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2017-2018 A.Y.
World Bachelor Business (3-y)


Assessment methods such as exams and other types of tests are designed to assess the students' required level of preparation in order to be awarded the credit points for the various educational activities. Assessments are marked out of thirty (exams) or given a pass/fail grade and are always individual.
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Exam program

Exams, like lessons, are based on the topics described in the course program, available in 2 versions: the course profile and the course syllabus.

The course profile includes the main topics dealt with in the course and is divided into following sections: Course Objectives, Course Content Summary, Textbooks, Detailed Description of Assessment Methods and, were applicable, prerequisites. Students can access the course profiles on the Bocconi Internet site (at page http://www.unibocconi.eu/courses).

To help students in choosing courses on the basis of the course contents, the course profiles are published on the site well before the start of lessons. Substantial variations to the course profiles are not envisaged during the year, except for some changes to the textbooks that may be made as a consequence of new publications or updated material that were not available when the profile was finalized.


The purpose of the course syllabus together with the information published online is to explain in more detail the topics covered. For every learning session of the course, if possible the reference materials necessary for an in-depth consolidation of the concepts dealt with in the lessons and assessment methods are specified and tutors are available (see "Teaching assistants"). The course syllabus is prepared by the Course Director in conjunction with the views of the Program Director. The syllabus is generally distributed during lessons and generally is also available online (yoU@B student Diary, in the course profile, BBoard).

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Assessment methods

The assessment methods are indicated in a summarized form in the course profiles and are explained in further detail in the course syllabuses. In addition, they are also explained by the teachers during lectures and generally available online.  

The assessment methods may be different for attending and non-attending students.

In general terms, the in-progress evaluation provides for more evaluation moments and any more methods, such as (depending on teaching and according to the proportions specified in the course profile) partial written exams, oral exams, evaluation of the student's active participation in class and individual and / or group assignments given by the teacher during lesson weeks (assignments that can only provide written output or even an oral presentation).
The final assessment, however, provides for a single evaluation time in written and / or oral form.

For courses with multi-class groups in the same Bachelor of Science Program, the exams are organized in the same way.

It is important to always check how exam marks are registered either with the teacher or with the secretary's office of the Department  (whether or not it is necessary to sign up for other exams to complete the requirements, etc.) and to check the expiration date of the mark of those written exams that are followed by an oral exam.

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Past exam papers

The Course Director will decide on the availability of past exam papers, together with the correct answers. The course director can do it through:

  •  the Teaching box available in the yoU@B student Diary;
  • his personal page available on the website;
  • e-learning platform.


Past exam papers which are released are available for 12 months, unless otherwise stipulated by the teacher. 

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Period of general/partial exams and timetable

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General and partial exams

The exam timetable is organized in periods that do not coincide with the lessons. Each exam period consists of one or more sessions.

The exam timetable allocates 4 exam sessions for all courses; 2 of them are scheduled after the teaching semester, the third and fourth sessions are considered as supplementary sessions. For foreign language courses 5 exam sessions are scheduled.

Students can generally take exams in all sessions as long as they satisfy the attendance requirements (semester course lessons in the study plan must be finished). For some types of exams and for some courses, there can be some limitations to access the exams.

The exam periods and exam sessions (reference period: October 2017 - September 2018) are scheduled as follows.


 Courses I semester

 Courses II semester




Period I


1st  Partial exams


Period II
11/12/17 (*)

21/12/17 (*)

2nd Partial exams
1 session





19/01/18 (**)


2nd Partial exams
1 session

1 session 2016-2017 academic year

Period III



1st  Partial exams

Period IV


2nd Partial exams
1 session


23/06/18 (**)


2nd Partial exams
1 session



1 session


Period V


1 session

1 session

(*) In the period 11-21 December 2017 an exam session, open to all enrolled students, is scheduled for 1/2 compulsory courses per program/year of studies replacing the January 2018 exam session which, as a consequence, will not be scheduled.

(**) From the 2017/18 academic year for the compulsory courses the second partial exam if written is scheduled in both sessions of the exam periods scheduled at the end of the teaching period.

As a consequence, for the course typologies above, a second partial exam is scheduled:

  • with reference to the first semester, in the period 19 January to 3 February 2018 as an alternative to the one scheduled in the period 4 to 18 January 2018;
  • with reference to the second semester, in the period 1 to 23 June 2018 as an alternative to the one scheduled in the period 15 to 31 May 2018.

There are rules and limitations to access the second partial exam, for all details check paragraph 6.5. Exam registration procedure.

