Data Analysis

Subject BUSA90061 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Contemporary business is awash in data. Modern businesses’ business processes and activities usually involve multiple streams of data from areas as diverse as marketing activities, operational processes and financial activities. Therefore, managers are frequently confronted with how to harness these to understand their business better, so that they can make more informed decisions. Data analysis is the process of converting such raw data into meaningful information to inform business decision-making.

This subject provides an introduction to the fundamental data analysis skills and techniques that are used in contemporary business and management. These skills are essential both for later MBA subjects, and also for solving managerial problems in your later career. The course is computer based and students are required to perform all manipulations and computations themselves.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to apply quantitative methods in management decision making processes. Specifically they should be able to:

  • find probablities for normal distributions
  • compute a confidence interval for a mean, proportion and the difference between two means
  • conduct a hypothesis test for a mean or a proportion
  • identify possible errors or biases in sampling
  • compute the correlations between variables
  • use Excel to run a regression analysis
  • interpret the output of a regression analysis and evaluate the validity and usefulness of a regression model in the context of the business issues that are being analysed
  • Individual assignment (10%)
    • 500 words
    • Week 3
  • Quiz (20%)
    • 30 minutes
    • Week 4
  • Syndicate project
    • Report (1500 words, week 7) (20%)
    • Presentation (15 minutes, week 8) (10%)
  • Final Exam (40%)
    • Hurdle requirement
    • 90 minutes
    • End of subject
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration

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