Faculty of Business and Economics

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Econometrics and Business Statistics
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Lee Gordon-Brown and Associate Professor Ralph Snyder


This subject is directed to students with an interest in business analysis and business modelling. It covers tools such as Solver in Microsoft Excel for optimising business decisions. Modelling skills are enhanced from a study of the logic of optimisation and its application to common business problems. Methods covered include linear programming, network programming, integer linear programming, non-linear programming and dynamic programming.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. provide an understanding of the theory and techniques of mathematical programming
  2. enhance business modelling skills for decision making
  3. make effective use of the mathematical programming tools provided by modern spreadsheet packages, Solvers and matrix generators
  4. enhance analytical skills and the capacity to attack large business problems and non-standard business problems
  5. provide sufficient knowledge to be able to read and understand scholarly published work in management science and operations research.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 hours per week


ETC2480 or equivalent