Note to the exam calendar

  • "session" refers to both exams of the current academic year and the previous years;
  •  the fourth exam session for II semester courses will be held in February 2019;
  • exam sessions for foreign language courses are scheduled for: October 2017; February, June, July and September 2018;
  • exam sessions for Computer Science/Computer Skills are scheduled as follows:
    • 1st semester courses: October 2017; January, February, June and September 2018;
    • 2nd semester courses: October 2017; February, June, July and September 2018
  • A reserved exam session has been scheduled in December (11-21 December 2017), for 1st semester courses, open only to students who are englaged in curricular internships abroad or in Italy in the January/February period. 

With reference to the reserved exam session please note that students CANNOT sit exams for previous year's courses which have not been passed. Only those students whose teaching activitie described above start before the February exam session ends (3 February 2018) can participate.

There is NO overlapping between compulsory course exam sessions of the same year and Bachelor of Science program; therefore no 2 exams on the same day are usually scheduled, except for February (19 January-3 February 2018) and September exam periods, as the available days for exams are limited.

Such overlapping rules refers ONLY to compulsory courses of the year in which the student is enrolled and do not refer to previous years' exams which have not been passed yet and/or to elective courses. With reference to the elective courses we tend, when possible to guarantee the non-overlapping between courses referring to the same subject area.

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Exam timetable

The exam timetable for the October 2017 - September 2018 period is published by the end of July on the University Internet site at www.unibocconi.eu/exams.

During the year the timetable of an exam session may be changed (only to a later date or time), in which case students do not need to re-register for the exam since their registration is automatically transferred to the new timetable.
Exam dates are updated daily on the Internet site. In addition, any changes to the exam timetable can be viewed on the yoU@B student Diary.

The exams are identified in the exam timetable by the following letters:

  • I Partial exam
  • S Written exam
  • O Oral exam 


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Classroom and student allocation

Students can check the classroom assigned, day and time for their exam via yoU@B student Diary generally in the afternoon of the working day prior to the exam date.

If the exam is held in more than one classroom and in more slots, students are allocated following criteria set by the Department the course refers to and they receive an appropriate message via the yoU@B Diary in the Exam Breakdown of students box.  

In any case, the student must follow the instructions relating on day, time and room specified on the message.

The list of classrooms assigned for exams is also published on the website (following the same timelines explained above) at www.unibocconi.eu/rooms.

It is also available:

  • on the ground floor in via Sarfatti 25 on the "Today's exams and activities" bulletin board;
  • on the ground floor in piazza Sraffa 13, on the monitors and on the bulletin boards.
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Exam and partial exam registration procedure

Registration for written, oral and partial exams can be carried out via the yoU@B>Registration exam session function up to the fourth last working day before the exam itself. The following days and periods are classified as non-working days:

  • Saturdays and Sundays;
    • Holidays and periods when the University is closed, as indicated below:
      for 2017: 1 November, 7 - 8 - 25- 26 December;
    • for 2018 (up to September exam period): 1 January, 2 April, 25 April, 1 May, 15 August.


Registration for the exam session and for partial exams can be allowed only if the student has not been suspended (e.g. if the payment of tuition and fees and/or any penalty fees has not been recorded, for a disciplinary sanction, for any irregularities checked by one of the University Services etc).

To register, after accessing the yoU@B student Diary, function 'Registration exam session', students can view a list of the not passed courses included in the study plan.

Via yoU@B you can register for only one of the two exams which follow the displaying date, for each code and type of exam.

By clicking on the appropriate icon beside the exam session, according to the deadlines for the exam registration, the following operations can be carried out:

  • Exam registration
  • Exam cancellation


The registration/cancellation operation is carried out only if confirmation prompt asked for by the system is given. If confirmation is not given, registration for the specific activity will NOT take place.

After registering for the exams it is possible to print the receipt for every operation carried out via the yoU@B Exams>Registration Exam sessions by clicking on the appropriate icon besides the selected session.

If the system does not allow you to register for or cancel from an exam, it may be as a result of one of the following:

  • the registration deadline has expired;
  • the course is not included in the study plan;
  • the exam has already been passed;
  • the student is suspended for non-payment of university fees and tuition;
  • the student does not have the right to sit the exam because the exam is scheduled before lessons finish (end of semester); this does not apply to partial exams.

With reference to the second partial exam scheduled in the second exam session of the exam periods at the end of the teaching semesters for some course typologies, the system may not allow you to register for or cancel from an exam if:

  • the student is already registered for the 2nd partial exam in the first exam session;
  • the student is already registered for the general exam in the first exam session (written or oral).

When the registration to the session has closed, the above criteria will be checked again. If the criteria has not been met the student cannot sit the exam. Students who are suspended after registering for one or more exams and/or partial exams are sent a message on their yoU@B student Diary informing them that they cannot sit the exam. Students who clear their position before registration closes have the right to sit the exam. Once students clear their position they will receive a message via the above channels.

