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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tissa Galagedera


This unit is designed to develop quantitative problem solving skills. The emphasis is on recognising and identifying, modelling and solving problems arising in business-decision. Various optimisation techniques used in the business decision-making process will be introduced. Topics include benchmarking with data envelopment analysis, integer programming, inventory control models, decision making under uncertainty, queuing models and simulation modelling. Applications in business, particularly in management, marketing, banking and finance will be used in the demonstration.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • understand the complementary nature of the rational and behavioural approaches to decision making
  • select and apply quantitative modelling concepts to problems arising from business
  • formulate an appropriate model to analyse various business decision problems
  • apply tools available in Microsoft Excel and algorithms to generate solutions and appraise the solutions through the use of sensitivity analysis
  • communicate the analysis and results of business decision problems.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination (2 hours): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Tissa Galagedera

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour computer laboratory class per week