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ETF2480 - Business modelling

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

Undergraduate Faculty of Business and Economics

Leader(s): Dr Roland Shami


Caulfield Second semester 2009 (Day)


This is a software-oriented subject intended to provide a working knowledge of decision-making tools and techniques applicable in a business environment. Various optimisation techniques used in managerial decision-making will be introduced. Topics include business modelling with spreadsheets, linear programming models, transportation and assignment models, network models, project planning and scheduling models. Applications in management, marketing, accounting, finance and related fields are emphasised.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • appreciate the relevance of quantitative analytical techniques in solving business decision problems
  • formulate business decision problems as mathematical models and lay out as spreadsheet models
  • apply tools available in Microsoft Excel and algorithms to generate solutions and interpret the results
  • appraise the solutions through the use of sensitivity analysis
  • communicate the analysis and results of business decision problems.


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

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and 1-hour practice class per week




BUS2020, ETC2480, ETW2480

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