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ETC3490 - Business simulation

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Business and Economics

Leader(s): Associate Professor Ralph Snyder


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


Simulation in a business environment including applications to production and inventory control, finance, investment and sales forecasting; discrete time simulation with Microsoft Excel; queuing theory and discrete event simulation with a special purpose computer package; principles of random number generation and statistical validation methods.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • provide insights into the potential role of simulation methods in supporting business decision making under risk and uncertainty
  • develop an understanding of the principles of simulation methods
  • inculcate an appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages of various simulation methods
  • develop the ability to recognise business problem types that can be approached using simulation
  • foster skills needed to build simulation models using computers.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination (2 hours): 60%

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour tutorial/laboratory per week


ETC2470 or ETC2480



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