Faculty of Business and Economics

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics


Ms Diana Contreras-Suarez



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


Students will learn to use basic statistical techniques and their applications to problems in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and business in general. Students should also be able to effectively communicate (written and verbal) the results of their analyses. This unit covers descriptive statistics (graphical and numerical measures) for revealing the information contained in data; probability as a tool for dealing with uncertainty and risk; probability distributions to model business behaviour; estimation and hypothesis testing techniques for business decision making; simple tools for forecasting time series. Excel is used extensively.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. interpret business data using descriptive statistics techniques, to aid in the solution of business problems
  2. apply simple concepts of probability and probability distributions to problems in business decision-making
  3. describe the role of statistical inference and apply inference methods to single population means to aid in the solution of business problems
  4. evaluate relationships between variables for business decision-making, using the concept of correlation and simple linear regression
  5. apply time series techniques of forecasting to business and financial series and interpret the results to aid in the solution of business problems.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Examination: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


BUS1100, ETB1100, ETC1000, ETG1102, ETW1102, ETX1100, PMM2020, SCI1020