APPLIES TO ACADEMIC YEAR 2012/2013
BIK 2911 Basic Business Economics|
Responsible for the course
Rolf Gunnar Strand, Knut Larsen
Department of Accounting - Auditing and Law
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The course gives an introduction to theories, methods and models within the field of business economics. Furthermore, the course will demonstrate how these theories, methods and models can be used in practical business economic planning and control.
After taking the course, participants shall be capable of explaining vital concepts and give an account of the tools used in analyses of business economics problems. Tools include methods, techniques, models, theories etc. used in the field.
After taking the course, the course participants shall be able to (a) apply knowledge (i.e. concepts and skills) in analyses and discussions on business economics problems, (b) distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information, and (c) give written answers to questions so that the readers understand the applied method and the conclusion. Examples:
After taking the course, the students shall be able to ask critical questions and reflect on crucial assumptions and theories within the business economics field.
No particular prerequisites are required, but an interest in number processing is necessary.
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Part 1: Investment and financing
Introduction to the course
Discounting and interest rate calculations
How can we measure the profitability of investment projects?
How can we measure the costs of various financing alternatives?
Part 2: Cost and income analysis
Income theory and market equilibrium
Cost- volume-profit analysis
Product selection with scarce resources
What costs and revenues are relevant in the short term?
Costing models: Contribution margin method and full cost method
Cost estimates and actual cost calculations
Variance analysis of costs and revenues
Part 3: Accounting and budgeting
The main financial statements (the income statement and the balance sheet)
How are financial statements prepared (basic registration techniques)?
How can financial statements be used (financial statement analysis)?
Budgeting and financial management
Preparation of the main budgets (income statement budgets, cash budgets and balance sheet budgets) and their relationships
Budgeting for various industries (manufacturing industry, trade, services, cultural institutions, etc.)