ETC3490 - Risk and business modelling - 2017

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


Dr Lee Gordon-Brown

Associate Professor Ralph Snyder

Not offered in 2017


This unit covers modelling of business processes involving risk and uncertainty. It has a particular emphasis on the principles of decision making under risk and the use of Monte Carlo simulation methods for complex business operations. It covers applications in the management of manufacturing and services, including inventory control. Training is provided in the programming language Matlab and the simulation package Simul8.


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
  4. provide tools for decision making under risk
  5. examine quantitative dimensions of manufacturing and services management.


Within semester assessment: 40% + Examination: 60%

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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