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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

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

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Philip Rayment


Topics covered include: The processes of modelling and analysis as a basis for decision making. Solution of linear systems, introduction to linear programming and its applications. Statistics: collection, presentation and interpretation of data, including time series data; simple linear regression and correlation. Probability, random variables and their distributions, application to decision-making under uncetainty. Populations and samples: sampling distribution of the sample mean; interval estimation and hypothesis testing for a population mean and proportion and for the difference between two means and proportions.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • use some of the basic mathematical and statistical techniques applicable to analysis of business problems and to making decisions based on such analysis;
  • implement these techniques using spreadsheet software and linked analysis tools.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Philip Rayment

Contact hours

1 hr lecture/wk, 1 hr laboratory/wk, 1 hr tutorial/wk


MAT1060, MTH1210, ETX1642, GAS1751, STA1010, ETW1102

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