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Courses Offered 2017/2018 | 1st Semester | Exchange Students

1st Semester

Accounting

ECTS: 7.0

Prerequisites: None

The objective of the course is to introduce students to financial accounting. It is primarily intended for students with no previous exposure to accounting at all. The course adopts the decision-maker perspective of accounting, emphasizing the relation between accounting data and the underlying economic events that generated them.

Advanced Corporate Finance (1)

ECTS: 7.0

Prerequisites: 
Yes (see syllabus)

According to corporate finance theory, maximization of shareholder wealth is the ultimate objective that a firm’s management should pursue. For the accomplishment of this task, management need to identify, undertake and monitor value-creating capital investment projects, and identify, secure and manage the capital needed for their implementation. The former requires knowledge about investment decisions, the latter about financing decisions.

Advanced Mathematics

ECTS: 7.0

Prerequisites: To be confirmed (Syllabus available soon) 

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to complete the following tasks:
1. Understand the role of time in economic problems;
2. Formulate and/or solve dynamic problems, including phase diagrams (i. e., problems involving systems of dynamic equations);
3. Use the basic tools of dynamic optimization, and in particular be able to solve calculus of variations or optimal control problems (in both discrete and continuous time).

Economic Analysis of Social Policies

ECTS: 6.0

Prerequisites for MSc Students: None

Course also available for 3rd year undergraduate students.

EASP studies the mechanisms of social protection that are at the core of the Welfare State using a perspective from economics. The course has two parts. The first part is a survey of basic results in Welfare Economics and Political Economy dealing with market failures and government policies and failures in social policies, and with the distribution and redistribution of income. The second part covers social policies: income maintenance and poverty reduction, pensions, and unemployment insurance.
 

Economic Regulation

ECTS: 6.0

Prerequisites for MSc Students: None

Course also available for 3rd year undergraduate students.

Introduction to the economics of network industries (electricity, natural gas, telecommunications and water supply). Main Economic Regulatory models (without and with incentives) of companies subject to regulation. Incentives to OPEX and CAPEX. Pricing theory for network industries and applications to real cases. Privatization, unbundling and liberalization of network industries.
 

Finance

ECTS: 7.0

Prerequisites: Yes (see syllabus)

The main goal of the Finance course is to engage you in a journey to discover the main financial concepts and methods. We adopt the perspective of a financial manager of a non-financial firm. This course contributes to understand financial markets, financial investments and corporate finance decisions.

Financial Investments

ECTS: 7.0

Prerequisites: Yes (see syllabus)

This is a course in the Master of Science program covering topics related to financial investments and portfolio management. The course covers the basics of fixed income instruments, equity valuation, portfolio theory, asset pricing theory, the risk-return tradeoff, market efficiency, and measuring risk-adjusted performance. The goal of this class is to provide the students with a structure for thinking about investment theory and show them how to address investment problems in a systematic manner. Case studies and exercises are used to apply these concepts and methods to practical problems.

Macroeconomic Policy

ECTS: 6.0

Prerequisites: Yes (see syllabus)

Course also available for 3rd year undergraduate students.

The purpose of the course is to enable students to understand macroeconomic policy-making and to think systematically on macroeconomic policy issues. This will imply mastering several macroeconomic models and a number of instruments relevant for economic analysis. The course is mostly applied while based on a coherent theoretical foundation. The course will cover topics related with long-term growth, monetary policy, fiscal policy and macroprudential policy. Each topic will include a review of the available empirical evidence and of the institutional framework underlying macroeconomic policy decisions. Throughout the semester there will be a systematic discussion of contemporary macroeconomic developments and policy debates in class.

Marketing Planning

ECTS: 7.0

Prerequisites: None

This course is intended to provide a general introduction to the principles and applications of marketing. The foundation gained through this course should provide you with a general framework and perspective about marketing which can be applied in non-marketing academic pursuits or career paths. Our challenge is to link together concepts in order to develop a clearer perspective of applied marketing management practices from both the marketer’s and end user’s perspectives. Finally, we will explore the technologies that are revolutionizing the ways that companies bring value to their customers.

 

Language Courses

Portuguese Crash Course

ECTS: 1.5

Prerequisites: None

The course is intended for absolute beginners in Portuguese as a foreign language and aims at preparing participants for their first contact with the language and the daily communicative situations they will come across whilst in the country.

Portuguese Extensive Course A1 Level

ECTS: 4.5

Prerequisites: None
This course aims at the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level  A1.

Portuguese Extensive Course A2 Level

ECTS: 4.5

Prerequisites: Level A1
This course aims at the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level A2.

Portuguese Extensive Course B1 Level

ECTS: 4.5

Prerequisites: Level A2

This course aims at the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level B1.


1) Students must not register for Financial Decision-Making in a Business Context


All courses are lectured in English.
A course will only be offered if at least 12 students enroll for it.