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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

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

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Bruce Stephens


Topics include the need for risk analysis and the costs involved; the nature of risk and human behaviour; risk identification and measurement techniques most commonly used in industry, including physical inspections, check lists, organisational charts, flow charts, hazard and operability studies, fault trees and hazard indices; fundamental statistical analysis, including the use of probability and probability distributions and the use of simulation models; reports and the techniques of report writing.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. analyse risk statistically by summarising and interpreting data using techniques of descriptive statistics including the use of associated spreadsheet functions
  2. analyse and evaluate risk by applying concepts of probability and of probability decisions
  3. analyse and evaluate risk via Monte Carlo simulation, using @Risk software
  4. evaluate decision-making strategies, including use of PrecisionTree software
  5. describe and analyse the quality of production in an industrial process, using statistical control charts.


Within semester assessment: 45%
Examination (2 hours): 55%

Chief examiner(s)

Bruce Stephens

Contact hours

3 hours per week


ETX2011, ETX3011, BUS3800, BUS5800