Faculty of Information Technology

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Information Technology



  • Second semester 2016 (Evening)


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This unit introduces students to the principles, techniques and applications of computer-based decision support models for business and industry. Topics include: decision trees; linear programming and optimisation; other mathematical programming methods; waiting lines and queues; time series analysis and forecasting; inventory modelling and discrete-event simulation. Models will be built and solved using spreadsheets or other computer applications as appropriate.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain a variety of techniques for modelling business decision problems;
  2. choose the appropriate decision model for a particular problem;
  3. set up simple models and solve with hand calculations;
  4. set up mathematical models for solution in a spreadsheet or other application software;
  5. validate models and conduct a sensitivity analysis;
  6. analyse a real problem and report the results;
  7. explain the difficulty of applying models to real situations - which often requires that approximations, simplifications and generalisations be made;
  8. explain the approximate nature of some types of business modelling and why this usually means that a sensitivity analysis needs to be conducted.


Examination (2 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


At least one quantitative unit (such as Mathematics or Statistics) in an undergraduate degree.



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