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ETF3480 - Optimisation for managers

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Business and Economics

Leader(s): Dr Tissa Galagedera


Caulfield First semester 2009 (Day)


This unit is designed to develop quantitative problem solving skills. The emphasis is on recognising and identifying decision problems, modelling them and generating solutions to them. Various optimisation techniques used in the business decision-making process will be introduced. Topics include benchmarking with data envelopment analysis, integer programming, inventory control models, decision making under uncertainty, queuing models and simulation modelling. Applications in business, particularly in management, marketing, banking and finance will be used in the demonstration.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • understand the complementary nature of the rational and behavioural approaches to decision making
  • select and apply quantitative modelling concepts to problems arising from business
  • formulate an appropriate model to analyse various business decision problems
  • apply tools available in Microsoft Excel and algorithms to generate solutions and 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

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour computer laboratory class per week


ETF2480 or equivalent

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