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Notes for the exams registration: regulations and requirements

In addition to the rules mentioned in paragraph 6.5 Exam and partial exam registration procedure, some important information regarding exam registration is available below:

  1. Both a written exam and a partial exam or both an oral exam and a partial exam in the same day
    If the exam calendar includes in the same day both a written exam and a partial exam or both a oral exam and a partial one students cannot register to both types of exams at the same time. Therefore students must choose which of the 2 types of exam they want to register for (written or partial exam; oral or partial exam).
  2. Both a date for the written exam and a date for the oral exam in the exam timetable
    If the exam timetable shows both a date for the written exam and a date for the oral exam, students must register for both (even if they are on the same day). If students do not register for both, they cannot sit the exam.
  3. Registration to the groups
    In some cases when registering for an exam students will be asked to make a specific choice from among a group of alternatives ("registration to the groups"), for example "attending students". After selecting the type and date of exam for which they want to register/cancel, a window will automatically appear giving students the possibility of selecting the group they want to register for.
  4. Partial exams
    If the exam consists of different partial exams, students must pass all of them in order to pass the exam. If students do not sit for one of the partial exams they must take the general exam. For further detailed information on exam assessment methods for each individual course, please check the course profiles published on the website at www.unibocconi.eu/courses.
  5. Rules for sitting/registering for the second partial exams
    With reference to the second partial exam scheduled in both exam sessions of exam periods at the end of the teaching semesters, there are the following rules and exam access limitations:
    • students can sit for the 2nd partial exam only once: students registered for the 2nd partial exam in the first exam session after the teaching period will not be allowed to register for the 2nd partial exam in the second exam session after the teaching period;
    • students registered for the general exam in the first exam session after the teaching period will not be allowed to register for the 2nd partial exam in the second exam session after the teaching period.
      Checks for accessing the 2nd partial exam in the second exam session after the teaching period will be made on the basis of the exam registration, independently from the student’s attendance at the exam.
      For further detailed information on exam periods and the course typologies involved, please check paragraph 6.4.1 General and partial exams.
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Examining boards

Examining boards are appointed by the Rector or one of his delegates. They consist of at least 2 members, including a President, and are presided over by the Course Director. When necessary, exam commissions may be divided into sub-examining boards.

On the basis of Proposal by the Head of the Department of reference of the subject, examining Board members can be:

  • All members who have teaching commitments on the course of the academic year, excluded the Visiting Professors short-term and those only engaged in guest speaking or seminars;
  • Teaching Assistants (with a Graduate Degree) assigned to the course;
  • All those who were part of the Examining Board of the previous years even if they do not teach in the current year;
  • Other Bocconi teaching staff (tenured staff and no tenured) expert in the subject
  • The Head of the Department of reference of the course.

Students will generally sit exams with the teacher(s) of their assigned class group if they take the exam in the first exam period after the end of the course. In successive exam sessions, exams may also be organized for various class groups, in which case students sit exams with a teacher or teachers of one of the class groups, or with an expert in the subject.

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Exam procedure

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ONLY students who have regularly registered for exams can be admitted to sit for them.
Students must come to exams equipped with:

  • unofficial academic transcript;
  • personalized Bocconi ID card.

Students must sign in to certify their presence at the exam (this does not refer to mark acceptance).
For written exams, students certify their presence by signing the exam paper.

During exams students may decide to withdraw, in which case their papers are not considered valid and the exam result is not registered.
For written exams students are deemed to have withdrawn if they hand in their exam papers with "withdrawn" written on them.

As a general guide, in case of written exams, students who withdraw must stay in the room until the end of their exams; for oral exams, students may only withdraw before the teacher declares the mark. Withdrawing from an exam is equivalent to not taking the exam.

Handing in written exam papers (whether they are partial or general exams) specifically means accepting the mark the teacher gives the paper, no matter what it is.

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Exam conduct

Exams are official assessments which must be taken in full compliance with the rules.

During an examination students:

  • cannot offer or receive any assistance from students or any other party, nor can they use notes unless authorized by the teacher;
  • cannot attempt to obtain confidential information about the specific questions of the exam;
  • cannot assume the identity of another nor allow others to assume their identity during an exam; nor can students present as their own a piece of work which has been entirely or partially copied;
  • cannot keep mobile phones on their desks.

Violation of the above rules or instructions given by the teacher during exams, is cause for cancellation of the exam, and the start of disciplinary procedures.
The disciplinary sanctions applied in this University include:

  • official warning;
  • temporary ban from one or more courses;
  • exclusion from one or more exams for one or more exam periods;
  • temporary suspension from the University and loss of exam periods (not more than three years). 

