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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Mervyn Silvapulle


The topics covered in this unit include: The Linear Model, Linear Simultaneous Equations, Non-linear functions, Financial Mathematics, Derivatives and Partial Differentiation, Optimization (constrained and non-constrained), Matrix Algebra, and Difference equations.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • acquire skills in solving equations and applying them to problems arising in business
  • understand the features of linear and nonlinear models and their applications in economics, finance and business
  • solve two and three dimensional simultaneous equations, with applications in areas including operations management
  • work with arithmetic and geometric sequences and series and use them in financial applications
  • develop skills to perform differentiation, optimisation (constrained and unconstrained) and basic matrix operations and apply them to understand and solve problems in business.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Mervyn Silvapulle

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week


Students must be enrolled in course codes 3814, 3815, 3816 or 3822 or must have passed ETX1100