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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Mark Wallace


This unit will give the students an opportunity to solve some concrete decision-making problems, such as resource allocation and investment planning, using different intelligent reasoning techniques: decision trees; constraint reasoning and refinement search; search by local change, and population-based methods. The students will be introduced to a high level programming system which they will use to model problems in simple logic and solve them using the different techniques.


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

  • the role of intelligent decision support in organisations;
  • decision support paradigms and applications;
  • methods for handling certain and uncertain knowledge;
  • issues in the design and construction of intelligent decision support systems;
  • correctness, precision and scalability;
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • recognise the value of intelligent decision support within an organisation;
  • adopt a critical approach to the choice of decision support method;
  • appreciate the impact of data quality, and business constraints on the behaviour of a decision support system;
  • appreciate the limitations of formal decision models and the handling of uncertainty.
Developed the skills to:
  • choose appropriate decision support methods;
  • separate modelling from solving;
  • implement simple decision support tools on a constraint programming platform;
  • combine methods to meet application requirements;
  • assess the limitations in scalability and precision of a solution.
Demonstrated the communication and teamwork skills necessary to:
  • document and communicate an intelligent decision support model;
  • work in a team during model design and implementation stages;
  • present a justification for choosing or combining decision support methods.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Wallace

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


FIT1006, BUS1100 or ETC1000 and 24 points at level 1

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