MBA5607 - Evidence-based decision making - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

MBA Program

Unit guides



  • MBA Teaching Period 1 2017 (Day)
  • MBA Teaching Period 2 2017 (On-campus block of classes)


The first objective of this unit is for students to understand which data analysis technique is appropriate to address a business problem and then, with the support of the relevant software, to apply that technique. The second objective is for students to learn how to interpret the results and extract useful business insights. An applied approach will be taken. Topics covered include data description and summation, data mining, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, regression analysis, time series and forecasting and decision making under uncertainty.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. build the analytical skills of the student through their understanding and applying a range of data analysis techniques
  2. develop an understanding of how to interpret statistical findings and draw relevant insights in a business context
  3. enhance report writing skills by developing an understanding of the process of preparing a business report based on insight gained from statistical analyses
  4. enhance communication, interpersonal, problem solving and critical thinking capabilities
  5. develop capabilities to be future generators of sustainable economic, social and environmental value for business.


Within semester assessment: 50% + Examination: 50%

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)


Students must be enrolled in course 0028 to undertake this unit.