PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS 1 (6 ECTS)
The course familiarizes students with basic microeconomics which studies the behavior of economic agents such as producers, entire sectors, individual consumers and their respective relations. The goal of this course is to study how and if an economy uses its scarce resources to maximize goals (profits, utility) of the society. The course starts off with an introduction to markets, the concept of supply and demand and continues with an analysis of behavior of economic agents – consumers and producers – how firms decided how much to produce, how producers maximize profits and how perfect competition and other market structures such as monopolies, oligopolies and monopolistic competition function.
ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY (3 ECTS)
This course introduces students to the general concepts of Economic Geography: (1) basic knowledge of the Earth, and introduction to the term of spatiality; (2) The spatial configuration and movements of factors important for economies, such as energy, natural resources, manufacturing, services, finances, and others; (3) Several fundamental processes and movement that are changing the world, its economy and societies, such as globalization, population aging, the formation of mega-cities, and the new economy; (4) The importance of societal communities for the economic development of any area; and (5) Analysis of economic conditions in different parts of the world, with a special emphasis on Croatia.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES (6 ECTS)
This course has the task to introduce students with the general culture of information and communication technology (ICT) and teach them to use various tools to quickly resolve specific problems. It repeats the basics number systems, analyzes computer material, introduces the basic concepts of operating systems, and continues to MS Office's. Students will learn to create a fracture text, image processing, and create presentations, web pages, and simple databases. Finally, the course discusses very current topics: mobile communications, computer networks, e-commerce, multimedia, e-learning and relationship between ethics and ICT. Course provides the basis for the series: E-commerce, management information systems, project management, business dynamics, etc.
ENGLISH FOR ECONOMISTS (2 ECTS)
Participating in this course enables students to understand, actively use and talk about the key concepts in business and economics. The course primarily focuses on the vocabulary students can come across in the fields of management, macroeconomics, entrepreneurship, business ethics etc. It also introduces the terms and concepts students will come across while reading books, magazines, newspapers and browsing through web pages closely connected to business practice and the global economic situation, and use them in written and oral communication.
MATHEMATICS 1 (6 ECTS)
This course introduces introduce basic concepts in mathematical analysis, that is calculus and integration with various applications in economics.
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (4 ECTS)
The course introduces the foundations of philosophy, especially the practical philosophy and applied philosophy, and the alliance of philosophy and economics. In particular, it emphasizes the dimensions of philosophy that are important for understanding the social sciences that students will encounter during their studies, but also for understanding the arts as rhetoric. The basic emphasis is on economy, followed by law, sociology, social psychology, rhetoric, etc.
SOCIOLOGY (3 ECTS)
The course is designed to prepare students to be successful in a globalized multicultural business world. In order to face challenges of living and working in today’s global economy, students will acquire knowledge of how society is organized and how it operates, and how domestic and social forces influence social institutions and processes of social change. By studying rules of coexistence and mutual relations among people and institutions, the course emphasizes the importance of sociological perspective in understanding our social reality and power relations. The course reveals how sociological perspective is helpful in marketing research such as consumer satisfaction or market segmentation or different analysis of people and their needs.
PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS 2 (6 ECTS)
This course covers the topics of distribution of income and poverty; basic macroeconomic aggregates and system of national accounts, aggregate supply and demand, multiplier in open and closed economy; the banking system and its significance for economic development, central banks, inflation and price stabilization, indebtedness; open economy – trade, exchange rate policy, comparative advantages and protectionism; and strategies of economics development This theoretical knowledge is applied through case studies from everyday economic life in the country and abroad and through discussions in current topics in macroeconomics of both national and global scope.
MATHEMATICS 2 (6 ECTS)
The main goal of the course is to, through lectures, exercises, readings and problem solving students learn real functions of one and more variables, graph analysis, elementary functions, limit of a function, continuity, derivative, optimization and integral calculus. All the topics are covered by business and economics examples.
STATISTICS 1 (6 ECTS)
In this course, students, through lectures, exercises, readings and autonomous problem solving learn the difference between descriptive and inferential statistics, graphical and numerical display of data, calculate and estimate average values, mod, median, learn basics in probability, learn discrete and continuous probability functions, calculate and interpret variance and standard deviation, Bernoulli, binomial, uniform, exponential, standard normal and normal probability functions.
MATHEMATICS FOR ECONOMISTS AND MANAGERS (5 ECTS)
This course ensures that the mathematical methods and techniques and methods for business analysis in real business environment are adopted so that the students are able to handle real life business situations and are able to participate in decision making. During this course, students gain fundamental knowledge about financial markets and financial instruments.
PRINCIPLES OF LAW (4 ECTS)
The course is aimed at first year students, to become acquainted with the basic terminology and legal concepts. The course contains definitions of law and state, basic divisions of law and legal concepts. The acquired knowledge is necessary for students, not only as part of their general education but also as a basis for the more advanced legal knowledge they will gain at the senior years (knowledge which may be important for future economists and managers). The link between law and economics is so strong nowadays that there exist entire study programs abroad functioning as combinations of legal and economic courses.
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