Crash courses

The Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods (DEMM), offers the following crash courses to catch up with the basic mathematics, statistics and economics principles. Courses are open to all admitted students of the international master courses and offered by DEMM.

However, the attendance is recommended to all students (n.b: crash courses are only for admitted students).

Please notice that the crash courses do not give any credits therefore they cannot replace the other entry requirements.

Timetable and rooms 2021/22

The crash courses will start on August 23rd, 2021 and will be held mostly in distance. A limited number of classes will also be available on-site

Crash courses programs

Teacher: Thierry Nieus
40 hrs.
Starting date: August 24th, 2021
Teaching mode: mostly in distance on ZOOM, lessons will also be recorded

Course description and syllabus (it may be subject to change)
1. Real functions of one and two variables
2. Derivatives
3. Partial derivatives
4. Integrals
5. Vectors and matrices
6. Operations between matrices
7. Determinants
8. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors

Teacher: Ahmed Alsayed
30 hrs.
Starting date: August 23rd, 2021
Teaching mode: mostly in distance on ZOOM, lessons will also be recorded

Course description and syllabus (it may be subject to change)

  • Revision of probability 
  • Probability Theorems (Central limit theorem, Law of large numbers etc.)
  • Random Variables 
    • Binomial distribution 
    • Poisson distribution
    • Normal/Gauss distribution
    • Chi-square distribution 
  • Inferential Statistics Theory
    • Point estimators and properties 
    • Interval estimators (confidence intervals)
    • The Bayes rule and elements of Bayesian statistics.
    • The likelihood function and the MLEs.
    • Hypothesis tests

Teacher: Fjona Zeneli
40 hrs.
Starting date: August 23rd, 2021
Teaching mode: full online on ZOOM, lessons will also be recorded

Course description and syllabus (it may be subject to change)

  • Consumer theory. Budget constraint, preferences, utility function, optimal choice, demand function, price effects, consumer surplus, uncertainty.
  • Market analysis. Aggregate demand, market equilibrium.
  • Production theory. Technology, profit maximization and cost minimization, cost functions and firm supply.
  • Market structure. Aggregate supply and perfect competition, monopoly, price discrimination, oligopoly.

References:

  • Hal Varian, “Intermediate Microeconomics – a modern approach”, W. W. Norton & Company, 2009

Teacher: Amare Alemaye Mersha
40 hrs.
Starting date: August 23rd, 2021
Teaching mode: mostly in distance on ZOOM, lessons will also be recorded

Course description and syllabus (it may be subject to change)
Please find all the information in the attached document.

Teacher: Martin Ruskov
30 hrs.
Starting date: August 30th, 2021
Teaching mode: mostly in distance on ZOOM, lessons will also be recorded

Course description and syllabus (it may be subject to change)

  • Introductory understanding of database modeling
  • Fundamentals of computer networks
  • Introductory programming
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Basics of Python

Teacher: Alfredo Esposito
30 hrs.
Starting date: August 23rd, 2021
Teaching mode: full online on ZOOM, lessons will also be recorded

Course description and syllabus (it may be subject to change)

1. The Enterprise 
2. Introduction to accounting and book keeping
3. The Accounting Cycle
4. Balance Sheet and Income Statement
5. Accounts Closure
6. Cash Flow Statement
7. Financial Statements Reclassification
8. Financial Ratios

Teacher: Andrea Cassani
20 hrs.
Starting date: N/A
Teaching mode: async lectures only, audio-video recordings and other materials are available on a dedicated Ariel website

Course description and syllabus
1. A science of politics?
2. Political regimes
3. Democracy and democratization
4. Electoral systems
5. Parties
6. Party systems
7. Governments
8. Institutional veto players
9. Models of democracy
10. Public policies

The course builds on the following textbooks (suggested non-compulsory readings):
- Clark, William Roberts, Matt Golder, and Sona Nadenichek Golder. “Principles of Comparative Politics”. CQ Press, 2017 (3 edition).
- Caramani, Daniele (ed.). “Comparative Politics”. Oxford University Press, 2020 (5 edition)

Please note that this crash course is not organized by DEMM.
DEMM would like to thank Andrea Cassani and the UNIMI Department of Social and Political Sciences (SPS) for making this course also available to EPS students.