Business Decision Analysis

Subject MGMT20005 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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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.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Lusheng Shao


Subject Overview:

This subject provides both the conceptual frameworks and practical illustrations of business analysis techniques including decision trees, simulation and optimisation. These frameworks will be applied to various decisions faced by organisations, with applications 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, Goal Seek and Solver.
  • 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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