Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Econometrics and Business Statistics
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Ralph Snyder


Computer business models in decision making are the primary focus of this unit. Their potential application in controlling operations and supply chains is explored. Mathematical and statistical methods needed in the construction of business models are examined. An introduction is provided to decision making under risk, Monte Carlo simulation, inventory control, replacement theory, multi-level production systems and supply chains. Computing is undertaken with Microsoft Excel. Training is provided in the programming language Visual Basic for Applications to extend the capacities of Microsoft Excel.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. provide an understanding of the quantitative way of thinking about business problems
  2. enhance analytical skills for problem solving
  3. increase computing skills for business modelling with spreadsheets
  4. provide tools for decision making under risk
  5. examine the quantitative dimensions of logistics and supply chain management.


Within semester assessment: 30%
Examination: 70%

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Contact hours

4 hours per week