Business Decision Analysis

Subject MGMT20005 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

3 hours per week plus a minimum of 6 hours per week in self directed study.


ECON10005 Quantitative Methods 1.



Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject provides both the conceptual frameworks and practical illustrations of business analysis techniques including decision trees, optimisation and simulation. These frameworks will be applied to various decisions faced by organisations, with applications to decisions in the areas of entrepreneurship, strategy, operations, marketing and finance.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
• Specify a business problem or opportunity
• Identify potential alternative solutions
• Clarify objectives and develop performance matrix
• Address decision tradeoffs
• Quantitatively analyse decision alternatives using spreadsheets
• Analyse risks using such methods as probability analysis
• Apply advanced problem solving approaches using such Excel spreadsheet features as Data Tables and Goal Seek.

  • A 2-hour end of semester examination (60%)
  • Individual assignment(s) totalling not more than 4000 words due between weeks 5 and 10 (40%)
Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
• Manage decision-analysis teams;
• Become skilled at managerial decision analysis;
• Have strong communication skills in decision-analysis contexts.

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