All disciplinary sanctions are registered in the student's academic career, written in the transfer form, and in all university documents used in determining the student's graduation grade. A disciplinary sanction more serious than a warning precludes any student benefits (scholarships, housing etc.).

These rules do not substitute the university in the monitoring of the exams. The university will maintain strict exam procedures. The university moreover will do its best to ensure that the exams are taken in adequate rooms, with enough space and silence to allow students to concentrate. Teachers are required to set clear questions and to mark exams following clear rules, allowing students to show their ability and degree of understanding of the subject area.

Finally students are strongly recommended to carefully read the content of the Honor Code, which is published on the website at www.unibocconi.eu/honorcode where they can find a summary of the unfair and illegal behaviors and the relating sanctions.

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A mark of between 0 and 17 out of thirty is considered unsatisfactory.
A mark of between 18 and 30 out of thirty is considered satisfactory.

The examining board may award "lode" (cum laude) to students who are awarded thirty out of thirty (30/30).

Exams that are awarded a satisfactory mark are considered to have been passed and cannot be retaken (whether they are partial exams or general exams).

Exams that are awarded an unsatisfactory mark are considered to have been failed and must therefore be taken again.

As far as written exams are concerned, if the final grade does not satisfy all the requirements of the partner Universities, the Examining Board might require a supplementary exam.

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Publication of exam results

Exams or other assessments are public.
The results of written exams are available from the Secretary's Office of the Department the courses refer to.
The results are also generally published on the yoU@B student Diary. Marks are communicated for informational purposes only, therefore once the result of an exam has been registered, students are advised to check that it has been correctly recorded in their academic career by using the yoU@B in the"Career>Study plan" menu on the yoU@B> Punto Blu.

The result notification sent to the student, includes the information on the result of the written exam, of the date for inspect exam paper and, if decided by the Examining Board, also the convening for any integrative exam.

In compliance with the Honor Code, the Bocconi teaching staff are committed to carry out the assessment in a fairy way and to be available to analyze the quality of the exam taken with the student. In this context, as part as the teaching staff autonomous initiative, for written exams also a date dedicated to review the exam paper can be scheduled.During the exam paper review, there is no negotiation between the teacher and the student regarding the awarded grade; at this stage, the student is required to maintain an attitude oriented to understanding any mistakes made, to catch, from direct confrontation with the teacher, the opportunity to learn.

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Recording, registering and certifying


The final results of exams are recorded with a mark out of thirty and are registered in the student's academic career by the Study Planning Office.
The exams of course subdivided in modules are considered passed, and may be recorded in the academic career and certified, only after passing both exams of which the course is made up. The final grade is obtained by the grade point average (compared to the credit points of each module) of the two marks achieved.

The appropriate offices periodically check the grades recorded in the academic career of all students.

Each student's "Official academic transcript" available only through the cert@B procedure available on the yoU@B Diary>Certifications, contains all the exams included in the study plan, together with the date when the exam was passed, marks and credit points awarded and subject groups for the exams that have been recorded.

The "unofficial academic transcript, which can be printed accessing the yoU@B Diary>Punto Blu tab via the terminals located at the University only, contains all exams including those that have been passed, i.e. the exams for which students have been awarded a sufficient mark.

The unofficial academic transcript contains all the exams, including those that have been passed, that is the exams for which students have been awarded a sufficient mark. The positive mark of the exams of each module (if included in the program structure).

Only passed exams are certified.

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Credit for foreign language certifications

For the second foreign language courses, some international language certifications (the mark is converted into a mark out of thirty) are recognized as an alternative to Bocconi exams.
For more detailed information see "Foreign languages and Computer Skills"

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How to calculate the Grade Point Average (GPA)

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated by the mathematical average weighted on the credit point values of all courses with marks expressed out of thirty recorded in the student's academic career.
A 30 "cum laude" is awarded the value of 31.

A maximum of 2 additional exams can be included in the calculation of the GPA. If a student has passed more than 2 additional exams, the 2 best results are considered (those for which students received the highest marks, if grades achieved are the same the ones with an highest number of credit points are considered).

The exams ratified for students transferring from other Italian universities are assigned the mark awarded by the university where the exam was originally taken.

The exams ratified for students transferring from universities abroad are assigned the mark awarded by the university where the exam was originally taken. If the original marks are expressed in different numerical scales or in letters, they are converted to marks out of thirty on the basis of the specific conversion table.

The exams taken at other universities that have an agreement with Università Bocconi are assigned the mark awarded by the university where the exam was originally taken. If the original marks are expressed in different numerical scales or in letters, they are converted to marks out of thirty on the basis of conversion tables.

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