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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
South Africa Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Dengsheng Zhang (Gippsland); Mr Neil Manson (South Africa)


This unit examines the principles and practice of modelling and analysis of business systems as a support for the decision making activities. At the completion of the subject the student should understand some of the more commonly used computer modelling techniques used in business and industry and be familiar with the applications of these techniques to business related problems. Topics will include various aspects of decision making, waiting lines systems and simulation, project management and control, financial modelling, forecasting techniques, inventory control.


At the completion of this unit students will have -
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • principles and application of computer based business and decision support systems;
  • cost analysis using breakeven technique;
  • main approaches to deal with decision making problems in business;
  • business decisions with multiple criteria;
  • widely used linear programming tools;
  • carrying out sensitivity analysis using relevant computer software on a series of problems;
  • queuing theory and simulation techniques;
  • concepts of different types of forecasting;
  • common optimisation methods for business applications;
  • methodology to solve typical network problems using network flow models.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • recognise the potential for efficiency and productivity gains through the use of technologies;
  • develop strong interests in formalising real world problems and solve them by computer models.
Developed the skills in:
  • the application of spreadsheets such as EXCEL in solving common business problems;
  • use of dedicated software such as Excel QM, TreePlan, CrystalBall program;
  • sensitivity analysis by use of computer models
Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • Meet other students and professionals with variety of business expertise;
  • Participate in group discussion and team work solutions to business problems.


Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Dengsheng Zhang

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


MAT1097 or ETW1102 or equivalent


FIT2017, ETC2480, GCO2802

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: