment criteria for the thesis
  • Attend the oral defense of the thesis.
  • Participate as a committee member in the defense of other theses.

The coordinator of the subject will be responsible for:

  • Providing information regarding deadlines and requirements
  • Coordinating workshops with the orientation service in the event that they are necessary
  • Organization of the committees and defense sessions
  • Guide students on possible topics for the thesis

The elaboration of the thesis is subject, in any case, to the general UCV regulations thereof.

As a result of the work undertaken, the student will craft a written document by way of a report of the work done in the thesis. It will be published on the Virtual Campus with the director’s approval.

The adviser will write a report assessing the students' work that may be assessed by the committee according to the assessment system for the thesis. In this report, the director will confirm that the thesis has been done under his or her supervision along with the assessment of active participation in the three work sessions.

Once completed, the thesis will have to be submitted and defended in a public presentation before a committee of professors. The thesis commission will assign the committee members by selecting teaching staff with teaching in the degree. When the circumstances so require, the committee may be constituted by professionals with experience in the field of study of the thesis.

Students will have 10 minutes to carry out a presentation with the aid of the materials they deem appropriate. They will have to present the goals, methodology, results, content and conclusions of their thesis. They will later answer questions that may be posed by the Committee members. After the presentation, the committee will have 5 minutes to ask questions or to request clarifications and make comments and suggestions.

Students will have five additional minutes to make appropriate clarifications to the committee. The committee will take into consideration both the written document and the presentation made by the student according to the assessment criteria in the teaching guide for the Bachelor’s Thesis.

ASSESSMENT SYSTEM OF THE ACQUISITION OF SKILLS AND MARKING SYSTEM  
For the purpose of measuring the acquisition of the skills of the course through the learning outcomes defined previously, an Assessment System has been designed which is presented next.  
The committee will take into account the written paper, the presentation and defense as well as the adviser's report in the percentages that are reflected next.  
The Guide of the subject shows the assessment criteria for the subject and the assessment criteria for both the presentation and the defense of the written work.  
Assessment instrument Allocated percentage
Adviser's report as well as records of follow-up of participation in and attendance at proposed activities. 10%
Assessment of the thesis (form, quality and originality) 50%
Defense of the thesis before the committee 40%

Submission of Bachelor’s Thesis

TEMPORAL ORGANIZATION OF LEARNING:
  CONTENT BLOCK/TEACHING UNIT Time line
1   In-person session: The Bachelor’s Thesis and its possible alternatives October
2 Elaboration of the Bachelor’s Thesis proposal October
3 Posting of topics and assigned advisers November
3 Seminars and conferences throughout the year
4 Direction of the Bachelor’s Thesis throughout the year
5 Preliminary report December
6   Oral defense  June and July